Little Falls

A Triceratops’ Journey at Little Falls

A little while ago, we made a sad discovery at the Little Falls Branch. One of our younger customers, Lucian, lost his treasured golden triceratops toy into the abyss of the elevator shaft. It’s not uncommon to see pen caps and loose change take a bad bounce into the impenetrable dark, but it’s always heartbreaking to watch something special sail bravely into the dark. Unfortunately, we had to tell Lucian that we weren’t able to retrieve his toy.

gap where the elevator meets the floor
The Dark Chasm

Luckily, when routine maintenance was being performed on the elevator, our generous elevator technician hopped down into the pit and retrieved the golden triceratops for us. We were so delighted that he could be rescued that we immediately got in touch with Lucian’s family to let them know the good news. It was close to closing time so our triceratops friend got to spend the night in the library.

And he was active.

First, he was very thirsty from having spent so many days in the elevator pit, so he journeyed to the staff workroom where he drank his fill from the sink. With his thirst slaked, he realized that his tummy was grumbling, so he set off in search of food.

toy triceratops in the sink

His first stop was the 500s section of non-fiction to pick out his choice of meal. Though the flora of his time period was a bit different than what we offer today in North America, he did start drooling thinking about all the tasty leaves on the trees. He was psyched to see that the Little Falls non-fiction section covered all sorts of topics like gardening and even how to draw comics. He’d have to be sure to attend MoComCon.

toy triceratops with book titled Trees

With his menu decided, he took a peek out the window to see what tasty shrubs the Little Falls campus offered. What a view!

toy triceratops near window

On his way out of the building, he was distracted by the gorgeous Little Falls mural downstairs and all of its glorious greenery. He paused for a second to imagine himself in the woods munching away.

toy triceratops near leaf painting

Finally, he made it outside the branch and ate. And boy, was he hungry. He stopped at the Little Falls entry for a little nap.

toy triceratops near sign saying Little Falls Library

Now that he was full of good food and water, he decided to play in the downstairs meeting room! Since there were no programs or meetings going on, the Little Falls collaborative play space was in full effect. He tried out the early literacy activity wall, and he particularly enjoyed rearranging the magnetic gears and riding them around.

toy triceratops on plastic, magnetic gears

On the floor, he pretended he was Godzilla stomping around a little town on the city rug. But, he was a good triceratops, and he obeyed traffic signals and yielded right of way. He loved being able to hang out in this room, and he made a mental note to come back for storytimes and other programs. 

toy triceratops on road themed rug

Once he was upstairs again, he decided to take a look at the Friends of the Library, Little Falls Chapter book sale. He loved the selection, but he did not have a wallet, so he just browsed.

toy triceratops on shelf near sign saying Rita's Corner Book Sale

On his way back to the Lost and Found bin, he stopped behind the upstairs desk to gaze at the beautiful mural. He really enjoyed taking it all in.

toy triceratops near mural

He also stopped by the magnifier to see what he looked like on the big screen…a good looking dino if he did say so himself. He was impressed at the adjustable table, magnifier, and ADA workstation. He thought it was so cool that MCPL offered so many assistive technology options.

toy triceratops on electronic magnifier

Something in the fiction section caught his eye. It was a book that had a dinosaur’s shadow that reminded him of his sister, T-Rex, on it! Hanging out near the book made him homesick, so he decided to retire to the Lost and Found bin for the rest of the night.

toy triceratops near book Lost World by Michael Crichton

Before he knew it, it was morning, and he was being lifted out of the bin. Suddenly, he heard a familiar voice, and it spread the biggest smile across his face. It was Lucian! And he was here to take him back home.

boy hold triceratops

Lucian and his triceratops were super happy to be reunited, and triceratops couldn’t wait to share all of his adventures and the cool things he discovered were offered at Little Falls and Montgomery County Public Libraries.

Patrick Fromm,
Little Falls

Damascus Meet MCPL

Meet Damascus

Damascus Library is located in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve, an initiative created in 1980 to preserve farmland and rural communities.  The branch started as a bookmobile stop (1952-1973), then moved to a storefront in the Damascus Centre shopping plaza (1973-1990).  Its current location at 9701 Main Street is in a building designed to invoke a farm barn. We share our building with the Damascus Senior Center, and on our grounds are a daycare center and the Damascus Heritage Society Museum.

Damascus is known for its close-knit community and small-town feel.  In fact, it was listed as #31 in Money magazine’s September 2015 article “America’sTop 50 Best Places to Live.”

Train Day at Damascus Library
Library staff at the Celebrate Damascus Parade

Twinbrook Times November 2017

Twinbrook Library Hours Expand!
Our new hours are:
Monday – Thursdays 10 AM – 8 PM
Fridays and Saturdays 10 AM – 6 PM

We hope you’ll enjoy those extended Monday nights and Thursday mornings.  The hours at Twinbrook, Kensington Park, and Little Falls branches were increased as part of the FY18 approved budget.  In addition to more service hours, you can look forward to an increase in our story time programming in the near future!

