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 Spring 2014 Edition in PDF Format


What's Inside:



Mark your calendars for the third annual "Taste of the Town" in Foundation Focus


Owings Mills Branch to house The Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball Inc. in Branch Briefs


BCPL reaches another continent - find out which in Branch Briefs


Celebrate Teen Tech Week in Teen Scene


Towson Branch celebrates its 40th birthday


Author visits at Essex, Hereford, North Point, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Reisterstown and White Marsh


The Department of Health helps you quit smoking at North Point


Makerspaces are all the rage - learn more in Teen Scene


Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle series continues at Catonsville with The Loving Story


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 Town of Warren - presented by the Baltimore County Historical Society at Cockeysville


Get one-on-one computer assistance at North Point and White Marsh


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Coming Soon to Owings Mills Branch


Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Jim Fish, director of the Baltimore County Public Library, have announced the permanent residence of The Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball, Inc. in the Owings Mills Branch of BCPL.  The museum is named after the late "Bert" Simmons, who played for the legendary Baltimore Elite Giants in the 1950s.  Audrey Simmons, Bert Simmons' widow and executive director of the museum, pictured above with the Oriole Bird, was on hand to speak directly about Bert's legacy.


The museum, previously operating under the name Negro Leagues Baseball Museum of Maryland, Inc., had been housed in various temporary locations since 1996 until the county offered to give it a home in the new branch.  The museum will be spread over all three floors of the branch, and rotating displays will feature many historical items telling the story of the Negro Leagues in Maryland.


"Baltimore County is dedicated to preserving the history of African-American baseball," said Kamenetz.  "We are honored to share the photographs and artifacts with the thousands of folks who will pass through these doors."


BCPL is proud to be the home of this important piece of history.




BCPL Reaches Africa


When some people retire, they plan to stay at home and relax, maybe catch up on some books they've been meaning to read.  Others travel the country or the world.  Val Newman, retired BCPL Librarian, went one step further.  Just a few weeks after retirement, she took an extended trip to Ghana, West Africa to attend the funeral of her mother-in-law, Obaapanin May Akosua Nsia (1915-2013).  While there, in memory of her mother-in-law and her friend, the former queen, Queen Mother Obaapani Akosua Brefi Bona (1899-2007), and in honor of the current Queen Mother of the village, Val donated two Little Free Libraries.


To promote the libraries, Newman then organized a team of five young English-speaking villagers between the ages of 12 and 16 years old to put together a program that rocked the village for a day.  Two radio stations came and interviewed Newman.  "I gave my shout outs for BCPL, best library in the U.S.A.!" Newman said. "The event was considered historic because nobody had ever put those little libraries in a village in Ghana before."


"Since coming home, I am hearing very good things," Newman reports.  "People are taking books and returning them.  A few adults have emailed me to find out more about these libraries.  I have stocked the libraries with over 200 books for all age groups."


As if that wasn't enough, Newman still isn't done.  "I am currently looking at another village in which to put a little library, and I'm planning a summer reading program for the summer of 2014.  I will also put a Little Library on the side of my house this summer."

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Foundation Focus


Taste of the Town  - Tickets on Sale March 14!


 The Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library's third annual "Taste of the Town," takes place on May 3, 2014 at the Perry Hall Branch.  We are delighted that Jason Hisley, owner and executive chef of La Cakerie in Mt. Vernon and Towson, is our honorary host.  "Taste of the Town" is an evening of casual fun that features delicious food at tasting stations from restaurants throughout the Baltimore area, live music and a silent auction.  All proceeds go toward our early childhood literacy efforts.  Tickets are only $75 each and go on sale March 14 in all BCPL branches, by calling 410-887-6196, or online at www.foundationforbcpl.org.


Participating restaurants include Baltimore Coffee & Tea, Bertucci's Italian Restaurant (White Marsh), Bill's Seafood & Catering Co., Costas Inn, Joe's Crab Shack, La Cakerie, Lib's Grill, Liberatore's Ristorante, McFaul's IronHorse Tavern, Mission BBQ, P.F. Chang's China Bistro (White Marsh), Prigel Family Creamery, Red Brick Station, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine and Silver Spring Mining Company!  Corporate sponsors include The Community College of Baltimore County, Ellin & Tucker, Ingram Content Group, Jim and Barbara Fish, Midwest Tape, Point Breeze Credit Union, Stella Artois/Goose Island, and Todd Carpenter and Colette Searls.  For an updated list of restaurant and corporate sponsors, visit our website at www.foundationforbcpl.org


For more information, please contact Julie Saxenmeyer at 410-887-3282.  Also, be sure to follow www.twitter.com/bcplinfo and www.facebook.com/bcplonline for the latest updates on this annual event!


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 Take a Look: Programs for Everyone


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



All Ages:



Meet the Author: Adina Rishe Gewirtz

The author of the children's book Zebra Forest comes to visit.  Pikesville


Circus Arts for Kids

Join BEE BEE Clown as she introduces children to the world of acrobatics, juggling, clowning and more!  Arbutus, Catonsville, Essex, Lansdowne, Perry Hall, Randallstown, Sollers Point, White Marsh.


Harriet Tubman: A Day of Remembrance

Join us for a Women's History Month program with storyteller Janice Greene as she brings the story of Harriet Tubman to life.  Randallstown.


Irish Folklore of Finn MacCool

Delve into the myths, legends and art of ancient Ireland as author Maggie D. Brace discusses the Irish folk hero.  Essex, White Marsh.



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.


