The intense series of electric storms that struck DC, Maryland, and
Virginia on Friday, June 29
, left close to 500,000 homes in the areawithout power. With temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s,
DCPL kept ve libraries—Anacostia, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue,Dorothy I. Height/Benning, Tenley-Friendship, and MLK Libraries—
open until 9 PM that Saturday and open again on Sunday from 1 PM to9 PM. More than 50 DCPL staff members volunteered to work and staylate or come in from home. Thank you!DCPL is once again participating in the District’s Free Summer
Meals Program. The program runs from July 2
through August 10
,from 1-2:30 PM, Monday through Friday, at Anacostia, William O.
Lockridge/Bellevue, Capitol View, Dorothy I. Height/Benning, FrancisA. Gregory, Juanita Thornton/Shepherd Park, Lamond-Riggs, Petworth,
Mount Pleasant, Southwest, Woodridge, and MLK Libraries.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) hosted a
naturalization and immigration information session at MLK Library.USCIS representatives discussed naturalization eligibility and residencyrequirements for becoming a U.S. citizen, along with the application process and the naturalization test. Attendees were given an overviewof U.S. history and civics principles, observed a mock naturalization
interview, and left with educational materials and contact informationfor follow-up.
City ofcials and many others who have been touched by Thelma Jones’
work over the years came out to honor Ms. Jones by unveiling “ThelmaJones Way” near the Anacostia Library. Ms. Jones’ community activism of 30+ years has had many successes, often in the service of youth and in theinterest of bringing the voice of people in public housing in southwest DC
to the city’s public ofcials. A strong library champion, Ms. Jones worked
at the World Bank for 33 years, until her retirement in 2005. Isn’t DClucky that Ms. Jones’ mother decided that her daughter should leave NorthCarolina after she graduated from college and live with her aunt in DC?