Archive for January, 2012

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION RAISES $50,000 FOR BEL AIR EARLY LITERACY INTERACTIVE SPACE

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – January 12, 2012) On December 19th, the Harford County Public Library Foundation turned over a check for $50,000 to the Bel Air Branch for its Children’s Early Literacy Interactive Space.

More than forty partners for the project including elected officials, members of the community, and representatives from several groups who donated to the campaign attended the check ceremony and reception. The Greater Bel Air Community Foundation, the Bel Air Friends of HCPL, the Morris A. Mechanic Foundation, the Bel Air Rotary, and the friends and family of Mary Beth Crisco, and many individual contributors donated to the campaign.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the completion of the Bel Air Early Literacy Center Campaign,” stated Amber Shrodes, HCPL Foundation Director. “It kicked off in October 2010 and now, just 15 months later, $50,000 has been raised for this exciting project which will support the County’s youngest learners. This would not be possible without the support of many generous donors, and I am pleased that so many of them were able to join us for the reception. With their help, we have made a significant investment in our youth.”

The Morris A. Mechanic Foundation, a contributor towards the campaign stated, “Children are a community’s greatest asset; they are our future. Libraries are an integral part of a child’s developmental process and a storehouse of knowledge.”

Expected to be completed by 2013, the Early Literacy Interactive Space will be an invigorating learning environment located in the Children’s Department of the Bel Air Branch, targeted to the youngest library customers and families. Through engaging play, age appropriate materials and access to innovative programs, this dedicated area will encourage the emergent literacy skills essential for school readiness and inspire children to explore literature, music, science and the fine arts.

“Harford County Public Library is committed to providing the necessary skills for early literacy development,” stated Mary Hastler, Library Director. “The library is often a child’s first classroom and a lifetime of learning can begin here. We envision this new interactive learning center to be the beginning of many great learning experiences for our youngest customers!”

Harford County Public Library’s commitment to early literacy has a long history. The Learning and Sharing Collection, created over 35 years ago, is a circulating collection of developmental toys, puppets, puzzles, parenting DVDs, books, and magazines targeted towards children from birth through age five. These kits are housed at the Bel Air and Joppa branches and contain over 16,000 items which can be requested and sent to any branch in Harford County.

The Parent-Teacher Collection is a selection of books that provide parents and caregivers with creative ideas to enhance their interaction with children from birth through 8th grade. Programming at the Library branches includes monthly story times with themes like Babies Love Books, ABC’s and 123′s, and Tales for Twos. Also enhancing early literacy skills, Opening the Gift and Sharing the Gift are Library outreach programs geared toward children who attend daycare. The Library’s circulation numbers speak for themselves when it comes to the early literacy materials: for fiscal year 2010, picture book circulation was over 317,000 and concept book circulation was 20,800. The Learning and Sharing Collection circulated 26,275 items.

An ideal location for the Early Literacy Interactive Space, the Bel Air Children’s Department has served the children and families of the community for 50 years at its current location and has been a destination for many generations of young readers. The Bel Air Branch is the busiest branch in Harford County with more than 1.3 million items circulated last year, as well as over 132,000 walk-ins and more than 16,000 children, adults and teens attending programs.

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.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501(C) 3 charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of the Library and to promote awareness of Library services.

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Photo caption #1: The Bel Air Early Literacy Interactive Space campaign came to an end with a check presentation from the Harford County Public Library Foundation for $50,000 on December 19. Pictured left to right: Bill Kelly, Greater Bel Air Community Foundation; Jim Welsh, Greater Bel Air Community Foundation; Carolyn Lambdin, Secretary, Bel Air Friends of HCPL; Chad Shrodes, County Councilman; Bill Vanden Eynden, Greater Bel Air Community Foundation; Paige Cox, Greater Bel Air Community Foundation; Terry Troy, Greater Bel Air Community Foundation; Bill Cox, Greater Bel Air Community Foundation; Kathleen Whitehead, Treasurer, Bel Air Friends of HCPL; Linda Van Deusen, HCPL Foundation; Cynthia Hergenhahn, HCPL Foundation; Mark Welsh, HCPL Foundation; Mari Kane, President, Bel Air Friends of HCPL; Mary Hastler, Director, HCPL; Amber Shrodes, Director, HCPL Foundation; Jennifer Vido, HCPL Board of Trustees; Beth LaPenotiere, Branch Manager, Bel Air Branch of HCPL; Susan Burdette, Bel Air Town Commissioner; Vanessa Milio, CEO, Harford County Chamber of Commerce; Jerry and Doris Kavanagh, Morris A. Mechanic Foundation; Beth Hendrix, HCPL Foundation; Richard Crisco, Mark Crisco, Beth Crisco; and Richard Slutzky, County Councilman.

