February 17, 2018

Kids Flock to Maryland Library Program

By Kathy Ishizuka

Kids are flocking to the Essex branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, thanks to a cooperative school and library program on curriculum-related research skills that keeps middle schoolers coming back for more.

It all started in October, when about 250 sixth graders from Deep Creek Middle School in Essex, MD, spent three weeks traveling to the local library to research pre-Columbian civilizations. “Kids were amazed at all the things available at the library,” says Don Whitby, Deep Creek’s library media specialist, adding that small groups of students arrived before opening hours to receive print and online research instruction. Everyone received library cards, and almost all checked out a book, many for the first time. Now more new and repeat youngsters visit the branch than ever before.