Friday, June 9, 2017

The March of Progress Continues at Little Falls

Another week has passed by and Little Falls has continued to see a revolving door of wonderful people working to make sure that the branch is clean, updated, and fully refreshed for its reopening.

First things first, our signage process continued with a visit from Ashley from Image360. She prepared mock-ups for our new signage and picked out a color palette. It was a fun process thinking about all the library customers' needs and what signs will work best to highlight all of our offerings! Without the lights, it was a little difficult to match colors to the signs, but we got creative and persevered.

A man and a woman comparing color palettes to the Little Falls Library carpet.


Work on the lighting continued, this week as all of the light components were delivered to the library in preparation for their installation.

Stacks of lighting components in cardboard boxes.


Additionally, we had a visit from a power washer who sprayed clean the exterior of the building to free it of ivy, vines, and grime that had accumulated over time. It's a pretty major jump from before...

Grimy exterior of Little Falls Library

to after.

Power washed exterior of Little Falls Library

 And now, it is primed and ready for a fresh coat of paint which will be coming soon.

On the staff workroom side of things, our cute, new dishwasher was installed, and one of our cabinets was removed in order to be converted into more desk space.


Overall, it was a busy week here at Little Falls, and every day brings new progress and movement towards our reopening. Please keep following the blog for more updates. Thank you for your patience as we ensure that Little Falls library is refreshed and ready for you all! And, as always, thank you for supporting Montgomery County Public Libraries--where the County reads, where the County meets, where the County learns.

Patrick Fromm,
Little Falls

Friday, June 2, 2017

Preparation of the Branch for Reopening Continues . . .

The Department of General Services (DGS) continues its work on the finer details of the refresh project. Contractors removed old lighting fixtures in preparation for the installation of new ones next week.  Painters began painting the interior of the Massachusetts Avenue entrance doors.  Ceiling tile replacement is still underway. Additionally, the kitchen renovation is almost finished, and it looks lovely.

On the technology side, our ADA workstations were activated and tested out this week.

ADA workstation computer at Little Falls Library

Please continue to follow the blog, as we keep you informed about the work the Department of General Services has underway to get the branch ready for reopening.  Thank you for your dedication and support of Montgomery County Public Libraries (Where the County Reads, Where the County Meets, Where the County Learns).

Patrick Fromm,
Little Falls


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cleaning, Shelving, and Signage, Oh My!

This past week at the Little Falls Library flew by! The team worked hard to start reshelving the collection and preparing the branch for our eagerly anticipated reopening. Before I delve into what has happened this week, I wanted to take some time to give a little more information on who I am.

I started working in libraries in high school at the Catonsville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. I started as a person who put books back on the shelves, and I was fairly quickly promoted to a supervisory position. From there, I worked my way up the ladder on both the circulation and librarian side of the system. I tried my hand at many different facets of the library world. I was lucky enough to find my vocation in management.

Libraries are a special place to perform that role. It's a unparalleled pleasure to work at all times to better serve our customers. Very few places I have worked exhibit the dedication to their customers that public libraries do, and I value getting to be a part of that world. So, when I became aware of the Library Manager vacancy in Montgomery County Public Libraries, I knew I could bundle all that experience I gained in Baltimore County and bring it here to Montgomery County to share and grow. 

I live in Catonsville with my wife and our month old daughter, Grace. I'm really looking forward to meeting the Little Falls community in person and to continue working to give you exceptional library service!

Now, on to the library! Our staff worked hard to start organizing and shelving the loads of materials that had been packed up or newly arrived while the branch was being refreshed. But before we could put the materials on the shelf, we had to make sure that they were dust-free and book ready. 

Empty book shelves

Once that was done, we had great help from our movers to unbox the items and line them up for evaluation and organization.

Library books on tables awaiting sorting and reshelving

Library books on tables awaiting sorting and reshelving
Finally, we began loading them onto the shelves.

Library books on shelves
We still have a lot of work ahead of us; the pictures barely do justice to just how robust our collection is. And with every shelf we fill, we cannot wait for our customers to get back in and start borrowing again!

