Monday, July 25, 2016

Here We Go!!

Banners outside library Here we go! Our refresh is underway.

The Davis staff said a temporary farewell to our community on Saturday, July 16, with a cake and lemonade celebration, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, Davis Chapter.

We had so many people stop by to say how much they will miss us during our closed period. This made all of the staff feel so appreciated!
Library farewell cake But we didn't have a lot of time to rest on our laurels, since the next week we had to get everything ready for the arrival of our movers.  Even though we are not moving a lot of the collection, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done to get the building cleared and ready for construction.
Large pieces of furniture that we are keeping needed to be moved and stored in our lower level meeting room.  We will be reusing our chairs, which were recently reupholstered thanks to the Friends of the Library, Davis Chapter, so they also needed to be moved and stored. Boxes and boxes of books in the children's room were packed up and stored, since their shelving is being replaced. Our storage space is pretty full, but thankfully the great crew of movers staged everything just right, and it all fit!
more boxes The staff is also packing up their belongings, as they will be reporting to their temporary workplaces on Monday August 1st.  See if you can spot the Davis staff as you travel to nearby branches!

The main floor of the library is pretty well cleared out by now, and we are just finishing up the last of the work.  We are still having some holds come in for pick up at Davis. Please remember to change any holds you have designated for pick up at Davis to another location so you're not delayed in getting that book you've been waiting for!

Here's a quick video at the main library floor right now, still recognizable, but ready for all the wonderful changes to come.

More to come in our next post.


Anita Vassallo

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Counting Down

The Davis branch is in the last few days of service before we close for our six month refresh.
Lots of boxes needed

We are packing up our offices, staff has received their assignments for their temporary branches, and many customers have selected their temporary homes until early next year.

Here are some questions that we have had in the last few weeks:

"What are you doing with the Express bestseller books?  It seems a shame to have these brand new bestsellers just sitting here while you are closed." -

We agree!  The Express books will be dispersed to other branches, and delivery of new ones will be suspended for Davis.

"Davis has the only subscription to the German language magazine Der Spiegel in the library system.  How will I be able to access to it once you close?" -

We have arranged with Potomac Library to house our subscription to Der Spiegel while we are closed, so you will be able to continue to read it.

"Can I return my books after you are closed?" -

Yes, but only up until July 30th. The book and media depositories will be locked after that point.

"I like to sit outside and use your wireless.  Will that still be available while the building is closed?" -

As far as we know the wireless will still be working, and you are welcome to continue to use it.

"Can I come in and work in the lobby downstairs?" -

No, sorry, the library building will be closed to the public.

Here is a little  bio of staff member Lisa Navidi, who many customers know as a skilled Reader's Advisor but you may not know she is also a Farsi speaker!
Picture of librarian
Quintessential Reader's Advisor

Lisa  is the Head of Adult Services at the Davis branch. She has been with MCPL for 30 years in various branches including the former Bookmobile. Lisa is an avid reader and loves to recommend books to anyone who will listen. She is an enthusiastic, if not proficient, bowler and a lyricist along with her co-writer Heather Wright. They have written parody lyrics to music for many friends and co-workers

We will be having a little farewell celebration for our wonderful customers this coming Saturday, our last day, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.  Please stop by to join us for cake and lemonade.

Anita Vassallo
Davis Manager
Picture of Davis branch manager