Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wheaton Interim Library Is Up and Running

The Wheaton Interim Library is up and running. We have a nice selection of both adult and children’s books, DVD’s, and audiobooks. Preschool storytime is scheduled for Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM on December 13 and 20. There will be a two week break and storytime will resume on Tuesday January 10, 2017.  Monday evening storytimes are planned beginning January 9, 2017 7:30 PM.  A comic drawing workshop for tweens and teens is planned in mid-January.

Shelves of books at Wheaton Interim Library
The shelves are full at Wheaton Interim Library

Progress on the Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center is continuing. The retaining wall is nearly finished and grading of the entrance road is in progress.

Construction at the site of the old Wheaton Library
Construction at the site of the Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center

Monday, November 7, 2016

Reopening of the Wheaton Interim Library

The Wheaton Interim Library is Reopening November 17th at 9 am.

Staff are preparing the Wheaton Interim library for reopening on November 17, 2016. A collection of approximately 16,000 items including new books, DVD's, and audiobooks will be available and ready to use.
Shelves and boxes of books at Wheaton Interim Library
Boxes of book ready for shelving.
On Sunday November 20, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 pm there will be a Community Family Open House to celebrate the reopening of the Wheaton Interim with new materials. A face painting artist will come from 2:00-4:00 pm. Local Latino author Alfredo M. Del Arroyo will present his book "Martes de Infamia" an anthology of stories about crossing the border. The title and presentation will be in Spanish at 2:00 pm. A story time for children will be held at 3:00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

The work continues on the Wheaton Library Community Recreation Center project. Construction crews are currently working on completing the entrance way and the re-aligned Hermitage Avenue.

Parking lot of the upcoming Wheaton Library Community Recreation Center
Construction at the Wheaton Library
& Recreation Center site

Dianne Whitaker

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wheaton Interim to Suspend Services to Serve as Voting Site

In support of the election process in Montgomery County, the Wheaton Interim branch will temporarily suspend services at 6 PM on October 21 and resume those services on November 17 at 9 AM. In addition to the Wheaton Interim site, the County has nine other County facilities designated as early voting sites.

Customers may return materials to the Wheaton Interim branch until Friday October 21, 2016 at 6 PM. Nearby branches with 24 hours returns include Kensington Park, Silver Spring, Twinbrook, and White Oak. The Mid-County Community Center has a book drop that is accessible when the center is open. The hours of the Mid-County Community Center are Monday thru Thursday 9 AM to 9 PM, Friday and Saturday 9 AM to 7 PM.

The last day to select the Wheaton Interim as a holds pick-up location will be September 30, 2016. Customers may choose to suspend their holds until November 17, 2016 or select another location for holds pick-up.

Customers using the MARINA interlibrary loan system will need to select another pick-up location between September 30, 2016 and November 17, 2016. Items previously placed on hold will be able for pick-up at the Wheaton Interim location until October 21, 2016. Customers with MARINA items that become available from October 22, 2016 through November 16, 2016 will be called to select another location for pick-up.

“During this brief hiatus, the Montgomery County Board of Elections will be preparing for and holding early voting at the site,” said MCPL Director Parker Hamilton. “At the same time, MCPL staff will be excitedly completing the preparations needed to add books to the interim library. We will reopen with more services and materials to delight our customers.”

While the Wheaton Interim branch is on hiatus, residents may use MCPL's other branches or its 24/7 website. Nearby branches include Kensington Park, Silver Spring, Twinbrook, and White Oak.

The Wheaton Interim Branch is a temporary facility located on the second floor of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Station. The Wheaton Interim Branch serves residents while the new combined Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center is being constructed. For further information, contact Rita Gale at 240 777-0022 or by email at

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Closing Ceremony and a New Beginning

boy and County Executive turn key to close Wheaton Library
Turning off the lights & closing the gate!
The Wheaton Library closed March 13 in a ceremony attended by many current and past Wheaton customers and staff members. MCPL Director Parker Hamilton acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Speakers included County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Councilmember Nancy Navarro, Department of General Services Director David Dise, Department of Recreation Director Gabe Albornoz, Mid-County Regional Services Center Director Luisa Montero-Diaz, Wheaton LAC Chair Carolyn Teich, and Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC) Executive Director Ari Brooks.

The interim location for the Wheaton Library will be at 2400 Arcola Avenue, the site of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad Ballroom at Wheaton Glen. The interim location will have the same hours as the Wheaton branch. No opening date has been announced. You can read the official press release about the interim location.

The interim site for the used bookstore located in the lower level of the Wheaton Library and operated for MCPL by FOLMC, will be the former Silver Spring Library building at 8901 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. A date for the opening of the bookstore's interim location has not been announced. Visit the FOLMC website for updates.

The new Wheaton Library and Recreation Center, which will be constructed on the same site as the now-closed building, is scheduled to open in Summer 2018.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Wheaton Library Closing Ceremony

Wheaton Library Closing Ceremony flyerThe current Wheaton branch will close Sunday, March 13 at 5 pm, with an official closing ceremony to follow from 5–6 pm.

During the ceremony, County Executive Leggett will officially turn out the lights and close the doors to the current Wheaton Library building.

After the closing ceremony, staff will begin the process of packing and moving materials, so that the site can be prepared for the new Wheaton Library and Recreation Center. The building itself will shut down in July for demolition. The new joint building is expected to open in Summer 2018.

Dates to know:

  • March 13: Final day to pick up holds 
  • April 6: Final day to use the book drop at the current building 

You can designate an alternate location for holds that have not been picked up or have not become available by March 13.

The Wheaton Bookstore operated by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, will also close March 13. Visit the FOLMC website for updates and information.

During the Wheaton closure, we encourage you to visit nearby branches, such as:

You may even spot some familiar Wheaton staff members at one of these locations or at another MCPL branch!

Thanks to everyone for their support of this exciting project. Please visit the Wheaton branch website or this page frequently for updates and important information!