Brooklyn Park is doubly blessed with libraries


June 20, 1999|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ONE OF the great things about living in Brooklyn Park is having easy access to two library systems.

The Brooklyn Park branch of the county library system is right in the center of BP, and the Brooklyn branch of the Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library is a short walk from the county line.

For children in kindergarten to eighth grade, it means being able to participate in two summer library programs.

"Catch the Reading Wave," the county program, begins tomorrow at the library, 1 E. 11th Ave. Participants may register at any time, even after the program has started.

Each pupil will receive a game board to record reading progress, as well as coupons, passes to area attractions and an activity sheet.

When pupils register for the program, they will help their school compete for the Chesapeake Cup, awarded to one public and one private school in the county with the highest percentage of students enrolled.

The county library will also hold several summer events, the first of which is at 2 p.m. June 28: "What's the Matter: Chemistry with Fizz, Foam and Flash," presented by the Maryland Science Center.

Children can learn about the matter, physical changes and chemical reactions.

Information on the county summer reading program: 410-222-6260.

The Brooklyn Branch begins its summer series -- programs will be held at noon each Tuesday in July -- with a reading of "Scrumptious Stories, Delicious Poems, and Appetizing Rhymes."

Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to bring a lunch, eat with the librarians and listen. Soft drinks will be provided.

The branch is at 300 E. Patapsco Ave.

Information: 410-396-1120.

Congratulations, graduates

Belle Grove Elementary, Brooklyn Park Elementary and Park Elementary schools bid farewell to their sixth-graders June 14.

At the Belle Grove ceremonies, Keith Nicholson was honored for having the highest grade-point average among the graduates. Danielle Cowan, Sarah Moore and Courtney Kodek received the President's Award for Academic Excellence.

Brooklyn Park Elementary honored Alexander Eugene Brown and Arnita Wilson for having perfect attendance throughout their academic careers. Neither pupil has missed a day of school since the first day of kindergarten.

Presidential Academic Fitness Awards were presented to Amy Lynn Arvin, Paris J. Austin, Nicole Balzanna, Brandon Blockinger, Christopher Booth, Stefanie Chisolm.

Also, Sabrina Hadaway, Kiersten Hagopian, Trish Hines, Jamal Jones, Joey Lambert, Brittany Lance, Adam Lindley, Gregory Mangum, Cameron Mason, Nicole Maxwell, Colleen Mueller, Beth Mullins, William Murphy V, Terry Pham, Natasha Plath, Arnita Wilson and Moriah Woods.

Awards for Excellence in Art Production went to Joseph Johnson, Stefanie Chisolm, Adam Lindley, Jessica Phillips, Michael Steadman and Moriah Woods.

Good Citizen Awards went to Christopher Booth, Ashely Horner, Justin Jones, Gregory Mangum, Casey Smith and Arnita Wilson.

National Fitness Awards were earned by Paris Austin, Brandon Blockinger, David Cheek, Stefanie Chisolm, Michael Comegys Jr., Brittany Dunphy, Zachary Hadaway, Ashley Horner, Joseph Johnson, Jamal Jones, Brittany Lance, Adam Lindley, Gregory Mangum, John McBride Jr., Colleen Mueller, Beth Mullins, William Murphy V, Terry Pham, Aaron Smith and Timothy Wheeler.

Park Elementary also had its share of award winners. The President's Award for Academic Excellence was presented to Connie Bemrick, Warren Boorman, Ashley French, Brian Germershausen, Lauren Hahn, Katie Kosack, Adam Miller, Atrice Sewell, Megan Smith, Rachel Tenhoff, Ashley Waterbury and Janet Yau.

Kristina Lemaster and Lauren Szymanski earned Presidential Awards for Educational Improvement.

The Charles Elliott Citizenship Award was presented to Katie Kosack.

Senior news

The three leading causes of home-fire deaths among older adults are smoking accidents, faulty or misused heating equipment and cooking accidents.

A representative from the county Fire Department will speak at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at the Brooklyn Park Senior Nutrition Site on how to prevent these accidents.

All county seniors are welcome to attend. The Brooklyn Park Senior Nutrition Site is at 5503-A Ritchie Highway, in the Arundel Village Plaza.

Information: 410-222-6869.

County seniors can take advantage of free blood-pressure screenings at 9: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Morris Hills Senior Nutrition Site. Marie Bailey of the North Arundel Hospital Auxiliary will conduct the screenings.

The Morris Hills site is at 351 Arundel Corp. Road.

Information: 410-789-5807.

Variety dinner

The Taxpayers Improvement Association of Pumphrey will sponsor a Variety Dinner on Friday and Saturday at the Lloyd Keaser Center.

Take your choice of a fish or chicken dinner with two side servings of string beans, potato salad, macaroni and cheese or white shoe-peg corn. The cost is $7 a dinner.

Dinner will be served at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Can't make it to the Keaser center? Association members will deliver orders of five or more dinners to your door.

The Keaser center is at 5757 Belle Grove Road.

Information or to order: 410-789-7110, 410-636-4672 or 410-636-6115.

Classes of 1968 and 1969

The Brooklyn Park High School graduating classes of 1968 and 1969 will hold a combined reunion from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 16 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Tickets are $30. The Meros Brothers, who are also graduates of BPHS, will provide music.

Information: Tom Thompson, 410-859-1774.

Pub Date: 6/20/99

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