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August 29, 2020
Anti-Racism Book Discussion Coming Soon

Baltimore County Public Library recently hosted our first Baltimore County Dialogs on Race. The topic was Community Police Relations, and panelists included DeRay Mckesson, a Baltimore City native who helped establish Campaign Zero, a national policy platform to end police violence; Police Chief Melissa Hyatt; Anthony Fugett, president of the Baltimore County branch of the NAACP; FOP President David Rose; and Adam Jackson, chief executive officer of the Baltimore City-based Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a grassroots think tank and advocacy group focused on advancing the public policy interests of Black Marylanders. The discussion was moderated by Farajii Muhammad, host of “For the Culture with Farajii” on Morgan State University’s WEAA 88.9. If you missed the live discussion, you can watch the video on our YouTube channel, then join us on September 1 for moderated small group discussions to share your ideas for improving community-police relations. You can also look for upcoming dialogs on our online calendar.

Now, we have partnered with the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project for a monthly Anti-Racism Book Discussion. The discussions, hosted via Zoom, will take place on the third Tuesday of each month.

Say It Louder! Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy by Tiffany Cross is the subject of the group’s first discussion on September 15. With multiple tentacles stretching into the cable news echo chamber, campaign leadership and Black voter data, Cross creates a wrinkle in time with a reflective look at the timeless efforts endlessly attempting to deny people of color the right to vote — a basic tenet of American democracy. The book can be borrowed in various formats from the library’s collection.

The discussion will be moderated by library staff, includes representatives from the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project and features special guest Maryland ACLU Director Dana Vickers Shelley. Participants can register for the September 15 book discussion on our website.

Full information about the program and additional anti-racism resources can be found on Baltimore County Public Library’s blog page.

Learning From Home

Baltimore County Public Library is still here for you, and we're helping students learn virtually this school year. We have resources available like live, online tutoring with Brainfuse; ACT and SAT practice tests; Make-IT Place, a virtual makerspace; ebooks, e-magazines and e-audiobooks; free WiFi in all branch parking lots; curbside service for books, science kits, telescopes and more; and BCPS students can borrow it all with their student ID number.

And now, we're offering a series of virtual programs to help you make the most of your time Learning From Home. Upcoming topics include "The Importance of Routine," "Your Child's Social/Emotional Health" and "Resources." All programs require registration.

SRC Prize Pick Up

Starting Monday, August 31, turn in your completed game boards using curbside service in exchange for prizes. Bring your completed game board or let the branch know you played via Beanstack. Simply call the number on the signs at each branch, answer a few questions and choose a prize from the following:

  • Assorted elementary-aged books
  • Water-squirting unicorn
  • B Fearless spiral notebook
Thank you to our 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: Geography
Monday, August 31, 6 p.m.
Have fun exploring every continent, ocean, mountain and landscape at this live virtual trivia game. *

Teen Life Skills: Great Tower Challenge
Tuesday, September 1, 5 p.m.
An online LEGO challenge! Learn engineering concepts as compete with others. Make sure you have ample space to build for this fun class. It is suggested that you have blank paper, pencil, ruler, LEGO base plate and loose LEGO bricks. *

Photography Challenge: Serenity
Thursday, September 3, 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, techniques and to learn from each other. This week we focus on serenity. What does it mean to you? How can you show "serenity" in a photograph?​​ Open to anyone interested in photography as a form of artistic communication and expression. There is a photography challenge each week and an opportunity to share your images. *

Dungeons & Dragons
Thursday, September 3, 3:30 p.m.
Play a short D&D adventure! Players of all skill levels welcome — pregenerated characters supplied to all. *

Writing (and Publishing) Short Fiction
Thursday, September 3, 7 p.m.
​Michael Barron, staff member and local author, presents a virtual creative writing workshop. He begins by discussing plot, characters, themes and how to make your stories stand out. The second half of the program covers how to publish (and hopefully get paid for) your writing. Writers of all levels welcome. *

Preschool Story Time
Friday, September 4, 10 a.m.
Enjoy an interactive story time with your child, which includes fun with books, songs, fingerplays and body movement via Zoom. *

Weekly Life Drawing
Friday, September 4, 5 p.m.
Practice drawing the human figure in this virtual session. The instructor shares photographs to draw — from a series of short poses for warm up before going to a longer pose and a final cool down. Audio instruction and suggestions provided live throughout.​ *

Sit & Stitch
Saturday, September 5, 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. *

Kanopy, our free steaming service, offers children's programming with Kanopy Kids. Parents can browse educational, enriching and engaging videos for children of all ages. Just use your library card to log in.

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