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Residents use library to charge electronics as outages continue

Sitting on the floor of Catonsville Library with an iPad, laptop and cell phone charging around her, Angie Howard summed up the feelings of many who have been without power since a violent storm hit this weekend.

"Stinks," the Catonsville resident said with a laugh Monday morning.

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Dozens of the more than 220,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric customers who were without power Monday morning visited the library on Frederick Road to cool off in the air conditioning and charge their electronic devices.

Though the library's parking lot was nearly full, Howard's car wasn't among the vehicles. It was home, stuck beneath a tree.

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To get to the library, she walked 20 minutes from her apartment to a Subway restaurant on Baltimore National Pike then hitched a ride to the library.

"It's getting very hot and my apartment's very dark," Howard said. "I'm just sleeping a lot. That's what's getting me through."

In the children's section of the library, Melanie Bishop sat on the ground reading a book about business as she charged her laptop.

The mother of three sons between 5 and 14 years old said she has tried to keep them entertained with trips in the car and to the movie theater, restaurants and library.

The Catonsville resident described her sons as "bonkers" without the array of electronic devices they usually have at their finger tips.

"They're not really sure what to do," Bishop said.

A law student at Stevenson University, Bishop has had to improvise to complete assignments on time.

On Sunday, for example, Bishop needed to an Internet connection. But the summer schedule meant Baltimore County libraries were closed and other libraries she checked that were scheduled to open, such as one in Anne Arundel County, did not open because of the power outage.

Bishop just met her deadline by going to her husband's office in Middle River.

With BGE crews expected to work through the week to restore power, Bishop may have to adjust one more time to complete a research paper due Thursday.

"I just wish it would come back on soon," Bishop said.

That sentiment was no doubt shared by the patrons of the Arbutus Library and Arbutus Senior Center. The two neighboring facilities on Sulphur Spring Road were both closed Monday, due to power outage.

But a few miles away in Lansdowne, both library and senior center had business as usual Monday morning.

All eight senior center members utilizing the facility on Third Avenue had power at their homes.

Inside the library next door, several people used the computers but no one was charging an electronic device.

Baltimore Highlands resident Stacy Burke said she had power but was still waiting to have her Internet connection restored.

"It's not a big deal," Burke said as she checked out CDs.

"I can't whine about it," she said. "I'm getting more done than I would if I was on Facebook."

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