Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Check out this historic photograph, courtesy of the Baltimore County Public Library.
This photo, which dates to before World War I, is of George Pennington's blacksmith's shop in Towson. The shop was once located at 627 York Road, on the southwest corner of York Road and Washington Avenue, just across the street from Prospect Hill Cemetery, according to an entry in the Baltimore County Public Library catalog. Though its hard to tell, the site is actually located close to the current traffic circle. Taken from the Treadwell property across the street at 617 York Road, the shot shows snow falling on the shop; today the Treadwell property is the site of M Jourdelle Bridal & Formal. Do you have an interesting piece of Towson history to share or a historic photograph? Contact editor Nick Gestido: email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Check out this historic photograph of Towson, courtesy of the Baltimore County Public Library.
It's hard to believe this photo, which dates back to World War I, is actually of York Road in Towson. Downloaded from the Baltimore County Public Library's digital photo collection, the photo shows the Bee Hive, a tailoring and dry good store that was located at 527 York Road, according to the library's catalog. That puts it just between the J.M. Watkins building; which you probably know better as The Crease to the south, and Strebers to the north. The library catalog also notes that Eliza Hahn Bosley—of the Bosley family (for whom Bosley Avenue is named) was born at the property on January 1, 1880. Share your memories of Towson in the comments. Have an old family photograph, or interesting bit of Towson history to share? Email editor Nick…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The service works with Macs, PCs, Androids, iPhones, iPads and other tablet devices, but not Kindle or Nook.
Baltimore County Public Library debuted a new free service in late December that offers instant access to more than 100 magazine titles on electronic devices. Interested patrons can sign up for Zinio through the library's website, according to a news release. The service is available 24 hours a day, and includes a range of selections such as National Geographic, Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone. The magazines are accessible to an unlimited number of people, which means no wait time. "Unlike the physical copies you find in our branches, every BCPL customer who wants to look at these magazines can do it at the same time whenever they want," Jamie Watson, the library's collection development coordinator, said in the release. Zinio is compatible…
Monday, January 28, 2013
Fifth District Councilman David Marks and Sixth District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins both support extended hours at the library.
Elected officials are pushing the Baltimore County Public Library to expand hours at a neighborhood branch. Fifth District Councilman David Marks recently wrote to Baltimore County Public Library director Jim Fish asking that the Loch Raven Library have its hours expanded to match those of other branches around the county. A .pdf copy of Marks' letter is attached to this article. Currently Loch Raven Library is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Most other branches in the county are open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and form 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. A few branches, such as Towson and Perry Hall, also keep Sunday hours from 1-5 p.m. "We …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The decorated bird houses are on display at the Baltimore County Public Library's Towson and Arbutus branches.
Kids with cancer, and the friends and family of those who have passed away, shared their stories through bid house decorating. These 'Houses of Hope' can be seen at the Towson and Arbutus branches of the Baltimore County Public Library, according to a news release. The houses, which come alongside a story about the creators, will be on display until the end of October. The initiative was organized by the Cool Kids Campaign, a Towson-based nonprofit that services kids with cancer.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A total of 48,413 kids completed the program countywide.
A record-breaking 48,413 kids participated in Baltimore County Public Library's 2012 Summer Reading Club, including 2,808 at the Towson branch. The program, which ran from June 11 to Aug. 12, had the theme of "Dream Big: Read!" for pre-school and elementary-age kids, and "Own the Night" for older participants, according to a news release from the county library system. The Cockeysville branch boasted the highest number of participants with 5,741, the release reads. Last year, a total of 45,971 participants were recorded.
Friday, April 6, 2012
An application was filed last week to place the library on the county landmarks list.
A group of concerned residents, along with an architect's family, wants to see Baltimore County keep the Loch Raven Library standing. Bitten Norman, a Loch Raven resident, said she turned in an application to the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission last week. "We're just waiting to hear if we'll be allowed to testify on behalf of the library because we've got so much documentation, research we've done on the building and information we've gotten from the architect's family," Norman said. Last year, residents formed the Friends of Loch Raven Library, a community group to help support the library and hold community events like guest lectures. In recent years, the small, one-room library has faced numerous closure threats. In…
Friday, February 24, 2012
Renowned photographer David Simpson recently spoke to a group at the Loch Raven branch of the Baltimore County public library.
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Friday, February 24, 2012
Probably the most amazing thing about the coffee table photo book Loch Raven is the camera it's author used to shoot the breaktaking scenes inside. Rather than any fancy photo equipment, the entire book was shot with a "point-and-shoot" 10-megapixel Panasonic Lumix digital camera—the same type that you and scores of others probably use at family gatherings, which retails for around $350. That was just one of the stories Loch Raven photographer David Simpson shared during a recent presentation as part Friends of the Loch Raven Library speaker's series. The Maryland Institute College of Art grad and 25-year veteran of the film and photography industry told a group of about 20 people the story of his career. Simpson grew up in Dundalk and …
Friday, July 8, 2011
A former librarian’s legacy is the largest one-time gift in the history of the foundation.
Just three days after the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library committed to raising a $1 million endowment for its children’s literacy initiative, supporters were shocked to learn they were suddenly halfway to their goal. The foundation received a bequest this week of $475,000 from the estate of Margaret “Peggy” Peterson, a former BCPL librarian, who demonstrated her commitment to libraries in death as she did in life. Peterson, who died in 2006, was a BCPL employee from 1963 until her retirement in 1986, and was known for her love of books. A Baltimore native, she was a life-long library patron, having spent many hours of her childhood inside the branches of Enoch Pratt Free Library (EPFL), according to her friend Lynn Wheeler, …