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Anne Arundel County Public Library ends century, begins new, with new look, website, time capsule


The Anne Arundel County Public Library ended its year-long 100-year anniversary celebration with a new new mobile time capsule commemoration at 10 a.m.. this morning, Tuesday, December 7, at Busch Library in Annapolis, with the installation of a new 25-year, mobile time capsule, as well as unveiling the library system’s new website and branding.

The time capsule ceremony was attended by about 40 people, according to the library’s communication director Christine Feldmann. Local “capsule keeper” families put the last objects into the capsule, which according to Feldmann included:

  • Hand sanitizer and a mask

  • An empty beer can from one of the four special brews that were created by local breweries in 2021 to raise funds and help celebrate the anniversary

  • A WiFi hotspot, which, Feldmann said she hopes won’t be needed any longer in 2046

  • hard copies of the Capital Gazette, Baltimore Sun and Washington Post

  • A list of the original capsule keepers

  • And some library swag

The idea of the mobile time capsule is for it to pass between library branches’ displays and the community for the next quarter century. The “capsule keepers” are local residents and families who have agreed to come back to the library in 2046 to officially open the capsule closed today. But the 2021 time capsule will be accessible before that far-off date.

Feldmann

“We had a group of employees that have been doing this (anniversary events) all year long,” Feldmann said. “This committee had come up with this concept. It made sense to have it (time capsule) on display, so people could enjoy it, learn from it and feel like they were a part of it.”

Today’s ceremony also kicked off the libraries new branding and website. he Library Foundation and other donors funded the creation of the new website and the branding logo. The logo hadn’t been changed since the late 1990’s and the website hadn’t been overhauled in nearly ten years.

The website is now “much easier to use,” according to Feldmann with quick links at the top and a better event calendar.

“Overall (it’s) a more user-friendly design that helps people find what they’re looking for more quickly,” she said.

She called the new logo “bold and abstract.” Paired together she said the logo and website better reflect the library system and community moving forward.

new logo
old logo

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