Book bash: CAG Hosts Re-opening Party for Library

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Betsy Cooley, Marcia Carter, Bob Laycock, Gerri and Ed Solomon and Ruth Werner, representing Councilmember Jack Evans
Betsy Cooley, Marcia Carter, Bob Laycock, Gerri and Ed Solomon and Ruth Werner, representing Councilmember Jack Evans
Georgetown book lovers are lamenting the imminent closing of Bartleby’s Books, one of the District’s last antiquarian bookstores, but they are getting back their library.  On Monday, the Citizens Association of Georgetown and the Friends of the Georgetown Library hosted a special reception for the historically renovated, enlarged facility, closed since a major fire struck three
Commissioner Charlie Eason, Helen Darling of 32nd Street, and Brad Gray of CAG and Friends of the Georgetown Library (Photo by: RJSmith) Commissioner Charlie Eason, Helen Darling of 32nd Street, and Brad Gray of CAG and Friends of the Georgetown Library
years ago.
 
Brad Gray, CAG board member and chair of the Friends, was the emcee in the absence of CAG President Jennifer Altemus.  Speakers included neighbors and board and staff from the DC Public Library (DCPL). Richard Levy, a Library board member and Georgetown native and businessman, spoke of how little the library had changed since he was a child, until the unfortunate fire forced the renovation and upgrade. He pointed out that this work is part of the DCPL modernization, including new buildings across the District.  “This is not an edifice complex,” he stressed. “We’re interested in services to the public.”  Director of Library Services
Posy Mendoza, Outerbridge Horsey and Rosina de Souza (Photo by: RJSmith) Posy Mendoza, Outerbridge Horsey and Rosina de Souza
Nancy Davenport did add there was “not the staff to check out books this evening.”
 
“The is a dream come true,” said Jerry McCoy, archivist of the Peabody Room, the historic repository.  He asked for information from neighbors on their houses to help fill the files he has on almost every house in Georgetown. Marcia Carter, former owner of Booked Up, added to the collection with a donation of two antiquarian Georgetown imprints, The American Gardner and Agricultural Essays, both bought from the soon-to-close Bartleby’s.
 
Murmurs of dissatisfaction impinged on the good cheer.  The food and drink, donated by TD Bank, were judged to be meager and disappointing compared to CAG's normally festive standard.  Matters were not helped when the white wine ran out very early.  "I'm thirsty and I don't drink Coca-Cola, it's not good for my health," said one parched attendee.
Jerry McCoy accepts two antiqurian books from former Booked Up owner Marcia Carter (Photo by: RJSmith) Jerry McCoy accepts two antiqurian books from former Booked Up owner Marcia Carter
Nancy Davenport, DCPL director oflibrary services, Richard Levy, DCPL board member and Georgetown native and businessman, Chris Wright, project manager. (Photo by: RJSmith) Nancy Davenport, DCPL director oflibrary services, Richard Levy, DCPL board member and Georgetown native and businessman, Chris Wright, project manager.
The fun outlasted the wine... (Photo by: RJSmith) The fun outlasted the wine...