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D.C. chief librarian Ginnie Cooper discusses changes to system

“D.C. Public Library’s chief librarian, Ginnie Cooper, wouldn’t do what she does if she didn’t have an appreciation for books and the effect they have on others. Books have influenced her life so much that she and her husband, Rick Bauman, were married in a library in 1995. Instead of throwing rice, their guests threw pages from romance novels. Before becoming chief librarian in 2006, Cooper was library director for the Brooklyn Public Library System in New York. Since her move to the District, she has led her staff in transforming the city’s library system to encourage residents to utilize what their neighborhood libraries have to offer. Her work in libraries stretches back more than 40 years.” (via The Washington Post)

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D.C. Council members push for longer library hours

“D.C. library advocates told D.C. Council members Thursday that they want libraries to be open longer, but are worried that extra hours would mean more staffing. “We want extended hours, but there needs to be funding to staff these hours,” said Susan B. Haight, president of the Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library. “My concern is that legislation will be passed and the funding will not follow. An unfunded mandate does not work for us.”

via Washington Examiner

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After recession, Washington area libraries adapt to high demand on a tight budget

“Walk into Arlington County’s Central Library at 4 p.m. on a Wednesday. The parking lot is full. Grade-schoolers and their younger siblings are scattered around the children’s section. Adults are plugged into the wireless signals from their devices or browsing novels and DVDs. At the moment, the Digital Projects Lab where residents can record videos is free, but it won’t be for long. Try Montgomery County’s Germantown Library on a Sunday afternoon. Someone is using the computers to search for a job. Someone else is leafing through the collection of Vietnamese-language books. The librarian at the counter fields a question about e-books.”

via The Washington Post

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Plan calls for D.C. libraries to open on Sundays

“The District’s public libraries would open on Sunday — and stay open for much longer on other days — under a $10 million plan that the D.C. Council is poised to take up this fall. Most library branches in the city are open for 48 hours each week, but legislation that Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans is pressing would move that figure to at least 69 hours a week, a 44 percent jump. “The libraries are very important,” Evans said. “We have one of the finest library systems in the country, and people at community meetings bring [operating hours] up to me all the time.”

via Washington Examiner

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More on HIV/AIDS

Reuters – “Washington, D.C., has the highest rate of AIDS in the United States, and more babies are born with the AIDS virus in Washington than in other U.S. cities, according to a report released on Monday.”

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Building Libraries

Elissa Silverman – “It was not your typical library story hour.”

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