Community Gets Sneak Peak of the New Takoma Park Neighborhood Library

First full-service library to open in 19 years completed one month ahead of schedule

Mayor Adrian Fenty joined Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper; D.C. Council Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation Chair Harry Thomas Jr.; Councilmember Muriel Bowser; Board of Library Trustees President John Hill; and Board of Library Trustee members for a tour of the newly-renovated Takoma Park Neighborhood Library today.

The Takoma Park Neighborhood Library closed in October 2008 for a six-month $1.95 million renovation. Originally scheduled for an April opening, the library will open to the public March 10.
Mayor Adrian Fenty praised the D.C. Public Library for opening Takoma Park ahead of schedule.
“Our residents of Ward 4 and the surrounding community have enjoyed this beautiful Renaissance- style library since 1911,” said Mayor Fenty. “We are pleased that the Takoma Park renovations will be completed ahead of schedule, which demonstrates the District’s commitment to resuming Library services as quickly as humanly possible as well as its efficient implementation of such projects.”

One of four Carnegie-funded library buildings in the city, the one-story Renaissance Revival-style brick building is the oldest D.C. public neighborhood library.  The makeover restored woodwork, improved the lighting, developed a new floor plan, replicated original furniture, and refurbished the exterior masonry and metalwork.

Cooper notes that the historical elements have been enhanced to support modern library uses.
“There are more computers for people to use, more outlets for laptops, and more room for DVDs and CDs,” said Cooper.

Cooper also points out that this renovation is the first of many taxpayer-funded library projects to be completed over the next two years as part of the Library’s transformation.

“This is only the beginning,” said Cooper. “There are six buildings in under construction and two more with designs in development. It is a very exciting time for the D.C. Public Library.”

Other new Library projects scheduled for completion include:

  • The New Benning Neighborhood Library
  • The New Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
  • The New Anacostia Neighborhood Library
  • The Renovated Georgetown Neighborhood Library
  • The Deanwood Community Center
  • The Walker-Jones/Northwest One Development

In addition to today’s sneak peak, the community is invited to attend an open house Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Read more information about the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library renovations.