Archive for September, 2010

Joppa Branch Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010


Close to 200 customers shared in the 30th anniversary celebration at the Joppa Branch of Harford County Public Library on September 13th. The day’s festivities included a visit from Tales, the library mascot; a photo display of the history of the branch; a raffle for prizes; refreshments; and a program by “The Extreme Balloon Man.” Other events during the week included a “Birthday Surprise” Story Time, and a slide show presentation and talk presented by Irene Hinke-Sacilotto, the author of Chincoteague, National Wildlife Refuge: An Ecological Treasure.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 200,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4,700,000. 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 (Joppa Branch 30 Years of History): The Joppa branch of Harford County Public Library celebrates its 30th anniversary with a look back at the history of the branch and the community.

Photo caption #2 (The Extreme Balloon Man): Steve Gambrill Sr., “The Extreme Balloon Man,” entertains an excited crowd of almost 80 children and adults at the 30th Anniversary celebration of the Joppa branch of Harford County Public Library on September 13.

Don’t Be Late…For a Very Important Date!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Harford County Public Library Foundation’s 6th annual gala, the Mad Hatter’s Ball, an Evening in the Stacks, will be held on November 6, 2010 at the Abingdon branch from 7 – 11pm. Tickets are on sale now and are $90 per person.

“Each year the gala committee and library staff are thrilled to open the doors of our beautiful branch in Abingdon for a unique, fun experience in the library. The proceeds from the gala help to sustain important services at the library, including the Summer and Winter Reading Programs and Silver Reader Outreach Vehicle,” commented Library Director, Audra Caplan.

The Abingdon Branch, located at 2510 Tollgate Road, will be transformed into a place of whimsy, reminiscent of Wonderland. Cocktail attire is required and party hats are optional! Local businesses have been a key element of the gala since its inception and this year we are proud to have Pairings Bistro and Brooms Bloom Dairy provide guests with an array of food selections. Desserts will be prepared by Coffee Coffee and Flavor Cupcakery and beverages will be provided by Bottleworks.

“I love the excitement that Harford County Public Library creates for the attendees of this event every year. The library is an important community resource and The Kelly Group is proud to be a sponsor,” stated Jodi Davis, Financial Advisor at The Kelly Group. “We know our support; along with the support of all the sponsors is a key component to the success of the gala each year.”

Headlining sponsors for this year’s gala are The Aegis, Comcast, M&T Bank, Richardson’s Florist, WXCY and Saxon’s Diamond Centers. Premiere sponsors are APG Federal Credit Union, FastFrame, Harford County Tourism, Mason Dixon Arrive and PNC Bank. Supporting sponsors for the event are 15th Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge, William and Carol Allen, Baker & Taylor, Bonefish Grill, Broom’s Bloom Dairy, Celebree Learning Centers, Clark Turner Signature Homes, Coffee Coffee, Edmeades & Stromdahl, Flowers by Bauers, Freedom Federal Credit Union, Harford’s Heart, Harford Mutual, Mary and Mark Hastler, Huether-McClelland Foundation,, The Kelly Group, Richard and Susan Kinard, Library Interiors, Luciano’s Entertainment, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Ronald Parker, PA, Playaway, PNC Wealth Management, Select Event Rentals, Skylight Creative Ideas, Slavie Federal Savings Bank, Edmund and Lucie Snodgrass, Jay & Linda Van Deusen, Kathy and Robert Wajer.

More exciting news! The Harford County Public Library Foundation is holding a jewelry raffle. Saxon’s Diamond Centers has generously donated a pair of 1.5 carat diamond stud earrings to the library valued at almost $6,000. “My business partner, Kevin Ferrell, and I are honored to be part of an organization that serves the community in so many different ways,” stated Lance Hersh, Owner, Saxon’s Diamond Centers. “The library not only benefits students of all ages, but also adults who do not have computer access and who are furthering their education. And knowing that budget cuts have affected the library we wanted to do something to help raise funds to support the services and staff.” Jewelry raffle tickets are on sale now at all Harford County Public Library branches, Saxon’s two locations in Aberdeen and Bel Air and Coffee Coffee in Bel Air. Tickets are one for $10 or 3 for $25. The winner will be announced at the gala. You do not need to be present to win.

