Archive for September, 2012

LIBRARY AWARDS TOP SUMMER READERS

Friday, September 21st, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – September 21, 2012) Jarrettsville Elementary School, Fallston Middle School and Patterson Mill High School are the recipients of the Harford County Public Library (HCPL) 2012 Summer Reading Trophies. The trophies were awarded to the public elementary, middle and high schools with the highest percentage of students who completed the Dream Big: READ Summer Reading Program. In addition, John Archer School was presented with an Extraordinary Achievement Award for having the largest increase in completions between 2011 and 2012.

To get the word out about the Summer Reading Program, Library staff visited 1,177 classrooms during the spring months, reaching 26,781 students. This summer over 16,400 children and teens registered for the program and participants completing the HCPL 2012 Summer Reading Program read a total of over 111,000 books. In addition, over 300 middle and high school students contributed over 6,700 hours as Summer Reading Program volunteers.

Support from the local community continues to enable HCPL to provide incentives to participants for completing the program. Elementary school participants in the Dream Big: READ program received a free book after reading 10 books. Middle school participants received a free book or journal and high school teens received a Best Buy gift card when they read three books in the Own the Night program. Incentives were funded by the HCPL Foundation’s annual mailer campaign which received widespread community support and sponsorships from 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, The Aegis and the Harford County Public Library Foundation. The Summer Reading Program ended on August 18th.

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 (Jarrettsville.jpg) Jarrettsville Elementary School receives their First Place Reader’s Trophy for the Harford County Public Library 2012 Summer Reading Program. Pictured from left: Claudia Sumler, Public Services Administrator, HCPL; Rick Russell, Principal, Jarrettsville Elementary School; Jane Ennis, Media Specialist, Jarrettsville Elementary School; Louise A. LeTendre, Chairperson; HCPL Board of Trustees; Mary Hastler, Library Director; Patricia O’Donnell, Supervisor of Library Services, Harford County Public Schools; Linda Lupro, Branch Manager, Jarrettsville Library.

Photo caption #2 (Fallston.jpg) Fallston Middle School receives their First Place Reader’s Trophy for the Harford County Public Library 2012 Summer Reading Program. Pictured from left: Claudia Sumler, Public Services Administrator, HCPL; Joseph Mascari, Principal, Fallston Middle School; Teresa Plumer, Media Specialist, Fallston Middle School; Louise A. LeTendre, Chairperson; HCPL Board of Trustees; Mary Hastler, Library Director; Patricia O’Donnell, Supervisor of Library Services, Harford County Public Schools; Joyce Wemer, Branch Manager, Fallston Library.

Photo caption #3 (Patterson Mill.jpg) Patterson Mill High School receives their First Place Reader’s Trophy for the Harford County Public Library 2012 Summer Reading Program. Pictured from left: Claudia Sumler, Public Services Administrator, HCPL; Wayne Thibeault, Principal, Patterson Mill High School; Stephanie McKee, Media Specialist, Patterson Mill High School; Louise A. LeTendre, Chairperson; HCPL Board of Trustees; Mary Hastler, Library Director; Patricia O’Donnell, Supervisor of Library Services, Harford County Public Schools.

Photo caption #4 (John Archer.jpg) John Archer School receives their Extraordinary Achievement Award Trophy for the Harford County Public Library 2012 Summer Reading Program. Pictured from left: Claudia Sumler, Public Services Administrator, HCPL; Mason Leonard, student, John Archer School, and father Ray Leonard; Pat Walling, Principal, John Archer School; Morgan Freeman, student, John Archer School; Steph Sauter, Media Specialist, John Archer School; Patricia O’Donnell, Supervisor of Library Services, Harford County Public Schools; Keelin Harrison, Paraeducator and Director of Camp I Can; Aaron Rosehdrans, Teacher at Riverside & Summer Camp I Can; Heather Hathoway and son Hayden Hathoway, family of student Morgan Freeman; Louise A. LeTendre, Chairperson; HCPL Board of Trustees; Patrice Kaczmarek, Teacher, John Archer School; Mary Hastler, Library Director.

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES AUTHOR APPEARANCE

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – September 20, 2012) Harford County Public Library is pleased to welcome author Steven Galloway to the Roni Chenowith Center on October 1st at 7:30 pm in partnership with the Harford Community College Library and the Harford County Department of Community Services. Mr. Galloway’s book The Cellist of Sarajevo was selected for the 2012 One Maryland One Book program and is being read throughout the fall at libraries and activities centers across the county. The One Maryland One Book program is brought to Harford County through the Maryland Center of the Book at the Maryland Humanities Council.

“A common love of literature brings people together like few things in life. Through One Maryland One Book, the Maryland Humanities Council touches almost every corner of the state,” stated Andrea Lewis, One Maryland One Book coordinator at the Maryland Humanities Council. “Each year program participants are eager for the opportunity to hear the author of our book as an enriching aspect of their experience with the program.” This year offers Harford County readers an exceptional opportunity to explore humanity in wartime with an author who manages to rise above time and place and openly explore how war can change one’s definition of humanity.

Published in 2008, The Cellist of Sarajevo has become an international bestseller and fits perfectly into the One Maryland One book 2012 theme Courage and Unity During Times of War. The book is spare and haunting, wise and intelligent, On the surface it would seem to be anything but uplifting, but Canadian novelist Steven Galloway has gone past the everyday realities of war. The Cellist of Sarajevo tells the universal truths of what it is to be human and Galloway has created a testament to the endurance of the spirit and the subtle ways individuals reclaim their humanity in a city ravaged by war.

Registration for this author visit is suggested. Please contact the library at 410-273-5600 for registration and further information.

Celebrating its fifth year, One Maryland One Book is Maryland’s only statewide community reading program. It is designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through a shared experience: the reading and thoughtful discussion of the same book. The Maryland Center of the Book at the Maryland Humanities Council partners with public libraries, high schools, colleges and universities, museums, bookstores, correctional facilities and other organizations to bring book-centered discussions and other related programs to communities across Maryland.

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) is a statewide, educational 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that utilizes the humanities to encourage informed dialogue and increased civic engagement. MHC encourages Marylanders with different backgrounds and viewpoints to see, hear, and learn more about others and themselves because only informed engaged citizens can build healthy, democratic societies. To learn more, visit www.mdhc.org.

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: Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, will be appearing at the Roni Chenowith Center on October 1st.

Photo caption #2: The Cellist of Sarajevo, 2012 One Maryland One Book selection.