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Pic of the Week – The Digital Commons at the D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Branch Library

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We enjoy bringing you photos of the unique libraries, ancient and modern, that we encounter during our travels. In celebration of this year’s National Library Week theme, “lives change @ your library,”  we bring you photos of a unique library close to home. Since the inception of the personal computer and the rise of the internet, public libraries have played a vital role in bridging the digital divide, providing an opportunity for patrons to gain experience with new technologies. In keeping with that proud tradition, the District of Columbia’s Public Library System offers a unique resource for anyone who wants to learn about several nascent technologies that may have an impact that rivals that of the internet. D.C.’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Branch Library boasts a Digital Commons that includes a 3d Printer and Scanner, Espresso Book Machine, and a digital, collaborative workspace. Not only do they offer the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with these cutting-edge technologies, they also host events and classes to impart the skills needed to help their patrons make the most of this technology. Help us celebrate National Library Week by letting us know what unique services your library offers in the comments section.

3d Printer at the District of Columbia Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Branch Public Library [Photo by Robert Brammer].
3d Printer at the District of Columbia Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Branch Public Library [Photo by Robert Brammer].

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