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Community Garden on Roof

According to the renderings they are already planning to make the roof top a green space. What if they make it a vegetable, herb and fruit garden? Perhaps they could even include some beehives.

Perhaps this garden could be a partnership project with a local homeless shelter. Maybe we could pay some interested people at the shelters to tend the garden. The harvests could be donated to the shelter to help provide more... more »

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Law Library

The District has no legal resources for Pro Se Civil Litigants. The are free legal resources at the Superior Court (Family and Criminal), Probate, Small Claims and Land Lord Tenant but none for Civil cases filed Pro Se or without a lawyer. The Superior Court has a legal library but it is not financial supported and therefore, has outdated materials. MLK use to have extensive and updated legal resources and a legal librarian.... more »

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Play room for young children and their parents

MLK library opened my world; to really amazing audio books. I've gone on to sign up for Audible; and have now been an avid listener. However, my child was born recently; and we have avoided the library; because it's difficult to go with kids; since they're curious about all they see; which is in conflict with a quiet space. Having a sound-proof room for kids is great; really just an open play area; with benches all around... more »

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Cafe

I hope the café is staffed with people who know how to make coffee correctly and that the café is expansive--not small and cramped like so many of them in the city.

I also hope that there can be more than one in the building or outside to accommodate all visitors comfortably, like the ones in the MOMA in New York.

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D.C. History Area and Services

Hans Kindler bust

Outside the Music Division is a wonderful bust of Hans Kindler. He was an internationally known cellist of Dutch origin. He founded the National Symphony during the Great Depression and launched the orchestra on its fabulous history. The Washingtoniana Division has a Kindler biography written as a PhD dissertation at Catholic U. Please keep the bust in the renovated design. The Kindler Cello Society also honors his memory.... more »

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MLK as a "shelter"

I know this will be controversial, but it must be mentioned: MLK, as anyone who has been there knows, has become a virtual daytime shelter for the homeless. I'm not insensitive to their needs, but virtually every area of the library is taken over by people sleeping at desks, on furniture, on the floor, 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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