In collaboration with the Friends of Deanwood Library, IDEA scholars enrolled in Carpentry II built three "little libraries" to be installed around Deanwood in an effort to energize the community around reading and advocate to bring a full-size stand-alone library to the neighborhood. Seniors Dianshe Robinson, Deontae Roach, William Ellerbe, and Jaysun Smith were the library builders.
The official 120-square-foot Deanwood library kiosk--part of the DC Public Library (DCPL) system and one of the smallest libraries in the country--was closed in 2008, but the building remains. A DCPL library branch was added as part of the Deanwood Recreation Center in 2010. Deanwood residents are working to preserve the kiosk for community use while also fighting for a larger library for the community.
Meanwhile, IDEA scholars have helped provide access to books by constructing three micro-libraries, part of the Little Free Library movement, launched in 2010.
Pictured: ThienVinh Nguyen, Hannah Estifanos and her son, Carpentry Instructor Ian Milne, and seniors Dianshe Robinson, Deontae Roach, William Ellerbe, and Jaysun Smith.