Fenty Administration Unveils New Northwest One Neighborhood Library
Today, Mayor Adrian Fenty joined Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells to celebrate the grand opening of the Northwest One Neighborhood Library. City officials and members from the surrounding community gathered at the new library, located at 155 L St. NW, to commemorate the occasion with a ribbon cutting.
“I am pleased to celebrate the completion of another addition to the Walker-Jones campus; the first combined library, school and recreation center project in the District,” said Mayor Adrian Fenty.” “This model campus combines all of the facilities needed to build any strong community and will serve as the centerpiece of the Northwest One new community for years to come.”
As a collaborative project, DC Public Library worked in partnership with DC Public Schools (DCPS), Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) to design, construct and manage the new facility.
The 4,300-square-foot library will house 25,000 books, CDs, DVDs and will provide library users with access to computers; and free Wi-Fi, along with reading and lounge space for young adults.
Builders are seeking LEED Silver Certification for the new facility which also has a green roof, two large community rooms complete with a full kitchen and a computer lab.
“Across the city, District residents are using libraries more than ever before,” said Ginnie Cooper. “I cannot wait for Northwest One to filled with children picking out books to read, adults accessing the Internet and teens hanging out or doing homework after school.”
The Library will work in collaboration with DPR to offer special programs to residents of the community including early literacy training, story times, job search strategy workshops, and basic computer skills.
Northwest One Library is a part of a new campus which also houses Walker-Jones school, a k-8 grade public school with a 600 student capacity which was completed in mid Aug 2009.
Forrester Construction was contracted to complete the project which created more than 150 construction jobs during its development.
Additionally, the plan calls for a new 20,000 square foot recreation center, new playing fields and parks.
The Northwest One Neighborhood Library is one of five libraries opening in fiscal year 2010. New libraries will also open in Benning, Anacostia, and Shaw.