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Ask A Question

 

Maryland AskUsNow! (opens new window), our 24/7 live chat service, assists with conducting research and finding resources for homework. You will not necessarily be chatting with a Baltimore County Public Library librarian or even a Maryland librarian. This cooperative service is staffed by reference librarians from other states and countries, as well as Maryland.

 

Tips for Students Using Maryland AskUsNow! (opens new window)

 

For Simultaneous Use of AskUsNow! Service by a Class

 

How to Have a Class Visit Online with Maryland AskUsNow! Toolkit (Opens in new window) Toolkit Available as Word Document
Describes Maryland AskUsNow!, our online live, interactive library chat service and how to organize a class visit with Maryland AskUsNow!.

 

To make this a satisfying experience for your students, contact infoserv@bcpl.net (opens new window) or the school liaison at the branch nearest your school at least one week in advance to let us know that multiple students from the same class will be using the service during a class period or to schedule an online demo. Please provide the following information:

 

  • teacher / group leader name and contact information
  • organization / school
  • specific assignment / topic
  • any resources you'd like us to focus on
  • grade level / age group
  • how many students
  • what date / time; for how long
  • do students have BCPL library cards? are they local library users?

 

This Contact form (in Word or as a PDF) may be helpful to public and school librarians as well as teachers for planning upcoming class visits with Maryland AskUsNow!

 

Ask A Question service (opens new window) - enter a question or comment in the search box. The software scans that text for terms that appear in questions we answered previously. The software gives you an option to view our reply to one of previously answered questions immediately or to submit a new question through email to Baltimore County Public Library. Replies to submitted questions are sent Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Brainfuse (opens new window), a free online tutoring service that offers students grades K through college with homework help or with building specific skills, such as long division. Tutoring is available Mon - Sun 2:00 PM to 11:55 PM EST from home, work or school for many subjects including math, language arts, science, and social studies. During the hours that tutors are not available, questions can be submitted through the Send Question link. A tutor will provide you with a response (usually within 24 hours).

 

Check out the Brainfuse Writing Lab for online writing assistance and the Adult Learner Center (opens new window), which has tutors and resources for preparing for the GED test, the U.S. Citizenship Test and more. A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed to use this online tutoring resource.

 

Our branch librarians are ready to help your students with their research. Visit or phone (press 4 for the Information Desk) your local Baltimore County Public Library branch and the librarians will help them find print and online information. Map of Branch Locations

 

 

 

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A free online tutoring service for students grades K through college

 

to chat live with a tutor from 2 p.m. - 11:55 p.m., 7 days a week. Spanish-speaking tutors are available. During the hours that tutors are not available, students can submit questions through the Send Question link.

 

A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed to use this online tutoring resource.

Assignment Alert

 

By submitting this Assignment Alert form (opens in new window), notify the Baltimore County Public Library branches nearest your students about an upcoming assignment. With advance notice from teachers, we will attempt to gather age-appropriate resources from our collection for students to use at their neighborhood branch and when possible at home.

 

   

Booklists and Other BCPL Reader Services

 

BCPL's Between The Covers webpages give recommendations from BCPL librarian bloggers on newly published books for adults, teens, and children in many genres that you should consider reading.

 

Our librarians want you to know what the Hot Titles (opens iin new window) in children's books, adult and teen fiction and nonfiction, adult and teen graphic novels, CDs, Books on CDs, DVDs and videogames are that Baltimore County Public Library recently ordered. DVDs, video games, Playaways, Playaway Views, and new adult fiction cannot be checked out to a Teacher Loan card.

 

BCPL Book Clubs
BCPL book discussion groups are listed in our Book Lovers' Corner under Find Materials at the top of our home page. Titles being discussed, date and time of meeting and other information is available through the branch holding the discussion or via the library's calendar of events ("dateLines"). Please confirm the meeting prior to attending since they are subject to change.

 

BCPL Highlights e-Newsletter
BCPL customers are automatically subscribed to our "Highlights" newsletter so they can stay informed about the latest BCPL news.

 

BCPL's Interlibrary Loan Services: Titles not owned by Baltimore County Public Library may be available through our Interlibrary Loan Service

 

Book lists: BCPL offers a variety of booklists. Find them online by visiting our Books and Book Lists for Young Children (ages birth to 5), Kids' Page – Stories and Reading Lists area, our Teens Read area as well as Book Lists in Book Lovers' Corner under Find Materials.

