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Thousands of federal employees call Annapolis and Anne Arundel County home.

They work at Fort George G. Meade, for the NSA, the EPA or one of the scores of military commands based on the west county military campus.

They work for the Coast Guard in Curtis Bay or at the station at Thomas Point. They’re scientists for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or tax collectors at the IRS field office or nurses at the Veterans Affairs clinic in Glen Burnie.

Many of them commute to jobs in Washington, D.C. or the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, or head to Annapolis for work at the Naval Academy.

By some estimates, 10,000 federal civilian employees have made their lives here. Thousands more serve in uniform: in the military, law enforcement or homeland security jobs such as the TSA at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Anne Arundel residents are a significant portion of the 90,000 Marylanders who work for Uncle Sam.

So, with a second payday looming Friday without any clear prospects for an end to the partial government shutdown, it is heartening to see efforts to help those furloughed or working without pay beginning to appear

There have been small gestures — the Anne Arundel County Public Library waived fees and fines for furloughed federal employees. Anne Arundel and Prince George’s County have set up web pages that explain available assistance.There have been offers of food from the Anne Arundel County Food Bank and Resource Center, the pantry at the Calvary Chapel International Worship Center in Severn and more. Bowie waived late sewer and water fees.

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Mary Poppins celebration at Maryland City at Russett Community Library, Saturday December 29, 2018.

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Whether your New Year’s resolution is to get healthier, learn more or do more, it’s possible to make a change without breaking the bank. You don’t need a pricey gym membership to get fit, nor do you need to shop at an expensive health food store to fill your fridge with nutritious snacks. Here are four ways to stick to your goals on a budget:

(You can also give up after a few weeks and break out the ice cream and TV marathon, we won’t judge.)

Read and learn more

Maybe this is the year you finally learn how to sail. Or maybe entomology is your passion, and this is the year you finally learn about the invasive spotted lanternfly.

The public library has sources for you — free sources. There are 16 branches in the county.

The library even has some titles that can help you start off 2019 right. Anne Arundel County Public Library spokeswoman Christine Feldmann suggested picking up a copy of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo.

“This book not only gives you tips on how to declutter, it gets to the heart of why we let our homes get out of control,” Feldmann said.

She also has her eye on “The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life” by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi.

“We all need help with stress reduction and staying healthy. Dr. Chopra has a unique way of connecting all the dots to help readers understand the bigger picture,” Feldmann said.

The library also offers a number of educational programs, including an upcoming “lunch and learn” at the Mountain Road branch called “Financial Boot Camp for New Parents.”

For Marylanders ages 60 and older, credit courses and noncredit courses at Anne Arundel Community College (or any other community college) are tuition-free, though you’ll still need to pay some fees.

 

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Reservations Now Taken Twice a Year

 

 

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 

(April 14, 2017 -Annapolis, MD) Just in time for National Library Week (April 9-15), the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) today announced a new collection of bilingual children’s materials is now available at all 15 county libraries. The World Languages Collection will supplement the library’s existing Spanish bilingual books and will feature new board books in Urdu, Chinese and Vietnamese- the top four languages spoken by families in county public schools.