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.
Friends of the Library Montgomery County (FOLMC) presented the 2017 Charles W. Gilchrist Award to Jan Jablonski for her outstanding contribution to the library system. Jablonski's son, Matthew Jablonski, a current member of the Foundation's Board of Directors, is seen here accepting the award on his mother's behalf from FOLMC Executive Director Ari Brooks, at FOLMC's "Libraries Open Doors" gala at Rockville Library on April 8, 2017. Jablonski was a lifelong advocate of libraries and literacy and served as the Co-President of the Noyes Children's Library Foundation until her death from ALS in July, 2016. Check the FOLMC website for more information about the Award.
Montgomery County Public Libraries Dedicates Jan Jablonski Early Literacy Training Center to Honor Longtime Children’s Literacy Advocate
County Executive Ike Leggett today dedicated the Jan Jablonski Early Literacy Training Center and unveiled a memorial plaque to honor the legacy of Jan Jablonski at the Noyes Library for Young Children. Jablonski co-founded the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation and provided continuous dedicated volunteer service until her death in 2016. Prior to her death, Jablonski served as Noyes Children’s Library Foundation’s co-president. She died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
Joining Leggett was Dan Jablonski, Jan’s husband, sons Matthew and Peter Jablonski, Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) Director Parker Hamilton, Noyes Children's Library Foundation Board of Directors Co-President Diana Ditto, other members of the Board and members of the community.
The Noyes Library for Young Children, located at 10237 Carroll Place in Kensington, is one of Montgomery County Public Libraries 21 branches. The branch provides books and programs specifically for infants to elementary school aged children.
READ MORE of the Press Release issued by Montgomery County Public Libraries.
READ MORE of the speech delivered by Diana Ditto, Co-president of the Noyes Children's Library Foundation.