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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has replaced most members of the county library board of trustees, a panel that sets policy for the 19-branch system. Five of the board's seven positions are now filled by new faces following appointments Kamenetz made last week. The county executive did not reappoint two members the board had recommended for another five-year term: president Sharon Knecht and secretary Carol Buell. Both of their terms had expired last year. Knecht has been outspoken regarding the Kamenetz administration's plan to transfer 28 positions from the library system to the county's Office of Information Technology.
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By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
Anne Arundel County library officials say they may seek another site option for a new Annapolis library after one potential location was ruled out this past week. The owners of a property in Parole, on Somerville Road between Route 2 and Old Solomons Island Road, told the library that they're not interested in selling, according to Hampton "Skip" Auld, director of the library system. The library system had considered but then dismissed a location next to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard because of the potential for traffic problems and the high cost of building, Auld said.
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By Clara H. Vaughn | November 15, 2011
Laurel resident Samuel Epps IV, a political organizer for a health care workers' union, has been appointed to the seven-member board of trustees for the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. Epps was nominated for a vacant board seat by Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III, and the County Council approved the nomination Oct. 25. "Our libraries need an advocate like Mr. Epps. Someone who mentors and understands young people and helps put them on a path to success and greatness," Baker said in a statement.
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July 31, 2014
Your recent articles, "Reshaped Baltimore County library board" (July 11) and "Balto. Co. police should not have contacted Dundalk activists, chief says" (July 28), seem to be spot-on regarding the limited amount of free speech and expression that are tolerated by the Baltimore County government. The library board, a theoretically independent body, disagreed with the County Executive Kevin Kamenetz regarding the reassignment of 28 staff to the county information technology unit.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | August 5, 2013
Dwayne R. Adams, Nancy A. Brown and Rebecca S. Robinson have been to five-year terms on the Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees. Adams is a financial business manager with the Baltimore City public school system involved with management and planning and has a bachelor of science in finance from Seton Hall University. He is working on a Masters of Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University (fall 2014) and is Basileu of the Iota Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
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January 25, 2012
With so many issues pulling for our attention, it is easy to forget that thePrince George's CountyMemorial Library System is a crucial part of our community's economic and social fabric. Over the past four years, during a time of great economic hardship in our community, our library system registered a nearly 11 percent increase in visits per capita. In 2011 alone, Prince George's County libraries were visited 4.5 million times. This year, for the fourth time in as many years, the Prince George's County Memorial Library System Board of Trustees was instructed by county budget officials to submit a flat budget along with one that shows an additional 5 percent decrease in funding.
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July 2, 1992
Carroll County's library board did the right thing last week when it decided not to remove "Getting Jesus in the Mood" from the shelves of the library. The book is actually a collection of 17 short stories, some of which were previously published in well-known but small-circulation literary magazines, about emotional, physical and sexual abuse told from the perspective of the victims.The book's opponents found its imagery and language offensive and expressed concern that youngsters might mistakenly read it. The material is certainly topical, considering the number of sexual and physical abuse cases that are filed weekly in the county's courts.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff writer | October 27, 1991
Library board members are solemnly mourning the dismemberment of their 1992 budget.The Carroll County Library board of trustees reluctantly voted Wednesday to remove $135,084 from its operating budget to meet county and state cuts.The trustees narrowly avoided employee furloughs by saving small amounts in each of the remaining categories, said Martha M. Makosky, library director."It's sad, but it's the best we can do," said Westminster board member Mary Lou Dewey. "Service to the public and staff morale are the top priorities."
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff writer | March 29, 1992
Seeking alternate sources of revenue, Carroll's library board of trustees Wednesday narrowly accepted starting two new "profit centers."Trustees voted, 3-2, to operate a lawyer referral service and, on a 4-1 vote, decided to charge $1 for some videos. The fees will be upfor renewal by the board after one year."The main purpose for adding (these) is to get additional revenue," conceded Martha M. Makosky, library director. "I was personally against fees three years ago. But when you see a 24 percent reduction in your book budget, staff getting furloughed and libraries closing --not by any ill will of the legislators or commissioners -- you look at things differently."
