Chevy Chase Events & Programs Library Branches

Montgomery County to Host Office Hours at Chevy Chase Library in October to Gather Community Input on Library Building Project

The Montgomery County Department of General Services’ Office of Planning and Development (OPD) and MCPL are exploring opportunities for the future of the Chevy Chase Library and we need input from the community!

OPD will hold two Office Hours events at Chevy Chase Library in October to present scenarios to community members and receive your feedback.

Two Scenarios

One possible scenario is full-scale renovation of the existing 16,000 square foot library. The second scenario might include a newly constructed 20,000 square foot library achieved through a public-private partnership, and a mixed-use project to include residential development to offset the costs of a replacement library on site.

Office Hours

Office hours are open, informal sessions that allow attendees to learn more about the scenarios, ask questions and give verbal and written feedback. Visit the Chevy Chase Library at 8005 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, any time during the office hours below:

· Saturday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

· Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Online Survey

Community members can also send feedback to OPD and MCPL through an online survey. The survey will open Saturday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. through Monday, November 15 at noon. The survey can be found at:

Information collected from the office hours, survey and comments received will be used to determine the next steps for the library.

To learn more about the Chevy Chase Library Building Project, please visit

Did You Know

October is Energy Action Month

Montgomery Energy Connection is celebrating Energy Action Month in October, 2021, by focusing on energy efficiency. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lighting consumes 10 percent of the total electricity used in homes. Energy Action Month is an opportunity to for residents to take proactive steps to lower their energy usage and their utility bills.

Swapping out your old incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs for LEDs @ MCPL is a great way to make your home more energy efficient. There is a limit of three bulbs per family at each event.

Energy Action Month – Lighten Up Events

Montgomery Energy Connection will be at these branches throughout October. Bring your bulbs and receive LEDs!

Aspen Hill, Friday-October 1, 11am-1pm
Chevy Chase, Saturday-October 9, 11am-1pm
Connie Morella, Tuesday-October 12, 1pm-3pm
Damascus, Wednesday-October 13, 11am-1pm
Davis, Thursday-October 14, 11am-1pm
Gaithersburg, Friday-October 15, 11am-1pm
Kensington Park, Saturday-October 16, 11am-1pm
Little Falls, Monday-October18th, 11am-1pm
Long Branch, Tuesday-October19th, 1pm-3pm
Marilyn Praisner, Wednesday-October20, 11am-1pm
Noyes Library for Young Children, Thursday-October 21, 11am-1pm
Olney, Friday-October 22, 11am-1pm
Potomac, Saturday-October 23, 11am-1pm
Quince Orchard, Monday-October 25, 11am-1pm
Rockville Memorial, Tuesday-October26, 1pm-3pm
Silver Spring, Wednesday-October 27, 11am-1pm
Twinbrook, Thursday-October 28, 1pm-3pm
Wheaton, Friday-October 29, 11am-1pm
White Oak, Saturday-October 30, 11am-1pm

Bring us your bulbs in October, and find out other ways to be more energy efficient in your homes. Balloons soar–your utility bills shouldn’t. For more information on lowering utility costs and keeping money in your pocket, visit

Events & Programs

MCPL and Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Celebrate Energy Action Month in October

Join the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) for a light bulb exchange event taking place during Energy Action Month, October. Energy Action Month is an opportunity to encourage residents to take proactive steps to lower their energy usage and their utility bills. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lighting is used in all homes and consumes a substantial share of electricity—10 percent of the total electricity used in homes.  

These light bulb exchanges offer an opportunity for residents to lower their utility costs by switching to more energy efficient light bulbs, light emitting diodes (LEDs). Replacing just five of the most frequently used light fixtures with energy efficient bulbs can save more than $65 a year in energy costs.  

While compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs use one-third of the electricity, and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs, they contain a small amount of mercury and should be handled carefully and always disposed of properly. These light bulb exchanges give residents an opportunity to recycle these bulbs the right way and lower their energy costs at the same time.    

Residents can bring their old incandescent and CFL light bulbs to the following MCPL branches in exchange for new LEDs. There is a limit of 3 bulbs per family at each event: 

  • Aspen Hill, 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville – Friday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  
  • Chevy Chase, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase – Saturday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Connie Morella (Bethesda), 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda – Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • Damascus, 9701 Main Street, Damascus – Wednesday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Davis (North Bethesda), 6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda – Thursday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Gaithersburg, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg – Friday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Kensington Park, 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington – Saturday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  
  • Little Falls, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda – Monday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Long Branch, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring – Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • Marilyn J. Praisner (Burtonsville), 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville – Wednesday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. 
  • Noyes Library for Young Children, 10237 Carroll Place, Kensington – Thursday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Olney, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney – Friday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Potomac, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac – Saturday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Quince Orchard, 15831 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg – Monday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Rockville Memorial, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville – Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • Silver Spring, 900 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring – Wednesday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Twinbrook, 202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville – Thursday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • Wheaton, 11701 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring – Friday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • White Oak, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring – Saturday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

For more information on lowering your utility costs and keeping money in your pocket, visit

Events & Programs Online Learning Wheaton

Graphic Novel (10+) and Cartooning (50+) Classes Produce Amazing Art!

