SINCE WE MOVED to northwest Carroll several years ago, the library has become our favorite place to escape whenever we need to get out of the house and break the monotony of routine.
It's where we go to stock up on cookbooks, picture books, novels and magazines (sometimes dozens at a time) before a storm hits and we anticipate a few days of hunkering down. It's where we run into neighbors to catch up on the local gossip or read the bulletin boards for local events. We've made many wonderful discoveries, from art work by area students to continuing education classes offered around the region.
Congratulations to the Taneytown branch of the Carroll County public library on its 10th anniversary. Since its first year of operation, the number of registered patrons at the branch has grown from 3,050 to 7,693; circulation has increased from 149,519 to 296,544; summer reading club participation has reached more than 1,000 children; and the collection of books, tapes, magazines, and videos has grown to 68,587. That's not bad for a branch that began in a tiny building with a collection of fewer than 30,000 items, according to branch manager Dottie Wolf.
One reason for the success is the effort the staff makes to get the word out to the community about free library services.
Librarian and Taneytown resident Amy Schildwachter said the staff participates in Celebrate Taneytown Days, local parades, and fun fairs held at Runnymede and Taneytown schools.
"We're trying very hard to be where the people are, and to get the word out about all the wonderful things that go on at the library," she said.
The branch will celebrate its birthday with crafts, hands-on activities, movies, and living history by Taneytown resident Martin Zimmerman, a member of the library's maintenance staff.
Beginning Feb. 22, the weeklong celebration includes activities for children and families:
Feb. 22: Visit the branch and make a birthday craft item. Times: 10 a.m., 3: 30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Feb. 23: A magic show features Carroll teen Josh Norris, who has also performed at the Carroll County 4-H Fair. Time is 7 p.m. Registration is required.
Feb. 24: Weather permitting, take the children, stop by the library, get some chalk and draw on the sidewalk.
Feb. 25: Relax and watch a movie with a birthday theme, "Winnie the Pooh, a Day for Eeyore," at 7 p.m.
Feb. 26: Stop by to design a birthday card and get a balloon.
Saturday features birthday festivities. Come and enjoy some birthday cake, games, juggling by the Susie Heck Keck and Taneytown Jugglers, face painting and balloon animal creations by Sue Reifsneider.
And, throughout the week, register for door prizes donated by local restaurants, businesses and the library.
Another service provided by the library is Volunteers in Income Tax Assistance on Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 6, March 20, March 27 and April 3.
Sessions are 9: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are open to those who qualify for one of four reasons: low income, senior citizen, military, or difficulty with the English language.
This assistance is by appointment only and is provided by Jan Mickey, whose day job is at the Internal Revenue Service.
Register by calling 410-751-1980 or make an appointment at the information desk at the library.
Valentine's Day wishes
Pay attention to your heart this month. Visit the American Heart Association's Web site at www.americanheart.org or call 800-684-1000 for tips on keeping your heart healthy and preventing heart disease and stroke.
"Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence" -- Erich Fromm.
Judy Reilly's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 2/11/99