Reduced hours and fewer overdue notices are some of the changes library users can expect as a result of the county budget for fiscal 1992.

Effective today, all branches of the county public library will close at 5 p.m. Fridays. The Annapolis, Crofton, Severna Park and North County branches will continue to stay open between 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays.

Support has been discontinued for the Kuethe Reading Center at 3 Crain Highway in downtown Glen Burnie. It will close 5 p.m. June 28 and reopen at a later date as a historical and genealogical research library operated by the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society.

Also starting today, the library will mail one overdue notice instead of two. It will be sent 32 days after the due date. Library branches are also distributing "borrowing logs" to help patrons keep track of borrowed materials and limit overdue fines.

With the Friday night change, the new hours in effect are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

These hours are in effect for the following libraries branches: Annapolis, 1410 West St.; Crofton, 1657 Crofton Centre; Severna Park, 45 McKinsey Road; and North County, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie.

Other schedule changes are 1 to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Friday.

These hours are in effect for the following libraries: Broadneck, 1275 Green Holly Drive; Brooklyn Park; 1 E. 11th Ave.; Eastport-Annapolis Neck, 269 Hillsmere Drive; Edgewater (opening this summer), 105 Stepneys Lane; Linthicum, 400 Shipley Road; Maryland City, 3421-23 Fort Meade Road (Route 198); Odenton, 1270 Odenton Road; Provinces, 2624 AnnapolisRoad (Route 175); Riviera Beach, 1130 Duvall Highway; and South County, 5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale.

Information: 222-7371.


Starting next month, the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services will be open to the public until 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Regular hours of operation are 8:30 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on state holidays.

North County residents can visit the Department's offices at the George M. Taylor District Court and Multi-Service Center, 7500 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie.

Information: 787-2100.

South County residents should go to the Westgate Building, 80 West St. in Annapolis.

Information: 974-8500.


The London Town Publik House and Gardens in Edgewater is accepting registration for the 1991sessions of its Summer Living History program.

Forms and further information may be obtained by contacting the museum at 839 Londontown Road or by phone.

The program emphasizes hands-on demonstrationsand participation in such colonial activities as wool-carding, soap-making, dipping candles, herb lore, hearth cooking and tours of the house and grounds.

The remaining classes run July 1-3 and 5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, and July 29 to Aug. 2. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. each day. The cost is $85 per session ($70 for the four-day session the week of July 4).

Information: 222-1919.


The Charles Carroll House of Annapolis Inc. has been selected as a 1991 grant recipient by the Homeland Foundation of New York.

The foundation supports projects that address questions of philosophy, theology, political science and sociology, as well as capital projects of interest.

The grant will support a comprehensive and authentic restoration of the birthplace, home and gardens of Charles Carroll, one of the Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Information: 263-2969.


"Reapportionment and Redistricting in Maryland, 1991," published by the League of Women Voters of Maryland Inc., is intended to help people understand congressional and state legislative reappointment and redistricting.

It explains why changes are needed, what common terms mean, and the requirements, Supreme Court guidelines, and key issues for congressional and state legislative districts. One section suggests what citizenscan do to ensure the fair redrawing of districts and where to get population data and standards for maps.

Copies of the brochure can be found at the main branch of each county's public library system. The cost is 50 cents per copy, or $4 for a packet of 10. Write to the League of Women Voters, 200 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, 21401.


The Office of the State Fire Marshall has published the following fire-safety tips, in view of the hot weather.

* Refrain from throwing lighted smoking materials from cars. Careless smoking results in about 5,000 brush fires a year

* Use caution when cooking outdoors, especially when charcoal grills are being used.

* Make sure smoke detectors are working properly.

* Don't overload electrical appliances, especially in older homes.

Information: 764-4324 or (800) 525-3124.

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