by Jared Holt July 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

DCPL and Chipotle

Chipotle customers can support local libraries today by doing what they do best — sinking their teeth into big burritos.

The D.C. Public Library has partnered with Chipotle Mexican Grill for an all-day city-wide fundraiser.

Here’s how it works: Chipotle customers who wish to participate need only show the image at the top of this post on their smartphone or mention the fundraiser to a cashier.

Half of the cost of each purchase will be donated to the library.

Click here for a list of Chipotle locations in D.C.

Image via Chipotle and D.C. Public Library Foundation

by July 5, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,962 3 Comments

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT] and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

The Watha T. Daniel Shaw branch of the DC Public Library.  (Luis Gomez Photos)

As many Borderstan readers know, the Watha T. Daniel Public Library in Shaw opened in 2010, creating a striking, modern presence along Rhode Island Avenue NW.

The Shaw branch of the DC Public Library, encased in metal and glass, was followed by similarly ambitious projects in Tenleytown, Anacostia and Benning. The designs, many of which are by world-renowned architect David Adjaye, make it hard to believe the structures are government buildings.

DCist takes a moment to focus on the renaissance of the District’s libraries. It notes that their progressive designs have brought critical acclaim and, more importantly, much-needed attention to the slumping library system.

Librarian Ginnie Cooper points out that these projects are favored by architects, who relish the library’s function-oriented public space. “One architect I know calls them today’s cathedral — a secular, sacred space.”

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by February 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,619 0

Watha, Daniel, Shaw, Library

The Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library is a branch of the public system at 1630 7th Street NW. (One Photograph A Day)

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT] and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

According to DCist, actress (and author) Tina Fey is quite popular in the District.

Per the DC Public Library‘s 2011 data, Fey’s book “Bossypants” was the most sought-after book among District residents last year. It led the pack in hold requests for the book and audiobook, as well as in downloads. “In the Garden of Beasts” by Eric Larson, “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett and “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins also placed highly for 2011 requests.

Now if only “30 Rock” would get a bit more attention…

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