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July 24, 2020
Returned Material Notice
Starting Monday, July 27, the length of time to quarantine materials is increasing from 72 to 96 hours. This is out of an abundance of caution after reviewing the latest testing results from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and OCLC. This means returned items may remain on your account for longer than in the past and may indicate a fee is due. At this time, all fees are being waived during the period of March 16 through August 31, 2020. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Curbside service is available Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pro Tip: Traffic tends to be heavier at the Pikesville, Cockeysville and Catonsville branches, creating longer wait times. You might want to consider picking up your holds from one of our other locations. Don't forget Arbutus and Perry Hall have drive-thru service for your convenience. 
Online Chats and Virtual My Librarian Appointments Available

Chat online with a librarian, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Make an appointment to video chat or talk by phone with a librarian to get help with technology, job searches or digital resources.
Flash Fiction Contest
Flash fiction, a short story less than 1,000 words that encompasses all the usual story elements, is a great exercise for both the experienced author and the budding writer. Tell a story using one of our prompts to be eligible to win a Visa gift card in the following amounts: First place: $75, Second place: $50, Third place: $25. Winners can opt to have their stories shared via the library’s short story web page. All entries must be submitted by Friday, August 28. Visit our website for more details.
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. Here are some highlights:

Harry Potter Trivia with Kahoot
Monday, July 27, 6 p.m.
Calling all muggles! Test your wizarding knowledge in this live trivia program.*

Family Evening Read Aloud
Monday, July 27, 7 p.m.
Enjoy a read-aloud of an award-winning book with the whole family, followed by a creative activity challenge.
Baltimore County Dialogs on Race
Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.
Widespread public protests across the country and around the world following the death of George Floyd are bringing renewed attention to police officers' treatment of Black Americans and highlight long-standing inequities. Farajii Muhammad, host of For the Culture with Farajii on WEAA 88.9, moderates a discussion on ongoing issues surrounding policing in the region. Panelists include DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist; Melissa Hyatt, Baltimore County Chief of Police; and Adam Jackson, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Anthony Fugett, Baltimore County NAACP and Deneisha Seaman, VP, Vanguard Justice Society, Inc of Baltimore County. *

Harry Potter Crafting Hangout
Wednesday, July 29, 3:30 p.m.
​Bring a Harry Potter-themed craft to share with others and learn how to make floating candles. Hang out and geek out on crafting all things Potter.*

Understanding Drinking Water
Wednesday, July 29, 7 p.m.
Dr. Andrew Lazar from University of Maryland Extension discusses where Baltimore's drinking water comes from; primary contaminants, including lead; public water supply regulations and treatment processes. He also reviews consumer confidence reports and home water treatment options.*
Cardboard Castles
Thursday, July 30, 2 p.m.
​Showcase your imagination while discovering your inner architect! Join librarian Jessica to design and construct the castle of your dreams using tape and a variety of cardboard boxes and tubes from your recycling bin.*

Thursday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.
Join us for virtual bingo! Players receive an email with the links to virtual cards. Winners receive a $10 e-gift card as well as bragging rights.*

Morning Tea with Acorn TV
Friday, August 1, 10 a.m.
Brew your tea and bake your scones for this virtual discussion group about what we've been watching on Acorn TV, available for free through RBdigital on our website.*

Sit & Stitch
Saturday, August 1, 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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