The annual drive helps less fortunate children and families in the local community. Library patrons can bring a new, unwrapped toy to any branch or special program between Friday, November 17, and Wednesday, December 6.
The gifts will be donated to various local charities benefiting the community.
“While BCPL strives to provide the gift of opportunity each and every day to the citizens of Baltimore County,” said Director Paula Miller, “it’s exciting to assist in providing children with something special and new for the holidays.”
See below for a list of beneficiaries for each of BCPL’s 19 branches.
Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free meter parking. Parking will be free at 1,735 meters throughout Baltimore County Thanksgiving weekend, November 23-26. For last-minute shoppers, there also will be free meter parking December 20-25, just before Christmas.
Meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh, and Dundalk.
“A little relief at the parking meter during the busiest days of the holiday season makes it easier to support locally owned shops and restaurants,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “These small businesses help support the neighborhood economy. We encourage everyone to shop local on Small Business Saturday, November 25, and throughout the holiday season.”
Kamenetz encouraged local shopping in a video recorded along the Frederick Road shopping district in Catonsville.
Sometime between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14, an individual broke the side door glass to gain entry into a residence on Hallbrook Court in Perry Hall (21236). Once inside, the suspect stole jewelry then fled the scene.
At 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, a courier for Express Care was seated in the company vehicle when he was approached by an individual in the 7700 block of Harford Road in Parkville (21234). The suspect, displaying a gun, demanded money and then fled the scene with the cash.