Danny Glover Reads to Students at the NEW Benning Neighborhood Library

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Danny Glover Reads to Students at the NEW Benning Neighborhood Library

Surrounded by children at the Benning Neighborhood Library, Actor and Humanitarian Danny Glover, read a story and took questions to raise awareness about the important role libraries play for children and for communities.

Glover’s visit, the day before his new movie “Death at a Funeral” opens in theaters, was to celebrate National Library Week and to help the Lubuto Library Project with their effort to build new libraries in Zambia.

“The DC Public Library has been working hard to show that great communities have libraries that offer the public a variety of books, classes and computers,” said Pam Stovall, associate director at the DC Public Library.  “Lubuto has a similar mission and  we are delighted to partner with them to showcase how a world-class library looks.”

The Lubuto Library Project, Inc. creates opportunities for equitable education and poverty reduction through libraries and related educational, cultural and community programs in sub-Saharan Africa.  They have built one library in Lusaka, Zambia and are currently building a second library funded by Dow Jones & Company. Lubuto also connects North American and European volunteers and students with their African peers through community service.

The Benning Neighborhood Library was selected by Lubuto  because its design and program offerings is an example of the high quality, open-access libraries they are building in Zambia.  Designed by Davis Brody Bond Aedas, the Benning Neighborhood Library is new two-story, 22,000 square foot building that offers 40,000 books, DVDs, CDs, and other library materials, Children’s program room, 32 public access computers with free Wi-Fi Internet access and public art by local artists.

Libraries also will open in Anacostia (April 26), Deanwood (Summer), Shaw (Summer), Georgetown (October) and Tenleytown (December). The library’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2011, which is essentially flat over the fiscal year 2010 budget, allows the library to maintain its current hours and provide the resources needed for the new libraries.