Happy Anniversary Woodridge Library!

Woodridge Library

Happy Anniversary Woodridge Library!

Woodridge Neighborhood Library Celebrates 90 Years of Lifelong Learning!

Woodridge Neighborhood Library celebrates 90 years of lifelong learning!

Please join us on Saturday, Dec. 7 for a Plaque Ceremony at Art Enables (2206 Rhode Island Ave, NE), the site of the original Woodridge Library, at 10 a.m., followed by a day of celebration at the Woodridge Neighborhood Library  at 11 a.m. with community leaders and members, a video presentation, photographs and a cake cutting. The Friends of the Woodridge Library will also have a book sale with a wide selection of reasonably priced books and media. There will be a story time for young children, origami for all ages and library tours. Come and meet your neighbors and friends.

The current Woodridge Branch of DC Public Library opened Jan. 16, 1958. Its predecessor, the Woodridge Subbranch, served the northeast community from December 1929 until the opening of the new modern facility at 1801 Rhode Island Ave. N.E. The first subneighborhood library in the neighborhood was located at 2206 Rhode Island Ave. N.E. in a commercial building that was specifically erected for use as a library. During the 29 years the Woodridge Subbranch was in existence, the Woodridge community continually urged its replacement with a full-fledged, purpose-built neighborhood library. When this wish finally came true in 1958, the neighborhood had a 20,000-square-foot, modern, one-story, brick and steel facility designed by Leon Chatelain in collaboration with the office of the D.C. Supervising Architect.

The idea for a public library branch in Woodridge was first presented to the Rhode Island Avenue Citizens’ Association in August 1921 by one of its members, R.H. Elsworth. Opening exercises for the Woodridge Subneighborhood Library were held Dec. 6, 1929, at Sherwood Presbyterian Hall.

Refreshments sponsored by The Friends of Woodridge Library.