Library News

Library Adds Historic Annapolis Passes for Customers

(July 6, 2022–Annapolis, Md.) – Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) officials today announced a new addition to its catalog of items available for library customers. The newly added Historic Annapolis group passes allow admission to both the Museum of Historic Annapolis and the William Paca House and Garden located in downtown Annapolis.

Library Adds Hammond-Harwood House Museum Passes for Customers

(April 1, 2022–Annapolis, Md.) – Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) officials today announced a new addition to its catalog of items available for library customers. Family passes to visit the Hammond-Harwood House Museum in Annapolis are now available for checkout with a library card.

All Programs for Preschoolers Paused Through January 31, 2022

(January 5, 2022) Effective, January 6, the library is suspending all in-person programs for preschoolers through January 31. This action results from rising COVID-19 numbers, the inability of children under age 2 to mask, the lack of vaccines for kids under 5 and staffing shortages due to staff illness. 

Anne Arundel County Public Library Unveils New Logo, Website

Annapolis, Md., (December 7, 2021) –Officials from the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) today unveiled the system’s new logo and website in a ceremony at the Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library. Two local families also put a lid on the library’s centennial anniversary celebration by closing a time capsule.  

AA County Library Meeting Rooms Now Open for Booking

(August 3, 2021–Annapolis, Md.) – Meeting rooms will reopen for public use starting Tuesday, September 7, officials for the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) today announced. Community groups and other organizations can now begin making reservations for the month of September.

What if America fully funded its public libraries? | COMMENTARY

Capital Gazette

Padilla, Irene and Auld, Skip

Imagine having to wait outside for other patrons to leave a library before you could enter. Or being one of hundreds of children turned away each year because your library’s meeting room was limited to fifteen.

Will Shorter named 2021 ALA Trustee Citation recipient

American Library Association News

McFadden, Trish

ALA and United for Libraries have named William A. Shorter, Jr., Anne Arundel County Public Library (Md.) Board of Trustees Chair, a recipient of the ALA Trustee Citation.

 AACPL, County Executive Break Ground on New Riviera Beach Library

Annapolis, Md., (March 26, 2021)-- County Executive Steuart Pittman joined Library CEO Skip Auld and area elected officials to break ground on the new Riviera Beach Library at 1130 Duvall Highway in Pasadena. The 20,000 square foot building will double the size of the former facility and is expected to open in Summer 2022.

Anne Arundel County Public Library Goes Fine Free for All Customers

More than $361,000 in Old Fines Forgiven for 28,000 Customers 

Annapolis, Md., (March 2, 2021) -- Officials from the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) today announced that all system materials are now fine free. Additionally, the library also waived $361,425 in old fines for customers. More than 28,000 people received the surprise savings.  

A Century of Reading

Bay Weekly

Colbert, Judy

I was a wide-eyed 12-year-old when I saw a book in my local library with my last name on the spine. The book was by Marvin Mudrick, a distant relative. We never met, but he definitely influenced my life as I promised myself that one day, I’d have a book with my name on the spine.  

Romance in the pages and online

Romance in the pages and online: Anne Arundel County Public Library celebrates 100 years of evolution from book repository to broad public resource

Capital Gazette

Sanchez, Olivia

Frances Smith has only lived five of her 77 years without knowing William Smith Jr. — the first five.

Statement on Racism By Library CEO Skip Auld

(June 3, 2020) So another black person was killed. This time, protests by diverse groups erupted and have enveloped our nation. Why it’s happening now after George Floyd’s killing, rather than last month after the video of Ahmaud Arbery’s death went viral, or in March when Breonna Taylor was shot in her home is not the point. Enough is enough. It’s time to speak out.