Crofton Library - Heart of the Community (Localism Featured)

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Crofton Library is arguably the heart of the community.

Located at the intersection of Reidel 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.

Crofton LibraryThis 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."

On Thursday, July 24, visit the library for Harry Potter and the 10th Anniversary Extravaganza from 2 to 4 p.m.  Ferrando's Treasures is sponsoring the event for children of all ages to celebrate Harry's arrival at Hogwarts!  Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, then come in costume for crafts, games and prizes, and sign 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 reinvigorated 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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great localism posts....   love this and the restaurant reviews your doing.   Keep up the great work

Jul 09, 2008 12:19 AM #1
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

A great writeup on the Crofton library Margaret and I love it that they have the reading sessions for the very little ones.

Jul 09, 2008 12:41 AM #2
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island

MARGARET - Very smart idea to write about the local library for people that might be interested in relocating to the area.  I feel the same way about our library.  It is a place that offers much more than just books.  The local library is a place that my kids love so much that it's hard to get them to leave.  Much different than my childhood library experience, that's for sure.

Jul 10, 2008 05:02 AM #3
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Margaret...I loved the library as a child and still do.  We have a room in our home with a fireplace and two walls of books (we had to leave a wall for the couch and one has french doors towards the lake).  It is the library until the grandchildren come and then it becomes the Lego room

The local libraries are now on my list of future Localism posts. 

Do you read Zits?  It's a comic strip about a teenager, his family and friends.  We've given the daily calendar to our two children that have teenagers.  Of course, we have one of the calendars on our breakfast table.


Jul 10, 2008 12:01 PM #4
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Thanks for the comments, my friends.  After helping my daughter move to a new community, I realize places like the library, that we take for granted, are important to newcomers.  

Jul 10, 2008 01:24 PM #5
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Hi Margaret,
You are sure on a roll with your Localism posts.  I agree that newcomers appreciate information like this.  I hope your daughter is settled in and enjoying her new home.

Jul 10, 2008 11:49 PM #6
Monica McNamara Ocean City Maryland - Ocean City, MD


My first office mate was from Crofton, o.k. that was about 25 year ago, but she always extolled the wonderful aspects of your area. I love to hear your children's interaction was so positive with the library system.  My kids were always entranced with every activity that was offered at our then much older library in, Ocean City Maryland.  It has since become a much better facility. But I am the mom of 3 children and one granddaughter. So, (as the saying goes) the times they are a changing.....

Hope you have as many rewarding experiences as I did at our local library.

Monica McNamara

Jul 11, 2008 02:02 PM #7
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058

Featured in Week in Review!  Congrats!

Jul 14, 2008 01:51 AM #8
Irene Woodworth
Color and Redesign Academy & Redesign Boise - Garden City, ID
Color-Redesign-Staging, Trainer & Motivational Speaker - Idaho

Hi Margaret,

What a wonderful write up on the Crofton Library.  I was actually thinking of doing one for our library.  You gave me some great ideas.  Libraries sure have come a long way since our childhood days!  Thanks again!

Have a Colorful Day!

Jul 14, 2008 07:19 AM #9
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