Libraries offer services

July 08, 1992

The county public library system is one of the busiest in the nation, with 14 branches providing a variety of information and entertainment.

The system's inventory includes about 300,000 books and magazines for all reading levels, 10,000 records, and 1,500 cassettes for children. Regular story times are scheduled for children between the ages of 2 and 5.

Many branches show children's movies, and the Summer Reading Program offers activities, games, presentations and demonstrations to encourage reading.

The system also has 25,000 reference books, and the staff is trained to help people find materials and information.

The public may also telephone for assistance.

Readers may choose from 500,000 books, including science fiction, mysteries, best-sellers, self-help books and others; 3,000 magazines and newspapers; 50,000 records, 25,000 cassettes and compact discs; and 5,000 videocassettes of movies and instructional tapes.

Some of the area's resources include the general periodicals on disc at the Crofton branch, including 1,100 magazine titles; the Health Index Plus, Mammals Encyclopedia and Compton's Multi-Media Encyclopedia, all located at Edgewater branch; and the Business Index on CD-ROM at the Annapolis and North County branches. 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 current address.

Children younger than 16 need the signature of a parent or guardian, who must accompany the child to the library and present the above information. If proper identification is not available, library cards can be mailed.

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