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D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Library poised for facelift

“On a Saturday afternoon at downtown’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, computer users in sweatshirts and suits tapped away in the first-floor Digital Commons. Downstairs, on the lower level, several dozen tango dancers practiced the paso doble as a DJ spun music. And on the top floor, in a cemetery-quiet room that holds the local-history Washingtoniana Division, a young man with a large camera snapped photos of antique plate maps.” (via The Washington Post)

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DC public school students now have city library cards

“Middle- and high-school students in the nation’s capital now have better access to the city’s public libraries, thanks in part to a White House initiative. The program is called the ConnectEd Library Challenge. Back in April, President Barack Obama challenged 30 communities to ensure that all students have access to library cards.” (via AP)

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DC Public Library’s Strategic Plan Sets New Goals for Ward 6 Libraries

“Down the stairs and into the Anacostia Library meeting room a group of patrons gathered. At the center sat an Eastern High School junior. Nathaniel Howard knows he wants to go to college. He wants to study journalism and English and he wants to succeed. His goals depend in part on the resources he uses five days a week at his neighborhood library branch. “My vision for the library is to have more technology, more tutors for help getting into college, and community outreach for young teens,” Howard said.” (via Capital Community News)

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Hoping to raise interest in books, public library opens school branch

“The kindergarten students sat in rows on a rainbow-colored carpet and listened to a story during a visit to their new school library. Then they did a reading cheer — “Read, Baby, Read!” — before they got to go “shopping” for books. Within a few minutes, the children at D.C. Prep Benning Public Charter School were lined up clutching books about Hot Wheels, princesses, pandas, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Curious George, Superman, and Pete the Cat, to name a few. The students usually select books in their classrooms, going through shelves or bins that are organized by reading level. But the Ward 7 school added 5,000 new books in March by opening a D.C. Public Library branch inside the school.” (via The Washington Post)

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Unequal shelves in D.C. school libraries benefit wealthier students

“Lafayette Elementary School, in upper Northwest Washington, has one of the largest library collections in the District’s public school system, with more than 28,000 books filling stacks on two floors. Drew Elementary, 12 miles away and east of the Anacostia River, has one of the city’s smallest inventories: 300 catalogued books lining shelves along two of the library’s walls. Reading and literacy are high priorities for the urban school district, as proficiency rates for its poorest students dwell below the averages for major cities. But the District dedicates no annual funding for school-library collections, instead relying on the largesse of parents or the kindness of strangers to stock its shelves through donations.” As a result, an unequal system has developed. (via The Washington Post)

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