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It's not every day that you volunteer to have a large tarantula hold onto your shirt, but that was the gumption 10-year-old Trinity Wilburn, of Crofton, had during a recent live animal show-and-tell.

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In the age of Google, tablets and Apple watches, some have questioned the value of libraries. The library has been aggressively moving into the digital age over the last decade and continues to make great strides to provide the latest technology to customers.

In his recent letter to the editor, "Libraries, digital books" (The Capital, July 11) Tim Barnum recognized the role his local library had in shifting his reading habit to eBooks. We are pleased to be of service, but his letter left issues that need to be addressed.

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Summer evening in a backyard garden, Denise Rubin said when she was a teenager with divorced parents, the character Atticus Finch seemed as real and perfect a father as a girl could have.

Beside her, Elizabeth Blair said watching the film version of Atticus cemented her career as an attorney.

Then, Lynda Harden revealed her 9-year-old grandson's middle name: Atticus.

The women came Tuesday to The Annapolis Bookstore Garden to celebrate a book they cherish, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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The hallmark of public libraries — the printed book, bound by covers and centuries of page-turning — is being shoved aside by digital doppelgangers.

Around the country, libraries are slashing their print collections in favor of e-books, prompting battles between library systems and print purists, including not only the pre-pixel generation but digital natives who represent a sizable portion of the 1.5 billion library visits a year and prefer print for serious reading.

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About 500 people turned out for a first look at the striking five-story, $64 million work of cantilevered glass and stone that juts out over the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue like the bow of a ship.

For library lovers, Saturday’s ribbon cutting was a proclamation of recovery — from the recession-era spending cuts that plagued systems in Montgomery County and across the country. County leaders hope that the new building, located in the urban core of a rapidly diversifying Maryland suburb, will be a gateway of opportunity for the low-income and immigrant communities mixed among enclaves of astonishing wealth.

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Summer reading gets tricky when you have tweens and teens. They head to the young adult section of the library where the books may or may not be right for them.

A few years ago, my 10-year-old daughter asked if she could read "The Hunger Games" trilogy since many of her friends were reading it.

I didn't really know what the books were about, but after doing some research we decided together she wasn't quite ready for the tough topics or social commentary in the series. Later, as a seventh grader, she had matured enough to read the books and thoroughly enjoyed them.

The books in the young adult section in the library — where teens and tweens often gravitate — handle a wide variety of topics and situations geared to a range of ages. This means parents need to be vigilant to ensure their teen is making good choices and doesn't end up reading books beyond their maturity level.

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When the Riviera Beach community library opened in the early 1970s, it was long before many of the modern luxuries library patrons have come to expect today.

Branch Manager Tim Burall said the building needs more computers, as well as electrical outlets for laptops and smartphones. The library, which is across the street from Northeast High School, could also benefit from private study rooms and an area specifically designated for teens

 

Friday, the branch moved one step closer to having its needs fulfilled. Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and the County Council agreed to fund a $16 million project to replace the library, one of two in Pasadena.

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Forum Set for May 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Maryland Hall

           (April 19, 2017 -Annapolis, Md.) – Officials for the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) today annouced the details of a second planned community meeting on the new Annapolis Regional Library project. Scheduled for May 16 from 7-8:30 p.m., at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, project architects and county planning officials will share a more detailed site plan for the new facility.

After the 45-minute presentation, attendees are invited to ask questions. Interpreters may be available upon request with advance notice.        

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Special bilingual Storytimes will be offered in January and February at Marley Station Mall.

Annapolis, Md. (December 26, 2014) – Officials for Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) today announced that the Broadneck Community Library will be closed on December 29-January 2, for emergency repairs. The facility is scheduled to reopen on January 3, 2015.

While the book drop will remain open during the closure, customers are reminded that they can always visit and return materials to any AACPL branch library. Nearby locations include:

Information about temporary closure of Severna Park branch library
News release on new online payment service available to customers

(October 23, 2014 – Annapolis, MD) After careful review of site selection studies and an abundance of community input, the Anne Arundel County Public Library’s Board of Trustees has voted to rebuild the Annapolis Regional Library at its current location of 1410 West Street.

The Board’s unanimous decision comes after several months of debate as to whether the new library should be built at its current location or moved to one of two possible sites along Solomons Island Road in Parole. The property owners of both of the Parole candidate sites declined to sell their land.

Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) is pleased to announce that it will host a stop of the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour, showcasing its free eBook services just outside the Crofton Community Library on Friday, October 10 from 10 am to 4 pm.
The directors of the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation (Foundation) invite all who value the county’s public library to join them in wearing their hearts on their sleeves during “For the Love of the Library,” a fund-raising event at Reynold’s Tavern in Annapolis on Thursday, April 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased through April 17 at www.libraryfirst.org.
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