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SEARCHES FOR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – January 12, 2012) The Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees has an open position for a student liaison representative as an ex officio board member. The representative is chosen in cooperation with public and private high schools in Harford County and applicants should currently be in their junior year and will serve during their senior year. Student applications must be submitted by Tuesday, March 15th. The purpose of the position is to obtain input on library services, policies, and materials collections from a significant user group of library customers, to encourage young people to consider librarianship as a career, to encourage use of library services by young adults, and to provide practical experience for young adults in the operations of their government.

The Board of Library Trustees will interview students and select a representative to serve for one year, beginning in July. The student representative is a member of the Board and receives agendas and all non-confidential Board materials. He or she is a non-voting member and is excluded from participation in executive sessions.
The student representative must:
• Be a resident of Harford County
• Have parental/guardian permission to serve
• Meet the Eligibility Requirements for Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities of the county schools or their private school

No salary is paid for the service, but appropriate expenses will be paid on the same basis of other Board members. Credit for the student representatives’ service may be provided if their schools’ policy permits.

The application can be found online at hcplonline.org. Please return completed application and essay to: Director, Harford County Public Library; 1221-A Brass Mill Road, Belcamp, MD 21017.

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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LIBRARY EXPANDS LEAP SCIENCE KIT COLLECTION

Thursday, January 12th, 2012


(Belcamp, Maryland – December 20, 2011) Harford County Public Library unveiled the expansion of their LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play Science kit collection on December 15th. LEAP kits consist of high quality science equipment, materials and resources, and use play as a motivator for children to explore science and technology. Housed in the Edgewood branch since 2007, this recent expansion now includes kits at Aberdeen, Bel Air and Whiteford and has grown three-fold in the last six months due to an overwhelming support from the community.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation received a $10,000 grant from NMTC (Northeastern Maryland Technology Council) to launch the LEAP Sponsorship Program, a matching funds program that offers firms and individuals interested in supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning the opportunity to sponsor one or more LEAP kits. Since its initiation six months ago, the program has attracted nine new donors and added over 20 kits to the collection.

“We are thrilled to see the outstanding response from the community,” stated Amber C. Shrodes, Foundation Director for Harford County Library. “With this expansion more families will have easier access to these exciting learning tools.”

Representatives from SAIC and NMTC were on hand to see the kits arrive at the Whiteford branch and had the opportunity to explore the new LEAP space, a science-themed area designed to encourage children to get hands-on experience with the kits. Furniture and decorations for the LEAP space were generously funded by the North Harford Friends of the Library.

“We need more young students exposed to the wonders of science so that they will become excited about the subject and be encouraged to take STEM courses in school,” stated John M. Ferriter, Senior Vice President, SAIC, a sponsor of the collection. “The Harford County Public Library LEAP Program provides science activities for children and their parents enabling them to explore at home how fun science and engineering can be! SAIC is proud to be part of this marvelous program,” added Ferriter.

In an increasingly technological world, STEM skills are crucial to a child’s success. Harford County Public Library in recognizing the importance of fostering STEM talent launched the LEAP program in November 2007. LEAP kits include topics such as bridge engineering, chemistry, dinosaurs, the human body and weather. LEAP programming is open to the public and sessions are led by skilled library staff. The Maryland Science Center, National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center along with the Harford County Astronomical Society are also partners for many of these interactive programs.

