August 20, 2014

DC Mayor Proposes Central Library Renovation, Seven Day Operation

Draft Rendering of New MLK Library

It’s been a surprising and energizing spring for the Washington, DC, library community as Mayor Vincent Gray publicly endorsed two of its top wish-list items during his March 27 budget introduction: a proposed $103 million overhaul of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the city’s landmark central branch, and a 25 percent bump in total system funding earmarked for keeping every facility open seven days a week.

DC Councilman Wants to Extend Library Hours

Washington, DC, Councilman Jack Evans has introduced a plan to extend the city’s library hours. The bill, known as B19-883, The District Of Columbia Public Library Hours Expansion Act of 2012, was introduced on July 10 and referred to committee, but won’t be addressed further until the council members return from their two-month recess. It […]

ALA Picks Chicago for Three More Years; BEA Moves One Week Earlier

The American Library Association, which already planned to hold its annual conference in Chicago in 2013 and 2017, now plans to hold the event there in 2020, 2023, and 2026 as well. BookExpo America will take place one week earlier in 2013.