The Fifth Annual Kensington Car Show raised nearly $10,000 for the Noyes Children's Library Foundation's Make MORE Noyes Renovation Campaign for a universally accessible and creatively expanded Noyes. Mario Bruno, owner of Kensington Service Station, Lake Liberty Chevy Chase, and Bruno's Classic Muscle, donates all funds raised through Car Show sponsors to the Campaign. With this year's donation, the Kensington Car Show has topped $25,000 in contributions to the Make MORE Noyes Campaign.
Our thanks to the 2018 Kensington Car Show Sponsors:
Premium Sponsors: Trick Trucks • Reliable Tire Co. • Winners Coating & Tinting • Strohsniders Hardware
Gold Sponsors: Frankly... Pizza! • R&B Steel Fabrications • Eaglestone Tax & Accounting • Lafayette Federal Credit Union
Silver Sponsors: Sage Consignment • International Oil & Energy Corp. • RBR Hunter Parts & Service • Dish & Dram • Myers Cycle Engineering • Splaine Security Systems
Bronze Sponsors: Unity Thunder • JHLM, Inc.
Also thanks to Kristen Haddeland, Independent Consultant, Usborne Books & More for donating a portion of her proceeds to the Make MORE Noyes Campaign!
Kensington, MD - What do muscle cars, teddy bears, chocolate owls and the Maryland State Assembly have on common? They are all examples of the wide range of community support that the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation has received for its Make MORE Noyes Renovation Campaign.
With the announcement last month of a $100,000 2018 Bond Bill from the State of Maryland, and the success of April’s Read! Dream! Fly! Make MORE Noyes Gala, the Foundation is poised to reach the halfway point of its $1.6M fundraising goal.
“We are pleased to announce that we have raised over $750,000 toward our commitment to Montgomery County for the Make MORE Noyes Renovation,” said Diana Ditto, Co-president of the Foundation. “With the strong support of the State of Maryland, the Town of Kensington, local businesses, family foundations, and countless community donors, we are charging full speed ahead toward raising the remainder of our commitment to a fully accessible and creatively expanded Noyes. ”
Ditto cited examples such as the Kensington Car Show, to be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Kensington, as an example of the groundswell of community support for the Campaign. Other unique events and contributors – such as the upcoming Teddy Bear Picnic on the grounds of Warner Circle Park, and the enterprising local high school student who has sold over $2,000 in handmade chocolate owls to benefit Noyes – have enabled the grassroots, all-volunteer organization to maximize its fundraising efforts.
“So many local businesses come to us with ideas for fundraising, because so many of their customers are patrons of the Noyes Children’s Library, or benefited from the Library in their childhood,” said Ditto. “Noyes has been welcoming children for generations, and the Make MORE Noyes Campaign will ensure that it welcomes them for generations to come.”
The Noyes Library in Kensington, MD was built in 1893, joined the Montgomery County Library system in 1950, and became a children’s library in 1972. Noyes is one of only a handful of public libraries in the U.S. dedicated to children, and is also the oldest public library in the Washington, DC area.
The Make MORE Noyes Renovation Campaign will help fund a major renovation of the historic Noyes Library, creating three stories within the original footprint and adding an innovative glass elevator. The Renovation expands both the Library’s space and its early literacy mission, enabling it to reach more children, families, librarians and teachers with early literacy programs and training.
For more information go to www.noyeslibraryfoundation.org/make-more-noyes, or contact Sheila Dinn at email@example.com.
Beth Meyer, a member of the Noyes Children's Library Board of Directors and graduate of Catholic University, was featured - along with her daughter, Hannah - in the Catholic University Library Information and Science Alumni Association Newsletter.
The article celebrates the mother-daughter duo's tireless and creative work on behalf of Noyes. Click HERE to read the story!
A presentation of the current concept plans for the Make MORE Noyes Renovation was held on Wednesday October 11 at Kensington Town Hall.
Greg Wiedemann of Wiedemann Architects outlined the designs that have been reviewed by Montgomery County's Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT). The presentation included a summary of the history of Noyes Library, the unique role it has come to play in the County Library system, the layout of the three stories proposed for the renovation, and the options for the exterior elevator that will make all three levels accessible.
The highlight of the presentation was the rendering of the proposed glass elevator tower - the option which both MHT and the HPC favor. The crowd of Library patrons and Kensington residents reacted enthusiastically to the idea of the glass tower, which will have the lowest impact on the Library's exterior appearance and the surrounding area. In addition, it is expected to be appealing to children, encourage scientific curiosity, and unite Noyes' rich history with its future mission.
To view a PDF of the presentation, click HERE.