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October 23, 2020
Teen Book Club
Book Clubs
Did you know we have virtual book club resources for teens and adults during the pandemic?

Teen Book Club is a monthly book discussion focusing on topics important to teens. This month's theme is the Black Lives Matter Movement. ​The discussion revolves around young adult books that highlight the Black experience, characters and authors. The October discussion is Thursday, October 29 at 6 p.m. Register and you will be emailed this month's booklist and the link to Discord in advance.

Is your book club meeting virtually? Don't forget about our Book Club Kits!
Free Take Home Craft Kit: Stick Catapult
Free Craft Kit: B Creative Craft Stick Catapult available curbside at each branch starting Saturday, October 24, while supplies last. Pick yours up using curbside pickup and make the craft at your own pace.
Your Vote 2020: An Evening with Donna Brazile
Join us on Thursday, October 29, 7 p.m. for an examination of our election process, from both historical and current perspectives. Donna Brazile, legendary political strategist​​​​​​, campaign manager, political analyst, twice-acting Chair of the Democratic National Committee and ​author of Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics, discusses the 2016 election, voting and voter suppression and shares her passion for encouraging young people to vote, run for office and get involved in making change from inside the system. Registration required
Have a Cookie Party at Home This Winter
Believe in the magic…of cookies. 

Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library is having a no-bake sale and have we got a sweet deal for you! Be a smart cookie and let us do all the hard work for you. Get a dozen sugar cookies baked by Food Network’s Jason Hisley, owner of Cake by Jason Hisley and winner of Cupcake Wars, and skip right to the fun part!

You get a kit complete with everything you need to decorate delicious and beautiful cookies and to make memories that will last a lifetime. The kit comes with one dozen (12) snowman and snowflake sugar cookies, shelf-stable icing, piping bags, piping tips and all the decorative toppings your heart could desire. And if that’s not enough, you’ll get an exclusive step-by-step instructional video with Jason Hisley himself. Or add local treats  like Mouth Party Caramels, hot chocolate from Baltimore Coffee and Tea, Popsations popcorn, or even Duclaw beer — to make it an even bigger party.

It’s the perfect wintertime activity for the entire family...or just you! Learn more or get your cookie kits now!

Programs for all ages are available through Facebook, YouTube and other virtual platforms. Registration may be required and closes one hour before the start of the program or when session is filled. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom or Discord link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start. Here are some highlights:

Teen Trivia: Harry Potter
Monday, October 26, 6 p.m.
  • Calling all muggles! Don your wands and costumes and join us for an evening of Harry Potter trivia.
Show and Tell: Apple Paperweights
Tuesday, October 27
  • Make an apple paperweight at home, then join us live on Zoom to share your creations and see what others have made. Watch the video tutorial for how to make an apple paperweight on our YouTube channel.
Baltimore County Dialogs on Race: Voting Rights
Tuesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Voter suppression has a long and ugly history in the U.S. Imposing strict voter ID laws, cutting voting times, restricting registration and purging voter rolls have kept significant numbers of eligible voters from the polls and placed special burdens on racial minorities, people living in poverty, and youth and seniors.​ Farajii Muhammad, host of For the Culture with Farajii on WEAA 88.9,  moderates a discussion that leads up to the 2020 presidential election on ongoing issues surrounding policing in the region. Panelists include Bruce Robinson, Baltimore County Board of Elections president; Dana Vickers Shelley, executive director of the ACLU of Maryland; Anthony Fugett, NAACP. Additional panelists to be announced. Presented by Baltimore County Public Library, Baltimore County Human Relations Commission and Baltimore County Office of Diversity and Equity; in collaboration with WEAA 88.9.​
Books and Conversation
Wednesday, October 28, 2 p.m.
  • Join us for an engaging conversation! Share thoughts and ideas about what you’ve been reading lately and learn about new books from our librarians.
Narcan Training
Wednesday, October 28, 6 p.m.
  • Learn what an opioid is, how to recognize, respond to and prevent an opioid overdose, and how to administer intra-nasal naloxone to reverse an overdose. Receive a certificate of completion and a kit ​​containing naloxone (a prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose — it cannot be used to get high and it is not addictive). Registration required by calling 410-887-3828 or visiting
Learning From Home: You CAN Help Your Child with Common Core Math
Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m.
  • Spend some time with Cortnee Berrill, Sylvan Learning’s manager of mathematics, and learn how you can make math homework easy to understand and even have some fun! We walk you through five tips that can make helping with your child's math homework not so scary. You'll leave this discussion with simple math homework strategies that you can start using right away.
Spooky Story Time
Saturday, October 31, 10 a.m.
  • Ms. April and Ms. Deanna from the Perry Hall Branch present not-so-scary stories and a special craft. Be sure to bring a piece of orange paper and a pair of scissors.
Sit and Stitch
Saturday, October 31, 2 p.m.
  • ​Join us online for a virtual needlework group. Bring your projects, conversation and questions. All skill levels and varieties of needlework welcome.

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