Baltimore County Public Library’s Storyville Celebrating Tenth Anniversary

— Storyville, the Baltimore County Public Library’s interactive early literacy and learning center, marked its tenth year in the Rosedale Branch this month. The popular toddler haven is celebrating this milestone in perfect library fashion: with a literary-themed event and fundraiser, “If You Take a Kid to Storyville.”

If You Take a Kid to Storyville is based on the popular children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, written by Laura Numeroff. The March 18 event, which is $10 per attendee, will feature playtime in Storyville (children 0-5), face painting, crafts, entertainment, book characters and breakfast treats.

While Storyville is only open to children from birth to five-years-old; kids over five are welcome to attend the party and will have lots to do throughout the branch. Partners for this (cool) progeny playdate include Mama Bear Yoga, Baltimore Hooplove and Funny Faces Face Paining with Shari K.

Tickets can be purchased at www.coolprogeny.com and all proceeds benefit the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library.

Storyville at Rosedale opened on February 7, 2008— followed by its Woodlawn counterpart in 2010— in a 2,240 square foot addition to the branch. The $700,000 project was funded through private donations and grants and is maintained by the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library.

The facility was designed and created to foster early literacy and school readiness skills. Scientific research has proven that success in school begins at birth and that the ages of birth to five are critical learning years. Storyville is a place where books and purposeful play come together to provide valuable experiences that nurture young children and support parents and caregivers in their role as their child's first and best teacher.