HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES INNOVATION LAB AT ABINGDON LIBRARY Rosedale Federal $25,000 grant for project

October 1st, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – September 30, 2014) Harford County Public Library is pleased to announce a $25,000 grant from Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association to develop an Innovation Lab at the Abingdon Library.

The Innovation Lab will be a “maker space,” providing an area for hands-on or do-it-yourself learning in video production, self-publishing and 3-D printing. It will offer library customers access to three Apple iMac desktop computers, sophisticated software, a green screen, and two 3-D printers. In addition, hands-on workshops, training and programming will be offered throughout the year.

“We are honored to partner with Rosedale Federal to offer this exciting resource to our community,” said Mary Hastler, CEO of Harford County Public Library. “The Innovation Lab is an investment in our future. Rosedale Federal’s long-term commitment will ensure it will grow and inspire children, teens, and entrepreneurs for many years to come.”

Expected to open in mid-December, the full installation of the Innovation Lab will be a multi-year project, with new technology and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) resources added each year over the next five years. The Friends of the Abingdon Library are also contributing $5,000 to the project, which has an estimated cost of $30,000.

As a community workspace, the Innovation Lab will bring together people interested in computers, engineering, technology, science and digital design where they can meet, learn and collaborate. The lab will be designed for ages 11 and up but may also be used by younger children during age-appropriate programs.

“We are pleased to sponsor Harford County Public Library’s Innovation Lab,” says Thomas S. Wintz Sr., President and CEO of Rosedale Federal. “For over 106 years, community has been at the heart of what we do every day. We share a mission with the Library to provide safe, high quality, excellent service and education to the community. So this ongoing Library initiative is a perfect fit. “

Harford County Public Library has developed a national reputation for innovation through programs like LEAP (Learn, Explore, and Play), Little Leapers, Little Leapers 3.5 and for its 3-D printing initiatives. Harford County Public Library is also a leader in introducing emerging technologies and initiatives to the public and is a sought-after partner for organizations interested in collaborating with individuals, families, entrepreneurs and businesses in Harford County.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 191,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

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LIBRARY BRANCHES OPEN ON SUNDAYS

September 30th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – September 30, 2014) Four branches of the Harford County Public Library will be open on Sunday starting October 5th. The Aberdeen, Abingdon, Bel Air and Jarrettsville Libraries will be serving customers from 1- 5 pm every Sunday through April 27th.

For more information please contact your local branch or go to HCPLonline.org.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 191,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

HAVRE DE GRACE LIBRARY TO CLOSE FOR RENOVATION AND EXPANSION

September 23rd, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – September 23, 2014) The Havre de Grace Branch of the Harford County Public Library will close on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 5pm and move to a temporary location while the current branch is renovated and expanded. The temporary location at 203 Market Street will open in approximately two weeks.

Please go to HCPLonline.org or call the Administrative Office in Riverside at 410 273 5600 to get the latest information.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

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THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT – BALTIMORE AND THE WAR OF 1812 TOLD BY AUTHOR STEVE VOGEL

September 22nd, 2014



(Belcamp, Maryland – September 22, 2014) 200 years ago, Baltimore was under siege. The War of 1812 was tiring the young Nation and Baltimore was the last stand. What happened over 6 weeks in the region changed the course of the War and gave Baltimore a badge of honor. Join us for a look at this battle with journalist and author Steve Vogel, who is taking time from a schedule that includes National Public Radio, The Smithsonian Channel, and CBS Sunday Morning, to visit the Fallston Library on Thursday September 25 at 6:30pm. He will discuss Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks that Saved the Nation, which takes readers into the Battle of Baltimore with a fast-paced, vibrant account of the people, places, and situations that make this historic conflict unique, yet under-appreciated today.

