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The moment guest reader Nisa Popper held up her colorful storybook, the roomful of 3-to 5-year-old ‘Future Foxes’ grew very excited.

“We want ‘The Snowy Day’,” they shouted.

The occasion – Jones Elementary School’s “Future Foxes Story Time” – was held in the library media center Friday afternoon. The guest reader was librarian Nisa Popper from Severna Park Community Library “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats as her first book.

“I was surprised the children knew the book,” Popper said. “It’s an old favorite written in the 1960’s. Most of the kids seemed familiar with the pictures and the words. Two little girls even told me when I missed a page.”

Reading teacher Karen Simpson, who’d welcomed everyone and introduced Popper, was pleased with the turnout. There were 19 children seated on carpet squares around the librarian and even more seated at tables with their parents.

Simpson said Future Foxes Story Times are an annual tradition.

“Media Specialist Kate Rogers and I created the event four years ago in collaboration with the Severna Park library as a way to promote early childhood literacy,” Simpson said. “It serves the dual purposes of introducing our soon-to-be students to reading and familiarizing them with our school.

Jones Elementary’s brightly hued library media center – complete with its pair of plush foxes – was a cozy setting for story time. The “fox” is the school mascot and also a nickname by which Jones students are known – hence the term “future foxes” in the event’s name.

An animated and expressive reader, Popper held her young audience’s attention throughout “The Snowy Day” and, between books; she charmed them with humorous songs and games. In keeping with her winter theme, she chose a newer book, “I Want Snow” by Tony Ross, for her second reading.

At the end of her appearance, Popper invited the children to visit her where she can usually be found…at the Severna Park branch of Anne Arundel County Public Library. Like her fellow librarians, she frequently visits elementary schools, middle schools and high schools bringing along scores of fascinating books.

Following the reading, it was time to make a fun craft developed by art teacher Amy Degenhard – bejeweled snowflakes that kids and parents could work on together.

The first children to begin making snowflakes at their table, under the watchful eyes of a fox mascot, were Holly Pierce and Ryan Rose. Soon they were joined by others.

Ryan’s mother, Tory, said it was her son’s first time visiting and as entertaining for her as him. At a smaller table, parents Jonathan and Ashley Rice were watching daughter Lola make an especially pretty snowflake.

“This is really fun,” Johnathan said. “Our daughter already loves books. We read to our children every night. But we wanted to come because she’ll be coming here in two years.”

Carly Knott, who was helping her daughter Elana and her friend Mary Merritt construct snowflakes, said both little girls were excited to come because they’ll be starting kindergarten at Jones next year.

“They’re really eager because Elana’s brother James is here in fifth grade and Mary has one sister in first grade and another in third,” Knott said.

Wielding a glue gun to apply the finishing touch to a final few snowflakes, Simpson said she was delighted with the response to the story Future Foxes Story Time invitation…especially since several families came back for the second year.

“We feel Future Foxes Story Time is beneficial for both us and the Severna Park library,” Simpson said. “We’re told the library has seen a boost in kids wanting to attend their story times and obtain their own library cards.

“For us, the event was also a perfect tie-in with Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ January campaign through social media @AACountySchools #aacpsReadWithMe” to get children interested in books. As a county, we’re trying hard to create a culture of literacy.”

 

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Anne Arundel County Public Library officials have announced they recently added six C-Pen Reader scanners to their collection of technology aids. The portable and lightweight pens empower non-readers, struggling readers or people who are studying another language to read and learn independently.

Each reading pen, generously funded by the Library Foundation, narrates words from a page out loud with an English, Spanish or French human-like digital voice so customers can better understand and remember the words in the future. Simply pass the device across a word and it instantly reads aloud while providing access to a Collins English Dictionary and multiple languages.

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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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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.