Adult Area and Services

What services should be included in the newly renovated library for adults?

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Adult Area and Services

BOOKS. Maintain a high volume

From colonial days until now, public libraries have provided both new and old, popular and obscure, books. It is impossible for even a wealthy person to maintain such a broad collection. Access to the Internet, and rooms to meet in, however, can be provided in other places (schools, courthouses, churches on weekday, business space temporarily not leased). I am concerned about the great numbers of books which have been ...more »

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Jobs Training Center

How about a partnership with the city and employers to offer professional development and training classes in the library in order to train/re-train the local unemployed and underemployed? This will open up more long-term opportunities for mobility and to rise out of poverty.

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Adult Area and Services

Public bathing facilities?

When I flew through Tokyo there was a paid public shower area that I gladly took advantage since it was a long flight and layover. As far as I know outside of membership organizations or hotels there is nothing like this in DC. I'm sure shelters have some facilities but given it's prominence as a gathering spot within the homless community maybe a similar facility would make sense here? This could also be of use to ...more »

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Can we have more RESOURCES and RESEARCH Materials?

Can we have more resources, research materials, and educational/social groups? For example, a legal library, religious library, arts library, DC Architecture, homes, permits, churches, cemeteries library, DC Vital Records online access, Ancestry.com online access, Foundation Center database online access, legal resources center (once a week) staffed by pro-bono attorneys, social services center (IRS/DC, once a week), ...more »

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Mrs. Nadia Benab

Expand the novel section to include writers from the third world whose books have been translated into English Conduct weekly book clubs for children and adults Open special rooms for the community to utilize for lectures, group meetings etc. Make sure the library is open seven days a week and especially allow the homeless population to use the facilities. Since funds are limited, request volunteers from the Washington ...more »

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MLK Library NOT a "homeless shelter"

The planners need to be aware that this library as a public facility is and should be available to the homeless. And yes, while it is not a "shelter," services should be provided for the homeless. Putting the homeless in another, separate area, as suggested is not only discrimination, but just plain wrong! "and it makes the library look and feel like a bus terminal, not a place where parents are comfortable sending their ...more »

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