A drawing class is a wonderful venue to tell a story, express emotions, communicate and connect with others. Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) conducted two five-session virtual classes in May and June: “Create a Graphic Novel” (for ages 10 and up) and “Cartooning” (for ages 50 +). In partnership with MCPL, illustrator, cartoonist and animator Leila Cabib taught the classes, offering a unique opportunity for participants to demonstrate their creativity and imagination.  Both classes were funded in part by a Wheaton Cultural Project Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. 

As they worked on their cartoons, students in “Create a Graphic Novel” learned to combine the conventions of graphic novel storytelling: narration, dialogue, character design, dynamic page layouts and cinematic techniques. They refined their rough pencil drawings into finished art with pen and ink and watercolor pencils.

View the artwork from Elisha J., Binyam, Mehak, Michelle, Stella, and Sofia in this gallery.

Participants were asked to pick a Wheaton locale for the setting of their stories. Brookside Gardens, Urban Artistry Dance Academy and Pine Lake at Wheaton Park were just a few of the settings of the cartoons created by students attending this class.

View the artwork from Sandra S., Patricia, Rosa, Peter, Peggie, James, and Nirmala in this gallery.

“Cartooning” class participants created caricatures, original characters, single- and multi-panel cartoons and experimented with pen-and-ink techniques. The Wheaton Library, the pond and the dog park at Wheaton Park were some of the scenarios participants chose to frame their artwork. Attendees at both 5-week session classes enjoyed sharing their artwork with each other during the Zoom sessions, which encouraged collaboration and fomented social interaction. MCPL and Cabib will offer “Create a Graphic Novel” (for ages 10 and up) and “Cartooning” (for ages 50 +) again virtually during fall 2021. Sign up today!

Did You Know Events & Programs

MCPL and Montgomery County Board of Elections to Celebrate National Voter Registration Day on September 28, 2021

The Montgomery County Board of Elections (BOE) will provide information tables at select branches of Montgomery County Public Libraries on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in celebration of National Voter Registration Day. The BOE seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach voters who may not register otherwise and to ensure everyone can vote during next year’s Primary Gubernatorial elections on June 28, 2022.

BOE information tables will be located at the following branches on September 28:

12 p.m. –2 p.m.

Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney, MD 20832
Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850

5 p.m.–7 p.m.

Connie Morella Library (Bethesda), 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910

Culture Events & Programs

MCPL Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Join us for these events in September to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Miercoles, 9/15, 9:30am

Baby Storytime @ MCPL – Virtual – Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
Enjoy Baby Storytime live with one of MCPL’s children’s librarians via Zoom!  Help kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with songs, rhymes, lap bounces, and simple stories in Spanish and English for infants up through about 18 months.  Baby Storytime is designed for adult caregivers to enjoy together with babies, and can help develop your child’s growing language skills and encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning.

Lunes, 9/20, 6:30pm

Taller de resolución de conflictos para jóvenes y familias hispano-hablantes
This workshop will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Durante este taller vamos a explorar el significado de conflicto para cada uno de nosotros y que informa nuestras ideas sobre el conflicto. Presentado por el Centro de Resolución de Conflictos del Condado de Montgomery (CRCMC).

Jueves, 9/23, 4pm

Create Your Own Hojalata
In honor of National Hispanic/Latino Heritage month, join us as we discover the Mexican folk art called Hojalata!

Cuerpo Sano, Cerebro Sano, Vida Sana… Consejos de las últimas investigaciones
This workshop will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Este taller cubre cuatro áreas de hábitos de estilo de vida que están asociados con un envejecimiento saludable.

A cualquier edad, podemos adoptar hábitos de estilo de vida para ayudar a mantener o incluso mejorar nuestra salud, mantener nuestro cerebro en forma y posiblemente retrasar la aparición del deterioro cognitivo. Este taller cubre cuatro áreas de hábitos de estilo de vida que están asociados con un envejecimiento saludable. Este programa está diseñado para personas de cualquier edad que buscan información y herramientas prácticas para ayudar a incorporar recomendaciones en un plan para un envejecimiento saludable. 

Jueves, 9/30, 7pm

Book Discussion “Mexican Gothic”
Join us for a lively discussion of the award winning gothic horror novel “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

You can obtain your copy of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia by placing a hold online or calling your local branch. The book is also available on overdrive as an e-book and e-audio book

Did You Know

MCPL Launches New Online Library Catalog Oct. 4

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will launch a brand-new online library catalog, Aspen Discovery, on Monday, Oct. 4.  Our online catalog is the tool our customers use to explore the collection and find materials they want and need.

“After careful consideration, we made the decision to explore a new catalog that would offer greater customization,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “One of the most important elements is that features can be modified as MCPL changes and grows.”

 The new catalog will allow:

  • Seamless integration of MCPL’s physical and digital collections to see all formats of titles
  • Creation of usernames and passwords by customers
  • Faster, more accurate searches
  • Creation of reading lists and reading histories by customers
  • Browsing of the collection from a mobile device
  • Customers to rate books

“We are excited to implement Aspen Discovery, which will greatly enhance our customers’ experience of using the library and make it even easier for them to discover the many great resources MCPL has to offer,” said James Donaldson, Assistant Director for Collection and Technology.

