Baltimore County Now
by Karin Brown
Chief of Preservation Services
Baltimore County Office of Planning and Community Conservation
Owners of historic buildings now have new, award winning design guidelines to help them preserve their buildings. Owners can learn how to properly rehabilitate a historic building, why repairs are superior to replacements, how the approval process works, and more. The Historic Preservation Design Guidelines are filled with photographs showing Baltimore County’s wealth of historic buildings.
Based on the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, the common sense historic preservation principles are presented in non-technical language and discuss the various components of historic buildings in great detail. For example, “Windows and Doors”, explains the different parts of a historic window and how it functions. Readers learn why the first choice should be to repair historic features rather than replacing them.
The Baltimore County Preservation Alliance, formerly known as the Baltimore County Historical Trust, recently presented its Government Award to the Department of Planning in recognition of the newly created guidelines.
Beautifully illustrated, the Historic Preservation Design Guidelines can be viewed online.
by Neishall Schulyer
Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, Workforce Development
Baltimore County’s Workforce Development Centers are dedicated to helping our veterans and their qualified dependents in today’s ever changing job market. The Veterans’ Job Club provides information regarding employment and training opportunities, green jobs, housing and a wealth of other valuable resources especially designed for veterans. Veterans’ Job Club meetings are held at Baltimore County’s Eastpoint Workforce Development Center (7930 Eastern Boulevard) and the Liberty Center Workforce Development Center in Randallstown (3637 Offutt Road). The meetings rotate between the two Centers the first Friday of every month, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
To register for a Veterans’ Job Club meeting and confirm the location, register through the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWE) events calendar.
If you are an employer and would like to present opportunities to this group, please contact Jorge Cruz at 410-288-9050 X 405 for Eastpoint and LeRoy Thomas at 410-887-4007 for the Liberty Center.
by Jamie Watson
Collection Development Coordinator
Baltimore County Public Library
A trip down the ocean is part of every Baltimore County resident's summer routine, but what's the point of going to the beach without a good book to read? Before you make your way to the beach this summer, swing by your local branch of the Baltimore County Public Library and get some great beachside entertainment, free of charge.
The newest Jack Reacher novel comes out in September, and the first Jack Reacher movie, starring the ubiquitous-this-summer Tom Cruise, will be out in December. If you’ve not read this thriller series, about a former military policeman, Killing Floor is his first, although you can jump into this series anywhere. Baltimore County Public Library has volumes of the series in print, large type, book on cd, Playaway, downloadable audiobook, e-book, and even one volume in Russian!
Another hot genre for summer escapes is paranormal romance. Melissa de la Cruz began her series, The Witches of East End, last summer. Set in the Hamptons, it features two sisters and a mother who have been alive for hundreds of years, but are currently forbidden from practicing their magic – until now. The first volume ended on a cliffhanger, but never fear, Serpent’s Kiss, the follow-up, came out this summer.
Fiction written for teens remains hot, especially on the heels of The Hunger Games, but don’t write it off as “kids books.” Many of the hottest teen books can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. John Green’s The Fault in our Stars tells the story of two teenagers, Hazel and Gus, who are suffering from terminal cancer. All the tropes of a teen novel are here – growing up, life’s purpose, the opposite sex, friendship, your family, but at an accelerated speed – because unlike most teenagers, Hazel and Gus don’t think they’re going to live forever. This is one to read in an air-conditioned room, not the beach or pool, unless you’re ready to shed a few tears in public.
Finally, it’s almost Olympics time! It’s also the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team – the US Olympic basketball team made up of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley and more. Sports journalist Jack McCollum was “embedded” with the team from their inception to their Gold Medal, and he has lots of tales to tell!
None of these strike your fancy? Come check out Baltimore County Public Library’s newest blog, Between the Covers. Recent posts on cozy mysteries, small-town romance, and even books for kids will have suggestions to keep the whole family busy for the rest of the summer!