Make MORE Noyes Renovation Overview
(from saving Noyes to making it MORE)
More Space, More Programs, More Training!
The Noyes Children's Library Foundation is leading the Make MORE Noyes Campaign, a major capital project that will transform the current one-story Library into three accessible floors while working with the Library's current footprint.
The Make MORE Noyes renovation, designed and funded in cooperation with Montgomery County, MD, will create a more inclusive and enriching environment to engage young children of all abilities and backgrounds with books.
The need for the renovation originated with the fact that Noyes has never been accessible for people with physical disabilities. Montgomery County's Project Civic Access Settlement Agreement with the Department of Justice, signed in 2010, requires that the Library comply with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
The Library's small size and historic status made compliance a challenge, if Noyes was to continue as a working Library. The Foundation has turned that need into an opportunity - an opportunity to expand both the space within Noyes, and the early literacy programming and outreach it provides.
All elements of the renovation 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 proposed three-story Noyes will provide elevator and stairway access to three floors, and will include:
• A main level housing the Library’s book collection and librarian's checkout desk.
• A light and airy lower level with a large space for literacy programs, enabling a wide range of early literacy activities to be conducted while the reading room is also open.
• An upper level with a work space for staff; for visiting writers and artists; and for the new Jan Jablonski Early Literacy Training Center, a County-sponsored initiative to create, model and export best-practice early literacy teaching techniques.
Funding the Make MORE Noyes Renovation