(Belcamp, Maryland – July 22, 2011) Harford County Public Library is busy gearing up for its 15th annual Literary Spelling Bee at the Harford County Farm Fair. The Literary Spelling Bee will be held on Sunday, July 31st at the main pavilion of the fairgrounds and is open to all interested participants including children of all ages and adults.
Seven age-based groups compete throughout the afternoon and are asked to spell words derived from popular literary references. Children of any age up to kindergarten compete at 1:00 pm, those entering the first and second grade at 1:30 pm, third and fourth grade at 2:15 pm, fifth and sixth grade at 3:00 pm, seventh and eighth grade at 3:30 pm, ninth through twelfth grade at 3:50 pm and adults at 4:15 pm.
Questions are written by librarians from all the branches of Harford County Public Library. Competitors receive clues from popular books to guess the word that they are then asked to spell. Children enjoy spelling words like “sorcerer” from Harry Potter and “immortal” from the Twilight series. Adults are challenged with words like “sinuous” and “irascible.”
All participants are given a Farm Fair ribbon and small prize from the library. The first, second and third place winners are also allowed to choose a new book from the library. The library mascot Tales will be in attendance to cheer for the children and take pictures with the winners. Registration begins at the main pavilion any time after 12:30 pm.
Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 160,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4,800,000. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.
Photo caption: The 2010 Harford County Public Library Literary Spelling Bee at the Harford County Farm Fair saw 54 participants from across seven age categories compete for top honors.