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 Fall 2014 Edition in PDF Format


What's Inside:



Meet BCPL's new director in Branch Briefs


Bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore


Learn from the best - Master Gardeners visit Hereford


Author talks abound


Smoking cessation at North Point and White Marsh


What goes bump in the night?  Learn from expert ghost trackers


Wine and dine with authors at a Catonsville fundraiser


Itsy bitsy yoga for little ones at Pikesville


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.


Shiver me timbers - Visit North Point Branch for a special story time celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day


Attend the Fifth Annual Community Day at Cockeysville


Connect with people all over Maryland reading The Distance Between Us in Branch Briefs




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Paula Miller


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Director Paula Miller Visits Randallstown Branch

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      Director Paula Miller visits Storyville at the Rosedale Branch


BCPL Welcomes New Director Paula Miller


Baltimore County Public Library is pleased to welcome our new director, Paula Miller.  Prior to BCPL, Ms. Miller was the director of Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado since 2006.  Before that, she served as director of the Westlake Porter Public Library, OH; administrator of the Eastern Shore Regional Library, MD; and director of the Dover Public Library, DE.  She received her MLIS from the University of Maryland. 


"I am honored to be selected as the next director for Baltimore County Public Library, and am looking forward to building on the good work and dedication of its three previous directors to ensure exceptional library service to the residents of Baltimore County," said Ms. Miller.  "I am excited to begin working with the BCPL Board, staff and community partners to explore new and emerging library needs, and to find innovative solutions that keep our libraries relevant and effective to the communities we serve.  Since my husband and I lived and worked in Maryland early in our careers, we feel a little bit like this brings us full circle.  This also brings us closer to family and our roots."


Ms. Miller is the fourth director of BCPL, and the first female director in its celebrated 67 year history.



We'll Tumbler for Ya


Streaming services have changed the way that we access information and media.  These days, there are endless online outlets offering free entertainment.  Popular services like Hulu, Spotify and Crackle provide streaming movies, music and television shows, and most networks post full episodes of their shows.  The problem is that many people don't know how to find this great content or even that it is available!


Enter BCPL's new Tumblr page!


Tumblr is a microblogging platform that is essentially a hybrid of blogging and social media.  Users can post links, videos, pictures and text.  They can also find new posts using descriptive tags or like and reblog (share) other users' posts quickly and easily.  Tumblr pages can be viewed using either the Tumblr app on a mobile device or on the Web.


BCPL's Tumblr page has a wide array of free content from across the Web.  We link only to content posted by the copyright holder and often link to materials in our collection at the same time.  We create new posts each day.  In an average week, you'll see new posts featuring a season of USA's Graceland, an album preview, a NPR podcast , a link to live coverage of Wimbledon and a classic film.  Visit our page today: http://bcpl.tumblr.com.


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One Maryland One Book


For the seventh consecutive year, everyone in Maryland has the opportunity to connect with others by reading the same book at the same time by participating in the statewide community reading program One Maryland One Book.  Pick up a copy of this year's selection, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande, and plan to join the discussions at the following branches:

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Pikesville Branch

September 17

Woodlawn Branch

September 18

Cockeysville Branch

September 29

Hereford Branch

October 1

Perry Hall Branch

October 3

North Point Branch

October 7

Reisterstown Branch

October 9

Catonsville Branch

October 16

Randallstown Branch

October 20

Rosedale Branch

November 16


November 18



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One Maryland One Book is a program of the Maryland

Humanities Council.



An Interactive exhibit presented by the Space Science Institut. DISCOVER SPACE.  VISIONS OF THE UNIVERSE:Display panels commemorating the 400th anniversary of the use of a telescope by Gallleo.SPACE ROCKS ASTEROIDS & COMETS: A Google-Earth powered interactive activity that explores the damage of an asteroid landing on your residence and an asteroid deflection game. PLANET FAMILIES TOUCH TABLES: Create your own solar systems and explore the gravitational stability. On display through October 29.  Open 7 days a week TOWSON BRANCH 320 York Road. Towson. MD 21204




Foundation Focus




Investing in the Foundation for BCPL Helps Improve Services

We count on contributions from our donors to help us continue to fund programs and projects that matter to our customers.  During Fiscal Year 2014, the Foundation for BCPL donated to a variety of causes throughout the BCPL system.  These include:


  • Purchasing enough My First Library Card backpacks for every kindergartner in Baltimore County - that's more than 8,000!


  • Helping to fund Summer Reading Club prizes, which serve as incentives for kids to read throughout the summer.  Studies have shown that reading during the summer helps kids prevent the "summer brain drain."


  • Funding repairs and replacement items for Storyville @ Rosedale and Storyville @ Woodlawn.  Maintaining both Storyville locations ensures that preschoolers and their caregivers have the best experience possible at these early childhood learning centers that are geared toward getting kids ready for school.


  • Funding the popular "Futuremakers in Residence" programs at the Hereford Branch.  FutureMakers is a collective series dedicated to creating opportunities for kids to build, experiment, take creative risks and purposefully play.  Their programs embody the core STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) principles that have been recently emphasized in schools throughout Maryland.


These are just a few examples of the projects and programs the Foundation for BCPL funds.  We simply cannot do it without the help of our donors.  Please consider making a donation today!



Shopping with a Purpose:

Doing some back-to-school or early holiday shopping online?  Want to support our favorite local library system at the same time?  Visit the Web address below to shop through Amazon Smile, and 0.5% od your purchase price will go to the Foundation for BCPL!  It's just like Amazon's regular site, with a charitable twist.  Thanks for your support!






 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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My Librarian


A librarian is available by appointment to assist you with a variety of tasks, including how to download e-books and magazines, job searching, email setup, how to manage your account and place holds with BCPL's mobile app, résumé formatting and more.  Call for an appointment.  All branches.