Pajama Story Time

Put on your PJs and bring a bedtime pal for stories and songs.  Arbutus, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Lansdowne, Owings Mills, Parkville, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Rosedale, Towson, White Marsh, Woodlawn.


Books in Motion

Why wait until after the book is finished to jump, draw, dance, play games, use props or make music?  Move while the books are being read to you.  Essex, Hereford, Lansdowne, Loch Raven, Owings Mills, Parkville, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Sollers Point, White Marsh.


Brain Dance, Book Dance!

Discover how language jumps, hops, wiggles and dances right off the pages and into our bodies.  Catonsville, Lansdowne, Owings Mills, Parkville, Pikesville, Sollers Point, White Marsh.


Fun with Language

Celebrate Better Speech and Hearing Month with Baltimore County Speech and Language Pathologists at a special story time promoting preschool language skills.  Arbutus, Cockeysville, Essex, Hereford, North Point, Owings Mills, Parkville, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Randallstown, Reisterstown, Rosedale, White Marsh and Woodlawn.



School-Age Children:


Sounds Like Fun

Using tuning forks, oven racks, broomsticks and oatmeal boxes, Miss Lynch delights with sound experiments.  Cockeysville, Hereford, Loch Raven, North Point, Owings Mills, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Rosedale, Towson, White Marsh.


Art with Raeann

Students walk away with artworks and basic knowledge of a featured artist, including Cassatt, Magritte, Modigliani, O'Keefe, Picasso, Ringgold and Van Gogh. Cockeysville, Essex, Hereford, North Point, Owings Mills, Pikesville, Reisterstown, Rosedale, Towson and Woodlawn.


Living Places, Living Planet

Through this interactive presentation by the Maryland Zoo ZOOmobile, travel the world to see the many habitats that wild animals call home.  Catonsville, Cockeysville, Essex, Hereford, Lansdowne, Loch Raven, North Point, Owings Mills, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Randallstown, Rosedale, Sollers Point, Towson and Woodlawn.


Children's Book-Making Workshop

Husband/wife duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr talk about what it means to be an author and an illustrator.  Each child will create their own mix-and-match book that they have written, illustrated and bound.  Hereford, North Point, Reisterstown.


Fish Tail Stretch Band Bracelets

Have fun making the newest craze...stretch band bracelets!  Cockeysville, Loch Raven, Perry Hall, Rosedale, Towson, and White Marsh.


Make It! LED Sculpture Lab

Magnets, batteries and light-emitting diodes make the ultimate refrigerator décor!  Arbutus, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Parkville, Pikesville, Reisterstown, Rosedale, Sollers Point, Towson and White Marsh.


Make It Go! Wigglebots

Create miniature electromechanical creatures that draw fantastic patterns or wiggle all over!  Arbutus, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Essex, Hereford, Lansdowne, Loch Raven, North Point, Parkville, Perry Hall, and White Marsh.


Make It Go!  Downhill Racers

Create and race original plastic model cars on massive cardboard tracks!  Cockeysville, Perry Hall, Pikesville, and White Marsh.


Build It!  Cardboard Robot City

Create robot inventions using cardboard, plastic, foam and LED components.  Catonsville, North Point, Owings Mills, Pikesville, Rosedale and Woodlawn.






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.


Created Equal: The Loving Story

Viewing and discussion of the documentary film The Loving Story, which tells the harrowing tale of a courageous couple during the civil rights era.  Catonsville.


This Way to Paradise

D. Bruce Foster discusses his second books in his Alex Randolph series entitled This Way to Paradise.  Hereford.


Vivien Thomas: Pioneer of Medicine

Join former teacher and researcher Jessica Gladden for a presentation and discussion of the fascinating life of the medical giant.  Essex.


Color Basics 101

Join local interior decorator and author Rena Bullard as she talks about how to create color schemes, what colors mean and how they make you feel at Perry Hall.


Our Star Spangled History

Brian Reynolds from Fort McHenry speaks about Baltimore's amazing role in the War of 1812.  Cockeysville.




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.



March Mobile Career Center Calendar:


March 17 *


White Marsh Branch

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

Rosedale Branch

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

*Please Note: These scheduled visits have been cancelled due to weather.


March 21



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


March 24


North Point

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

Sollers Point

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


March 31



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



April Mobile Career Center Calendar:


April 17


White Marsh Branch

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

Rosedale Branch

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


April 21


Reisterstown Branch

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


April 28


Lansdowne Branch

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


April 29


North Point Branch

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

Sollers Point Branch

12:30 p.m. - 3:15 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


Teen Tech Week DIY @ Your Library March 9 -15






What's this maker movement all about?  Come find out at Innovate at Your Library! on Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Towson.  Learn about the maker community and meet local makers.



Learn about health and nutrition at North Point and Woodlawn with Fit and Fun Club and Snacks in the Stacks.  Become an engineer with Wii Remote into Smartboard at Arbutus, Catonsville, Rosedale, Towson or Woodlawn; Rocketry with Bottle Rocket Construction at Essex, Hereford, North Point, Reisterstown, Rosedale or Woodlawn; or Engineering with Robots at Randallstown.  Practice your mastery of gaming technology at Lansdowne, Rosedale or Sollers Point.  Show off your talent at Open Mic nights at Hereford, Perry Hall or Rosedale; watch anime at Cockeysville, North Point or Reisterstown; discuss books or share your own writing at Catonsville, Cockeysville, Hereford or Rosedale, and do a variety of crafts at North Point, Owings Mills, Parkville, Perry Hall, Pikesville or Randallstown!  Remember to celebrate Teen Tech Week with us at Owings Mills by putting on your Book Face.



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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