The new Germantown Community Library is scheduled to open Tuesday at noon in the Upcounty Government Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd.
The $2.3 million facility, housing 70,000 books, replaces a much smaller storefront library nearby that closed Dec. 15. The new 13,000-square-foot library has a student study area and an Apple and an IBM-compatible computer for patrons to use.
The library will be open from noon to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS
A pilot program that provided additional evening shuttle bus service during December and January to events at the Friendship Heights Village Center will not continue, but beginning March 1, additional Thursday evening service to area stores will be provided.
The village's shuttle bus service normally operates weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
At its Monday meeting, Village Council members decided that the $2,440 cost for the two-month pilot program was too high, considering about 70 riders used the service each month. But, rather than canceling the service outright, council member Lucy W. Pliskin proposed extending Thursday night bus service until 9 p.m. to allow residents to take advantage of neighborhood stores with late shopping hours. During those extra hours of service, the bus will take its regular route among the high-rises and across Wisconsin Avenue to the Chevy Chase Shopping Center. TAKOMA PARK
The City Council this week introduced a proposal to prohibit employees from using alcohol during the workday -- even on their lunch hour.
The proposal comes as part of a new drug and alcohol policy that sets up an employee assistance program for those employees experiencing difficulties with substance abuse. Under the plan, which is scheduled for a council vote on Feb. 25, employees seeking help through the program would not be fired. But, the policy also states that if a drug or alcohol problem interferes with work, an employee could be dismissed.
The council will also decide Feb. 25 whether to accept a proposal requiring employees convicted on drug- or alcohol-related charges to report the conviction to the city within five days of the conviction.