Archive for April, 2011

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

(Belcamp, Maryland – April 28, 2011) In the interest of the health and safety of customers and employees, Harford County Public Library has adopted a smoke-free policy for all buildings and grounds, effective May 1, 2011. The use of any type of tobacco product is prohibited, including the carrying or smoking of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarettes or other lighted smoking equipment. No person may smoke in a library facility, entryway to any library facility, on the sidewalks or grounds around any library facility, or in any library vehicle.

“This smoke-free policy is a direct response to customer feedback from over the years and will create a more welcoming environment for all our customers,” stated Mary Hastler, Library Director.

Harford County Public Library joins the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and Harford Community College as the latest county organization to adopt the policy of an entirely smoke-free campus. No members of the public were in attendance at a public hearing on April 21 to allow for comment on the smoke-free policy at the library.

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.

AUTHOR OF AWARD-WINNING NOVEL JARRETTSVILLE

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

(Belcamp, Maryland – April 26, 2011) Cornelia Nixon, author of Jarrettsville, spoke to a sold out crowd at the Jarrettsville Branch of Harford County Public Library on April 15th. More than 260 attendees, including Jack Shagena and Henry Peden both local historical authors, gathered to hear a reading from her novel, winner of the 2010 Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. Based on a true story from the author’s family history it accounts the story of Martha Jane Cairnes who shot and killed her fiancé Nicholas McComas in front of his Union cavalry militia at the end of the Civil War.

After Nixon’s presentation descendants of the Cairnes and McComas families posed for a group photo, and guests had an opportunity meet Nixon and have their books autographed.

The event was sponsored by McComas Funeral Home, the Jarrettsville Friends of Harford County Public Library, the Harford County Office of Economic Development, Richard and Susan Kinard, and Kay Dietz of Garceau Realty. Coffee and dessert were provided by Coffee Coffee and Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli. Barnes and Noble provided on-site book sales.

A Night Out @ the Library is hosted annually by the Harford County Public Library Foundation, 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.

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.

For more information regarding the Harford County Public Library Foundation, current sponsorship opportunities, and upcoming events, please visit www.hcplonline.org or contact Amber C. Shrodes at 410 273 5601 x 2283.

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Photo captions:

#1:McComas and Cairnes family members posed with Cornelia Nixon who is holding a replica of the gun, a colt 6 shooter, that Martha used to shoot Nick. Pictured from left to right: Howard McComas III, Judy McComas, Holly Kimble McComas, Howard McComas IV, Cornelia Nixon, George Cairnes, Mary Cairnes, John Cairnes.

#2: Author Cornelia Nixon signs her book for a fan.

#3 Local authors were among the night’s attendees. Pictured from left to right: Signe Shagena, Jack Shagena, Mary Hastler, Library Director, Henry Peden, Veronica Peden.

AUTHOR OF AWARD-WINNING NOVEL JARRETTSVILLE

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

(Belcamp, Maryland – April 5, 2011) Preparations are underway for the 5th Annual Night Out at the Library, which will be held Friday, April 15th from 7pm to 9pm at the Jarrettsville Branch. This year author Cornelia Nixon will discuss her novel Jarrettsville, winner of the 2010 Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction.

Based on a true story from the author’s family history, Jarrettsville is an account of Martha Jane Cairnes, who shot and killed her fiancé Nicholas McComas in front of his Union cavalry militia four years after the end of the Civil War. Set in Jarrettsville, Maryland, Nixon’s novel explores Cairnes’ motivation for the infamous murder, which made the front page of the New York Times in 1869. Cairnes was later acquitted despite approximately 50 eyewitnesses to the murder. The dark Reconstruction atmosphere, mounting political tensions, suspicions, prejudices, and a possible involvement in the assassination of Lincoln add layers of intrigue to Nixon’s narrative.

“The Community has been captivated by Nixon’s novel,” said Amber C. Shrodes, Director, Harford County Public Library Foundation. “The response has been outstanding. We are nearly sold out and are fortunate to have several sponsors, including McComas Funeral Home, the Harford County Office of Economic Development, the Jarrettsville Friends of Harford County Public Library, Richard and Susan Kinard, and Kay Dietz. Their partnership has made this event possible.”

“We are honored to sponsor A Night Out @ the Library,” said Howard K. McComas IV, President of McComas Funeral Home and a distant relative to Nicholas McComas. “We look forward to attending the discussion and are pleased to support the Harford County Public Library in its mission to offer unique cultural programs and provide access to critical resources throughout our community. Harford County’s innovative library system is an outstanding example of private and public partnership working to enrich the lives of residents and families. We are proud to have shared in that commitment for more than six generations,” he added.

Tickets for A Night Out @ the Library are $25 per person and include coffee and dessert provided by Coffee Coffee and Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli. A book signing will follow the discussion. Books sales will be provided by Barnes and Noble. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hcplonline.org or by calling 410 273 5600 x2283.

A Night Out @ the Library is sponsored by the Harford County Public Library Foundation and benefits Harford County Public Library.

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