One of the highlights of my week was attending the DC Public Library Board Meeting at the Chevy Chase Neighborhood library branch. The Board welcomed a new Executive Director – Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper. I hope I’ll be able to work with Ms. Cooper and the rest of the Board throughout the year as we all campaign for literacy in the District of Columbia.
What made the Board meeting so exceptional, apart from hearing about the scheduled improvements to libraries across town, was the period after the “official business” when private citizens could voice their opinions and share concerns. I was moved by the strong commitment to community activism – and the love and enthusiasm for reading and continued education – that so many District residents conveyed. I have never seen a group so eager to improve their community through reading!
If you haven’t been to a library branch yet this summer, there is still time! And a variety of enticing volumes await you… as well as SO many improvements that have already been made to the atmosphere and the technology that we have come to expect, in addition to literary works, from our public libraries. Find the branch nearest you at http://www.dclibrary.org/branches/