All the latest news on Foundation events, Library activities, and the Make MORE Noyes Campaign.
Make. More. Noyes! …community update February/March 2016 – Read all about the latest happenings from the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation in the latest newsletter here.
Bethesda Beat covers the new Noyes Ramp here.
Mommy Nearest recently included Noyes in two features: 7 Washington, D.C. Libraries for Book-Loving Families and Neighborhood Guide: Kensington, MD
Press Release - New ramp opens doors to Storybook Library in Kensington
Noyes “might be just one small room, but it's like having a mansion of riches in our community. “ - - Fifth grader Pearl Hoffman-Byer, shown here after testifying to the Maryland Senate, with Sen. Richard Madaleno and Foundation VP Diana Ditto.
Since 1893, the Noyes Library has enriched lives through books and the community through its presence. But it has never been accessible to those with physical disabilities. As of now, however, Montgomery County's Project Civic Access Settlement Agreement with the Department of Justice requires that the Library comply with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
That is great news, because with that need comes opportunity. The Foundation has committed to lead The Make MORE Noyes Campaign to design and fund renovations to Noyes that will go far beyond what Montgomery County could realistically afford to do, and create a Library that is a model of universal accessibility AND a center for early literacy and children’s literature. The Make MORE Noyes Proposal utilizes a storybook tower to house a three-story elevator, joined to the Library with a glass-walled passageway so the historic building maintains its original shape and size. A lower level, enlarged from the existing crawl space, and the existing lofted upper level are accessible through the elevator and stairs. All elements of the proposal are based on principles of “Universal Design,” going far beyond the letter of the ADA standards to the true spirit of inclusion and accessibility.
The Foundation is working with Montgomery County to finalize plans for MORE Noyes, while preparing to conduct a major fundraising campaign. The Foundation has the endorsement of the County Executive, Montgomery Public Libraries, and the Town of Kensington (see story on the right); a superb campaign logo (see story on the right); a prestigious law firm handling legal details with the County (see story on the right); and most importantly, a building design that meets all of Noyes' needs creatively, efficiently and, yes, magically.
Here is what YOU can do:- Click here to review the Executive Summary of the Make MORE Noyes campaign.
- Click here to view drawings of the proposed upgrades to Noyes. The renovation will make it fully accessible and add two floors of usable space.
- Click here to learn more about the needs and opportunities created by the Library’s age, size, historic designations and lack of accessibility.
- Click here for information about upcoming public meetings or other actions you can take to document your support for the Make MORE Noyes! proposal.
- Contact us if you know of a corporation or foundation committed to supporting organizations such as the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, or projects supporting accessibility, children’s literacy, historic preservation or grass-roots community development. Please email us here with information on possible grant sources. Thank you!
PO Box 31, Kensington, MD 20895
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