Library News

DCPL-hosted Shaw Library Design Meeting 9/4/08


DC Public Libraries (DCPL) and the Board of Library Trustees (BoLT) are hosting a community library design meeting on September 4, 2008.

WHAT: Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Interim Library Community Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, September 4, 2008 6:30 - 8:30 pm
WHERE: Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Interim Library, 945 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

This may be your last chance to help shape YOUR new Shaw library -- a library that will be around for the next 60+ years.

There have been some serious problems with how the library design has evolved in the past seven months -- take a look.

The Shaw Library Study Group hopes to maximize community input and asks for YOU and at least one friend to be there.


It will be held at the Interim Shaw Library - 945 Rhode Island Avenue just adjacent to Shaw Junior HS.
The meeting starts at 6:30pm but District library advocates will be gathering at 6:00pm out front.

We hope you can join us.

~The Shaw Library Study Group (SLSG)

FMI, visit the DC Public Library Website.

Alex Padro, ANC Commissioner 2C01
and President of the Watha T. Daniel / Shaw Library Friends Group

In an email sent 9/3/08, Alex writes:

Please plan to attend the final design meeting for the new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library on Thursday, September 4, 2008, at 6:30 PM at the interim Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 945 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, to see the latest, and possibly final, designs. This will likely be the last opportunity to advocate for any changes community residents would like to see made to the new library's design.

Some have suggested that part of the landscaped area around the library should be used as an outdoor reading room, when weather permits. The removal of the green roof from the project has concerned many in the neighborhood. Others have suggested that the current space being dedicated to a seating area for the juvenile collection should be converted into a more flexible space that could accommodate literacy classes and senior programs in addition to the juvenile collection. And many continue to have concerns about the sight lines on the first floor that currently make it difficult for staff at the circulation desk to help monitor patron activity on that level.

While restoring glass as the principal material for the new building's facade was a major victory, some of the refinements listed above could help make the new library a more welcoming, safe, useful, and useable facility. Your presence at the meeting could help convince DC Public Library officials that these final tweaks are warranted and worthwhile.

So I hope you will make the effort to attend this meeting and offer your support at this crucial stage in the development of the new library that will serve our neighborhood for the next 30-50 years.


Alexander M. Padro
Commissioner, ANC 2C01
1519 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3205
Voice: 202-518-3794