The newly renovated Gaithersburg Library at 18330 Montgomery Village Ave. will re-open with a public ceremony/ ribbon cutting on Saturday, January 4, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Remarks by local elected, Department of General Services and Public Libraries (MCPL) officials will be presented in the second-floor meeting room where light refreshments will also be provided by the Friends of the Library, Gaithersburg Chapter. At 10 a.m., the ribbon cutting, marking the official opening of the building, will be held on the first floor. A sign language interpreter will be signing the event.
Musical entertainment will be performed by the Gaithersburg High School Pep Band, and staff will be available to provide details about the building, materials and services following the ribbon cutting. Special programs, presented by the Friends of the Library, Gaithersburg Chapter, will be held throughout the day.
Parking in the library lot is limited; attendees may take public transportation or park in the Lakeforest Mall lot. Montgomery County Police will provide assistance crossing Montgomery Village Ave.
Under the project, the former 33,700 square-foot structure was expanded by 22,200 square feet on the main level along the front, back, and sides and 7,900 square feet on a partial second floor that contains meeting rooms, mechanical rooms and storage.
The library will also house a satellite office of the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, the County’s official welcome center for immigrants and newcomers. MCPL and the Gilchrist Center will partner to present English Conversation Clubs, Resume Writing Classes, Job Searching Assistance and Citizenship Classes.
Partial funding for this project was provided by the County Library Capital Grant Program of the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Library Development and Services.
The library will be open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.