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AA County Public Library Foundation

May 02, 2011 10:16PM ● By Anonymous


Spring/Summer 2011

Update on Save Our Services

There was standing room only at the town hall meetings in March hosted by Library Administrator, Skip Auld. More than 850 concerned residents listened intently as Mr. Auld discussed the funding issues the library system is facing.

County Executive John Leopold released his Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 on April 15. As part of his proposal, Mr. Leopold recommended the restoration of the materials budget to $3 million and annual funding at a level that would preserve all current services and operating hours. The budget is now in the hands of the County Council members, who are looking at the budgets of each county agency with an eye toward making cuts.

Prior to approving a final budget by May 31, the Anne Arundel County Council will hold two public hearings:

Monday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Old Mill High School in Millersville

Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Arundel Center in Annapolis

We are asking all of you who value the Library to attend one of these hearings and add your voice to ours in urging County Council members to support the budget proposed by the County Executive. Anyone wishing to speak may sign up 30 minutes before the meeting begins. If you cannot attend a Public Hearing but would like to advocate on the library’s behalf, contact your County Councilman directly. A list of County officials and their contact information is included on the library's website.

For more information about the County Executive’s proposal, see articles in the Capital, Maryland Gazette and the Baltimore Sun. (Access to archived articles in these newspapers is free through the Library’s website) Links to Mr. Leopold’s speech and other information is available on the County’s website.

Thank you again for your support of the Anne Arundel County Public Library!

The Library is a family affair...

We received a donation from a family concerned about the library's budget crisis. In particular, they wanted us to know how much their young daughters love thier library. We were touched by this letter and wanted to share their story, along with others about how the library is such a big part of a family's life together. All these stories come to us from AACPL patrons.

"My mom was a voracious reader, and I took after her.  My fifth grade teacher recognized quickly that I was reading pretty far in advance of the rest of the class, and arranged for me to walk across town (all of about 300 yards) to the local branch of the county library...What a treat!...Visiting the library is still one of my favorite pastimes, and I love popping in to the local library..."-Richard, AACPL Patron

"I have loved libraries for as long as I can remember. Even before I could read my mother took me to the library... My family made an outing of going to the library. Everyone went and got books: my father, anything about World War II; my mother, all kinds of novels; me, first picture books and then anything historical... So on the day I turned 14, the first thing I did wasn’t blowing out the candles or picking out a new dress, it was going up the front stairs to the library and signing up for my very own adult library card. I haven’t been without one since."-Anonymous AACPL Patron

"I bring my 90 year old mother, Dorothy Darling, from Crofton Care and Rehab via wheel chair to your library.  Lovely way to spend time together." -Nise (McIntyre) Darling, AACPL Patron

Thanks to everyone for sharing your library stories. We are continuing to collect your stories, so please email Jennifer Halstead, Development Assistant with your story today.

Make a unique gift this Mother's Day

Do you remember your mother reading to you as you drifted off to sleep? Or helping you pack up books at your library to enjoy reading at home?

If you are an avid reader today, Mom probably helped lay the foundation by sharing her love of reading and libraries with you. Would you like to thank your mother this year with a unique gift in her honor? You can make a tax-deductible donation and we will send her an acknowledgement of your gift via email.

A secure donation can be made online. Please note in order for the gift to be acknowledged prior to Mother's Day,  the donation must be made by May 4. Please provide an email address for the recipient. Contact  Jennifer Halstead, Development Assistant with any questions.

Summer Reading Club goes around the world...

“One World, Many Stories,” is the 2011 theme for the Library’s annual Summer Reading Club. Members will be transported throughout the world through books and events planned for the six week program, which begins on June 20 and runs through July 30. (Children may register for the Summer Reading Club at their local library starting June 6.)

The Summer Reading Club is supported by the Library Foundation through generous corporate supporters and individual donations. If you would like to make a gift to support the Summer Reading Club, please contact Lois Miller at 410.222.7371 for information. You can also make an online contribution designated for Summer Reading. We will direct your funds to that program. Only $5 is needed to provide six weeks of summer reading fun for one child. Go to  Foundation's website to make a secure donation by credit card.

Upcoming Foundation Sponsored Programs

Wednesday, May 4: Introduction to the Foundation Directory Online Professional at the Annapolis Area Library, 2-4 p.m.  Networking from 4-5 p.m.  Registration for this event is currently open. Please email: Include your organization name, phone # and email address in the email.

Wednesday, June 1: Proposal Budgeting Basics at the Annapolis Area Library, 6-8 p.m.  Networking  8-8:45pm.  Registration for this event will begin May 1. Please email: Include your organization name, phone # and email address in the email.

Wednesday, June 1: “Professor Cromer Learns to Read,” An Author Presentation by Janet Cromer at the Eastport Branch Library, 1 p.m.  Cromer discusses the seven- year journey she and her husband Alan shared to rebuild his vital skills and their marriage after he suffered a severe brain injury losing his ability to talk, walk, read, write and remember.

Thursday, June 2: Rock the Docks, sponsored by the Annapolis Rotaract from 6-9 pm benefiting the Library Foundation and other charities at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Your ticket covers food, beverages, live and DJ music. For more information or to purchase tickets, click on the logo above or email Rotaract.

Friday, June 3: Governor's Grants Office Webinar at the Crofton Branch Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. so participants will have an opportunity to network. Please email: Include your organization name, phone # and email address in the email.

June 6-July 30: Summer Reading Club. Adults are eligible for free drawing to win a new color "Nook" by submitting a book review. Drop by your local library for details.

Invest in your Library

For those of you over age 70 who have IRAs and must take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD): Consider making a donation to the Library Foundation directly from your IRA, for the 2011 tax year. It counts toward your RMD, but does not count as income on your tax return like when you just move the RMD money to one of your personal accounts. Ask your banker or stock broker for details.

Contributions may be designated to enhance your local branch or to support library services throughout the County.  To make a contribution: go online or send a check by mail to Library Foundation, 5 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401. Also, if you are participating in your workplace United Way Campaign, please use this designation code: 6972 (Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation). Contact Lois Miller at 410.222.7371 with any questions.