Upcoming Programs in November:  

  • Tuesday, November 14 at 7 PM:  Know Your News, a fun and engaging way to get some tips on how to assess what is real news and what is fake news (Registration is encouraged but not required).
  • Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 PM:  Reducing Stress through Meditation around the holiday season.

We also have a regular stream of programs that include:

Here’s a complete list of upcoming events for the next 30 days at Twinbrook.

What did you miss?

Thank you to our partners for some special programs we had, such as the Marlow Guitar International concert on September 30 featuring award-winning young classical guitarists, a fair on Energy Conservation held in partnership with our County Department of Environmental Protection, and a seminar on how to apply for a County job, with our Montgomery County Office of Human Resources.

Energy Express Information Fair on Energy Conservation at Twinbrook Library
Energy Express Information Fair on Energy Conservation at Twinbrook Library

Job Hunting and School Work

Two things we see a lot of customers doing in the library are applying for jobs and doing school work.  MCPL has many good resources for Job Hunting, Career Growth, and planning your next move.  We also have pages for Kids and Teens which include a wealth of resources and advice to help with that school work, including when the library is closed.

Our Building

Cool Bug in our Window Planter
Cool Bug in our Window Planter

We hope you’re enjoying the Refreshed Twinbrook Library.  All of the Energy Conservation work done on the library this year is now complete, and while we hope there is nothing for you to notice, the electric bill should be substantially lower going forward.  Work on the buildings lights, electrical transformers, weather proofing, and part of the air conditioning system was done as part of the County’s Energy Conservation efforts, managed by the Department of General Services.

Library Advisory Committee

Our Twinbrook Library Advisory Committee meets about six times per year.  Library advisory committees (LACs) are a part of the library board and advise the library system on library services at each branch.  We encourage customers to attend LAC meetings, provide feedback during, before, or after the meetings, and of course, to join the LAC. Our chairperson, Andrea, Secretary Ron, and members Shirley, Beatrice, and James also attend branch events and often set up a table the week before the LAC meetings to answer questions and gather feedback.

The next three meetings are:

  • Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 PM  (Focus:  Services)
  • Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 PM  (Focus:  Materials Collection)
  • Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 PM  (Focus, Elections, agenda for next year)
New Earbuds and Flash Drives
New Flash Drives and Ear Buds for Sale

Other News

In other news, customers will be pleased to learn that the system is now selling ear buds ($1) and flash drives ($3).  We continue to benefit from restored materials funding, we’ve been steadily taking in brand new travel books all summer long, and the stream of best sellers and new movies and TV shows is very healthy.  We hope you’ll enjoy some soon.

We hope to see you again soon at the Twinbrook Branch.  If you haven’t been since we re-opened, see our Twinbrook Flickr album to get a flavor for what’s inside our branch.

Twinbrook Refreshed

Eric Carzon, Library Services Manager, Twinbrook.
Eric Carzon, Library Services Manager.

Meet MCPL Rockville

Meet Rockville Memorial

The Rockville Memorial branch, located at 21 Maryland Avenue in Rockville, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. The branch was located at 99 Maryland Avenue for many years.

The original name was Rockville Library. On November 10, 2009, County Executive Leggett signed a proclamation declaring that the name of the library be changed to honor “those who have given their lives defending the principles of freedom during every major military conflict and will be deserving of the highest gratitude and honor by the people of Montgomery County.” It was ceremoniously renamed Rockville Memorial Library on May 28, 2010.

Dana Alsup joined MCPL in 2013 and is currently a Librarian II at Rockville Memorial Library. She has enjoyed working on MCPL projects like MoComCon, 3D printing, and the new Studio i makerspace at Rockville Memorial, where she leads the program Happy Crafting. When not at Rockville Memorial, she loves reading nonfiction and mysteries, baking, playing with her dog, and working on her old house.

Jeff Corber joined MCPL in 2014 as a part-time librarian. It was a welcome change from his previous commute to Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. Jeff earned his degree in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University while living in New Orleans. In June 2016, his passion for the outdoors and animals led him to travel to a remote part of the Peruvian jungle, where he spent time hiking, watching wildlife, swimming, and rafting down a tributary of the Amazon River. He’s been a full-time Librarian I at Rockville Memorial for about two and a half years, where he enjoys teaching computer classes and helping people find what they need.

Theresia Ingberg is currently a Library Assistant I at Rockville Memorial Library. She was born a very long time ago (MORE than a half century) at Suburban Hospital. She attended elementary, junior high, and high school in Montgomery County. Theresia has worked for Montgomery County Public Libraries since 1985, when she started as a page at Davis Library. Since then, she has worked in various roles at Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, and Rockville Memorial. She reads a lot. She loves science fiction, fantasy, and children’s literature. Her favorite authors include Maryland native Catherine Asaro, Isaac Asimov, Kage Baker, Beverly Cleary, Patrice Kindl, Sharon Shinn, and many more.

Kathie Meizner, Manager at Rockville Memorial Library, has been with Montgomery County Public Libraries since the dawn of time. She became a librarian because she fell in love with a book from the bookmobile that visited her small Colorado community when she was in 2nd grade. It took her 25 years, a Master’s degree in Library Science, and a career in children’s books and librarianship, before she found the book again in the stacks of the Library of Congress. What was the book? The Land of Forgotten Beasts by Barbara Wersba. Kathie has coordinated programs, supervised collection development, and managed bookmobile services and three library branches at MCPL. If she had bumper stickers on her car, one would say, I’d Rather Be Reading and the other would say, I’d Rather Be Sailing.

