Baltimore Sun

Maryland’s public libraries are essential community hubs

- — Carolyn K. Lambdin, Bel Air The writer is president of the Harford County Public Library Foundation.

Regarding Kathy Stromberg’s recent letter to the editor (“Public library a great place to recharge — on many levels,” July 26), I would like to applaud her sentiments regarding the ability to recharge her phone at the Cockeysvil­le branch of the Baltimore County Public Library during an electrical outage and the compliment­s toward the kind staff. I would like to add that Maryland public libraries are the hub of our communitie­s. When you enter a library, you enter more than a brick and mortar building.

At Harford County Public Library location, you enjoy entering a world of endless possibilit­ies. You can, indeed, recharge a phone, but one can also find a job searching on library computers, explore the internet, take classes, learn a new hobby (perhaps one you didn’t know existed), learn to play a musical instrument while borrowing one, discover a new language, become a better chef, travel to a foreign land via a book or

DVD, meet an author, learn how to build something, utilize a 3D printer, become a better crafter, attend a book club and/ or a pre-literacy class with your baby or preschoole­r, check out the StreamWork­s area and perhaps even cool off from the heat or warm yourself on a cold winter day.

Treasure your local library and please support them if able.

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