MCPL Director Anita Vassallo

July 9, 2021 | Sarah Dilworth

County Libraries Win 3 Awards

Montgomery County Public Libraries received three National Association of Counties awards for outstanding programs in 2021. @MontgomeryCoMD Public Libraries Receives Three 2021 @NACoTweets #Achievement Awards #MDcounties https://t.co/cczWyQZHMB — MD Assoc of Counties (@MDCounties) July 7, 2021 According to a recent Montgomery County press release, the award-winning programs include: Virtual Programming at MCPL- designed programming to […]

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June 30, 2021 | Sarah Dilworth

MCPL Launches Brainfuse Online Tutoring, Job Search and Veteran Assistance Services

Montgomery County Public Libraries is now offering online services using HelpNow, JobNow and VetNow from Brainfuse. County library cardholders can log on to the website and access tutoring services, job search services or veteran assistance by entering their library card number and pin, according to a Montgomery County press release. All three services are free […]

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June 9, 2021 | Sarah Dilworth

New Law Allows Maryland Libraries to License Digital Content

A bill that requires publishers to offer licensing for the same digital literary work to both the public and Maryland public libraries is now a law. According to a Montgomery County press release, the bill, which was introduced in January and unanimously passed in March by the Maryland Legislature, will go into effect as a […]

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June 1, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

Seis Bibliotecas del Condado Reabren el Martes, Siete más en dos Semanas

Seis bibliotecas del condado de Montgomery abrieron sus puertas el martes al mediodía después de casi 15 meses de estar totalmente cerradas o abiertas parcialmente. Los usuarios de la bibliotecas fueron recibidos con carteles y globos de bienvenida. “Hoy es el comienzo. Es muy emocionante”, dijo la directora de la biblioteca, Anita Vassallo. “Estamos muy […]

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June 1, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Six County Libraries Reopen Tuesday, Seven More in Two Weeks

Six county libraries opened their doors Tuesday at noon after almost 15 months of either being totally closed or opened only for hold pickups. Library users were greeted with welcome back signs and balloons. “Today is the start. It is so exciting,” said Library Director Anita Vassallo. “We are very pumped up.” Patrons are allowed […]

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May 26, 2021 | Michelle Queen

County to Reopen 13 Libraries by June 14

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) announced May 10 they would begin reopening branches to the public. On June 1, six of the 22 county libraries will reopen after being closed for more than a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Tuesday, MCPL announced that seven additional branches are scheduled to reopen June 14. When the […]

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May 10, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne and Suzanne Pollak

After Criticism for Delay, County Announces Plan to Reopen Libraries, Senior Centers

After backlash from residents and community leaders, Montgomery County will be reopening some of its public libraries and senior centers. On June 1, six library branches will reopen. Then, on June 14 two of the county’s seven senior centers will reopen. The libraries that will reopen are: Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda Gaithersburg […]

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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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July 6, 2020 | Shauneen Miranda

County Public Libraries Begin New ‘Holds to Go’ Service

Despite COVID-19 forcing libraries across the county to close, Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) began its new contact free pick-up service Monday at all library locations except for Noyes and Long Branch.  We are THRILLED to announce the launch of MCPL Holds to Go!, our appointment-based contactless holds service! Starting Monday, July 6th, schedule an […]

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