Address & Contact
21 Franklin Street
Aberdeen, MD 21001
|Mon & Wed||10:00 am - 8:00 pm|
|Tue & Thu||1:00 pm - 8:00 pm|
|Fri & Sat||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Sun(Oct-Apr)||1:00 pm - 5:00 pm|
A library in Aberdeen has existed since the early 20th century, becoming part of county-wide library services in 1945. The library was housed in a variety of locations, from a second floor of a store at West Bel Air Avenue and North Parke Street, to the Aberdeen Recreation Center, to a building on North Parke Street built for it in 1958. None of these would accommodate the library for long, however, and in 1972 plans for a new branch began. The present location opened in November 1975.
Over the years volunteers and generous donations have assisted in supplementing the branch and its services. Volunteers have contributed countless hours of computer assistance, program preparation and aid in maintaining the branch collections. The Ripken Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were essential in providing early computer services. The Friends of Aberdeen Library hold regular book sales to support library programs such as special guest presenters for Summer Reading. The Library Foundation along with private donations have added special items like teen friendly furniture and resources in the Teen area and the Aberdeen Express train table in the children's area.
Beyond books, media and digital collections, the library provides a wide array of programs and services vital to the community. There are thirty-three computers with Internet access for customers to use. Story times for children and babies are especially popular, along with the Summer Reading Program and special programming throughout the year. In 2008, the Aberdeen Youth Program (AYP) was developed in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club and a grant from the Local Management Board. AYP provides regular activities for teens, such as video gaming, movie nights, field trips, and author visits, as well as opportunities for socializing in the 'teen lounge'. Programs for adults range from the monthly Urban Essence Divas book club that discusses the newest releases, to a knitting group, to the Winter Reading Program.
The library carries several special collections developed by HCPL to support early literacy and STEM initiatives. LEAP kits provide scientific discovery for children in grades 3 to 8 with projects such as Snap Circuits, LEGO Mindstorm robots and Chemistry. Little Leapers introduces these same concepts to preschool aged children with kits like “I am an architect” and “My Senses.” The Learning and Sharing Collection (LSC) that supports early literacy and motor skills includes puppets, musical instruments, toys and games. All of these exciting materials can be checked out with a library card.