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By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | October 28, 2005
Diane Chesley was listening to the radio in her car and heard mention of a new book. The Columbia resident decided to make a detour to the east Columbia Branch Library before heading home. "At first I thought about going to the bookstore," Chesley said. "Then I remembered I can go to the library and I don't have to pay for it." Free access to books is only one of the draws for Chesley and other residents that use the Howard County library system, which this year was rated first in the country by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings among libraries serving communities of 250,000 to 499,999.
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August 7, 2013
More and more, the last things on the minds of patrons strolling into Baltimore County's public libraries are books - you know, those quaint, bound collections of paper pages stacked on shelves. Computer stations and audiobooks were the early library offerings for which no trees were felled. Now, it's e-books and e-readers that patrons want. The county library system is working to meet the challenge of customers who expect more, who do not want to turn pages, but to click buttons on their Nooks, Kindles, iPads or home computers.
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NEWS
July 19, 1995
An obituary in yesterday's editions of The Sun incorrectly stated the number of branches in the Anne Arundel County library system. There are 15.The Sun regrets the error.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sara Toth and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
What's the hardest lesson you've learned so far? "That failure can be the best lesson of all. " What's a fact about you that will surprise people? "I'm trained as an opera singer. " What do you do to relax? "Yoga. " Your (other) dream job would be ... "Philanthropist. " What's on your playlist? "Fun., Coldplay, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Andrea Bocelli, Broadway, Vivaldi. " What is your favorite book? "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," by Alexander McCall Smith What's your favorite vacation destination?
NEWS
By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Staff Writer | February 17, 1992
They were lined up 10 deep in Towson yesterday, but not to buy tickets to an Oriole game or a rock concert.Patrons were patiently waiting to check out armloads of books at Baltimore County's Towson branch library, which has seen a 250 percent increase in Sunday circulation as a result of cuts in service elsewhere."
NEWS
July 27, 2003
The James F. Knott Construction Co. of Baltimore will renovate and expand the Eldersburg branch of Carroll County library system. The company's bid of $959,000 was the lowest of nine for the project, said Tom Rio, chief of the county's construction bureau. The design, which would add 2,500 square feet to the 20-year- old building, includes a covered entrance, parking lot improvements, doubling the size of the community room and enlarging the children's department. Construction is expected to start later this summer and last about a year.
NEWS
By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | December 2, 2003
In an effort to keep library patrons from viewing pornography and other potentially offensive content on Internet sites, the Anne Arundel County Library Board of Trustees is installing filters on all of its library computers. The board's decision last week follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the summer allowing Congress to tie some funding to whether a library system has filters on its computers restricting access to pornography. The Anne Arundel County library system initially decided this year not to use filters because library officials worried about restricting free speech, but the trustees revisited that decision after the Supreme Court's ruling.
NEWS
By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | February 5, 1996
Nine months since the Carroll County library system introduced Internet access at its five branches, library officials are making plans to expand the range of on-line information services.Within two months, library users will be able to link up to the World Wide Web, a fast-growing graphic-oriented segment of the Internet.Computer terminals in the county's library branches already provide access to text on the Internet, a worldwide network used by an estimated 30 million people. New software will allow county library users to tap into the graphically designed Web sites.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun Reporter | May 26, 2007
Mary Lou Dewey, an advocate for libraries for more than 50 years who helped set up the Carroll County library system, died of cancer complications Tuesday at Dove House Hospice Center. The Westminster resident was 79. Born Mary Louise Karcher in Coral Gables, Fla., she was an only child who embraced books and reading. "Her imagination soared when she read. She loved books: the classics, mysteries, fiction and biographies," said her daughter, Elizabeth Branner Dewey, who lives in Phoenix, Ariz.
NEWS
By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,Sun reporter | January 12, 2007
Loafing in the library to read a book is hopelessly old-fashioned in light of the Anne Arundel County Library System's latest innovation: allowing patrons to download videos and movies from their home computers. Starting on Monday, cardholders at the 15 branches will have free access to an online program known as MyLibraryTV. Library officials said the county is among the first subscribers in the state to the new product developed by a private company, Recorded Books. Health, travel and cooking shows will also be available in the county's collection of more than 400 programs.
EXPLORE
June 19, 2013
On page 6 of the June 13 Columbia Flier, on lower half of the page, the headline was "Howard Library System receives magazine's honor. " A very innocuous and deceptive lead to announcing that Howard County Library was named 2013 Library of the Year! Our library is designated number one out of 21,000 public libraries in the United States, Canada and Mexico by the well-regarded Library Journal and the Flier doesn't have even a banner notice on the front page, or an honest, congratulatory headline for the article?
