CHIEF LIBRARIAN’S REPORT

Library News Highlights March 20, 2013

1. DC Public Library in Architecture DC
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DC Public Library’s newest buildings, including Anacostia, TenleyFriendship, Francis Gregory, and the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Libraries, were featured in the Spring 2013 edition of Architecture DC, produced by the DC Chapter of the American Institute for Architecture. The seven-page spread talks about the increasing civic importance of libraries in the community. The beauty and quality of the design in the new buildings serves to strengthen each individual neighborhood and the city as a whole.

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DCPL in Architecture DC John Wood and Robert Blake at MLKML William O. Lockridge/Bellevue awarded LEED Gold Certification Petworth Kids Inaugural Ball Wendy Lukehart featured in Huffington Post Martin Luther King Jr. Week and Black History Month Universal Class Tenley’s Dewey Decimal Detectives Prom Expo 2013

2. John Wood and Robert Blake at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
DC Public Library partnered with Politics & Prose bookstore to host author John Wood and Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs at the Department of State. They discussed Mr. Wood’s new book, Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Global Battle of Literacy, which details his quest to build libraries around the world and share his love of books.

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3. William O. Lockridge/ Bellevue Library awarded LEED Gold Certification
In January, the William O. Lockridge/ Bellevue Neighborhood Library was awarded LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council. William O. Lockridge/Bellevue joins four other locations who have been awarded this status including Anacostia, Dorothy I. Height/Benning, Tenley-Friendship, and Watha T. Daniel/Shaw.
William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Library

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4. Kids Inaugural Ball
On January 16, the Petworth Library held a Kids Inaugural Ball! The staff decorated the children’s program room in red, white, and blue for the occasion. Sixty kids came dressed to the nines to play presidential games, create a mural to be sent to the White House and dance the night away. The real highlight came a few weeks later, when the library received a package from the White House. Inside was a letter from President Obama to all of the children, a signed photo, and activity guides and workbooks for them to use at the library!

Kids Inaugural Ball, Petworth Neighborhood Library

5. Wendy Lukehart Featured in Huffington Post
Wendy Lukehart, coordinator and selector of Juvenile and YA Collections at DC Public Library, was featured in a two part series in the Huffington Post called the “Best Books for Kids.” The first part featured books for reading allowed to children from infancy to age 6. The second part featured titles for children up to 10 years of age. Ms. Lukehart said it best: “Books that we read to children become part of them emotionally. They offer them scripts for how to handle things later in life.”

6. Martin Luther King Jr. Week and Black History Month
DC Public Library celebrated King Week and Black History Month with a series of special programs, including a concert by the musical group Michael Brookins Project, a lecture on slaves at Monticello by Harvard Law Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, a Collective Voices poetry and dance program, and a lecture on illiteracy among impoverished African American children, given by the 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary and Washington Post columnist Colbert King.
Michael Brookins Project, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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7. Universal Class
In late October, DC Public Library launched Universal Class, a free collection of instructor-led online classes with subjects ranging from accounting to GED Test Preparation to fine arts. In the first three months, more than 1,100 customers accessed classes through the library website, dclibrary.org. We look forward to having that number increase as more customers learn about what classes we have to offer.

8. Tenley’s Dewey Decimal Detectives
A four-week program called Dewey Decimal Detectives was held at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library in January. Children grades 2 to 5 were invited to explore the library’s juvenile non-fiction collection. During the first session, the children were introduced to how the Dewey Decimal System works. Each following session focused on a different subject heading of the Dewey Decimal System and featured a story, a craft or game, journaling component and reading suggestions. They were able to cover a wide range of topics, including psychology, philosophy, religion, and mythology.

9. Prom Expo 2013
DC Public Library is hosting programs through April 6 to give teens an opportunity to share plans and resources and get tips and tricks for the Big Night. Prom reads will be featured all month long on the library website, dclibrary.org. Teens can submit a video about how they make their prom special for the Your Prom, Your Way Video Contest. There will be workshops on making your own jewelry, how to do your own hair and makeup, how to walk in high heels, and even how to dance! On April 6 the series will finish with the Prom Expo. The winners of the Your Prom, Your Way Video Contest will be crowned Prom King and Queen and awarded with a free dress and tuxedo as well as hair styling services for prom night. The expo will feature music, refreshments, giveaways, a prom fashion show, a dress shopand-swap, and how-to prom booths at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Prom Expo Ad

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