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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: https://mcpl.link/chevy-chase-survey.

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 https://montgomerycountymd.gov/dgs/opd/ChevyChaseLibrary.html.

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Meet Chevy Chase

The Chevy Chase branch of MCPL, located at 8005 Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase, was

Exterior of Chevy Chase Library

originally opened in 1965.  Since that time, the building has undergone remodeling of the restrooms; a mini renovation that included re-carpeting, painting, and new information and circulation desks with sit/stand components for ergonomic staff access; and creation of new teen area with new furniture.

The month of July is filled with exciting programs at Chevy Chase library:  Read to A Dog; English Conversation Club; Play Date at the Library (fun with DUPLOs and blocks); Toddler Storytime; Jefferson Café Book Discussion; Foreign Film Showing; Teen Movie; and special summer events such as Groovy Nate, Kaydee Puppets, Science in the Summer, and Eric Energy – Spark Attack.

Attend a program; reserve a meeting room; browse the collection, which includes some children’s books in Spanish; check out a Go! Kit; use a public computer; see what the Early Literacy Bilingual Stations are all about; access Wi-Fi; or just relax with a magazine, newspaper or book.  Chevy Chase Library has something for everyone!

Librarian Rachel Rappaport

Rachel Rappaport joined MCPL in 2012 after working at another local library system, a library software company, and The World Bank Library and Archives. Due to working as a floating librarian for the system, Rachel has had the opportunity to work in over 12 branches. Her favorite experience at MCPL thus far has been closing the old Silver Spring Library and opening the new one. She is currently a Librarian II, Head of Adult Services, at Chevy Chase. Aside from her life as a librarian, Rachel enjoys hanging out with her husband, son and dog; spending time with her dad; visiting her beach house in Rehoboth Beach; and traveling the world… all while devouring audiobooks.