Howard County Library System’s Glenwood Branch to Reopen on December 4

Following a 14 month renovation, Howard County Library System’s Glenwood Branch will reopen with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, December 4 at 10 am. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, HCLS President & CEO Tonya Aikens, and other dignitaries will be on hand to welcome the community back to the branch.

The renovated Glenwood Branch will include: 

  • Two new multi-use studios, enabling instructors to teach more classes for all ages and giving the community more space for public meetings.  
  • New customer service and self-service areas, enabling customers to pick up their own holds. 
  • New passport office for greater confidentiality. 
  • Renovated vending café area in a new central location, serving as a snack area, collaborative, and social space. 
  • Refreshed children and teen areas with new seating and relocated children’s information desk. 
  • New flooring in the teen, adult, studio, study, café, and makerspace areas. 
  • A new outdoor patio 
  • A makerspace, featuring 3D printers, a digital memory station, large format printer, laser cutter engraver, recording booth, and tinker bins. 

“We are grateful to the community for their support and patience throughout the project and are excited for them to experience what we have been able to do with a limited budget,” notes HCLS President & CEO Tonya Aikens. “In the best of times, construction and renovation projects often experience delays. In a pandemic, however, the delays are compounded by staffing and supply-chain issues. Our team worked strategically to maintain contactless pickup of materials throughout the project and to resume children’s classes once it was safe to do so. We know how much our community values and needs thelibrary, and we are thrilled to fully welcome customers back into the branch now that the most essential items are in place.”

The new makerspace will feature two 3D printers, a digital memory station (where customers can convert VHS tapes and DVDs to digital files), a large format printer, a laser cutter engraver, a recording booth, and bins filled with tinker items. “We invite makers and curious minds of all ages to experience, learn and create with these new tools,” notes Aikens. “The new makerspace exemplifies our commitment to providing the space and resources to leverage community assets throughenhanced educational opportunities that foster exploration, collaboration, and creation.”

In the children’s area, a builders’ barn features age-appropriate supplies and activities for children to design and create. Still to come are interactive learning spaces that encourage young children to learn through play. These new spaces, planned to arrive in early 2022, are specifically designed to teach pre-literacy skills. 

In addition, customers will be able to browse and borrow selected artworks from HCLS’ art education collection.

HCLS expresses its gratitude to County Executive Ball, members of the County Council, and HCLS Board of Trustees for funding this project during challenging times. HCLS received $730K from the County’s Capital Budget in FY18. Staff held dream sessions with the Glenwood community in August 2019 to develop the scope of the project, which was submitted with HCLS’ subsequent Capital Budget request. In FY 19 through 21, additional funding requests were not approved due to the County’s need to respond to critical issues, including flooding in Ellicott City and the COVID-19 pandemic. In FY 21, the County Council reduced the overall capital budget by $23.4M, including a reduction of $550,000 from the Glenwood project.

Renovation planning began in October, and construction began in March 2021. In June 2021, desiring to deliver as many of the items the community noted as important during the dream sessions, the HCLS Board of Trustees approved directing$350K to supplement the project budget.

Please visit for the complete timeline, list of current children’s classes, and additional information about the branch. 


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