January 22, 2022

Maryland: “School is Out, But Some School Libraries are Open in Baltimore County”

From The Baltimore Sun:

Halstead Academy in Parkville is among 13 Baltimore County public schools that open libraries and media centers during summer months. It’s a practice that’s fairly unique among area school districts, but one Baltimore County has conducted for 10 years. Many libraries are open in areas where youngsters don’t have access to nearby public libraries.


The cost to operate the libraries over the summer varies by location based on the days and hours available. Schools pay a media specialist through the school system budget, though some tap federal Title I money.


It’s giving them access to books, books that they want to read, books they’re excited about reading,” said Diane Fontinell, Halstead Academy media specialist.

Fontinell said the Baltimore County Public Library partners with the school libraries, donating books for students to have as prizes at the end of the program, so there are books they can keep.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.