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"Why I Support the Library Foundation"

Customers and library supporters celebrated the Odenton Library’s new creation station and teen area at an open house held on December 8. Both new areas were readied with furniture, equipment and technology made possible by grants from the library foundation.

Library foundation president Sam Brown with Odenton branch manager Carol Cason during the branch’s December 8 open house. 
Annapolis Customer Uses 3D Printing Capability to Help Find a Cure

An Annapolis-area employee of a local biotech company recently used the foundation-funded 3D printer at Discoveries: The Library at the Mall for an unusual purpose: to create a three-dimensional model of an HIV virion, the microscopic interior of the HIV virus.

American Gene Technologies staff member, Norman Rogers, with the 3D model created for him on Discoveries’ 3D printer
Why I Support the Library Foundation

Jim’s desire to support the library is based on his gratitude for what the library gives the community. “The library is a symbol of expanding knowledge. It’s a place where you can go to learn about classic literature, research a job, or study up on where you want to travel next,”

Foundation Hosts Library Retirees

The Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation welcomed retirees at its first-ever retiree reunion breakfast on October 23. The event, held at Carrol’s Creek Cafe in Annapolis, was attended by former library staff, ranging from 14 to 40 plus years of service, from throughout the county.

Group photo from retiree breakfast
Two Directors Join Foundation Board

The library foundation board of directors welcomed two new members at their September 25 meeting: Chris Nelson and Marc Rodriguez. Both are beginning three-year terms on the 19 member governing body.

Chris Nelson, president emeritus of St. John’s College and a current tutor at the school, served St. John’s for 25 years before his 2017 retirement. He has been a board member on a number of national, as well as statewide, non-proft organizations.

Foundation Board members group photo
"Why I Support the Library Foundation"

On Friday, August 10, the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library inaugurated an important new service. Made possible by a grant from Sylvia and Jim Earl through the Helena Foundation, the branch became the first in Anne Arundel County to offer portable Wi-Fi hotspots for customer checkout.

Customer checking out a wifi hotspot
Foundation Board Elects Officers, Honors Retiring Directors

At its May 15 annual meeting the Library Foundation Board of Directors elected its fiscal year 2019 slate of officers: Sam Brown, president; Chuck Ferrar, vice president; Nancy Almgren, treasurer and Trish Strott, secretary. While three of the officers are serving for a second year, Nancy Almgren was newly elected to the treasurer position, replacing director Michelle Coates who had served the maximum term as an officer.

Library Foundation officers for 2019, elected at the May 15 annual meeting: President, Sam Brown (right); Vice President, Chuck Ferrar (left); Treasurer Nancy Almgren (second from left); and Secretary Trish Strott.
Making Your Library Better at the Annapolis Library at Monarch

Library customers and students at Monarch Academy are enjoying the new comfortable children’s seating purchased by the Library Foundation. Gloria Harberts, regional manager, called it “another great example of making your library better!”

 A group of second graders from Monarch Academy, shown here, are reading and relaxing on new colorful furniture, purchased by the Library Foundation.
"Why I Support the Library Foundation"

During the 2018 fiscal year, funds donated to the library foundation enhanced services at every library branch in the county. Every one of our 16 branches were better able to serve customers because of donations made by individuals, companies, grant-making foundations and organizations.

Library customers experience foundation-funded 3D pens, a drawing tool that works like a pencil or pen except it extrudes plastic for creating three-dimensional shapes and designs.
"Why I Support the Library Foundation"

Monday, April 30 was a big day in the Library Foundation’s history. The Foundation took part in the grand opening of the library’s newest branch, Discoveries: The Library at the Mall. Funded with a $125,000 grant from the foundation, the Foundation’s largest ever grant, the new library will serve mall customers six days a week in its location near Crate and Barrel.

Directors of the Library Foundation board join Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan in unveiling the plaque honoring the foundation’s contribution to the creation of Discoveries: The Library at the Mall