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February 28, 2014
Christine Crawford, vice president of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, was recently named to the board for the The Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library. The foundation provides funding for projects that encourage children and young adults to cultivate enthusiasm for reading and learning -- such as Storyville, My First Library Card and Summer Reading Club - and raises funds for programs or projects that enhance systemwide library goals and objectives. Crawford joined the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce in July 2005 as director of membership.
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By Jacques Kelly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Richard William Parsons, a retired Baltimore County librarian who also spent nearly 50 years as a residential advocate for Towson, died of cancer Monday at his Woodbine Avenue home. He was 87. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he was the son of Thomas Parsons, a commandant of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Laura Lyons, a homemaker. He earned a bachelor's degree in Slavic languages at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and had a master's degree in library science from McGill University.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Jim Fish had a knack for management from a young age, former colleagues say - and in his 43 years as a professional librarian, he never worked as anything but a library director. The longtime administrator of the Baltimore County Public Library stepped down last month, having witnessed many changes in library technology - and in American society itself. When he began his adult career more than four decades ago, people still used card catalogs. There were no Kindles or other e-readers.
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By Kym Byrnes, For The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
If a bus-sized iron asteroid traveling at approximately 12 miles per second hit New York City, would Baltimore be spared? The answer to this and other space questions can be found in Discover Space, an interactive learning exhibit on display at the Baltimore County Public Library's Towson branch through Oct. 29. Lisa Hughes, manager of the branch on York Road, said the exhibit will appeal to patrons from elementary aged kids to seniors....
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August 30, 2012
Baltimore County Public Library will officially launch a new 3M Cloud-based e-Book lending service with an event on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. in the Towson branch on York Road. The 3M Cloud Library system service will provide Baltimore County Public Library customers a new way to borrow and read e-Books. The system includes a subscription for both digital content and in-library hardware, with applications for borrowing and reading. The 3M Cloud Library system includes more than 2,500 titles from more than 40 leading publishers including Random House, Sourcebooks and IPG. The e-Books are compatible with PCs, iPads, iPhones, Nooks and Androids.
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April 24, 2013
I enjoyed reading Shireen Younus' op-ed about rediscovering her public library ("A few words in support of libraries," April 17). Like Ms. Younus, many people have rediscovered their public library over the past few years. In the 2012 fiscal year, the Baltimore County Public Library recorded nearly 5 million in-person visits, circulated nearly 10.6 million items, set a record of over 48,400 participants in our Summer Reading Club, and added nearly 20,000 new cardholders. In the past two years, we also opened two new branches, our Sollers Point Branch and our Owings Mills Branch.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
We'll continue to update this list of cultural and commercial institutions shutting down or opening late. If you know of additional closings or delays, please note in the comments field. B&O Railroad Museum is closed. Baltimore County Public Library branches are closed. Charles Theatre is closed. Maryland Film Festival screenings for tonight at MICA ("It Felt Like Love") and AMC White Marsh ("Bad Words") are canceled. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is closed.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
The children's Storyville section of the Baltimore County Public Library's Woodlawn branch, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, will be closed Wednesday and Thursday to undergo some structural work and painting, according to library officials. The popular children's area is expected to re-open Friday, and the main Woodlawn branch will remain open during the project. Those who wish to visit a Storyville area in another county library can go to the Storyville at BCPL's Rosedale Branch, 6105 Kenwood Ave.
