By Georgine Wallace

Walking or driving by the Southwest Library location at 900 Wesley Pl., you may not see a lot going on. The project, however, is still in motion. Many of you have expressed concern about our progress and I wanted to provide an update, while also allaying concerns as much as possible.

Several months ago, the library removed furniture and other items it intends to use in the remodeled space. In the meantime, we had to wait for each of the utility companies servicing the building to remove or secure their equipment prior to the library even being able to apply for a raze permit (obtained from Historic Preservation Office) to begin demolition. We are now in the permitting stage and I hope to have an update in January’s issue of “The Southwester.”

The interim library providing services during construction is the large gray trailer with red trim located at 425 M St., SW. You can pick up holds, make copies, and use the computers at the interim. Plus, we have a small selection of books available. The interim library’s hours are the same as the old library. 

We are working on agreements with our amazing area churches to provide additional programming throughout Southwest and Navy Yard. We hope to have more on that in the next issue as well. 

Happy Holidays and thank you for your support! 

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