Archive for January, 2013

VISIT FROM SCIENTIST KICKS OFF MASTODON MATRIX PROJECT IN HARFORD COUNTY

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland –January 24, 2013) Dr. Carlyn Buckler, Director of the Mastodon Matrix Project in Cornell, NY visited the Bel Air Library on January 7 to share her enthusiasm for mastodons with replicas of a few finds her team had excavated in New York. Teeth and tusk examples were the highlights of the evening as she explained to more than 50 audience members how important it is for regular citizens to get involved in citizen science projects.

Buckler was invited to Harford County to kick off the Library’s involvement in the Mastodon Matrix Project in which Harford residents will help trained investigators sort through and analyze the sediment or “matrix” found around the bones from a real mastodon dig and submit their results to the Museum of the Earth. Interested participants of all ages can take a turn as a citizen scientist and search through the matrix at the Whiteford Library on January 31 and February 21 at 6:30 pm, the Bel Air Library on February 6 and February 20 at 6:30 pm, or the Aberdeen Library on April 24, May 8 and May 22 at 6:00 pm. More sessions at the Edgewood and Fallston Libraries are being planned for the summer.

The Mastodon Matrix Project is an open-ended, educational journey into discovering an Ice Age past. Participants in this hunt will comb through the matrix and experience what it is like to do real scientific research. There may be shells, twigs, seeds and other fossils or even fragments of the mastodon itself. Whatever is found, or even not found, will propel our knowledge of these great animals forward.

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: Dr. Carlyn Buckler, Director of the Mastodon Matrix Project in Cornell, NY visited the Bel Air Library on January 7 to help kick off the Mastodon Matrix Project at Harford County Public Library. Participants will analyze dirt from a mastodon dig and submit their results to the Museum of the Earth in a real science experiment.

LIBRARY TRUSTEES SEARCH FOR CANDIDATES FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – January 23, 2013) The Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees is searching for three candidates to be considered for appointment to the Board beginning July 2013. The selected Trustees will represent the Bel Air, Jarrettsville and North County areas of Harford County.

An application form and additional information may be obtained from any Harford County Public Library branch, the HCPL website, or by calling 410-838-3749. Completed applications together with a resume must be returned by Friday, March 1, 2013 to Office of the Director, Harford County Public Library, 1221-A Brass Mill Road, Belcamp, Maryland 21017.

The Library Board of Trustees operates under the Laws of Maryland, Title 23, and Harford County Code, Article 21. The Harford County Executive appoints a trustee to a five-year term from a list submitted by the existing Board of Trustees. The County Council must confirm the appointment. A trustee may be reappointed for a second term and receives no payment for his/her service.

Among the duties of trustees as set by State and County law are these: to establish and operate the library to provide free service, to set library policy, to employ a director, to advise in the preparation of the budget and to approve the budget, to control the spending of funds, to adopt rules and regulations for use of the library, and to select locations and approve plans for branch buildings.

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 170,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.6 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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CALL FOR ARTISTS – PHOTOGRAPHERS NEEDED FOR JURIED EXHIBITION

Monday, January 14th, 2013


(Belcamp, Maryland – January 14, 2013) Professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit up to 10 photographs to be considered for inclusion in A Nation Divided, a juried fine art photography exhibition that will be on display at the Jarrettsville Library from April 17 through May 18, 2013. A Nation Divided is part of The Civil War 150 Project and a companion exhibition to the Smithsonian’s Mask of Lincoln which will be exhibited at the Bel Air Library beginning April 27, 2013.

Work can be any size up to 11” x 14” in black and white, color, or computer manipulated; vertical or horizontal. Entries may be modern interpretations of the theme A Nation Divided. You may also manipulate or incorporate actual civil war photographs into your entry. To be considered for the exhibition, email submission photos (no more than 10, no larger than 500x500px) to Bethany Hacker, hacker@hcplonline.org, by March 8, 2013.

Notification of inclusion will be to the email address used to submit photos and will take place by March 15. Once selected for inclusion, photographs must be framed in the pre-selected 11” x 14” black frame with matting of photographer’s choice from FastFrame of Bel Air. Photographers can either frame the work with these materials themselves or have FastFrame complete the job.

