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Crofton Library is the Heart of the Community

Crofton LibraryCrofton Library is arguably the heart of the community.

Located at the intersection of Riedel Road and Aberdeen Drive, it is easily accessible to every neighborhood in Crofton, and walkable for many of them.

I remember a time when libraries were little more than a musty-smelling old building with poorly lit rows of books that could be borrowed for two weeks.  Geeky-types sat at large tables, surrounded by piles of books – doing research, I guess.  Well, that does NOT describe Crofton Library.

This is a beautiful newish facility with tall ceilings and a wall of windows.  Scheduled activities take place often, ranging from Babies in Bloom, for parents and caregivers “to bring their babies (up to 24 months) for a fun-filled half-hour of stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays” to Book Clubs where you can “meet friends and neighbors at the library for a lively discussion about some favorite popular books.”

Earlier this week, library visitors celebrated Harry Potter and the 10th Anniversary Extravaganza.  Ferrando’s Treasures sponsored the event for children of all ages to celebrate Harry’s arrival at Hogwarts!  They came in costume for crafts, games and prizes, and signed a Hagrid-sized birthday card for Harry. 

Next month, families can meet some of our local firefighters during A Visit from the Friendly Firefighters  on Tuesday, August 5 and Thursday August 7 at 10 a.m. 

My 4-year old granddaughter Meghan is a daily visitor to Crofton Library, where her mom, Christine, spends valuable one-on-one time teaching her early reading and writing skills.  During the summer months, they’re joined by six-year old Matthew, and it is the highlight of their days.

BookMy favorite library offering is Crofton’s Read and Review, which they call “a happy place where the staff of Crofton Library can write about what they’re reading.”  These are candid reviews, offering  opinions of the readers – both positive and negative – and they have re-invigorated my interest in reading.  In fact, I went out and bought Diary of a Wimpy Kid to read before giving it to my middle-school grandson, Tim.  Here are just a few of their recent reviews:

If you’re relocating to Maryland and looking for a community with a good library, be sure to stop into the Crofton Library when you’re in the area shopping for a home.  If you currently live in Crofton and haven’t yet visited the Crofton Library, I encourage you to take a few minutes to stop in and see what you’ve been missing.  

Directions:  From the intersection of Routes 3 and 424, go south on Route 424 (Davidsonville Road) to the 3rd traffic light, Riedel Road.  Turn left on Riedel to the library on the right, located at 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton, MD 21114.

Hours:  Monday – Thursday 9-9, Friday, Saturday 9-5, Closed on Sundays

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