Another treasure from Kensington's history is the Noyes Library, at Carroll Place and Montgomery Avenue, built in1893. Now a children's library, Noyes was the first public library in the entire metropolitan area.
It's hard to imagine a time when you couldn't easily go to a community library to borrow the latest novel, look up information about the world around us, or browse through the latest periodicals. But if you had been living in the Washington area a century ago, none of these would have been a simple task. Public libraries did not exist, and most people lacked the money or the space to keep their own home collection of reading materials.
Many farsighted Kensington residents were determined to change that situation. Two played crucial roles: Crosby Noyes, editor and publisher of the Washington Evening Star, and Brainard Warner, one of the developers of the original Town of Kensington. They built the library where it stands today and stocked it with books.
Originally operated as a community library under a private board of trustees, the Noyes Library became part of the countywide public library system in 1951. In 1970, it became the county's first and only children's library. Its special mission: to develop innovative ideas and programs to share with the children's rooms in other libraries; to build a special collection highlighting recreation, creativity, and enrichment; and to provide outreach to children who cannot easily attend public library programs. The Noyes Children's Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises money to help support the operations of the Noyes Library.
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