Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"Spring" Into Life At Your Local Library

The text A + surrounded by a red circle.Spring fever is in the air at Kensington Park! Start this season off right with all the amazing programs and books that we have to offer.

We have a fabulous new program called Homework Help where skilled volunteers assist students in grades K-8 on a drop-in basis on school assignments. This event is offered at 5:30 PM every second and fourth Thursday of the month.
Drawing of a Tree Over Books
All the Write Stuff

On Saturday, March 17, we have a special event, All the Write Stuff, which is a free writing workshop for all levels presented by the 2018 Kensington Day of the Book Festival authors. Sessions include Publishing 101, How to Write Your Own Memoir and more. This information packed program is not to be missed!  Space is limited, register today.

I am Woman Creative Display
I Am Woman Display
Before the month is over, be sure to check out our Women's History Month display, filled with material to empower all women. We have a diverse display of books for and about women to inspire you. One of our personal favorites is, "I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World" by Malala Yousafzai.

For more information on programs that are happening at Kensington Park, check out our upcoming events.

Do you have any special displays or artwork that you'd like to share? Contact us today to see if your work can be presented in our monthly rotating display case for all of our customers to enjoy!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Love Is in the Air

There are lot of exciting things happening this month at Kensington Park!

Pink Postcard Mailbox
Library Lovers Month Mailbox and Postcards
In honor of Library Lovers Month, we have a special mailbox where you can fill out a postcard telling us why you love libraries. We then collect the postcards and send them to county officials to show them the value of public libraries in our community. If you can't make it to the library, you can share your love via social media using the hashtags,  #ILOVEMYLIBRARY and #MADLOVEFORLIBRARIES. Share your love today!

Display of Famous Couples in Literature Contest
Famous Couples in Literature Contest

To celebrate our love for the classics, we have a fun "Famous Couples in Literature" contest going on. All you have to do is match the couples with what classic novel they are in. We will then select one random winner out of those who get the answers correct and that person will receive a special prize. Can you get all the answers right? Come give it a try! Contest ends February 28th.

Silk Dog Art Piece
Year of the Dog Silk Art Piece

Each February we also love to commemorate the Chinese New Year. We have a very special display for it this year, a collection of art pieces that are hand stitched silk-on-silk. This type of embroidery art can take up 2 years to finish and has been a tradition for over 2,000 years! As you can see on the image to the right, the fur on the dog looks life-like, but in fact, it is made of a million hand stitches using a fiber of a thread. Photos do not do this art justice. We highly recommend you come see them for yourselves!

To celebrate Black History Month, we have an "I have a dream..." display in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Customers of all ages can write out what their dreams are and post them on our "Dream Wall". One of our customers wrote, 'I have a dream... for people to treat other people they way they want to be treated." Click here to see what your local libraries are doing to observe Black History Month!

I Have A Dream Black History Display
I Have A Dream Display
If these weren't enough reasons for you to come see us, check out our display honoring our love for diversity! We love diversity because we are all different and can learn things from each other and because the world is composed of more than just one single story. 
We Love Diverse Books display

If you'd like to show your local library love in more ways, visit the Friends of the Library website to find out information on how you can further support your local Friends Chapter!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cheers to the New Year!

A Bob the Builder Quilt Hanging on Display at the Library
Bob the Builder Quilt 
The customers and staff at Kensington Park enjoyed various displays and activities to get them pumped up for the New Year.

For the month of December, the Friendship Star Quilters brought some of their beautiful quilts to display. Children especially loved the Bob the Builder quilt! If you're interested in visiting the Friendship Star Quilters, they meet the first Monday night of each month.

On Thursday, December 28, we had a very special program during which library customers got to decorate bookends and color in CD's. We had a ton of creative design themes ranging from floral beauties to dinosaur inhabited lands. These works of art are currently being displayed in our glass case near the main entrance. Did you miss this event? Be sure to check out our upcoming events page to view current and future programs.

A display of two book ends that are decorated with the writing READ
READ Book Ends

A colored in female superhero drawing
Superhero Drawing
Preschool aged customers colored in their own superheroes in preparation for MCPL's second annual comic convention, MoComCon.  MoComCon will take place January 27, 2018 at the Silver Spring Library from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. It was a huge hit last year, so you won't want to miss it. Show up dressed up as your favorite book, television show, or movie character. Who knows? Maybe you'll win the cosplay contest. There will be other free fun exhibits, workshops and displays. Bring your family and friends!

From our library to your home, Happy New Year!

Fifteen men and women of the Kensington Park Library Staff with a 2018 decoration in the background
Kensington Park Staff

Friday, December 8, 2017

Local Bird Photographer Shared a Bird's Eye View

In October, Vickie Bailey graced our branch with a fabulous exhibit of her portraits of local birds in the Kensington area. Decoratively and strategically placed like birds in a tree, the exhibit covered four of our walls in the exhibit space by the bank of public computers. In addition to the this lovely feast for the eyes, Vickie spent an evening with the KP community sharing additional photos and photographic techniques and equipment to a large audience.

Photographer Vickie Bailey poses beside her photographs of local birds.

December Events:
All month long: Children can join the fun and add a "snowball" to our snowman display.

Book display showcases a snowman to decorate and books about snow and winter.

December 4-18: Share a favorite cookie recipe with us. Drop it in our cookie box and we will collate all entries into a compendium of yummy recipes.

December 6 and 13: We will be serenaded with "Gentle music to read by" from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

Every Friday in December, 1:30-3:00 PM: Volunteer computer tutor available to assist with searching the internet, printing, copying, and scanning your work.

December 28: Make Your Mark... Come to Kensington to help decorate our bookends and festoon the library with your creative whims. Ages 12 and up. Make it a family event.

We wish all of you happy holidays and a happy new year!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

More Hours at Night to Delight!

Vertical list of Kensington Park Library hours by day of the week. You asked and we listened!  Kensington Park is one of three public libraries in Montgomery County that have been given extended hours to better serve your needs!  Along with the Twinbrook and Little Falls branches, we will now be open Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to 8 PM as well as maintaining our Friday and Saturday hours from 10 AM to 6 PM.  This change became effective on October 16th.

We encourage you to come in during our new evening hours to check out a book, play a game of chess in our Young Adult room, borrow a branch laptop, use our free Wifi, or ask one of our friendly library staff members an information question or two!

For more information about MCPL, including how to get a free library card and how to check out an e-book onto your device, please visit our website.

Two library staff in front of the new hours sign at the door of Kensington Park Library
To stay on top of the current programs offered at Kensington Park, view our branch's site to see a calendar of events with fun, educational activities we offer such as Bone Builders and Family Storytime!

We hope to see you soon (at night)!