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 Summer 2014 Edition in PDF Format


What's Inside:



Foodies celebrate the success of 3rd annual Taste of the Town in Foundation Focus.


Summer Reading Club: "Fizz, Boom, Read!" in Branch Briefs.


Check us out: Parkville-Carney Branch reopens after renovation.


Rosedale Branch turns 40!


Opening Day in Branch Briefs.


Enjoy craft beer with Friends at Loch Raven's fundraiser.


Things that go bump in the night at Towson.


From critters to lamb's quarters, Cromwell Valley Nature Center presents a series at Hereford.


Join the maker movement.


Branches host Baltimore County's Mobile Career Center.


Visit Storyville @ Rosedale or Storyville @ Woodlawn, interactive learning centers for children ages birth to 5.


Don't judge a book by its cover - read BCPL's blog for advice on what to check out this summer by visiting www.bcpl.info/between-the-covers.


Favorite books, old and new fiction, nonfiction or mysteries - whatever you prefer - there's bound to be a discussion group available for you to share thoughts and ideas in Programs for Everyone.


Learn about the history of the railroad and the B&O Railroad Museum at Perry Hall


Join a discussion about The Battle of Baltimore: War of 1812 at North Point, Essex, Hereford, Loch Raven and Rosedale


Free blood pressure screenings being provided at our Arbutus Branch.




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    View of Hubert V. Simmons Museum Display


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      Mamie "Peanut" Johnson



Hubert V. Simmons Negro Leagues Museum Opens at Owings Mills


Opening Day wasn't just at Camden Yards this year.  Over at the Owings Mills Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, we had an Opening Day of our own — the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the brand new Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball.  The museum, which is spread over all three floors of the branch, houses photographs, graphic panels, artifacts and memorabilia of both Maryland and the U.S. Negro Leagues, telling the stories of the men — and women — who paved the way for today's integrated leagues.  The second floor is dedicated to the women who played in the Negro Leagues after being rejected from the all-white All American Girls Baseball League.  Women like Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, who was in attendance at the opening ceremonies of the museum.  She even took a moment before the opening to find her biography, A Strong Right Arm, in the branch!


BCPL Director James H. Fish, who spoke at the opening ceremonies, said, "This museum, with its artifacts and exhibits, has an important story to tell.  What better place to tell an important story than a library?"


The museum is named for the late Hubert "Bert" Simmons, who played for the legendary Baltimore Elite Giants in the 1950s.  His wife, Audrey Simmons, executive director of the museum, also spoke at the opening, along with Bert's lifelong friend and museum curator, Ray Banks.  Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who played an integral part in bringing the museum to the County Campus Metro Centre, spoke as well.





Summer Reading 2014


Readers of every age can explore all things scientific this summer at Baltimore County Public Library with our science-themed Summer Reading Club, "Fizz, Boom, Read!  The theme fits perfectly with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum many schools have adopted.  The Baltimore County Public Library will have plenty of programs to keep your family reading and learning all summer.  Kids can read to earn cool stickers and prizes while they keep their minds active so they can enter school in the fall ready to learn and succeed.  Summer Reading Club begins June 16 and ends August 10, and is open to all ages, birth through adult.  You can register online at www.bcpl.info/summerreading starting May 5, or in person at your local branch starting in June.  Then just pick up your gameboard at the library and start reading!  Preschool and elementary age children can collect a sticker for every four activities they complete or book they read and, once they collect four stickers, they can come in and choose a prize at their local branch.  For teens and tweens, for every three books read, they can turn in a raffle entry slip for one of eight prizes.  Prizes will be awarded throughout the summer, including gift cards to Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Target, Chipotle and other businesses.  Adults and teens can join our BCPL Summer Reading page on Goodreads and read to win a Kindle.  We have various programs related to the theme throughout the summer, including Robot Art and Electronics Lab, Magic and Science and Stuff, Reptiles of the World and Nanoscience 101.  For more information and to register, please visit bcpl.info/summerreading.

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Foundation Focus






Taste of the Town - A great time fo a great cause!


More than 300 people had a wonderful time at the 3rd annual Taste of the Town at the Perry Hall Branch on Saturday, May 3.  All proceeds benefited the Foundation for BCPL's early childhood literacy efforts.  Guests enjoyed sampling food and drink from 18 area restaurants and caterers while listening to the sounds of Jazz Plus.  The silent auction, full of interesting items, also provided to be popular, as guests tried to outbid each other throughout the evening!  While we are still tallying the proceeds from this event as of press time, our success wouldn't have been possible without our corporate sponsors, restaurant sponsors, silent auction donors and volunteers - we couldn't have done it without you!



