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.
Rockville - Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Director of Libraries Parker Hamilton announced the opening of the Jan Jablonski Early Literacy Training Center at Noyes on Saturday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m. at the Noyes Children's Library, 10237 Carroll Place, Kensington, MD.
The Jan Jablonski Early Literacy Training Center is an initiative launched by the County in August 2016 and named for the former Co-President of the Noyes Children's Library Foundation, who lost her battle with ALS in July 2016. The Center will enable Children's Librarians, library science students, teachers, daycare providers, parents and children's writers and illustrators to collaborate, learn and export best practices in the field of early literacy training, in order to foster a love of reading in the young children who visit Noyes as well as those far beyond its stacks.
Leggett and Hamilton created the Center to expand the early literacy mission that Noyes has fulfilled since it was dedicated to children in 1972, while also honoring Jablonski's dedicated service to early literacy and to Noyes Children's Library. The Center will establish Noyes as a flagship library for early literacy. The space required for the Center is part of the planned Make MORE Noyes Renovation Campaign, a major capital project being jointly funded by the Noyes Children's Library Foundation and Montgomery County. The planned renovation will make the Library universally accessible and expand its space and programs.
For more information please contact Sheila Dinn, NCLF Co-President, at 301-785-5041.
The L.A. Times included Noyes Children's Library in its story about noted photographer Carol M. Highsmith's pictures of "Remarkable Libraries," to be archived at the Library of Congress.
Highsmith is in the midst of a multi-year project, traveling around America to capture how we live. Her collection at the Library of Congress contains more than 25,000 images, all in the public domain. Through her lens, her subjects take on a sparkling beauty, from the extravagantly gorgeous to the quietly vernacular. Here is a look at her photographs of libraries across the country, from the humble to the magnificent.
For the 19 photos of "remarkable libraries", click HERE.
By Carolyn Kellogg