Library Foundation Gives Donors Sneak Peek of New Francis Gregory Library

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Library Foundation Gives Donors Sneak Peek of New Francis Gregory Library

June 19, 2012 – Monday evening, the DC Public Library Foundation hosted a sneak peek event at the New Francis Gregory Library to thank library supporters and to encourage others to support their library.

Hosted by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and DC Public Library Board of Trustees chairman John W. Hill, more than 100 attendees marveled at the new building, designed by world-renowned architect David Adjaye, the night before it opened to the public.

"The DC Public Library has quickly become one of the most forward-thinking systems in the country," Mayor Gray said. "Just as the staff and library board should be applauded, those who support the library system also deserve praise. Their commitment to the library has helped it achieve its success."

Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper said that the Foundation has been key to the Library’s progress.

"The DC Public Library Foundation has been one of our most important partners," she said. "The Foundation’s support has helped start many other programs that users now expect the Library to offer.  Their support of the Library has never gone unnoticed or unappreciated."

Greg Chernack, chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors, agreed.

"By getting private individuals to invest in the DC Public Library, we have been able to help speed up the system's improvement," said Chernack. “Tonight, we say thank you and we challenge you to do more so that our Library can be even better."

Attendees enjoyed music by Arnold Sterling's jazz band and beverages prepared by Derek Brown, the bartender and owner of acclaimed bars The Passenger and Columbia Room.  Brown's drink recipes included D.C.'s native cocktail, "The Rickey," which he developed from records in the DC Public Library's Washingtoniana Division.  

The DC Public Library Foundation is an independent not-for-profit that partners with the DC Public Library to provide a margin of excellence, and to help make a good library great.  Since its founding in 1985, the Foundation has secured and administered over $4 million in funding to the Library through bequests, trusts and donations.  Programs supported include the Library’s Sing, Talk and Read (STAR) program, which helped teach early literacy development strategies, and a computer training program that targeted adults 55 years and older.
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