What a wonderful discovery! We used to live on Kent Street, right down the road. I'm a 90's kid and vividly remember hauling our wagon up to the library (before my mother says we could even read) and piling it up with books to take home. I'm so happy to have rediscovered you! I'm not longer in Maryland but would love to show support. Do you have tote bags or t-shirts or something similar? I'd love to donate and get some stuff to hand out to my parents and brother and sister. I'll also go through photo albums next time I'm at my parents house, we have tons of old photos from our time visiting the library.
Thirty some years after bringing my daughter to Noyes, I now have the great joy of bringing my grandson . . . Thank you for all you do. In a few weeks you have added more to our lives than you could ever know. You are far more than a wonderful library for children. You are an explosion of color, warmth, welcome, love, kindness, optimism, beauty -- all connected with the magic of books, and those who bring them to us. You have no idea how this "lands" on families who are struggling with the many struggles families and children face. I think you may know that children and parents leave Noyes feeling quite different from how they came in. I am not sure you know just how much, and just how lasting this positive effect is. Thank you for this. Thank you so much for this.
I think Noyes has expanded a bit, because it draws from a larger area. It’s not just the people in Kensington; it’s really a huge community that comes and uses the library. It’s a chance to come and meet other parents with little kids. You get to know them, make friends with people, and discuss similar issues and questions about kids. Lots of times I’ll go in there and I'll be reading a story. Then two or three other kids will come over to listen: that kind of thing happens. I think that Noyes still carries the same weight now. It’s still the central point of the community, because no matter how old you are, your children are still the center of the community. So for them to have a place to gather right there is ideal.
Noyes seems like it is the real linchpin of the community, that essentially everybody who lives there has some relationship to Noyes and feels like it is always there. It gives them a sense of community. It has a sense of really strong community, the sense that “this is our place” and that is terrific.
We went to Noyes because we lived in Kensington and that was our library for everyone, children and adults. I remember coming to this charming small house where we would sit on the floor and could take any book we wanted off the shelf to look through. It was during the late 50s and through the mid 60s. Every week we were allowed to take two books home and each sibling would pick their own. I looked forward to going to Noyes because we would sit in the children's area and pick books while my mother went to the adult section, and while I'm sure she kept her eyes on us, it felt like we were left alone for some time with so many books to look through. I also remember the warmth of the building, lots of dark wood.
What makes it special is that it is just for children. That’s what makes it special. And the focus is for a preschool child. When a child goes in that building, something magical happens. At Noyes, everything is small-sized, children-sized. So children, who might not feel comfortable in a large space , will instantly feel comfortable in a small space.