|Carts of books waiting to be placed on empty shelves.|
The first week was spent on a variety of projects to get the building ready for construction. The children's staff spent several days with our movers packing up picture books, beginner books, CD Books, DVDs, and some fiction books. All of these needed to be removed either in preparation for new shelving to be installed during construction or so that the walls in those areas could be painted.
Staff also took time to label all of the furniture in the public areas of the building so that the movers would know what was to be kept and put in storage and what would be discarded and replaced.
The other major project for the first week was shifting the bulk of the adult collection to make it flow better and make it easier for customers to navigate. We also had a visit from one of our friends on MCPL's Tech Management staff who came to begin disconnecting and packing up our public and service desk computers for safekeeping during the renovation.
|Empty Picture Book Shelves|
|Furniture to be loaded on the moving truck.|
Week two has been focused on clearing out furniture from the public areas, preparing the service desks (information, children's, and circulation) for removal or demolition, and packing up the workroom and staff office spaces. It was quite a sight to see all of the furniture lined up for loading onto the moving trucks. The library looks so empty without it!
Staff also continued checking in returned materials and making phone calls about customer holds. (Have you changed your holds pick up location yet?)
|Almost no furniture left!|
While we were busy packing up the building, we also opened our temporary UniCart service at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. Stop by on Wednesdays from 11am to 2pm to peruse our selection of Express Best Sellers and check one out. Service at the UniCart is limited to checkout and return of the items borrowed from the Unicart itself. Staff do not accept returns from other branches (including Bethesda) and it is not a location for picking up holds.
Starting next week, most of our staff will be ready to greet you in their new temporary reassignment branches. Please stop by and say hello to them and stay tuned to this blog for further updates as construction commences and continues.