Friday, July 7, 2017

Preparing to Carpet the Branch

Trenching in the floor of Quince Orchard Library for the new service desks.
Trenching for new service desks
Customers will experience new and improved signage when the branch reopens in the fall. The old neon signs over the information and circulation desks have been removed and the outlets capped.

The branch will have new carpeting throughout. As part of this process, all of the floors have been stripped of the old carpeting. The public areas requiring trenching have been wired and are ready for concrete to be poured. Once the concrete is poured and dry, recarpeting of the branch can begin to take place.

The public restrooms will be completely redone and will be ADA compliant. At this point, the men’s and women’s restrooms have been completely gutted and outfitted with new wallboard and pipes for connecting the new fixtures. Plumbing has been relocated consistent with the locations of the new fixtures that will be installed. 

We will have new height-adjustable circulation and information desks (the information desk has been moved beside the circulation desk to allow the provision of more efficient service for customers). 
Orange accent, window alcove area
Orange accented teen alcove

The entire branch will receive a new coat of paint. Painting of the main library has begun, with blue, red, orange and yellow accented areas added to the Discovery Room, the window/alcove areas, and in the quiet study room.

Several lounge areas will be established.  Electrical outlets will be added to areas where people sit. This includes the curved windows at the front of the branch where lounge chairs will now be placed and in a new lounge area created in the area formerly occupied by our old information desk.

Customers will enjoy the convenience of motorized blinds at the front picture windows and in our meeting room. Motorized blinds will replace the current manually operated blinds on the front windows. These will be adjusted by staff remotely.  Similar motorized blinds (with translucent and black-out shades) will be added to the meeting room, along with a motorized room divider operated by switches on both sides of the divided room.

For those needing a quiet place to study, our library quiet room will be completely redesigned. It has been emptied of all of the old carrels, which will be replaced by study tables and comfortable chairs.

For those with accessibility challenges, the branch has added a new Assistive Technology Workstation. The branch ATW station, along with the catalog-only PCs, will be located closer to the new information desk to permit more effective customer assistance by staff.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Quince Orchard Library Refresh: Progress to Date

Interior of Quince Orchard library before renovation preparation begins
QO before renovation preparations.
The refresh of the Quince Orchard branch is well underway.  All of the furniture which will be replaced and the old service desks have been removed.  Carpeting throughout the library has been torn up and will be replaced with new carpeting.

In the library’s meeting room, manual blinds will be replaced with motorized versions and a new motorized room divider will be installed where the current manual divider exists.

Most of the collection will remain in the branch, but is wrapped in plastic to protect it from dust.

Trenching is being done in the exposed concrete floors so that new cabling and electrical wiring can be installed to run the relocated computer workstations, the new adjustable height service desks, and other enhancements.

Interior of Quince Orchard Library after renovation preparation begins, such as plastic covering on bookshelves.
The preparation begins!
In addition to the above, other changes that are underway (or will be soon) include the complete gutting and renovation of the public restrooms, the addition of more electrical outlets where new seating will be located, and the installation of new tile flooring in the meeting room and the Discovery Room.

New lounge furniture has been ordered for the area at the front of the building where the information desk was previously located.  A new ATW (Assistive Technology Workstation) will replace the ADA workstation.

So, when the Quince Orchard branch reopens in the fall, we anticipate welcoming our customers back to a bright, clean facility with many improvements to the branch and its ease of use.

Slide show of the pre-refresh interior of Quince Orchard

Friday, April 28, 2017

Relocation of Adult Programs During the "Refresh"

While the closing of Quince Orchard Library on April 15, 2017 so the branch can be refershed, some adult programs at the branch will relocate temporarily to another location. Please join us at the new location. These programs will return to the branch when the library reopens in the fall.

North Potomac Community Center
13850 Travilah Rd., Rockville, MD 20850

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church,
11900 Darnestown Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Rockville Memorial Library
21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Quince Orchard Library Temporary Closing Frequently Asked Questions

When will the library close?
The Quince Orchard Library will temporarily close for a "refresh" project on
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 6 pm. The branch will be closed for approximately six months.

Can I place a hold with a Quince Orchard pick up location?
Holds with a Quince Orchard pick up location may no longer be placed. The final day to place such a hold was Saturday, March 25, 2017.

What is the last day I can pick up holds?
April 15, 2017 is the last day to pick up holds from the Quince Orchard Library. After April 15 holds must be picked up from other branches in Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL). After April 15, library staff will call customers who have not picked up their holds to request the customer designate an alternate branch where the hold will be sent for pickup.

What is the last day to return materials via the Bookdrop?
April 27, 2017 is the last day the book drop will be available for returns at the Quince Orchard Library.

When will the refresh construction begin?
Physical construction will begin on May 1, 2017.

When will the library reopen?
The Quince Orchard Library is scheduled to reopen in Fall 2017.

What libraries are nearby?
Gaithersburg, Rockville Memorial, Germantown, Potomac and Poolesville Libraries are nearby branches where customers will be able to receive service while Quince Orchard Library is closed. Customers can also choose any of the branches in Montgomery County Public Libraries.

*Stay tuned to the Quince Orchard Library Blog for updates on the construction and progress reports for our beautiful library!*

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Quince Orchard and White Oak Branches to Close for Refresh Projects

quince orchard with MCPL refreshed logo Montgomery County Public Libraries has announced the closing dates for the Quince Orchard and White Oak branches refresh projects.

The Quince Orchard and the White Oak branches will close on Saturday, April 15, at 6 p.m.; they will be open that last day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Both branches will be closed for approximately six months so the facilities can be refreshed.

“Physical construction for the refresh projects at Quince Orchard and White Oak will begin in May, but we are closing two weeks ahead of the construction start date to complete the internal reorganization of collections and shelving, and the packing up of materials, service desks, and other spaces,” noted Library Director Parker Hamilton.    “We look forward to welcoming Quince Orchard and White Oak customers back to their branches in the fall of 2017, and hope they will visit nearby branches and our 24/7 website while their facilities are undergoing the refresh process.”

Please check the web page for Quince Orchard or White Oak in April
for additional information about the closing, including the last date for book returns in the book drop.

A “refresh” project gives library buildings significant and timely updates without having to close for the amount of time it takes for a full renovation. The Library Refurbishment CIP funds programmatic and service impact updates to two to three libraries every year.Partial funding for both the Quince Orchard and White Oak projects was provided by the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services.

Read the original press release.