Monday, April 24, 2017

Welcome Back!

To all of you.

The Davis Branch reopened from our refresh process Saturday April 8  at 10:00 AM.   County Executive Isaiah Leggett reaffirmed his strong commitment to libraries at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Mr. Leggett was joined by at the ceremony by Councilmember George Leventhal, Director of Libraries Parker Hamilton, Department of General Services Director David Dise, Davis Friends of the Library President Robert Owen, and members of the community.

Bookshelf at the front of Davis Library
Entry Area
Davis is open regular hours now, and we have been so excited to show our friends and neighbors from the community around our beautiful new space.

New collaboration rooms in Davis Library
Collaboration Spaces
Some of the improvements to the library include new circulation and information desks, new carpet/flooring and paint, the addition of two collaboration rooms, a complete renovation of the public restrooms on the main and lower levels, new bi-level water fountains, new furniture, an expanded Children's room, creation of a café seating area and a small meeting room on the lower level, and lighting of the exterior sign along Democracy Boulevard.
Refreshed picture book area in Davis Library Children's room
Children's Room

The collaboration spaces can be booked online one week in advance for up to two hours per day.

The newly expanded Children's room has a space dedicated to books for the youngest customers, with child friendly seating and toys inside.  We also have 2 "chair and half"s where we have already seen many adults and children curling up together to enjoy a special book, as well as 3 very colorful low rockers.

Our Quiet Area now contains all of our magazines and newspapers, comfortable lounge furniture, and a "laptop lane" that runs around the perimeter of the room, providing power outlets at each station for laptops, tablets or what have you.
Quiet study room at Davis Library
Quiet Area

We are swinging into a full slate of library programs for the spring and summer, with storytimes, our very popular book discussions, and our English conversation club already underway.

Please drop by to say hi when you're in the neighborhood.  We are very proud of the result of our refresh, and we know you will love it too!


Anita Vassallo
Former Davis Branch manager.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Home Stretch

Hooray!!  We are in the last weeks of our refresh, with our reopening scheduled for Saturday April 8 at 10:00 AM. During the past few weeks, we have seen most of our furniture delivered, the restrooms finished up on the lower level, the wood in our beautiful ceiling stained a rich mahogany color, new shelf endpanels installed, and much more.
Childrens Area

The Davis staff will be recalled to the library on Monday, March 13, and then our work really begins! We have boxes and boxes of materials that were removed and stored when the refresh process began.  All of these materials need to be located in their new homes, and all of the materials that were bought for us while we were closed need to be shelved also. If you could peek inside Davis you would see carts and carts of brand new books waiting to be taken home by happy customers.

Laptop/study space
Our new computer tables have been delivered, and the MCPL Technology Management staff is busy reinstalling the public PCs and making sure everything is working correctly. We also have laptop counters in the large study room. Other technology that will be in place and is new to Davis are Go! Kits for children, laptops that can be borrowed for use in the library, and an assistive technology workstation that includes a device that can magnify and read text on a page in a number of different languages.
Cute Pony Chair

Of course we will still have our great selection of fiction and nonfiction materials, and our wonderful staff members will be ready and willing to help with our new services, help you locate the resources you need, or just recommend a great read.

We hope to see all of our faithful customers at our opening ceremony on April 8 to help us celebrate this great event!!



Anita Vassallo
Former Manager
Davis Library

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Heavy Lifting

Much progress has been made at Davis since my last post.   We now have the first floor entirely painted, all of the flooring laid, and the rest rooms are finished up.

The translucent panels which will separate the children’s room from the main library area were installed and look wonderful.  It was not an easy install, as each panel weighs about 500 lbs, but it’s in place and really adds a pop to the space.   Here’s a video of the panels being manhandled into the library.

video

small room for studying in groups
Collaboration Space
Our collaboration spaces are all finished and waiting for furniture.  These are small rooms for 4 to 6 people which will be able to be reserved online for study groups, tutoring, small meetings, interviews, and so on. We are so glad to be able to provide this much needed space to our community.

counter where self charge will go
Just add self-charge
This is the counter where our self charge machines will live, and you can see the spot above it where our new digital signage will hang.

