Marilyn J. Praisner

Marilyn J. Praisner Branch to Close for Refresh Project

The cat’s out of the bag! Our Marilyn J. Praisner Library is scheduled to be #refreshed under the Library Refurbishment Level-of-Effort initiative in the Capital Improvement Program. The branch is scheduled to close Saturday, April 13 at 6 p.m for about four to six months.

“Physical construction for the refresh project at Praisner will begin in May, but we are closing ahead of the construction start date to complete the internal reorganization of collections and shelving. While the branch is closed, we will also provide book hold lockers and a book drop at the adjacent Marilyn J. Praisner Community Center,” noted Acting Library Director Anita Vassallo.  “We look forward to welcoming the customers back to their branch this fall and hope they will visit nearby branches and our 24/7 website while their facility is undergoing the refresh process.”

Information regarding the closing, including the last date for book returns in the branch book drop and the last date for placement of holds from the Marilyn J. Praisner location is updated on the website.

We’ll be following the #Refresh progress here at the MCPL blog with behind the scenes footage of the renovation! The County Library Capital Grant Program and the Maryland State Library Division of Library Development and Services partially funded this project.

Marilyn J. Praisner

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Refresh…

Marilyn J. Praisner Library will be the next of the MCPL branches to get a “refresh.” Wondering what a refresh is? It is a mini-renovation which includes updated interior design, improvements to the bathrooms, and upgrades to some of the mechanical or electrical underpinnings of branch infrastructure as well as less noticeable things. Check out some of the past refresh projects at other branches.  (Our neighbors at White Oak Library were the most recently refreshed.)  Praisner Library will be closed for several months while the contractors do their work. We do not yet know when we will close but the time is coming soon. We expect work to start sometime this winter. As soon as the date is set, MCPL will share closing details with the community. (FYI: Staff do not have any “insider information” on the closing date. We are waiting excitedly to find out, too.)

library manager feigning surprise
Library Manager stands amid empty shelves in the library

Our branch has been preparing for the refresh since the beginning of this year, but you probably have not noticed anything different… until recently. Over the last few months, staff have been busy in the stacks and around the branch. Some parts of the collection shifted into new locations and others will be shifted soon. Our preparation also means taking away outdated and unused materials, closely evaluating the condition of materials, and taking out things that are falling apart or damaged, a process we call “weeding.” Some sections of the collection have been shifted and condensed to make space so other sections can be moved. It was a little disorienting to see a swath of empty shelves in the middle of the library while all this was happening! Have no fear, those sections did not stay empty for long (the next paragraph explains why). Staff are happy to help you find what you need, so visit the Information Desk if you discover that your favorite section has been moved.

The biggest change so far is that our Teen collection has moved from its home on the tall wire racks just outside the Quiet Study Room to the center stacks between children’s books and adult books. It was a BIG moving job that took four staff most of one day to complete. Once the wire racks were empty, staff disassembled and removed them. The change is wonderful! In the first few hours after the racks were removed, several customers remarked to staff that the space feels so much more welcoming and open.

Teen books on wire book racks.
Teen collection in its original location will full shelves.
Empty wire book racks
Empty wire fixture that once held the Teen collection.
Empty spot where the wire book racks used to be
Empty space after the fixture was removed
Comfy chairs where the wire book racks used to be
Chairs moved into the space where the Teen collection used to be, creating a new conversation area.

Everything will look even better once the refresh happens. Watch for updates here on the Praisner Library blog, we will be posting news and information all the way through the process.

Tina Deifallah
Praisner Library Manager