Library News

District Dynamos -- You Are the Library

The District Dynamos is a non-hierarchical network of community driven oversight groups looking to heighten the public interest in DC's public library system.

MLk Library
King Memorial Library
Photo by Rob Goodspeed

We have before us a once-in-a-lifetime chance to transform our central library.  Public input is essential -- the first step in planning.

Yes, implementing a positive and meaningful feedback loop between DC residents and City leaders will take some time, but it is clearly required for the longterm planning of this major public asset.

Opportunities for public funding, such as co-housing a long-needed, new DC Archives will be lost if more strategic planning is not prioritized.

Right now, some ideas being floated include renovating and building out a smaller central library, in a privatized building, with no public parking, all of which raise questions that can only be settled by users of the library, residents, and taxpayers, who are the true owners of this central historic information hub.


DCPL HAS ANNOUNCED A MEET AND GREET WITH THEIR CHOSEN ARCHITECTS TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF MLK LIBRARY.
TUESDAY, MARCH 25TH, STARTING AT 6:00PM AT MLK LIBRARY
Click here for more info and to see the 'concept plans'.

Frederick Douglass

DC residents have to be more vocal to see a bigger oversight role materialize... and the District Dynamos seek to involve District residents in the transformation of our library system in a more meaningful and proactive way.

Like Frederick Douglass explained one-hundred and fifty years ago,

"Power concedes nothing
without a demand."