By Maya Pottiger
For the last 25 years, Mountain Road Library has offered the Pasadena community a little bit of everything.
As the times change, so does the community and its needs, and the library follows suit.
“We spend a great deal of time making stronger community connections,” said Jennifer Adams, branch manager of the Mountain Road Library. “As times change and certainly diversity changes in this county, then we see there’s a need to have [new] types of programs.”
Over time, the library has expanded the types of programs it offers, now including STEM activities, sensory social opportunities and LGBT programs.
“We look at trends and changes in our customer base and adjust accordingly,” Adams said.
Mountain Road is also using community members, Adams said. During an SPCA event, the library asked a local veterinarian to come in and speak on behalf of the animals. Later this year, a local retired military veteran will run a program about the American flag. On a monthly basis, local artists are featured in the library, hanging their work on the walls and hosting gallery receptions.
Over time, Adams has noticed the increasing need for libraries to have technology and collaborative space.
“There’s a lot of populations out there that do not have any technology at home, and they come here to use it,” Adams said. “We’re still going to offer traditional services. There’s still many people that walk in the door that want a book they can hold and read. I don’t think that’s ever gonna go away.”
Christine Feldmann, the marketing and communications manager for Anne Arundel County Public Libraries, said the Mountain Road branch serves “people of all ages and stages of life.” Feldmann highlighted the growing children’s area, expanded large print collection and fishing rod borrowing program.
“What hasn't changed is the community feel of the branch,” Feldmann said. “We know many of our customers by name, as well as their extended families, and many visitors have started friendships here by attending programs and have continued over the years.”
The Mountain Road Library will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Tuesday, August 6. There will be light refreshments throughout the day and a guest book for patrons to write their memories of the branch.