Posts Tagged ‘ginnie cooper’

Off the Books

The boy on the bicycle flashes a big grin as he rides into the atrium of the Mount Pleasant Library. His father collects the bike and carries it upstairs as the child climbs the steep steps, and the two of them enter the main room on the second floor, joining a group of nervous 4-year-olds [...]

D.C. Public Library, Through Rosedale-Tinted Glasses

The latest in a long string of shiny new libraries has arrived. This morning, Mayor Vince Gray, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, and D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper kicked off the grand opening of the Rosedale Library at 1701 Gales Street NE. (The Rosedale neighborhood, of course, is south of Benning Road and just east [...]

Ginnie Cooper Lands Bing Thom For New Woodridge Library

Get on your feet and sing hallelujah, the crazy library plans are back! After taking a breather from her building blitz, D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper has brought on borderline starchitect Bing Thom—he of the swoopy Arena Stage—to design a new Woodridge Library. The existing services will be moved to a temporary location while a new building [...]

Panel: MLK Library’s Got to Share Space or Move

Back in November, we got the gist of what an expert panel would recommend for D.C.'s aging central library: Either build two more floors on top and lease part of the building to another tenant, or sell the building and move the library somewhere else. Today, they released their full report, which makes even more [...]

Construction Watch: Bellevue Library

The weird, looming entrance of the Bellevue library.

D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper is nearing the end of her library building streak, with striking new facilities now open in Anacostia, Shaw, Minnesota-Benning, and Tenleytown. Her last two, in Bellevue and Hillcrest and both designed by London-based architect David Adjaye, might be the most bizarre and [...]

Guest Post: A Defense of the MLK Library

The MLK library lobby, soon after opening. (DCPL archives)

After reading my column last week about D.C.'s new libraries, Arts Desk contributor and Mies geek Kriston Capps rose to the defense of our much-maligned central library. Here's his response.
When Mayor Anthony Williams took on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library toward the end of [...]

The Builder: Ginnie Cooper’s blitz of glitzy libraries was pricey—but worth it.

D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper’s office, on the fourth floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, is in some ways a reminder of failure: It’s too big, and a set of fraying modernist chairs, original to the 1973 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe building, have grown too delicate to sit on. Cooper, a [...]

Watha T. Daniel Libary, About to Go Live

After years of planning, contract negotiation, and construction, the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library will finally open its doors on August 2. It’s the fourth of six new and renovated libraries to open this year—but this one, a triangular shard of glass projecting over the corner of Rhode Island Ave. and 7th Street, NW, may be [...]