The county public library system is one of the busiest in the nation, with 14 branches providing information and entertainment.
The system's inventory includes approximately 300,000 books and magazines for all reading levels, 10,000 records, and 1,500 cassettes for children.
There are regular story times scheduled for children betweenthe ages of 2 and 5.
In addition, many branches show children's movies,and the Summer Reading Program offers activities, games, presentations and demonstrations to encourage reading.
The system also has about 25,000 reference books, and the staff is trained to help people find materials and information. The public may also telephone for assistance.
The adult reader may choose from about 500,000 books, including science fiction, mysteries, best-sellers, self-help books and others; some 3,000 magazines and newspapers; 50,000 records, 25,000 cassettes and compact discs; and 5,000 videocassettes of movies and instructional tapes.
All that is needed is a library card.
To get one, go to any library, present a valid Maryland driver's license or other Motor Vehicle Administration identification with a
Children younger than 16 need the signature of a parent orguardian, who must accompany the child to the library and present the above information.
If proper identification is not available, library cards can be mailed.
The loan period for most library material is three weeks. Fines for materials returned late are 15 cents a day for most materials.
The maximum fine is $6 per item.
The system also offers the following special services:
* A care-a-van delivering a full range of library services to the home-bound. Call 222-6270
* TDDs for the speech and hearing-impaired. Information: 263-1366 (Eastport) or 787-0236.
* Large-print books, which make reading easier.