Wednesday, September 26, 2018

We Have a Couple of New Faces at Davis

Welcome back to the Davis blog! We have a couple of new faces at Davis.

Davis Branch Manager Steve Warrick
Steve Warrick
Steve Warrick recently accepted the branch manager position at the library and is so glad he did! He had heard a lot about the Davis community and their love for the library and reading. In his short time at the branch, he can honestly say that it shows.

Steve joined MCPL in 2013 after working as a librarian in West Virginia. Since 2014, he has been the branch manager at Maggie Nightingale. Steve had the pleasure of being part of some significant events with MCPL, including the reopening of Olney, the 25th anniversary of the Poolesville Library, and the renaming of Poolesville to the Maggie Nightingale Library in honor of its biggest advocate. Steve recently became the manager at Davis. Prior to MCPL, he spent his time on some of the bays and backwaters of the East Coast, along the Ohio River in Kentucky, and within Central and Western Maryland conducting oral histories and folklore fieldwork. Outside of the library, he enjoys being outdoors and walking his dog. Of course, Steve enjoys reading. His current interest is debut novels.

The other new face at Davis is Meghan Ebbitt. Her story began in Michigan where she was born and raised (Go Blue!). After graduating from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, Meghan worked in several different public libraries in the Wolverine State before moving to the DMV in 2012. She started with MCPL in 2014 at Long Branch Library, and has also worked at Germantown and most recently the Noyes Library for Young Children before transferring to Davis in August. As the Head of Children's Services, Meghan is most looking forward to sharing storytime and other programs with the families of Davis. She would like everyone to keep an eye out for some changes in the children's section, as we look to make things easier to find, and even more kid friendly. When Meghan is not at the library, she likes to watch movies, check out museums and listen to audiobooks.

Please stop by the desk and say hello to Steve and Meghan the next time you are in the library.

There are few other changes taking place at the library. Our storytimes are now weekly. We added storytime every week to give our customers more opportunities to come together with us to share stories, rhymes, songs and more. When children, their grownups, and librarians bring our unique energies and spirits together, we are creating a special environment to foster children's love of reading, singing, talking, and playing - the foundations of learning.

In addition to storytime, we will host a program provided by Pandas Karate on Saturday, October 6 at 1 PM. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and the Pandas Karate program uses comedy and storytelling to teach kids how to respond to bullying without using their fists. This program is for elementary school-aged children and is generously sponsored by the FOL, Davis Chapter.

Davis Library Children's New Book Section
What's New for Kids
Another change to the children’s area of the library is the new book section. As soon as you enter this area you will see the “What’s New for Kids” display with all of the most recent additions to the library. Keep your eye on this display as it will be constantly updated with all of the new children’s books that we receive at the library. If you can’t find the book you are looking for, let us know at the information desk.

Speaking of displays, the Davis staff always have something ready for our avid readers. Directly across from the information and circulations desks are books that have been hand-selected for our customers' reading needs. These displays range from librarians' personal favorites choice to seasonal themes to current events that our happening in the world around us.

For those of you not in the know, Batman Day was September 15.
Batman Day Display
Batman Day Display
Now in its fifth-year, Batman Day began in 2014 to celebrate the seventy-fifth year of Gotham City’s hero debut in the comics. The Davis Library celebrated the Dark Knight with a book display and it was well-received by customers of all ages. Thanks to Meghan, Lisa Navidi, Librarian II, and Pat Meyer, Library Assistant Supervisor, for their work with the display. Also, thanks to Dyanne Tsai, Library Desk Assistant and comic enthusiast, for sending out the bat signal to the Davis staff and community.

The next time you visit the Davis Library, be sure to stop by and check out our exhibit case near the Democracy Boulevard entrance. The new exhibit features the art of Martina Sestakova. Martina is a textile designer, teaching artist and abstract watercolorist and some of her beautiful scarves and a few of her wonderful watercolors will be on view through October. For more information about her art, check out her website.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Waking Up the Davis Library Gardens!

As visitors to Davis Library know, we are fortunate to have a wide expanse of lawn and garden area. For many of us, our gardens have been lying dormant over the winter. However now that the days begin to draw out, temperatures begin to rise, and trees, plants, and flowers start blooming. It's time to prepare our Davis garden for warmer weather.

A recent cloudy and chilly day in late March saw three members of the Bethesda Community Garden Club: Margaret Edison, Jeanne Weiss, and Kay Hager, working hard in the Davis garden, cleaning up from winter and getting ready for spring. While Montgomery County is responsible for cutting the grass, and some garden maintenance, members of the club work on tasks such as clearing beds, weeding, pruning, and planting.

Yellow Flowers in Front of Davis Library

Taking a break while tending to a Yucca plant, Margaret noted that the garden is "a work in always is, but we always enjoy working in this garden and maintaining a public space. People notice and appreciate the garden."

