Archive for July, 2012

DREAM BIG AT THE LIBRARY

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 23, 2012)  Harford County Public Library’s (HCPL) Summer Reading Program has been in full swing since June 11th at all of its 11 branches. Over 15,500 children of all ages have already signed up to spend the summer reading and celebrating this year’s theme, Dream Big, READ and there is still time for children birth through high school to join in on the fun!

Children and teens can continue sign up for the Summer Reading Program at any Library branch.  The Read To Meprogram is for the youngest readers birth through pre-school, and they are encouraged to listen to 25 books; elementary school participants can Dream Big and read 10 books; middle school and high school teens can participate in Own The Night and read 3 books.  Children birth through elementary school receive a book when they complete the program; middle school students can select a book or journal and high school students will receive a $5 Best Buy gift card when they complete. Incentives are provided while supplies last.

The Library continues to have visits from special performers throughout the summer with programs and fun for everyone. Children can meet the fascinating creatures of Critter Caravans at one of eight HCPL branches during August 13-16, be amazed by Magician Mike Rose at one of seven performances August 6-11 or learn about night animals and feathered friends from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore during August. Visit HCPLonline.org or pick up a Headlines & Happenings newsletter at any of the Library’s 11 branches for more information.

This year’s Summer Reading Program sponsors include Har-Co Federal Credit Union, Huether McClelland Foundation, Best Buy, Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan, Berardino Family Trust, Aberdeen Rotary, APG Federal Credit Union, Wegmans, Celebree, Growing Smiles, Darlington Friends of HCPL and The Aegis.

The Summer Reading Program runs through August 18th and children and teens can sign up at any Library branch.

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:  Children were delighted by being encased in giant bubbles during a visit from “The Bubble Lady” at the Aberdeen Library on July 14, just one of many special programs happening at the Library this summer.

Photo caption #2: Face painting, games and family fun helped to kick off a summer of activities at the Edgewood Library’s Summer Fair on June 21.

Bubble Lady at Aberdeen Library

Summer Fair at Edgewood Library

TEENS DONATE LEMONADE STAND PROCEEDS TO HAVRE DE GRACE LIBRARY

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 3, 2012) Local teens Leah Getz and Kara Lynch recently set up a lemonade stand and donated the proceeds to the Havre de Grace Library. Surprising library staff with their generous and unexpected gesture, the donation was made during the first week of Harford County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and the proceeds will be used to help support children and teen programming at the Havre de Grace Library. Upcoming programs at the Havre de Grace Library include visits from special presenters The Bubble Lady on July 14 and The Extreme Balloon Man on July 26. Children grades 3 and up can “Catch a Dream” by making a dream catcher on July 17 and children of all ages can participate in Stargazing Fun on July 31. Middle and high school teens are invited to get creative with a Black Light T-Shirts craft program on July 21. All program information is available at 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: Local teens Leah Getz and Kara Lynch donated the proceeds from their lemonade stand to the Havre de Grace Library.