Washington DC: MLK Library’s $211 Million Renovation Focuses on the Space Being Much More Than Books
The D.C. Public Library recently solicited input from food service leaders interested in developing, managing and operating a local workforce development program at the library.
The library at 901 G St. NW wants to enter a public-private partnership with a food and beverage operator willing to run the new 4,300-square-foot cafe and workforce development program that will provide training opportunities in the food and hospitality industry, along with education and public programming related to local foods, healthy eating and entrepreneurship.
Richard Reyes-Gavilan, the library’s executive director, said the old building was not as inviting and helpful to visitors as it could be because of its outdated design, narrow stairways and dark hallways. He said he wants the new café, which won’t be accessible without first entering the library, to be a resource for people to activate their lives.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.