Thursday, April 28, 2016

Refreshing after 51 years of service

reproduction of invitation to the opening of the Davis library in 1964
Davis Library opening invitation 1964


Welcome to the first posting of the Davis Branch blog. This blog will allow readers to follow Davis through the refresh process, and it will help to keep the community in the know about all of the exciting developments inside the library while it's closed.

What's a refresh?  As you can see from the image above, the Davis branch originally opened in 1964, with the land for construction being a gift of the Davis family. Over the years, the 2 stories of the library building have accommodated different uses.  Many people remember the lower level as the home of the Special Needs Library. The lower level also has housed administrative offices, a training lab, and Mobile Services. That level is now the home of the KIDMuseum, a non-profit library partner offering fantastic STEM and cultural activities for children.

The upper level of the library has always provided library services to the local community, and it was last renovated in 1984, over 30 years ago.  So, the time has come for some serious sprucing up of the interior of this beautiful mid-century modern building in order to move library services into the 21st century.

Funds for the project come from a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Level of Effort Fund for Library Refurbishments, and State Capital Grant.

In addition to new paint and carpet, the Davis refresh project will include:
  • an enhanced area for children
  • a substantial increase in seating space with power for electronic devices
  • two reservable collaborative workspaces
  • comfortable lounge seating in several areas
  • a total renovation of our restrooms
  • digital signage
  • and more
The library will close for this process sometime this summer, and be closed for about 4 to 5 months.
During that time, Davis customers can access services at any of the other 20 Montgomery County Libraries. Nearby libraries are  Kensington Park, Bethesda, and Potomac.

While the library will be closed to the public, the KIDMuseum will be fully functional and is offering a wide selection of camps and other activities during the summer and into the fall.

The next blog will talk about bit more about the refresh, and also introduce some of the Davis staff members.  In the meantime, enjoy this short film produced by the American Library Association in 1965, and see if you can recognize the location of the exterior and interior shots.



Anita Vassallo
Davis Branch Manager