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D.C. Public Libraries: A Look Back And Ahead With Ginnie Cooper

Less than a decade ago, many of the District's public library buildings were in need of repair or replacement. Today, 14 branches have been rebuilt or renovated, and circulation has tripled since 2006. One of the people driving these changes, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, recently announced her retirement. Cooper joins Kojo in studio to talk about the past and future of DCPL.

Award-Winnning Library Architecture

The city has rebuilt or renovated 14 libraries during Ginnie Cooper's tenure, including William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Library and Francis A. Gregory Library. The two branches each won one of 12 Royal Institute of British Architects International Awards this year. RIBA commendations are among the most rigorously-judged awards for architectural excellence.

Most Checked-Out Titles From D.C. Public Libraries In 2013 (So Far)

Washingtonians are eager to borrow bestsellers, period dramas and a biography of Abraham Lincoln, according to D.C. Public Library records for 2013 so far. Here's a list of the most popular books, DVDs and eBook downloads across all city branches.

Top Books For Adults

"Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

"Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James

Top Children's And Teen Books

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series by Jeff Kinney

"The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss

"Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins

Top Audiobooks

"Bossypants" by Tina Fey

"Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Top DVDs

"Downton Abbey"

"True Blood"

"Mad Men"

Top eBooks

"Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

"Seating Arrangements" by Maggie Shipstead

"The Red House" by Mark Haddon

Data courtesy D.C. Public Library

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