Battle of the Books
Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library is proud to sponsor Battle of the Books competitions, hosted by various branches throughout the library system. “Battle of the Books” is a program in which students in grades 4 to 6 from participating local elementary schools read Black-Eyed Susan-nominated books and come together in teams chosen by the schools to demonstrate their abilities and to test their reading comprehension. The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award is a children’s choice award given to authors and/or illustrators of outstanding books. The award has been given by Maryland students every year since 1992.
Free Tax Preparation Service
The Foundation, along with community partners PNC and Wells Fargo, funded a free income tax preparation site inside the Randallstown Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. The site was run by the CASH Campaign of MD, which is an organization that promotes economic advancement for low-to-moderate income individuals and families in Baltimore and across Maryland. The site operated from mid-January through April, 2019. Applicants were required to have an individual or family income of less than $55,000 annually to qualify. Preparers assisted with eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which comprise some of the largest anti-poverty measures in the United States. By providing this service, applicants retained their entire refund and realized an overall supplement to their annual earnings, rather than losing an estimated 25-50% of it to fees for commercial preparation and high-cost “refund anticipation checks.”
Hereford Branch FutureMakers Program
The Foundation awarded a grant to the Hereford Branch to offer a series of FutureMakers Digital Fabrication Workshops for children ages 8 to 16. The workshops offered STEM-related learning through fun, accessible programs such as 3D Printing and Sticker Labs, where children used software like TinkerCAD, SketchUp and Inkscape to create 3D models and graphic designs.