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Future Use of Historic MLK Main Library Building to be Discussed

Wed., Sep. 19 (6pm): The public is invited to attend and participate in the discussion that the Board of Library Trustees will be hosting at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (9th & G Sts., NW) at which time a panel of nationally recognized architects and library experts will present ideas addressing the future of the MLK main library’s Mies von der Rohe-designed building to board members and residents.

(For background, see our report of six months ago, “Disposition or Retention of MLK Main Library Building Subject of In-Depth Report to Guide DC Library Trustees,” InTowner, March 2012, PDF page 1.)

Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper is encouraging public participation, saying, “We are eager to hear from library users, lovers of architecture, and others about what can be done to improve the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.”
By way of a follow-up to this public meeting, the DC City Council’s Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation will hold a public roundtable on Thu., Sep. 27 at 11 am in Room 500 the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pa. Ave., NW).  The Committee encourages the public to testify. Those who wish to do so should contact the committee c/o Ms. Tawanna Shuford at (202) 727-8204 or send an email to [email protected] prior to 5 pm, Sep. 25th.  Additionally, written statements will be accepted and also included in the official record. Copies of written statements should be mailed or delivered  to Ms. Shuford at Room 117 of the Wilson Building or by email to [email protected] no later than 5 pm, Oct. 1st