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New libraries open east of Anacostia River in D.C.

Wednesday - 6/20/2012, 2:50pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Two new libraries have opened this month in an area of the District of Columbia with a high unemployment rate and scarce resources.

The Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library in southeast opened Tuesday, and the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Library in southwest opened on June 13. Kerby Valladares, the manager of the Gregory library, tells The Washington Post ( http://tinyurl.com/86r326q) that the library will try to serve the community's needs.

The Gregory library has more than 40,000 books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks and two librarians dedicated to helping residents find jobs. The library also has three dozen public computers, free wireless Internet access and will offer computer classes.

Libraries are also scheduled to open in Mount Pleasant and Rosedale this summer.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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