City’s First Branch Library Gets a Touch-Up
After one hundred and eight years of faithful service, the Takoma Park Library shut down for six months to receive much needed improvements. This vital community hub was missed during the renovation. On Saturday, Library staff, friends and patrons of the library came out to celebrate the Grand Reopening of this marvelous community resource.
Though the layout of the building is essentially unchanged after the refresh, the updates are easy to see and very welcome. The most notable changes are on the lower level where the space was completely renovated. The awkward and dark meeting room was split into two more appropriately shaped rooms. Bright white paint and new flooring give the level a more welcoming feel. A new heating and cooling system will keep the building comfortable any time of year. Additionally, staff offices were rearranged to better accommodate their needs.
On the upper level, carpeting replaces the old, cork wood flooring and significantly helps keep sound under control. New computers are ready for the community’s use. Even the fresh coat of paint adds a sparkle to the Renaissance Revival style library building.
Open House Event
Saturday’s Grand opening was a very casual, family-focused affair. Staff and volunteers operated arts and crafts stations for the kids. The Friends of the Library provided a nice spread of fruit, cookies, cheeses and hot chocolate. The Friends group also sponsored a free book swap of children’s books and cookbooks, which gave patrons an opportunity to explore the new rooms on the lower level.
The Takoma Park Library is back on its regular schedule. Now would be a great time to explore some of their special programs like Toddler Story Time and Baby Lap Time or just stop by to see what’s new in the collection.
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Washington, DC 20012
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