Archive for March, 2012

THE BIG ROADS AUTHOR EARL SWIFT BRINGS THE ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP TO HARFORD COUNTY

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 29, 2012) Meet Earl Swift, author of The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways, at the Jarrettsville Library on April 13th. Presented by the Harford County Public Library Foundation, A Night Out @ the Library is part of a three day event this year that includes a juried art exhibition and car show.

The Big Roads tells the story of the man-made wonder, the connective network, and the economic force of America’s highways. A cause of blight and sprawl but also offering the possibility of escape, the U.S. interstate system transformed America. Swift tells the story of how America went from dirt tracks to expressways in the span of one lifetime! Kirkus Reviews writes “the book is a road geek’s treasure-and everyone who travels the highways ought to know these stories.”

“A joy ride,” states Bill Morris, author of Motor City. “Earl Swift has written the best kind of popular history – one that paints vivid portraits, debunks myths, and brings to life the fascinating and appalling stories behind the creation of that massive mixed blessing known as America’s interstate highways.”

Earl Swift has been writing for a living since he was a teen and has a lengthy resume including being a Fulbright fellow, PEN finalist and five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. Swift has earned a reputation for his powerful narrative and scrupulous reporting. An avid outdoorsman, Swift has through-hiked the Appalachian Trail, circumnavigated the Chesapeake Bay by sea kayak, and traveled the 435-mile length of the James River by canoe.

Swift is also the author of Journey on the James: Three Weeks Through the Heart of Virginia, the story of a great American river and the largely untold history that has unfolded in and around it; and Where They Lay: Searching for America’s Lost Soldiers, for which he accompanied an Army archaeological team into the jungles of Laos in search of a helicopter crew shot down thirty years before. Swift has written for newspapers in St. Louis, Anchorage and for the last twenty-two years in Norfolk, where his long-form features have won numerous state and national awards. His stories have also appeared in PARADE and Popular Mechanics.

Tickets for this event are $30 general admission and $50 for VIP which includes preferred seating and a private reception with Swift. To purchase tickets please go to HCPLonline.org or call 410 273 5600 x2259. The program runs from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm and includes lite fare, wine and beer.

As part of a three day “car” celebration dubbed For The Love Of The Car, and a prelude to the upcoming Smithsonian Journey Stories exhibition coming to the Abingdon Library on May 19th, the Library will also be hosting a juried car photography exhibition, CARS: A Harford County Love Affair. The exhibition opens on April 12th and runs through May 21st at the Jarrettsville Library. The Romancing the Chrome Car Show will be held Saturday, April 14th at Jarrett’s Field in Jarrettsville from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Presented in partnership with the Jarrettsville Lions Club, attendees will be spectator to an array of car categories including classic, antique, muscle, sport plus trucks, Jeeps, and exotics. In addition, cars with a “Journey Story” can enter to win the Journey’s Class. Event features live music and concessions. Prizes include $500 for Best in Show, $75 for each class, and trophies for the top 25 cars on the field.

Journey Stories is part of Museum on Main Street, collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Humanities Council and is presented in Harford County by Harford County Public Library and Harford County Department of Community Services.

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 x2283.

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Photo caption #1: Earl Swift to appear at the Jarrettsville Library on April 13th.

AUTHOR OF MAINE TO VISIT ABINGDON LIBRARY

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 9, 2012) J. Courtney Sullivan, author of the New York Times bestselling novel Maine, will be at the Abingdon Branch of Harford County Public Library on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:30 pm. Ms. Sullivan will discuss her latest novel and be available prior to the discussion to sign books starting at 6:00 pm. Books will be available to purchase for $15.00 (cash or check only).

Named one of TIME Magazine’s Top 10 Fiction Books of 2011 and honored as a 2011 Washington Post Notable Book, Maine is the story of three generations of women who have nothing in common except for the fact that they are family. A book club favorite, the New York Times praised Maine by stating “Sullivan beautifully channels [the character] through her memories…The dialogue sizzles as the tension between the women’s love and anger toward one another tightens…You don’t want the novel to end.”

Sullivan’s debut novel Commencement was a breakout bestseller in hardcover and paperback. Sullivan’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Men’s Vogue, and the New York Observer, among others. She is a contributor to the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love and co-editor of Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. Sullivan lives in Brooklyn, New York.

