Baltimore County Digest

April 23, 2008

Library to end dial-up Internet service June 30

The Baltimore County Public Library system will stop offering dial-up Internet service subscriptions at the end of June, a library spokesman said yesterday.

Begun in 1995, the service offered inexpensive dial-up service to county residents and nonresidents and peaked at 9,000 customers.

But as Internet users have moved from dial-up access to far faster broadband connections, the subscriber list has dwindled to about 2,000 accounts, said Bob Hughes, a library system spokesman.

"That number is shrinking daily," he said, adding that library officials projected that the service would no longer pay for itself by the middle of the summer. The system will discontinue the dial-up service June 30.

"In the beginning, it was a tremendous convenience to library customers - and a convenience that we were delighted to provide," Hughes said. "But it's something that's had a wonderful run, and its time has come."

The service, which started at $50 a year for county residents and $75 for those who lived elsewhere, now costs $120 a year regardless of where a subscriber lives.

Customers will receive letters notifying them of the end of the service as subscriptions expire. Customers whose accounts do not expire before July will receive a partial refund, Hughes said.

Jennifer McMenamin

Towson

Goucher schedules Earth Day Festival

Goucher College will hold an Earth Day Festival on Saturday on the campus at 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson.

Activities include a rummage sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., an Earth Day 5-kilometer run at 11:30 a.m., vendors, artisans, live music, games, for all ages and informational displays.

Information: 410-337-6316.

Cockeysville

CCBC to hold gala for 50th anniversary

The Community College of Baltimore County will hold its 50th anniversary "Dancing With the Stars" gala at 7 p.m. Saturday at Martin's Valley Mansion in Cockeysville.

The black-tie-optional event will feature a celebration of dances from the past 50 years to the music of the Klassix. Dinner, college student performances and a silent auction will be included.

Tickets are $150.

Information: 410-285-9984.

Catonsville

Book festival planned at library

The Friends of the Catonsville Library will hold a Catonsville Book Festival beginning tomorrow at the library, 1100 Frederick Road.

Activities include a writers' symposium at 7 p.m. tomorrow, and an author's wine and cheese reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Reception tickets are $20.

A used book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Sam's Club, Baltimore National Pike and Ingleside Avenue.

Information: 410-887-0951.

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