All framed photographs will be up for sale to benefit the Library during the course of the exhibition and the Civil War 150 project. Those not sold will be returned to the photographer. Monetary prizes will be awarded to photographers: $250 for 1st, $150 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd place, and two honorable mention prizes of $50.

An Artist’s Reception is scheduled for Wednesday April 17, 2013. The exhibition will officially open to the public on April 18 and close May 18, 2013.

Civil War 150 is a project of the Harford County Public Library with collaborations between Harford County Public Library and the Historical Society of Harford County, the Smithsonian Institution, Harford County Cultural Arts Board, the Maryland Music Conservatory, and the Junius B. Booth Society.

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: Harford County Public Library is looking for photographers to submit their work for an upcoming exhibition entitled “A Nation Divided” that will be on display this spring.

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SEARCHES FOR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP

Monday, January 7th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – January 7, 2013) The Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking a Student Liaison representative as an ex officio member of the Board. The Student Liaison is chosen in cooperation with public and private high schools in Harford County and applicants should currently be in their junior year and will serve during their senior year. Student applications must be submitted by Friday, March 15th. The role of Student Liaison is to obtain input on library services, policies, and materials collections from their peers, to encourage teens to consider librarianship as a career, to encourage use of library services by teens, and to gain practical experience in the operations of their government.

The Board of Library Trustees will interview candidates and select a Student Liaison representative to serve for one year, beginning July 2013. The Student Liaison representative is a member of the Board and receives agendas and all non-confidential Board materials. He or she is a non-voting member and is excluded from participation in executive sessions.
The student representative must:
• Be a resident of Harford County
• Have parental/guardian permission to serve
• Meet the Eligibility Requirements for Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities of the county schools or their private school

No salary is paid for the service, but appropriate expenses will be paid on the same basis of other Board members. Credit for the student representatives’ service may be provided if their schools’ policy permits.

The application can be found online at hcplonline.org. Please return completed application and essay to: Mary Hastler, Director, Harford County Public Library, 1221-A Brass Mill Road, Belcamp, MD 21017 no later than March 15th.

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MEET THE SCIENTIST AND EXPLORE THE MASTODON MATRIX

Friday, January 4th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland –January 4, 2013) The mastodon master, Dr. Carlyn Buckler of the Museum of the Earth, will be toting a baby mastodon tusk to the Bel Air Library to share with future scientists on Monday, January 7 at 6:30 pm. Her talk will focus on the fossilized remains from these ancient ancestors of the elephant found in the U.S. and explore the citizen science Mastodon Matrix Project that allows people of all ages and abilities to experience the process and nature of science. Registration is required and spaces can be reserved by calling (410) 638-3151.

Dr. Buckler is visiting Harford County to help kick off the Mastodon Matrix Project where participants will analyze dirt from a real mastodon dig and submit their results to the Museum of the Earth in a science experiment.

In conjunction with Cornell University, the Paleontological Research Institution in August 1999 became involved with mastodon excavations in New York State. There was no chance of scientists sifting through the 22,000 pounds of sediment or “matrix” found around these bones in a realistic amount of time. So excavators have turned to “citizen scientists” and created the Mastodon Matrix Project.

The Mastodon Matrix Project is an open-ended, educational journey into discovering an Ice Age past. Participants in this hunt will comb through the matrix and experience what it is like to do real scientific research. There may be shells, twigs, seeds and other fossils or even fragments of the mastodon itself. Whatever is found, or even not found, will propel our knowledge of these great animals forward.

Take a turn as a citizen scientist and search for a mastodon at the Whiteford Library on January 17, January 31, and February 21 at 6:30 pm, the Bel Air Library on January 23, February 6, and February 20 at 6:30 pm, or the Aberdeen Library on April 24, May 8 and May 22 at 6:00 pm. More sessions at the Edgewood and Fallston Libraries are being planned for the summer.

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: Participants in the Mastodon Matrix Program at Harford County Public Library will analyze dirt from a mastodon dig and submit their results to the Museum of the Earth in a real science experiment.