This author appearance is funded by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Government Cultural Arts Board. For more information or to register please call the Abingdon Library at (410) 638-3990. Registration is required.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 168,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 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: J. Courtney Sullivan, author of “Maine,” will be appearing at the Abingdon Branch of Harford County Public Library on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:30 pm.

EARLY LITERACY PROGRAM COMES TO HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 26, 2012) To celebrate April as “Month of the Young Child” and in a continued commitment to promoting early literacy skills for young children, Harford County Public Library (HCPL) is pleased to introduce the Puppy Tales Club. This special early literacy program for parents, caregivers and their babies, ages birth through 35 months, is based on five simple important early literacy practices – talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.

“Getting every child ready for school is so important and the Puppy Tales Club provides a critical component in developing pre- and early literacy skills for our youngest customers,” stated Mary Hastler, Library Director.

The Puppy Tales Club highlights the importance of early literacy and encourages participation in daily activities that strengthen pre-reading skills. Starting April 2, parents and caregivers can register their children for the Puppy Tales Club at any HCPL branch and receive an activity log with 12 simple but fun learning activities based on the five early literacy practices. Upon completing 10 of the 12 activities at home and returning the activity log by April 30, children will receive a certificate and special completion prize.

“Puppy Tales demonstrates how easy and fun it is to include basic early literacy skills with small children,” said Claudia Sumler, HCPL Senior Administrator of Public Services. “It is so simple and yet so very important.”
Early literacy story times throughout April will help parents and caregivers understand why early literacy skills are so important; demonstrate how to help their children learn the skills; and send them home with early literacy activities they can incorporate into their family’s daily routine. Each library branch will feature a special display offering assorted booklists and books suited for sharing with young children as well as handouts that offer further information and tips on at-home activities to continue building the foundation for reading and learning.

Throughout the month of April, follow the HCPL Facebook page for postings of early literacy tips and more information about the Puppy Tales Club. Visit HCPLonline.org for story time dates and locations.

The five key early literacy practices are taken from Every Child Ready to Read® which was developed by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA), divisions of the American Library Association, in conjunction with national reading and education experts. The program offers research-based practices that adults and children can enjoy together while helping children learn early literacy or pre-reading skills.

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: The Puppy Tales Club is an early literacy program at Harford County Public Library during the month of April, encouraging parents and caregivers to complete easy and fun activities with their young children that help to develop pre-reading skills.

STATE POET LAUREATE TO VISIT ABINGDON LIBRARY

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 15, 2012) Stanley Plumly, author of nine books and the Poet Laureate of Maryland, will be at the Abingdon Branch of Harford County Public Library on Thursday, March 29th at 6:30 pm. Mr. Plumly will discuss the life of John Keats and read a selection from his own work.

Appointed ninth Poet Laureate of Maryland in 2009 by Governor O’Malley, Mr. Plumly is a University of Maryland professor and the author of nine books of poetry including Old Heart, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2007. Most recently, Mr. Plumly authored Posthumous Keats, a “personal biography” of the English poet John Keats which has received widespread critical acclaim by reviewers for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and The New Yorker.

Stanley Plumly is the recipient of numerous awards including eight Pushcart Prizes, the Paterson Poetry Prize in 2007, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2002 and a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in 2001.

This author appearance is funded by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Government Cultural Arts Board. For more information or to register, please call the Abingdon Library at (410) 638-3990. Registration is required.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 168,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 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: Stanley Plumly, author and Maryland State Poet Laureate, will be appearing at the Abingdon Branch of Harford County Public Library on Thursday, March 29th at 6:30 pm.

AUTHOR OF MAINE TO VISIT ABINGDON LIBRARY

Monday, March 12th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 9, 2012) J. Courtney Sullivan, author of the New York Times bestselling novel Maine, will be at the Abingdon Branch of Harford County Public Library on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:30 pm. Ms. Sullivan will discuss her latest novel and be available prior to the discussion to sign books starting at 6:00 pm. Books will be available to purchase for $15.00 (cash or check only).

Named one of TIME Magazine’s Top 10 Fiction Books of 2011 and honored as a 2011 Washington Post Notable Book, Maine is the story of three generations of women who have nothing in common except for the fact that they are family. A book club favorite, the New York Times praised Maine by stating “Sullivan beautifully channels [the character] through her memories…The dialogue sizzles as the tension between the women’s love and anger toward one another tightens…You don’t want the novel to end.”

