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photo of children at StoryvilleMarisa Conner
Youth Services Coordinator
Baltimore County Public Library

Do you want to climb a tree in Toddler Woods?  Or crawl among the flowers in the Baby Garden?  Or dress up as a familiar storybook character and perform a play in the Theatre?  Go to Storyville!

You may have heard the saying “the early years are learning years.” Storyville at the Baltimore County Public Library provides our community with an ideal place to focus on this important age.  We know through research that learning begins at birth and that the ages of birth to five are critical learning years.  Children who are exposed to books, literacy activities and other learning experiences before they begin Kindergarten have a better chance for later school success.

Storyville is a unique early childhood learning center and library that was designed and created to foster school readiness skills, such as language and literacy, mathematical and scientific thinking, social studies, social and personal skills, physical development and the arts. These skills are integrated into Storyville’s themed learning areas: Baby Garden, Toddler Bay and Toddler Woods, Grocery Store, Mailroom, Puppet Stage & Dress up Theatre, House and Kitchen, Construction Zone and Library.  Age appropriate books that support the play themes are included in each learning area. 

Storyville is a place where books and purposeful play come together to provide valuable experiences that nurture young children and support parents and caregivers as their child’s first and best teacher as they read, play, and learn together.

Storyville is located in both the Rosedale and Woodlawn branches of the Baltimore County Public Library and is open during library operating hours.  Storyville is for children ages birth through five and their parents and caregivers.  For more information visit us at www.bcplstoryville.org.


County Campus Metro Centre at Owings Mills photoBarb Salit-Mischel
Owings Mills Branch Manager
Baltimore County Public Library


Come check out the Owings Mills Branch of Baltimore County Public Library! We are so excited to be open and serving the community.  The Owings Mills Branch is housed in a 54,333 square foot space with a current collection of 120,000 items. From books and audiobooks, to magazines, to DVDs, to music CDs, we have something that is bound to pique your interest.  We also have 70 computers available for public use, including 58 for adults and 12 for teens and children.

The Owings Mills Branch will be sharing the building with the Community College of Baltimore County, which is scheduled to open in early summer. The branch occupies the building’s first three floors.  In addition to our floor areas with materials, we also feature a children’s area, quiet study area, group study rooms, and community meeting rooms.

We have a parking garage next to our building that offers free parking.  While there aren’t always spaces available on the first floor, we’ve never had a problem with the garage being full.  And another garage is scheduled to be constructed soon

The Owings Mills Branch is located at the County Campus Metro Centre at Owings Mills, 10302 Grand Central Avenue, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117,

Our phone number is 410-887-2092. We are open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. year round.

Visit us and you’ll see why we’re so excited to be here!

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Driving Directions: From I-695, take exit 19 (I-795N/Northwest Expressway toward Reisterstown/Owings Mills). Take exit 4 (Owings Mills Boulevard). Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Owings Mills Boulevard N/MD-140 Reisterstown Road and merge onto Owings Mills Boulevard. Turn right onto S. Dolfield Road. Turn right onto Painters Mills Road. Turn right onto Grand Central Avenue and enter the parking ramp. Library is on your left as you enter the garage.


Your local county library

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 CoversRecent 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!


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