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October 14, 2013
Retired Lt. Col. J. Stephen and Susan Rollins of Aberdeen announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Elizabeth, to Andrew A. Goldbeck, son of James A. and Susan Goldbeck of Baltimore. Rollins graduated from The John Carroll School and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a bachelor of arts in English and a creative nonfiction minor. She is a librarian with the Baltimore County Public Library and pursuing a master's degree in library science from North Carolina Central University.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2011
The Baltimore County Public Library's Bookmobile will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Point Branch. The event, which celebrates National Library Week, will include tours for patrons of all ages and a rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at bookmobile operations. During the visit, the traveling branch will offer story times for younger children, giveaways and an appearance by Sneaks the Cat, the system's mascot. All library materials will also be available for check-out.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Restaurant chain Eggspectation plans to open early next year at Metro Centre at Owings Mills, the transit-oriented project at the Owings Mills Metro Station. The Montreal-based restaurant, which offers nearly 60 different breakfast entrees along with lunch and dinner, will join Times Square Kitchen, Fractured Prune and Subway. It has signed a lease with developer Owings Mills Transit LLC for 5,582 square feet. Additional boutiques, shops, restaurants and service-related stores are still negotiating leases at the project, managed by David S. Brown Enterprises, Ltd. Eggspectatoin runs or franchises 20 locations, including five in the Baltimore-Washington region, with one in Ellicott City, one in Silver Spring and three in Northern Virginia.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Jim Fish had a knack for management from a young age, former colleagues say - and in his 43 years as a professional librarian, he never worked as anything but a library director. The longtime administrator of the Baltimore County Public Library stepped down last month, having witnessed many changes in library technology - and in American society itself. When he began his adult career more than four decades ago, people still used card catalogs. There were no Kindles or other e-readers.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
The children's Storyville section of the Baltimore County Public Library's Woodlawn branch, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, will be closed Wednesday and Thursday to undergo some structural work and painting, according to library officials. The popular children's area is expected to re-open Friday, and the main Woodlawn branch will remain open during the project. Those who wish to visit a Storyville area in another county library can go to the Storyville at BCPL's Rosedale Branch, 6105 Kenwood Ave.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Eileen Parr, a longtime media aide at Perry Hall High School, died June 27 at Keswick Multi-Care Center of complications following a recent fall. She was 96. Eileen Schroeder was raised in Baltimore's Waverly neighborhood and attended Eastern High School, later attending college on a full scholarship. After graduation, she worked for Western Electric, then was recruited by Westinghouse and took a position as manager of a communications department. Living in Carney with her husband, Harry Frank Parr, Mrs. Parr worked for the Baltimore County Public Library system, including time at the Parkville branch, before signing on with Baltimore County's public schools.
NEWS
June 16, 2014
Monday was the last day of school for public school students in Baltimore and Baltimore County, and the rest of the area school systems will wrap up by week's end. For most students, parents and educators, this will be remembered as a challenging (and extended) year with stronger-than-usual storms stemming from both a brutal winter and a debate about education reform. Call it the year of the common snow. The temptation after such a trying nine months might be to regard the next several purely as vacation time - at least once matters of child care, summer camp or family getaways are factored in. And while there ought to be a certain amount of fun and family time in the life of every school-age child, the mistake would be to regard education purely as something that takes place only in the context of the 185-day school calendar.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
Public library advocates are questioning a Baltimore County plan to transfer library information-technology services to the county government's IT office, saying it could set a precedent that threatens the library's autonomy. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's budget includes the transfer of 28 positions in the Baltimore County Public Library system to the county's Office of Information Technology starting July 1. A County Council vote on the budget is scheduled for Thursday. Administration officials say the move is part of a long-term strategy to make government more efficient.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
A Colorado library administrator has been named director of the Baltimore County Public Library system, making her the first woman to serve in that role. Paula Miller, head of the Pikes Peak Library District in El Paso County, Colo., is set to begin the Baltimore County job this summer, the county Board of Library Trustees announced Friday. She will take over for Jim Fish, who is retiring after nearly 18 years. In a statement, Miller said she was looking forward to returning to Maryland, where she once studied and worked.
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By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2013
The new Owings Mills branch of the Baltimore County Public Library will officially open to the public on March 21. The branch   is housed in a 54,333-square-foot space at the County Campus Metro Centre at Owings Mills, 10302 Grand Central Avenue, Owings Mills. The new library is sharing space with a satellite branch of the Community College of Baltimore County, which is scheduled to open in early summer. The library will occupy the building's first three floors. The library is directly across from the parking garage connected to Metro Centre.
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Loni Ingraham | May 15, 2014
Today the Towson Library is an impressive three-story brick and concrete bastion of literacy with a tower-like rotunda, a faux dragon in a faux fish pond, and enough space to accommodate the administrative offices of the Baltimore County Public Library system. The library chalked up 475,495 visits during the last fiscal year. It remains one of the busiest branches in the BCPL system. But in 1936 its beginning was less than propitious. The first borrower was a gentleman who took out a book on taxidermy, according to a history written by Corky Ives, branch manager from 1980 to 1998.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
A Colorado library administrator has been named director of the Baltimore County Public Library system, making her the first woman to serve in that role. Paula Miller, head of the Pikes Peak Library District in El Paso County, Colo., is set to begin the Baltimore County job this summer, the county Board of Library Trustees announced Friday. She will take over for Jim Fish, who is retiring after nearly 18 years. In a statement, Miller said she was looking forward to returning to Maryland, where she once studied and worked.
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