Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Penultimate Weekly Blog Post

Well, we are really getting down to the wire here at Little Falls! In case you missed the announcement last week, we'll be reopening on Saturday, July 29th at 10 AM. Our ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 26th at 10 AM.

This week was full of fun updates as the finishing touches are put on the building. Our signage that we picked out weeks ago came in, and it looks outstanding.

New Books sign at Little Falls Library

Additionally, the last bits of our lighting upgrade are underway in our hallways and meeting room.

Wires hanging from ceiling awaiting new lighting

On the staff side, we have been hard at work inventorying the whole collection. This process allows us to create an accurate database of all of our items so that you can find what you are looking for when you visit us. It takes a serious amount of work because we have to physically scan every item in the library. Our team has been having a blast with it, though. The air has been filled with the delightful chirp of scanners.

Little Falls worker conducting book inventory with a scanner and iPad

Thank you for continuing to follow our blog. I'm really looking forward to meeting you all in person. Just a few more days until I get to flip this baby over.

The Closed sign at the entrance of Little Falls Library

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go help out with the rest of the scanning.

Patrick Fromm,
Little Falls

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Post You Have Been Waiting For

Welcome back to another week's update of the Little Falls Library! Were it possible to insert a drum roll into a blog post, I would absolutely be doing that now. It is my incredible pleasure to announce that the Little Falls Library will have a soft reopening on Saturday, July 29th at 10 AM. At that point, we will resume normal service and welcome all our customers back into the newly refreshed space. Everyone here is anxiously waiting to start serving you again.

But the fun does not stop there! On Saturday, August 26, Little Falls will have a grand reopening ceremony. This will be a celebration of all the hard work that went into updating and renovating the branch. It will also be a celebration of the dedication and patience of our community as you waited for the library to reopen. Please mark it on your calendars.

Now, onto our progress from this week. The major headline from our work at the branch this week was the incredible efforts of our team to shift several collections in order to make room for new materials that had come in while the refresh project has been going on. Our work on the adult collection is almost done.

In addition to the adult collection, our children's collection team has also been working full force to get the incredible wealth of materials sorted, shelved, and ready for the reopening. The room is still a work in progress, but every day brings major steps towards a collection that is ready for our young customers to explore and be delighted. 

In building news, the last few lighting fixtures' installation has begun in the quiet room and the meeting room. We're extremely excited to see how appealing these areas are with the new lights turned on. 

New light fixtures at Little Falls Library

We also got wonderful sheeting on our walls to protect against the frequent flow of heavy metal carts and boxes. This will keep your library looking attractive and new despite the wear and tear of heavy use. 

Protective sheeting along walls of Little Falls Library

And, last but not least, we prepared for the delivery of our furniture in the children's librarians' and manager's offices by removing the old furniture. So, since there is a little bit of lag time before the new furniture is delivered, I'm writing this entry from the floor (sure, I could use one of our other computers, but would that be as fun of a photo?). Even though I am sitting low, my spirits are high because I know that every day brings us closer to reopening our doors. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and sharing the honor of welcoming you back to your refreshed Little Falls Library. 

Chairless Little Falls Library manager Patrick Fromm

Please continue to follow this blog for more updates. And, as always, thanks for supporting Montgomery County Public Libraries--Where the County Reads, Where the County Meets, Where the County Learns! 

Patrick Fromm, 
Little Falls