Librarian's Choice Readers' Cafe

Librarian’s Choice: Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

Shortly before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, I discovered one of those books you want to share from the rooftops. It captured me, engaged me, and made me really think about how we engage with other people. I was ready to review it – when you find those books you can’t put down, of course you want to share them – except when they’re about a plague as a global pandemic is starting to hit your community. Now, as the Covid-19 pandemic is starting to get under control in Montgomery County, I feel like I can share this book a little easier.

Merciful Crow and its sequel, Faithless Hawk, by Margaret Owen, are the type of book that sticks with you and you can’t let it go. The phrase “book hangover” comes to mind, except this hangover has lasted over a year. Yeah, it was that good!

Before I start, there are some content warnings for this series: there is a plague, mentions of physical and sexual assault, some gore, and a lot of death.

Fie is a Crow in her world, the lowest in a caste system where each group is named after different birds, with the royal family being the Phoenixes. Certain people in each caste have additional magic – and each of them is a reincarnated dead god. Death and life are interwoven in the stories, where the Crows “give mercy” to those dying from the plague and dispose of their bodies. It is this association that makes Crows the lowest of the low, only allowed to carry broken swords, and abused by the rest of their community. Crow magic is done through the discarded teeth of the people within the castes. When Fie’s Crow family is called to the palace to give mercy to the prince and his bodyguard, everything changes. First, she collects the Phoenix teeth, which had been withheld from the Crows for centuries. Then she discovers that the prince and his bodyguard are in fact alive, and are fleeing from the palace to save the young prince’s life. Fie must help him travel to his aunt, a mammoth rider and Hawk warrior, to return to the palace and overthrow his stepmother. While Fie would normally do nothing of the sort, there are two things that help her decide to help – her family is in danger, and the prince promises to protect the Crows.

What follows is not just a story about a prince trying to reclaim a throne, but a story about mercy, about how a harmful system can’t be fixed with decrees but from within, and how the community is responsible for changing that system, not just the government. It also talks about the terrible cost of intergenerational trauma on a group of people.

For anyone looking for a good fantasy read, this may be what you are looking for. I’m currently playing through Dragon Age: Origins, and have noticed some plot similarities, so if you’re a fantasy role playing game fan, definitely try it. It’s also a great book for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Susan Dennard, and Tamora Pierce.

Business and Workforce Development Events & Programs Online Learning

Montgomery County Public Libraries Launches Northstar, a New Digital Literacy Resource

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) now offers the Northstar Digital Literacy suite of tools to help residents acquire or improve basic digital literacy skills. The resource includes the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment – a suite of free online modules that test proficiency in essential digital skills. The assessments, built around basic computer digital literacy standards were developed by leading Adult Basic Education (ABE) groups and are now sustained by Literacy Minnesota.

Assessments are available to test proficiency in the following digital skill areas:

Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows OS, Mac OS, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, Social Media, Information Literacy, Career Search Skills, Supporting K-12 Distance Learning, Understanding your Digital Footprint.

Residents who take proctored assessment tests and score 85% or higher can earn certificates and badges to show to employers or add to resumes to prove proficiency in key digital skills.

The resource also includes a learning component – Northstar Online Learning (NSOL) which offers customized, self-directed online instruction and practice resources making it easy for learners to review material, practice and prepare before taking proctored tests. 

“As a center for life-long learning, MCPL is pleased to offer this valuable free resource to help our customers gain or sharpen digital literacy skills and enhance their chances of success in life, work or school,“ said Director Anita Vassallo. “Northstar is the latest of several tools MCPL has launched recently (Brainfuse’s HelpNowVetNow and JobNow) to support learning and economic recovery.”

 To access NSOL, customers must request a Northstar learner account: :

To take a virtual proctored assessment test to earn a certificate or badge, customers can register for an upcoming test session:

Tuesday, July 27:

Tuesday Aug 31:

Library Branches Maggie Nightingale

Maggie Nightingale Library to Close Aug. 2 for Refresh Project

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is announcing that the Maggie Nightingale Library, 19633 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville, will close at 6 p.m. on Aug. 2 to undergo interior improvements under the County’s award-winning Library Refurbishment initiative.

The project will include replacement of carpeting/flooring, some new shelving, a new service desk, painting, replacement of doors and installation of the Open Plus automated system. Work will also be performed to bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The library will be closed for six to eight months.

“Physical construction for the refresh project at Maggie Nightingale will begin in September; we are closing ahead of the construction start date to complete the internal reorganization of collections and shelving,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “We look forward to resuming operations at the branch in spring of 2022, and hope customers will access services at nearby branches and our 24/7 website while the facility is undergoing the refresh process.”

Please check information regarding the closing, including the last date for book returns in the branch book drop and the last date for placement of holds for the Maggie Nightingale Library location.

For additional information, contact Angelisa Hawes by telephone at 240-777-0022 or email at