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Q&A: Carroll County children’s librarian talks about summer reading programs and more

As Carroll County Public Library announced its expanded branch hours — 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays — it also announced its summer programs that include summer reading, Summer Storytime and more.

The Times caught up with Patsy Linville, a children’s library associate in Eldersburg, to learn about what the library is offering this summer.

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Q: What are some of the summer activities Carroll County Public Library are offering?

A: Carroll County Public Library is offering many activities this summer they include virtual storytimes, in-branch storytimes, virtual programming and take-home kits.

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Q: What’s an in-person event you’re happy to have this year that could not be offered last year due to the pandemic?

A: We are so happy to be offering in-branch summer storytime at the Eldersburg branch library. One of our presenters from last year, magician Mike Rose, is able to perform live. We are excited to have children back in the branch doing the scavenger hunt in the children’s area. It is also nice to be able to connect with our summer reading finishers as they pick out their finishing prize, generously donated by Penguin Random House.

Q: The Eldersburg branch has held a summer storytime event that’s been widely attended in the past couple weeks. What do you think keeps those families coming back?

A: The library is a place for families to meet and be with other families with young children. Parents are given the opportunity to sing, talk, read, write and play with their children through the activities provided during story time and are encouraged to continue at home. The library is a safe, comfortable, inviting place for families.

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Q: What can families expect from this year’s summer reading program?

A: Summer reading provides families the opportunity to engage the entire family in a program that promotes reading and learning over the summer. This year’s program is filled with virtual and in-branch raffles. And each participant who earns 300 points is able to choose a brand new book!

Q: Why should families look to the local libraries for summer activities?

A: There are opportunities for each member of the family for learning and growth throughout the summer. Craft kits and story time for young children, STEM programming for older children, and book clubs for adults and much, much more.

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