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September 25, 2020
Your Vote 2020: A New Program Series
Your Vote 2020 is a series of programs exploring the election process from current and historical events. Registration is open for the first program in the series:

Your Vote 2020: A User’s Guide to Democracy
Thursday October 1, 7 p.m.
  • An examination of our election process, from both historical and current perspectives. Get the lowdown on everything from the three branches of government, what you can actually do to make your vote count and how our founding documents practically affect our daily lives. ​​Presented by Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy, the hosts of New Hampshire Public Radio’s Civics 101 and authors of A User’s Guide to Democracy.
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
It's National Hispanic Heritage Month (NHHM), and we would like to pay tribute to the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans.
  • A selection of movies and tv series with a Latinx theme.
  • A selection of recent cookbooks (some in Spanish) from across Hispanic heritage.
  • A list of 2020 books written by Hispanic and Latinx authors.
  • Here is a list of the last 10 years of Pura Belpré winners in our collection. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latinx writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latinx cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
One Maryland One Book

One Maryland One Book is an annual statewide reading program created by Maryland Humanities to bring together diverse groups of Marylanders through the shared experience of reading the same book. Join 2020 One Maryland One Book author Lisa See as she visits virtually, October 4-7, to discuss her book The Island of Sea Women. See our Book Buzz video below.

Our book discussion begins October 13. Registration opens October 6.

Book Buzz: The Island of Sea Women

Expanded Curbside Hours and Printing Available
Curbside service hours have expanded. New hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Printing services are now available via curbside pickup at all open branches. Send color or black-and-white printouts to the library from any personal computer or device. Twenty pages are free per day and are held at the branch of your choice for up to seven days. Just fill out the Curbside Printing Request Form and upload your document using the provided instructions.

We'll contact you by phone or email when your print is ready to pick up. When you arrive, call the number on the curbside signage to let us know you're waiting, and we'll bring your document to you in an envelope. If you do not pick up your document within seven days, library staff will shred it.
Virtual Learning Help
Is your student struggling with homework assignments or virtual learning?

Brainfuse can help. Online tutors are available from 2 p.m. to midnight seven days a week, or submit a question and a tutor will answer within 24 hours. Kindergarten through college students can get help in math, science, English, social studies and more.

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: Pop Culture
Monday, September 28, 6 p.m.
  • Test your knowledge of pop culture in this fast-paced trivia program.
Show and Tell: Raised Salt Painting
Tuesday, September 29, 4 p.m.
  • Join us live on Zoom to share your creations and see what others have made. Before the program, watch this tutorial on raised salt painting on YouTube.
Teen Life Skills: Superstructures – Bridges with Snapology
Tuesday, September 29, 5 p.m.
  • Learn about the four common bridge designs and how different features can be used to better cope with pressure and span larger areas. Use this information to design your own bridge that needs to stand up to extra weight.​ It is suggested that you have blank paper, pencil, ruler, LEGO base plate and loose LEGO bricks.
Learning From Home: Resources
Wednesday, September 30, 7 p.m.
  • ​Hear from library and BCPS staff about resources both organizations have to support your child's virtual learning. Features a presentation, followed by a Q&A session.
Photography Challenge: Before and After
Thursday, October 1, 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. There is a photography challenge each week and an opportunity for photographers to share images. This week, side-by-side images — the first straight from your camera, the second after editing with your preferred photo editing software​. Open to anyone interested in photography as a form of artistic communication and expression.
Dungeons & Dragons for Teens
Thursday, October 1, 3:30 p.m.
  • Play a short D&D adventure! Players of all skill levels welcome — pregenerated characters supplied to all.
Weekly Life Drawing
Friday, October 2, 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 and Stitch
Saturday, October 3, 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.
Support Your Local Library

Like many charities and organizations, Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library has been hit hard by the pandemic this year. Both of our biggest annual fundraisers had to be cancelled this year. These events help underwrite our support of the library and programs like Battle of the Books, Summer Reading Challenge and so much more. If you would still like to support our good work, please consider making a donation.

You can also support by making a purchase from our Be All In Shop, our Etsy store filled with exclusive items designed right here. From tees to tote bags, magnets to mugs, hoodies to hats. These make for great gifts, or just treat yourself! All proceeds support the Foundation.

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