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Date: Jun 2017

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.


No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on July 4; Drop-Off Centers Closed

Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in recognition of the Independence Day holiday.  Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 and parking meters are free on the holiday.

No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on July 4; Drop-Off Centers Closed

There will be no collection of trash, recycling or yard materials on July 4. The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular collection schedule to see the impact of holidays on when they should set out trash, recycling, and yard materials.

Baltimore County offices and trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.  All three drop-off facilities will be open with regular operating hours on Monday, July 3, and Wednesday, July 5.

Collection schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000.


Discusses MACo’s Advocacy for Maryland's Counties

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), met with local legislators on the lower Eastern Shore yesterday while he was attending the Maryland Municipal League’s annual conference in Ocean City. He spent time with the Worcester County Commissioners and the Wicomico County Council members as part of an ongoing tour of the state’s major subdivisions.

Leaders of these legislative bodies sat down with Kamenetz and MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson to discuss an overview of MACo’s advocacy for Maryland counties in Annapolis at this year’s General Assembly session and about the value of MACo conferences where local officials can learn from each other and build beneficial relationships. Wicomico and Worcester county leaders raised the issues of transportation funding from the state and the challenging constraints of the state’s school funding formula. Wicomico officials also touched on plans for water and sewer build-out and the local airport.

“I really appreciate the time that our colleagues in Wicomico and Worcester spent with us sharing their goals and challenges,” said Kamenetz. “It goes to show you that whether you are governing on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore, in our mountains or in the City, we all have the same basic charge to provide our people with a good education, transportation options and basic health and safety.”

MACo, first organized in 1939, is a non-partisan organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 

Kamenetz also brought greetings to colleagues from around the state at this week’s Maryland Municipal League’s annual conference in Ocean City. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017