 

Early Literacy Resources: BCPL is focusing on ensuring that young children (age 5 and under) will enter school ready to learn to read, write and listen.

 

eBooks and Audiobooks: Books come in some pretty non-traditional formats these days and these digital formats are particularly useful for people on the go or have difficulty holding or reading print materials. These formats include audiobooks (books on CD, downloadable audio, and "playaways") to listen to and eBooks (downloadable eBooks and web-based virtual Reference ebooks) to be read on a computer or personal device.

 

Storyline: Call Storyline at 410-887-6116 and listen to stories read over the phone! Stories are appropriate for children ages 3 - 10.

 

Novelist K-8 Plus (opens new window): an online reading resource that includes picture books, children's chapter books and young adult titles, both fiction and nonfiction. Browse Teaching with Books area for curriculum-based book lists, or search by instructional unit, theme or topic. Find stories that are set in a particular country, or about different cultures. Presents full-text book reviews from sources such as Booklist and School Library Journal. Reviews often identify the instructional uses of titles and Lexile reading levels, as well. (Ebsco). Learn more about this database (opens new window). A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed to use this resource.

 

Novelist Plus (opens new window): an online resource for identifying fiction and nonfiction pleasure reading primarily for teens and adults. NoveList Plus offers bibliographic information on more than 200,000 titles, including over 50,000 nonfiction titles selected.  Learn more about this database (opens new window). A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed to use this

 

Read Street
A blog for a community or readers in Baltimore and beyond.

 

 

Branch Programs

 

dateLines, our quarterly Calendar of Events lists all branch programs.  For some programs where a small group is desirable, such as “Baby Story Time”, registration is necessary. These programs are noted in the dateLines listing as “registration required.”  To register, simply call or visit the branch during the week preceding the program. Online registration is now available for many of these programs.

 

If you want to bring a group of children, please visit or phone the branch first and speak to the branch's school liaison.

 

 

Class Visits

 

To schedule a visit

 

  • to a branch near your school, please visit or phone (press 4 for the Information Desk) that branch directly.  Request that the branch’s school liaison contact you.

 

  • from a librarian to your school, please visit or phone (press 4 for the Information Desk) the branch nearest your school directly and request that the branch’s school liaison contact you.

 

Branch locations, hours, phone numbers, etc.  Map of Branch Locations

 

Library Cards for School and Group Visits

 

We strongly support teachers in their efforts to get cards for students who don’t already have one. There's no better way to familiarize your students with what the public library has to offer! We look forward to meeting you and your students.

 

To ensure that library cards are ready on the day of a visit, please follow these easy steps:

 

  • Visit or phone (press 4 for the Information Desk) the branch that you are visiting. Tell us how many students in your class need Library Card Registration forms (grades 1 to 12) or My First Library Card Forms (for children birth to kindergarten).  Allow three business days, excluding weekends and holidays, to process your rquest for application forms.

 

Baltimore County Public School students (grades 1 to 5) will receive a Student SAIL Registration Form as part our SAIL: Students Achieve in Libraries partnership to get a library card. Student SAIL Registration Forms are also available in Arabic | Burmese | Simplified Chinese | Nepalese | Spanish | Urdu | Vietnamese

 

The My First Library Card program provides library cards for children ages birth through kindergarten and is directed to various pre-school programs and Baltimore County Public Schools.

 

  • Give an application form to each student to take home for completion.  NOTE: Each student’s full name, address and parent or legal guardian's information must be included on the application. A parent or legal guardian’s signature is required on the application form for students 17 years of age and under.

 

  • At least two weeks before the visit, please return the completed application forms to the branch you are visiting.

 

  • On the day of the visit:

 

Each child is allowed to borrow two print items only

 

The library cards are given to the teacher who is responsible for giving the cards to the parent or legal guardian. The teacher must inform the parent/guardian that a signature is required and that the parent or guardian must present valid ID at any of our branches before the card may be used again.

