"The eBooks are there, but we have to share the copies with many other customers. BCPL is in a consortium with other Maryland libraries, and we share digital content with other counties as a way to provide the largest number of titles at the lowest cost," she wrote.

Also, check out the new BCPL website. http://www.bcplonline.org.

"The site offers improved search ability and streamlined access," said Jim D'Armey, the library system's Information Services Department Coordinator, who started shelving books at the Catonsville Library in 1974 while still a student at Catonsville High. "We looked at page statistics and changed the navigation process so customers can get to information with fewer clicks."

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Westowne Elementary School will install several interactive white boards this spring, thanks to a technology fundraising drive that raised $12,500 for the Harlem Lane school.

The effort was spearheaded by the leadership of Marlene Shapiro, the school's technology and integration teacher, according to Principal Patricia Vogel.

Donations are still being accepted. For information, go to http://westownees.bcps.org or call 410-887-0854.

The University of Maryland Gymkana Team will visit St. Agnes School Feb. 10 at 10:45 a.m.

Among those performing during the two-hour event are two former St. Agnes students, Joe Kreft and Dominique Parkes.

Many of you may remember the acrobatics team from its television appearance on "America's Got Talent."

Sold on consignment shop

I bought a pair of beautiful Kenneth Cole suede pants for $10 at Doris' Closet, the new consignment shop at 81 Mellor Avenue.

The store, named in honor of store owner Nancy Klein's good friend, Doris Van Doren, sells used, vintage consignment clothes, accent furniture pieces and home decor.

"Doris and I used to shop together and always talked about opening our own shop. She passed away three years ago and I decided to do it," said Klein, Ellicott City resident. "I feel like she's here with me."

In addition to designer suits, jackets, skirts, pantsuits and blouses, the store offers accessories such as shoes, boots, handbags, scarves and jewelry, put on display by store assistant Catherine Joanny.

The store is open Tuesdays through Sundays with spring items accepted after February 1.

For information, go to http://www.doriscloset.com or call 410- 747-1956.

Helping families cope

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is sponsoring a free 12-week course for close relatives of individuals with severe mental illness.

The course at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 905 Frederick Rd., teaches the clinical treatment of major mental illness and the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. It begins Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7-9:30 p.m.

Topics include: Communication skills, coping techniques, brain biology, medication and advocacy.

It is offered by NAMI, Metropolitan Baltimore, a grass roots, family-oriented support, education and advocacy organization dedicated to helping families alleviate the suffering and combat the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

For information, call Deneice Valentine at 410-435-2600 or email her at dvalentine@nami.org.