In addition to our team's work preparing and shelving materials, we had workers on site beginning the construction on our new staff kitchen. Thanks to the Little Falls Chapter of the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. for their generous support of this construction; it is greatly appreciated by the Little Falls Library staff!

Staff kitchen under construction
Finally, we started the process of selecting the new signs for the branch to match our new color scheme and to represent the collections that have moved.

This week's progress has really started to make the branch feel like a library again! We still have a lot of work to go, but each day brings visible proof of our march towards the grand reopening.

I hope you continue to follow the blog to keep abreast of updates and the eventual announcement of our reopening date! Thank you for your patience as we continue to refresh the branch for your enjoyment, and thank you for your continued support of Montgomery County Public Libraries (Where the County Reads, Where the County Meets, Where the County Learns).

Patrick Fromm,
Little Falls

Little Falls branch manager Patrick Fromm

Friday, May 19, 2017

Mountains of Books at the Little Falls Branch

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Patrick Fromm, and I have the absolute pleasure of being the new Little Falls Branch Manager. I'm so excited to meet all of you and to see all that the Little Falls area has to offer! But before that happens, we have to ensure that your collection is shelved, ordered, and ready to be paired with its reader, listener, or viewer on our opening day, which I promise is coming soon! 

Moving truck in the Little Falls Library parking lotHuge thanks to the Moving Services Unit for making arrangements for a team of movers on Thursday to bring in pallet after pallet of materials on a hot day. The Moving Services Unit is part of our wonderful Montgomery County Department of General Services, Division of Facilities Management. The Little Falls staff really appreciates their hard work getting our items to the right areas of the building. It was exciting to see so much of the collection returning to the branch. After all, a big part of a library is its diverse collection, and our shelves are crying out to be filled. I know we will all be happy when the books, movies, CDs, and other items are in their rightful home. 

Until then, however, we have mountains of boxes to go through. 
Boxes of books piled up in the Little Falls Library

The good news is that our whole staff will be reporting to the building next week so that we can get to work on returning everything to the shelves and straightening up the building. 

On the building front, repairs and upgrades continue as we prepare the branch for its reopening. We thank you for your continued patience while we ensure that everything is polished and refreshed for our returning visitors. 

Some of our programming is still ongoing while we are closed. The Little Falls Adult Book Discussion Group, known as the Literary Salon, will meet at the Chevy Chase Library on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 11:00 PM to discuss the book, Bread Givers, by Anzia Yezierska. This will be the third, and final discussion for the spring 2017 series of the Literary Salon, entitled “Immigrants and Refugees.” Copies may still be available for borrowing at the Chevy Chase branch.

The Little Falls English Conversation Club continues to meet at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5500 River Road, Bethesda, MD, 20816, on Fridays, from 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM.

Please continue to follow our blog for regular updates! I look forward to meeting you all in person and welcoming you to your new, refreshed Little Falls Library.

Patrick Fromm,
Little Falls




Friday, May 12, 2017

Little Falls Library Refresh, ... and the doors will be opening on, ...

Little Falls Library Refresh, ... when will those doors be opening ...

exterior of Little Falls building
To all our customers, friends, well-wishers, stakeholders, and yes, our children who are anxious to get into that wonderful, delightful, sometimes magical, always enchanting place we call our library, I am just as excited as you are for an opening day, a question which is on the lips of all with whom I am in contact daily. I beg of you just a wee bit more of your patience.

Good things are happening, and the welcoming light—opening day—is at the end of the tunnel.

The Little Falls staff, who are functioning at the other libraries in the area, have been notified about a date for their return to the Little Falls Library. Now that most of the structural related aspects of the refresh have been completed (with just a few remaining items), staff is needed within the building to prepare for the re-opening. Although the library has been closed for the refresh, the purchase of new materials for the library’s collection has been on-going, so that a wealth of new materials will be awaiting your return. All these will have to shelved before the doors are opened to welcome back our customers. Additionally, the materials which have been transported out of the branch to the warehouse for storage, will be returning.

empty shelving units

And the work continues towards re-opening. You will be informed, as soon as we get into the countdown towards the sentence, “the doors will be opening on …"

Some of our library programs are continuing at other locations, and we are indeed aware of the anxiety of all to return to home base. We again beg for a wee bit of your patience.

