Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Future plans for Silver Spring Library and 3rd District Police Office among topics discussed.
- Ben Gross
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Members of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board convened in the Civic Building on Monday, Nov. 15 to discuss a number of community-related issues, including the reuse of the Silver Spring Library and 3rd District Police facilities, proposed curfew legislation and the concerns of attending local residents. Silver Spring Library and 3rd Police District: Montgomery County Department of General Services Director David Dise attended the meeting to explain how the future use of the soon-to-be-vacated Silver Spring Library and 3rd District Police facilities is determined. Dise explained that many groups (including his own) have expressed interest in the library location, but has heard little to no discussion about the police station. Both …
Thursday, April 7, 2011
The Silver Spring Library will see a significant decline in services, groups warn.
The Silver Spring Library will lose nearly a third of its staff, close the information desk, and see its available collection and services greatly reduced if proposed budget cuts for fiscal year 2012 are approved, library supporters warn. Speakers representing four library groups testified before the Montgomery County council Wednesday evening, the third of five public hearings on the proposed county budget. A large group of library supporters stood out in the overflowing crowd, wearing bright orange shirts reading "Libraries Matter, No More Cuts." "We're asking for a zero percent cut this year," said Kathlin Smith, Silver Spring Library Advisory Committee Chair, who testified before the council. The total recommended fiscal year 2012 …
Monday, January 31, 2011
MCPL branches released new rules about food, cell phones and accounts.
To anyone who's ever popped by White Oak Library or Burtonsville's Praisner Library, taken a swig of Coke and yapped on a cell phone for a few minutes: You're time is up. Montgomery County Public Libraries announced policy changes on food, beverages, cell phones and accounts that will " effect greater staff efficiency and accuracy," according to a release. The big news is that you can no longer bring food or drink (water excluded) into the libraries. Budget cuts have made it more difficult to keep libraries clean, so the library brass hope this measure will help. Cell phones, which have at least been informally banned, are officially unwelcome, unless they are set to vibrate. And, in the spirit of change, if you want to check out material…
Monday, December 27, 2010
Take a look through the top titles for adults, teens and children from the year.
As we look back on 2010, we here at Patch thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the popular books from the year. We've already looked at snow and rain totals for the year for Montgomery County and top ridership days for the Metro, but we wanted to look to the written word with this installment of our "looking back" impromptu series. But instead of looking at a national list, we wanted to stick closer to home. So we turned to Paula Lewis, collection development specialist with Montgomery County Public Libraries, to see what the hottest books were locally this year. Lewis and Annette Klause, also a collection development specialist, were gracious enough to look through the library's records to try to parse out what books were …
Sunday, October 10, 2010
For my first Patch "Give 5" day, I chose to spend time with the staff at White Oak Library. Volunteer Coordinator David Watts says that people like me, who give their time to the library, are essential to its mission.
One of the things that makes Patch a pretty unique media company is our collective commitment to service. The "Give 5" program gives every Patch employee five full days per year to give back to the communities on which we report everyday. For my first Give 5 as editor of Colesville Patch, I quickly decided to visit White Oak Library, which has become one of my favorite places in the area. Branch Manager Jan Baird-Adams instructed me to arrive at the library on Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. When I walked through the employee entrance and library staffer Charlotte Ferguson ushered me through a back room, I was struck by the fact that in all my years of being a nerd--I mean, "book lover"--I'd never volunteered with a library before. The morning passed …
Monday, August 30, 2010
Several Montgomery County officials were on hand Monday for the groundbreaking for the new Silver Spring Library.
About 50 people showed up at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Fenton Street in downtown Monday to watch the official groundbreaking for the new Silver Spring Library. B. Parker Hamilton, the director of the Montgomery County Public Libraries, led the proceedings, and County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett, among others, spoke before a group of about 10 people drove shovels into the ground for the ceremonial beginning of the work on the site.
The new Silver Spring Library is slated to open to the public in 2014.
An excited group of Montgomery County officials struck the ground with shovels at the site for the new Silver Spring Library Monday morning in the official groundbreaking for the project. "We are in the process of completing what we started many years ago in terms of the development of Silver Spring overall," said County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett (D). The new library, at Wayne Avenue and Fenton Street, will replace the older one at 8901 Colesville Road. The site preparation for the new multi-story building will take approximately 10 months. The new building is expected to open to the public in 2014. The project cost is $64 million. Of the total, $32 million is expected to be spent on the construction of the site, including acquisition …
Designers and the county are looking for ways to make cuts.
The construction for the new Silver Spring Library is currently about $3 million over budget, and officials are looking for ways to trim around the edges to meet the $32 million budget. In a meeting on Aug. 26, planners and architects explained the designs for the library complex, which broke ground Monday morning. Construction is not expected to start for about 10 months, said David Dise, the director of the Montgomery County Department of General Services. A slide show of the design plans of the new library was presented at the meeting, which was held at the existing library site. Dise explained that the $3 million overage is due to "the way the design was originally approached." He also stressed that the $32 million budget for the …
Programs for children are among those affected by the shrinking budget.
In a down economy, library patronage increases significantly, and it's no different in Silver Spring. Family trips to the local multiplex are replaced with free DVD rentals, loaner CDs take the place of downloading the latest hits from iTunes and trips to the bookstore for summer blockbusters become borrowing (and returning!) bestsellers from our local branches. From fiscal year 2009 to fiscal year 2011, the budget for Montgomery County's 21 libraries shrank almost 29 percent, from $40 million to $28.5 million. Some signs of reduction, such as limited hours, are immediate and obvious, but there are other effects that patrons may see happen over a longer period of time. Dan Beavin, library manager at the Silver Spring Library, has seen …