“Two-year-old Fiona DeArmas and her mother, Amy, were strolling through the stacks of the Arbutus branch of the Baltimore County Public Library last week, searching for the right book to take home.In a tradition passed on to each of Amy’s six children, she’d be allowed to take out as many books as her age.On July 1, Fiona turned three.And if her older children were any indication, she’d be excited for the perk.”When my oldest was 10, she was really happy because she could get 10 books,” she said. “It’s the little things like that they’ve enjoyed.” (via Baltimore Sun)
“You can find more than books at the Baltimore public library today, as all branches remain open and fully staffed in the wake of protests and riots that have rocked the city. With a state of emergency declared and schools closed citywide Tuesday morning, the Enoch Pratt Free Library has chosen to stay open, providing a hub of comfort and community to all Baltimore neighborhoods, including the ones most affected by the mayhem. “It’s at times like this that the community needs us,” library Director of Communications Roswell Encina told MTV News. “That’s what the library has always been there for, from crises like this to a recession to the aftermath of severe weather. The library has been there. It happened in Ferguson; it’s happening here.” (via MTV)
Baltimore’s iconic Enoch Pratt Library is getting a 100 million dollar makeover, but where are all of the books going?
“In the great wainscotted conference room on the second floor of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Dr. Carla Hayden, the library’s longtime director, apologizes for her casual dress, declines to be photographed, and launches into a history of her library, which became something of a national icon. The building was completed in 1933 and was designed to look like a department store. This was an innovation on the previous “temple of learning” theme that featured big, sweeping stairways. The Pratt library, by contrast, was all on one level, making it accessible to everyone, and featured wide aisles, broad, open areas, and display windows very much like those found on Howard Street’s best stores.” (via citypaper.com)
“Jim Fish had a knack for management from a young age, former colleagues say — and in his 43 years as a professional librarian, he never worked as anything but a library director. The longtime administrator of the Baltimore County Public Library stepped down last month, having witnessed many changes in library technology — and in American society itself. When he began his adult career more than four decades ago, people still used card catalogs. There were no Kindles or other e-readers. And people didn’t visit the library for all the reasons they do today.” (via Baltimore Sun)
“Public library advocates are questioning a Baltimore County plan to transfer library information-technology services to the county government’s IT office, saying it could set a precedent that threatens the library’s autonomy. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s budget includes the transfer of 28 positions in the Baltimore County Public Library system to the county’s Office of Information Technology starting July 1. A County Council vote on the budget is scheduled for Thursday. Administration officials say the move is part of a long-term strategy to make government more efficient. The technology office will assume control of the library’s IT operations and related budgets, and no jobs will be cut, officials said.” (via Baltimore Sun)