In the fall of 2015, the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library shut down in order to undergo a makeover. On March 30, 2016, the 25-year-old library reopened and celebrated the event by hosting a story time for families, a book-making workshop, and a screening of the film, "Shepherd Park: Past and Present."
The refresh cost a total of $1.1 million with most of the work being done to the property's first and second floors. The interior work included new flooring, fresh paint, new furniture, and a combined information and check out desk.
In the "Children's Area," a children's information desk was ordered along with a consolidated computer area and a rearranged seating area. The sunken area was also filled in, and the book drop was removed.
For the "Adult Area," all of the computers and copiers were placed in a centralized area. A new millwork counter was also ordered along with power outlets for all reader tables.
Mac computers were also added for the "Teen Area."
Other work that was done included creating a designated stroller parking in the vestibule and entry area, converting the current Friends of the Library room to a public conference room, and adding new display spaces and fixtures. A second public conference room is now located in the vestibule and entry area.
The exterior of the building also got a refresh with roof replacement in some areas. Drainage issues were also fixed, and an exterior book drop was added.
While the facility at 7420 Georgia Avenue NW was closed, all holds were directed to the Takoma Park Library at 416 Cedar Street NW.
• Shepherd Park Library Makeover [DC Public Library]
• Open House [DC Public Library]