FY 19 Community Impact Report Scroll down to learn more


In FY 2019, the library charted a new course for its future. Based on an extensive strategic planning process involving hundreds of staff, community leaders and library partners, we are proud to announce Strategy 2022. This roadmap will help us to better respond to the evolving ways users depend upon their library in the 21st century.

Strategy 2022 will guide planning and provide resources for innovative library services while preserving the core hallmarks upon which our county relies.

I invite you to discover our goals for the next four years and learn about some of the work we’ve already started in these areas of strategic focus.

Skip Auld, Chief Executive Officer, Anne Arundel County Public Library

Better Collections, Better Access

We provide materials in a variety of formats, ensure library collections are responsive to community needs and strive to eliminate all barriers to use.

More books, movies and music

New materials recently ordered for library customers.

Thanks to increased county funding, the library has been able to order more copies of the hottest books, movies and music. In FY 2019, the library ordered more than 263,000 books, DVDs and CDs including over 31,000 eBooks.

Increase in bilingual materials

Collection of bilingual picture books available at AACPL.

Based on changing community needs, the library expanded its World Languages collection adding more Spanish language movies, eBooks in Chinese and materials in a variety of formats in Twi, Japanese, Russian and Portuguese. Additionally, the library also offers materials in Arabic, French, Hindi, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese and Yoruba.

"I think people forget the value of books and libraries. There is a social interaction and a human side to the library that you are never going to get on Google.” Keisha Quick, customer and mother

Thriving Minds

We develop diverse programming for young learners, provide welcoming spaces and appealing programs for teens to prepare them for college or career and offer services to enable adults to enjoy life fully and continue to contribute to the health of the community.

Kindergarten Readiness

A young child plays in the library's Discovery Dock Children's Area.
  • Preparing children for kindergarten remains a top priority for the library. In 2019, more than 2,600 new children signed up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge. Over 50 Anne Arundel County Public School preschool classrooms enrolled students in the program last year.

Preventing the Summer Slide and Keeping People Reading

Customer of all ages enjoy Summer @ Your Library programs.
  • The popular Summer @ Your Library program attracted over 10,700 participants in 2019. Nearly 17,600 residents attended a summer event or met library staff in the community. In addition, more than 4,700 customers joined the new year-long reading challenge.
"The more we recognize that the library is no longer just a place for books but it’s how people educate themselves…we will become a community of one.” Michelle Coates, library foundation director

Tailored Services

We design all aspects of our services – how customers access our resources, material format, language and program delivery – to meet needs at the local and individual scale.

Social Worker in the Library

Social worker Nicole Fogg meets customers at the Edgewater Library.
  • In partnership with the Department of Social Services, library customers can talk to a social worker at the Brooklyn Park and Edgewater branches. Many families have already received emergency assistance and referrals for more resources.

Paired Programs

  • Addressing the isolation military families face, the Severn Library began offering paired programs where parents can participate in an adult offering while their children enjoy an age appropriate activity.

Entrepreneurial Staff

We empower all staff, at all levels and at every position, to innovate and experiment.

LGBTQIA+ Programs

Library staff and customers enjoy a Drag Queen Storytime with Balena Canto.

Library staff, recognizing the growing community, began offering a full complement of LGBTQIA+ programs for all ages including storytimes, author visits and a film festival.

Effective Partnerships

We use partnerships to their best effects, leveraging resources and talents to maximize the impact of the library’s assets and our partners’ outcomes.

Providing resources for new immigrants

Staff promote library services at the Hispanic Health Festival.

The library connects people to countless opportunities and resources from local and national organizations. Recognizing the increasing Hispanic community, the library partnered with Centro de Ayuda (Center of Help) to provide bi-monthly assistance to immigrants who need connections to resources.

Prom Dress Giveaway

Local high school students check out donated prom dresses.

Recognizing the great financial expense many students face to attend prom, library staff collected hundreds of barely used formal dresses and accessories as part of the Glow Up project. Staff provided formalwear to area high schools to give away to students as well.