 

 

Community Services to Assist Your Students and Their Families

 

Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources
An online directory of local community organizations and agencies that can help provide necessary information and assistance to meet many human issues, such as child abuse, finding food, clothing or shelter, etc., of your students and their families. This is a project by the Baltimore County Public Library and the Baltimore County Local Management Board.

 

These organizations focus on students with special needs, alternative education, family literacy instruction, acquiring GED, and more.

 

 

 

Maryland Department of Disabilities - Educational Support Resources
This website covers special education from early childhood to grade 12 and the transitioning of youth to work and postsecondary education.

 

 

 

 

 

Click image below to search Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources for local community services...

 

Link to Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources in Baltimore County

Computer Access at BCPL

 

It doesn't matter if you or your students don't have access at home or if you're on the road and just need a place to link up.
Check us out!

 

All our branches provide free computer and wifi access to the Internet. Our branch public computers have Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint software loaded on them. 

 

Black and white and color printers are available for printing from the public computers or the wireless network. There is a charge for printing.

 

 

Databases through BCPL

 

Our free online databases (opens new window) are very useful for research and school assignments. Many contain full-text articles from magazines, journals, current and historic newspapers, encyclopedias, and more. There are databases on automotive repair, with biographies, on literature, for test and exam practice tests, on health, business, and more.

 

Note to teachers: These online databases are not the same as the Internet, databases are electronic versions of magazines or journals, encyclopedias and other formerly print research tools.

 

Most of these free online electronic resources can be used in our branches or 24/7 from home, school, or work. All you need is a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.

 

How to Find and Access Our Online Database

 

Click on either the Databases By Subject (opens new window) or Databases A to Z (alphabetical list opens in new window) link in the Find Info area at the top of our home page.

 

For access outside of a BCPL branch, enter when prompted your library card number without spaces and your password (the password, unless you changed it, is the last four digits of the phone number we have on file).

 

If you have Trouble Accessing Our Databases from home, school, or work.

 

 

Early Literacy Resources and Family Literacy

 

BCPL nurtures a love of reading beginning in early childhood. In addition to children's materials and branch programs, BCPL offers many early literacy services for children birth to 5.

 

Baby Boosters Kits (opens new window in our catalog)
These collections of books and resources on several themes are for use by parents and child care providers. They are kept in easy-to-carry backpacks. Each kit contains 10 children's books on a particular theme, plus a parent resource book and a compact disc or DVD.

 

Branch Programs and Story Times

 

Early Literacy Activity Centers with interactive activities that will lead to school readiness and success are found in each of our branches.

 

Storyville @ Rosedale and Storyville @ Woodlawn (opens new window)
Located in the Rosedale and Woodlawn Branches of the Baltimore County Public Library, these child-sized villages include developmentally appropriate books and activities for children ages birth to five.

 

Early Literacy Resources
Book lists, developmental tips, guidelines for reading aloud to children, as well as print and online resources for parents and caregivers of young children.

 

Family Literacy Support from Connections, Children, Youth and Family Resources
Local community organizations and agencies that can help provide literacy instruction and GED instruction for family members.

 

Click on images to find more information on Baby Booster kits and Storyville. Links open new windows...

 

Link to Baby Booster Kits information

 

Storyville @ Rosedale and Storyville @ Woodlawn

 

Link to Storyville Page

EBooks and Audiobooks

 

In addition to print materials the branch offers audiobooks for listening to a book being read and eBooks for reading on a computer or portable device.

 

Books on CD (Searches catalog in new window)

 

Both fiction and non-fiction titles are available for you or a student to listen to on a computer, in the car, during a  morning walk, or while exercising. These books on CD are available at all BCPL branches and are either abridged (an author-approved shortened version) or unabridged (the complete work as written).

 

Titles can be located and requested if not immediately available through our catalog (opens new window). On the left of the catalog search results, you can narrow your search to specific target audiences, such as juvenile, adolescents, and more.

 

Downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks

 

Children’s and young adult titles are available. Access Overdrive in the Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium catalog of titles (link opens new window) or the 3M Cloud Library (opens in new window) under the Find Materials area at the top of our home page. Click on eBooks, Audiobooks and Magazines on the drop down menu or click on the Download now! eBooks Audiobooks Magazines button at the center of our home page.