Vogel is a veteran journalist who has written extensively for The Washington Post, mainly on politics and military affairs. His reporting about the war in Afghanistan was part of a package of Washington Post stories selected as a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. The width and depth of his experience is staggering – Vogel covered the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon, and the building’s subsequent reconstruction; the war in Iraq and the first Gulf War and the treatment of veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; and U.S. military operations in Rwanda, Somalia, and the Balkans. Vogel is also the author of The Pentagon – A History.

Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks that Saved the Nation will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is suggested at 410-638-3003.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

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Photo caption #1: Through the Perilous Fight by Steve Vogul.

MEET THE AUTHORS @ YOUR LIBRARY THIS FALL!

August 20th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – August 19, 2014) Harford County Public Library is pleased to announce a stellar line-up of “Meet the Author” guests this fall! Residents will find an author to appeal to every age and interest.

Children’s author Kevin Sherry will be talking about illustrating and writing his new chapter book at the Aberdeen Library on September 13 from 1:00-2:30 pm. This award winning picture book author is reaching out to upper elementary boys with The Yeti Files, a book sure to win them over. Kevin will be showing kids grade 4 and up how to storyboard book ideas and how he creates the pictures to go with the words he has written.

Also on September 13, mystery writer Maggie Barbieri, author of the Murder 101 series, will be at the Jarrettsville Library beginning at 2:00 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of mystery and get the scoop on Once Upon a Lie, the start of her new series.

On September 17 at 6:30 pm, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and One Maryland One Book, the Bel Air Library will welcome Baltimore’s neighborhood “folklorist” Raphael Alvarez. Alvarez has written about his beloved city in various forms, from short stories like his newest, Tales from the Holy Land, to television shows like HBO’s The Wire and NBC’s crime dramas Life and The Black Donnellys. A book discussion of Tales from the Holy Land will also be held at the Bel Air Library on September 18.

The Washington Post writer Steve Vogel visits the Fallston Library on September 25 at 6:30 pm to talk about the Battle of Baltimore. Vogel frequently writes about the military and he has turned that expertise towards the past, writing Through the Perilous Fight, about the British invasion of the Chesapeake in 1814.

Aberdeen will be buzzing on October 16 at 6:30 pm as teens “die” over a visit from YA author Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Shiver Trilogy, the gold standard in YA Urban Fantasy. The New York Times bestselling author will spend the evening talking about werewolf nookie, fast cars, dead Welsh kings, and bagpipe music. This is the kick-off to the HCPL Comic-Con which gets rolling on the 17th.

Baltimore teacher Sheri Booker won a 2014 NAACP Image Award for her memoir Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home, which takes a look at death – the shocking and the celebratory – through the eyes of a sheltered young black woman. She will share her personal experiences and relate the importance of the funeral home in the African-American community at the Edgewood Library on October 20 at 6:30 pm.

Rose Ihedigbo-Franklin, local author, educator and mother of former Raven’s player James Ihedigbo, presents her book Sandals in the Snow: A True story of one African Family’s Journey to Achieving the American Dream at the Abingdon Library on November 8 at 1:30 pm.

The fall wraps up with a “Charm City Sunday” program. Pulitzer Prize nominated columnist Leah Eskin shares stories from her Chicago Tribune syndicated column “Home on the Range” and her memoir Slices of Life. Leah grew up baking chocolate-chip cookies in Iowa City; managed carrot salad from a closet kitchen at Brown University and attempted Tex-Mex while studying in Paris. The next logical step? Passing on her love of food to thousands of readers each week…and to the Harford County community during this special visit on November 9 at 2:00 pm at the Abingdon Library.

Books by each author will be available for purchase and signing at the time of the event. Registration for programs is suggested. Funding for these programs is provided in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Government through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board; and the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

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Photo caption: Local author Rafael Alvarez and YA author Maggie Stiefvater are among the many fascinating authors who will be visiting branches of the Harford County Public Library this fall.

HULA HOOP FUN AT THE ABINGDON LIBRARY!

