The Committee for Ethnic Affairs advises the Montgomery County, MD County Executive and County Council on public policy that relates to ethnic affairs; promotes maximum involvement of all ethnic groups in the County in government, business and community affairs.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Community Invited to Celebrate Start of Olney Library Renovation

Community Invited to Celebrate Start of Olney Library Renovation

Residents are invited to a ceremony to mark the start of construction for the Olney Library renovation project on Sunday, February 26 at 1 p.m. at 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd. The event will take place rain or shine. Montgomery County Public Libraries Director Parker Hamilton and Department of General Services Director David Dise will greet attendees and offer brief remarks.

The library renovation is expected to take about 18 months and will expand the 16,825 square-foot structure by 4,260 square feet, replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system; bring all building systems up to building and energy codes; replace the windows and doors; install a new roof and new interior finishes; improve pedestrian safety and walkways; and improve exterior lighting and stormwater management. The renovation will provide an expanded children’s room, new teen space, group study rooms and a children’s program room. The number of tables and chairs will be increased and all seating upgraded to include access to electric outlets for use of electronic devices. During the renovation, a “kiosk library” will be located at the Longwood Recreation Center, 19300 Georgia Avenue, Brookeville. The kiosk will open in March and its hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and it will be closed on Friday and Sundays. The contract for the project has been awarded to Milestone Construction Services Inc. of Sterling, VA. The company recently completed construction of the Takoma Park Fire Station for Montgomery County. Project updates will be available on the Department of General Services website at and the Library Department’s website at (click on the Building Projects link). Comments and questions may also be sent to Ask-a-Librarian at

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