Friday, October 30, 2015

panoramic view kensington park interior

closed signKensington Park Library was built in 1968 and opened to the public in 1969. Now, on the eve of the Library's 47th birthday, it's getting a facelift! 

current information desk
We are excited that the current project. Plans include the replacement of the small lift installed in 1992 with a self-service elevator. Updated spaces for children, teens, seniors and students will have new carpet and paint. In a very important update for many of our customers, WiFi will now reach to all corners of the building.

As part of the project, our services desks will be combined so that account services—like checkout and returns—and information services—such as readers’ advisory—will be conveniently located together. 

empty shelvesFor now, all of the shelves full of books, audiobooks and DVDs are covered in plastic. The public computers take up space in several of our big wheeled laundry tubs. The children’s books were boxed and sent to storage. The bookdrop is closed. Our author talks, teen writing group, knitting club, and our monthly book discussion will all take place in offsite locations.

Construction has now begun. If you’ve been to MCPL's Wheaton, Aspen Hill, Chevy Chase or Davis branches you may already have seen some familiar faces from the Kensington Park staff!

Kensington Park Library with all its riches is something like the crocus bulbs: we’re out of sight for a while, busy getting ready to bloom again just before spring.

Kathie M.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Kensington Park Branch to Close for Refresh Project

Kensington Park Library from the street The Kensington Park Library will close on Saturday, October 10 at 6 p.m. for approximately four and a half months so the facility can be refreshed. The branch will be open the last day from 10 am–6 pm.

As part of the project, a full service elevator will be installed to provide access to the lower level meeting room and public restrooms. The project also includes expanded space for picture books and early reading materials. Two new conference rooms will be added. Some interior spaces will be rearranged and new Circulation and Information Desks will be provided. The building interior will be painted and recarpeted and the public restrooms will be updated.

“Kensington Park Library is the second of our branches to be modernized using an exciting and innovative approach we introduced in our FY13-16 Strategic Facilities Plan,” explained Libraries Director Parker Hamilton. “We will now have CIP funding every year to ‘refresh’ and update two to three of our library branches. We’ll complete a focused set of improvements with a shorter closing period that will result in updated buildings, programs and services. We’ll be able to make those improvements on a seven year rotation instead of the previous 20-30 year renovation cycle. We are looking forward to reopening Kensington Park early in 2016.”

Children's Room
Kensington Park Library will not be available as a pickup location for holds during the entire period of the closure. Customers should select another library pickup location when placing a hold in the catalog beginning Wednesday, September 16. Staff will contact customers whose holds have not been picked up by October 10, and these holds will be sent to an alternative branch selected by the customer.

The Kensington Park Library bookdrop will remain open for returns through Wednesday, October 21.

Kensington Park customers are invited to keep up with project process through this blog. Customers are reminded that during this closure, they may use other nearby branches, such as the Chevy Chase, Wheaton and Davis branches, or any branch that may be convenient. For assistance in managing accounts during the closed period, customers can call Ask A Librarian at 240-777-0001 or contact any of Montgomery County Public Libraries’ other branches.

Partial funding for the project was provided by the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services.

Read the official press release.