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DC Big Read Events at Branches

March 7, 2007 / Comments Off on DC Big Read Events at Branches

The Literary Friends of the DC Public Libraries are working with Friends organizations across the city to hold events for “The Big Read” in branch libraries. Below is a listing the events planned to date:

Northeast/Southeast
The Richness of Zora Neale Hurston’s Imagination and Language
Wednesday April 25, 6:30 pm
Location: Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE, at Maryland Ave., 202/698-3320

Pontheola Mack Abernathy performs readings. Tips for starting & sustaining reading groups. Refreshments provided by Southeast & Northeast Library Friends.

Woodridge
Why I Love the book Their Eyes Were Watching God followed by viewing of the film version starring Halle Berry
Wednesday May 2, 6 pm
Location: Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE, at 18th & Rhode Island Ave, 202/541-6226

Actress-playwright Joy Jones explains her Hurston devotion. Refreshments provided by Woodridge Library Friends.

Cleveland Park
Zora Neale Hurston in Context
Saturday May 5, 3:00 pm
Location: Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW, at Macomb St., 202/282-3080

Deborah Macanic, Exhibit Developer at Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, explores Hurston’s era. Tips for starting & sustaining reading groups. Refreshments provided by Cleveland Park Library Friends.

Petworth
Dramatic Readings from Their Eyes Were Watching God
Sunday May 6, 2 pm
Location: Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave, NW, at Georgia & Upshur St., 202/541-6300

Readings and discussion. Tips for starting and sustaining reading groups. Refreshments provided by Petworth Library Friends.

Mt Pleasant
Why We Love Their Eyes Were Watching God
Monday May 7, 6:30 pm
Location: Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St, NW, at Lamont St, 202/671-0200

GWU professor/authors Jennifer James and Gayle Wald explain their Hurston devotion. Tips for starting & sustaining reading groups. Refreshments provided by Mt. Pleasant Library Friends.

Georgetown
Why We Love Their Eyes Were Watching God
Wednesday May 9, 6:30 pm
Location: Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, at Wisconsin Ave, 202/282-0220

GWU professor/authors Jennifer James and Gayle Wald explain their Hurston devotion. Tips for starting and sustaining reading groups. Refreshments provided by Georgetown Library Friends.

West End
Readings and Book Club Discussion/Their Eyes were Watching God
Wednesday May 23, 6 pm
Location: West End Library, 2nd Fl Mtg Rm, 1101 24th St. NW, at L St. NW, 202/724-8707

The West End Library hosts its own and other book clubs for selected readings by actor Lynn-Jane Foreman, and a discussion by educators on African-American studies. Also, tips for starting & sustaining reading groups. Refreshments provided by West End Library Friends.

These events are part of The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

Library Oversight Hearing, February 12, 2007

There will be a public hearing on the performance of the District of Columbia Pulbic Libraries during Fiscal Years 2006-2007. The hearing is this coming Monday, February 12, 2007 at 10:00 am. To sign up to provide testimony, contact Angel Hicks at 724-8107 or e-mail ahicks@dccouncil.us. The meeting is being held in the Council Chamber (Room 500) of the John A. Wilson Building at 1400 Pennsylvania Ave. NW and will be Chaired by the Committee on Libraries, Parks, and Recreation Chairperson, Harry Thomas, Jr. If you cannot attend but would like to submit written testimony, you can also address that correspondence to Mrs. Hicks.

This hearing will focus on performance measures that District of Columbia Public Library reports as part of their budget and will include measures of circulation, program attendance, and the use of special services provided by the Library System. There will be separate hearings in March or April about the allocation of funds for libraries where the Friends will be able to advocate for more funds to improve facilities, staffing levels, and issues of safety in our libraries.

Public Hearing on Library Transformation June 15

May 20, 2006 / Comments Off on Public Hearing on Library Transformation June 15

On Thursday, June 15, 2006, Councilmember Kathy Patterson, Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation, will hold a public hearing on Bill 16-734, the “Library Transformation Act of 2006.” This legislation represents the Mayor’s proposal to finance and construct a new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library at the old convention center site. The hearing will be held at 10:00 am in the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Council Chamber, Room 500.

The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony, which will be made a part of the official record. Anyone wishing to testify at the roundtable should contact Evelyn Bourne-Gould, Legislative Assistant to the Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation, at 724-8195, or via e-mail at egould@dccouncil.us. All witnesses will be permitted a maximum of three (3) minutes for oral presentation.

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted either to the Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation, or to Mr. Ira Stohlman, Acting Secretary to the Council, Room 5 of the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close on
Thursday, June 22, 2006.

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