Wells Vows to Keep MLK Library Open on Sundays

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Councilmbmember Tommy Wells (center) with Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and library supporters Susan Haight and Robin Diener.
Councilmbmember Tommy Wells (center) with Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and library supporters Susan Haight and Robin Diener.

Councilmember Tommy Wells has taken up the popular cause of keeping the downtown Martin Luther King Library open on Sundays, telling the Board of Library Trustees on Wednesday that he “will do everything in my power to get the $320,000 needed.”  The Ward 6 councilmember dropped by unannounced at the regular Trustees meeting at the new Deanwood Library in northeast.  

Marcia Carter of the Friends of the Georgetown Library is delighted: “Closing MLK on Sundays would be tragic -- not only for its effect on the general public -- but because of the many special needs students who rely on services available only at MLK.”

She was joined Ward 6 resident Wendy Blair, President of the Literary Friends of the DC Public Library. “How encouraging that the new chair of the Library Committee is standing up so forcefully for the Library,” she said.  The second term councilmember recently became the new head of the committee that oversees the DC Public Library as well as Department of Parks and Recreation and the Office of Planning.  


Without the money, the closing is to start October 1st.


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Peter Rosenstein

The question I have is how many people actually use MLK on Sunday's? I am always in favor of keeping libraries open but in times of needed cuts I think we have to be very careful about just saying yes without the details and if the library board wants the public to stand behind spending an additional $320,000 for MLK they need to get the information out.

Is every other local library open on Sunday? How many people would use their community library vs. MLK? How many people use it on Saturday vs. Sunday and has there been a survey done of the people that come into the library Sunday to find if they would use it on Saturday instead if it were to close on Sundays?


So where has Tommy been for the last several months especially since he took over the Council Committee on Libraries last spring? As always, he is a day late and a dollar short. Just as the homeless. Well maybe the Dish can move his lazy behind and keep pressure going on him to do something before 2013. Sorry, but he is all talk and little action while he chases after the 1.5 billion dollar trolley system.