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Announcing the New Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City (Quietly)

It would feel a bit strange to make a big, loud announcement about the new Charles E. Miller Branch Library & Historical Center, which opened in Ellicott City (about 5 minutes away from The Wayside Inn) on December 17th, 2011, so we’re making this quiet, unassuming post to share some interesting info about the newest library branch in the Howard County Library System (HCLS).

According to the HCLS website:

“A 21st Century facility for a 21st Century public education, the new Miller Branch matches the quality of the curriculum HCLS delivers through its three pillars: Self-Directed Education, Research Assistance & Instruction, and Instructive & Enlightening Experiences.

The branch features a collection of a quarter million items, 100 web accessible computers equipped with word processing software, and nine quiet study rooms. Classroom space includes a 3,000 sq. ft. meeting room that can be partitioned, an 800 sq. ft. children’s classroom, and a 700 sq. ft. Tech Lab. The Terrace Overlook allows customers to read and work outdoors while enjoying the green vegetated roof and views beyond.

The new Miller Branch will elevate Howard County and Maryland history education, bringing our heritage to life in unprecedented ways. The Historical Center vision includes a strengthened partnership between HCLS and the Howard County Historical Society, as well as other organizations, to leverage funding and expertise for enhanced research opportunities, classes, seminars, and events.

Also located at this branch, the innovative Enchanted Garden will focus on health, nutrition, and environmental education. Scheduled to open in May 2012, this outdoor teaching garden intends to “grow healthy habits” through wondrous experiences including frog statues, water features, and themed plant beds such as the Peter Rabbit patch, providing children and their families with the opportunity to learn about garden cultivation and nutrition.

Designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council, the energy efficient new Miller Branch includes 72 solar panels and ample natural light.”

Additionally, we’ve learned of this upcoming fundraiser at the Miller Branch Library:

February 25, 2012
Howard County Library, Miller Branch

7-11pm, Tickets are $100 each and may be purchased at the door.
Join us at Evening in the Stacks, the Library’s annual gala fundraiser. The event features a silent auction, fine food and drink, and a literary spotlight. For more information visit


We recommend that when you’re in town, you make a visit this extraordinary new library. You won’t be disappointed.

We look forward to seeing you soon,
David and Susan Balderson
The Wayside Inn
Ellicott City, MD
(410) 461-4636


Are you longing for a romantic stay at a bed and breakfast in Ellicott City? Will your retreat include shopping and dining at unique stores and gourmet restaurants? We invite you to The Wayside Inn where relaxation, gourmet breakfasts and access to historic Ellicott City await…


(Miller Branch Library Photo Credit: Brandie Jefferson)