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.”

For FY20, the Foundation raised the total amount to be awarded to $16,000, with a max of $1,000 per application.

 

FY20 Recipients

For FY20, there were 12 applications accepted for the internal grants, of which 11 were selected to receive funding. $15,756 was awarded.

The following applicants were awarded grants:

  • Arbutus Branch - Rotating STEM Stations
  • Loch Raven Branch - Community Charging Station
  • North Point Branch - 21st Century Image Editing Software and Hardware
  • Owings Mills Branch - Electronic Device Charging Station Pilot Program
  • Owings Mills Branch - Owings Mills STREAM Space
  • Parkville Branch - Arts & Making Equipment Enhancement
  • Perry Hall Branch - Sensory Break Boxes
  • Randallstown Branch - 5th Annual African American Heritage Celebration
  • Woodlawn Branch - Dungeons & Dragons Programming Kit
  • Woodlawn Branch - Sensory Story Path
  • Youth & Family Engagement Department - "Capture the Flag" Ethical Hacking Workshops with MAGIC

FY19 Recipients

For FY19, there were 13 applications accepted for the internal grants, of which 11 were selected to receive funding. $9,831.85 was awarded.

The following applicants were awarded grants:

  • Adult and Community Engagement/Collection Development - Book Club Bash
  • Cockeysville Branch - Cosplay Program-in-a-Box
  • Cockeysville Branch - Virtual Reality Coding
  • Lansdowne Branch - Homework Help Center
  • Loch Raven Branch - Share Our Table
  • Perry Hall Branch - Sensory Safe Space
  • Randallstown Branch - Art Display Equipment
  • Randallstown Branch - The Influence of Hip-Hop: Remixing the Narrative
  • Rosedale Branch - Fandomonium
  • Woodlawn Branch - A Cut Above Book Club
  • Woodlawn Branch -Teen Beatmaking Kit

FY18 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

FY17 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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