"Why I Support the Library Foundation"

Library trustee, Simmona Simmons, standing in front of a shelf of books while holding "Bright, Precious Days" by Jay McInerneyLong time Anne Arundel County Public Library Trustee Simmona Simmons knows a lot about libraries. A Special Projects Librarian at UMBC’s Kuhn Library in Catonsville, where she’s worked since her undergraduate days, Simmona has first-hand knowledge of the challenges and satisfactions of working in a large research library.

Simmona accepted the invitation to be on AACPL’s Board in part because she wanted to learn more about how public libraries operate and the way they serve their customers.

“University libraries are focused on making sure students and staff have access to scholarly journals, books and databases--all the things that give them the information they need for research,” Simmona explained. “Public libraries have a broader mission—to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities, with many different interests,” she added.

A Severna Park resident since she was a young girl, Simmona remembers going to the Severna Park Library when it was located in a house, before the current location was built. “I didn’t go to the library a lot as a young child, but when I learned to drive I visited much more. I loved to go to read magazines and check out books.”

Simmona has words of praise for what’s available at the library in addition to reading materials, “I think some of the most important services at our library are the homework resources and the help with resumes and job searching. Our library does so much more than just supply books.”

When asked why she supports the Library Foundation, Simmona quickly answered, “Because I am very impressed with Anne Arundel’s libraries. I know we use our resources well. I would compare it to any library system in the state in terms of how we maximize the funding we receive.”

Picture: Trustee Simmona Simmons at the Severna Park Community Library.

Photo by Karen Mansbridge.