About the Library
The Noyes Children’s Library is a specialized branch of the Montgomery County, MD Department of Public Libraries (MCPL). Built in 1893, Noyes was designated as a children’s library in 1972 and now serves children from birth to early elementary age through its book collection, story times, and other programs. With the establishment of the Jan Jablonski Early Literacy Training Center at Noyes by MCPL in August 2016, the Library plays an even more valuable role in promoting early literacy in the D.C. region and the nation.
A Place Where The Past Is Present
The Noyes experience begins with its setting on tree-lined residential streets in Kensington's Victorian era historic district. Situated on a small triangle of land, the cottage-style building looks like a gingerbread house with its mansard roof and scalloped siding. Inside, children are welcomed by a charming and inviting setting with special places to play, read, and learn. Trained Children's Librarians find old and new favorites for patrons and plan lively Storytimes as well as STEM, art, and dance programs.
Since 1893, Noyes has held a special place in the Kensington community and Montgomery County, serving as a center for social gatherings as well as thriving library. It is the oldest public library in the D.C. area - older than the the Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress - and one of only a few public libraries dedicated to children in the U.S.
The Noyes Children's Library is operated through the Montgomery County library system. Checking out books and materials requires a Montgomery County library card. Items may be returned to Noyes or to any other branch library.
Use the links below to read more about the fascinating history of this little library with a BIG mission!
Watch the video about Noyes made by a young patron...
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