Gaithersburg Interim Library Opens at Lakeforest Mall

The Gaithersburg Interim branch located at Lakeforest Mall is now open for business. The approximately 3,000 square-foot site is located on the second floor of the mall in the Sears wing, immediately to the left when exiting Sears.

The interim branch will provide a collection of approximately 25,000 volumes. Customers can check out and return items, place holds and receive assistance with information questions. The branch will not have a book drop due to its location in the mall and no easily accessible outside exterior wall in which to install it.

Customers are asked to bring all returns into the interim branchduring business hours or return items in book drops at other MCPL branches. There will be two catalog machines but no Internet access PCs.

The hours for the interim branch are: Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; Monday, 5-9 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 1-9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Olney Library to Close for Major Renovations

Beginning Friday, December 31, Olney Library will be closed for major renovations. The last day service will be provided is Thursday, December 30, until 8 p.m.

The exterior book drop will be open through Friday, January 7 at 5 p.m. After that date, customers may take their returns to any MCPL branch.

While the Olney Library is closed, customers are encouraged to use any MCPL branch. For other branch locations, visit the library branches and hours webpage.

For more information about the project, contact Rita Gale at 240-777-0022. For updates on the progress of the renovations, that are expected to take about 18 months, visit library building projects webpage.



Shop with a Cop

To help increase the safety of shoppers, pedestrians, and drivers in the county during this active holiday season, Montgomery County Police are offering -- now through December 23 -- the holiday safety initiative, “Shop with a Cop.”

Officers in all six County police districts will be detailed to shopping areas in their districts to provide high visibility, extra security, and to provide reminders about driving and pedestrian safety--especially in parking lots. They will distribute approximately 5,000 bright green reflective and recyclable shopping bags with a driver and pedestrian safety message printed on them. In some locations these bags will also be distributed by shop owners.

Locations selected for the Shop with a Cop initiative include: the Congressional Shopping Center on Rockville Pike in Rockville, the central business districts of Bethesda and Silver Spring, the Westfield Wheaton Shoppingtown in Wheaton, the Milestone Shopping Center in Germantown, and the Lake Forest Mall, Gaithersburg Square and Off-Price Shopping Center in Gaithersburg.

The Shop with a Cop program and the free shopping bags are primarily funded by revenue raised from Safe Speed automated photo enforcement, which is dedicated to improving public safety in Montgomery County.

Learn morefrom police press release.



Volunteer Center Spreads the Word about Holiday Opportunities

The Montgomery County Volunteer Center links people and groups who want to volunteer with nonprofits and government agencies needing volunteers, professional services, and in-kind contributions. It promotes volunteering and recognizes exemplary volunteer service, in addition to helping nonprofits effectively utilize and retain volunteers. In the County’s organizational chart, the Center falls under the Office of Community Partnerships in the County Executive’s Office.

During this special time of giving, the center helps spread the word about how residents, groups, businesses, faith-based groups, etc. can carry out the spirit of the season. Below are just two of many opportunities available in the County. For more information on opportunities available year round, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteer.

Meanwhile, check out these holiday specials:

For over 30 yearsMontgomery County's Holiday Giving Project, now coordinated by Interfaith Works, has helped low-income families in our community by collecting and distributing food and gifts during the holiday season.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate new toys
  • Organize a food, toy or gift card drive
  • Sponsor a family in your area
  • Make a Holiday Food Basket
  • Donate grocery cards

For more information, go to www.iworksmc.org/holidaygiving.html or email giving@iworksmc.org or sklavon@iworksmc.org.

A Bit of Home in a Far Away Land

County resident Tejas Patel, who is currently serving in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, recently sent holiday greetings home along with a photo of himself with the flag that County Executive Ike Leggett (inset photo) sent him in September at Patel’s request.
In a letter to Leggett, Patel said, “It means a great deal to me that you took the time to fulfill my request. As a Montgomery County citizen for my entire life, I was born and raised to cherish our country. Having served with the US Marine Corps, the sense of pride in our Nation, our State, and our County is very strong. In the meantime, I will display the colors proudly.”

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POSTED AT: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 | 3:00:00 AM |
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