Corporate Sponsors




M&T Bank




Ingram Content Group




3M Cloud Library


Baker & Taylor


Gala Cloths




BeMore Photography


Findaway World


Ellin & Tucker


John Holman/State Farm Insurance


Midwest Tape


Point Breeze Credit Union


Recorded Books


Tasting Station


Stella Artois/Goose Island


BFPE International




Todd Carpenter & Colette Searls


Douron, Inc.



First Floor Graphics


Jim & Barbara Fish


Kat2 Advertising & Marketing


David Marks


Janet Sanford


Vulcan Food Equipment Group



Restaurant Sponsors




La Cakerie






Costas Inn


McFaul's Ironhorse Tavern


Red Brick Station


Silver Spring Mining Co.






Baltimore Coffee & Tea


George's at Wyndham Peabody Court


Joe's Crab Shack





Lib's Grill





Mission BBQ


P.F. Chang's


Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine




Bill's Seafood


Mix It Up


Prigel Family Creamery



Silent Auction Donors


5 Wacky Women


Adams County Winery


The All American Steakhouse


American Visionary Art Museum


Antique Auto Museum of Hershey


Artaristry Make-Up Consultation and Glam Package


Baltimore Museum of Industry


Baltimore Orioles


Baltimore Streetcar Museum


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


Barry's Private Transportation


Basignani Winery (Lynne Basignani)





Andrea Beaty


Blue Hill Tavern


Brandywine River Museum


Liz Burnett


Candlewick Press


Todd Carpenter


CCBC Cockpit in the Court


CCBC Foundation Photo Connection






Ron and Marisa Conner


Crime Museum


Jim DeArmey


Diamond Comic Distributions


Enterprise Rent-a-Car


Jen Evans


Everyman Theatre


Fast Park and Relax


Geppi's Entertainment Museum




Heidi and Robert Gillis


Great Blacks in Wax Museum



Greetings & Readings


Hard Yacht Café


Charlaine Harris


Heavy Seas Brewery/Alehouse


The Helmand


Historic Ships in Baltimore


House of Styles


International Spy Museum


Keen Communications


Sue Monk Kidd


Kramer Portraits


Justin Kramon


La Cakerie


Ladew Topiary Gardens


Donnie Manuel


Maryland Science Center


Molly Maids




Residence Inn Hunt Valley


Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum


River Riders


Roundtop Mountain Resort


Jim and Julie Saxenmeyer





Single Carrot Theatre


April Smith


Southern Maryland Blue Crabs


Sparrows Point Country Club


Steampunk Blacksheep


Stone Mill Bakery


The Tea Trolley


Teaser Charter Fishing


Total Wine & More


Ultrazone laser tag


Faouly and Karlitha Umoja


Urban Pirates


Washington Capitals


Washington Wizards


Watermark Tours


Watson Adventures


Woodhall Vineyard and Wine Cellars


Workman Publishing Group

 Take a Look: Programs for Everyone


Guaranteed to please. Check your branch for dates and times. Children under 8 with adult.


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All Ages:



Magic and Science and Stuff

Magician Mike Rose performs impossible magic tricks, weird mind-reading stunts and off-the-wall comedy.  Arbutus, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Essex, Lansdowne, Loch Raven, Owings Mills, Parkville, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Randallstown, Reisterstown, Rosedale, Sollers Point, Towson.


Silly Science
When toy animals start talking, science goes silly and wacky experiments go wild!  Reisterstown, White Marsh, Woodlawn.

Hula Hoop Action
Skills are demonstrated through a fun performance.  The audience learns moves as everyone is encouraged to hula.  Arbutus, Cockeysville, Essex, Lansdowne, Loch Raven, North Point, Owings Mills, Perry Hall, Rosedale, Sollers Point, Towson, White Marsh, Woodlawn.


Reptiles of the World
Reptile Wonders present a hands-on, interactive and interpretive program featuring exotic species of reptiles.  Catonsville, Cockeysville, Essex, Hereford, Lansdowne, North Point, Randallstown, Towson, Woodlawn.



Babies Ages 0 through 23 Months with Adult:


Baby Story Time

Connect with your baby through stories, activities, songs and a play time.  All branches except Lansdowne.



Preschool Children Ages 2 through 5 with Adult:


Preschool Story Time

Interact with your preschooler by enjoying stories and activities together.  All branches.


