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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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Book on African American Female Mathematicians at NASA to be Released as Movie

Unveils Latino Outreach Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 15, 2016) – Officials from the Anne Arundel County Public Library today announced their lineup of events and activities to mark National Hispanic Heritage Month.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 14, 2016) -- The Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) is once again blurring the lines between fashion, technology and education by hosting its second annual wearable electronic showcase.       

Objects can be Printed at Three County Libraries at Minimal Cost

       (September 12, 2016 -Annapolis, Md.) –Anne Arundel County Public Library officials today announced a new 3-D printing service at three of its locations. Customers can now print objects using the Library’s new 3-D printers at minimal cost at the Annapolis, Glen Burnie and Odenton Regional branches.

Customers Can Learn 30 Languages on PC, Mac or Android Mobile Device

 (July 15, 2016–Annapolis, Md.) Officials with the Anne Arundel County Public Library today began offering Rosetta Stone Library Solution, the popular and fun language learning software.

Tablets Funded in Part by Library Foundation Event

(July 14, 2016–Annapolis, Md.) Officials with the Anne Arundel County Public Library today announced that the library’s youngest customers can now enjoy new Playaway Launchpads at all branches. Only previously available as part of a pilot program at three libraries, these special Android tablets for children feature high quality, pre-loaded learning apps.

Annapolitan Donald Roland to Lead Group, Glen Burnie Resident Joins Board

       (June 24, 2016 -Annapolis, Md.) The Anne Arundel County Public Library Board of Trustees recently elected its FY 2017 executive committee and approved a new member at its June meeting. The slate of officers include:

Officials for the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) today annouced that the Anne Arundel County Council has approved proposed increases in funding for the library system.

  (June 6, 2016 -Annapolis, Md.) Officials for the Anne Arundel County Public Library  (AACPL) today opened registration for this year’s Summer Reading Club. The program includes an exciting lineup of performers, concerts and activities from late June until August 13 and features great prizes and even free books!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 23, 2016) – Officials for the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) announced today that the Severn Community Library will be closed for maintenance on Saturday, June 4.

The library’s bookdrop will remain open during the closure and customers are encouraged to visit the nearby Odenton Regional Library at 1325 Annapolis Rd., or the Maryland City at Russett Community Library at 3501 Russett Common.

June 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Annapolis High School.

The architectural team from Wheeler Goodman Masek Architecture, as well as county and library officials, will share the initial site plans for the new Annapolis Library. After the 45-minute presentation, a question-and-answer session will follow. Sign language and Spanish-language interpreter services will be available.

The current Annapolis Regional Library is expected to close in Summer 2017 with the new facility scheduled to open in early 2019. We look forward to providing the residents of Anne Arundel County with a modern library that serves the needs of everyone in our community.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 22, 2016) – Officials for the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) announced today that the Linthicum Community Library will be closed for renovations from May 9-21.  The library’s bookdrop will also be closed and all programs scheduled during that period canceled. The library will reopen on Monday, May 23.

(March 9, 2016–Annapolis, Md.) Officials from the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation today annouced that tickets are now on sale for the annual For the Love of the Library fundraiser. This year’s event will be held at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library. The festive gathering is set for April 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 269 Hillsmere Drive.

(February 19, 2016–Annapolis, Md.) After inspections from numerous architectural and safety experts, Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) officials today annouced that repairs may soon begin on the roof of the Annapolis Regional Library.  Following the roof work, interior repairs and remediation would start. This process is expected to last through the month of March with possible reopening set for early April.

(February 4, 2016–Annapolis, Md.) Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) officials, along with administrators from the county’s public school system today unveiled a new library card especially for educators. At an event at Mills-Parole Elementary School in Annapolis, teachers Sandra Orvec and Brittany Stone were among the first to take advantage of this new program.

(December 17, 2015 – Annapolis, Md.) In an effort to enhance communications and build a closer working relationship with county government, the Board of Trustees of the Anne Arundel County Library voted today to change its governance structure.  The trustees adopted bylaw changes at their monthly meeting that will effectively ensure greater county government representation on its governing board.

Local Firm Teams Up with National Library Experts

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (December 7, 2015) -- Officials for the Anne Arundel County Public Library today annouced the makeup of the architectural team responsible for creating the new Annapolis Regional Library.

WHO:             Colonel Charles McGee, Tuskegee Airman and 30-year Air Force Veteran

WHAT:           The highly decorated Tuskegee pilot will be visiting the library to talk about his life from entering the Tuskegee University to flying in three wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. McGee holds the record for the highest number of fighter combat missions of any pilot in the U.S. Air Force history at 409.

