The Great Hall will be transformed into a vibrant hub of activity. Swinging glass doors replace the brick wall below the historic mural to reveal a new performance space. This space can accommodate a wide range of events from lunch-time concerts, to evening lectures and musical performances.
A more welcoming entry vestibule offers clear sight lines into the stairwells, helping customers find their way. The addition of a light well, brings natural light into the lower level.
A new café with comfortable seating enables customers to re-charge. Low shelving preserves views to an outdoor area and connects the library to the neighborhood.
Outdoor seating and a lower retaining wall help activate G Place and connect the library to the neighborhood.
A bright Children’s Room with flexible design provides separate spaces for a range of ages. The space includes a story time space. Low shelving preserves views to the outdoors.
A large Creativity Commons has ample space for customers to create and collaborate. A light well and sky lights bring natural light into the space. An adjacent recording studio provides a space for musicians and others who want to create audio and video recordings.
A flexible performance space on the upper level can double as a space for special exhibits.
A new Roof Terrace will provide an inviting gathering place for small groups or individuals who want to read and relax. The modernized library will feature a host of sustainable features including a green roof.
I don't see any planning to help the very large problem which taxpaying visitors have at the MLK branch.
The building and its environs are used as a lounge, washroom, and urinal by citizens who have nowhere else to go.
They ought to be helped to find a social services venue so that we who pay for the library services (books and periodicals are more important than cafes and theatres) are free to use them.
Provide space in the newly renovated MLK for staff to bring their babies and toddlers for day care. Instead of transporting off site, parents could pay into a nursery fund on a monthly basis. DCPL employees would be the happiest in the District of Columbia!
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 »