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Takoma Park Neighborhood Library celebrates its 100th birthday

The Takoma Park Neighborhood Library will celebrate its 100th birthday this November 17 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The program lineup includes poet, educator and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller, a jazzy musical performance by a local Takoma Park guitar duo and remarks from the library‘s administration and city government. The Friends are also launching two contests: a teen essay contest — “If you were in charge, how would you run the library?” and an art contest for all ages. Winning art will be reproduced on note cards as part of a Friends of the Takoma Park Library fundraiser just in time for the holidays. And, of course, no birthday celebration is complete without refreshments — especially birthday cake!

During the weeks from November 10 to December 17, the Branch will have special programs for all age groups: from historical talks by author and historian Diana Kohn and architectural historian Pamela Scott to readings by children’s authors Carolivia Herron and Laura Krause Melmed, to name just a few. Please check out the calendar section of their webpage to see a full listing of events. We invite all of our neighbors, not just from Takoma Park but from across the city, to come enjoy and celebrate their library!

Renovated, Historic Library Reopening October 18, 2010

The Georgetown Interim Library, located at 3307 M St. N.W. will close Saturday, September 25. Library services will resume on Monday, October 18 at the renovated Georgetown Neighborhood Library, located at 3260 R St. N.W.

The renovated three-story library will add many modern improvements including:

  • Better lighting
  • Dedicated space for teens
  • Improved ADA access
  • A new outdoor reading terrace overlooking Book Hill Park
  • A new bright, spacious children’s room
  • Restored woodwork throughout the building
  • A new third floor for the Peabody Room which houses a special collection of materials on the history of Georgetown .

During the transition to the new location, library users can return or renew books checked out at any other DC Public Library location or online at dclibrary.org. The library closest to the Georgetown Interim Library is the West End Neighborhood Library at 1101 24th St. N.W.

DC Public Library Sunday Closings

Due to anticipated staff shortages some libraries will be closed on Sundays

The DC Public Library is anticipating a shortage of staff to adequately provide Sunday hours at all of our branch libraries during the traditional holiday period. To assure that our patrons have access to library services throughout the city during this period we are instituting Sunday library closings at some of our branches.
Sunday service will be maintained at:

  1. Anacostia
  2. Benning
  3. Cleveland Park
  4. Lamond Riggs
  5. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Library
  6. Mt. Pleasant
  7. Southeast
  8. Takoma Park
  9. Tenley
  10. Washington Highlands
  11. Watha T. Daniel / Shaw
  12. West End

from 1pm to 5 pm. In making this decision, the Library chose neighborhood branches that have good access to public transportation, the highest level of use, the most public access computers, regular use by school children and geography.

Community and Library sponsored programs already scheduled for Sundays will be held. The Neighborhood Library will open for those events. Residents looking for a particular program should check with the Branch Library.

Why is DCPL temporarily suspending Sunday service at some neighborhood libraries?

DC Public Library strives to operate the public library in a manner that is reliable and equitable. Our goal is to provide the best possible service to those who live in the District. We have assessed our staffing capacity over the holiday period. Like other agencies, DCPL has staff with holiday leave plans and “use or lose” leave. Unlike most agencies, DCPL is open to serve the public on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, we are expecting a significant number of retirements by year’s end. Union staffs who work on Sunday must be volunteers.

There will not be enough staff to be open for Sunday library services at all branch libraries. Past practice at DCPL has been to post a note on the front door if there is not enough staff to open. We don’t want library users to find that their library is closed when they come expecting it to be open. For this reason, we choose to be proactive by identifying the libraries that would be closed on Sundays until the end of January. If we find we have enough staff, we will resume Sunday library service sooner.

Eleven neighborhood libraries and MLK will remain open on Sundays. We chose those to remain open based on the following criteria:

  1. best access to Metro and / or frequent bus service
  2. the most public access computers
  3. used by the most school students
  4. located throughout the District

Can volunteers help keep libraries open on Sundays through December and January?

We welcome and rely on volunteers throughout the library! Nonetheless, I do not think this will solve our temporary problem for two reasons:

  1. We just do not have the time to train volunteers to work at neighborhood libraries While it may appear straightforward, the work is quite complex, whether knowing circulation policies and procedures or the variety of print and online resources in reference. The technology employed in our libraries requires expertise and knowledge of specialized library computer systems.
  2. Our union agreement says that volunteers can be used to supplement but not to replace library staff.

Those who are interesting in volunteering at DCPL should contact Bill Turner at (202) 727-4968 to learn of the opportunities available.

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