Monday, July 25, 2016

Getting Ready for the Refresh

Little Falls lower level.
There has been a tremendous amount of activity at Little Falls over the past two weeks as the staff prepared the building for the refresh project. All staff members have been cleaning out their respective work places and packing materials which can be re-used when the branch reopens.

The children's area on the lower level has transformed from a wonderful collection of books, toys, AWE workstations, computers,  picture books, DVDs, and CD's to an open space occupied by carpet squares There is indeed ample space for all of the characters in our picture books, housed on shelves along the walls, to come out to play.

Books on their way to storage.
Library materials have been boxed, labeled, and transported out of the branch to be stored in one of the county's warehouses until the end of the project. The empty space enclosed will be transformed within the next six months into a beautiful layout of new shelving, colorful furniture, and new and returned library materials, which we are all anxiously awaiting. The excitement is growing among staff, now that the project is underway.

Our first floor entry, on the upper level, will also see some changes, which will emerge as the refresh progresses. Based on the plans displayed during the last few weeks, we can look forward to more and improved seating, among other enhancements.

A well earned lunch.
Our library staff enjoyed the last day in the building with a wonderful lunch which was funded by the Friends of the Library, Little Falls, an organization which continues to be a great advocate for the Little Falls branch. We also took the opportunity to hold a birthday celebration for a staff member whose birthday fell on that day.

Little Falls staff members have been sent to nearby libraries until the refresh project is completed. Little Falls customers visiting these branches may be greeted by familiar faces.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Closing Down with Magic!

Parents, children, grandparents, and librarians were all treated to a program of magic and wonder as the Little Falls branch presented one last performance program before closing on Saturday, July 9, 2016 for its 6 month refresh project. The program, performed by Abracadabra Alex, was funded by the Friends of the Library, Little Falls, as part of the Friends summer offering to the community.

Now that the Little Falls is closed, Where can we go for library programs?

Children who registered for the Summer Read and Learn program at the Little Falls Library can complete it, and pick up their badges and prizes, at any other MCPL branch.

The Literary Salon, the adult book discussion group which meets at the Little Falls Library in the fall and spring, has decided to meet at the Chevy Chase branch for the upcoming fall book discussions. Titles and dates for the fall discussions will be selected soon.

The English Conversation Club which met on Friday mornings at the Little Falls Library, will now meet at the Fourth Presbyterian Church which is located on 5500 River Road, Bethesda, Maryland.

Parents who are looking for storytime programs for their children in the fall can check the upcoming events section of the branch pages for Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Potomac or other branches.

Please be aware that the bookdrop at the Little Falls Library closed on Friday, July 15, 2016, at 6:00 PM. Customer should return their library materials to other branches for the duration of Little Falls refresh project.

Friday, July 8, 2016

FAQ's About the Little Falls Refresh

What will be done at Little Falls during the refresh project?

Little Falls library staffThe Little Falls branch will get a new roof, new carpet, paint, totally renovated bathrooms, a re-organization of the children’s area with new furniture and exciting colors, a user friendly re-arrangement of some of the collection, new comfortable seating, many more areas of powered seating, improved Wi-Fi accessibility, a digital display screen, and much more!

What will happen to the Little Falls staff when the library is closed for the refresh?

Most of the Little Falls staff will be assigned, temporarily, to other libraries in the area, which are considered “impacted” branches, since Little Falls customers will go to these locations as alternatives.

What are the other available libraries in the area?

Little Falls library staffThe libraries nearest Little Falls include BethesdaChevy Chase, and Potomac. As an added treat, the Rockville Memorial Library is open from 9:00 AM– 9:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays through September 3, 2016. You may see one of the Little Falls staff members at any of these locations.

What will happen to my holds for which I am way down on the list and do not expect to receive before Little Falls closes?

Customers can go to the orange My Account button near the top of the MCPL homepage to change the holds pickup to any other MCPL branch which is convenient for them. Customers can also visit their nearest branch and ask the library staff to do this for them. In cases where the customer forgets to do change their holds pick up location, the customer will be called by a staff member who will inform the customer that a hold is now available, and that the customer should assign a new location for pick-up.

Please stop by and stock up on your “cache” of library materials before we close on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. And keep checking on this blog for timely updates as the refresh project evolves.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

It's Happening! Little Falls Library Refresh Project!

It’s happening! The Little Falls branch refresh project!

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, the Little Falls branch closes to the public for approximately six months, The branch manager, Ken Lewis, along with the staff will be waving to the public as they exit through the doors, and at the same time communicating to them, “We will see you in approximately six months! Keep well.”

The closure of the Little Falls branch, and the Davis branch a week later, July 16, 2016, comes as a result of a capital improvements project program which provides “key maintenance of selected libraries every year over a seven year cycle, rather than waiting to do major extensive work over a longer timeframe.” This also allows library buildings to get significant and timely updates without having to close for the lengthy time it takes for a full renovation.

Both the Little Falls Library, and the Davis Library, are the second set of libraries in which “refresh” work will be done. The Twinbrook branch and the Kensington Park branch have been the first set of libraries which have gone through this process. Visit those libraries if you can so that you can envision what the refresh holds for Little Falls.