Washington, DC

Thanks to Nicole for getting is into the weekend on the good foot. From Woodridge:

“Every year the Lone Book Ranger visits our little free library leaving some free wrapped new books! It is so much fun! Has anyone else seen these?”

Lone Book Ranger’s twitter says:

“Bookslinger fighting for truth, justice, & the book reading way by donating books to Little Free Libraries in DC. Hi ho books, away!”


Photo by Rich Reyes-Gavilan

Thanks to all who passed on this, um, interesting take on Little Free Libraries. The photo was tweeted by DC Public Library Executive Director Rich Reyes-Gavilan, who wrote:

“OK, I want to assure my neighbors that I am not responsible for this screed. We at @dcpl are not against little free libraries and don’t see them as competition. Some years ago I found a Calvin & Hobbes book in one that I looked at momentarily.” Read More


Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Bowser announced that District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) will hold collection events this year at libraries in all eight wards to allow District residents and businesses to responsibly recycle their used electronic equipment through the Department of Energy & Environment’s (DOEE) eCycle DC program.

“As one of the greenest cities in the nation, the District is committed to giving our residents convenient opportunities to recycle responsibly right at their local libraries,” said Mayor Bowser. “It takes all of us to keep our city and our world clean, beautiful, and sustainable, and programs like eCycle DC go a long way.”

The first collection events will take place on June 15, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library (3935 Benning Road, NE) and Chevy Chase Library (5625 Connecticut Avenue, NW). Read More


From DCPL:

“The Takoma Park Library located at 416 Cedar St. NW will close for a four-month refresh. The last day of service will be Saturday, June 22.

“The District investing more than half-a-billion dollars in creating world-class libraries over the last decade would mean little if we do not invest in the upkeep of our buildings,” said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the DC Public Library. “As Takoma celebrates a decade of service since its renovation, this refresh ensures that the building remains a welcoming and inspiring place to visit. The work also allows us to respond to growing and changing community needs.”

The last day to place holds on items to pick up at Takoma Park Library will be Wednesday, June 12. Read More


9th and G St, NW via DCPL

From the D.C. Public Library:

“In 2020, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will open after undergoing a $211 million modernization. The building will not only redefine how a central library serves District residents, but it will also celebrate Dr. King’s life, recount his unique work in the District and support the values that made him a champion of civil rights and equity.

“The modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library gives us the opportunity to ensure that one of the city’s most important civic buildings embodies the values of one of our country’s most important leaders,” said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the DC Public Library. “When people walk into this building next year, they will be awed by the amazing new spaces and inspired by how our new services advance the ideals of the ‘beloved community’ that Dr. King imagined.”

New or enhanced spaces will add 100,000 square feet of public space to the modernized library. To capitalize on this increase, the Library is developing plans to activate every public space in the building every hour of every day it is open. Read More


Of course some jackwagon tagged it but still!!

“Dear PoPville,

Good thing from this weekend: I finally got my Little Free Record Library up and running. It’s been getting a lot of use.

Bad thing from this weekend: Somebody decided to let me know they were there. Anybody recognize this tag?

– Josh in Mount Pleasant.”

Ed. Note: I was thought this was awesome so I asked Josh a couple questions which he responded to: Read More


George Pelecanos via DCPL

From the D.C. Public Library:

“WHO: George Pelecanos, author .
WHAT: Reads from and discusses his new book “The Man Who Came Uptown.”
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 19; 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Petworth Library; 4200 Kansas Ave. NW

George P. Pelecanos sets many of his 20 detective fiction books in his hometown of Washington, D.C. For his new book, “The Man Who Came Uptown,” Pelecanos was inspired by the work of the DC Jail Librarian. Read More


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