Various Plants in Front of Davis Library

Spring also sees the resumption of the weekly plant clinics staffed again by members of the Bethesda Community Garden Club. So if you have any questions about plants and gardening, do drop into the library on Saturday mornings from 10 AM - 1 PM now through September. If possible bring the plant with you.

Sign advertising the plant clinic at Davis Library

With a selection of gardening books currently on display we are all ready to help you wake up your garden too. Let's hope it is a good summer for the garden!

Display of Gardening Books at Davis Library

David Payne
Branch Manager
Davis Library

Monday, February 12, 2018

Looking Forward...and Back

It's February, and so far, rather cold, wet, and icy. But the staff at Davis Library is looking ahead to warmer times and already planning a great variety of programming for all ages in the spring and summer. Stay tuned for more information, but in the meantime, we have some exciting events coming up soon.

In March, we will begin a series of 6 STEM Smart programs. The series begins March 3 and continues every second Saturday until May 12. These workshops will feature hands on experiments in subjects such as strawberry DNA, kitchen chemistry, buoyancy and liquids, crime scene investigations, chocolate, and electronics. What a great selection of topics! These free workshops are for ages 10-14 and require registration. Participants can register for each STEM Smart workshop individually.

Please be sure to check out our entire events calendar. Among the many programs coming up we have a special Mo Willems storytime on February 17, a visit from Baba Jamal Koram, The Storyman, on March 10, and a special event for Financial Literacy Month.

As we look forward, however, we also had a chance recently to look back, when a customer showed us the very first MCPL library card he received, in 1967.

Front of MCPL Library Card from 1967

Back of Old Library Card

As we take part in Library Lovers Month, it's worth reflecting perhaps that while the library card has changed somewhat over those 50 years, the role of the public library in the community remains as vital today as it was back then!

David Payne
Davis Library Branch Manager

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

12 Months On... What a Difference a Year Makes!

As we come to the end of 2017 we look back on a great year for the Davis Library since its reopening on April 8, 2017.

As I write, our staff is putting together an exciting lineup of events for all ages in the New Year and our January 2018 blog will contain more details on those, so stay tuned!

If you need some inspiration and ideas for the holiday season, do take a look at two of our current displays. "A Very Crafty Holiday" offers plenty of books and ideas on decorating for the season (and after). Our very popular "Winter Reading" display features some great reading selections for this time of year, when the days get shorter and winter arrives.

Star Wars fans, get your light sabers ready for Thursday, December 14th  and our Star Wars Day, between 3-6 PM. Get ready to revisit a galaxy, far, far away and have fun with Star Wars games and crafts while you're doing so. The program is geared for ages 5 and up, and all ages are welcome!

From Star Wars we then move to a Marshmallow Challenge for ages 6-11 on Wednesday December 27. If you are wondering quite what the marshmallow challenge is about, let me explain. It will be a group activity where the participants will try to build the tallest tower they can out of spaghetti, string, tape, marshmallow. Not only is this a challenge in engineering, it also challenges the participants to think differently. A marshmallow is so light, but a piece of spaghetti won't hold it by itself! Please note that registration is required for this event, and this can be done in person at the library, by phone or through the MCPL website.

The following day, Thursday, December 28th, from 1-3 PM, we invite you to take a break from your winter break with our Winter Break Craft Special. There will be crafts, games, and activities for all ages and no registration is needed.

On behalf of all the Davis staff, we wish you a happy holiday season and thank you for all your support in 2017!

David Payne
Branch Manager

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Vietnam War on Record 1961-1974: a fascinating new exhibit at Davis

Records and a cassette tape from the Vietnam War on Record exhibitIf you have been to Davis Library recently, you will have noticed the large display case which greets visitors at our front entrance. While we usually feature works by local artists or craftspeople, this month we are very pleased to showcase a very special new exhibit in honor of Veterans Day.

The Vietnam War on Record 1961-1974 features an exhibit of recordings on vinyl record and cassette tape about various aspects of the Vietnam War. The exhibit is but a small selection from the private collection of Davis Library staff member Les Waffen and is dedicated to Vietnam War veterans.

As Les notes, "In retrospect, the Vietnam War was the first 'rock n' roll' war, and recorded music and spoken word reflected the mood of the nation and of its military in a time of upheaval: the anger, the pain, the patriotism, the sorrow."

An LP and 45prm records from the Vietnam War on Record exhibitDescribing the items in his collection, Les says "Most of the recordings about Vietnam can be categorized as either "pro-war" or "anti-war" in theme. Other recordings clearly relate to the war but are less controversial...and express feelings everyone can relate to, whether it be the homesickness of a soldier on a foreign battlefield, the travails of  a prisoner of war, the joy of coming home, or the pain of PTSD."

The exhibit will be on display until the end of November. Do drop by and take a look and enjoy our library services while you are here! Details about our branch opening hours and upcoming activities can be found on the Davis branch page.

See you at the library,

David Payne
Davis Library Manager