Document # 8.1
Board of Library Trustees Meeting
March 26, 2014
3. Northeast Library Reopens
After a 16 month closure and a $10 million renovation
Mayor Gray cut the ribbon which officially marked the reopening of Northeast Library. The Northeast Neighborhood Library, located at 330 7th Street NE, is a Georgian Revival style building, which first opened in 1932, and has been modernized to provide contemporary library services, while retaining the building's historic character. Elizabeth Lang joined DCPL staff as Northeast’s new branch manager.
Mayor Gray, with Interim Chief Librarian Joi Mecks, officially reopens Northeast Library
5. Toni White
Richardson receives award for her work on the DC One Fund
In 2013 the DC One Fund exceeded its contribution goal of $1 million for the first time since 2007, raising $1,022,278 from more than 3,320 pledges. Anntoinette “Toni” White
Richardson received an appreciation award from the Office of the Mayor for her service as Co
Vice Chair of the DC One Fund campaign. Toni is an education specialist in the adult literacy department of the MLK Library and Union President of AFSCME Local 1808. The DC One Fund has a longstanding history of giving to those most in need through donations made by District government employees. Donors are able to contribute to the DC Public Library Foundation through the DC One Fund.
Richardson showcasing her appreciation award from the Office of the Mayor
2. Washcloth Donations to Thrive DC
In January, the Knitty Gritty Committee, a knitting circle at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library donated more than 75 hand knit and crocheted washcloths to Thrive DC. Thrive DC provides services to men and women experiencing homelessness.
In 2013, Thrive DC offered 7,500 free showers and loads of laundry. Jennifer Paul, Director of Development, Thrive DC was present to receive the donation.
4. STEAM Team
While most of us are familiar with the educational focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), educators are increasingly adding the letter “A” to the acronym to recognize the importance that Arts education has on fostering the creativity and innovation on which those other subjects depend. Created in January 2014, the STEAM Team program gives children ages (6
12) a taste of one of the STEAM elements through a combination of instruction, creation and interaction. The STEAM catapult program on February 14
involved a discussion of how catapults were made and used in the past. Then, using popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and bottle caps, children constructed their own catapults and launched cotton balls.
Other STEAM topics included teeth, origami, secret codes and modern art.