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Library and Community Center Renovation

Vision for a 21st Century Library

“At the dawn of the 21st century, where knowledge is literally power, where it unlocks the gates of opportunity and success, we all have responsibilities…to instill in our children a love of reading so that we can give them a chance to fulfill their dreams.”      – Barack Obama

A New Chapter Begins…

The new Takoma Park Maryland Library, new Computer Center, and improved Community Center facilities are happening at last. After years of conversations and planning, we have dates on the calendar that will impact Library, Computer Center, Senior Room, Multi-Media Lab, Community Center and our patrons.

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Ask Questions or Express Concerns:

A new email address has been created for the community to ask questions or express concerns. This will be monitored by Library staff.

Email:  new library  |  newlibrary@takomaparkmd.gov

 

Important Information and Dates

Reopening of new Temporary Library mid-October 2022:
  • The temporary Library location will be announced shortly
  • We anticipate being closed for approximately four weeks as we pack up all of the Library and Computer Center materials, move them to the new space, and get them ready for our patrons to use
  • Books to Go curbside pickup at the new location
  • Books to You deliveries to Takoma Park residents.

By relocating to a temporary space during construction, we can ensure that our books, media, and computers will be available throughout this project.

Programing Beginning September:
  • We are already taking programs “on the road” all over town and will continue to do so after we reopen!
  • Please email us if you would like to schedule a Library staff visit to your school, daycare, or other facilities!
  • During the closure in September, we are offering the following programs:
  • Tuesdays: Jump Start with the Arts! with Carpe Diem Arts at the field on Maple Avenue between Essex House Apartments and Sligo Creek Parkway, 1030am.
  • Wednesdays: Yard Dramas at the Crossroads Farmers Market, 11am
  • Thursdays: Canta Juego/Spanish Circle Time, online, 1030am
Ask Questions or Express Concerns:

A new email address has been created for the community to ask questions or express concerns. This will be monitored by Library staff.

Email:  new library  |  newlibrary@takomaparkmd.gov

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**New Temporary Library Location Announced**

7505 New Hampshire Avenue
Units 201-208
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Opening: Mid-October

A Preview of the New Library Design

The City is securing an interim location to provide continuity of the Library and Computer Center’s essential services.

Highlights:

  • ADA accessible facilities
  • New updated reservable Multi purpose room
  • 9,000+ square feet added to the Library
Anticipated Work Schedule*

Date(s)Activity
August 24, 2022At the end of regular hours (8pm), the Library and Computer Center will close temporarily to pack and move to the interim location
September 7, 2022Movers will arrive to transport Library and Computer Center materials to the temporary location
August 22 through September 12, 2022Removal of Solar Panels from the roof of the Library (Only two (2) parking spaces)
Mid-October, 2022Expected date that the Library and Computer Center will reopen in the temporary location
Late-October, 2022Work begins to prepare the site of the new building October
October 5, 2022The Capital BikeShare rack in front of the Library will be removed and stored by Montgomery County
October through
December 2022
Library building will be taken down and the site prepared for new construction
Fall 2023Recreation Offices and Staff will move to join the Library and Computer Center Staff at the Interim Library location Renovation of the Recreation spaces at 7500 Maple Avenue begins
Spring 2024
Construction is
Construction is completed and the new facilities open!
Removal and storage of the Library mosaic so that it can be re-installed later
Tree removal and repurposing
Utilities and parking lot closures

*These dates may change; please subscribe to our newsletters and follow us online to be notified of any important updates</small font>

Informational Community Meeting Notes

Monday, August 22, 2022

Recorded Session (video)
Slide Presentation (pdf)
Meeting Q & A  – will be added shortly

Library Closed, Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Email newlibrary@takomaparkmd.gov with questions or concerns, or see www.takomaparkmd.gov for more information.

We plan to reopen at our interim location around October 3rd.

  • In the meantime, please KEEP YOUR BOOKS! During the move, there is no way for us to process returns. Your borrowed items will automatically renew until we reopen.
  • The Close impacts the Library, Computer Center, Senior Room and Multi Media Lab.
  • If you need COVID-19 tests and/or masks, they will be available at the front desk of the Community Center.
  • Checked-out items will automatically renew
  • Fines are not accruing
  • Book Drop is unavailable during the closure; please keep your books at home
  • All online resources will remain available during the Library closure. For questions and support, email library staff:
    Library email  (library@takomaparkmd.gov)
Frequently Asked Questions

Visit this page to get answers on everything you need to know about the project.

Q. Where will the library be during the renovation?

  • The temporary location will be announced soon.

Q. What will happen to the mural?

  • The mural is an iconic symbol of the library, and it will be carefully dismantled and preserved, then incorporated into the new building.

Q.  Will my books be overdue?

  • We are extending renewals until the temporary location opens.

Q.  How can I return my books?

  • Please hold onto your books until the temporary location opens. If you have special circumstances, such as moving away, please email us and we will make arrangements for your books’ return.

Q.  Can I still use Hoopla or Freading while the library is closed?

  • Of course! All of our online resources will be available during the closure.

Q.  Where can I go for printing during your closure?

Q.  Can I get my books from your Books-to-Go program?

Books-to-Go (curbside) and Books-to-You (delivery – for Takoma Park residents only) will be suspended during the move, and will start back up once we open in the temporary location.

Q.  What will happen to library programs?

Jump Start with the Arts!
In partnership with the Library, Carpe Diem Arts presents Jump Start with the Arts, a movement, music, and storytelling series for preschoolers and their caregivers! Tuesdays in September at 10:30 AM in the field on Maple Ave between Essex House Apartments and Sligo Creek Parkway.

Yard Dramas @ Crossroads Farmers’ Market
Yard Dramas is an interactive, outdoor storytime program for the whole family! The program will meet at the Crossroads Farmers Market on Anne St & University Blvd E, Takoma Park, MD. Next to Mega Mart. Wednesdays at 11:00am

Canta Juego: Spanish Circle Time Thursdays at 10:30am on Zoom.

Very special author event: An Evening with Jamie Raskin

On September 12th at 6pm in the Community Center auditorium, Representative Jamie Raskin will talk about his book, Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy, a New York Times #1 bestseller.

Q.   Does the initial phase of construction impact the Community Center?

  • Yes, The Recreation Department’s Senior Room and Multi Media Lab will close on August 24 as well.
  • Classes and Programs during the day may be relocated due to limited parking later this fall.
  • Large rentals including the auditorium will be unavailable.
Library Events

Visit our Library Programs page for the most up-to-date information on programs and events.

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