$10.5 million library budget towers over that 20 cent late fine CENTRAL COUNTY-- Arnold * Broadneck * Crownsville * Millersville

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July 29, 1993|By JONI GUHNE

The total operating budget for the Anne Arundel County public libraries makes some very interesting reading.

In effect from July 1, 1993, to June 30, 1994, the new budget for the 14-branch system is $10.5 million. (No wonder the daily late fine has been raised to 20 cents a book.)

It breaks down this way: personnel, $8 million (that's the last time I feel bad about asking one of them a question); supplies and materials, $1.9 million; leases on library buildings and equipment maintenance, $500,000; maintenance and repair of delivery vehicles and mileage, $60,000; and new equipment, $150,000.

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Severna Park High School graduates Tiffani Baldwin, Pam Diedrich and Ben Lambert (you've seen these ultra-talented teens on every stage in the county) and SPHS students Jason Erwin, Julia Osborne, Raymond Perry and Mike Wright are among the 27 high school and college students featured in "42nd Street" at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre.

With an 8:30 p.m. curtain Mondays through Wednesdays through Aug. 18, this Broadway musical features the tap dancing of director/choreographer Bobbi Smith.

Tickets are $7, and reservations are suggested. Call 268-9212 or 268-0809.

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The Republican Club of Anne Arundel County will not conduct its regular Thursday breakfast meetings during August. Information: 647-1662.

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Students planning to attend Anne Arundel Community College this fall and their families may attend one of three free orientations in August.

The sessions, which require reservations, are scheduled for 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Aug. 17 and Aug. 28, and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 25. Information: 541-2307.

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If your kids have reached the "I'm bored" stage, try this idea from parents at Jones Elementary School.

Each child makes a list of activities that can be done alone and don't require a trip to the store or full-time attention from a parent, such as listening to a favorite tape, writing a poem, planning a trip or going for a bike ride.

The slips are placed in a jar. As your child draws a slip from the jar, sometimes just the suspense of not knowing what might come out adds a little zip to the day.

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Five years ago, Patrick Maguire was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The doctors gave him three months to live.

Today, after surviving radiation, chemotherapy and three operations, the 25-year-old's mother, Emma, considers him her "miracle child."

Paralyzed on his right side as a result of the third operation and unable to speak, the Pasadena resident communicates with the help of a Macintosh computer with VIEWKEY software.

Using a mouse with his left hand, Mr. Maguire selects a letter, word or phrase that he wants to say, and the computer voice "speaks" for him.

Hospice of the Chesapeake in Millersville has leased the computer for its client from Volunteers for Medical Engineering Inc.

The mission of VME, a national nonprofit organization based at the Montebello Rehabilitation Hospital in Baltimore, is "to apply technology in the solution to problems faced by people with disabilities" with the help of volunteer engineers and technicians working with medical professionals.

Hospice of the Chesapeake can be reached at 410-987-2003.

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