Starting in November, BCPL will be adding two new video game platforms to our collection: Xbox One and PlayStation4. These will be added to existing titles for other game platforms, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U and PlayStation 3. Customers may borrow up to three games, free of charge, for 21 days. Video games are stored centrally, but you can request titles online or in your local branch and, if available, the titles will usually be sent within one to two business days if the title is available. If not available, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified when the item is available for you to pick up. Click here to read more about the borrowing policies for video games or for more information on requesting a video game.
All BCPL Branches Now Have Defibrillation Devices
As a part of The Baltimore County Public Access Defibrillation Program, the county has graciously agreed to supply each BCPL branch with an AED defibrillation device. Captain Steve Adelsberger, of the Baltimore County Fire Department, met with branch managers to explain the devices and provide a hands-on CPR/AED training session, and visited each branch to identify the best location for installation and additional staff training. The device is no larger than your average purse, but can mean all the difference in a life or death situation.
Foundation for BCPL Participates in Amazon Smile
Want to shop and donate to the Foundation for BCPL all at once? You're in luck! The Foundation for BCPL is now a participating charity in Amazon Smile! What is Amazon Smile? It's Amazon's way of giving back. The Amazon Smile site is just like the regular Amazon site, with a charitable twist. Any time you purchase something through smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to your designated charity. Here's where we come in! You can give back in a few easy steps:
Once you're logged in using your regular Amazon information, search for "Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library."
Click on "select" when the Foundation's name comes up on the next screen, and you're set!
Now, any time you purchase something through the Amazon Smile site, 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to the Foundation for BCPL!
"Taste of the Town" – May 3, 2014
The Foundation's fundraiser "Taste of the Town" will take place on May 3, 2014 at the Perry Hall Branch! "Taste of the Town" will be an evening of casual fun that will feature delicious food at tasting stations from restaurants throughout the Baltimore area, live music and a silent auction. All proceeds go towards our early childhood literacy efforts.
In this season of giving thanks, we are so grateful for our dedicated supporters! Thanks to you, we are able to support the many library programs that are so important to our customers. Programs and initiatives include Summer Reading Club, My First Library Card and both Storyville @ Rosedale and Storyville @ Woodlawn.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season. For more information on the Foundation for BCPL, or to donate today, visit www.foundationforbcpl.org!
Community Day at Cockeysville
School Age - Children under 8 with adult
Cockeysville Branch's 4th annual celebration, including a magic show, story time, face painting, juggling and balloon tricks.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Drawing Machines and Wigglebots
Tweens and Teens
Create miniature electromechanical creatures that draw fantastic patterns as they wiggle all over. At the Towson Branch. Registration required.
Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
Climb Your Family Tree
Ready to climb your family tree? Learn how to get started effectively on your genealogical search by using family interviews, documents, library sources and the internet. At the Perry Hall Branch. Registration required.
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m.
12 Years a Slave
In school, we all learned about Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, but there was another book published around the same time that had an important impact on the discussion of slavery in America. That book was Solomon Northup's memoir 12 Years a Slave. Northup was born a free man and lived most of his life in New York. In 1841, he was lured to Washington, D.C. where he was beaten, drugged and sold into slavery. For the next 12 years, he was a slave on a series of plantations in Louisiana until his family was able to find him and bring him home to New York in 1853. 12 Years a Slave is his unflinching firsthand account of what he experienced and witnessed during that time.
When it was published in 1853, Northup's memoir became a bestseller, selling over 30,000 copies. After the Civil War, the book was out-of-print for many years. It was rediscovered by two scholars in the 1960s and reprinted in 1968. Now, it has been adapted into a film that brings the horrors of Northup's experience to the big screen. Like many of us, the film's director, Steve McQueen, was surprised when his partner brought the book to his attention. He writes, "The book blew both our minds: the epic range, the details, the adventure, the horror and the humanity. The book read like a film script, ready to be shot. I could not believe that I had never heard of this book."
The movie, which the New York Post calls "brutally powerful and emotionally devastating," is already generating Oscar buzz. The film's A-list cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti and Alfre Woodard. The trailer is available here.
-Beth (Collection Development)
In a world where nothing is what it seems and no one is safe to speak out against a tyrannical government for fear of disappearing forever, Kyla must be careful of the questions she asks and of every move she makes. In Fractured, book two of Teri Terry's Slated trilogy, teenage Kyla has recovered some of the memories of who she was before she became a "Slated" and had her memory wiped clean of her past. Kyla is desperately looking for clues as to what happened to her friend Ben who disappeared after attempting to remove his "Levo," a GPS and monitoring device fitted onto the wrists of all "Slateds" to keep tabs on them. Kyla fears that Ben is dead, along with so many others discarded by the "Lorders," those in charge of enforcing the laws of society.
When Kyla reconnects with Nico, a face from her past, she begins to "remember" things. But are they really her memories or imposters? Each step Kyla takes only leads to more questions, more danger and still people are missing. Kyla can't even be certain if finding out who she was before she was slated will solve her problems or make them worse, but she knows one thing — she at least has to try.
Terry's second installment to her trilogy is a fast paced read, aimed toward readers who enjoyed dystopian series such as Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life As We Knew It.
-Courtney (Rosedale Branch)
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