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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot told a handful of young moms holding their toddlers and children to start saving for college during a brief visit to the Annapolis Regional Library last week.

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Playaway Launchpads, educational tablets for children ages 3 to 7, have been added to the offerings at the Brooklyn Park, Eastport-Annapolis Neck and Maryland City county library branches. 

The 7-inch, touch-screen tablets, which use the Android operating system, come preloaded with 10 STEM, language, art and music apps. They are void of Wi-Fi and camera capabilities to ensure a controlled experience.

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The 1st Maryland Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Festival will take place will take place November 6-15, 2015. The goal is to inspire students of all ages to pursue an interest in STEM and STEM related careers, to show off Maryland's STEM achievements and to further integrate Maryland's STEM Community with the general populace.

The MSF is patterned after other regional festivals. Over 100 STEM related events will be held across the state during this time period. The plan is to blanket Maryland with STEM during this period. The diverse group of organizations that have already committed to hosting this event include the National Aquarium, the Girl Scouts, Maryland Zoo, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Anne Arundel Public Library System, Salisbury University, Washington County Public Library, St. Mary’s Public School, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The Festival Sponsors include Northrop Grumman, John Hopkins University, Tenable, the US Army, GEICO, T Rowe Price and Carroll Community College.

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makeFashion Showcase

The Anne Arundel County Public Library is partnering with Westfield Annapolis Mall for a technology fueled fashion showcase called makeFashion at the mall on Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of the Anne Arundel STEM Festival.

The showcase is open to all ages, will include jewelry and apparel, with designs being judged on fashion forwardness, innovation, originality and functionality.

Entries should include a 200 word description of the pieces' functionality, conceptual sketches and an optional video about the work's design and function.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 20. Anne Arundel County Public School Students have until Oct. 1 to make submissions. All entries should be mailed to Anne Arundel County Public Library Headquarters, 5 Harry Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401.

One winner from the show will receive a $100 gift card for the Westfield Annapolis Mall, a certificate from the library and will be featured on the library's website. For more information visit http://www.aacpl.net.

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It's not every day that you volunteer to have a large tarantula hold onto your shirt, but that was the gumption 10-year-old Trinity Wilburn, of Crofton, had during a recent live animal show-and-tell.

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In the age of Google, tablets and Apple watches, some have questioned the value of libraries. The library has been aggressively moving into the digital age over the last decade and continues to make great strides to provide the latest technology to customers.

In his recent letter to the editor, "Libraries, digital books" (The Capital, July 11) Tim Barnum recognized the role his local library had in shifting his reading habit to eBooks. We are pleased to be of service, but his letter left issues that need to be addressed.

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Summer evening in a backyard garden, Denise Rubin said when she was a teenager with divorced parents, the character Atticus Finch seemed as real and perfect a father as a girl could have.

Beside her, Elizabeth Blair said watching the film version of Atticus cemented her career as an attorney.

Then, Lynda Harden revealed her 9-year-old grandson's middle name: Atticus.

The women came Tuesday to The Annapolis Bookstore Garden to celebrate a book they cherish, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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What:  Families and history lovers are invited to learn more about the County’s namesake at a special free public screening of new a 30-minute documentary featuring the life of Lady Anne Arundel.
 
For the first time, a film captured the comprehensive story of Lady Anne Arundel’s life that has always been fragmented in various books and letters. It is a story of colonization and religious wars, shrewed politicians and valient warriors, kings and queens and family loyalty. The screening will be followed by an “Ask the Experts” panel discussion.
 
Who:  The event is hosted by Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL), Anne Arundel County and produced by Arundel TV. Local historians will answer questions after the 7 p.m.

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AACPL seeks new board members to fill three vacancies.
Announcement of closure of Crofton Library on Friday, March 28.
Media advisory on visit from Sheri Booker, local author, to the Annapolis Library
Book clubs, giveaways, events and 'Blind Dates with Books' on tap at all 15 library branches across the county.
Special bilingual Storytimes will be offered in January and February at Marley Station Mall.

Annapolis, Md. (December 26, 2014) – Officials for Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) today announced that the Broadneck Community Library will be closed on December 29-January 2, for emergency repairs. The facility is scheduled to reopen on January 3, 2015.

While the book drop will remain open during the closure, customers are reminded that they can always visit and return materials to any AACPL branch library. Nearby locations include:

Information about temporary closure of Severna Park branch library
News release on new online payment service available to customers

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