Archive for February, 2013

DIXIE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY CONTRIBUTES $25,000 TO HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY EARLY LITERACY CENTER

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – February 26, 2013) Thanks to Dixie Construction Company, excitement is building for the Harford County Public Library Early Literacy Interactive Space in Bel Air. Dixie Construction Company presented Harford County Public Library with a check for $25,000 to be used in the development of this new interactive space.

“The Harford County Public Library system is an incredible asset for our community,” stated Diane Dixon, Dixie Construction Company CEO. “We are proud to support an institution that positively impacts so many families in the County. We look forward to seeing this important project become a reality.”

The company’s contribution will be used to develop a conceptual drawing for the space located inside the Bel Air Children’s Department. Plans for the new interactive center include engaging design elements and sophisticated play areas that will encourage the emergent literacy skills essential for school readiness in children.

“The Bel Air Library’s Children’s Department has served Harford County’s families for over 50 years,” said Dave Patzer, Harford County Public Library Foundation Board President. “The plans for the department will transform it into an inspired learning area. We truly appreciate the support of Dixie Construction Company which has helped bring this initiative to fruition.”

Dixie Construction Company has been a leading mid-Atlantic Construction firm for over 40 years. Headquartered in Churchville, Maryland, the philanthropic company specializes in all phases of site development and employs over 300 individuals.

“Research has shown that the development of early literacy skills is a leading precursor for educational success,” stated Shawn Pyle, President, of Dixie Construction Company. “Through its resources and programs, Harford County Public Library is playing a leading role in the effort to prepare children for school readiness. We are thrilled to partner with the Library and the Foundation on this critical program, and to reinvest in the communities where we live and work.”

“Dixie Construction’s motto is Building the future from the ground up; and with their generous contribution to the Bel Air Early Literacy Center they are doing exactly that,” said Mary Hastler, Library Director. “We are honored to be the recipient of this donation which will benefit generations of young readers to come.”

The Harford County Public Library Foundation has raised over $75,000 for the Interactive Space. With the completion of the conceptual drawing, funds will be used to purchase furniture, materials and décor necessary to transform the center into an invigorating learning environment. The renovation is planned to begin in spring 2013 with a completion date of spring 2014.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501© 3 charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of Harford County Public Library and to promote awareness of library services.

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: Dixie Construction Company presented Harford County Public Library with a check for $25,000 on February 19 to be used in the development of the Bel Air Early Literacy Interactive Space. Pictured left to right: Mary Hastler, Library Director; Diane Dixon, Dixie Construction Company CEO; Amber Shrodes, Library Foundation Director; and Shawn Pyle, Dixie Construction Company President.

BOOK DONATION IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Monday, February 11th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – February 11, 2013) The Iota Nu Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s 6th annual Harford County Public Library book dedication ceremony was held on February 2. Harford County Public Library received a donation of several copies of the book In The Spirit of Ronald E. McNair: Astronaut, An American Hero by Carl S. McNair. Held at the Abingdon Library, the book donation and dedication was in honor of Black History Month.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. is the first African American national fraternal organization founded at a Historically Black College and University. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s mission is to provide social action in the communities in which they live through dedication to their four Cardinal Principles: Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift.

“Omega’s responsibility is to uplift mankind through our service and deeds,” stated Dwayne Adams, Chapter Basileus. “Each year we look forward to providing Harford County Public Library with a selected book in February in honor of Black History Month.”

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: The Iota Nu Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., presented copies of “In The Spirit of Ronald E. McNair: Astronaut, An American Hero” by Carl S. McNair to Harford County Public Library on February 2. Included in the picture are Melvin Adderley, Fraternity Committee Chair; Donald Jones, Fraternity Chaplain; Dwayne Adams, Fraternity Basileus; Mark Thomas, Guest Speaker and Fraternity Member; Judge Eaves, Harford County Circuit Court Judge; and Mary Hastler, Library Director.