The DC Public Library developed a community engagement process to inform and engage community residents, library users and other stakeholders in the design of the new Woodridge Library.
Over the course of designing, renovating or rebuilding 14 libraries since the Spring of 2007, our community engagement has evolved. In order to maximize contact with the broadest sector of the community, we are visiting established community groups and meetings rather than hosting meetings.
What follows is a timeline of our meetings and other engagement with the community over plans with Woodridge:
- Nov. 28, 2011, 12 p.m.: Met with Woodridge Library Staff at the Woodridge Library
- Jan. 18, 2012, 6:30 p.m.: Met with the Friends of the Woodridge Library at the Woodridge Library
- Feb. 2, 2012: Notice submitted to Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5B
- Feb. 25, 2012, 10 a.m.: Attended meeting of the Premier Community Development Corporation — Rhode Island Avenue Task Force — at the Woodridge Library
- March 3: A/E Selection Panel at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
- March 7, 7 p.m.: Met with the Friends of the Woodridge Library and the Rhode Island Avenue Task Force at the Woodridge Library
- March 12: Response (dated) from Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5B to the Feb. 12 notice
- March 13, 6:30 p.m.: Attended ANC 5A11 meeting at Friendship Charter School
- May 23, 5:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet with Architect Bing Thom at the Woodridge Library
- Aug. 27, 6 p.m.: Friends of Woodridge Library meeting at the Woodridge Library
This meeting was well-attended by library users, community residents and community representatives, including the Woodridge Civic Association, ANC5A11, the Premier CDC and Friends of Rhode Island. Architect Bing Thom offered a first glance at design for the planned library with a conceptual model.
- Sept. 17, 7 p.m.: Meeting with Premier Community Development Corporation/Rhode Island Avenue Task Force at the Woodridge Library