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April 8, 2021 | Michael Hernández

Un Año Después, las Bibliotecas del Condado Siguen Sin Poder Abrir Completamente

A medida que más personas reciben la vacuna contra el coronavirus, la vida comienza a parecerse a una “nueva normalidad”: los niños regresan a las aulas, la gente come afuera y los centros de recreación permiten que algunos clientes usen sus instalaciones. En vista de que se cesan las restricciones para los establecimientos, los edificios […]

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April 7, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

One Year Later, County Public Library Buildings Still Not Fully Open

As more people get the coronavirus vaccine, life is beginning to resemble a “new normal” — children are returning to classrooms, people are eating outside, and recreation centers are allowing some patrons to use its facilities. As restrictions for establishments are loosening, library buildings in Montgomery County still remain mostly closed. Anita Vassallo, director of Montgomery […]

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April 2, 2021 | Grace Kpetemey

More Than $600,000 in Fines Forgiven by Montgomery County Public Libraries

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) announced that they have forgiven $696,165.68 in library fines. Director of MCPL, Anita Vasallo, sat down in a recent interview with MCM’s Deirdre Byrne where she discussed the county’s decision to halt charges of overdue fines. Vasallallo says “Montgomery County is forward-facing and understands the impact of these types of […]

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February 11, 2020 | Alexandra Macia

Montgomery County Public Libraries Launch Independent eBook Collection

Montgomery County Public Libraries has launched an independent Overdrive ebook collection. The new system offers greater efficiency for customers looking to obtain an ebook or audiobook in the collection. Some of the perks include shortened hold times, better functionality and improved usability. Numerous issues with long hold times and traffic while trying to obtain an […]

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January 2, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Damascus Library Expands Hours Beginning Sunday, Jan. 5

Good news for library lovers in Damascus. Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) officials have announced that Damascus Library, which is located at 9701 Main Street, will expand operating hours beginning Sunday, Jan. 5. They will be adding three morning hours on Wednesdays and two evening hours on Thursdays. “I am pleased these hours are being […]

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December 15, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Library System’s Annual Report to the Community Available Online

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) has released its 2019 “Report to the Community” which is available online. The report offers an overview of the activities of Montgomery County Public Libraries for the past year, including a numerical breakdown of the more than 33 million uses of the 21 branches during 2019. For example: nearly 10,500,000 items […]

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December 4, 2019 | Michelle Queen

New Hours at Maggie Nightingale Library in Poolesville

The Maggie Nightingale Library operating hours change beginning Dec. 9. Based on feedback from a community survey, the library will be open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Currently, Monday hours are 2 to 9 p.m. The purpose of the change is to better serve customers and was based on results from a survey […]

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December 4, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Five Things to Know for Dec. 4 in Montgomery County

It’s Wednesday, Dec. 4 and here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Schools Boundary Analysis Public Meeting:  MCPS is holding a series of regional meetings for residents to learn more about the boundary analysis process and give feedback on opportunities and challenges. Tonight’s meeting takes place at Gaithersburg High School from 7 […]

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April 4, 2019 | Michelle Queen

County Library System Provides Access to Streaming Movie Service

Residents with a library card from Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) now have access to stream movies online. The service, IndieFlix, is provided through a partnership between MCPL and RBdigital from Recorded Books. IndieFlix offers access to pop culture favorites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries, and shorts. The collection includes more than 8,000 […]

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March 26, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Marilyn J. Praisner Library to Close for Renovations April 13

The Marilyn J. Praisner Library in Burtonsville will close on Saturday, April 13 at 6 p.m. for approximately four to six months for renovations. “Physical construction for the refresh project at Praisner will begin in May, but we are closing ahead of the construction start date to complete the internal reorganization of collections and shelving. […]

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