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Libraries are a great resource for books and DVDs, but fishing equipment? One branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) is offering just that.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources approached AACPL about starting a fishing pole loaner program, and it was launched in late April.

Fishing poles can only be checked out and returned to the Mountain Road Community Library, located at 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena.

Because of the library's proximity to Downs Park and other popular spots for anglers, the program is turning out to be very popular.

AACPL spokesperson Christine Feldmann says 62 people have checked out poles, which they can keep for up to two weeks.

One mother checked out fishing poles to take on a trip to Pennsylvania with her two sons. She was thrilled, she told the library, because while they were fishing, her sons didn't fight and they didn't ask to use their electronics.

Another customer checked out all 8 of the fishing poles that are available for borrowing, to use while she had relatives visiting from out of town.

“The mission of the Anne Arundel County Public Library is to educate, enrich and inspire our customers,” said Hampton “Skip” Auld, the Library CEO. “Given this county’s extensive shoreline and interest in water activities, we feel like this program is a good fit,” he added.

Here are the guidelines for borrowing fishing poles from AACPL:

"Fishing poles are checked out for two weeks and a fine of $1 per day will be assessed if returned late. Borrowers must have a library card with Anne Arundel County Public Library and assume all responsibility of the fishing pole and accessories. The library will not be held liable for any injury due to the fishing pole. Any fishing pole not returned will result in a replacement fee of $15. Fishing poles cannot be returned in the book drop, or left outside the library.  There will be a $5 fee for fishing poles not returned to the circulation desk." 

Capital Gazette - by

Anne Arundel County's archaeological attic is chock full of pieces of our history and now there are three new ways to show some of it off.

Now, not all of the county's 3.2 million artifacts are worthy of show-and-tell for a general audience, chards of pottery, beads, and such. But many the county has unearthed in pursuit of the story of us are worth a look.

The county Cultural Resources Division, part of the Department of Planning and Zoning, on Tuesday unveiled a permanent display case at the department's permit center that will house a rotating exhibit of finds. The project is in partnership with the Lost Towns Project and Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, with help from a wide variety of other organizations.

The partnership with the Anne Arundel County Library System is nothing new. Aside from the kiosk project, which will be on display at the Annapolis Branch Library first, the Cultural Resources Division and the library have a vast collection of historic, cultural and archaeological books, which are available to the public.

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Architects and library officials on Tuesday evening unveiled details of the interior layout of the new $24 million Annapolis Regional Library slated to open at the end of 2019.

The new 32,500-square-foot facility will be built on the site of the existing library, though closer to West Street in Annapolis. The old building, built in 1965, is due to be demolished early next year.

A public meeting held last June discussed the exterior design and the rough layout of the interior. Tuesday night's meeting at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts presented the nitty gritty interior layout.

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A patron visiting the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library this week can't help but notice the unusual display in the center of the main room.

It's a bookworm's dream.

Community Policing Dispatch - by

Dozens of children gather around Corporal Russell Ziebell to show him their construction paper patrol cars, ask questions, and get hugs. Earlier, he and library associate Christeen Moore read stories about police as part of ‘Community Helpers’ Preschool Storytime, a library program for children to build early literacy skills needed for school readiness.

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Mountain Road Community Library hosted a concert last week. Similar to most concerts, it incorporated music and emotion, however, this unique performance also included American Sign Language.

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The Severna Park Library hosted a Real World STEM event to get second and third grade students involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with hands on experience.

Baltimore Sun - by

Under Gov. Larry Hogan's proposed budget for fiscal 2018, Annapolis doesn't receive an increase in money the state pays to help cover the costs of being the capital city. But the governor is proposing $1 million for a new Annapolis library.

Latest Press Release

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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3,800-Square-Foot-Facility To Be Open Early Spring 2018

(May 8, 2017–Annapolis, Md.) Officials with the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) today announced that the Monarch Academy Annapolis campus will serve as the temporary location for the Annapolis Regional Library while the facility is being rebuilt. Starting in early spring 2018, the library will occupy 3,800 square feet at the new public charter school located at 2000 Capital Drive in Annapolis. 

  (May 2, 2017–Annapolis, Md.)  Officials with the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) recently annouced a partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools to provide 1,000 Baby Learns to Read bags to first time parents at Anne Arundel Medical Center and University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.  Unveiled at the April 19 Board of Education meeting, the bags promote a love of communication, language and literacy as well as help parents bond with their child.


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

500 New Board Books in Four Top Languages 

Library Launches Fishing Pole Loaner Program

(April 6, 2017 -Annapolis, MD) Just in time for summer, anglers are invited to tackle fishing skills on the Chesapeake Bay with poles that can be checked out like library books.     

Fishing pole loaner

Brian Zagalsky of Annapolis Middle School Wins $500 Prize

(March 13, 2017 Annapolis, Md.) Officials from the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) announced today the inaugural winner of the Local History Project contest. Brian Zagalsky, an eighth grader at Annapolis Middle School, received the honor for his project on the history of rockfish in our area. He received a $500 prize.

Brian Zagalsky displays his winning exhibit on rockfish

Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) officials today announced an updated timeline for construction of the new Annapolis Regional Library. Demolition of the current facility will take place in March 2018 with the new building expecting to be open in late 2019. 

Families and history lovers are invited to learn more about the County’s namesake at a special free public screening of new a 30-minute documentary featuring the life of Lady Anne Arundel.

Book on African American Female Mathematicians at NASA to be Released as Movie