 

Overdrive (Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium) (link opens new window)

 

Sign In to your Overdrive account at the top right of the Maryland Digital eLibrary Consortium catalog by choosing Baltimore County Public Library as your library system and enter your Baltimore County Public Library card number without spaces. After making a title selection, you will be able to either checkout to your Bookshelf or place a request on a title. Holds appear in the Holds area of your OverDrive account. When a requested title becomes available, email notification (opens in new window) is sent to the card owner.

 

Free software for Overdrive titles is needed to download and to transfer both audiobooks and eBooks to a computer or portable device. The software you need depends on the format of the title you want to download and is available See the Help section (opens new window) provided by Overdrive for more information on downloading audiobooks or eBooks. Each device and format has its own HELP pages for answering the most frequently asked questions about installation of software, troubleshooting, and compatibility of specific devices.

 

3M Cloud Library (opens in new window)

 

Titles from 3M Cloud Library can now be checked out by logging into your library account (opens in new window) and searching the BCPL library's catalog for a title or author or through the 3M Cloud Library on the Web (opens in new window) as well as through the free 3M app you downloaded. You will still need one of the apps below to download and read 3M titles.

 

In order to download and read 3M eBook titles you must have one of the 3M apps on your PC or device. There are apps for the Windows PC, which can be used to transfer eBooks to a Nook or Kobo Reader via a USB cable, and for the MAC, Nook Color, HD and Nook Tablet, Android or iOS devices.

 

Open the 3M Cloud Library app. The first time you open the app you will be prompted to Log In by selecting your state, Baltimore County Public Library, and finally by typing in your library card number without spaces and your password/PIN . Note: Teacher Loan library card numbers will not work for 3M titles.

 

Search for a specific title or author or browse the 3M Cloud Library for titles or select Categories to browse by topics, for example Juvenile Fiction or Juvenile Nonfiction, Fiction-Classics, Study Guides, Foreign Language Study, Mathematics, Study Aids, and more.

 

After making a title selection, you will be able to either check out or if not available add it to your 3M Hold List.

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library (opens new window)

 

These authoritative online web-based reference books are similar to databases in that the content can be searched online, download (in some cases to an mp3 device), emailed or printed. These books do not have to be checked out or downloaded and are always available for use either in the branch or 24/7 from home. Topics covered in these electronic books include biographies, environment, history, world religion, law, nations, multicultural America, literature, social sciences, and more. You can access Virtual Reference eBooks online at any branch or from home with a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.

 

Playaways (opens catalog search in new window)

 

Playaways are self-contained portable players that come pre-loaded with one book and are available at any branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. Books available in the Playaway format include older as well new titles; they come in abridged and unabridged versions. Please note: battery and earphones are not provided. These cannot be checked out to a Teacher Loan card.

 

Read-Along Kits  (opens new window)
Link above searches our catalog for these kits. Kits contain both the print book and a CD for the beginning reader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link to Gale Virtual Reference Library electronic books available 24/7

 

The Reference Library is available online at any branch or 24/7 from home with a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library. Opens new window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playaways and read-along kits can be checked out at any Baltimore County Public Library branch. Click image below to see what Playaways we own. Opens new window.

 

Link to Playaway titles owned by BCPL

Group Study Rooms at Several Branches

 

Group study rooms are available at several branches on a “first come first served” basis. No advance reservations are accepted. Ask at the Information Desk about the sign-in process.

 

Group study rooms are for 2 or more people who are being tutored or who need to work on a project or have a meeting. Individuals who would like a quiet place to study will be directed to other quiet study areas in the branch. The room capacity for each room should be posted.

 

Use of the group study room is limited to 2 hours, unless no one else is waiting, for a maximum of 4 hours per day. When a group is using the group study room, sign-up will be under one person's name. Others in the same group cannot sign-up under a different name, as a way to extend access to the room.

 

Most branches without group study rooms have designated quiet study areas. The Information Desk can point them out.

 

 

Homework Help 24/7 for Students

 

BCPL offers print and online resources for use at a Baltimore County Public Library branch and for use 24/7 at home or school.

 

Maryland AskUsNow! (opens new window)

24/7 live chat with a librarian who can help a student find that answer or guide them in doing your research.

