Balto. Co. wise to invest in its libraries

July 01, 2010

I read with interest your recent article entitled "Cockeysville library reopens after $2.2 million makeover." This recently completed addition will allow for an increase in total public space in this library while also offering the chance to improve and maximize overall public accessibility.

The improvements to the Cockeysville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) are just the most recent in a series of investments in the system. Just last year, a new branch was opened in Perry Hall, and another new branch is scheduled to open in Arbutus later this summer. In March, Storyville — a new interactive children's library — opened within the Woodlawn branch of BCPL.

During these economically challenging times, communities nationwide rely upon their public libraries more than ever. Thankfully, as Baltimore County residents have turned to their libraries, our local elected officials had the foresight to ensure sufficient funding to support this growth in use. This recognition of the importance of libraries as an essential public service will allow BCPL to continue to effectively respond to the increasing needs of Baltimore County citizens.

Jeffrey Smith, Nottingham

The writer is president of the Foundation for the Baltimore County Public Library.

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