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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wiring, Cabling, Data Drops and Books

The Little Falls heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
Little Falls HVAC
Being an “up-front” witness to the construction/refresh process has had its moments of awe and appreciation as the workmen and technicians went about their respective duties in executing the work, which is required to wire the building for electrical power, and to pull the necessary cabling, which is essential for the transmission of data throughout the building.  County staff have been busy installing the network grid as well as internet data jacks for the public computers.  And, at the end of it all,  you, our customers, will be able to enjoy the most up to date technologies when Little Falls reopens.

County staff and contractors are also on the job wiring the new, recently installed heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.  They are busy making the necessary connections so that its operations can be controlled and monitored from a central Montgomery County location for both efficiency and function.      
Children's Room - Before
At the same time as the wiring activities have been occurring, the children’s librarians have been working diligently in the Children’s Room on the lower level, tackling the momentous task of restoring the area to its “pre-flood damaged state.” This undertaking involved the unpacking of a total of approximately 720 boxes, cleaning the books, and re-shelving them in their appropriate locations within the children's area. 

I am delighted to report that we have succeeded in attaining our objective, as can be seen by the "before" and "after" pictures .  Kudos go out to this team of dedicated workers for the team spirit which they demonstrated during this undertaking. The preparation of this area sets the stage for the installation of the new furniture, shelving, chairs, and tables which will be coming to the Children's Room soon. We are excited about the end result and look forward to your seeing it at our re-opening.
Children's Room - After

As always there is more to come. Keep reading our blog!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Little Falls Library, ... please be seated!

Little Falls furniture - table
Little Falls Library, ... please be seated!

Furniture for the library is slowly beginning to arrive,

On the upper level at the western end of the building where the fiction collection is located, there are three new comfortable lounge chairs.  They are located just underneath the large window and give a fantastic view of the library grounds and surrounding area. This has been a preferred seating area for many of our customers in the past, and we expect it to continue to be a popular place with the comfortable new furniture.

Arcadia chairs
In the same area, one will find seating and access to additional computers which will accommodate the increased flow of traffic as a result of more customers using the building.                                                    

Across from the new service desk area, there will also be lounge chairs, which will allow for sitting and reading in a comfortable atmosphere.

One of our end goals for the refresh was the creation of a Teen Space, which will delight the teens who visit the library. We are fortunate to have a dynamic Young Adult librarian who is working diligently to provide the teens in the community with the programming and materials which fall within their areas of interest. Add a welcoming and teen related ambiance, and we are hoping to see our efforts bear fruit.                                                    

Little Falls teen area furniture
Teen Space
Our Quiet Room has been given more functional space with the removal of the large wooden carrels, and our customers are now able to observe the library grounds through the large window on the eastern side. This room has also acquired some comfortable furniture, with tables for laptop usage in the middle. This location will also house our magazines and newspapers.  I am just as excited about the sitting area on the western end of the building, as I am about this area on the eastern side. Each has its charms and inducements. And although I have shared my thoughts with you about the wonderful, colorful, comfortable furniture, we will keep the furniture “under wraps” until our opening day.

Quiet Room chairs and tables
Quiet Room

Check back soon for more news about the refresh activity.

Ken Lewis
Little Falls Library

Friday, April 7, 2017

Little Falls Construction and Refresh Updates, Keeping You Informed!

Construction activity related to the refresh continues to be the topic of conversation for our blog this week. The crew working on the roof are at the stage where they are now adding the fascia to the sides of the roof overhang, and they are also installing the gutters and the downspouts around the building. These are essential to channel the water runoff from the roof away from the building.

The parking spaces in the branch parking lot have been re-striped, and those reserved for “accessible” parking are now clearly visible, since the international symbol of accessibility is now painted in the middle of each space.

New furniture for the branch is beginning to arrive. The first seating to be delivered was the Arcadia lounge chairs for the main library area, just across from the combined circulation and information desk.  In the coming days and weeks, all the remaining pieces of furniture will be received and placed in their respective areas. We will provide a “sneak peek” preview of what awaits you, our customers,when all the furniture is in place.  The staff workroom is also a location where new furniture is being placed.

The combined circulation and information desk is presently being assembled. Additional details will be provided when it is fully assembled and the equipment positioned.

Please remember that the Little Falls Literary Salon will meet at the Chevy Chase branch on Wednesday April 26, 2017, 11:00 am–12:30 pm to discuss the book, When the Moon Is Low, by Nadia Hashimi. This will be the Literary Salon’s second adult book discussion for the 2017 spring series, 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 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Check back soon for more news about the refresh activity.

Ken Lewis
Little Falls Library