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

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A New Coat of Paint

Here is the latest refresh update!

children's room wall
Children's Room Wall
Paint is on the walls at Davis now, and the space is much brighter, with the odd aqua and pink walls that were here and there covered by a nice light color.

 The wall that will form one side of the enlarged children's rooms has the drywall finished and painted, and is waiting for the glass panel which will be the upper half.  This will let light from the children's room windows spill into the general adult room.

The bathrooms are totally plumbed and framed, and tile will be going up on the walls next week. We are also looking forward to seeing our carpet tiles installed, which should happen in the next couple of weeks.

Our heating units, which were in desperate need of a cleaning and a coat of paint were given a good going over by HVAC specialists from the County's Department of Facilities Maintenance, and painted by our contractor. Here are a couple of before and after pictures.

picture of old heating unit
picture of newly painted heating unit

Some of our programs are still underway at other branches during our refresh.  The English Conversation Club has moved to the Potomac Community Center, still on Thursdays at 10:15.

The Davis Book Club will be discussing Richard Flanagan's "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" on Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 PM at the Potomac Library, and the selection for the Jewish Book Club, which meets on Thursday,  November 17th at 1:15 PM at the Kensington Park Library is "Shylock is My Name" by Howard Jacobson.  All are welcome to attend any library program.

Here is another in our profiles of Davis staff members - Theresa Kolacek is a Library Associate, and a very familiar face to those of our customers who share her love of non-fiction and seek her out for great book recommendations.

Theresa has worked in Montgomery County Public Libraries as a Library Associate since 1998, after starting her County career in the Office of Management and Budget, and then working for the Division of Traffic and Parking. She traded in budget presentations before the County Executive for storytimes in front of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (which she much preferred) at our Damascus and Gaithersburg branches.
Since 2010, she has worked as an Adult Library Associate at Davis and enjoys helping customers find titles that they might not have discovered otherwise, especially in the non-fiction areas of travel, current events, cooking, and dogs.  She also enjoys contributing articles to the Librarian’s Choice section of the Reader’s CafĂ© several times a year.
In her spare time, Theresa likes to get outdoors for long walks, visit area farmers’ markets, and experiment in the kitchen with the results of her shopping expeditions.  For her, a day without reading is like a day without sunshine.
She is eagerly looking forward to greeting Davis customers when the branch reopens next year.

Another update will be coming in a few weeks.

Anita Vassallo
Davis Library Manager