The Project for Public Spaces' April newsletter focuses on libraries, with a feature story on "Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever". Of note in the newsletter is their list of 14 Ways to makes a great library. These articles make for interesting reads, particularly as we embark on the design and construction of a new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw library. PPS advocates that successful libraries meet a variety of community needs and wear several hats (so to speak); while our new library will not be mixed use in the zoning sense, hopefully it will be mixed use in terms of its community orientation.
The interim modular library has been delivered to its site at 925 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, and is presently being assembled. It is expected to open in mid-June 2007. The old Watha T. Daniel/Shaw neighborhood library will be demolished by the end of July 2007; the bulk of the demolition work should commence in early May. A series of community meetings regarding the design of the new library will be scheduled soon.