Give ’em What They Want Microgrants

The Give ’em What They Want microgrants are internal grants applied for and awarded to Baltimore County Public Library branches, departments or teams by Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library. The name comes from the philosophy created by former Baltimore County Public Library director Charles Robinson of customer-centric library service, which current director Paula Miller has updated in the current strategic plan, “Give ’em What They Want for the 21st Century.” The Foundation awards up to $10,000, with a max of $1,000 per application.


2017 Recipients

In 2017, there were 13 applications accepted for the internal grants, of which ten were selected to receive funding. $9,558.91 was awarded.

The following applicants were awarded grants:

  • Catonsville Branch - Story Trail at Banneker
  • Pikesville Branch - Circuits, Soldering & Sound
  • Woodlawn Branch - STREAM School Age Space
  • Essex Branch - Notary Service Pilot
  • Reisterstown Branch - Oregon Ridge Story Trail
  • Woodlawn Branch - Children's Science Kits II
  • Adult and Community Services - Art Education for Older Adults
  • Essex Branch - Loanable Portable DVD Players
  • Loch Raven Branch - Pop-up Loch Raven
  • Woodlawn Branch - Teen Coding Club

2016 Recipients

In 2016, the inaugural year of the program, there were 13 applicants for the microgrants, representing 10 branches, one department and one cross-functional team. The applicants requested a total of $11,212.41, of which $9,847.41 was awarded.

The following applicants were awarded grants:

  • Adult Services – Veterans Arts Workshop
  • Catonsville Branch – Stargazer Initiative
  • Cockeysville Branch – Free Comic Book Day 2017
  • Green & Sustainable Team – BCPL Green Expo
  • Owings Mills Branch – Raspberry Pi 3 Project
  • Owings Mills Branch – STEM Exploration Center
  • Parkville Branch – Reading Buddies on the Move!
  • Reisterstown Branch – Nature Backpack Kits
  • Rosedale Branch – STREAM Station for Children’s Area
  • White Marsh Branch – Pop Up Makerspace @ White Marsh
  • Woodlawn Branch – Science in a Box Kits

Testimonial: Nicole Wilson, a librarian at the Catonsville Branch, said, “We wanted to inspire our customers to learn simply for the sake of learning. Learning is a habit: It often starts at a young age, and if nurtured over time, it can enrich a person’s life with each passing year. We could think of nothing that would inspire learning more than looking up at other worlds. Because of the Foundation’s support, we have found new ways to amaze, astound, educate and inspire.”


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