@ Rosedale and Storyville @ Woodlawn are interactive early literacy
learning centers designed specifically for children ages birth to five
and their parents and caregivers. Storyville @ Rosedale opened in
February 2008 on the east side of Baltimore County and was made possible
with funds raised by the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library.
It recorded over 50,000 visitors in just its first eight months of
operation. Recognizing the success of Storyville @ Rosedale, Baltimore
County Government agreed to fund a second Storyville on the west side of
the county. The Foundation for BCPL also contributed funds toward the
construction of this new Storyville. Both Storvyilles include
developmentally appropriate books and activities for children ages birth
to five. The environments and activities in both Storyvilles are
specifically designed for caregivers to help their young children enter
school ready to learn. The Foundation for BCPL continues to raise funds
to support ongoing financial support of both Storyvilles.
READ ROVER PLUS supports BCPL's mission to foster
a lifelong love of reading in children. This is accomplished through
monthly visits to licensed day care providers. Each month Read Rover Plus
staff perform a story time and help providers check out materials. The
story time programs incorporate pre-reading skills which prepare the
children for entering school. Also, our storytellers model successful
techniques during the programs to teach day care providers important early
literacy skills that they can then share with the children and their
parents. Picture books, teacher resources, easy nonfiction, concept books,
CDs, DVDs and
storytelling materials are all available for checkout to
support this goal.
MY FIRST LIBRARY CARD is a program that provides
library cards for children ages birth through kindergarten in all library branches, and through
cooperation with various pre-school programs and Baltimore County Public
Schools. The Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library purchases
backpacks that are given to children the first time they use their card.
TEEN PROGRAMS at BCPL are designed to engage
teens with their peers and library staff while providing a safe
environment for learning and socializing. Programs range from educational
– including writing workshops and tutoring sessions – to entertaining,
including open mic nights to video game contests.
GENERAL LIBRARY SUPPORT allows us to meet the
library needs as they arise. These donations give the library the
flexibility to respond to emerging needs that were not identified prior to
the county budget process or to special opportunities that arise after the
budget year begins.