The Bethesda Library on Arlington Road will reopen Saturday with a new look—and a new name.
Montgomery County residents are invited to attend a 10 a.m. dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand reopening of the newly refreshed branch and its renaming as the Connie Morella Library. The library is located at 7400 Arlington Road.
Morella, a Bethesda resident, served in the Maryland General Assembly from 1979 to 1986 and represented Montgomery County and the 8th Congressional District from 1987 to 2003. After losing in 2002 to then-state Sen. Chris Van Hollen, now a U.S. senator representing Maryland, Morella was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development from 2003 until 2007.
Now 87, Morella is an ambassador in residence in the Department of Government at American University in Washington, D.C.
Morella, as well as Country Executive Ike Leggett, National Public radio commentator Cokie Roberts of Bethesda, and U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin of Takoma Park, who now holds the District 8 seat, are expected to speak during the ceremony, according to the county.
The Arlington Road branch was closed in August to undergo a “refresh” project that allows county libraries to be refurbished and updated without having to close for as long as a full renovation would take. The project included the installation of new circulation, information and self-checkout desks; a new roof; carpeting; and interior LED lighting. The interior was painted and restrooms were renovated to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project also included sidewalk and parking lot improvements.