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October 9, 2020
Due to employees testing positive for COVID-19, the Essex Branch and the Towson Branch are both temporarily closed for staff and for curbside pickup through Friday, October 16. Book drops at these branches are also closed until October 16. Staff members who worked with the individual have been instructed by Baltimore County Department of Health to self-quarantine. Contact tracing is in progress. During the closure, the building will be sanitized. Items on hold will remain in branch for an additional seven days after reopening. The safety of our staff and the public continue to be our top priority. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Kidz Table will continue meal service in the Essex Branch parking lot. Instead of using curbside service, look for the marked Kidz Table vehicle.
How to Make a Craft Kit Rocket. 3...2...1...Blastoff!
B Creative Craft Kits Available October 10
Are your kids bored at home? Do you need something fun and creative and FREE to keep them occupied? We've got just the thing. B Creative Craft Kits available at your local branch. We'll be distributing kits every other Saturday from October 10 through January 2. To kick things off, this week's kit is paper rockets! Get a free, take-home craft kit for elementary-aged kids. Pick up the kit at curbside service at all open branches by calling the branch when you arrive. Kits distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. Watch the video above for a tutorial on how to make the paper rocket!
Anti-Racism Children's Booklist and Story Time
Race is never an easy topic to discuss. It can be confusing, uncomfortable and upsetting, especially considering what is happening in the world right now. Nevertheless, it is vital that we not only discuss race, but that we discuss it with the younger members of our society. It's never too early to talk about race and diversity with your children. You just need to talk about it with them in ways that are easier for them to understand. Picture books are a great way to do this. Just as they can help children start thinking about concepts like kindness, manners and individuality, picture books are an effective way to introduce race and diversity.

To help you, we've put together an anti-racism booklist for children. The titles on this list cover many different aspects on the topic of racism: the history of racism and racial inequity, instilling pride and joy in Black children, and helping non-Black children understand their role in identifying and confronting racism. These books can help identify where your child is in their learning process, what they don’t know or what ideas they might already have about race and fill in any gaps as necessary.

You can also join us for our next virtual Anti-Racism Story Time on Saturday October 10 at 10 a.m. as we share more books, songs and lessons on what it means to be anti-racist.
Lights Out, Everybody
Looking for something fun, different and spooky this Halloween season? Then join us for Lights out, Everybody: Mystery and Horror During the Golden Age of Radio on Wednesday, October 14, 7 p.m. ​This presentation uses sound clips from some of radio's best known mystery and horror programs, including Escape, Inner Sanctum and Lights Out, to illustrate how radio could truly be a "Theater of the mind," using music, voices and sounds to create indelible — and often frightening — "pictures." Presented by Steve Darnell, writer, radio historian and the host of “Radio’s Golden Age” and “Those Were the Days.”
Reisterstown Branch Renovation Update

The Reisterstown Branch is closed for renovation through June 2021. Amenities and features of the renovated interior include:

  • An enclosed central courtyard
  • A new central stairway
  • Expanded teen space
  • Updated meeting room and restrooms
  • Redesigned children’s room
  • A history room with a digitization lab for photos and historic documents

This $3.7 million project is funded by a library capital grant from the Maryland State Library, along with the Baltimore County capital budget and the library’s budget.

Here are a few photos of the renovation in progress.

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:

Family Story Time
Monday, October 12, 7 p.m.
  • Join librarians from the Arbutus Branch to enjoy stories, songs and rhymes at this story time for the whole family.
Show and Tell: Cardboard Castles
Tuesday, October 13, 4 p.m.
  • Make a cardboard castle 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 a cardboard castle on our YouTube channel.
One Maryland One Book Virtual  Book Discussion
Tuesday, October 13, 7 p.m.
  • This year’s memorable read is The Island of Sea Women by New York Times bestselling author Lisa See. The book chronicles the lives and friendship between two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju. They become the closest of friends. However, events that transpire over the years push their seemingly unbreakable bond to its limit.​
Happy Hour Live Concert with Alani Sugar
Thursday, October 15, 5 p.m.
  • ​End your workday with a live concert featuring fiddle player Alani Sugar. You bring the mocktail or cocktail, we provide the music. As an audience member, you can ask Alani questions to learn about her instruments and music selections.
Your Vote 2020: The Election and the Economy
Thursday, October 15, 7 p.m.
  • An examination of our election process, from both historical and current perspectives. Learn about the impact of the pandemic on the economy and the employment sector as well as economic forecasts based on government policy, the Federal Reserve and the results of November's elections. Presented by economist Dr. Daraius Irani of ​the Regional Economic Studies Institute and ​Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research at Towson University.
Teen Life Skills: Photography – Symbolic Silhouettes
Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m.
  • Through a discussion on symbolism and color theory, design a contrast drawing by outlining 5-10 chosen objects that represent a story you would like to tell. Theme suggestions include fantasy, culture, food, nature and random. ​​​​The following supplies are needed: 8.5x11 paper, 4x6 index cards (this could also be a piece of cereal box cut to size), pencil, ruler (or some type of straight edge), black marker, gray marker, scissors, 5-10 small/medium objects connected to one of the above listed themes. Colorful markers or crayons suggested, but not required.​ 
Saturday, October 17, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Join us for a series of 45-minute virtual sessions designed to connect you to critical resources like food access, housing, mental health, legal aid and more. You do not have to attend all sessions. 

    1 p.m.    Housing and Utility/Energy Assistance

    2 p.m.    Mental/Behavioral Health Resources

    3 p.m.    Food Access Resources

    4 p.m.    Health Insurance/Voting Resources

You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on October 13 and 14. Simply shop at (or make sure AmazonSmile is turned on in the Amazon Shopping app) and AmazonSmile donates to Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library.

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