Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gaithersburg Library Reopens January 4!

We’ll be there and we’re hoping to see you when the newly renovated Gaithersburg Library reopens on Saturday, January 4, 2014.

Invitation to Grand Reopening of Gaithersburg Library
Come for the Grand Reopening Ceremony at 9:30 a.m.  Then, throughout the day, we’ll be presenting special programming, provided with support from the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. and the Gaithersburg Friends of the Library Chapter.  Watch the Gaithersburg Library page on MCPL’s website for announcements about these events as the day draws closer.

We’re looking forward to seeing the building full of eager new and returning library users of all ages.

Regular hours at the Gaithersburg Library will be:

Monday 9 am - 9 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 9 pm
Thursday 9 am - 9 pm
Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday Noon - 5 pm

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Upstairs Neighbors

When the County decided to renovate and expand the Gaithersburg Library, it designated part of the second floor for a satellite office of the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity.

The Gilchrist Center promotes cross-cultural understanding and works to connect people to needed public and private services.  It convenes services providers through networking meetings and information sharing so that organizations are aware of the resources available to Montgomery County residents and are better equipped to refer clients to needed services.

It also offers classes such as English for speakers of other languages, citizenship preparation, Spanish conversation, and basic computing.

Montgomery County Public Libraries shares the Gilchrist Center's goal of serving the County's entire diverse population, enriching the lives of all.  So we're very excited that Gilchrist Center staff and volunteers will be joining us in Gaithersburg.

Perhaps you're wondering about the man in whose honor the Center was named.  Charles W. Gilchrist served two terms as Montgomery County Executive in the late 1970's and 1980's.  Afterwards, he attended seminary and was ordained an Episcopal priest, in which capacity he continued to build community and pursue social justice.  Mr. Gilchrist recognized the importance of Montgomery County's emerging diversity and created a varied of programs that put the County on the path to becoming the welcoming community that it is today.

When we open, be sure to say "Howdy! ¡Bienvenidos! Yōkoso! Huānyíng guānglín! Hoan nghênh! Wilkommen! Ahlan wa sahlan! In kwahn deh-na meh tah! Bienvenue!" to our upstairs neighbors.  Downstairs, we'll be happy to hear it too!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Gaithersburg Interim Library Closes October 31

The Gaithersburg Interim Library, located on the second floor of Lakeforest Mall, will close its doors on October 31.  

Its staff and materials will be redeployed as we prepare to open the newly renovated Gaithersburg Library, just a block away.  Watch for an announcement about the date of the library's grand opening, expected 8 to 10 weeks after the interim branch's closing.

October 19 is the last day you can choose Gaithersburg Interim Library as a pick-up location for holds.  If you have holds that don't arrive before the closing, edit their pick-up location in your account online.  Otherwise, when your hold becomes available, you'll be contacted to designate a new pick-up location. 

Borrowed items may be returned to any MCPL branch, and we'll soon be installing a book drop for returns at the site of the Gaithersburg Library. 

The temporary site opened its doors on December 19, 2010.  In the first nine days of service, customers borrowed more than 3,100 items.  Circulation grew so much that over 42,250 items were checked out  between April and June 2013.  The Gaithersburg Interim Library created library accounts for over 6,200 children and adults!

Until the Gaithersburg Library opens, Germantown, Quince Orchard or any MCPL branch will welcome you.

Thanks to all who made this interim facility a success.  We look forward to seeing you again at the newly renovated library.

Gaithersburg Interim Library at Lakeforest Mall shelvesGaithersburg Interim Library at Lakeforest Mall entrance

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Shelves are Coming! The Shelves are Coming!

The Gaithersburg Library needs lots of shelves to display thousands of items that will be available to borrow. Specifically, we'll install 9941 linear feet of shelving, or 1.88 miles worth.

Two 53-foot flatbed trucks are delivering Gaithersburg Library's new shelving from Georgetown, Massachusetts, within the next couple of weeks. The trucks will travel about 475 miles with our 30 tons of shelving. You may see them unloading at the new building.

The tallest bookcases will be 66 inches, contributing to the library's atmosphere of openness. Books on the sloped bottom shelves will be canted to allow easier reading of titles and call numbers.

At the ends of some of the shelf ranges, you'll find touch-screen monitors for easy catalog searching to locate materials.

Watch this space! Each week, we'll be featuring a different aspect of the new Gaithersburg Library, its collection, technology, and services.