Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bathrooms, Cabling, Clouds: Your Construction Update - Little Falls Refresh

At Little Falls, the bathroom floor area on the lower level, has been refilled with concrete. Large and small sized piping, a mixture of both PVC and copper material, is beginning to appear in those spaces. All this activity is done with the strict adherence to the design and drawing elements since the end result is the provision of new, functional bathrooms to be enjoyed by the community. We are getting there.
                       
The provision of more seating spaces and access to additional electrical power outlets also constitute the focus of this phase in the refresh process. Consequently, the electricians are diligently pulling their data and electrical cables through overhead and floor based conduits. There will be more to come on this in the near future, but suffice it to say that at the Little Falls Library our community will be connected, and definitely delighted.

As a quick aside, it was interesting to read in the Bethesda Magazine, that the County Libraries were giving assistance to commuters who were affected by the Metro track repair program by offering the services which we have as an alternative. Seating, internet connection, and accommodation are all part of MCPL's regular offering.

I mentioned "Clouds" in the title of the blog, and hasten to explain what these are in relation to our building refresh. Located at the new information and circulation stations, and hanging from the ceiling are two circular shapes, ... clouds, ... which, with embedded lighting, will illuminate the spaces below. As a design feature, with the mural mentioned in the last post as a backdrop on the wall, this area will be one of the outstanding points in the refresh.
                                             
And the work continues, with more to be reported as the construction shifts to another phase.

Don't forget that our core programs are being continued at off-site locations. The Literary Salon, the Adult Book Discussion Group will meet for its final book discussion program for this Fall at the Chevy Chase Library. If you are visiting the Chevy Chase Library as an alternative location until Little Falls is re-opened, it may be possible to pick up the book for the November book discussion which will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. The book to be discussed is Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories, by Anthony Marra.

Our Little Falls English Conversation Club continues to meet at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5500 River Road, Bethesda, MD, 20816. Sessions for the month of November will meet on November 4, and 18, 2016, from 10:15 a.m.- 12:00 noon. And, more to come.

Ken





Tuesday, October 11, 2016

So, What's going on with the Refresh at the Little Falls Library?

As a follow on to the last blog information given, and in keeping with our promise to keep our stakeholders and all our customers apprised of the refresh endeavor at Little Falls, here goes. The rebuilding process within the library has begun, and work is proceeding along at a steady pace. Workmen have been busy adding drywall sheets to locations specified by the work plans, so that the transformation process can take place.

Men at work
One location which has already changed significantly is the place where the sturdy circulation desk once stood, where customers returned and checked out their materials. That is gone, and in its place one will find a more compact arrangement, where both the circulation staff, and the information staff will function. As a backdrop to these stations, there will be the mural on the wall, which the Friends of the Library, Little Falls Chapter, commissioned, as gift to the Library, to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. This is being moved from a location where one had to be informed that it existed, to one which makes it visually available to all. Additionally, there will be a wide screen monitor providing digital signage, which will inform all within the Library of the programs and activities available at Little Falls.    
                      
The mural emerges
The workmen are also engaged in the laying down of the electrical and data lines to those parts of the library which have been designated as additional seating and functional locations, which the refresh is providing. These areas are at points throughout the library where one can not only sit and enjoy the library's materials and ambiance, but also a view of the library grounds. Imagine being able to sit on the upper level, at the western end of the library looking out towards the feeder road which leads to both the library and the Westland Middle School. Trust me, ... the view is priceless!

And, this blog would not be complete without reporting on the toilet facilities. Work continues on the remodeling of the bathrooms on the lower level. The old fittings have been removed, the foundation has been excavated, and new pipes laid where necessary. Masonry work is next on the list, and you will be informed of the progress as we evolve to completely new toilet facilities for all. We are getting there.
     
Plumping pipes
The Literary Salon, the Little Falls adult book discussion group, will meet again at our Chevy Chase branch for the October book discussion. This program will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. The book title for the program discussion is The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Hamid Mohsin. This item is being held at the information desk at the Chevy Chase for those persons who wish to participate in the discussion. While you are there, it may be possible to pick up the book for the November book discussion which will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, again from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. The book to be discussed is Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories, by Anthony Marra.

Our Little Falls English Conversation Club continues to meet at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5500 River Road, Bethesda, MD, 20816. Classes for the month of October will meet on October 14, 21, and 28, 2016, from 10:15 a.m.- 12:00 noon. 

More updates to come...

Ken