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Libraries extend closure to 6/8

Updated: May 28

Virtual Library remains open

The Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) today announced the further extension of the system’s closure through at least June 8. It was a decision made in consultation with public health officials.


Bookings of the library’s meeting rooms have been suspended indefinitely. 


“We had hoped to open our libraries next month, but it’s imperative that we operate out an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our customers, staff and volunteers," said Library CEO Skip Auld. 


The library has increased its virtual programs on its Facebook page and on Zoom including: 


  • Preschool storytimes from trained staff at 10:30 am (Monday-Friday) 

  • Babies in Bloom storytimes on Thursdays at 11:30 am 

  • Miss Johanna’s STEM activity of the day at 1:15 pm 

  • The Great Movies discussion club on Fridays at 7 pm (This week’s selection is Son of Rambow

  • Poetry Open Mic Nights on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

  • Fantasy and Fairy-tale Virtual Trivia Night on Monday, April 20 at 7 pm

  • Mondays are Murder True Crime Discussion Group, April 27 at 7 pm


Since the libraries closed last month, use of eBooks and eAudiobooks by library customers has increasedmore than 36% over the same time last year.New users of the library’s digital collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines have more than doubled.


“It is great to see Anne Arundel County Public Libraries offering an abundance of virtual outlets to residents,” said Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, “allowing creativity to still thrive while staying home and practicing social distancing.”  


Daily, library staff continue to add more titles to the systems’ extensive digital collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and databases available on the library’s website. Customers are encouraged to visit AACPL’s Cloud Library collection for the quickest access to the newest eBooks for all ages. 

 

Additionally, grant seekers and non profit organization employees will enjoy having temporary access to the Foundation Directory Online Essential. The database provides access to information on nationwide grant-makers and their grants through a database of over 92,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grant-making public charities in the U.S.


No library fines and fees will be charged during the closure and customers are encouraged to hold on to books, movies and other items as book-drops are closed. 


--Compiled from AACPL press release