The Little Falls Adult Book Discussion Group, known as the Literary Salon, will meet at the Chevy Chase Library on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 11:00 PM to discuss the book, Bread Givers, by Anzia Yezierska. This will be the third, and final discussion for the spring 2017 series of the Literary Salon, entitled “Immigrants and Refugees.” Copies may still be available for borrowing at the Chevy Chase branch.

The Little Falls English Conversation Club continues to meet at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5500 River Road, Bethesda, MD, 20816, on Fridays, from 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM.

Check back soon for more news about the refresh activity. And continue to follow our blog! More to come!

Ken Lewis
Little Falls












Friday, May 5, 2017

Little Falls...Getting Closer to the End!

Every week brings us closer to the return of the Little Falls staff to the branch and the subsequent internal preparation of the branch for reopening. The refresh work at the branch goes on. The laying of carpet in areas which were previously omitted is finished throughout the building. Furniture for both the upper and lower levels is still arriving.  Miscellaneous “to do” items which are brought to the contractor’s attention are being attended to expeditiously.

The previous stage of the roof replacement work, (see our post from April 7, 2017, "Little Falls, Construction and Refresh Updates") showed the installation of the guttering and the downspouts around the building. That work having been done, the final stage of the roof replacement work, the installation of the roof shingles on the roof surface, is now underway. This work and the installation of the light fixtures around the eaves of the building, when done, will bring the major exterior refresh related work to completion. We are indeed getting closer to the end.

Don’t forget the programming which the branch offers. The Little Falls adult book discussion group, known as the Literary Salon, will meet at the Chevy Chase Library on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 12:00 PM to discuss the book, Bread Givers, by Anzia Yezierska. This will be the third, and final discussion for the spring 2017 series of the Literary Salon, entitled “Immigrants and Refugees.” Copies may still be available for borrowing at the Chevy Chase branch.

The Little Falls Conversation Club continues to meet at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5500 River Road, Bethesda, MD, 20816, on Fridays, from 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM.

Check back soon for more news about the refresh activity. And continue to follow our blog! More to come!

Ken Lewis
Little Falls

Friday, April 28, 2017

Things Are Shaping Up!

Refreshed Little Falls children's areaContinuing on the “heels” of our blog from last week, the tremendous push by the children’s staff to clean and reshelve the collection, boxed after the water pipe break, has enabled us to provide the needed space for the new incoming furniture and shelving.  Now beginning to take shape in the recently liberated space is our new children’s room with attractive, pleasing, and colorful pieces of furniture and new shelving.  The result is a quantum leap forward from what was there originally.

Refreshed Little Falls children's area
As the furniture and all the other pieces destined for that area continue to arrive, we will continue to keep you informed.

Also occurring during the past week, the finishing material for the roof has arrived and is sitting as “sentinels” on the roof, patiently guarding the positions where they will be placed when the crews working on the roof resume their job of laying down the material.

Exterior of Little Falls Library with construction material on the roof
As the work on the library continues towards completion, those library programs which are held at other locations are continuing. The Little Falls adult book discussion group, known as the Literary Salon, will meet at the Chevy Chase Library on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 12:00 PM to discuss the book, Bread Givers, by Anzia Yezierska. This will be the third, and final discussion for the spring 2017 series of the Literary Salon, entitled “Immigrants and Refugees.” Copies may still be available for borrowing at the Chevy Chase branch.

The Little Falls Conversation Club continues to meet at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5500 River Road, Bethesda, MD, 20816, on Fridays, from 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM.

Check back soon for more news about the refresh activity. And continue to follow our blog! More to come!

Ken Lewis
Little Falls