The Next Step Toward a New Silver Spring Library

A crowd of about 100 people gathered at the corner of Wayne Ave. and Fenton St. in late August to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the new Silver Spring Library building. Among the participants were (from left in photo) Jeanie Dunnington, chair of the Disability Resource Center Library Advisory Committee; Montgomery County District 18 Senator Rich Madaleno; District 20 Maryland State Delegate Sheila Hixon; County Council President Nancy Floreen;  Eleanor Beavin, daughter of Silver Spring Branch Manager Dan Beavin; County Executive Ike Leggett; Martha Brookway Ewing, widow of County Councilmember Blair Ewing; Council Vice President/District 5 representative Valerie Ervin; Silver Spring Library user Shannon Parkin; Pyramid Atlantic Board Chair Amy Kincaid; and County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg.

In addition to the library that will occupy three floors, current plans for the building also include a coffee bar and an art store, gallery, offices and classrooms for Pyramid Atlantic, a Silver Spring-based nonprofit dedicated to the creation and appreciation of handmade paper, printmaking, digital arts, and the art of the book. Plans also call for the County’s Dept. of Health and Human Services to have offices in the building. Large and small public meeting rooms would occupy one floor. “Green” roofs will be located on the top level and at the entry level, a pavilion roof will be visible from the children’s floor.

Site construction, including undergrounding and relocation of utility lines, will begin immediately and take about 10 months to complete.

During her remarks at the ceremony, County Council Vice President Valerie Ervin, whose District 5 includes downtown Silver Spring, announced that she supports a pedestrian bridge at the new Silver Spring Library, championed by County Executive Ike Leggett but previously defeated by the Council. Ervin said she plans to present to the Council an amendment to the Amended Silver Spring Urban Renewal Plan that would add the bridge back into the design for the building.

More information on the project is available online at and through the Building Projects link on the MCPL website at

POSTED AT: Saturday, September 04, 2010 | 10:00:00 AM |
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