Monday, August 1, 2016

With a little help from our Friends

Red planters at Kensington Park Library entrance
You may have noticed the welcoming look of the new red planters  at the entrance doors to the library. Our Friends of the Library Chapter brought these to us, and we think makes our two sets of front doors look fabulous.

The Friends of the Library, Kensington Park Chapter also made a gift of new seating near the entrance on the library circle side.

Shelving for handouts
The Friends of the Library provided the new public information center shelves for handouts and brochures about non-profit cultural and civic opportunities in our community.
Stair risers with book titles

The risers on our stairs to the lower level have book titles selected by community members, staff and Friends.

In the children's room, new toys and puzzles now encourage young learners to talk and play as well as to read together with their adults. 

Thank you, Friends of the Library, Kensington Park Chapter.

Being a Friend is one of the best ways you can support your local library.
Dollhouse and family Kensington's children's roomAsk us about membership and volunteer opportunities with the Friends of the Library, Kensington Park Chapter or visit

The Kensington Park Library Advisory Committee (an adjunct committee of the Montgomery County Library Board) also welcomes volunteers who can help support the Library in the community. Find out more at

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

At your service

Kensington Park Library service desks
The library staff is here to help you find library materials and resources. We’ve moved our information services from an enormous desk in the middle of the library to the new, slimmer, shared space for checkouts, library accounts, and information services.

Among the reasons we like the new desk design is that it gives our library customers one place to go to ask for information and readers advisory assistance, as well as to talk with our circulation services staff about library accounts or to checkout materials.

What kind of questions do we get at the information desk? Well, recently we've been asked for help:

    question mark sign over the info desk at KP
  • Identifying a mysterious backyard plant.
  • Suspending holds so they don’t arrive while the customer is away for several weeks.
  • Scanning a document to a thumb drive using our printer/copier, and then attach the document to an email using a library computer
  • Setting up a new tablet in order to be able to borrow e-books and downloadable audiobooks from the library’s collection.
Customers often ask us for reading recommendations too, such as:

  • Audiobooks to share on a long trip with children ages 4, 9 and 13
  • Books for a teen fan of The Hunger Games
  • Lighthearted reads to distract from a difficult family reunion.
  • Authors who are like Lianne Moriarty (or Mo Willems or Rick Riordan or Lee Smith or [name your favorite]
  • Star Wars stories for a 5-year-old Jedi Knight

What questions have you been waiting to ask?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Kensington Park Library is open!

If there is one thing the residents of Montgomery County love, it’s their libraries.  Our wonderful community of Kensington is one of the best, and full of readers and learners of all ages. We are so excited to be back open and with a new a fresh look! We still have the same great services and resources as well as new ones to offer.  If you have a question or comment, or just want to learn more about us, just ask one of our friendly library staff members at the circulation or information desk, now under the big “Customer Service” sign as you walk in the doors.

You can also find great information via the Kensington Branch website, including a list of our programs along with the other services and resources we have to offer.

Kensington Park Reopening Ceremony
Kensington Park Reopening Ceremony

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Goodbye dumpster; welcome home books. OPENING MARCH 28! RIBBON-CUTTING APRIL 2!

The dumpster is hauled awayOur refresh project has seemed at times like Richard Armour's funny poem about a condiment:

"Shake and shake / the catsup bottle / none will come / and then a lot'll." Everything in our library seemed a bit empty and very dusty for weeks and weeks. Now many things are happening all at once!

We said goodbye to the very large dumpster that carried away old carpet and ceiling tile and the detritus of the project.

Book cartons on pallets
Empty shelves in picture book areaWe welcomed back the hundreds and hundreds of boxes of new books. 

We've already filled the shelves you see in these pictures.
Empty shelves in children's area
Book cartons on pallets in parking lotThen more boxes came.

More shelves are getting filled.

We're nearly ready to welcome YOU!

We'll open our doors to the public at 10:00 am on Monday, March 28.

Empty new book shelves
We'll have a grand reopening ceremony on Saturday, April 2, beginning with speeches and a ribbon cutting at 10:00 am. Plan to celebrate with us!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A spot of color

Recent photos from our project under construction (the highlight squares in the carpet are green and blue).

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

One is silver and the other is gold

Happy New Year!

It’s January and that means that many librarians’ hearts turn to thoughts of the awards that connect with our younger library users. On Monday, January 11, the 2016 Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, Young Adult Nonfiction and Laura Ingalls Wilder awards will be among the nearly 20 categories in this media event. Find out more here:
It’s also a New Year, and as we have for decades now, librarians continue to talk about what’s old, what’s new and what endures in libraries. We firmly believe in making new friends--and in keeping our old friends.
newly painted west wall and reading room under construction
A touch of green.
We know that at Kensington Park our library users come to us to help achieve their learning goals as well as to be entertained, consoled, distracted, amused, enlightened and astonished by books and ideas.
Our refreshed Kensington Park library will have comfortable seating for solo readers as well as seating for pairs of big & little readers in the picture book area.
We’ll be able to let you know, while you are visiting, about programs for adults, teens and children via a new digital display sign.
We’ll have a charging station for your digital device so that you can have enough power to stay in touch, read the ending to your ebook, check your mail, or keep listening to your audiobook. We’ll have 3-D printer, a collection of Go Kits! for your young learner, and plenty of new books, audiobooks and DVDs.
Construction at the front entrance of the building will continue for a few weeks, so if you’ve been driving through the property to see what’s going on, please be patient while we keep the driveways and parking lots safely closed to traffic.