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, and...one 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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A new chapter at Davis Library

Dear members of the Davis Library Community:

My name is David Payne and I would like to introduce myself as the new manager at Davis Library. I am very much looking forward to getting to know the Davis branch community in person.

David Payne new Davis Library branch manager
As well as a new branch manager we also have a new and refreshed library at Davis. As we open a new chapter of public library service it is my great pleasure to welcome you to our beautiful facilities.

If you have not yet visited our refreshed facility, we invite you to see the space. Some of the improvements to the branch include new circulation and information desks, new carpet and flooring, two brand new collaboration rooms, renovated restrooms, new water fountains, an expanded Children's room, and a seating area with a small meeting room in our lower level.

Davis Refreshed

Our popular collaboration spaces can be booked online, in person, or by phone (240-777-0922) for up to two hours per day and up to one week in advance.

Our staff are working hard to plan a variety of activities and programs for the coming months so please check back for more details on those. You can view all of our upcoming events on our online calendar of events, call us, or pick up a flyer at the branch. Be sure to check out our branch webpage for more information and the latest blogposts!

I, along with all my staff look forward to greeting you soon!

David Payne
Branch Manager
Davis Library

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.

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