(Belcamp, Maryland –December 10, 2012) To Read or Not to Read? There is NO question! The 2013 Harford County Public Library Winter Reading Program celebrates all things Shakespeare beginning on January 2, 2013.

The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, a performance group that employs the staging conditions of Shakespeare’s time as closely as possible, will perform two plays at the Library in January. With limited sets, doubling of the actors and full interaction from the audience, guests can see “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at the Fallston Library on Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 pm; the Aberdeen Library on Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 pm; the Havre de Grace Library on Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 pm; the Abingdon Library on Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 pm; and the Whiteford Library on Monday, January 28 at 6:30 pm. “Othello” will be performed at the Joppa Library on Friday, January 18 at 6:30 pm. Registration is suggested.

The Library offers several resources for those looking for that special book to read. Visit 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. Harford County Public Library also offers free eBooks and audiobooks which count towards completing the program. They can be found at

The Winter Reading Program is open to adults and high school teens. Participants can register at any branch or online at starting January 2nd. Upon registering, participants will receive a commemorative pen. For those adults who read or listen to at least five books and teens who read or listen to at least three books, completed book lists can be returned between January 9 and March 2 to receive a commemorative mug! Giveaways are while supplies last.

The 2013 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 And remember Sunday hours are back at the Library. Visit the Bel Air, Abingdon or Aberdeen Library which are open from 1:00-5:00 pm through April.

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.


Photo caption #1: To Read or Not to Read? There is NO Question! 2013 Winter Reading Program at Harford County Public Library.

Photo caption #2: Mug that participants who complete the 2013 Winter Reading Program at Harford County Public Library will receive.

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