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September 19, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Donna Scott-Martin
New Carrollton, MD – The state-of-the-art, newly renovated New Carrollton Branch Library of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), located at 7414 Riverdale Road, New Carrollton, MD 20784, reopens September 26, 2018. The Grand Reopening Celebration will be held on that date at 11 am. This event is opened to the public. The 58,500-square-foot library features an enlarged entrance with glass walls for more natural light, enhanced technology and additional meeting and study rooms. All public library services are on the main level for customer convenience. Through the Art in Public Places program, the central atrium showcases a colorful resin and aluminum mobile: Convergence of Knowledge by Alan Binstock.
Built in 1971, the existing Brutalist structure of the library embraced the architectural Field Theory movement of Walter Netsch, creating the interior layout using a series of rotated equilateral triangles. The renovation design by GWWO, Inc. / Architects is based on the fundamentals of this classic architectural style, yet responds to the flexible needs of the modern day library. Using elements such as light, color, and geometry, the two dimensional static form of the former library transitions to an elevated three-dimensional dynamic form that is energetic and welcoming.
The Discovery Reef children’s area features a 270-gallon salt water aquarium, colorful overhead lighting that simulates the underwater experience, a reef wall seating area complete with life-like exotic fish, a storytime room that replicates a deep sea habitat and a glowing tube of moving bubbles. Its Ready 2 Read Center encourages interactive early literacy activities, such as blocks, dramatic play and puzzles.
The New Carrollton Branch has 66 computers for public use, as well as a low-vision screen reader/magnifier system. The training lab contains 15 laptops for public instruction. A fax, scanner/ digitizer and color printer are located in the publishing center. Other technology enhancements include 3D printing, virtual reality and gaming in the Teen Zone. Digital signs throughout the branch provide information on upcoming programs and meetings. All seating areas have easy access to power for customers who bring their own devices.
The library’s current collection has more than 50,000 items (including books, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines) with a future capacity of 80,000 items. The New Carrollton Branch Library has a conference room, two meeting rooms, seven study rooms (two specifically for children and one
for teens), a Whisper (quiet study) Room, a vending café, Friends bookstore, water bottle filling station and a dual-head charging station for electric vehicles in the parking lot.
About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), consisting of 19 branches, offers strategies for lifelong learning. Skills development library resources include: Rosetta Stone Library Solution, Lynda.com, Brainfuse’s HelpNow and JobNow, ArtistWorks for Libraries and Learning Express Library. Early literacy resources are: Ready 2 Read Centers, Ready 2 Read Backpacks, ABCmouse, AWE Early Literacy Stations, Beanstack, Playaway Launchpads and PebbleGo. All these services are free with your PGCMLS library card. Also, enjoy Minecraft, 3D printing, DREAM (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media) lab, chess clubs and MAC (Manga and Anime Clubs) free at your library. Engage with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. Check out our mobile apps! Learn more about what your Library has to offer at www.pgcmls.info.