“Harford County Public Library is very proud of the services we provide to the community and the LEAP program is a vital component to what we offer to our customers,” stated Mary Hastler, Library Director. “We understand the importance of STEM learning for today’s generation and we are grateful for the amazing support we receive from our sponsors. These partnerships help enable the Library to be a vibrant and innovative resource for the community.”

The LEAP kit collection can be reserved online and sent to the branch of your choice for pickup. To browse the collection, please go to HCPLonline.org/programs/leap. For further information on how to sponsor a LEAP kit please contact Amber C. Shrodes at shrodes@HCPLonline.org or by calling 410 273 5600 x2283.

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.

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.

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Photo caption #1: The LEAP Kit Collection expansion was unveiled at the Whiteford Library on December 15. In attendance to celebrate were (from left to right) Linda Zuckerman, Asst. Branch Manager; Heidi Richardson, Branch Manager; John Ferriter, Sr. Vice President, SAIC; Jeannine Finton, LEAP Librarian; Amber C. Shrodes, Foundation Director; Mary Hastler, Library Director; John Casner, CEO, NMTC; Betsy Galbreath, President, North Harford Friends; Dennis Heiber, LEAP Volunteer.

Photo caption #2: The LEAP Kit Collection expansion was unveiled at the Whiteford Library on December 15. Guests and children get a first glimpse at the LEAP kits available at the library.

Photo caption #3: Children play with a new LEAP kit now available at the Whiteford Library.

DISNEY DIGITAL BOOKS HAVE ARRIVED!

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – January 5, 2012) Attention Disney fans! Mickey, Donald, Ariel and all the gang can now be found online through the new collection of Disney Digital Books accessible on Harford County Public Library’s website!

Always available with no wait lists, these new and classic Disney books for children of all ages include interactive online books read right in your web browser, and a selection of young adult, popular titles available to download to your eReader. Interactive features include a ‘magic pen’ that pronounces words with just one click; the ability to find definitions in the dictionary; and fun with Trivia Challenges.

All you need is a library card to access 280 popular titles like 101 Dalmatians, The Littlest Mermaid and Peter Pan. Just go to Children’s Digital Library on the Library’s website, HCPLonline.org, and click on the Disney Digital Books graphic to browse the collection. At the end of the lending period, titles automatically expire and are returned to the collection.

Disney Digital Library is from Overdrive and is made available through the Maryland Digital eLibrary Consortium. Overdrive is a full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video.

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 #1: Harford County Public Library now offers an online collection of always available Disney Digital Books.

O’ SAY CAN YOU READ A GOOD BOOK?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – January 9, 2012) Harford County Public Library wants to know if you can read a good book (or books) for this year’s Winter Reading Program! Themed O’ Say Can You Read a Good Book?, the Library’s star-spangled 2012 program commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the role that Maryland played in this historic event.

The Winter Reading Program has grown in popularity since its inception in 2002. This year’s program, which began on January 3rd, had over 2,000 adults register during the first week. And 347 high school teens also signed up to read.

Customers can stop in at any of the Library’s 11 branches to register. Upon registering, participants receive a special pen and those adults who read or listen to at least five books and teens who read or listen to at least three books will receive a commemorative mug. All giveaways are while supplies last. The program runs through March 3rd.

Looking for a great read? Visit HCPLonline.org to find book reviews, booklists and recommended reading through BlogaBook, NoveList and My Next Good Book. Lists include books by subject, interest, bestsellers and award winners.

Interested in reading your book on an eReader? The Library has best sellers and more for you to choose from. Go to HCPLonline.org/download to download free eBooks and audiobooks.

Don’t know how to use the eReader you just received? Then check out the eBook eXperience training station located in your branch where staff is available to show you how!

The 2012 Winter Reading Program is supported by the Friends of the Harford County Public Library and the Harford County Public Library Foundation. For more related books, databases, online resources, free programs or information, visit your local library branch or go to HCPLonline.org

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 #1: O’ Say Can You Read A Good Book 2012 Winter Reading Program.