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Document #8.1 - Chief Librarian's Report

Document #8.1 - Chief Librarian's Report

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Document # 8.1
 
Board of Library Trustees Meeting
 
September 25, 2013
 
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CHIEF LIBRARIAN’S REPORT
 
In This Issue
 
1.
 
 AIA Library Exhibit
 
2.
 
DCPL and DCDOC VideoVisitation
 
3.
 
Summer Reading and the Nats
 
4.
 
Beat Club
 
5.
 
Ford’s Theatre IMLS Grant
 
6.
 
Banned Books Week
 
7.
 
March on Washington
 
8.
 
STAR Campaign Volunteers
 
9.
 
Victory for DCPS Libraries
 
10.
 
 American Libraries Design Article
 
1.
 
AIA Library Exhibit at the District Architecture Center 
 
The District Architecture Center is holding an exhibition entitled
Reinventing the Library: Washington’s New Centers for Learning.
Theexhibit was organized by the DC Chapter of the American Institute for  Architects and it features twelve of the seventeen neighborhoodlibraries that have been completed or are under construction. Theexhibit provides a glimpse of how each library invigorates theneighborhood and the District as a center for civic architecture. Theexhibit is at the SIGAL Gallery, 421 7th Street NW through September 28.
 
2. Video Visitation Program with the DC Department of Corrections
 
DC Public Library in partnership with the DC Department of Corrections has begun to offer video visitations for family and friendsof DC Jail inmates at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.Users schedule appointments through the Department of Corrections.The program will be expanded to other DC Public Library locations inthe coming months.
 
Library News Highlights
 
September 25 2013
Students posing with DCPL Staff, Board Member Gregory MacCarthy, and Screech
 
3. Summer Reading at theWashington Nationals
The Washington Nationals generouslydonated 572 tickets through the DCPublic Library Foundation to the August30th Washington Nationals Game.Children who entered and completedSummer Reading 2013 were enteredinto a raffle at their library location towin tickets to the game. At the gameseveral of the students were given theopportunity to go onto the field to berecognized by the crowd and have their picture taken with Screech, theWashington National’s Mascot.
 
Document # 8.1
 
Board of Library Trustees Meeting
 
September 25, 2013
 
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5. Ford’s Theatre Society and DC Public Library Awarded IMLS Grant
 
The Ford’s Theatre Society and DC Public Library were awarded an IMLS Grant to fund an effort to digitizeevidence of local responses to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the end of the CivilWar. The Ford’s Theatre Society will invite the general public to submit evidence through an Internetinterface. The digital collection of the artifacts will be made available through an online exhibition. The goalof the project is to connect visitors with digital artifacts from their own state or hometown historicalsocieties and libraries while building the capacity for future partnerships.
4. Beat Club
 
Beat Club is a digital music workshopthat introduces elementary, middle, andhigh school students to electronic music.Students utilize laptops, synthesizersand other technologies to create beats,melodies, and harmonies. They thenwrite song lyrics to pair with their tracks. After the programs the students are ableto go online and download the tracks asan mp3 to their computers and their mobile devices for free to listen to and toshare with their friends.
Learning how to use a synthesizer at Beat Club
 
6. Banned Books Week
 
DC Public Library is celebrating thefreedom to read during Banned BooksWeek which takes place from September 22
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28. System
-
wide programs include aFreedom to Read discussion panel,oratory workshops with Ford’s Theatre,Trivia Nights, and more. In addition theDC Roller Girls are handing out limitededition trading cards every day of BannedBook Week. The Roller Girls will be at theMartin Luther King Jr. Memorial Libraryon Sunday, September 29 to sign cards.
 
DC Roller Girls at Georgetown Neighborhood Library
 
7. March on Washington 50th Anniversary
 
DC Public Library hosted a series of lectures, concerts, films, exhibits, and discussions to commemorate the50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Program highlights included a panel discussion with four activists who marched on Washington in 1963 with Dr. King, a lecture from Dr. Paul Farber in partnershipwith the Goethe
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Institut entitled
This Is The Day 
, and a photo and informational exhibit created by theWashingtoniana Division at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

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