For more information and to purchase tickets for both the gala and the jewelry raffle, visit us online at HCPLonline.info/gala. You can also call the Library Foundation Office at 410 273 5600 x2283. Find us on Facebook and follow us on twitter at twitter.com/HCPLFoundation.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to enhancing Harford County Public Library services. The Foundation raises funds to augment the financial resources of the Library and works to promote awareness of library services. The Foundation facilitates the library’s development as a creative environment within the county that encourages the acquisition of knowledge and the love of reading for all customers. For more information call 410 273 5601 x 2283.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 200,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4,700,000. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

Photo caption #1: The Harford County Public Library Foundation’s annual gala, The Mad Hatter’s Ball, will be held on November 6, 2010 at the Abingdon branch.
Photo caption #2: The Harford County Public Library is holding a jewelry raffle. 1.5 carat diamond stud earrings have been generously donated by Saxon’s Diamond Centers.

Taste of Harford Presents Check to Summer Reading Program at Harford County Public Library

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Harford County Public Library was presented with a check from Harford United Charities on August 16 for $10,955 from funds raised at the 6th annual Taste of Harford event.

A non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial support to local organizations that serve the needs of Harford County citizens, Harford United Charities continued the Taste of Harford’s tradition by supporting children’s charities with the proceeds raised. Three different groups received generous funds from the Taste of Harford event including the Summer Reading Program at Harford County Public Library, the Boys & Girls Club of Harford County and the Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding Program.

“Harford County Public Library was happy to be selected as a charity recipient of this year’s Taste of Harford event,” stated Audra Caplan, Library Director. “The funds we received were donated to our Summer Reading Program which this year provided reading incentives to over 18,000 babies, children and teens.”

The Summer Reading Program at Harford County Public Library is an all-inclusive program offering reading materials and incentives for reading along with activities that develop emergent literacy skills, encourage reading for pleasure and address summer learning loss. Results from a recent study completed by Dominican University proved that students who participate in Summer Reading Programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those students who did not participate.


Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 200,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 5,000,000. The mission of Harford County Public Library is to provide access, service and information to the citizens of Harford County anytime, anywhere and to create an environment that encourages the acquisition of knowledge and the love of reading.

County Executive David Craig, on behalf of Harford United Charities and the Taste of Harford event, presented Harford County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program with a check for $10,955. Pictured left to right: HCPL Foundation Board members Linda VanDeusen, Mary McClelland and Kay Deitz; Audra Caplan, Library Director; David Craig, County Executive; Wini Roche, Tourism & Marketing Manager; William Allen, HCPL Foundation Board member.

Bel Air Teen Wins Library Video Contest

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Cavan O’Brien, an 8th grader at Bel Air Middle School, made his directorial debut and won first place and a Flip digital video camera in the Summer Reading Program teen video contest at Harford County Public Library.

Based on the Summer Reading Program theme for teens, Make Waves @ Your Library, O’Brien starred in the video along with his younger brother Liam. “I am happy I won and did a great job,”said Bel Air resident O’Brien, who uses the library regularly and loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

“This video contest was really exciting and all the wonderful submissions that we received made it very competitive,”stated Mary Hastler, Associate Director of Harford County Public Library. “Cavan won because his video truly exemplified the Summer Reading Program for teens.”To view the winning and finalist videos, visit hcplonline.info.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 200,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 5,000,000. The mission of Harford County Public Library is to provide access, service and information to the citizens of Harford County anytime, anywhere and to create an environment that encourages the acquisition of knowledge and the love of reading.

Harford County Public Library held a video contest for teens based on the Summer Reading Program theme Make Waves @ Your Library. Liam O’Brien, left, starred in a video that was directed by his brother, Cavan O’Brien, right, an 8th grader at Bel Air Middle School who made his directorial debut and won first place and a Flip digital video camera. For more information and to view the winning video, visit hcplonline.info.