Vibrations Rock — Buzz, Zing, Bang
Tracey Eldridge explores the physics of sound using visual and tactile illustrations.  Loch Raven, Pikesville, Randallstown.

Science, Books and Movement
A science-theme, fun-and-movement-filled literacy program!  Arbutus, Lansdowne, Parkville

Little Hands and Big Hands
Kathy MacMillan, author of Little Hands and Big Hands:  Children and Adults Signing Together, presents a story time featuring stories, songs and signs with tips for caregivers.  Arbutus, Catonsville, Essex, North Point, Owings Mills, Perry Hall, Randallstown, Towson.




School-Age Children:


GSK Science in the Summer
This fun, free science program sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline introduces children entering grades two through six to the wonders of science.  Learn about physical science - how magnets work, what makes electricity - through exciting experiments.  Work with others to  make a compass and electromagnet, build circuits with batteries and bulb, and experience the power of static electricity.  In-person registration and parent permission forms are available.  July 1 at Arbutus, North Point and Woodlawn branches.  First come, first served until all spaces are filled.  Please register only if your child can attend all sessions at a given branch.

Rain, Water, Lightning, BOOM
Explore the water cycle in this science-oriented program by connecting science, literature and the arts.  Catonsville, Essex, Owings Mills, Towson, White Marsh.


Nanoscience 101

An introduction to this emerging field of science; highlights include using your nose as a nano-sensor and creating "nano-gold" suncatchers.  Arbutus, Hereford, North Point, Owings Mills, Rosedale.


FutureFab: Robot Art and Electronics Lab
Design and build spinning, glowing, hypnotic kinetic structures using LED's, motors and everyday material.  Catonsville, Cockeysville, Lansdowne, Hereford, Parkville, Perry Hall, Pikesville.

Art Class with Raeann

Raenn introduces three exciting artists to students with an accompanying art project.  Parkville.





Book Clubs

Favorite books, old and new fiction, nonfiction or mysteries – whatever you prefer – there’s bound to be a discussion group available for you to share thoughts and ideas. Check out Arbutus, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Hereford, North Point, Owings Mills, Parkville, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Randallstown, Reisterstown, Towson, White Marsh and Woodlawn.


Jobs Academy

Learn how to create a résumé and cover letter, search for jobs online and practice basic interview skills.  North Point


Remembering the Village of Texas, Maryland
Cassie Kilroy Thompson offers a presentation and discussion about the origins and history of this disappearing Baltimore County village.  Cockeysville.

The Battle of Baltimore:  War of 1812
Discusses the September 1814 Battle of Baltimore, including both the Defense of Fort McHenry and the Battle of North Point.  Essex, Hereford, Loch Raven, Rosedale.

Rosedale Branch's 40th Anniversary
Events include notable speakers, historic photographs, singers from Overlea High School, local artwork by elementary school students, face painting, story times and light refreshments.  Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre in residence at CCBC Essex presents excerpts from its upcoming productions. 


Dundalk Dialogs

Discussions featuring local authors Deborah Rudacille, Elaine Eff and Michael Olesker. North Point.


Feminist:  Stories from Women's Liberation

Join us for a screening and discussion of this one-hour film directed by Jennifer Lee about eh women's liberation movement during 1963-1970.  Hereford, Towson.

B&O Railroad Museum

A volunteer from the B&O Railroad Museum talks about the history of the railroad and museum.  Perry Hall.


Blood Pressure Screenings

In partnership with Saint Agnes Hospital, free blood pressure screenings are provided.  Arbutus.




Mobile Career Center


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The Mobile Career Center (MCC), operated by Baltimore County's Division of Workforce Development (part of the Department of Economic Development), has been in business since February 2010.  Initially, it served ex-offenders (and soon to be released convicts), visiting the County Detention Center, four Parole and Probation locations and several high crime areas.  After a few months it expanded its services to the general population, a role that it continues in to date.


The MCC has six on-board PC's for use by job seekers, as well as, job counselors from Workforce Development who not only assist with job searchers, but also help with writing resumés and developing interview skills, enrolling job seekers in various Workforce programs, helping people with convictions on their records work with that reality when applying for jobs, and teaching folks how to do a job search and apply in the online environment.


Based on the experience of BCPL's librarians, many job seekers have never had to develop the computer skills they now need to just apply for a job, nor have many of them ever had to develop a resumé.  Having come out of the traditional job seeking habits of checking the paper for job ads and then filling in an application form on-site, they can be completely lost in the new computer and internet-based reality of job search and application.  A service like that provided by the MCC (and libraries themselves) is a god-send for these folks.  Without it, they would likely be completely left out of the job market, skilled or otherwise.


