County Executive Steve Schuh Unveils Plan to Expand Library System to County Residents
Annapolis, MD (May 1, 2015) – During his 2015 Budget Address, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh today unveiled his plan to expand the county library network through his “JumpStart Anne Arundel” Capital Funding Program.
“Our existing network of libraries provides good service to most of the county. However, the network has significant gaps in service.” said Schuh. “Many communities in the central spine of the county and South County are not currently served by a neighborhood library.”
The FY 2016 capital budget will provide capital funds to replace the Annapolis and Riviera Beach Libraries and to begin planning for a network expansion that will enable every citizen to have access to a neighborhood library.
The budget initiates a new vision that brings our library system closer to those it serves by expanding service to the underserved areas of Crownsville, Davidsonville, Waysons Corner, Harwood, Galesville, Lothian, Millersville, Shadyside, and Woodwardville.
“Everyone in our county pays for our library system and everyone deserves access to it without the inconvenience of traveling long distances,” said Schuh. “More importantly, libraries are an indispensable component of our education system, and every child in our county needs a library nearby.”
The County Executive’s budget plan is subject to approval by the County Council, and will undergo a series of public hearings in May.