Modern. Bright. Airy. These are some of the adjectives you may use to describe D.C.’s newest libraries. Designed by Tanzanian-born architect David Adjaye, the Bellevue and Francis Gregory sites finally opened for business this month and are sure to transform the communities they reside in. Transform, why? Well, the buildings are inviting and engaging. There are different rooms designed for specific uses including study rooms for teens. Attractive and contemporary furniture has been installed in these gleaming new facilities which are destined to be as popular as Apple’s retail stores. Residents will actually want to go in to these new buildings and explore what is on offer. Who knew a library could serve as the social nexus of a community!