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | November 19, 1993
A new public library in the New Windsor-Union Bridge area could pack in the books, but patrons wouldn't feel crowded, a salesman has told the Carroll County Public Library Board of Trustees.In a modular library, books are stored on rotating, circular shelves that allow thousands of volumes to be kept in a small space, said Fred E. Goodman, president of Modular Systems Inc. in Washington, D.C.The library board is considering buying a modular building as a branch for the New Windsor/Union Bridge area.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has replaced most members of the county library board of trustees, a panel that sets policy for the 19-branch system. Five of the board's seven positions are now filled by new faces following appointments Kamenetz made last week. The county executive did not reappoint two members the board had recommended for another five-year term: president Sharon Knecht and secretary Carol Buell. Both of their terms had expired last year. Knecht has been outspoken regarding the Kamenetz administration's plan to transfer 28 positions from the library system to the county's Office of Information Technology.
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March 5, 2014
As a Laurel resident, I read with great interest the Feb. 20 article in the Laurel Leader and the letter to the editor from Lindsey Baker Feb. 27, regarding the Laurel Library branch retaining the Charles Stanley name after a new building is completed. In addition to his public service, Mr. Stanley was an American Confederate Civil War veteran, having served as a private in Company B of the First Regiment, Maryland Cavalry from 1862 to 1865 (Archives of Maryland 2002). In their letter, the Laurel Historical Society references how important "it is to understand the history of our community, in order to create a better future.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 3, 2014
The Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees is searching for a candidate to be considered for appointment to the board beginning in July. The selected trustee will represent the Havre de Grace area of Harford County. Among the duties of trustees as set by state and county law are: to establish and operate the library to provide free service, to set library policy, to employ a director, to advise in the preparation of the budget and to approve the budget, to control the spending of funds, to adopt rules and regulations for use of the library and to select locations and approve plans for branch buildings.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
The long-time director of the Baltimore County library system plans to retire next June, he announced Wednesday. James H. Fish has directed the 19-branch system since 1996. Library officials say his accomplishments include expanding hours, opening new facilities, introducing e-books and creating the Storyville "learning villages" for babies and young children. The library board of trustees plans to conduct a national search to replace Fish. In a statement, Fish said he approaches his retirement with mixed emotions.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | August 5, 2013
Dwayne R. Adams, Nancy A. Brown and Rebecca S. Robinson have been to five-year terms on the Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees. Adams is a financial business manager with the Baltimore City public school system involved with management and planning and has a bachelor of science in finance from Seton Hall University. He is working on a Masters of Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University (fall 2014) and is Basileu of the Iota Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
NEWS
June 6, 2012
Regarding your recent editorial on the Harford County Public Library's decision not to purchase the book "Fifty Shades of Grey," the library did not ban the book as you claimed ("Banned in Bel Air," June 2). We strongly oppose censorship of any type and are ardent supporters of intellectual freedom - a critical and essential role for a public library in any community. The Harford County Public Library does not purchase every book that is published, and it follows our library board of trustees' materials selection policy.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2001
A bill in the House of Delegates designed to expand the pool of people who serve on Carroll County Public Library's board of trustees has been withdrawn. The Carroll delegation's bill, which would have allowed Carroll commissioners to appoint members to the voluntary board from "other sources" without the recommendation of the standing library board, had been opposed by the library board and the library director. "We have reached an understanding with the Library Board of Trustees and believe the issues can be resolved without legislation," Del. Nancy R. Stocksdale, a Republican, wrote in a letter this week withdrawing the measure.
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By John Rivera TTTCSO: Sun Staff Writer | July 18, 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.Elmer M. Jackson Jr., a former editor and vice president of the Annapolis Evening Capital and the Maryland Gazette newspapers and president of Anne Arundel's library board for more than 40 years, died yesterday of heart failure at a nursing home in Annapolis. He was 89.Mr. Jackson wrote several books, including a noted history of Annapolis, was a Naval commander during World War II, a state delegate and an Annapolis alderman.
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May 22, 2012
Restoring Sunday hours at three branches of the Harford County Public Library is a good thing. The three branches that are most likely to be reopening are Abingdon, Bel Air and one in the Route 40 corridor, according to Mary Hastler, the library director, in comments she made at last Thursday's meeting of the library board. Opening those branches makes the most sense. Abingdon and Bel Air are busy and serve the county's population center and one in the Route 40 corridor would be more convenient for those in the eastern part of Harford County.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2012
Anne Arundel County will need to spend more than $175 million over several decades to bring its library buildings up to snuff, according to a recent analysis done for the library system — and that doesn't include the cost to design and furnish them. The figure comes from a consultant's plan to overhaul the 15 library branches and the headquarters building. The system is trying to adapt as the role of its facilities changes and patrons call for more digital access and community space.
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