On a perfect day, many choose to stay inside at library


November 03, 1994|By JONI GUHNE

Last Sunday's perfect autumn weather evoked oohs and ahhs, and for the Redskins, ahead of Philadelphia at half time, hurrahs.

But a surprising number of county residents were observing the "Keep Silent" sign in the county's four largest branch libraries: Annapolis, Crofton, North County and Severna Park.

The scene inside the Severna Park branch was one of quiet industry, a subtle excitement filling the room like sunlight through the falling leaves.

"Sundays are a high intensity time, very busy," said branch manager Susan Schmidt. "Sunday is an especially popular time for families and those who work during the week."

Often, between 700 and 800 people visit the library during its four hours on Sunday.

Just compare that number to Friday when, during an 8-hour period, 650 people were counted.

The library is open seven days a week, year-round, unlike some other systems in the state that close on Sundays during the summer, said Schmidt.

* A Teddy Bear Storytime is planned for 2- to 6-year-olds at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Severna Park branch.

Guest reader Julia Ann Jung of Severna Park will show some of her own unique teddy bears.

You can create your own Storytime at home with Read-to-Me kits which contain books, cassettes, puppets and activity ideas. The kits are available for a three-week loan period at Severna Park.

Information: 222-6290.


If you prefer to own your books, stop by the Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday in Park Plaza, next door to the Cosmetic Center.

It is sponsored by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women, which will use the proceeds to pay for scholarships.

Information: 859-1904.


Brownie Troop 214 has completed a project for "Make


pTC Difference" week at Benfield Elementary School.

The second-graders decorated food donation boxes for each classroom, and delivered the donations to Bruce Michalec, director of the county's food bank.


Learn how to create holiday floral arrangements from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop on Ritchie Highway.

Mickey Dutrow will be the instructor. Call 544-0568 for more information.


The Rev. Dr. Sandra M. Thomas will be installed as associate pastor of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday. A reception will follow.

Information: 647-2550.

* In 1954, Dwight Eisenhower was president, Marlon Brando won an Oscar, the Yankees had their grip on baseball's championship broken by the Giants and the Child Development Center at Woods Memorial opened its doors.

That, believe it or not, makes its first participants 45 years old. Many of the center's records have been lost and the church would like to know what happened to the earliest members of the center.

If you have any information, call 647-9623.


Temple Beth Shalom has scheduled its annual Hanukkah Bazaar for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

For sale will be menorahs, gelt, books and toys, dreidels and decorations.

The temple is at 1461 B & A Blvd. in Arnold.


Did you know that members of the Jewish community volunteer each year to work for their Christian neighbors on Christmas Day?

They fill in in at numerous establishments -- nursing homes, Sarah's House, hospitals -- answering phones, working registration desks and other tasks.

Information: 974-6231.


It wouldn't be Thanksgiving time without the arrival of Florida oranges and grapefruit, courtesy of the Severn River Lions Club, which boasts, "72-hours From Tree to Table."

Deadline for ordering is Nov. 12; pickup at Severna Park High School is Nov. 19.

Call 544-869.


A reminder: The Greater Severna Park Council will meet at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, instead of the library, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.


And one more reminder: to report noisy aircraft, call the BWI Noise Complaint number: 859-7021. Knowing the time, direction, type of aircraft (jet, prop, helicopter, etc.) and any other details helps.

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