Attend Dedication of CHV Little Free Library Friday

Replica of CHV Headquarters to be Dedicated to Molly Singer

The Little Library is an exact duplicate of the CHV building (behind). Courtesy: E. Nelson

This Friday, Capitol Hill Village (CHV) will dedicate the Molly Singer Little Free Library, located at their new headquarters (1355 E St. SE) in Washington DC.

The Little Free Library is a miniature building that replicates the new headquarters of the Capitol Hill Village (CHV). The building was created with the droste technique that utilizes a picture within a picture within a picture.

The library is a creation and donation of artist/craftsperson Bert Kubli, a former NEA grants administrator, who is a Capitol Hill resident and member of Capitol Hill Village.

The Library will be dedicated to Molly Singer, former Executive Director of Capitol Hill Village from 2015-2019.  The gift is intended to commemorate Singer’s commitment to community and to creating spaces that bring communities together.  Ms. Singer, who relocated to Boston, will be attending the event via Zoom.

The library, a replica containing a replica, represents the gifts that older adults bring to their communities and the commitment of Capitol Hill Village to be a generous contributor to its new neighborhood. The library was recently selected as a Library of Distinction by Little Free Library due to its unique design. creativity and enthusiasm.  CHV takes pride in generating this inspiring example for Little Free Libraries.

Bert Kubli at work on the CHV Little Library in his studio near Garfield Park. Courtesy: B. Kubli

The Dedication will take place on Friday, June 18 at 4:00 p.m. Invited guests include artist Bert Kubli, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D),Councilmember Anita Bonds (D-At Large) and Gail Kohn, Director of Age-Friendly DC.

Guests are also invited to view the original artwork inside the Headquarters, consisting of a mural and smaller works by a range of local artists, many of whom are also CHV members. The works were commissioned by Gail and Donald Kohn as a gift to CHV and highlight the importance of art and creativity in well-being across the age spectrum.

Capitol Hill Village is a volunteer-based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting adults to remain healthy, connected and engaged as they age-in-community on their own terms.  It is one of 13 intergenerational Villages in the District and one of 250 around the country.  The numerous programs on offer support longevity and quality of life for older adults, reducing isolation, supporting health and well-being as well as encouraging purposeful engagement with the community.

Learn more about CHV, its programs and resources, by visiting capitolhillvillage.org

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Gail Kohn was the former Director of Age-Friendly DC. She is the current Director, a role she has been in since 2013. The Hill Rag regrets the error.