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Library closing dates

All Anne Arundel County public library branches will closed on the following dates in 1992:

* May 6 -- Staff meeting

* May 25 -- Memorial Day

* July 3-4 -- Fourth of July

* Sept. 7 -- Labor Day

* October -- Staff meeting (date to be determined)

* Nov. 26 -- Thanksgiving

* Dec. 24 -- Christmas Eve (branches closed all day)

* Dec. 25 -- Christmas

* Dec. 31 -- New Year's Eve (branches close at 5 p.m.)

Health claims assistance

A retired Annapolis business executive recently established Claims Services Inc., offering a helping hand to hundreds of countians facing health-care insurance claims problems.

Frederick Daley, who has experience in managing an electronic device manufacturing firm, says MedClaims Services caters to persons with a substantial number of health-care insurance claims.

It is, he says, an area of activity that has been largely overlooked.

MedClaims is prepared to act on behalf of anyone who must submit claims to any insurance carrier, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Medicare and companies selling "medigap" policies. It provides a computerized system that tracks each bill, checks for accuracy and provides a permanent record.

MedClaims Services Inc. is located at 1 Georgetown Court in Annapolis. Information: 269-6930.

Get information at library

When you need information, think of the library.

Some of the area's most outstanding resources include the General Periodicals on Disc at the Crofton branch, including 1,100 magazine titles of general and specific interest; the Health Index Plus, Mammals Encyclopedia and Compton's Multi-Media Encyclopedia, all located at Edgewater branch; and the Business Index on CD-ROM at the Annapolis and North County branches, featuring over 700,000 articles and abstracts at the touch of a button. Libraries offer services

The county public library system is one of the busiest in the nation, with 14 branches providing a variety of information and entertainment.

The system's inventory includes approximately 300,000 books and magazines for all reading levels, 10,000 records, and 1,500 cassettes for children. There are regular story times scheduled for children between the ages of 2 and 5.

In addition, many branches show children's movies, and the Summer Reading Program offers activities, games, presentations and demonstrations to encourage reading.

The system also has some 25,000 reference books, and the staff is trained to help people find the materials and information. The public may also telephone for assistance.

The regular reader may choose from about 500,000 books, including science fiction, mysteries, best-sellers, self-help books and others; some 3,000 magazines and newspapers; 50,000 records, 25,000 cassettes and compact discs; and 5,000 videocassettes of movies and instructional tapes.

All that is needed is a library card. To get one, go to any library, present a valid Maryland driver's license or other Motor Vehicle Administration identification with a current address.

Children younger than 16 need the signature of a parent or guardian, who must accompany the child to the library and present the above information. If proper identification is not available, library cards can be mailed.

The loan period for most library material is three weeks. Fines for materials returned late are are 15 cents a day for most materials. The maximum fine is $6 per item.

The system also offers the following list of special services:

* A care-a-van delivering a full range of library services to the home-bound. Call 222-6270

* TDDs for the speech and hearing-impaired. Information: 263-1366 (Eastport) or 787-0236 (North County).

* Large-print books, which make reading easier.

* Able Collection, with materials for adult new readers and adults learning English.

* Interlibrary loans that get materials from other libraries.

* Reserves at no charge for items not currently available.

* Art prints available for eight-week loans.

* Meeting rooms for use by non-profit groups.

* Copy machines to make 15-cent copies.

* Exhibits and displays by artists and collectors.

Information: 222-7371.

Wellness Community

The Wellness Community is a non-profit organization is devoted

to helping as many cancer patients as possible to recover to the greatest extent possible, without letting money or insurance forms get in the way.

It is not a place to learn to die from cancer, or to adjust one's life to cancer. It is a place where cancer patients learn to fight for their recovery on the psychological and social front along with their doctors and health care team.

Patients can attend free support groups, lectures, and presentations on stress management, nutrition, pain control, RTC relaxation techniques and biofeedback as well as other subjects patients can use to actively fight their cancer.

Group meetings where participants may consider new and different methods for coping with the physical and emotional problems associated with their illness will be formed.

Potential contributors looking to make a donation in the name of a loved one, a community group, civic club or corporation, should contact the Wellness Community. All donations are tax deductible.

Information: 987-9299.

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