Many of the libraries already have digital signage, and we are very excited that we will also be able to let people know what’s happening in the branch, the library system, and the County using this technology.

picture of LED lighting strips
LED lights
This last is a picture of some of our new LED lighting that will be over our single service desks.   The look is very modern and yet it meshes very well with the mid-century modern overall vibe.

We await our new shelving and furniture, and we still have heavy work underway in the downstairs restrooms.   Our staff is very ready to come home and start getting everything in place for our reopening, which will take place sometime in the spring.  In the meantime, enjoy using our neighboring branches and all of our electronic resources which can come to you no matter what the weather!




More later.

Anita Vassallo
Former Davis Manager

Friday, December 16, 2016

Reindeer??

picture of orange, green and magenta carpeting
Bright new carpet!
Over the last several weeks we have been excited to see some pops of color added to the white canvas of the Davis interior space. Our carpet has been laid in the main library and children's area, and it adds some real eye appeal to the space! There are a few different patterns in the same line, and the designer has used them to draw customers through the library and to delineate spaces. The picture here shows a pattern used in the children's room. We used carpet tiles instead of broadloom carpet so that if there is damage or severe staining in the future, sections can be easily replaced.

picture of sink and faucet.
Sink with touchless faucet.

The first floor restrooms are completely tiled, and the flooring and fixtures are in. We are just waiting for the partitions and a few accessories like the hand dryers (oh, and the doors) and those spaces will be finished up. Work will then begin in the lower level restrooms. The restrooms were staged so that our partner organization, the KID Museum, has access to restrooms for their  young customers throughout the Davis refresh project.


workers on Davis roof
Roofing work.
The complex roof replacement project is in its final demolition phase.  Because the roof at Davis is a flat one, demolition is more complicated than it might be on a regular pitched roof.   The workers are moving across the surface removing all of the old materials.  As one worker inside the building says, they sound like reindeer up on the roof!

We wish all of our customers a happy holiday season.  If you are thinking of a new tablet or Kindle as a gift for someone on your list, be sure to let them know that with a Montgomery County library card, they can download books, music, magazines and so much more for free from MCPL.  That's just like an extra gift that lasts the year round.


Anita Vassallo
Davis Branch Manager


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Raise High the Roof Beam

piles of roofing materials
Staging the new roof
One of the major pieces of structural work here at Davis is getting underway.   We are getting a new roof as part of our refresh, and the staging began yesterday.  As you can see from the picture, this is a job requiring a LOT of materials, heavy equipment and a good-sized crew of workers.

Although a new roof is not something that will be immediately evident to most of our customers (since we have a flat roof you can't see from the ground), it's certainly going to enhance the building overall, and we are very happy to have this as part of the work.

Boxes of tiles for restrooms
Nice tile inside the boxes.
Tile has come in for our first floor men's and women's rooms, and the work should begin this week.  I think everyone will be so pleased with the new look of our public restrooms, since they were not in great shape prior to the refresh.

Painting is just about completed, our new fire alarm system is in and passed inspection by the county, and electrical work is finishing up.   We are putting accessible power everywhere possible, so our customers will be able to work with their own laptops, tablets, and devices without worrying about battery life.

Although we do not have a firm date for reopening yet, we are looking forward to spring and reopening the doors to our community.  We have heard that many of our Davis customers are missing us, and we miss them too!

If you have ever wondered how the libraries get input from the community on a regular basis, the answer is that each branch library has a Library Advisory Committee of three to sixteen members, designated by the County Library Board to represent that library's service area.

These committees advise the local library manager, the Library Board, and the County Executive concerning the library needs in the area that they represent and suggest overall improvements to the county library system.

The Davis Library Advisory Committee is looking for new members.  If you are interested in being involved with Davis and MCPL, and giving input on how MCPL can best serve our community, please fill out this application and put it in the mail to Anita Vassallo, Library Manager, Davis Library 6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda MD 20817

Anita Vassallo
Library Manager