Meet MCPL Potomac

Meet Potomac

The Potomac branch of MCPL is located at 10101 Glenolden Drive in Potomac. Prior to the branch opening at its current location in 1985, it had been run from a rented retail basement space since 1974.

The Potomac branch, like all MCPL branches, has something for everyone! This month at the Potomac Library check out Potomac Toddlers Storytime, Potomac Legomasters: Build the Prettiest Heart!, Teen Writers Club, and Coffee, Conversation, & Coloring! See the Calendar of Events for more programs.

Tina Rawhouser

Tina Rawhouser has enjoyed getting to know the staff and the community of Potomac Library since becoming the branch manager in July 2016. She was a teacher and retail store manager before a suggestion from a stranger led her to librarianship. Coincidentally, Tina got to thank that stranger in person because the stranger worked in the first library to offer Tina a job after graduation! She enjoys curling up under a blanket with a cup of tea and a good book in cold weather, riding her motorcycle in warmer weather, and getting outdoors for a long walk with her dog in any weather.

Anne Gerlach

Anne Gerlach has always enjoyed working with children. Before coming to MCPL, she helped in a daycare center and taught creative writing in an afterschool group of eager elementary students.
Before entering graduate school, but already busy at MCPL, her other adventures included writing lyrics and being the lead singer in a folk rock band, illustrating cards for a science fiction card game, and participating in theater. Her current hobbies include script-writing and directing her church theater group and “puttering around” in her studio, as well as avidly watching shows from “across the pond.” She also looks forward to broadening her experiences through travel with her travel buddies, and taking LOADS of pictures.

Amy Chen

Amy Chen has been grateful and enthusiastic about working at MCPL since 2001, and has enjoyed being the Library Assistant Supervisor at Potomac Library since October 2013. Before moving to America, she was an assistant manager at a major insurance company in Taiwan for 7 years. Upon settling in Maryland, she taught at Chinese schools for 15 years before becoming a full-time employee at MCPL. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, doing art projects, and writing Chinese calligraphy. She especially enjoys sharing Chinese culture with young students. She hosts Chinese New Year programs, and shows kids how to do traditional crafts, such as paper cutting, paper folding, and flour dough kneading. When the weather’s nice, she enjoys going out for walks and playing some tennis and golf.

Meet MCPL Noyes Library for Young Children

Get to Know… Noyes Library!

Outside of Noyes Library on a sunny day

Noyes Library for Young Children, located at 10237 Carroll Place in Kensington, offers books and programs specifically for early childhood, along with a comfortable space for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to read and play together with their special adults. The Noyes Library has been listed as one of the remarkable libraries across America in a feature by the LA Times.

Yuliya Doychinova (L) was born and raised in Bulgaria, but 12 years ago an opportunity to work at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, DC presented itself and now the US is home. She joined MCPL in 2012 and currently is a part-time Library Assistant I at the Noyes Library for Young Children. She enjoys working at this charming one-room library which offers excellent programs for young children. When she is not at work, you will find her at home with her family and tending to her beautiful flower garden.

Selfie of three women in denim jacketsCissie Williams (C) joined MCPL in 2003 as an Information Substitute, where she most enjoyed teen and adult queries and generally feared and avoided questions at the Children’s Desk. Despite her anxiety, she began subbing regularly at Noyes Library for Young Children in 2010, where she discovered that not only was she entirely capable of answering children’s questions, she was actually good at it and loved it! She’s been the part-time Librarian I at Noyes since the position was created in 2014 and can be found there presenting storytimes, playing ukulele, and self-educating about early literacy. Inside and outside Noyes, she enjoys dancing (all kinds), music (all kinds), teaching the world how to play uke one person at a time, eating cake, and hiking (outside).

Christine Felix (R) is currently the Librarian II at the Noyes Library for Young Children. She enjoys all things glitter, anything by Mo Willems and a good dance beat. She loves being a children’s librarian because it allows her to read, dance, play and make a mess while teaching children and parents the importance of early literacy. She hopes to travel more up and down the East Coast and to visit someplace warm next December.

Maggie Nightingale Poolesville

Honoring Maggie Nightingale

L–R Catherine Matthews, Director, Up-County Regional
Services Center; Parker Hamilton; Maggie Nightingale;
and Jerome Klobukowski, Poolesville Town Commissioner
County Executive Isiah Leggett designated April 16, 2016 as Maggie Nightingale Day in Montgomery County. Ms. Nightingale served on the Library Board for many years and is currently a member of the Poolesville Library Advisory Committee (LAC).

During a ceremony culminating the week-long celebration of Poolesville Library’s 25th anniversary, MCPL Director Parker Hamilton presented Maggie a proclamation signed by the County Executive. The proclamation noted that the current Poolesville branch’s location is due in no small part to Ms. Nightingale’s energy and advocacy.