Baltimore County News
School construction and transportation funding top the list
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled a wide-ranging agenda for the upcoming 2017 General Assembly session that begins this Wednesday. “Funding of school construction and transportation projects remain an important priority for the county,” said Kamenetz. “In addition, I look forward to working with legislators on several statewide issues such as sexual assault, fracking, and bail reform that have implications for Baltimore County but also the rest of the state.”
Kamenetz pledeges to fight for school funding
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will address education leaders at the annual legislative breakfast hosted by the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO) and the Education Support Professionals of Baltimore County (ESPBC) on Saturday morning. The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel North Baltimore, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Lutherville-Timonium, 21093.
“I’ve attended this breakfast for many years,” said Kamenetz. “There is nothing more important in our county than the education of our children. The challenges facing teachers and support staff are significant, and I look forward to working with their representatives in Annapolis to protect public education in Maryland.”
“The opportunity for our members to talk directly with elected leaders prior to the General Assembly is very important,” said Abby Beytin, President of the Teacher’s Association of Baltimore County. “I am delighted that the County Executive will join us for what is always an informative dialogue.”
E-devices now available for library patrons to use in branches and borrow
Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) is starting off the new year with new technology in its collection for loan and in-branch usage, thanks to funding from Baltimore County Government. The new items, which include Playaway Locks, Chromebooks, GoChips and mobile training labs, will be available at all of BCPL’s 19 branches.
While all BCPL locations have public computers, adding these take-home devices to the collection allows Baltimore County residents the flexibility to advance their technical skills and overall digital literacy as their schedule permits.
“The availability of these devices provides tools for every citizen in Baltimore County to have access to acquire the skills and resources needed for success," said BCPL Director Paula Miller. "Access to these devices will help to lessen the ‘digital divide’ by providing equal access to those that may not have the opportunity to learn and experiment with technology.”
“We initiated this new tech option in our libraries because adding these e-devices allows County residents to access the latest technology, be more computer-literate, and learn the technical skills that are so vital now in our workplaces and global economy,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
Beginning today, BCPL’s 19 branches have the following:
- 210 Playaway Locks (e-readers) loaded with five books on each one. The Playaway Locks float (like all the other materials at the library) – which means it is shelved wherever it is returned by customers. Customers are able to request from one branch to another for pickup. Loan period is three weeks. http://playaway.com/lock/
- 380 Chromebooks with equal distribution to each of the 19 branches (20 at each branch). This is similar to a laptop and provides an opportunity for people to access the internet. Also, customers are able to request from one branch to another for pickup. Loan period is seven days. Chromebooks come preloaded with a variety of apps. https://www.google.com/chromebook/
- Two Mobile Training Labs each complete with 20 student and one (1) instructor laptop per lab. Each lab is a set of 20 laptops to float between branches for staff and customer training via programming.
- Available in early 2017: GoChips, a portable device preloaded with video content of movies or television series that can be connected wirelessly to a smartphone, tablet or computer without managing storage, internet streaming or data charges. Quantity and loan period TBD. https://gochip.com/
This purchase was made possible by Baltimore County Government as part of a budget initiative of County Executive Kamenetz. The FY17 budget included $500,000 in the Office of Information Technology’s Enhanced Productivity Thru Technology capital project. More information is available on BCPL technology at http://bcpl.info/technology
Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) has served the citizens of Baltimore County since 1948. With 19 branches throughout Baltimore County, BCPL empowers and engages individuals for a more inclusive and connected Baltimore County community, and provides opportunities to explore, learn, create and connect. In addition to loaning books, library card holders may borrow DVDs, music, ebooks and gain access to our research databases. Branches provide computer and internet access, job search assistance and offer a multitude of daily learning programs for adults and children. For more information about branches and services, visit bcpl.info or follow BCPL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.