The library provides countless resources to help students of all ages succeed in school. With fine-free library accounts, called SAIL, all public school students can check out up to three items at a time and use high-quality databases. The library also offers free online tutoring, homework resources and its well-known summer program to help keep kids learning year round.
Special Student and Teacher Accounts
- All 82,000 public school students have fine-free library cards called SAIL accounts (Student Access to Improved Learning).
- Teachers are also eligible for a fine-free educator account.
- More than 19,000 students and nearly 1,300 teachers have used their special accounts.
- Students received free online tutoring more than 47,000 times last year through Brainfuse.
- Researchers searched our online databases more than 2.1 million times.
Summer @ Your Library
- More than 11,000 children, teens and adults signed up for the program.
- Participants read for more than 1.8 million minutes.
- Over 81,000 residents attended a summer event or met library staff in the community.
ADULT LEARNING AND ENRICHMENT
The library offers adults countless opportunities for learning and personal enrichment. Besides the books, CDs and DVDs we are known for, adults and seniors can attend programs on subjects from financial planning to gardening to health and well-being.
- The library now offers, VetNow from Brainfuse. The free service provides live, online academic and job assistance for veterans transitioning to civilian life.
- More than 100 veterans have taken advantage of the service.
Adult education/recreational programs
- The library provides help with job readiness, computer training, life skills and more through individual sessions and group classes.
- Over 14,000 adults attended nearly 1,000 educational and recreational workshops in 2018.
Community of Hope in Action at the Library
- In FY 2018, the library expanded its partnership with the Community of Hope to help families in Brooklyn Park reach their fullest potential.
- Through the BP Café held at the Brooklyn Park Library, 44 parents have received support and education on financial literacy, healthy lifestyle choices, stress management and self-care.
- A Department of Social Services caseworker has also provided help at the library to 67 families in crisis.
- The Families Supporting Families program, also held at the library, provides group therapy to build healthier families.
Providing Wi-Fi Hotspots
- The library began offering Wi-Fi hotspots with the devices being checked out 186 times so far. These tools provide high speed internet for up to 10 devices.
- The program continues to grow with more devices coming in 2019.
Open Book Family Reading Club/Book Buddies
- With the Judy Center and the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, the library hosted the Open Book Family Reading Club for 45 adults and 55 kids at the Ordnance Road Detention Center.
- Working with the Partnership for Children, Youth and Families and Anne Arundel Community College, the library provided 200 book buddy bags for children visiting the Ordnance Road Correctional Center.
- The Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation provided funding for 126 book buddy bags for children visiting the Jennifer Road Detention Center.