August 15th, 2014


(Belcamp, Maryland – July 22, 2014) Over 60 children, teens and even one adult arrived with their hula hoops ready to hoop in the Harford County Public Library’s hoopla hoop event. Broken down into two groups, finalists from each group then went on to the finals and had to keep their hula hoop spinning for 45 minutes. In the end 20 finalists finished and a drawing was held to give away the prizes including the coveted Samsung Galaxy Tab 3!

“It was a very exciting day at the Abingdon Library. So many people of all ages had fun. And it was a great way to spend a rainy summer afternoon!” stated Mary Hastler, Library Director. “Thank you to MidWest Tape for putting on this event and helping to get the message out about the great service we are able to provide our customers through hoopla,” further commented Hastler.

The hoopla hoop contest was put on by Midwest Tape, the media provider of hoopla to public libraries in North America. Customers can browse, borrow and enjoy audiobooks, music, digital video and stream movies by using their library card and signing up at hoopladigital.com.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.
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Photo caption #1: Harford County Public Library’s hoopla hoop event held at the Abingdon Library attracted over 60 contestants who competed for prizes.

Photo caption #2: The hoopla hoop event at the Abingdon Library brought fun for all ages in a friendly hula hooping competition.

Photo caption #3: The winners of Harford County Public Library’s hoopla hoop event were selected after many rounds of competition. Pictured left to right: Brandon Koop, winner of a gift card; Aubrey Hoover, winner of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 grand prize; Library mascot Tales; Stephanie Worek, Young Adult Librarian; Renee Thater with her children, winner of a gift card.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS PLANNED AS PART OF FEASIBILITY STUDIES FOR ABERDEEN & DARLINGTON LIBRARIES

August 15th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 28, 2014) Community meetings are planned to seek ideas and input from the public as part of feasibility studies to determine the need for the renovation or construction of new Aberdeen and Darlington branches of the Harford County Public Library. Led by the project consultants, Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc., the Aberdeen meeting will take place at the Aberdeen Library at 21 Franklin Street on Monday, August 11 at 6:30 pm and the Darlington meeting will take place at the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company at 2600 Castleton Road on Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 pm.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.
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SPELLERS OF ALL AGES COMPETE AT FARM FAIR

August 15th, 2014


(Belcamp, Maryland – August 4, 2014) The annual Literary Spelling Bee at the Harford County Farm Fair was filled with excitement for spellers and readers alike. Hosted by Harford County Public Library, 39 participants from children through adult competed in this year’s event on August 3.

Children enjoyed spelling words like “swan” from The Ugly Duckling and “chimney” from Mary Poppins. Adults were challenged with words like “marionettes” and “unparalleled.” All participants were given a Farm Fair ribbon and small prize from the Library. The first, second and third place winners were also allowed to choose a new book from the Library plus the Library mascot, Tales, was in attendance to cheer on the children and take pictures with the winners.

Winners in each category were:
Entering Kindergarten:
• First Place- Lenny Elliott
• Second Place- Julian Young
• Third Place- Shane Elliott
• Fourth Place-Mia Gutierrez
Entering Grades 1-2:
• First Place tie- Auni Parsa & Jenna Roh
• Third Place tie- Jake Jestel & Ethan Ryan
• Fourth Place- Andrew Blackburn
Entering Grades 3-4:
• First Place- Jeremy Jestel
• Second Place tie- Sophia Cramer & Andrew Fulco
• Third Place tie- Morgan Hennigan & Jaansi Parsa
Entering Grades 5-6:
• First Place tie- Mackenzie Alderson, Elizabeth Kelly & Khiyali Pillalamarri
• Fourth Place-Madelyn Phelps
Entering Grades 7-8:
• First Place- Michael Jennings
• Second Place- Samuel O’Neill
• Third Place- Isaac Leszczar
• Fourth Place- Nikki Holmes
Adults:
• First Place- Betsy Wasson
• Second Place- Aravinda Pillalamarri
• Third Place- Barbara Kreamer
• Fourth Place tie- Mary Lynn Bezek & Bob Mumby

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

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Photo caption #1: Winners from the 1st and 2nd grade category at the Literary Spelling Bee pose with Tales, the Harford County Public Library mascot. Left to right: Jenna Roh and Auni Parsa (1st Place tie), Andrew Blackburn (4th Place), Jake Jestel and Ethan Ryan (3rd Place tie).

