BCPL joins after school program
Six Baltimore County Public Libraries (BCPL) will be participating in Lights on Afterschool, an after-school program that allows middle and high school students to participate in activities and hang out after school.
The Rosedale branch library will be one of the six locations hosting the after-school program which kicked off on Thursday, October 25.
Students will be able to participate in activities like playing video games, watching movies, participating in arts and crafts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) based activities.
Through a partnership with the organization KidzTable, BCPL is able to provide free snacks at all their afterschool programs.
This is the first year BCPL have adopted the Lights on Afterschool program, which was started in 2000.
This program is open to any middle or high schooler and doesn’t require a registration.
“Students just have to show up,” said BCPL communications and media relations representative Erica Palmisano.
The Lights on Afterschool program will be available Monday through Friday, from about 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
“Some kids stay later,” Palmisano said. “They can come one day out of the week or every day, it’s up to them.”
According to Palmisano, Lights on Afterschool is a safe place students can go to feel comfortable and to engage with other kids and adults.
“There are a lot of kids that go home to empty houses because their parents work or they live in a single family household,” Palmisano explained, “It’s another place where they can go and enjoy themselves, get help with homework and make new friends.”
Lights on Afterschool, is a national campaign, Palmisano explained, “and its just made sense for them to sign on and promote the things they do every day.”
“The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs,” states the press release from BCPL.
For more information on Lights on Afterschool, visit www.afterschoolalliance. org/loa.cfm.