“To go into a library creates a feeling of home.” – Vinnie, young adult living in homelessness

New Facilities


The new Annapolis Library is well on its way to being completed in Spring 2020. The 32,500-square-foot-building will be the first newly constructed library in the county in more than 15 years.

The new Annapolis Library under construction.
Renderings of the exterior of the new Annapolis Library.
Renderings of the interior of the new Annapolis Library.
Renderings of the interior of the new Annapolis Library.

Riviera Beach

Customers had a chance to see the architectural drawings for the new Riviera Beach Library. This new facility is expected to begin construction in late 2020 and open in 2021.

Renderings of the exterior of the new Riviera Beach Library.
Renderings of the interior of the new Riviera Beach Library.
Renderings of the interior of the new Riviera Beach Library.

Severn Library

The Severn Library is undergoing significant renovation as a result of funding from the county’s Local Development Council. The improved facility will include a café, larger meeting room and overall facelift.

Discoveries: The Library at the Mall

Based on the success of the pilot program, library officials looked to make the location a permanent branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library system. Thanks to county funding, the new, much larger Discoveries will open in January 2020.

Renderings of the new Discoveries: The Library at the Mall.
“Discoveries is an amazing part of the new way we are seeing libraries.”- Hamilton Chaney, library foundation director

Anne Arundel County Public Library Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the Anne Arundel County Public Library. It is comprised of volunteers representing all areas of our county. Trustees come to their volunteer roles with a range of experiences and backgrounds, and a strong desire to ensure the long-term vitality of our public libraries.

As of June 20, 2019, the 24-member body included:

  • Wil Colquhoun, Chairman
  • Joyce Miller, Vice Chairman
  • Skip Maher, Treasurer
  • Barbara Maxwell, Secretary
  • Kevin Best, Esq., Counsel
  • Penny Evans, Director
  • Keith Seay, Director
  • Simmona Simmons, Director
  • Leslie Anderson
  • Tonya Baroudi
  • Joan Beck
  • Cathy Belcher
  • Joseph Bles
  • James Harle
  • Deirdre Anne Hendrick
  • Bert Rice
  • Donald Roland
  • J. Robert Sapp III
  • Jacqueline Seamon
  • William Shorter, Jr.
  • JanElaine Smith
  • Sandra Solomon
  • Gerald Starr
  • Fred Stielow

Library Foundation

FY 2019 Library Foundation Board of Directors

The Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that raises funds from individuals, businesses, grant-making foundations and organizations to enhance services at each of the library's 16 branches and headquarters. A body of twenty volunteer board members oversees the operation of the foundation, along with a staff of two professionals.

Since its founding in 2006, the foundation has raised over $2.5 million from private sources. Some of the projects the foundation funded in FY19 included hundreds of programs at the library’s branches featuring authors, speakers, presenters, movies, musical and dance performances, demonstrations, storytelling and much more; distributing thousands of books as prizes for children, teens and adults who took part in 2019’s Summer at Your Library; improving customer’s ability to find what they’re looking for with more inviting and accessible book displays and lights; and providing major improvements to the children’s areas at the Severna Park, Linthicum and Mountain Road libraries.

Library Foundation Board of Directors:

  • Samuel J. Brown, President
  • Chuck Ferrar, Vice President
  • Nancy W. Almgren, Treasurer
  • Trish Strott, Secretary
  • Lisa Hillman, Director at Large
  • Karen W. Smith, Director at Large
  • Jane Campbell-Chambliss
  • S. Hamilton Chaney
  • Michelle Coates
  • DeDe Duncan-White
  • Anna E. Greenberg
  • William J. Hufnell
  • Christopher B. Nelson
  • Edgar Parker
  • Marc L. Rodriguez
  • Chuck Steadman
  • Joan C. Beck, Ex-Officio Member
  • Joyce C. Miller, Ex-Officio Member
  • Skip Auld, Ex-Officio Member
  • Ann E. Glenn, Ex-Officio Member
“Giving to the library, gives to community.” – Erica Snipes, customer and mother