Archive for August, 2012

LIBRARY EMPLOYEES DONATE TO HUMANE SOCIETY

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – August 17, 2012) Harford County Public Library employees presented a check to the Humane Society of Harford County on August 14 for $500 from funds raised during a staff bake sale to benefit the organization. Library employees have been holding an annual bake sale for staff for 6 years to benefit various charities including March of Dimes and Animal Rescue, Inc. This was the first year that the bake sale benefitted the Humane Society of Harford County.

Some employees brought in plants to sell along with homemade jams, crafts, baked goods and cakes for a cake raffle. “We have great bakers in the office and what a great way to have fun and help an organization all at the same time!” stated Michele Sobieski, the library employee who coordinated the bake sale.

“The donation from Harford County Public Library is much appreciated,” said Mary Leavens, Executive Director for the Humane Society of Harford County. “The Humane Society of Harford County relies on the support of the community to care for the more than 4,500 animals we take in annually. This donation will help us to provide shelter, medical treatment and nourishment to the animals in our care. Thanks so much to the Harford County Public Library staff for thinking of the homeless animals in Harford County. You are truly making a difference in their lives.”

Founded in Fallston in 1947, the Humane Society of Harford County promotes the humane treatment of homeless, stray and abandoned animals by providing shelter, care, adoptions and community education.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 175,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of 4.5 million. 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: Employees of Harford County Public Library present a check to the Humane Society of Harford County for $500 from a staff bake sale held to raise funds for the organization

LIBRARY’S 8TH ANNUAL GALA SET FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – August 16, 2012) Preparations are underway for Harford County Public Library’s 8th Annual Gala, Once Upon a Time: An Evening in the Stacks. The highly-anticipated event will be held Saturday, November 3rd from 7 pm to 11 pm at the Abingdon Library on Tollgate Road.

This year’s theme, Once Upon a Time, was inspired by the 200th Anniversary of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The Abingdon Library will be transformed into an enchanted forest with over-the-top décor, scrumptious small plates by Laurrapin Grille, an imaginative drink menu by Liberatore’s Ristorante, local beers by DuClaw Brewery, wines by Jim’s Bottle Works and big band musical entertainment by Zim Zemarel Orchestra.

A highlight of the evening is expected to be the Live Auction, where the Library will sell a custom-designed backyard retreat for the second year. Dubbed “BackYard Crashers” after the hit HGTV show “Yard Crashers,” the package includes a 500 square foot patio with fire place, a $7,500 lighting package, landscaping and outdoor furniture. Together the package is valued at over $50,000.

Last year’s winners Angela and Greg Hoover won the auction with a record $26,000 bid.

“Our backyard has been transformed in to a beautiful entertainment area! The Partners were great to work with and their quality of work was outstanding,” said Angela Hoover. “Good luck to this year’s bidders- they will not be disappointed!”

The Hoover’s backyard transformation can be viewed on Harford Cable Network as well as online on the Harford County Public Library Foundation’s YouTube page. This year the Backyard Crashers team includes Rock Solid Hardscaping, Nature Unlimited, Picture Perfect Patios, and EP Henry.

“We are proud to partner a second year on this unique project. It has given the team an opportunity to support the Library, which plays a key role in our community,” said John Cichorz, Managing Member of Rock Solid Hardscaping. “We look forward to working with Nature Unlimited again, and welcome EP Henry and Picture Perfect Patios to the team.”

Nearly 600 guests attended the Library’s 2011 Gala, which raised $90,000 for HCPL initiatives. Proceeds were used to complete the Early Literacy Center Campaign at the Bel Air Branch, expand the Library’s LEAP science program to four additional branches, support the annual Summer and Winter Reading Programs, and bring the Journey Stories exhibitions and author series to Harford County.

“This year proceeds will also help launch Little LEAPERS, a new early literacy initiative designed to introduce the County’s youngest readers to science and math,” said Mary Hastler, Director of Harford County Public Library. “Little LEAPERS will include programming and kits designed to help children develop important skills relevant to all areas of learning. Like the Library’s LEAP Kits, developed for ages 7 and up, Little LEAPERS kits will be available for check out and will have fun themes like water, insects, and colors, and feature durable equipment for children 0 to 5 to use to explore.”

“We are fortunate to live in a community that whole-heartedly supports our Library system,” said Amber C. Shrodes, Director of the Harford County Public Library Foundation. “Early sponsorship for the Gala has been strong and we already have requests for tickets. While our goal is ambitious, I am hopeful we will raise enough seed money to outfit every branch with 12 Little LEAPERS kits by 2013.”

Businesses and individuals can support the Library through Gala sponsorship, individual ticket purchases, live and silent auction bids at the event, and by participating in the Library’s Diamond Bracelet Raffle. Saxon’s Diamond Centers donated a stunning three carat diamond tennis bracelet set in 14 karat white gold. Tickets are $10 for 1, or 3 for $25 and are available online at eveninginthestacks.com, library branches, and Saxon’s Diamond Centers.

Richardson’s Flowers and Gifts, Saxon’s Diamond Centers, M&T Bank, Keene Dodge, WXCY 103.7, The Aegis, Hart to Heart Ambulance, APG Federal Credit Union, Two Brothers Moving, Freedom Federal Credit Union, Klein’s Shoprite, Slavie Federal Savings Bank, Safe Harbors Travel Group, Events by I Did it Myself, Total Urgent Care, Point Breeze Credit Union, Broom’s Bloom, Laurel Bush Dentistry, COPT, Baker & Taylor, Upper Chesapeake Health, Ellin & Tucker, Smart CEO Magazine, Wegmans, Rainbow International, Mark Welsh and Kathy Wajer are early sponsors for this year’s event.

