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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!

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Did You Know Library Branches Wheaton

Reopening Date for Wheaton Library Moved to June 14

The Wheaton Library will now reopen to the public on June 14. The service hours for the branch will be:

  • Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Wheaton Library, along with the seven additional branches reopening on June 14 and the six branches reopened to the public on June 1, will follow newly adjusted opening procedures which include no appointments, no capacity limits, and no social distance requirements. 

Holds to Go service will be discontinued prior to the reopening of the branch, but customers can pick up any remaining holds on-site on or after June 14.

Visit our website for additional information.

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Wheaton Interim December Update

Programs and Services

InterAct Family Story Theatre will be presenting a Book Fiesta on Saturday January 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM. The program will be in the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad Green Room attached to the Wheaton Interim library. Registration for the program has begun.

As of November 5, 2018 MCPL Express @ Mid-County Community Recreation Center has been closed. The equipment is being moved to provide holds locker and book drop service at the Marilyn Praisner Community Recreation Center in 2019 while Marilyn Praisner Library undergoes renovation.

New Building Update

Progress is being made on the new Wheaton Library building interior now. Drywall is being installed and rooms are taking shape. The pictures below show the interior of the new library. There will be eight collaboration group rooms and two quiet study rooms. There will be two collaboration rooms next to the children’s area and two next to the teen area.

Windows are being completed and the storefront enclosure is being worked on. Grading and equipment placement for the park is in progress. Drywall installation on the second floor shared rooms is in progress as well.

Adult area quiet study rooms
Adult Area Quiet Study Rooms
Maker room and collaboration room
Maker Room and Collaboration Room
Teen area collaboration rooms
Teen Area Collaboration Rooms
Front entrance off Georgia Avenue
Front Entrance off Georgia Avenue