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September 30, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Restores Funding For Sunday Hours at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 

Residents Continue to Enjoy Seven-Day-A-Week Library Services

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(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that funding will be made available to ensure the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will remain open on Sundays.

"The library plays an important role in supporting education for students of all ages and providing job search and career assistance," said Mayor Gray. "We are pleased we were able to identify funding to keep the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library open on Sundays."

The library will receive $316,000 for Sunday hours, ensuring that residents continue to have library service seven days a week. The funding also ensures that the library remains open on Sundays, as it has continuously since 1972, the year it opened.

On Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 pm, Mayor Gray will be joined by Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who chairs the Council’s Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation and Planning; and Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper to welcome District residents into the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

“I’m thrilled that Mayor Gray has found the money needed to keep Sunday library hours open for residents,” said Councilmember Wells. “Working in partnership with the Mayor, this makes good on the commitment and shared priority to keep the city’s libraries open and available to the public.”

“Mayor Gray is one of the library's strongest supporters,” said Cooper. “It is a priority to keep libraries open as many hours as possible and we are pleased we are able to continue to offer this important service to District residents.”

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library is located at 901 G Street NW. Sunday hours are 1 pm to 5 pm