All Ages:


Meet and Greet a Firefighter

Come meet your local firefighters and see a demonstration of their gear as well as a fire truck tour.  Arbutus, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Lansdowne, North Point, Owings Mills, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Reisterstown, Towson, White Marsh, Woodlawn.


Juggling Funny Stories
A comedic, interactive performance combining comedy, juggling, mime and storytelling featuring Chris Fascione.  Arbutus, Randallstown, Rosesdale, and Towson.

The Magic of Money
Craig Collis uses magic, games, music and audience participation to explain to children concepts related to making choices about money: saving, spending, sharing.  Hereford


Celebrate those that are super with Superhero Story Time at Owings Mills and watch movies on Superhero Saturdays at Sollers Point.



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:


Animals on Parade
An exploration of animal movements, colors and sounds that includes live animals.  Catonsville, Hereford, Lansdowne, Loch Raven, Parkville, Pikesville, Rosedale, Sollers Point, Towson, White Marsh, Woodlawn.

Things That Go Boom
Discover the science behind sound and vibration.  See amazing color-changing chemical reactions, explore sublimation, radical reactions and more.  Randallstown, Sollers Point, White Marsh.



School-Age Children:


FutureMakers Workshop Series: It's Alive
featuring "Hypnotica: Spinning Light Machines,"  "Return of the Daleks" and "Artbot Invention Studio."  Sponsored by the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library.  Hereford

Day of the Dead
Also known as El Dia de los Muertos, this holiday is celebrated in Mexico.  Learn about the holiday and decorate traditional sugar skulls.  Catonsville


Barrel of Monkeys Bash
Join Margaret Monkey on her flying trapeze, Bobby the Baby Elephant and our cavalcade of clowns at the Beale Street Puppets circus.  Loch Raven, Pikesville, Randallstown, Reisterstown, Towson. 

Dragons and Dreams
Learn about the science of fire and ice using experiments with flash paper, exploding bottles, "cool" dry ice and more.  Arbutus, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Essex, Hereford, Lansdowne, North Point, Owings Mills, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Randallstown, Reisterstown, Sollers Point, Woodlawn. 

Full Steam Ahead
Attention, all budding architects!  Build a house of your own with everyday household items.  Owings Mills.





Find your roots with genealogy programs at Reisterstown and Rosedale.


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.


Color 101: Decorating with Color

Local interior decorator and author Rena Bullard shares basic information about color that will give you the confidence to choose colors quickly.  Sales and signings of her book, D.I.Y. Color Confidence available.  Perry Hall, White Marsh.


Meet the Author: Rafael Alvarez
Join us for an engaging book talk with Baltimore author Rafael Alvarez as he discusses his new book Tales from the Holy Land.  Towson.

Meet the Author:  Michael Olesker
The author of Front Stoops in the Fifties, JHU Press author and former Baltimore Sun columnist talks about the city he knows so well.  Pikesville, Towson.

Meet the Author:  Gerry Sandusky
The voice fo the Baltimore Ravens and sports director for WBAL TV discusses and signs his new book Forgotten Sundays.  Hereford, North Point.


The APA Presents:  AudioFile's Golden Voices Theatre

See and hear audiobook superstars perform selections from titles on the theme of changing seasons.  Cockeysville.


Brewing in the Community

An educational program about how beer is made and what it is like to run a craft brewery by a beer expert from the Heavy Seas Brewery.  Lansdowne.



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.



November Mobile Career Center Schedule:


November 6


North Point Branch

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

Sollers Point Branch

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


November 7


Reisterstown Branch

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


November 12


Loch Raven Branch

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


November 24


Lansdowne Branch

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


November 25


White Marsh Branch

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

Rosedale Branch

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




December Mobile Career Center Schedule:


December 4


North Point Branch

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

Sollers Point Branch

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


December 5


Reisterstown Branch

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


December 10


Loch Raven Branch

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


December 29


Lansdowne Branch

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


December 30


White Marsh Branch

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

Rosedale 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 Read Week - October 12 to 18 - Turn Dreams Into Reality @ Your Library

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Learn about health and nutrition at Rosedale with Fit and Fun Club.  Practice your mastery of board games, Minecraft, or other Wii & Xbox 360 games at Arbutus, Lansdowne, Rosedale, or Sollers Point, or chess at Cockeysville.  Learn about beatboxing at Lansdowne or Woodlawn, and then show off your talent at open mic night at Towson, watch anime at Cockeysville, North Point or Reisterstown, share your own writing at Cockeysville, and do a variety of crafts at Owings Mills or Rosedale!


Indulge your penchant for horror, ghost stories, the paranormal or zombies at Hereford, North Point, Reisterstown, Rosedale or Towson.


Become a maker with 3D printing or MaKey MaKey at Catonsville, Cockeysville, Hereford, Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Rosedale or Towson.  And celebrate the release of the latest Hunger Games movie at Owings Mills and Reisterstown. 




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."  Register online at www.bcpl.info/events.  Click the program title to sign up for any program where registration is required; or, call or visit the branch one week preceding the program. 


Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request.  Notice of eight business days prior to the event is requested. 


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

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Your Key to a Successful School Year


  • Books, e-Books, Audiobooks


  • Group Study Rooms


  • Research Databases


  • Historical Photo Collection


  • Ask Us Now! Chat with a Librarian 24/7


  • Brainfuse - Online Tutoring, 2 p.m. - midnight


  • Playaway Views, Pre-Loaded Video Players for Children


  • Computers with Free Internet Access


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FYI ...


Branches Closed:


Labor Day

Monday, September 1

Columbus Day

Monday, October 13

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 27



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Friday - Saturday

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1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.



Last revised: October 31, 2014