Sunday, December 24, 2006

DCPS libraries finally getting some love

Libraries of the District's public school system are in the midst of an upgrade the likes of which hasn't been seen in decades.
Last month, improvements to three public school libraries in the Capitol Hill area were completed as part of a $2.4 million public-private initiative that ultimately will include eight schools. The Capitol Hill Community Foundation joined the school system and parent volunteers to raise money for the project.

So far, the libraries at Stuart-Hobson Middle School and Robert Brent and Ludlow-Taylor elementary schools have been redone. Work is scheduled to begin in the summer at Payne, Tyler, Maury and Watkins elementary schools and Peabody Early Childhood Center.

The Capitol Hill project coincides with a broader school system plan to spend $12 million, including some federal funds, updating its elementary school libraries this year and in 2007.

Upgrades at 48 elementary schools were completed in October with the addition of new computers, digital cameras, shelving, carpeting, painting, electrical fixtures, furniture and access to electronic databases, said Philecia F. Harris, the school system's new director of library media services. An additional 37 elementary school libraries are scheduled for similar improvements next year.

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