NEWS
March 13, 2013
The Baltimore County Public Library has named a new branch manager for the Perry Hall Library. Cindy Kleback, a 15-year veteran of library work, was announced Tuesday as the new manager at the Perry Hall branch, 9685 Honeygo Blvd. Library officials said that prior to joining the county library system, Kleback worked at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore for nine years, and most recently served as branch manager of the Southeast Anchor Library in Highlandtown, where she was on staff when the library opened in 2007.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2011
Most of Anne Arundel County's 15 libraries opened before anyone thought about computer literacy — and four of them opened before astronauts walked on the moon. Over a half-century, county residents have drastically changed the way they use libraries. They're not just about books anymore. Public computers, meeting space and study zones are the hot tickets, and the facilities are home to activities as diverse as antique car clubs and employment assistance services. Library officials say it's clear that most of their facilities weren't designed for such uses, and are looking for ways to improve the system.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | August 25, 2009
2 From the time volunteers founded the Arbutus Library 61 years ago, it has grown and served its neighborhood. From the basement of a hardware store, the floor above a supermarket and the entrance to a business park, the library has participated in the life of its southwestern Baltimore County community. Today, the county breaks ground on a $4.3 million, 25,000-square-foot branch that will still have local ties at its core. "Wherever it was, the library was always the heart of Arbutus," said Gail Ross, branch manager.
NEWS
March 19, 2008
Library marks service anniversary The Anne Arundel County Public Library will join with the Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Library Development and Services and other Maryland libraries today to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Maryland AskUsNow! The free, online interactive reference service is available 24/7 from library Web sites throughout the state, including www.aacpl.net. To date, the AskUsNow staff of librarians has answered more than 230,000 questions from individuals seeking answers to questions, research guidance or help navigating the Internet.
NEWS
By Jennifer Choi and Jennifer Choi,SUN REPORTER | October 19, 2007
Bonnie Pogash grew up in Randallstown, and she remembers getting kicked out of the community library about four decades ago as a teenager for giggling too loudly. Today, no one seems to mind a little youthful chatter in the library. As the Randallstown library marks its 40th birthday this week, some are reflecting on how the community institution has changed over the years. What started as a trailer with 5,000 books and survived a fire six years ago has emerged with an updated layout and decor, and additional services to meet the needs of a changing clientele.
NEWS
By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | March 9, 2001
Eldersburg library patrons could soon be taking out a cup of coffee with the latest John Grisham and Harry Potter novels. Carroll County Public Library is considering adding a vending machine area to the bustling South Carroll branch when a 3,000-square- foot expansion and renovation are complete. "The rule at libraries was always that you have to shush and you can't eat," said library director Linda Mielke, who presided over a recent library board meeting where the issue was discussed.
NEWS
By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | October 24, 1997
Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary announced yesterday that the county schools may receive most of an unanticipated $11.2 million surplus from last year's budget.The county had more money left over than it expected from the 1997 fiscal year because the economy performed better than county budget officials thought it would, Gary said."I am delighted to be able to put additional moneys into education, particularly into the textbook fund," Gary said.With the approval of the County Council, the money will go to these areas:More than $5 million will go to move up school renovation projects, including those scheduled at Brooklyn Park Middle School and Belvedere Elementary School.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun Reporter | May 26, 2007
Mary Lou Dewey, an advocate for libraries for more than 50 years who helped set up the Carroll County library system, died of cancer complications Tuesday at Dove House Hospice Center. The Westminster resident was 79. Born Mary Louise Karcher in Coral Gables, Fla., she was an only child who embraced books and reading. "Her imagination soared when she read. She loved books: the classics, mysteries, fiction and biographies," said her daughter, Elizabeth Branner Dewey, who lives in Phoenix, Ariz.
NEWS
By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,Sun reporter | January 12, 2007
Loafing in the library to read a book is hopelessly old-fashioned in light of the Anne Arundel County Library System's latest innovation: allowing patrons to download videos and movies from their home computers. Starting on Monday, cardholders at the 15 branches will have free access to an online program known as MyLibraryTV. Library officials said the county is among the first subscribers in the state to the new product developed by a private company, Recorded Books. Health, travel and cooking shows will also be available in the county's collection of more than 400 programs.
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