Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Little Falls Refresh Project

Our Little Falls branch is being refreshed! What does it mean for a library to be refreshed? Are we opening the windows and airing the place out? No, it's a bit more involved than that.
Little Falls Library
Little Falls Library

refresh project is a new Capital Improvement Program process approved by County Council and the County Executive to allow library buildings to get significant and timely updates without having
to close for the lengthy time it takes for a full renovation. The Library Refurbishment CIP funds programmatic, cosmetic, and service impact updates to two to three libraries every year.

What will be done to Little Falls during the refresh?

The Little Falls branch will get a new roof, new carpet, paint, totally renovated bathrooms, a re-organization of the children’s area with new furniture and exciting colors, a user friendly re-arrangement of some of the collection, new comfortable seating, many more areas of powered seating, improved Wi-Fi accessibility, a digital display screen, and more

What will happen to the Little Falls staff when the library is closed?
Little Falls Refresh Plans
Branch Manager Ken Lewis and coworker review the refresh plans

Most of the Little Falls staff will be assigned, temporarily, to other libraries in the area, which are considered “impacted” branches, since Little Falls customers will go to these locations as alternatives.

What are the other available libraries in the area?

The libraries nearest Little Falls include Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Potomac. As an added treat, the Rockville Memorial Library is open from 9:00 AM– 9:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays through September 3, 2016. You may see one of the Little Falls staff members at any of these locations.

What will happen to my holds?

Customers can go to the orange My Account button near the top of the MCPL homepage to change the holds pickup to any other available MCPL branch. Customers can also visit a branch and ask the library staff to do this for them. In cases where the customer forgets to do change their holds pick up location, the customer will be called by a staff member who will inform the customer that a hold is now available, and that the customer should assign a new location for pick-up.

Empty Little Falls Library
Empty of shelves but full of memories
Now that the Little Falls is closed, Where can we go for library programs?

Children who registered for the Summer Read and Learn program at the Little Falls Library can complete it, and pick up their badges and prizes, at any other MCPL branch.

The Literary Salon, the adult book discussion group which meets at the Little Falls Library in the fall and spring, has decided to meet at the Chevy Chase branch for the upcoming fall book discussions. 

The English Conversation Club, which met on Friday mornings at the Little Falls Library, will now meet at the Fourth Presbyterian Church which is located on 5500 River Road, Bethesda, Maryland.

Parents who are looking for storytime programs for their children in the fall can check the upcoming events for Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Potomac or other branches.

We anticipate reopening the Little Falls branch in January. We'll see you then, refreshed and rejuvenated!

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