D.C. chief librarian Ginnie Cooper announces retirement

“Whoever said “without libraries, you have no civilization” had obviously never confronted a D.C. public library circa the early 2000s. Odd-smelling places, many of them, and not in a musty literary way but in a stinky dog pee way, with curling carpet and yellowy leaking ceilings, and the sense that whatever book you sought might be on the shelves, or might be propping up a window air-conditioning unit. Walking into a branch felt less like entering a monument to knowledge than like entering a semi­finished basement in need of a good wet vac. “I think the biggest day” in recent library history, says John Hill, president of the D.C. Public Library Board of Trustees, “was the day that Ginnie came.” (via The Washington Post)

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