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anaCosTia Library Wins The naTionaL iiDa/aLa aWarD
This biennial competition is cosponsored by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Library Association (ALA). The award honors excellence in library interior design. Award winners demonstrate excellence in aesthetics, design, creativity, function, and satisfaction of the client’s objectives. The competition is managed by the LLAMA Buildings and Equipment Section. Jeff Bonvecchio, DCPL’s Director of Capital Projects accepted the award at the Annual ALA Conference in Anaheim, CA, and was joined by the Project’s Interior Designer, Kathryn Taylor, a Senior Associate with The Freelon Group, and Cherylle Durst, Executive Vice President at IIDA.
DCpL earns speCiaL reCogniTion for hisToriC preservaTion
The DC Historic Preservation Office and Office of Planning honored the Georgetown Neighborhood Library project during the Ninth Annual Awards for Excellence with a Stewardship Award for the careful restoration of the building in the aftermath of the 2007 fire. The award recognized Jerry McCoy’s role in preserving the Peabody Room Collection during and after the fire. The same ceremony brought recognition for the publication, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Design Guidelines, for DCPL’s efforts to plan the future of this landmark building. The awards ceremony for historic preservation was held, appropriately, at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue. Mayor Vincent Gray was the presenter.
Document #8 Board of Library Trustees Meeting July 25, 2012
3. KiDs, TWeens anD Teens sign Up for sUmmer reaDing
Dream Big—Read! and Own the Night are the national themes DCPL is using for this summer’s reading programs for children and teens, respectively. The major kick-off event was held at the Library of Congress and featured Walter Dean Myers, the newly appointed ambassador for reading for kids. A well-attended kick-off for teens was held at MLK Library, with live music from Cops Come Knockin’, a photo booth, a giant chess game, refreshments, and raffle prizes. DCPL has been working with a collaborative of nine DC Public Schools to promote summer reading and together entice students to find the magic in books all summer long. The approach is working well: In the teens’ program, registrations by the end of June were within 200 of doubling last summer’s numbers.
A partnership between the Adaptive Services Division and the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind gave 12 blind and low-vision teens the opportunity to learn all they could do with the latest technology. Adaptive Services tech instructor Chris Corrigan led advanced JAWS screen-reader users through techniques for searching less-than-accessible websites, reading Wikipedia entries, watching YouTube videos on current events and the First Amendment, and downloading digital Talking Books from the Library for the Blind BARD website. Volunteer Shannon McMahon taught new JAWS users the basics of computer use with assistive software. Campers took an accessible tour of the Newseum, and learned to download their own TV broadcast session recorded during the visit.
4. IgnIte the Spark TeCh Camp seTs The imaginaTion on fire
5. sTar geTs even beTTer
An internship program at William and Mary College brought an intern with a special interest in children’s literature to DCPL. At the same time, the American Library Association issued new guidelines for early literacy workshops through its Every Child Ready to Read@ the Library program. Pam Rogers, a DCPL volunteer, is a librarian who trained in the new program. She worked with the intern to update DCPL’s STAR scripts for teacher leaders, and then tested the new training at a parenting program with very positive results.
6. The CommUniTy maKes Use of Their Libraries
• The intense series of electric storms that struck DC, Maryland, and Virginia on Friday, June 29th, left close to 500,000 homes in the area without power. With temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s, DCPL kept five 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 to 9 PM. More than 50 DCPL staff members volunteered to work and stay late 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 2nd through August 10th, from 1-2:30 PM, Monday through Friday, at Anacostia, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue, Capitol View, Dorothy I. Height/Benning, Francis A. 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 residency requirements for becoming a U.S. citizen, along with the application process and the naturalization test. Attendees were given an overview of U.S. history and civics principles, observed a mock naturalization interview, and left with educational materials and contact information for follow-up.
City officials and many others who have been touched by Thelma Jones’ work over the years came out to honor Ms. Jones by unveiling “Thelma Jones Way” near the Anacostia Library. Ms. Jones’ community activism of 30+ years has had many successes, often in the service of youth and in the interest of bringing the voice of people in public housing in southwest DC to the city’s public officials. A strong library champion, Ms. Jones worked at the World Bank for 33 years, until her retirement in 2005. Isn’t DC lucky that Ms. Jones’ mother decided that her daughter should leave North Carolina after she graduated from college and live with her aunt in DC?
