Mayor Gray, City Leaders, Open New Tenley Library
Joined by city leaders at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library opening, Mayor Gray outlined how the DC Public Library supports education.
The new Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library features 55,000 books, CDs, DVDs and other library materials; 32 public access computers and free Wi-Fi Internet access; a large programming room for up to 100 people; two conference rooms for up to 14 people; and study rooms.
“Continuing to improve education in the District of Columbia aggressively is one of my top priorities” said Mayor Gray. “The Library is an important part of the comprehensive approach to education that makes our residents more likely to be civically engaged and that contributes to our economic recovery.”
“All across the District, people are finding help with homework, resources for writing or improving their resumes, and computer classes at their Library,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia. “As we look at the challenges ahead for the District, the Library’s books, programs and spaces will continue to support education from birth to 24 and beyond.”
Across the District, Librarians introduce children as young as six months to books using rhymes, music and other fun activities at weekly Story Times. Designed for the attention spans and developmental levels of different ages, Story Times incorporate the early literacy skills that children must master before they can learn to read.
Students visit the library in person to get help with their homework or online using Live Homework Help, a web-based service offering free one-on-one tutoring. Certified tutors are available every day from 2 p.m. until midnight for grades K-12, college intro and adult learners.
Adults looking to find a job, change careers, or learn a new job skill also find help at the Library. In addition to Librarians, web-based resources like the Testing and Education Reference Center help adults prepare for tests like the GED, plan for higher education, explore career paths, build a résumé and learn computer programs.
"To deal with our challenges in education and unemployment we must work together, as one city,” said Mayor Gray. “I am glad to have the DC Public Library as a partner in the work that lies ahead.”