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Borrow for four months fine-free 

      Looking to “better serve the modern library,” the Calvert Library’s Board of Trustees is testing out dropping an age-old policy.       March begins a four-month pilot of no late fees for checked-out materials. That means materials checked out at Calvert Library branches incur no fees if kept beyond their due date. Automatic renewal will continue for four circulation cycles if no one is waiting for the item.
Street stickers latest effort to help downtown Annapolis cyclists
      In another effort to make downtown bike-friendly, Annapolis is turning to sharrows, painted bike lane indicators.       “It’s a great visual cue,” said Jon Korin, chairman of Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Polystyrene ban passes in Anne Arundel

        Say your goodbyes to Styrofoam.               Anne Arundel County passed a bill to ban polystyrene products from any food service establishment by January of 2020.          The success comes eight months after former County Executive Steve Schuh vetoed similar legislation.

Statues of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass to stand in Maryland State House

      The intersection of public art and politics is a hard one to negotiate. Lots of traffic — history, symbolism, myth, ideals, politics and budgets — is moving in different directions.

Bonnie Ott tells us who’s who

      When you hear a sparrow, do you envision only those birds under your bistro table? Bonnie Ott is here to expand your view to the many native sparrow species in our area. An expert naturalist, photographer and lifelong Howard County resident, she is more familiar with little brown birds than just about anyone.
       A healthy future for Maryland begins with healthy kids. Those kids are at risk when the buses and cars taking them to and from school churn out pollution in the drop-off and pick-up lanes.        Under a new program from the Department of the Environment and the Department of Education, those arrival and departure areas will become idle-free.
Ban bills return to Anne Arundel, Maryland 
      Another domino has fallen in the war on plastic, toppling close to home.        A bill banning polystyrene, the chemical that gave us Styrofoam, has been introduced for the second year in the Anne Arundel County Council. If passed, it will prohibit the use of food-service polystyrene products in the county by next January.

Tinder lights the fire

      Love is tricky. The adage goes, you never know where you’ll find it. Maybe it’s out on a dock by the Bay or under the awnings of a local coffee shop. For me, love was where I’d least expected to find it: Tinder.

2019 love stories get no help from SweetHearts

       Valentine’s Day is estimated to generate more than $1.8 billion in candy sales. Most popular of those candies are conversation hearts, the little hearts with cute sayings on them: Be Mine, Marry Me. Even heart-shaped boxes of chocolates were overtaken by the little sugar hearts.          Now SweetHearts, the most popular brand of the most popular Valentine’s candy, are no longer being made.

Join in a multi-media celebration starting with a book of poetry about a boxer

      “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  –Dr. Seuss             Imagine a book club with 500,000 members.