Libraries Get New Computer System

Beginning Monday, Montgomery County public library patrons must show library cards to check out materials until the transition to a new computer system is completed July 24.

During the two-week period, checkout information will not be available by computer, library staff won't have access to existing borrowers' records, fines and fees will not be collected and the automated phone renewal system will be down.

Customers can still check out, return and renew most materials, get new library cards and get assistance locating materials.

For questions about library services during the transition period, contact your local library.

Quince Orchard Library in New Hands

Its projected opening date now past, the Quince Orchard Library construction project in Gaithersburg is in the hands of a surety contractor, who plans to complete it by Aug. 31. Then, the library staff will take five to seven weeks to move in.

The delay is the result of a construction company's default on its contract with the county four months before the promised June opening date. Earlier delays were caused by site problems and winter precipitation.

"We sincerely regret the delays that have plagued the project," said Harriet Henderson, director of the Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries, in a statement.

The 17,500-square-foot structure at 15831 Quince Orchard Rd. awaits installation of its heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, ceiling tiles, lighting, carpeting, shelves and paint. When finished, it will house a collection of more than 100,000 items for children and adults, and it also will include a quiet study room, a children's discovery room and a large meeting room.

Head Start Taking Fall Registration Forms

Montgomery County public schools' Head Start Preschool Program encourages parents to enroll their children for the upcoming school year before the end of August. The program provides preschool education, health and social services and parent involvement for low-income families, including children with disabilities.

For fall semester registration, eligible children must be 4 years old by Dec. 31, 1999. For parents receiving Working Parents Assistance (WPA) or Purchase of Care (POC), there are limited openings in the Head Start full-day/full-year program.

For more information, or to register, contact the Montgomery County Public Schools Head Start Office at 301-230-0676.

Schools Accepting Rental Requests

Community groups planning to rent space in Montgomery County public schools for activities between September 1999 and March 2000 should submit requests by July 15.

Classrooms, cafeterias, all-purpose rooms, gyms, high school auditoriums and athletic fields can be rented for instruction, recreation, meetings and other community activities during non-school hours.

Requests for weekday use should be submitted directly to the school. Requests for Saturday, Sunday and holiday use should be submitted to the Community Use of Public Facilities office in Rockville, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is in the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Room 240.

Request forms and fee information are available at all county public schools. For information, call 240-777-2706.