Sullivan’s debut novel Commencement was a breakout bestseller in hardcover and paperback. Sullivan’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Men’s Vogue, and the New York Observer, among others. She is a contributor to the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love and co-editor of Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. Sullivan lives in Brooklyn, New York.

This author appearance is funded by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Government Cultural Arts Board. For more information or to register please call the Abingdon Library at (410) 638-3990. Registration is required.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 168,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 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: J. Courtney Sullivan, author of “Maine,” will be appearing at the Abingdon Branch of Harford County Public Library on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:30 pm.

LIBRARY ANNOUNCES TEEN VIDEO CONTEST

Monday, March 12th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 9, 2012) Harford County Public Library invites all teens to participate in the Film This! Book Trailers contest by creating and submitting short videos promoting a favorite book for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy gift certificate. Videos entered in the contest should be approximately two minutes long and showcase a favorite book, similar to a movie trailer. Teens can submit videos through March 31 and attend the Film This! Book Trailers Premiere on Friday, April 13 at the Bel Air Library at 6:00 pm where the finalist videos will be viewed and the winner announced. Guidelines and permission slips can be picked up at any Library branch.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 168,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 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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CARS SHOWCASE PLANNED FOR JARRETTSVILLE

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 6, 2012) Harford County Public Library (HCPL) is exploring Harford’s Car Culture this spring with For the Love of the Car, a juried fine art photography exhibition, author event, and car show. The transportation-themed showcase was developed in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibition Journey Stories, coming this May to the Abingdon Library, and is the first of the six Journey Stories’ partner exhibitions to open in the County. The Journey Stories exhibition and accompanying programs are offered to the public through a partnership between Harford County Public Library and the Harford County Department of Community Services.

Festivities will be in high gear beginning April 13th with a weekend of special events honoring that maddening, lovable, iconic, truly American object….the automobile!

On Friday car enthusiasts and history buffs alike will enjoy HCPL’s 2012 A Night Out @ the Library from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Jarrettsville Branch. Five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, PEN finalist, and Fulbright fellow, journalist Earl Swift comes to the county as the first Journey Stories speaker to discuss his newest book The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways, a New York Times editors’ choice. The Virginia-based journalist is the author of two other non-fiction books and a collection of short stories which have earned him a reputation for powerful narrative and scrupulous reporting. Swift’s account of the creation of the superhighway and how it transformed travel in the U.S. is called “Well-focused and lively…” by the Los Angeles Times, and “Engaging, informative. . .” by the Washington Post.

“Earl Swift was a perfect choice for this year’s event,” said Amber C. Shrodes, HCPL Foundation Director, “Big Roads examines one of the ultimate creations devoted to journeying, the interstate.”

Tickets for A Night Out @ the Library are $30 general admission and $50 for VIP tickets, which include reserved seating and an invitation to a pre-event reception with Swift. Please go to www.hcplonline.org to purchase tickets or to get additional details.

A Night Out @ the Library also heralds the opening of Cars: A Harford County Love Affair, a juried fine art photography exhibition exploring local photographers’ views of Harford County’s car culture. Photographic works included in this exhibition will be for sale with proceeds benefitting Harford County Public Library. Photographs can be submitted to Bethany Hacker at hacker@hcplonline.org for consideration for the exhibition through March 15th. Cars: A Harford County Love Affair opens April 13th and runs through May 19th and is being held in cooperation with the Harford County Cultural Arts Board.

The weekend culminates on Saturday, April 14th, with Romancing the Chrome, a car show presented in partnership with the Jarrettsville Lions Club. Auto lovers are invited to enter their obsession in categories ranging from muscle and sport to Jeep to “Journey Story” cars, which would be any auto that has a good journey story behind it! Cars can be pre-registered online at www.hcplonline.org or on Saturday starting at 8 AM. The event will be held at Jarrett’s Field on Norrisville Road across from the Library from 10 AM to 3 PM, and will also feature live music, vendors, and pit beef.

Keene Dodge is the Headlining Sponsor for the April exhibition and activities. Additional sponsorships are available and start at $500 for Contributing Partners. For more information regarding sponsorships please contact Amber Shrodes at 410.273.5600 x 2283 or shrodes@hcplonline.org.

Journey Stories is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Humanities Council.

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. For more information call 410 273 5601 x2283.

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