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Early Literacy and School Readiness

The library is committed to providing parents and caregivers with the tools to help their young children get ready to read and ready for school. Through our weekly Every Child Ready to Read program and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative, we are helping to level the playing field for children across the county.

  • More than 3,400 preschoolers registered for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program reading over 205,000 books!
  • Over 90,000 children and caregivers attended early literacy programs or received a visit from library staff in a daycare or preschool.
  • Addressing the needs of the county’s growing bilingual families, the library offered 51 bilingual storytimes with more than 1,400 parents and children attending.
  • The library’s World Language Collection offers 2,123 books in 10 of the most used languages in the county.

Student Success

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.

Homework Help

  • 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.


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.

Serving the Most Vulnerable Among Us

The library is committed to providing resources and opportunities for at risk populations across the county. Working through strong community partners, the library offers health screenings, social service delivery, skills training and helps bridge the digital divide.

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.

New Facilities

  • Construction officially began for the new Annapolis Library. The new 32,500 square foot building will feature an expanded children's area, collaborative study spaces, large meeting room, vending cafe, tech zone and community living room. The new facility is expected to open in Spring 2020.
  • Architects unveiled a proposed design for the new Riviera Beach Library. Customers have been asked for their input on the features of the 20,000 square foot building which is slated to open in 2021.
  • In an effort to reach new customers, reengage lapsed users and support the needs of the community, the library opened a branch at the Westfield Annapolis Mall. Called Discoveries: The Library at the Mall, the branch represents a new approach to providing library service. Discoveries has proven extremely popular with nearly 30,000 people visiting the branch in its first six months of operation.
Annapolis Library
Riviera Beach Library
Discoveries: The Library at the Mall.

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.

The 24-member body is led by Chairman Donald Roland. Members include:

  • Joyce Miller, Vice Chairman
  • Benjamin Birge, Treasurer
  • Barbara Maxwell, Secretary
  • Kevin Best, Esq., Counsel
  • Deborah Baden, Director
  • Tonya Baroudi, Director
  • Keith Seay, Director
  • Joan Beck
  • Joseph Bles
  • Amalie Brandenburg
  • William Colquhoun
  • Penny Evans
  • James Harle
  • Charles Maher
  • Bert Rice
  • Jacqueline Seamon
  • Simmona Simmons
  • JanElaine Smith
  • Sandra Solomon
  • Gerald Starr
  • Fred Stielow
  • Ellan Wheeler Thorson
  • Nathan Volke
  • Sharon Wible

Library Foundation

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 2018 included outfitting Discoveries: The Library at the Mall with furniture, computers, and other necessities; the renovation of the teen area at the Odenton library; Wi-Fi hotspots at the Eastport and Deale libraries; and a laptop lab for the Brooklyn Park Library.

Library Foundation Board of Directors:

  • Samuel J. Brown, President
  • Chuck Ferrar, Vice President
  • Nancy Almgren, Treasurer
  • Trish Strott, Secretary
  • Lisa Hillman, Director
  • Karen W. Smith, Director
  • Skip Auld, Ex-Officio
  • Joan C. Beck, Ex-Officio
  • Jane Campbell-Chambliss
  • S. Hamilton Chaney
  • Michelle Coates
  • DeDe Duncan-White
  • Ann E. Glenn, Ex-Officio
  • Anna E. Greenberg
  • William J. Hufnell
  • Joyce C. Miller, Ex-Officio
  • Christopher B. Nelson
  • Edgar Parker
  • Marc L. Rodriguez
  • Chuck Steadman

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