Thursday, April 9, 2009

New Beginnings at the Takoma Library

Early last month, the renovation of the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library was completed. The branch closed in October of 2008 for a six month, 1.95 million dollar renovation. The renovation included the development of a vestibule entry which reflects the original style as well as a full restoration of the woodwork, improved lighting, a new layout and floor plan, replications of original furniture, and external work on the masonry and metal. The renovation is a wonderful example of retaining historical authenticity while at the same time offering modern conveniences, such as more computers, a cutting edge collection, enhanced media offerings, and furniture and wiring conducive to laptop usage.

One of the city's four Carnegie-funded library buildings, the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library is a Renaissance Revival style brick building. It has served Ward 4 residents since 1911. It is the oldest public neighborhood library in DC.

Staff and customers alike are happy to be back in the building. While the bookmobile offered limited services to customers while the renovation was taking place, nothing compares to the services offered in our lovely new library. If you haven't been by to check it out, please do stop by. The new building will take your breath away!

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