7. “TheLma Jones Way” UnveiLeD near anaCosTia Library
8. hisTory Comes To Life
• In an LSTA grant partnership between DCPL and WAMU 88.5, the WAMU team is scouring well-known and lesser-known neighborhoods in the city, and building a collection of oral histories with residents. The interviews have been airing on WAMU’s “Metro Connection.” When the project ends, the oral histories will be archived in the MLK Library’s Washingtoniana Division. The LSTA grant is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. • WAMU’s “Metro Connection” is also producing a report called Remembering and Forgetting on the O and P Streets construction project in Georgetown. Kudos again to Jerry McCoy and the Peabody Collection at the Georgetown Library as the source of photographs, maps, neighborhood microfilmed newspapers, paintings, engravings, and artifacts dating back to the early 1800s. Jerry has been interviewed about the street history, including the cobblestones and the old trolley tracks. • The Washingtoniana Division has publicized its plan to create an archive honoring the late Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. The Library is collecting concert fliers, posters, ticket stubs, photographs, and old newspaper reviews to preserve for students, historians, and researchers. Here’s what has been donated so far: audiocassettes featuring Chuck Brown and other go-go 18 musicians photos of Chuck Brown at a BBQ event for Maryland State 8 politicians Chuck Brown memorial pin 1 copies of a 2002 GWU undergraduate thesis on the history 2 of go-go • The Step Afrika! Dance Group visited several libraries this summer to charm children with a special story time and share the joy of reading as they promoted literacy skills. At the end, Step Afrika! brought the children to their feet to learn a stomp-and-shout routine from Step Afrika!’s newest production.
9. LeT’s CeLebraTe JUneTeenTh!
• Sunup to Sundown: The Slave Life of Slammin’ Joe brought children to MLK Library. A historian from the Mount Vernon Estate “became” Slammin’ Joe, a slave who dug ditches for George Washington. He brought the audience into a dialogue about the work he did on the Estate, his ability to visit with his wife and children, who were field hands, only on Sundays, and his dreams of freedom.
10. speCiaL gUesT performers LighT Up sUmmer aUDienCes
• Folk Singer Mary Shapiro entertained students from Walker Jones Elementary School at Northwest 1 Library with stories and songs about hopes and dreams. The children participated in a reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech. • Actor Lamman Rucker, best known for his roles in Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns” and “Why Did I Get Married?” joined other actors, including Bus Howard and Clayton LeBouef from the HBO hit, “The Wire,” for a workshop series to promote reading at Woodridge Library. The objective of the series, which was part of the Third Annual DC Black Theater Festival, was to highlight the importance of reading in the performing arts. The series was sponsored by the Nubian Theatre, Dance and Music Company.
11. The ameriCan mUraL proJeCT fiLLs The greaT haLL
It’s not easy to fill the Great Hall with art work, but student participants from all eight Wards did just that. The loose inspiration for the American Mural Project is the Constitution: Who are “We the People,” and what would “a more perfect Union” be? So far, the Project has generated pieces of art in 16 states and worked with over 10,000 kids from preschool to high school. The participating schools in DC were Barnard Elementary, Bell Lincoln Multicultural School, Cesar Chavez Parkside, Georgetown Day, Hyde Addison Elementary, Maury Elementary, Paul PCS, and Capitol Hill Cluster Schools.
12. sCienCe Can be neaT, messy, or siLLy… bUT iT’s aLWays fUn
DCPL’s “Science in the Summer” series, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, has given children a range of experiences: • Petworth Library delivered on its promise to show children physical and chemical changes, learn what “matter” is, make crystals, and, yes, watch raisins and popcorn dance… Duane Little led the program, which was filled to capacity. Attendees learned about acids, bases, the periodic table, and the curious metamorphosis of a solid into a liquid and then into a gas. Mr. Little was meticulous and careful about safety, as you see in the photo, but he also froze a banana with dry ice and used it to hammer a nail into a board! • At Cleveland Park Library, Patty Reeber delivered on her theme, “Messy and Gross Science Experiments.” This was an outdoor event—good decision. The grand finale featured an “explosion” of Diet Coke and Mentos, which was met by a children’s chorus of, “Do that again!” You’ll have to imagine this one. No photo could do it justice.