Sunday, June 21, 2015

Opening Day

ribbon cutting at silver spring library
Ribbon cutting at Silver Spring Library
What a day June 20th turned out to be. There was an overwhelming and astounding response Saturday to the opening of Silver Spring’s new library. As some of us watched from the 5th floor through the expansive windows to the street where opening ceremonies were concluding, we could see people stream in through the open doors and head up the two-story escalator to the library’s main floor. In a few moments, people were walking up the library’s wide interior stairway to the 4th floor and 5th floors, as well. There must have been 500 people there when we opened at noon. When we closed at 6:00 p.m. over six thousand people had come through the doors.

Over and over, people expressed amazement and gratitude at the library’s offerings and space. There was a general good feeling that the project was completed and pride that the new library had been accomplished and was open for them, for the community. Person after person lined up to get new library cards, to check out our new tech bar, to check out books and to use internet computers.  Teenagers discovered their own space on the 3rd floor.

The Early Literacy Center
On the 5th floor, which is dedicated to children, families played in the Early Literacy Center, pored through picture books, played educational games on early learning and elementary-age computers, signed up for the summer reading program and checked out every Go! Kit (science-themed filled backpacks). Parents, grandparents, and children settled in for reading in the comfy seats along the  windows.

For the staff, for the most part, it was a hectic, exhausting, cathartic, and ultimately joyful day. After all, providing library services, information, books, technology and more is what we do.  It was so good to see the hard work to prepare the library be so well received. We thank everyone who came and invite them to return—often.  Come visit us at 900 Wayne Avenue.

Friday, June 19, 2015

We Can't Wait to Meet You!

Hard to believe that the Grand Opening of the new Silver Spring Library is only 24 hours away! We are thrilled that so many County officials and library supporters will be joining us for this celebration. The creation of this library was truly an example of the community coming together, and the Grand Opening will celebrate those efforts.

The staff of Silver Spring have been working hard to get the library ready for the opening, including shelving books and learning to use the new technology that will be making it's MCPL debut at Silver Spring. Be sure to say "Hi" to them when you visit!

Jennifer, Library Associate
Jennifer is a Library Associate. Jennifer recently graduated from LATI (a special training for Maryland librarians) and works in adult and teen services. Her favorite authors are J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman. She is the proud owner of four rescued hedgehogs (yes, hedgehogs need to be rescued, too!). Jennifer is excited to be working at Silver Spring, and has been counting down the days until the opening.

Rachel is an Adult Services Librarian. Rachel joined MCPL in December of 2012 after working in a private ILS software company. When Rachel is not helping MCPL customers, she enjoys reading, playing with her son, and taking her dogs on hikes. Her new favorite book is Outlander, on which the popular STARZ television series is based.

Rachel and Margaret, Adult Services Librarians
Rachel (L) and Margaret (R)
Margaret is also an Adult Services Librarian at the new Silver Spring Library. Margaret joined MCPL in January 2015 after working in publishing and education. She loves cooking spicy food, traveling to the beach, yoga, and of course, reading. She's currently reading Dead Wake by Erik Larson, author of Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts.

Jennifer, Rachel, Margaret, and the other Silver Spring staff look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! Attending the grand opening? The Silver Spring Library is accessible by Ride On Bus, Metrobus, and Metrorail. Parking is in the Wayne Avenue Garage at 921 Wayne Ave. See the branch page for routes, stops, and other details.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Get to Know Silver Spring

Are you excited about the Grand Opening of the Silver Spring Library this Saturday, June 20? So are we! Visitors will recognize many faces from the previous Silver Spring location on Colesville Road, but we are thrilled to also recognize new staff to Silver Spring. Some have previously worked at other MCPL locations around the County, while a few are new to Montgomery County.

Linda Assistant Branch Manager
Linda is the Assistant Branch Manager at the new Silver Spring Library. Linda has been with MCPL for over two years. Before joining MCPL, she worked for the Detroit Public Libraries for 12 years. Linda's interests include reading, writing, health, cooking—she is an avid foodie!—and helping teens succeed. This means she's especially excited that the new library includes a teen space on the third floor, as well as a Digital Media Lab. Be sure to check out Silver Spring's teen-focused events. Linda's favorite book of all time is Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Ryan Library Desk Assistant
Ryan is a part-time Library Desk Assistant. He has been working for Montgomery County Public Libraries for seven years. He started out as a page, then as a substitute Library Desk Assistant, and now in his current position here at Silver Spring. He's a junior at UMBC where he's working towards a degree in Biology and Pre-Dentistry. Ryan's favorite book is The 500 by Matthew Quirk.

Linda and Ryan will be at the Grand Opening on Saturday, and they hope you'll join them there. Whether you make it on Saturday or not, be sure to stop and say "Hi!" the next time you are in the library.

Friday, June 12, 2015

7 More Days Until Grand Opening - Take a Sneak Peek Inside

Montgomery Community Media recently took a tour of the new Silver Spring Library. Here is a sneak peek video tour of their visit.
Also, here are some photos taken at the new Silver Spring Library this past week.
Bike racks outside of the entrance.

Digital Monument Sign

Studio i Digital Media Lab
Wayne Ave. Entrance

Friday, June 5, 2015

What's New This Week (June 5)

Hard to believe that it's only 15 days until the Grand Opening of the new library!

green roof at Silver Spring LibraryThe corner of Fenton and Wayne has been a whirlwhind of activity as contractors and library staff make sure the library is ready to hit the ground running on June 20.

As some of you may know, the new Silver Spring Library will include a Green Roof. The Green Roof is part of the LEED Certification requirements for sustainable buildings. MCPL Director Parker Hamilton got a chance to tour the roof this week. With the wet weather, it was a pretty cold trip, but she took the time to send us this photo. We can't wait to see what the roof will look like once those plants have had a chance to grow a bit more—and we wouldn't object to a little more sun.

Silver Spring Library sign being put up
Today, Friday, contractors began putting up the sign on the side of the building. No longer will visitors to Silver Spring have to wonder what that giant building is.

In the midst of all the excitement about the new Silver Spring Library, June 1 was also the system-wide kick-off date for Summer Reading. Parents and caregivers can sign-up their children (0-12) for the Every Hero Has a Story. Teens (13-17) can sign up for "Unmasked!"

Silver Spring children's staff
Silver Spring children's staff
plan for Summer Reading fun!
Both programs offer great incentives to encourage reading during the summer and help students be prepared for the next school year. If your reader just can't wait for June 20, you can pick up your badge books (while supplies last) and any earned incentives at a nearby library, such as Long Branch, Wheaton or White Oak. Also, be sure to check our website for Summer Reading programs across County.

In addition to the efforts to finish off construction details and get all the books onto the shelves, staff are also hard at work planning exciting events once the library opens. Whether you'll be at the Grand Opening or not, be sure to put a visit on your calendar. We can't wait to introduce you to your new library!