Carroll County Times

Story time promotes intergenerational fun

The physical presence of the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library stands firmly on West Hemlock Drive in Eldersburg. However, the library isn't limited to just that site in the community.

One example of the library outreach to the neighborhood is the monthly Read and Play at Fairhaven program, conducted in the spring and the fall in the assisted-living section of the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. Buff Kahn, children's services supervisor at the Eldersburg library, said "It's an outreach activity for us and a partnership program with Fairhaven. We do it with the seniors at Fairhaven, along with the parents and children."

She said Read and Play is the library's birth-to-24 months reading program. Each session includes games, bounces, rhymes, songs and stories.

"After the story time, we bring toys so that the children and the residents can play," Kahn said. "The interaction is wonderful. It's a very intergenerational story time."

The story times meet in the Pine View Dining Room at Fairhaven. Laura Gillen, librarian at Fairhaven, said, "We have it set up so that the residents can come in for the story time. That interaction with the young children is precious. It's always exciting to have little ones in the building. It benefits the children, the families and the residents, as well."

For the May 16 Read and Play at Fairhaven session, the program focused on train-related songs and stories. Afterward, the children and their caregivers got a chance to visit the Fairhaven train garden.

The permanent train layout was operated for the children by Fairhaven residents Al Kraig, John Boynton and Ron Smith. "The train garden project is something that our residents are really proud of," said Gillen. "The layout has electric lights, so we got to show the children the train garden in daytime and at night."

The Read and Play at Fairhaven program will resume in September. Registration for the program is done through the library, with registration for each session opening up two weeks in advance of the scheduled date.

Read and Play programs are offered year-round at the Eldersburg branch library's main location at 6400 W. Hemlock Drive.

To learn more about Read and Play or any other library programs, call the Eldersburg library at 410-386-4460 or visit

Music camp

There's still time to register for the Awesome Kids Summer Music Camp offered by the Freedom Area Recreation Council. Online registration will be open through Sunday.

The camp runs June 30-July 3 at Oklahoma Road Middle School. The camp is designed for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall.

Campers will learn to play recorder, guitar and other instruments. They also get to play music-focused computer games and the Rock Band video game.

The kids will continue working on their primary instrument in both small group and concert band settings, and will present a concert at the end of the week.

The camp is directed by Joey Dundore, a Carroll County Public Schools music teacher and director of the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra.

Campers may attend half-day Session A from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or half-day Session B from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. They may also choose the all-day session from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Campers are to bring their own packed lunches for the all-day session.

Fees for the half-day sessions are $85. The fee for the all-day session is $150.

You can process online registration at For more information, call the Freedom Area Recreation Council at 410-549-6296 and use mailbox 6 to leave a message regarding the camp or email Dundore at

Oklahoma Road Middle School is at 6300 Oklahoma Road, Eldersburg.