Throughout FY2019, Baltimore County Public Library and its staff were honored and recognized for innovation and outstanding library service by several organizations:
The Telly Awards honored Baltimore County Public Library’s Media Services department with a Silver Award for Kids Talk About Kwame Alexander’s The Playbook and a Bronze Award for Read a Creepy Book in October’s Reading Challenge.
County Council member Tom Quirk recognized Zeke White, branch manager of the Woodlawn Branch, for his integrity and professionalism while enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of the Woodlawn community. Zeke is involved in many community outreach projects and has made lasting contributions to the community during his tenure as branch manager, including his involvement with the Security Woodlawn Business Association.
Christine Kamt, Storyville coordinator at the Woodlawn Branch, was recognized by Citizens for Maryland Libraries for her tireless efforts to promote library services in the community. Christine started monthly outreach visits to WIC centers and implemented “A Cut Above Book Club,” an outreach program aimed at serving predominantly African American and Spanish-dominant Latino families, by visiting local barbershops with books, craft projects and technology to engage with barbershop customers to promote literacy and library usage.
Fiscal Year 2019 was about establishing our role in the community as we continue to evolve to meet Baltimore County’s needs in the areas of education, economy, equity and engagement. The dedication and ingenuity of our passionate staff helped to create and build collaborative partnerships to achieve greater impact and to enhance the Library’s level of resources, programs and services to improve the quality of life for the more than 830,000 Baltimore County residents and the 10 million visitors to our branches, four bookmobiles and the virtual online branch.