Harford County Public Library Wins History Channel Award

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Harford County Public Library (HCPL) was announced as a second place winner in the HISTORY™ Library Outreach Contest for its Winds & Words of War: Posters & Prints from the San Antonio Public Library Collection exhibit. The collection of original World War I posters and prints was on display at the Bel Air and Jarrettsville branches from March 20 through May 31. This exhibit had not been seen by the public since 1933 and HCPL was only one of seven locations in the nation to house the exhibit.

The HISTORY™ Library Outreach Contest was connected with its landmark 12-part series AMERICA The Story of Us. The series, which premiered on April 25th and concluded on Memorial Day, was accompanied by the largest education outreach effort in the network’s history. Organized with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Library Outreach Contest encouraged libraries large and small to create themed exhibits, media projects, and public programming about the role their community played in the broader national story.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the History Channel for our efforts in sharing this wonderful exhibit with our community,” stated Audra Caplan, Library Director. “Harford County Public Library strives to be a community gathering place for information and cultural enrichment and The Winds and Words of War exhibit offered us the opportunity to connect our rich history with artwork that reflected our country’s changing sentiment toward World War I.”

Open to all libraries nationwide, HCPL was awarded $1,000 as one of ten Second Prize winners. The contest criteria included the relevance of the exhibit to American history, the effectiveness of the exhibit or media project overall, and outreach about the projects to local communities.

Harford County Public Library hosted many programs in support of the exhibit including Newbery Medal winning author Russell Freedman who visited the Abingdon branch to speak about his latest book The War to End All Wars: World War I; author and radio personality Michael Lasser, who spoke about popular songs of World War I at the Whiteford branch; plus a film series lead by Jack and Jan Hirschfeld at the Havre de Grace branch that captured different points of view during the era. The Bel Air, Edgewood and Joppa branches also hosted several book discussion groups on World War I literature.

To view images from Harford County Public Library’s Winds and Words of War exhibit, go to facebook.com/hcplonline.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 200,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 5,000,000. The mission of Harford County Public Library is to provide access, service and information to the citizens of Harford County anytime, anywhere and to create an environment that encourages the acquisition of knowledge and the love of reading.

Photo caption #1: The Winds & Words of War: Posters and Prints from San Antonio Public Library exhibit at Harford County Public Library.

Photo caption #2: History Channel logo

Digital Bookmobile Coming To Harford County Public Library!

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The Digital Bookmobile National Tour will showcase the audiobook and eBook download services from Harford County Public Library at the Abingdon branch on Tuesday, September 21 from 1:00-7:00 pm. Readers of all ages will learn how to download digital books from the library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. A gadget gallery featuring iPod®, Zune® and Sony® Reader™ will help visitors discover portable devices that are compatible with the library’s free download service.

“The Digital Bookmobile is a great opportunity for our customers to see what we have in digital services. The library has books in many formats and we are thrilled to offer these products and services to our changing and growing community. Having the opportunity to experience these services on the Digital Bookmobile is fun and informative!” stated Audra Caplan, Library Director.

The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. This 74-foot community outreach vehicle is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades. The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore Harford County Public Library’s download services. Interactive learning stations give visitors an opportunity to search the library’s digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks and audiobooks.

Free download services through Harford County Public Library include the ability to browse the growing collection of bestsellers and new releases and use a library card to check out a digital title which can be enjoyed on a computer or transferred to supported mobile devices. Many audio titles can also be burned to audio CD. At the end of the one or two week lending period titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. There are never late fees or damaged items.

The Digital Bookmobile is operated by OverDrive, Inc., a provider of eBook and audiobook download services through Maryland’s Digital eLibrary Consortium. To check out and download digital books and more, visit http://www.hcplonline.info/books/download/.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 200,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4,700,000. Harford County Public Library is committed to providing access, service and information to the citizens of Harford County anytime, anywhere and creating an environment that encourages the acquisition of knowledge and the love of reading.


The Digital Bookmobile will visit the Abingdon Branch of the Harford County Public Library on September 21st from 1-7pm.