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August 14, 2020
Curbside Service Expands to Include Library of Things

As of Monday, August 17, curbside pickup expands to include items from the Library of Things. Our Library of Things builds community through a shared economy, while giving you the opportunity to use an item that may not be attainable, or to save money without purchasing.

Library of Things items you may have checked out pre-COVID can now be returned to any open branch during curbside hours. We thank you for your patience!

SRC Extends Through August 30
The 2020 Summer Reading Challenge is extended through August 30! That means you have a few more weeks to complete the challenge and win prizes! Commemorative T-shirts remain on sale and the weekly prize drawings will continue. Starting August 31, you can turn in your completed game boards using curbside service in exchange for one of the following prizes (while supplies last):
  • A book
  • A water-squirting unicorn
  • A notebook
Two More Weeks to Order Your SRC Shirts
Your commemorative Summer Reading Challenge T-shirt is only available by online ordering — with shipping available directly to your home. The cost is $7.50 for kids and $8.75 for adults (tax included), plus shipping costs.
Thank You to Our SRC Sponsor: Maryland 529

Maryland 529 is proud to be a sponsor of the Summer Reading Challenge and, while you’re spending more time at home with your family, consider opening a Maryland 529 account today to help give your child the freedom to pursue their dreams. Your education savings can be used at nearly any public or private college, or trade/technical schools nationwide — and even at international universities that have a federal school code.

Maryland 529 offers two easy and smart ways to save for college: the Maryland Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer Prepaid College Trust and the Maryland Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer College Investment Plan.

  • The Prepaid College Trust lets you secure tomorrow’s tuition at today’s prices and is backed by a Maryland Legislative Guarantee. You can choose from different tuition plan and payment options that can be changed at nearly any time.
  • The College Investment Plan lets you save for future educational needs your way. You can open an account with as little as $25 and choose from a broad range of investment options managed by T. Rowe Price.

Both plans are affordable and flexible, and earnings are federally tax free when used for eligible education expenses. You may also deduct up to $2,500 per year, per account or per beneficiary (depending on the plan you choose) from your Maryland taxable income. Learn more at and start saving today.

The Maryland Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer Prepaid College Trust and the Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer College Investment Plan Disclosure Statements provide investment objectives, risks, expenses and costs, fees, and other information you should read and consider carefully before investing. Tax benefits may be conditioned on meeting certain requirements, such as residency, purpose for or timing of distributions, or other factors, as applicable. T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc., Distributor/Underwriter, Maryland Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer College Investment Plan.

Thank You to Our Other SRC Sponsors:

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: Anime
Monday, August 17, 6 p.m.
Test your knowledge and connect with others at this live trivia event. *

An Evening with Kimberla Lawson Roby
Tuesday, August 18, 7 p.m.
Kimberla reads from her latest book, The Woman God Created You to Be, followed by an interview with our staff and questions from the audience. *

Learning from Home: Best Practices for Homeschooling
Wednesday, August 19, 7 p.m.
Are you going to be homeschooling this coming fall? Or are you looking for some good tips as your child enters a season of virtual learning from home? Hear some tips and best practices from homeschool parents in the community, along with relevant library resources. This program features a presentation, followed by Q&A session. *

Anti-Racism Story Time: Building a Better Future
Thursday, August 20, 10 a.m.
Join us for the next in our series on anti-racism. We share stories, songs, rhymes and insight on how we can work together to make a better future for all. *

Photography Challenge
Thursday, August 20, 11 a.m.
Longtime photographer and retired Baltimore County Public School art teacher Eric DeVille guides this informal program for amateur photographers who want to explore ideas and techniques while learning from each other. There is a photography challenge each week and an opportunity for photographers to share images. This week, professional artist/instructor and Hereford librarian Heather Boaz shows examples from contemporary photographers who use unexpected materials to challenge your perception. Open to anyone interested in photography as a form of artistic communication and expression. *

Flash Fiction Writing Workshop
Thursday, August 20, 7 p.m.
Prepare your entry for our summer flash fiction contest! Join author Dale E. Lehman to explore all aspects of flash fiction, from using prompts to story structure to writing techniques. Bring your ideas and stories to this hands-on workshop.​ *

Cosplay Hangout
Thursday, August 20, 3:30 p.m.
​Join us for a fun cosplay game using whatever you have available in your home. Chat and hang out in costume. Whether you cosplay all the time or have never cosplayed before, you are welcome to attend. *

Back to School Survival Tips for Parents
Friday, August 21, 4 p.m.
Sylvan Learning's Emily Levitt, vice president of education, shares helpful tips, strategies and more that can help make back to school — even though it may look a bit different this year — a positive experience for every family.​ *

Turtle Dance Live Concert
Saturday, August 22, 11 a.m.
Have a blast with your family dancing away to a virtual concert with Turtle Dance! Matt Mazur plays original music kids love to dance to. *

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bug-Off
Saturday, August 22, 11 a.m.
Love playing Animal Crossing New Horizons on your Nintendo Switch? Looking for a fun way to explore new islands, meet some library staffers and compete in some friendly competition? Flick is on the island for the Bug-Off, and there is no bell entry fee when visiting an island! Register for our Animal Crossing tournaments now! Receive a Dodo Code and a time for you to head to the island via email. Get your nets ready and come for some fun! *

Sit & Stitch
Saturday, August 22, 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. *
Have you shopped our new Etsy store yet? Check out all the original designs at Be All In Shop. Proceeds benefit Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library. We've got tees, totes, mugs and more.

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