Speak for the Library at the Upcoming County Budget Town Halls

Have your say...on the future of libraries

We invite you to speak on the importance of library service in our community at a series of upcoming Town Hall meetings in your area.

  • February 27 at Southern High School (Crofton, Deale, Edgewater Libraries)
  • March 5 at Arundel High School (Odenton and Maryland City at Russett Libraries)
  • March 7 at Glen Burnie High School (Glen Burnie Library)
  • March 12 at Northeast High School (Riviera Beach and Mountain Road Libraries)
  • March 20 at Lindale Middle School (Brooklyn Park, Linthicum, Severn Libraries)
  • March 26 at Severna Park High School (Severna Park and Broadneck Libraries)
  • March 28 at Annapolis High School (Annapolis, Discoveries: The Library at the Mall and Eastport-Annapolis Neck Libraries

All meetings are from 6-8 pm. People interested in testifying should arrive between 5:15-5:30 pm to sign up.

For the past 20 years, public libraries in America have been in the midst of revolutionary transformation. The new Annapolis Library will kick off a renaissance in our county of public library services, resources and programs. No longer just a repository of materials to check out, our new libraries will be community hubs where people’s lives will blossom and grow. Our mission is to educate, to enrich and to inspire!

The Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) depends on the county for nearly 85% of its operating budget.  The remaining amounts come from state funding, fine revenue and other sources.  While the county executive and county council members have many competing priorities each working to make Anne Arundel County the best place, we believe the library provides life-transforming services that serve every age and stage of life.

In an effort of greater transparency, AACPL is sharing with its customers and county residents its FY 2020 budget request of Anne Arundel County. We invite you to see where your tax dollars go and our wishes for additional funding next year. In addition to maintaining our baseline budget, we’ve also asked for supplemental and capital funding for the following items:

  • Permanent status of Discoveries: The Library at the Mall
  • Accelerated funding for the replacement of the Glen Burnie Library
  • Building of a new library in the mid county area
  • A $2 million increase in funding, over four years, for materials (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.)
  • Elimination of fines on children’s materials
  • Assistance in meeting its Actuarially Determined Contribution (ADC) required to fund its Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Liability
  • An increase in marketing and advertising dollars to make all 220,000 households in the county aware of library services and resources. 
  • Four library staff with Spanish language skills, a mobile outreach vehicle and two staff members to run its outreach program and a social worker to serve the libraries
  • Staff recognition and training programs and a supporting staff member
  • Additional staff for the finance, human resources, fundraising efforts and strategic data analysis

If you can’t attend one of these meetings, please contact your county council member or the county executive and register your support of the library. Not sure who your council member is? Find out!

Thanks for your support of Anne Arundel County Public Libraries.