Free Event Offers Light Painting Lab, 3D Printer Demos, BattleBots, Squishy Circuits

 

WHO:    Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL)

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Anne Arundel County Community College

Anne Arundel County Police Department

FutureMakers

National Capital Television & Radio Museum

Judy Center

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Wednesday, September 16) —Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) cardholders will soon have more graphic novel titles to chose from thanks to a generous donation from The Small Press Expo (SPX). North America’s premier independent cartooning and comic arts festival, The Small Press Expo donated more than 75 graphic novels, worth nearly $6,000, to the library system as part of their Graphic Novel Gift Program.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 1, 2015) —Beginning September 13, six locations in the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) system will reinstate operating hours from 1 to 5 p.m. each Sunday.
Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) officials today began offering special Android tablets for children featuring high quality, pre-loaded learning apps. As part of a special pilot program, the library is allowing customers to check out the touch-screen devices, called Playaway Launchpads, which compliment the system’s early literacy programs designed to help prepare children for success in reading and school.
Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) cardholders now have access to more than 3,000 courses and nearly 130,000 tutorials with the online education service lynda.com at no cost, from home or at the nearest county library.The broad range of topics taught to lynda.com users includes technological, creative and business skills designed to help achieve personal and professional goals.
The Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) is blurring the lines between fashion, technology and education by hosting a special wearable electronic showcase. The event, called makeFashion, will feature mind-blowing creations from artists, scientists and Makers as they showcase their functional apparel and jewelry at the Westfield Annapolis Mall on October 29, from 6-8 p.m.
Officials for the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) today announced changes to the system’s fine and printing and copying rates, which go into effect on Monday, July 6. Along with the change, library officials also announced an increase in the threshold resulting in blocked accounts and collection agency referrals.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (June 12, 2015) -- The future of the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) system looks brighter after a series of actions were taken this week by County Executive Steven. R. Schuh and members of the County Council to improve and protect the county’s libraries.

On Tuesday, the County Executive and County Councilman Chris Trumbauer announced a compromise in the size of the new Annapolis library, leading the way for a facility that will provide first-class services and resources to area residents.

Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) is celebrating the Star Wars phenomenon with a pair of events on May 4.
Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) has announced its schedule of programs in celebration of Earth Day. The week-long celebration at the library system will focus on events aimed at getting children to consider the environment.
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

(October 23, 2014 – Annapolis, MD) After careful review of site selection studies and an abundance of community input, the Anne Arundel County Public Library’s Board of Trustees has voted to rebuild the Annapolis Regional Library at its current location of 1410 West Street.

The Board’s unanimous decision comes after several months of debate as to whether the new library should be built at its current location or moved to one of two possible sites along Solomons Island Road in Parole. The property owners of both of the Parole candidate sites declined to sell their land.

Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) is pleased to announce that it will host a stop of the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour, showcasing its free eBook services just outside the Crofton Community Library on Friday, October 10 from 10 am to 4 pm.
The directors of the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation (Foundation) invite all who value the county’s public library to join them in wearing their hearts on their sleeves during “For the Love of the Library,” a fund-raising event at Reynold’s Tavern in Annapolis on Thursday, April 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased through April 17 at www.libraryfirst.org.
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In recognition of her efforts to bolster the library system’s early literacy programming, Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) Programming and Outreach Coordinator Shelley Davenport has been named a “2014 Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal.
Master Storyteller Baba Jamal Koram will bring the rich heritage and traditions of Africa to life in eight performances with the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) this February.
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Beginning January 26, the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) will expand its schedule so that all 15 branches of the system will offer the same weekly operating hours. Each county library will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
AACPL hosts dozens of events across the library system’s 15 branches each week. Here, you can take a look at some of the selected highlights on our schedule for next week. A full list of library events and programs can be found in the current issue of Library Happenings! or on our website.
Readers will gather at three branches of the Anne Arundel County Public Library this month and next to discuss the One Maryland One Book selection for 2013, titled "King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village."
The Wli Falls in the Volta Region in Ghana. Photo by Scott Landis.
Local children from preschool to high school will explore the world of science and mathematics at their local library branches this fall, thanks to a newly expanded schedule of STEM [Science Technology Engineering Mathematics] programs offered by the Anne Arundel County Public Library.
Sofia Sisco, 7, of Glen Burnie and Ethan Rizzutti, 7, of Pasadena learn about crustaceans at the North County Area Library STEM event, "Tales of the Blue Crab."