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From Tom Hay
If you haven’t already done it, you must check out the new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw branch of the DC Public Library at 1630 7th Street NW. The building is at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue–it replaces one that reminded many people of a prison’s exterior.
A visit to the new Shaw Library branch will renew your faith in our city government. I was there early Tuesday morning and all areas of the bright and welcoming library were being heavily used. The 22,000-square-foot Shaw branch is part of an effort by DCPL to upgrade libraries throughout the city.
Among the features of the stylish and environmentally friendly building are:
- 40,000 books and DVDs with capacity for 80,000 items
- 32 public access computers with free Wi-Fi
- 8 Mac computers in the teen area
- Community room for up to 100 people
- Quiet study rooms
- Children’s room for storytelling and other activities.
One of the finishing touches to be installed soon, is an outdoor neon sculpture by local artist Craig Kraft. You may know Kraft from his home and gallery in the historic firehouse at 931 R Street NW.
Main Branch for Borderstan Area
The Shaw branch opened on August 2 and a grand opening celebration is scheduled for August 28 from 10 am to 4pm. This branch is very convenient for most residents of the Shaw-Logan-U Street neighborhoods. The West End branch is closer for most of Dupont Circle, but after you see the Shaw branch you will never go to the West End again.
Metrorail fare increase. It started Sunday, August 1… so when you go back to work today, remember the increase in Metrorail fares: a new 20-cent peak-of-the-peak fee during afternoon weekday travel periods, an increase in the cost of three Metrorail passes and a 25-cent increase in cost for Metrorail customers who use a paper fare card instead of a SmarTrip® card.
Meet Ward 1 candidate Bryan Weaver. There is a meet-and-greet Monday at 7 pm at Duffy’s Irish Pub, 2106 Vermont Avenue NW. Weaver is challenging incumbent Jim Graham for the Ward 1 Council seat in the September 14 Democratic Primary.
Ribbon cutting at new Shaw Library. The newly completed building housing the Shaw branch of the DC Public Library is dedicated on Monday at 10:45 am. Location is 1630 7th Street NW–the intersection of Rhode Island, R and 7th Streets by the Shaw Metro stop.
National Night Out. It’s the annual Police Night Out… locally there is an event from 5 to 8 pm in Dupont Circle. Look for details in the Crime section here at Borderstan.
PSA 305 Meets. It’s the monthly community meeting of Police Service Area 305… 7 to 8:15 pm at the DC Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Avenue NW.
LCCA Happy Hour. The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) is holding a reception and happy from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Fathom Creative, 1333 14th Street NW (former site of Jensen Brake Shop).
Community of Fire exhibit opening. The Wood Fired Potters Group is holding an educational pottery exhibit at the Foundry Gallery August 4 to 29. The opening is this Friday, August 6 from 6 to 8 pm. Refreshments will be served and works will be available for purchase. Gallery Hours are Wednesday to Friday, 1 to 7 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 pm.
Dog Days Sidewalk Sale. It’s the 11th Annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale on the 14th and U corridor, sponsored by the MidCity Business Association. More than 100 business and organizations participate and look for stores to ply their wares (with some great prices) on the sidewalk on Saturday and Sunday. Check out MidCity’s Dog Days page for to find out what stores are participating and what deals they are offering. Stop by the Borderstan.com table next to go mama go! and say hello (if it’s not too hot, look for Lupe).