 

Brainfuse (opens new window), is an online tutoring service

Chat Live with a Tutor! (Spanish-speaking tutors available) from 2 p.m. – 11:55 p.m., 7 days a week. Kindergarten to Adult Learners welcome! During the hours that tutors are not available, students can submit questions through the Send Question link. A tutor will provide you with a response (usually within 24 hours).

 

The SkillSurfer area can help students learning a specific skill or subject, such as mastering long division or improving reading comprehension, help beginning or organizing an essay or research paper.  It also includes practice tests for preparing for state tests and the SAT, TOEFL, and more.

 

The  Writing Lab allows you to submit a file with your paragraph, essay, paper or resume/cover letter for review by a writing instructor. The paper is returned with comments on structure, grammar, style and content. The purpose of this service is not for the writing instructor to write or edit essays or resumes but to help your student to  better organize and present their thoughts.

 

Check out the Adult Learning Center (opens new window) for help and tutoring to prepare for the GED or U.S. Citizenship tests.

 

Databases through BCPL (opens new window)

 

Our free online databases (opens new window) are very useful for research and school assignments. Many contain full-text articles from magazines, journals, current and historic newspapers, encyclopedias, and more. There are databases on automotive repair, with biographies, on literature, for test and exam practice tests, on health, business, and more.

 

Most of these electronic resources can be used in our branches or 24/7 from home, school, or work. All you need is a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.

 

If You Have Trouble Accessing Our Databases from home, school, or work.

 

Electronic Reference Books (opens new window) through Gale Virtual Reference Library
These authoritative web-based reference books are similar to databases in that the content can be searched online, download (in some cases to an mp3 device), emailed or printed and printed. These books do not have to be checked out or downloaded, and are always available for use either in the branch or 24/7 from home. Topics covered include biographies, environment, history, world religion, law, nations, multicultural America, literature, social sciences, and more. You can access Virtual Reference eBooks online at any branch or from home with a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.

 

Astound Your Teachers...Homework Help for Teens
This web page has many useful information links for middle school to high school students.

 

Kids' Page – Got Homework?
Our Kids' Page has websites to help elementary school students complete their homework as well.

 

Legacy Web: BCPL's Historic Photograph Collection (opens catalog search of historic photographs in new window)
Browse our digital collection of local historic photographs. The collection contains almost 19,000 images covering all aspects of life, including photographs of people, buildings, sites, and events in the Baltimore County area, for the last 130 years. The images can be found and searched for through our catalog.

Click below to Ask A Question 24/7 (Opens new window)...

 

Ask a librarian your question now!

 

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Chat live with a tutor from 2 p.m. - 11:55 p.m., 7 days a week. Spanish-speaking tutors are available. During the hours that tutors are not available, students can submit questions through the Send Question link. Opens new window

 

This online tutoring service can help with your homework.

 

A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed to use this online tutoring resource

 

Link to Gale Virtual Reference Library electronic books available 24/7

 

Access online reference books in Gale Virtual Reference Library at any branch or 24/7 from home with a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library. Opens new window.

 

Browse our digital collection of local historic photographs through our online catalog

 

The Legacy Web collection contains images covering all aspects of life, including photographs of people, buildings, sites, and events in the Baltimore County area, for the last 130 years. The images can be found and searched for through our catalog. Opens new window.

 

Interlibrary Loan Service

 

Titles not owned by Baltimore County Public Library may be available through our Interlibrary Loan Service, which includes:

 

  • Marina -- a statewide lending cooperative of Maryland public libraries

 

  • OCLC -- a national lending collaborative, including colleges, universities and out-of-state libraries

 

You must have a valid library card from the Baltimore County Public Library in order to request material through our Interlibrary Loan Service. You will be notified when a requested item is available at your designated pickup location. Because Marina draws from Maryland public libraries, those requests are often filled more quickly. Most requests from either Marina or OCLC are usually filled within two weeks.

 

Teacher Loan Cards and Interlibrary Loan:

 

  • Loan period is for 6 weeks with no renewals

 

  • Items requested through Interlibrary Loan may be subject to a $2.00 BCPL processing fee plus any additional costs charged by a lending agency.

 

  • Loan period is for 6 weeks with no renewals.

