Potomac Chapter


Potomac Library
10101 Glenolden Drive
Potomac, MD 20854
Chapter President: Edie Wingate
Contact: potomac@folmc.org


Read our latest Summer 2020 Newsletter.

Check out our past newsletters here.
Check out our ongoing programs here.

County Libraries Announce Changes To Digital Services

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will make changes to its digital services beginning May 1. At that time, MCPL will launch Hoopla, a web and mobile library media streaming platform to provide cardholders with immediate access to digital movies, music, e-books, audiobooks and television. MCPL will also add The New York Times giving customers electronic access to the full online version including the Learning Network, Lens (photography blog), guides and more.

“With the temporary closing of our buildings, there has been an increased demand on our digital resources,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “Eliminating and combining duplicate services will allow us to better leverage our collection dollars.”

Also, MCPL introduced its own independent  Overdrive ebook collection in February. This electronic collection better reflects the interests of County residents and provides a system that is more responsive to their requests and needs. Now that the transition to the Overdrive ebook collection is complete, the cloudLibrary ebook service will be discontinued.  Materials owned by MCPL on cloudLibrary will be transferred to the Overdrive ebook platform.  CloudLibrary users are encouraged to check out all MCPL’s content on Overdrive and RB Digital ebook services.

All digital services are free and available with a library card.

Hoping all Our Readers are Safe and Healthy

Important Notice

Dear Library Customers –
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all branches and book drops of Montgomery County Public Libraries will remain closed through April 24, 2020, in alignment with Montgomery County Public Schools. All programs, classes, activities and rentals scheduled during the closure are canceled.

Some steps that we are taking to make sure that our customers are not unduly impacted by this shutdown are:

  • The suspension of fulfillment of holds until May 4th
  • The suspension of library fines until May 4th
  • The extension of all due dates to May 4th
  • The extension of all holds currently waiting for pickup to May 4th

Please do not worry about library fines during this period. We will work with you to resolve any issues.

Marina/Interlibrary Loan Services are suspended until further notice.

All MCPL book drops are now closed. Please hold your materials until we reopen.

We will not be accepting book donations at this time. Upon re-opening, we will notify customers on procedures for book donations.

Please call the County’s 311 service for answers to questions regarding Coronavirus testing and public health issues.

You may submit questions for email response using our Ask-A-Librarian service.

Please take advantage of our electronic resources. A full list of available E/Audiobooks, streaming media, online learning platforms, library apps and research databases are available 24/7 at https://mcpl.link/DigitalResources.

Stay well, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the branches when we reopen.

Anita Vassallo
MCPL Director

Great Decisions is cancelled until further notice, as well as the Author Talk by George Pelecanos on April 25.

For a complete list of activities, please check out the MCPL calendar of events here. 

Honored (and Humbled) to be Potomac Citizen of the Year

“The Friends of the Library – Potomac Chapter serves the community in so many invaluable ways… For anyone who loves to read and share reading, this organization is a conduit to books, discussions of books, authors and activities as well as programs to help children learn to love and cherish books.”

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce selected FOL-Potomac as its Citizen of the Year, based on a nomination by resident Ginny Barnes (excerpted above) citing the ways we strive to support and enhance our local branch library.

Primarily through the book sales and memberships, FOL-Potomac is able to sponsor and/or underwrite a wide variety of adult and children’s programs, bringing in guest authors and other speakers, performers and even plants and animals! (A live wallaby was a big hit this past summer; the fish tank in the children’s area is made possible by a long-time anonymous donor; and we support the Potomac Village Garden Club in their work keeping the library grounds attractive.)

You too can be Citizen of the Year!

Consider becoming a member of the friends—no time obligation involved, just membership dues ($25; only $15 for seniors, students and teachers) to help in bolstering your library. You’ll also receive this quarterly newsletter listing upcoming events and activities, well in advance of it being available at the library. To join, use the form on page 5 or online at www.folmc.org/join.

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