Baltimore Sun

Public library a great place to recharge — on many levels

- — Kathy Stromberg, Phoenix

I would like to give a big shout out to the staff at the Cockeysvil­le branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. When we lost power recently, I decided to go to our local library to charge my cellphone. Needless to say, I was not the only one who had that idea! The library was packed with people using and charging their electronic devices (“Maryland weather: Just over

500 in Baltimore area lack power after storms; Tuesday and Wednesday should be warm, sunny,” July 19).

As I searched the library for an open outlet, I was struck by how pleasant everyone seemed under the circumstan­ces. The staff was so kind and understand­ing. I found an unoccupied space near an outlet and sat on a stool for almost an hour reading books. The time I spent in the library during our recent power outage was more positive that I ever expected.

I left the library that day surprised and in a much better mood then when I arrived. I was reminded how a little bit of kindness during an unexpected and stressful time can go a long way. Thank you.

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