 

 

Library Cards

 

SAIL: Students Achieve in Libraries
a Baltimore County Public School/Baltimore County Public Library partnership

 

The goal of this campaign is to get a special new BCPL library card in the hands of every Baltimore County Public School student in grades 1 - 5 and for the student to use the card.

 

 

  • Parents should complete and sign the Student SAIL Registration Form and return it to the school.

 

  • A BCPL library representative will collect the forms from the school, create the library cards, and deliver the cards back to the school for distribution.

 

 

Student SAIL Registration Forms are also available in Arabic | Burmese | Simplified Chinese | Nepalese | Spanish | Urdu | Vietnamese

 

If a student already has a BCPL library card, that card will be re-registered and the student will receive the new SAIL card.

 


My First Library Card Program

 

This project is in cooperation with various pre-school programs and with Baltimore County Public Schools and provides special library cards for children age birth through kindergarten to use in all our library branches. Need more forms? Print a My First Library Card Registration Form.

 


Teacher Loan Card

 

A special Baltimore County Public Library card designed to be used by teachers and other educators to provide materials and other BCPL resources for their classes to benefit their students attending school in Baltimore County!

 

These special cards are available to

 

  • Teachers, media specialists and librarians in Baltimore County public and private schools, serving students through 12th grade

 

  • Day care centers and child care providers located in Baltimore County

 

  • Home school teachers working with Baltimore County schools. The home school must be a Baltimore County residence.

 

  • Employees and volunteers of Baltimore County agencies and nonprofit groups responsible for book discussion groups or groups organized for educational purposes

 

Baltimore County residents who provide these services for schools and agencies outside Baltimore County are not eligible for a teacher loan card.

 

You must have a personal BCPL library card for your personal use and it must be in good standing before a teacher loan card may be issued.

 

Cards expire annually on August 31 and must be renewed annually beginning August 1st for the new school year. All account issues from previous school years must be taken care of before a card can be renewed for the new school year. Questions about a card's status should be directed to the branch where the card was issued.

 

Information about eligibility, terms of use, the Teacher Loan Registration Form, and the process for acquiring a card are available on the Teacher Loan Library Card page.

 


Other Baltimore County Public Library cards for your personal use or for non-Baltimore County students

 

  • To use a library card from another Maryland public library system at Baltimore County Public Library, it must be registered at any Baltimore County Public Library branch.  Once your card is registered you may borrow our materials or use our research databases and downloadable audiobooks and eBooks.

 

  • Card and Catalog Help
    Answers to frequently asked questions about your Baltimore County Public Library card and your library account are found on this web page

 


How to Get Library Cards in Preparation for Class or School Visits

 

 

Storyville

 

Storyville @ Rosedale and Storyville @ Woodlawn
Recognizing that parents are a child's first teachers, the guiding mission of Storyville (opens new window) is to help preschool children gain the skills they need to enter school ready to learn through active interaction with their caregiver and the activities provided.

 

Located in the Rosedale and Woodlawn Branches of the Baltimore County Public Library, these child-sized villages include developmentally appropriate books and activities for children ages birth to five. For groups, we would like at least 1 adult for every 3 children, so the adults may be actively engaged with the children in their care.

 

Please make other arrangements for older children.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Storyville
In general, Storyville is busiest weekday mornings and weekends. Weekday afternoons and evenings are often less crowded.

 

 

 

 

Click image below to find out about Storyville. Opens new window...

 

Link to Storyville Page

Summer Reading Club

 

Online Pre-Registration for the 2014 Summer Reading Club will be available on Monday, May 5, 2014 through Sunday, June 15, 2014. Online and in-person registration is possible until Sunday, August 10, 2014

The 2014 Summer Reading Club begins officially on Monday, June 16, 2014 and ends Sunday, August 10, 2014.

 

We hope to see you and your students join the 2014 Summer Reading Club!

 

The Summer Reading Club encourages reading throughout the summer. This summer at BCPL, students will explore and celebrate the wonders of all types of science - biology, chemistry, computer science and more.

 

The Club is geared to four age groups

 

Read-to-Me Club (birth - 5 years old) (opens new window)  This is designed as an adult/child activity. Each child will use a Fizz Boom Read To Me! gameboard with age-appropriate activities in each row. When the row is completed a child can visit any branch for a prize. Babies and young children can be registered and someone can read to them.

