Archive for July, 2011

PREPARATIONS UNDER WAY FOR LITERARY SPELLING BEE

Friday, July 22nd, 2011


(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.

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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.

ABERDEEN LIBRARY BRANCH RECEIVES CUSTOM TRAIN FOR

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 18, 2011) The Aberdeen Branch of Harford County Public Library recently received a new custom-built train and play center. The “Aberdeen Express” features tracks and replicas of several Aberdeen landmarks, including the library branch. Designed by children’s librarian Stephanie Sauter and built by Nick and Adrienne Poulos, the train was purchased with privately bequeathed funds and donations from the Harford County Public Library Foundation and Harford County Public Library. The train can be found in the Children’s Department.

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: The new “Aberdeen Express” is a welcome addition for children at the Aberdeen Branch of Harford County Public Library.

LIBRARY ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEE MEMBERS

Monday, July 11th, 2011

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 11, 2011) Harford County Public Library (HCPL) is pleased to announce the addition of Alex M. Allman, Bruce M. Smith and Cara Reilly to the Library Board of Trustees.

Representing the Bel Air area, Alex M. Allman is a Partner with Offit Kurman, P.A. and practices a broad range of litigation involving commercial litigation, real property, title insurance, title disputes, foreclosure proceedings and construction litigation. He is a member of the Bar of Maryland, Federal Bar of Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and serves as an adjunct law professor at University of Baltimore. Mr. Allman and his family are long time users of Harford County Public Library and active members of the Bel Air community.

Representing the Joppa/Edgewood area, Bruce M. Smith is an Assistant State’s Attorney and received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1999. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar, U.S. District Court of Maryland and a member of the National District Attorney’s Association. Mr. Smith and his family have resided in Harford County for 10 years, frequenting the library and its many programs. Mr. Smith has coached the Bel Air boys Lacrosse team since 2003.

“We are fortunate to have these new members join our Board of Trustees,” said Library Director Mary Hastler. “I know this group of passionate community leaders will be integral to our mission and commitment to serving Harford County.”

Also joining the Library Board of Trustees is Cara Reilly as the student liaison representative. She attends The John Carroll High School and is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, receiving first and second honors for academic achievement during her high school years. Ms. Reilly serves as copy editor on the award-winning school newspaper and volunteers as a tutor for elementary age children. The student liaison representative position is open to high school students who are able to serve during their senior year. The student liaison representative position provides practical experience for young adults in the operations of their government and allows for young adult input on library services.

For more information on Board positions, please contact the library administrative office at 410 273 5600.

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: Timothy J. Capurso
Photo caption #2: Pamela J. Ruff
Photo caption #3: Elizabeth S. Hendrix

HAVRE DE GRACE BRANCH UNVEILS NEW TEEN ROOM

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 7, 2011) Harford County Public Library Havre de Grace Branch unveiled a dedicated Teen Room on July 1st. Designed and decorated by the teens, this room will be a new destination for many local youth.

“The newly decorated space is a great place for teens to gather and relax while doing homework, playing video games or just socializing,” stated Library Director, Mary Hastler. This space will also provide teens with the opportunity to build new
friendships with other teens in the community and share their interest in the library including volunteering opportunities.

Jennifer Brown, age 15 from Havre de Grace High School and Mira League, age 14 from Edgewood High School were both on hand for the activities. “It was cool to help design how the room would look and be able to help decorate it,” stated Jennifer Brown. “This included painting the walls with splatter paint!”

“I am so proud of the teenagers who came together to work on the renovation of the Teen Room. We had up to sixteen teens over the course of four days and most of them put in at least 5 hours each. This was important to them and I am thrilled to have been able to help orchestrate the experience,” stated Branch Manager, Irmgarde Brown.

“The Teen Room will undoubtedly be a great addition to the Havre de Grace Branch and community,” stated Amy Carlson, former Library Foundation Board member. The funding for this project was partially supported by donations made in memory of First Sergeant Bert Carlson, husband of Ms. Carlson.

The room contains a television monitor for gaming and watching movies along with the entire Young Adult collection, including graphic novels, reading lists, talking books and magazines.

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: Susan Deeney, Edgewood Branch Manager; Mary Hastler, Library Director; Amy Carlson, former Foundation Board member; Amber Shrodes, Foundation Director; and Irmgarde Brown, Havre de Grace Branch Manager, celebrate the new Teen Room at the Havre de Grace branch.

Photo caption #2: Jennifer Brown from Havre de Grace High School and Mira League from Edgewood High School joined in on the afternoon’s activities in the newly decorated Teen Room.

Library and Foundation Participate in Parades

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 5, 2011) Harford County Public Library participated in several parades around the county including teasing audiences with a sneak peek at the Library Foundation’s fall gala theme, Sapphire Supper Club. Swing dancers followed a 1940′s Chevrolet Business Coupe with signs that read “Follow Me To The Sapphire Supper Club,” a theme created to support the Library’s 65th anniversary.

The seventh annual Library gala will be held on Saturday, November 5th at the Abingdon branch. For more information, visit EveningInTheStacks.org.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501© 3 charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of the Library and to promote awareness of library services. 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 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 caption1-2: Harford County Public Library Foundation’s annual gala, themed “Sapphire Supper Club” was promoted at the Bel Air parade with a 1940 Chevrolet Business Coupe provided by Jim Butcher of Bel Air and swing dancers from Dancing With Friends.