Tickets for the Harford County Public Library Gala go on sale Tuesday, September 4th. To learn more visit www.eveninginthestacks.com.

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Photo caption #1: Christopher and Angela Hoover and family, winners of the Harford County Public Library 2011 BackYard Crashers live auction package, enjoy their new outdoor entertainment area. Photo by J.Thomas Photography: www.jthomasblog.com

TEENS STAY UP ALL NIGHT AT HAVRE DE GRACE LIBRARY

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Belcamp, Maryland – August 13, 2012) Forty-five teens from grades 6-12 stayed up all night for fun, games, music and food at the Havre de Grace Library during a lock-in on August 3-4. The lock-in was planned to coordinate with the teen Summer Reading Program theme Own the Night.

DJ Derek Edwards entertained with music from 9-12 pm and teens made crafts throughout the night including dream catchers, Angry Bird pom-poms, Japanese fans, key chains and stamping. Movies were shown in two locations and many enjoyed playing Xbox and computer games all night long. Board games such as Scrabble and Chess and old-fashioned card games were also popular events. A few teens even started a game of “hide and seek” in the library stacks. One teen said of the lock-in, “This was the best ever! Can we do it again next week?”

“It was great to see kids from various schools and ages get together and have fun,” stated Irmgarde Brown, Branch Manager of the Havre de Grace Library. “The DJ was awesome and really got them up dancing, everything from the Slide to the Macarena. I really appreciate the commitment from both staff and parents who put in shifts throughout the night.”

In the morning, the teens enjoyed donuts before all pitching in to put the branch back together for business as usual on Saturday. Before they were picked up at 8 am, free books to take home were made available for the teens as a reminder of their library lock-in experience. The books were gone in no time.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 175,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of 4.5 million. 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: Teens enjoy dancing in the Havre de Grace Library during an all-night lock-in on August 3-4.

BB&T BANK SELECTS FALLSTON AND JARRETTSVILLE LIBRARIES FOR THEIR ANNUAL LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – August 1, 2012) Enthusiastic crews from BB&T’s Madonna and Upper Crossroads Branches worked tirelessly on Wednesday, July 25th to plant new gardens at both the Jarrettsville and Fallston Library as part of their annual Lighthouse Project.

BB&T’s Lighthouse Project encourages employees to get outside of the office and give back, improving the communities they serve and making them better places to work and live. According to their website, during the first three years of BB&T’s Lighthouse Project, employees nationwide have donated more than 150,000 volunteer hours to local charities and touched the lives of more than 5 million people in 25 states.

“It is easy to write a check. We like to get out into the community and meet the people we are helping,” said Teresa Lough, Assistant Vice President at BB&T’s Upper Crossroads Branch, and a volunteer for the project.

BB&T generously donated the plants for the entire project, a bench for the Jarrettsville garden, and volunteers for the effort.

“We are grateful for BB&T’s support and advocacy and for their volunteer’s hard work,” said Amber Shrodes, Foundation Director, Harford County Public Library. “We were honored to be selected for BB&T’s Light House campaign this year and thrilled with the improvements.”

“The new gardens at the Fallston and Jarrettsville Library branches are beautiful and make a dramatic impact on the branches curb appeal,” further commented Mary Hastler, Library Director.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 175,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of 4.5 million. 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: Patrick Kavanagh, Jesse Morton and Teresa Lough from BB&T Bank plant a new perennial garden at the Fallston Library as part of BB&T’s Lighthouse Project.

LITERARY SPELLING BEE AT FARM FAIR

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – August 1, 2012) The annual Literary Spelling Bee at the Harford County Farm Fair was filled with excitement for spellers and readers alike. Hosted by Harford County Public Library, thirty-nine participants from children through adult competed in this year’s event on July 29.

Children enjoyed spelling words like “archery” from The Hunger Games and “immortal” from the Twilight series. Adults were challenged with words like “soliloquy” and “pseudonym.” All participants were given a Farm Fair ribbon and small prize from the Library. The first, second and third place winners were also allowed to choose a new book from the library plus the Library mascot, Tales, was in attendance to cheer on the children and take pictures with the winners.

Winners in each category were:
Entering Grades 1-2:
• First Place- Andrew Fulco
• Second Place- Carson Frank
• Third Place- Teddy VandeVerg
Entering Grades 3-4:
• First Place- Riley Gilmore
• Second Place- Elysa Puglionesi
• Third Place- Jack Blondell
Entering Grades 5-6:
• First Place- Brianna Miller
• Second Place- Katie Borlie
• Third Place- Juliette Gray
Entering Grades 7-8:
• First Place- Faith Hill
• Second Place- Kayla Kozak
• Third Place- Courtney Hill
Entering Grades 9-12:
• First Place- Ananya Tripathi
• Second Place- Damian Williams
Adults:
• First Place- Katie Wirth
• Second Place- Mary Lynn Bezek
• Third Place- Ron Echegaray

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 175,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of 4.5 million. 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 2012 Harford County Public Library Literary Spelling Bee at the Harford County Farm Fair saw 39 participants from across six age categories compete for top honors.

Photo caption #2: Winners from the 3rd and 4th grade category at the Literary Spelling Bee pose with Tales, the Harford County Public Library mascot. First Place- Riley Gilmore, Second Place- Elysa Puglionesi, Third Place- Jack Blondell.