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The updated library features new, enclosed spaces and upgraded technology

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Library Director Paula Miller are pleased to announce that the Randallstown Branch has reopened after an extensive renovation and technology upgrade. The library closed for renovation on January 29.

Amenities and features of the Randallstown Branch include a large reservable meeting room (capacity 221), newly enclosed children and teen spaces, four study rooms, free WiFi, 33 public desktop computers, one children’s computer, and a large collection of print and audio-visual library materials. New shelving, comfortable seating, signage and updated public restrooms complement the modernized space.

The branch also features a Center of Excellence, the COLAB, which is a technology/maker cooperative space that includes items such as 20+ laptop computers, an HTC Vive virtual reality system, Microsoft HoloLens holographic computer, PlayStation 4 console with VR Bundle and games, Sphero SPRK and Ollie robots, and snap circuits. On the horizon for the branch are a Kano build-it-yourself computer with coding kit and a 3D printer.

“We thank our customers for their patience as we renovated the Randallstown Branch to bring 21st century library services to the community,” said BCPL Director Paula Miller. “In addition to books and electronic resources, this update allows us to provide transformative experiences and user-friendly spaces that make a positive difference in peoples’ lives.”

A collaborative effort of BCPL and Baltimore County Government, this $1.1 million project was funded in part through a grant from the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services.

“This $1.1 million project has transformed the popular Randallstown Branch into a state-of-the-art community hub for people to access technology and benefit from a larger collection of library materials, great children and teen spaces, an attractive meeting room and so much more,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Branch programs resume on Saturday, July 1 from 2-3 p.m. with the Build a Better World Science Show with Science Guys of Baltimore. Starting on Monday, July 3, the Randallstown Branch will begin its weekday Lunch and Learn series, where children 18 and under will enjoy crafts or fun hands-on learning experiences along with free boxed lunches.

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, e-books 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.


County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and BCPL Director Paula Miller celebrate with community 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Library Director Paula Miller celebrated the start of major renovations of the Randallstown Library Branch with elected officials and local business and community leaders this morning. They shared details of the $1.1 million project to completely renovate this popular library branch with an interior redesign and technology upgrades by this summer. During construction, the BCPL Bookmobile will be in the library parking lot every Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 “It will be like a brand new library with exciting new technology enhancements, an expanded collection of books and audio-visual materials, and a comfortable modern setting for people to take advantage of all of the resources the library has to offer,” said Kamenetz. “It’s going to be like Barnes and Noble meets the Apple Store!”

The renovated branch will feature an attractive modern design with more than 30 public computers, free WiFi, laptop bars with charging stations, a large meeting room, an enclosed children’s area, an enclosed teen space, a bigger collection of print and audio-visual library materials, three study rooms, a quiet reading room, self-service checkout stations and digital media displays, new shelving, spacious and comfortable new seating, single use and collaborative workspaces, updated public restrooms, and BCPL's newest Center of Excellence — CoLab, a computer/technology/maker hub to bring the community together to create, collaborate and learn.

“The Randallstown Branch is a busy library, especially in terms of providing technology access, and it serves as a real community anchor for residents,” said BCPL director Paula Miller. “Beyond books and electronic resources, this renovation will enable us to provide experiences and user-friendly spaces that make a positive difference in the lives of our customers.”

“Libraries are a very important community resource for all County residents and I am very excited about this upgrading of the Randallstown library, and I can’t wait for the new state of the art facility to open this summer,” said 4th District County Councilman Julian Jones.

The project is funded through Baltimore County’s capital budget in conjunction with a $170,000 grant from the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Library Development and Services. The library branch is scheduled to reopen this summer. Updates and progress photos will be posted periodically on the branch page of the BCPL website, at http://www.bcpl.info/hours-locations/randallstown


Completes important connection between Owings Mills and Liberty Road Corridor

Dozens of cheering community leaders from the Randallstown and Owings Mills areas came out this morning to help Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz cut a ribbon to officially open the final stretch of Owings Mills Boulevard, completing a much-anticipated link between these residential and business communities.

This new 1.2 mile roadway connects Winands Road to Liberty Road (Route 26), joining existing portions of the boulevard to form a continuous 3.8-mile route from Reisterstown Road to Liberty Road and connecting two centers of development.

“Completing Owings Mills Boulevard not only promotes economic prosperity, but will ease local traffic congestion and diminish cut-through traffic,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “This is a major infrastructure investment for our community.”

About the new roadway

Construction for the $13 million dollar construction project began in the fall of 2013 and has been part of the County’s Master Plan since the County purchased the land for highway construction in the 1980s. The landscaped roadway is four lanes, has a raised median and features sidewalks on both sides – one designated for both pedestrians and bicycles. The retaining walls feature an attractive faux-stone finish.

Community Collaboration

The Department of Public Works worked closely with area residents and businesses to ensure that the construction would have the least impact possible. Construction was scheduled to take into account residential and customer parking needs and the County accommodated businesses along Liberty Road, as well as businesses and residents of Kings Park Estates and Woodridge with landscaping, lights, signs and new paving.    

“This final section of Owings Mills Boulevard opens up a major artery and will relieve traffic by keeping drivers from zig-zagging through side streets to get where they need to go,” said 4th District Councilman Julian Jones. 

$30 million in roadway investments for Randallstown

The newly completed $13 million route is part of Baltimore County’s $30 million investment in the Randallstown growth area since 2008. In addition to this important roadway extension, transportation infrastructure in this area has been enhanced with the previous extension of Owings Mills Boulevard from Lyons Mill Road to Winands Road (completed in 2012), and the widening of Lyons Mill Road between Owings Mills Boulevard and Marriottsville Road (completed in 2012).



 
 
Revised September 26, 2016