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If you're a parent, you've laid down next to your little one, cracked open a bed time story and read to them as they fell asleep after a busy day of life.

Then there's a man, wearing a jail jumpsuit, tats from head to toe, reading "Cat in the Hat" to his 3-year-old sitting on his lap. The Anne Arundel County Public Library uses words to unlock a new world at the Ordnance Road Correctional Center in Glen Burnie. 

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Tripp, the author of the American Girl series, spoke to young girls at Broadneck Community Library this week. As she revealed secrets of the doll empire, Tripp encouraged the elementary-aged girls to use their own life as inspiration for creative endeavors.

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Megan Vissari and her two young boys know their way around a library.

They typically go to one of the county’s branches at least once a week and hit the bookshelves first — the Summer Reading Club is a family favorite.

But recently she and her boys, 3 and 5 years old, have been playing more games at the library.

On Wednesday, she and her son Adam, 3, were playing a game that required him to match letters of the alphabet. The activity is one of many at Anne Arundel County Library’s Discovery Docks, which are new and improved education areas for young children.

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For the last two decades, the Harry Potter series captivated the attention of children and adults, prompting people to flip through the adventure-filled books from sunset to sunrise and stand in long lines for midnight releases.

The British author J.K. Rowling wrote the seven-book series about a young wizard's journey of self-discovery through his battles against an oppressive and powerful villain.

At Anne Arundel County public libraries, Harry Potter books are among the top-circulating ones every month. They inspire young children to read above their grade level, local librarians said.

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Former Harlem Globetrotter and Maryland-native Spencer "Spinny" Johnson took his basketball-inspired positivity to Glen Burnie Regional Library on Thursday to promote education and healthy lifestyles.

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Summer starting to drag? Here is some new fun with a bit of learning to the rescue. Kids can now check out special tablets with educational apps from all Anne Arundel County Public Libraries. The libraries are also now offering Rosetta Stone Library Solution so both parents and kids can start to learn a new language.

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Nothing is set in stone yet. But, if things go according to plan, the community will have gained a major asset: a handsome new building to replace the current Annapolis Regional Library on West Street.

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The public got its first look at plans for the new Annapolis Regional Library on Tuesday night.

Architects and planners laid out the exterior design and interior detail for the $24 million project, which would replace the current library at 1410 West St.

But none of it is set in stone.

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Summer Reading Club

All Ages Program Includes Concerts, Performers and Virtual Reality

(June 1, 2017--Annapolis, Md.) – Officials for the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) today announced the launch of this year’s Summer Reading Club themed, Build a Better World. The free program features concerts, performances and workshops for people of every age and will run until August 5.

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Unveils Latino Outreach Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 15, 2016) – Officials from the Anne Arundel County Public Library today announced their lineup of events and activities to mark National Hispanic Heritage Month.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 14, 2016) -- The Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) is once again blurring the lines between fashion, technology and education by hosting its second annual wearable electronic showcase.       

Objects can be Printed at Three County Libraries at Minimal Cost

       (September 12, 2016 -Annapolis, Md.) –Anne Arundel County Public Library officials today announced a new 3-D printing service at three of its locations. Customers can now print objects using the Library’s new 3-D printers at minimal cost at the Annapolis, Glen Burnie and Odenton Regional branches.

Customers Can Learn 30 Languages on PC, Mac or Android Mobile Device

 (July 15, 2016–Annapolis, Md.) Officials with the Anne Arundel County Public Library today began offering Rosetta Stone Library Solution, the popular and fun language learning software.

Tablets Funded in Part by Library Foundation Event

(July 14, 2016–Annapolis, Md.) Officials with the Anne Arundel County Public Library today announced that the library’s youngest customers can now enjoy new Playaway Launchpads at all branches. Only previously available as part of a pilot program at three libraries, these special Android tablets for children feature high quality, pre-loaded learning apps.

Annapolitan Donald Roland to Lead Group, Glen Burnie Resident Joins Board

       (June 24, 2016 -Annapolis, Md.) The Anne Arundel County Public Library Board of Trustees recently elected its FY 2017 executive committee and approved a new member at its June meeting. The slate of officers include:

Officials for the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) today annouced that the Anne Arundel County Council has approved proposed increases in funding for the library system.

  (June 6, 2016 -Annapolis, Md.) Officials for the Anne Arundel County Public Library  (AACPL) today opened registration for this year’s Summer Reading Club. The program includes an exciting lineup of performers, concerts and activities from late June until August 13 and features great prizes and even free books!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 23, 2016) – Officials for the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) announced today that the Severn Community Library will be closed for maintenance on Saturday, June 4.

The library’s bookdrop will remain open during the closure and customers are encouraged to visit the nearby Odenton Regional Library at 1325 Annapolis Rd., or the Maryland City at Russett Community Library at 3501 Russett Common.

June 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Annapolis High School.

The architectural team from Wheeler Goodman Masek Architecture, as well as county and library officials, will share the initial site plans for the new Annapolis Library. After the 45-minute presentation, a question-and-answer session will follow. Sign language and Spanish-language interpreter services will be available.

The current Annapolis Regional Library is expected to close in Summer 2017 with the new facility scheduled to open in early 2019. We look forward to providing the residents of Anne Arundel County with a modern library that serves the needs of everyone in our community.

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