 

Elementary School (Kindergarten – 5th grade) (opens new window) students will use a Fizz, Boom, Read! gameboard and complete the required reading listed in each block. When a block of activities is completed, they can visit the library for a sticker to be placed on the gameboard. After all four stickers are collected they are eligible for a school age completion prize.

 

Middle School (6th - 8th grade) (opens new window) students receive a Spark A Reaction flyer, with instructions on the top and one raffle entry form on the bottom. Each participant reads three books and fills out an entry form with the book titles, their contact information and the prize raffle being entered. The more books they read the more chances they have to win a prize. Additional entry forms will be available at all branches. They can submit entry forms as many times as they want during the summer.

 

High School (9th - 12th grade) students and Adults: Too old for the Summer Reading Club but still love to read? Join BCPL's online Summer Reading group on Goodreads at http://www.bcpl.info/goodreads between Monday, June 16 and Sunday, August 10, 2014, and post reviews to the 2014 summer reading bookshelf or discussion board. Every time a review is posted, the participant can enter in a raffle to win a prize. Plus, read reviews from other members to find other great books to dig into! The theme for 2014 High School age students and adult participants is: Literary Elements. You needed a Baltimore County Public Library card to join.

 

A report will be sent to Baltimore County Public Schools with the names of all students that participate in Summer Reading Club 2014.

 

Summer Reading Club Student Volunteers:

 

From Monday, April 7, 2014 until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014, our branches will be looking for 2014 Summer Reading Club volunteers

 

In March, our Youth Services Department will send volunteer recruitment flyers to Baltimore County Public Schools middle schools to promote student volunteering for the Summer Reading Club. BCPL branches will also distribute flyers to their local private and parochial schools.

 

From Monday, April 7, 2014 until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014, a limited number of volunteer packets and application forms will be available for students at the branch where they would like to volunteer this summer. They must be picked up in person at the branch. Our online volunteer application form is not accepted.

 

Note: Since it is closed for renovation from Saturday, March 29, 2014 until early June, Parkville Branch Summer Reading volunteer application packets can be picked up at the Cockeysville, Loch Raven, Perry Hall, or White Marsh branches and returned to any BCPL branch by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18.

 

Application forms should be returned by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18 to the branch where you want to volunteer. Parkville Branch forms may be returned to any BCPL branch.

 

Volunteering for Summer Reading is open to all students entering the 7th through 10th grades in the Fall of 2014. Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours during the 8-week Summer Reading Club period and at least 5 of the 8 weeks. Online application forms and packets are not available. The limited number of volunteer slots fill quickly at each branch. Additional information and a description of the volunteer description is available at Summer Reading Volunteer Program ( http://www.bcpl.info/about-us/volunteering-students#summer-reading-volunteers

 

Earned Service Learning hours will not be sent automatically to the schools. Volunteers must take the Service Learning Hour forms from their schools to the branch where they volunteered at the end of the Summer Reading Club to be authorized.

 

Kick-off Programs:

 

Plans for a visit to a school to explain the summer reading program, or for participation in a Summer Reading kick-off program or School Night at a branch or school begins with your school's librarian as early as March or April.

 

The actual school night should not be held before May. For information, visit or call the branch nearest your school and ask for the school liaison or programming coordinator to contact you.

 

What happens at a School Night? That’s up to you and the branch. You may want to:

 

  • Register kids for Summer Reading Club earlier than the official start date

 

  • Give out packets

 

  • Have BCPL flyers including dateLines, our Calendar of Events available

 

  • Encourage parents and children to sign up for library cards

 

 

Summer Reading Lists from Your School

 

Provide us with your list in electronic form, formatted for printing. Send to the Information Services Department of Baltimore County Public Library at infoserv@bcpl.net (opens new window).

 

 

If You Have Questions . . .

 

Please call the Baltimore County Public Library's Youth Services Department, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. or your nearest Baltimore County Public Library branch.

 

Marisa Conner, Youth Services Coordinator
Baltimore County Public Library
Youth Services Department
Rosedale Branch
6105 Kenwood Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21237-2097
Phone: 410-887-0517
Fax: 410-866-7941

 

 

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