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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.

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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 the King central library, including consideration of privatizing the library building air rights for residential luxury housing, with no public parking, all of which raise questions that can only be settled by users of the library, librarians, residents, and taxpayers who are the true owners of this central historic information hub.


Sanctuary of Mind :: The Public Library and Homelessness Conference
This Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 9 am to 12 noon

The Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P Street, NW
(three blocks east of Dupont Circle Metro Q Street south, red line)

Free and open to the public. Reservation required.
RSVP ::, 202-431-9254

~ click here for more info ~

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,

"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."