Friday, July 22, 2016

Let's Talk RFID


Silver Spring is the one branch in the MCPL system that uses RFID or radio frequency identity tags in its books and other library materials.  The tags use radio waves to automatically identify an individual item for our check out and return systems.  This helps us speed your checkouts and keep our records accurate,

RFID return machine
Sara de Nieto  monitors returns on our RFID machine
When you use our self-check machines to check out your books, the sensing pad receives the unique radio signal of each item and checks it out to your account.  Similarly, when you return your items, our futuristic RFID machine scans each item to automatically check it in.  The RFID return machine identifies each item with a tag and also sorts returned items into categories: best sellers, children's picture books, non-fiction, etc. This makes getting materials back on the shelves easier and faster.  Items returned from other branches and triggered holds are separated and sorted manually.

How to Check Out at Our Self-Check Stations

self-charge machine
Self-charge machine
Self-check stations are located on all three floors at Silver Spring.  First, scan your library card with the barcode reader.  Your name will appear on the screen.  Unlike at other library branches, you do not need the barcode scanner to check out the books and materials.  Instead, place your items, one at a time, on the RFID "pad," a black rectangle on the table in front of the screen, and wait until your item registers as checked out.  When you are done, click "Finished" on the screen, and indicate whether or not you would like a receipt.  That's it.  You're done and ready to leave the library.  If you have any account questions or issues or need to renew books, please ask our staff at the customer service desk on the 3rd floor.  Happy reading!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Summer Read & Learn


A clown entertains on the plaza outside the Silver Spring Library as children sign up for our Summer Read and Learn program.  Young Daniel Weaver signed up and received a great big popsicle from the Friends of the Library, who sponsored this special sign up event.  Children of all ages, teens, and adults can register for the Summer Read and Learn program online or at the library any time between June 1 and August 10.


Children earn badges while reading and doing other activities.  You can read and do the activities by yourself or with others.  Keep track of your progress with your online log. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Learning About the Chesapeake Bay

Tessa Barbero wears a snail costume to help Andrew Wilson explain about animals of the Chesapeake Bay
Tessa Barbero wears a snail costume to help
Andrew Wilson explain
 about animals of the Chesapeake Bay
Andrew Wilson from Under the Sea, a marine education organization, recently presented a program at Silver Spring Library all about the Chesapeake Bay. We learned a lot about the Bay's ecosystem and the critters who call it home.

For instance, did you know that the bay is made up of brackish water, a mixture of fresh water and salt water?  Did you know that animals and plants interact to survive in the Bay ecosystem? Some animals have seen a steep decline in their populations.  For example, the number of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay today is only 1% to 2% of what it was when Jamestown was settled.

Hermit crab and other crabs in observation tank
Animals include a hermit crab (on the left)
 and its friends.
Mr. Wilson brought live crabs with him to show us:  a blue crab, a spider crab, a horseshoe crab, a mud crab, and a hermit crab.  He also brought oysters, toadfish, eel grass, and a whelk,  Children and adults had a great time observing them and even touching some.

The library has lots of books you can read to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and its animals.  You also might want to look them up on the library's Kids InfoBits site.


Friday, May 13, 2016

中文讀書會 Chinese Book Discussion

Participants at table discuss Daughter's Taiwan, Father's China by Chen Hao
The first meeting of our Chinese literature (written in Chinese) book group was a big success. Participants gathered to discuss Chen Hao's Daughter's Taiwan, Father's ChinaAt the end of the meeting, there was a special tour of our new library building and our world language collections.

Our second meeting is June 2 at 7:00 PM, when we will discuss Start from the Heart by Chen Yueqing.

Customers can visit the 3rd floor Customer Service Desk to check out copies while available.  

書名: 從心開始,每天清除心靈癌細胞



Friday, April 29, 2016

Asian American & Pacific Heritage Month Programs

中文讀書會 Chinese Book Discussion:


Group of books on endCome discuss Chinese literature (written in Chinese) at this new Silver Spring Library program.  The first meeting is Thursday evening, May 5 at 7:00 PM.  Participants will discuss Daughter's Taiwan, Father's China by Chen Hao.   Customers can visit the 3rd floor Customer Service Desk to check out copies while available.  At the end of the meeting, there will be a tour of our new library building and our world language collections.

時間:五月五曰,星期四,晚上七時

書名: 女兒的台灣,父親的大陸 作者: 陳浩

Our second meeting is June 2, when we will discuss Start from the Heart by Chen Yueqing.

書名: 從心開始,每天清除心靈癌細胞

Silhouette of tai chi pose

Tai Chi Demonstration & Workshop:


Join us Saturday, May 14 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. Tai Chi Master Chung-jen Chang, who has taught Tai Chi for more than 30 years, presents a program for ages 14 and up.  Master Chang has won Grand Championship titles and also consulted on the Pushing Hands movie directed by Ang Lee.  Master Chang will demonstrate the unique Chen Style Small Form and Big Form, Tai Chi push-hands, Tai Chi sword and Yang style Tai Chi.