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS WRITERS CONFERENCE

August 15th, 2014


(Belcamp, Maryland – August 14, 2014) “It was a dark and stormy night” is no way to start the next great American novel! Join the Harford County Public Library and writing friends at the Just Write. Writers Conference on Sunday, September 28 at the Bel Air Library and learn how to make your writing the best it can be. Just Write. brings in 17 accomplished regional authors and small print publishers, as well as agents to share their insights and experience with community writers of all levels and genres. Choose five workshops from among 30 options of discussions and presentations that will give practical, relevant information and examples. The $65 registration fee covers the sessions, lunch, snacks and access to writers all day long.

If that isn’t enough, the library is offering more opportunities to get you on your way to writing glory! A wrap-up reception will be held following the conference to talk informally with presenters and writers. Novelist Erika Robuck, author of Call Me Zelda, Hemingway’s Girl, and Fallen Beauty will be the guest speaker, sharing her story of the journey from idea to publication. You may also have your own manuscript critiqued by one of the days’ speakers and meet with them for a one-on-one session to go through the notes. Both of these options are available for an additional fee with registration or as stand-alone events – if you can’t spend the day, you still have an opportunity to participate!

Pre-registration is required to attend the Just Write. Writers Conference, and for manuscript reviews and the After Session Reception. Registration is available online only beginning August 18th at 10:00 am. Seating in individual sessions and overall is limited so it is important to register early for first choices. Registration closes at end of business September 22, 2014. Go to www.HCPL-JustWrite.com to more information and to register. Contact Bethany Hacker at hacker@hcplonline.org with questions about the Conference or registration process.

Just Write is funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

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Photo caption: Local author Rafael Alvarez and novelist Erika Robuck are among the many successful authors who will be leading workshops and discussion panels while working with community writers of all levels and genres at the “Just Write” Writers Conference on Sunday, September 28 at the Bel Air Library.

HOOPLA HOOP YOUR WAY TO A SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 3!

July 10th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 9, 2014) Show off your hula hoop skills at the Library’s hoopla hoop contest on Tuesday, July 15th at the Abingdon Library. Hoopla hoop will be presented by MidWest Tape, the Library’s provider of Hoopla digital. A representative will be on-hand to run the contest and award the winner with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3!

“Summer fun at the Library will take on a whole new meaning as young and old hoopla hoop at the Abingdon Library!” said Library Marketing Manager, Janine Lis. “Thank you to MidWest Tape for this great opportunity to have some fun with our customers and show them what hoopla has to offer in digital movies, television shows, music and audiobooks, all available through the Library’s website.”

The hoopla hoop contest will take place in the magazine seating area in the Abingdon Library 2:00-4:00pm. Participants are asked to register starting at 1:30pm. Participants are encouraged to bring their own personal hula hoop to ensure the opportunity to compete in the event. A limited amount of hula hoops will be available for the contest. The winner of the final competition will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. The complete rules can be found at HCPLonline.org.

Did you know that the modern hula hoop was invented in 1958 by Arthur K. Melin and Richard Knerr, however children and adults around the world have played with hoops, twirling, rolling and throwing them throughout history. Traditional materials for hoops included willow, rattan, grapevines and stiff grasses. Today they are usually made of plastic tubing.

Midwest Tape is the leading Media provider to public libraries in North America. In addition to providing the Harford County Public Library with quality movies, music albums and audiobooks, they now help meet the community’s digital media desire through hoopla digital!

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

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Photo caption #1: Hoopla hoop contest to be held at the Abingdon Library on July 15, 2014.