A section of northeast D.C. was abuzz with a ceremony that marked the end of renovations at a District building that was built over eight decades ago.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was joined with Councilmember Tommy Wells (Ward 6) and Interim Chief Librarian Joi Mecks at Northeast Library, on Monday. Also in attendance were neighborhood community leaders.
The renovated structure has been modernized with state-of-the-art library services, the ability for consumers (citizens) to bring their own portable devices, and even more public-access computers.
Mayor Gray referred to the building as a "gem...equipped to serve this community well into the future.”
Mecks echoed the mayor's comments by stating in part, "...In addition, new amenities like more meeting rooms will enhance their visits to their library.”
It also has:
- New spaces were created for children’s story times;
- New plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems;
- Improved lighting;
- Increased space for library programs;
- Dedicated space for teens;
- New quiet study rooms;
- New restrooms; and
- Area for public meetings.
The library (located at 330 7th Street NE) was first opened in 1932, and is known as the fourth-oldest D.C. Public Library (DCPL) building. The new facade highlights the architectural elements of the building's Georgian Revival theme.
For instance, many of the library’s original wood furnishings were restored or replicated.
The official grand re-opening is set for February 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.