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Stephanie Mencimer’s article “A Novel Proposal” (11/5) about the Martin Luther King Memorial Library underscores the need for a new central library. I love the Mount Vernon Square building; it is indeed a Carnegie gem. A library should be a warm and fun place to visit. We need to talk about architecture and interior design as much as we talk about computers.

Mencimer, however, is wrong when she mentions the library as not being a place writers visit. It has a wonderful lunchtime author series, which is coordinated by the Literary Friends of the D.C. Public Library. On Nov. 16th, Connie Briscoe (author of A Long Way From Home) will be giving a reading. Sometimes words can bring beauty to a space.


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