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."
The hallmark of public libraries — the printed book, bound by covers and centuries of page-turning — is being shoved aside by digital doppelgangers.
Around the country, libraries are slashing their print collections in favor of e-books, prompting battles between library systems and print purists, including not only the pre-pixel generation but digital natives who represent a sizable portion of the 1.5 billion library visits a year and prefer print for serious reading.
About 500 people turned out for a first look at the striking five-story, $64 million work of cantilevered glass and stone that juts out over the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue like the bow of a ship.
For library lovers, Saturday’s ribbon cutting was a proclamation of recovery — from the recession-era spending cuts that plagued systems in Montgomery County and across the country. County leaders hope that the new building, located in the urban core of a rapidly diversifying Maryland suburb, will be a gateway of opportunity for the low-income and immigrant communities mixed among enclaves of astonishing wealth.
Summer reading gets tricky when you have tweens and teens. They head to the young adult section of the library where the books may or may not be right for them.
A few years ago, my 10-year-old daughter asked if she could read "The Hunger Games" trilogy since many of her friends were reading it.
I didn't really know what the books were about, but after doing some research we decided together she wasn't quite ready for the tough topics or social commentary in the series. Later, as a seventh grader, she had matured enough to read the books and thoroughly enjoyed them.
The books in the young adult section in the library — where teens and tweens often gravitate — handle a wide variety of topics and situations geared to a range of ages. This means parents need to be vigilant to ensure their teen is making good choices and doesn't end up reading books beyond their maturity level.
When the Riviera Beach community library opened in the early 1970s, it was long before many of the modern luxuries library patrons have come to expect today.
Branch Manager Tim Burall said the building needs more computers, as well as electrical outlets for laptops and smartphones. The library, which is across the street from Northeast High School, could also benefit from private study rooms and an area specifically designated for teens
Friday, the branch moved one step closer to having its needs fulfilled. Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh and the County Council agreed to fund a $16 million project to replace the library, one of two in Pasadena.