Baltimore County News
Libraries and other locations offer relief from the heat
If you are looking for a cool environment with access to water and bathrooms, then Baltimore County has several “cooling centers” available where you can get relief from the heat.
During the months of May through September, Baltimore County Public Library has 19 convenient branches that are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents can cool off while reading a book or enjoying scheduled events at a branch in their community. Visit the Baltimore County Public Library website to get more information on the library branch nearest you or call 410-887-6100.
Baltimore County senior centers are also open to the general public, regardless of age. Most locations are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who visit these locations to get relief from the heat can watch TV, read a book or sit and relax. Visit the Department of Aging website for information on their 20 senior centers or call the Maryland Access Point of Baltimore County phone line at 410-887-2594.
There are also other places you can go to cool off in Baltimore County:
- Community Centers
- Movie Theaters
- Neighbor's home with air conditioning
“Residents need to know that the County has plenty of resources available where they can go to get cool,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “From libraries and senior centers to churches, movie theaters and malls, there is a place in every community where you can get relief from the heat, and I urge you to use them if you do not have air conditioning.”
To keep you and your family healthy and safe in the summer heat, use these hot weather tips:
- NEVER leave a child or pet in an unattended car!
- Check on elderly or chronically ill family members, friends and neighbors.
- Stay hydrated with water or fruit juices. Also provide your pet with plenty of water and sheltering.
- Limit outdoor activity when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high.
- Use sunscreen and reapply often when spending time outdoors.
Most are Open on Friday
Baltimore County government offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26, in recognition of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. The District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.
Parking Meters and Libraries
All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and open normal hours the rest of the weekend. Parking meters are free from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, November 29, in order to promote local holiday shopping.
No Trash or Recycling Collection on Thanksgiving Day; Landfill Closed
Baltimore County residents whose trash or yard materials would normally have been collected on Thursday, November 26, should set it out on Thursday night for collection on Friday, November 27. Residents whose single stream recycling would normally have been collected on Thursday, November 26, are asked to hold these recyclables until the next scheduled recycling collection day (Thursday, December 3).
Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Thanksgiving. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, the materials should be left out until collection occurs.
Trash and recycling drop-off centers, including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, as well as County offices, will be closed on Thursday, November 26. Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours Friday, November 27, and Saturday, November 28.
For more information, residents should visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management website or call 410-887-2000.