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The Chief Librarians reporT Library News Highlights September 21, 2011

1. in CeLebraTion of Dr. MarTin LuTher King, Jr.

More than a dozen events were scheduled at DCPL for the week surrounding the dedication of the Martin Luther King National Memorial. Luckily, several programs took place in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library before Hurricane Irene arrived. Washingtoniana assembled a Remembering King photo exhibit and a King-in-Magazines display. The Art and Drama Therapy Institute Inspirational Choir and Moroccan Ensemble performed. There was an Atlantas Ebenezer Baptist Church book signing and discussion, a performance by Gods Miracle Gospel Quintet, and a screening of A.D King: Brother to the Dreamer, which was followed by a discussion with A.D. Kings widow, Naomi King. The Kingmaker Foundation hosted a reception that featured Reverend C.T. Vivian as a keynote speaker. Pamphlets were made available for interested visitors to use on a self-guided tour of Don Millers Great Hall mural. More than 400 people attended library programs in honor of Dr. King over a 4-day period. I was able to be part of the District Day at the MLK National Memorial. Mayor Gray was also there just before the earthquake occurred!

2. TesTing Careers in The reaL WorLD

The summer teen reading program included a contest for participants. Teens who read at least four books during the course of the program indicated the field of work they were interested in, and were then entered into a drawing. Winners were matched with an adult who works in that field, for a first-hand glimpse of the schooling and training the job requires and the kind of tasks it entails. Winners could bring a friend along, and many did. Choices were as varied as the criminal justice field to retail marketing and entrepreneurship to owning and running a restaurant. One choice, an interest in improving the lives of others, whether in the education field or health and sciences, won Adriahna Foster and her friend Raeyona Redhead, juniors at McKinley Technology High School, lunch with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan! Thanks to the Friends for enthusiastically supporting this program, and to Rebecca Renard and Martha Saccocio for helping to make it happen.

Document #8 Board of Library Trustees Meeting September 21, 2011

3. superheroes shoW The Way

2. 3. 4. annuaL CiTyWiDe faLL booK saLe is a suCCess

If you wanted to design superhero comic book characters this summer, you had to be a child, but you then had your choice of library location, from Washington Highlands to Francis Gregory Interim Libraries, to Takoma Park or Northeast Libraries. Maryanne Pollock taught the youngsters how to create their superheroes, place scenery around them, add superhero props, and create dialog bubbles. The children learned about the origins of superheroes around the world. Maryanne asked the children how they could be superheroes in their own communities, and they said they could help feed the hungry, take out an elderly neighbors trash, and just be nice to people. In dressing in the character of her own superhero, Maryanne engaged the children immediately, and held their attention throughout this special program.

The Federation of Friends of DCPL and the Librarys Books Plus Bookstore combined efforts in support of this annual event on September 9th and 10th at MLK Library. The sale was preceded by a preview event, during which Councilmember Tommy Wells, the new Chair of the Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation, and Planning, spoke. The Friends of the Library donated over 8 tons of books from their individual Friends Book Sale stock, sorted and priced the donated books, and staffed the preview event and sale. All proceeds will help fund the DCPL 2012 Summer Reading Program. Thanks to all who participated in making this sale a success.

5. aDapTive serviCes hosTs igniTe The sparK! for KiDs

Twelve special needs children, grades 4-8, attended an intensive week-long program at DCPL to learn to use technology designed for themand to have fun! The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and the DC Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped were partners in this program. Blind and visually handicapped youngsters learned to navigate the internet using JAWS screen reading software and went on an online scavenger hunt at the International Spy Museum website prior to going on a field trip there. They learned about internet safety and about downloading Talking Books, played Bingo using Braille and large print Bingo boards, and went on a tactile tour of the National Portrait Gallery. They also developed friendships. The campers ranked meeting others of their own age and the field trip to the Spy Museum as the weeks highlights.

6. CapiToL vieWs prograMs boosT spiriTs anD gooD heaLTh

It was a summer of many programs at Capital View Library. Two highlights follow: The Blue Sky Puppet Theater presented If Pigs Could Fly to very enthusiastic children from four nearby daycare centers. A Back-to-School Community Health Fair was hosted at Capitol View Library with its partner, United Medical Center. Dental screenings were provided along with information about immunizations. Childrens entertainer Mr. Derby invited all to sing along, and the Friends provided food. School supplies were given to 114 children, tweens, and teens.

