Archive for March, 2011

LEAP – LEARN EXPLORE AND PLAY SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PROGRAMMING AT THE LIBRARY

Friday, March 25th, 2011

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 25, 2011) Harford County Public Library recognizes the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in an increasingly technological world. Studies show many elementary age children express a high interest in science but interest drops rapidly by middle school. LEAP bridges that gap, targeting upper elementary and middle school age children with hands-on activities and materials that inspire interest and curiosity.

Science Applications International Corporation, (SAIC) also recognizes the importance of engaging our youth in the STEM fields and has teamed up with Harford County Public Library in its efforts to providing programming targeted to the 3rd through 8th grade student. “The American economy and our standard of living have been built on innovation,” said SAIC Chief Technology Officer Amy Alving, Ph.D. “And innovation is created by people educated in the STEM disciplines. Our nation’s future depends on maintaining a strong pipeline of students in these fields. That is why SAIC supports science-based programs like LEAP that engage and motivate students to pursue STEM careers.” To find out more about SAIC please go to www.saic.com.

The LEAP programs at Harford County Public Library cover a variety of science topics including Harry Potter Science, Maryland Archeology, Dinosaurs and Chemistry’s Cool Blue Light. An example of the kits includes Weather, Solar Energy, Bridge Engineering and Who Owns These Bones kits.

“The funds we received from SAIC have given us the chance to expand our science programming to new audiences and to build new partnerships,” stated Jeannine Finton, Harford County Public Library LEAP librarian. “We’ve been able to offer programs that aren’t normally seen in libraries. The LEAP programs usually reach around 30 children per month, but with the SAIC funds we were able to reach over 150 children and adults this month.”

The LEAP kits and most LEAP programs are at the Edgewood branch. For more information on LEAP or to reserve a kit online please go to www.hcplononline.info/programs/LEAP.

SAIC is a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The company’s approximately 43,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC had annual revenues of $10.8 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2010. For more information, visit www.saic.com. SAIC: From Science to Solutions®

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 210,000 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 (LEAP 1): LEAP programs for children grades 3-8 feature many different topics such as chemistry and engineering as well as a fun environment for science experiments and learning.

Photo caption #2: (LEAP 2): LEAP kits and programs provide hands-on opportunities for budding scientists to be encouraged in their pursuit of STEM fields.

AMBER SHRODES NEW LIBRARY FOUNDATION DIRECTOR

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 24, 2011) Harford County Public Library is pleased to announce Amber C. Shrodes has joined the organization as Foundation Director. As the Foundation Director, Shrodes is responsible for raising funds to augment the financial resources of the Library and promote awareness of library services.

“I am honored to serve Harford County Public Library in this capacity,” said Shrodes. “As a longtime advocate and customer of this exceptional resource, I am delighted to be able to support the Library during this critical phase, where funding is limited, yet the need and demand for services has increased exponentially. While the economic downturn is a challenge, I am confident we can offer our partners an unprecedented return on their sponsorship investments as the Library serves over 210,000 local borrowers at its eleven branches and two outreach vehicles.”

According to Shrodes, top priorities for the Foundation include the renovation of the Bel Air branch’s Early Literacy Interactive Space; coordinating partnerships for the Library’s Summer Reading Program, which provides incentives for preschool to high school age students to engage in reading, math, and science activities to counter summer learning loss; and increasing the number of LEAP Kits currently in circulation. LEAP Kits are comprehensive learning tools that allow library customers to access high-end science equipment including microscopes, rock collections, and programmable robots to explore science, math, and engineering projects at home.

“Amber Shrodes brings extensive experience and knowledge of the Harford County community and a proven track record in building relationships and partnerships. We are delighted that Ms. Shrodes has joined the Harford County Public Library team,” said Mary Hastler, Library Director.

Formerly the Marketing and Communications Director for MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC, Shrodes has a multi-disciplined background in business development, marketing, event coordination, and public relations. During her four-year tenure with MacKenzie she was responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies for the parent company, MacKenzie Ventures, and its seven affiliate firms. Prior to that position, Shrodes served as the Marketing Specialist for the Harford County Office of Economic Development where she played a leading role in numerous award-winning business development and marketing strategies including the Taste of Harford, the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor, and the County’s Maryland Ready campaign, which was later adopted by the State.

Shrodes, a graduate of the University of Maryland, is an active member of the Army Alliance, Maryland Economic Development Association, and Northeastern Maryland Technology Council. In addition, she serves on the Marketing Committee for Harford Habitat for Humanity.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 210,000 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.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of the Harford County Public Library and to promote awareness of its services. For more information call 410 273 5601 x 2283.

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Photo caption #1: Amber Shrodes, Harford County Public Library Foundation Director.

A NIGHT OUT @ THE LIBRARY Meet Cornelia Nixon Author of Jarrettsville

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Belcamp, Maryland – March 2, 2011) The Harford County Public Library Foundation will be hosting its annual A Night Out @ the Library on April 15th with a fireside chat by Cornelia Nixon, author of the novel Jarrettsville.

This event will be held at the Harford County Public Library Jarrettsville Branch on Norrisville Road in Jarrettsville from 7-9 pm. Tickets are $25 each and include coffee and dessert. A book signing will follow the book discussion. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hcplonline.info or by calling 410 273 5600 x2283.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 210,000 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.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501© 3 charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of the Harford County Public Library and to promote awareness of its services. For more information call 410 273 5601 x 2283.

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Photo caption #1: “Jarrettsville” book cover; #2: Author Cornelia Nixon; #3 A Night Out @ the Library logo.