The MCC began to visit Baltimore County Public Library branches last December, with Lansdowne, Reisterstown and Rosedale on that first schedule.  North Point and White Marsh joined the mix in January and Sollers Point in March, for a current total of six branches receiving monthly visits.  As it currently stands, BCPL acts only as host to the MCC, blocking off parking space on our lots, then letting the MCC staff do their thing.  The schedule is offered below.  These visits are part of BCPL's effort to better serve job seekers, which also includes the creation of a Jobs and Career Center in each branch to provide a central location to collect brochures and fliers, as well as any other information we may have to assist folks looking for jobs.



July Mobile Career Center Calendar:


July 9


North Point Branch

9:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Sollers Point Branch

12:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


July 10


Reisterstown Branch

12:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


July 28


Lansdowne Branch

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


July 29


White Marsh Branch

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Rosedale Branch

12:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.




August Mobile Career Center Calendar:


August 7


North Point Branch

9:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Sollers Point Branch

12:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


August 8


Reisterstown Branch

12:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.


August 18


White Marsh Branch

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Rosedale Branch

12:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


August 25


Lansdowne Branch

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


For additional information, please contact:


Anthony Smith, CPRW

Mobile Career Center Coordinator

Department of Economic Development

Division of Workforce Development

3637 Offutt Road

Randallstown, Maryland  21133

Office: 410-887-0462



Where teens can share ideas and talents, help others, or just have fun!


Ages 11 to 17


For more information on these and other teen programs, go to www.bcpl.info/kids-teens-parents-teachers/teens

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Know your way around a PC, e-reader or tablet?  Always helping adults with basic computer and internet skills, email setup and gadgets?  Earn service learning hours while helping people by volunteering for Teen Tech Squad at North Point.  Call or stop by for details.


Have you ever heard bumps in the night and wondered: Is it a ghost or paranormal activity?  Join us as Dedicated Paranormal Research experts explain it all at Ghost Trackers at Towson.  Join in the celebration of all things Divergent with games, quizzes, music, crafts and themed snacks at the Divergent Faction Fiasco at Rosedale.


Engineer Technology

Play around with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 at Arbutus.  Design and build spinning, glowing, hypnotic kinectic structures using LED's, motors and everyday materials with FutureFab at Catonsville, Cockeysville, Lansdowne, Hereford, Parkville, Perry Hall or Pikesville.  Design, build and launch a vehicle that will travel a huge track at Rosedale.  Find out what makes a robot, the uses of robots and the tools needed to build them while constructing a robotic hand that integrates the Arduino Microcontroller in a five-part program at Randallstown.


Fun and Games

Show your skills on Wii and Xbox 360 games at Lansdowne, Rosedale and Sollers Point.  Play chess at Randallstown or board games at Sollers Point.  It's a race against time, and each other, to complete challenges using everyday household items at Minute to Win It: Science at Rosedale.


Make It!

Get crafty!  Make hardware jewelry, buttons, wrap bracelets, origami or Rainbow Loom bracelets at Essex, North Point or Pikesville.  If you'd like to wear what you make, learn about knitting or reconstructing T-shirts at Hereford or North Point.  Mix it up at Teen Tuesdays at Solllers Point.


Show Off or Chow Down

Take the stage at Open Mic Night at Towson and learn amazing and hilarious improv theater at Hereford and Towson.  Learn to make quick no-cook snacks at Woodlawn.  Get fit and learn about nutrition at Rosedale.


Read and Watch

Like anime or manga? Come to Cockeysville, North Point or Randallstown to hang out with others who share your interest.  Discuss young adult books at Catonsville and Hereford, or share your own writing at Cockeysville.



Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/BCPLTeen


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Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bcplteen.


Sign up for text message alerts about teen programs at www.bcpl.info/teens

Because of space limitations in meeting rooms, to be sure of seating, it's important to plan an early arrival time.  For some programs where a small group is desirable, such as "Baby Story Time" and hands-on technology, registration is necessary.  These programs are noted in the dateLines listing as "registration required."  To register, simply call or visit the library during the week preceding the program.


Feel free with Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) acess at all BCPL branches.

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Book Club Chat

June 11 at 7 p.m.


Join BCPL librarians and members of the BCPL Facebook community for the first-ever Between the Covers Book Club Chat!  We'll talk about The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.  For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/bcplonline


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Branches Closed:


Memorial Day

Monday, May 26

Independence Day

Friday, July 4



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