7. opera expLoreD anD enJoyeD aT DeanWooD Library

Two intergenerational programs at Deanwood Library were led by the Washington National Opera. Julys program focused on the connection between opera and Broadway, and invited the audience to see how composers of classical and operatic music have adapted to public tastes. The August program featured the repertoire of African American singing artists, including Robert McFerrin, Leontyne Price, and Marian Anderson. Washington National Opera singing artists performed at each program.

8. george peaboDy CoMes hoMe

A 19th century oil-on-canvas portrait of the Peabody Rooms namesake, George Peabody, was returned to the Georgetown Library. The painting suffered severe water damage from the 2007 fire at the Library. Restoration, which was a major effort, was paid for by community donations to the DC Public Library Foundation. Two additional works on paper, an 1862 map and a 1960 architectural drawing were adopted by George Washington University for restoration. Work on these pieces is near completion.

9. a CaLCuLaTeD risK on soMeThing neW pays off

Last winter, the staff at Anacostia Library was searching for ways to introduce audiobooks, playaways, and other information on electronic resources to adults to increase the use of this portion of the collection. Along came the Massage Therapy Institute of Virginia, offering a partnership with the Library and a service to its adult patrons. Bingo! The Book Spa was born! The Massage Therapy Institute would provide chair massages to interested adults at the Library, and the adults would learn about the Librarys electronic resourceswhat they were and how to use them. In that relaxed atmosphere, complete with scented candles, the adults were soothed by the massage, and with daily cares put aside for the moment, were receptive to learning. All participants left with big smilesand e-materials. In April, the first Book Spa, there were 6 participants. The number grew to 12 in June, and to more than 50 in July! One participant reported that she has enrolled at the Massage Therapy Institute as a result of her experience at the Librarya career path she had never considered before.

10. is iT DarTh vaDer? no, iTs DarTh paper?! 10. Library Associate Jessica Stork leads an Art Club for

children, ages 5-10, at Palisades Library. Mimi, an Art Club participant, won a prize in the Darth Paper Origami contest, which was tied to the upcoming sequel to the very popular The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. The young artists were instructed to fold a version of Darth Vader, aka Darth Paper, according to instructions on the authors website, and then to pose Darth Paper in interesting poses and snap photos. Of more than 150 entries, Mimis photo was chosen by judge Bonnie Burton, author of The Star Wars Craft Book. As a winner, Mimi will have the chance to read Darth Paper Strikes Back before it hits the shelves in libraries and bookstores. Congratulations, Mimi!

11. aMeriCa WorKs: a neW DCpL iniTiaTive

DCPL, in partnership with School Without Walls, a DC Public High School with a strong internship program, will beta-test teen participation in the Library of Congress American Folklore Centers America Works oral history project. Ten students from School Without Walls will get training in oral history interviewing techniques, research potential interviewees, conduct interviews, and log and upload interviews. Training will be provided by DCPL staff members. Kelly Navies, an oral historian, and Rebecca Renard, a youth media specialist, and they will work in consultation with staff at the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. The internship is under way for both the fall and spring semesters.

12. DCpL sponsors The green buiLDing expeDiTion

DCPL awarded an LSTA grant to Capital City Public Charter School to support the Green Building Expedition, a project for the schools 52 7th and 8th graders. Teachers of science, humanities, math, and art, and environmental groups, such as the Alliance to Save Energy and the U.S. Green Building Council, were actively involved throughout. Many expert speakers engaged in Q&As with the students through the course of the school year, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Anacostia Watershed Society. The project culminated in a book, do the green thing, which the students produced and presented to Capital Citys Board of Trustees for use in planning conservation efficiency and environmentally clean practices in the renovated building the school will move into in Fall 2012. Two students comments: I learned that I have to change my lifestyle a lot because I think 50% of global warming is me. I rarely recycle, I take 30-45-minute showers, and I leave the tap water on when I brush my teeth. Ive wanted to be as green as possible, but I didnt know exactly how or the consequences if I didnt. Science can teach you how to live a better life, which is kinda cool.