Archive for March, 2013

LOCAL AUTHORS DAY AT THE LIBRARY

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 21, 2013) So much writing talent, so little space! The Bel Air Library will be brimming with local authors on Sunday, March 24th from 2 to 4 pm for the Harford County Public Library Local Author’s Day. Nearly three dozen authors will be participating, ready to talk books, give advice and tips, and sell their works. All types of books are represented in this talented group, from children’s to adult romance; true crime to teen fantasy. Meet your favorite and get some local stories to put in your Easter baskets!

This event is free and open to the public. For more information please go to hcplonline.org or contact the Bel Air Library at 410 638 3151.

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.

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY EMPLOYEES DESIGN CREATIVE DISPLAYS IN COUNTY FOOD DRIVE COMPETITION

Monday, March 18th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 18, 2013) Harford County Public Library employees added creativity to their participation in the Harford County Government’s “Harvest for the Hungry” food collection campaign which ran March 1-8. The Library held a contest for Library employees only for the most creative food collection themes and displays. Library retirees Susan Burdette and Ruby Corum judged the displays at all of the Library branches and the Administrative Office. Taking first place was the Bel Air Library’s Children Department with their “LMNO Peas” display. The Technical Services Department of the Administrative Office won second place with their theme of the “The Fairy Food Mothers” and the Norrisville Library took third place with a creative display with a “Pantry Picnic” theme. Overall, Harford County Public Library collected 1,810 pounds of food to be donated to the Harford Community Action Agency which provides food for those in need.

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 Children’s Department of the Bel Air Library took first place in the Library’s competition for creative food collection displays while participating in Harford County Government’s recent “Harvest for the Hungry” campaign.

DOWNLOAD MOVIES FOR FREE THROUGH HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Monday, March 18th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 15, 2013) Harford County Public Library is pleased to introduce hoopla! Customers can now borrow thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks right from a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer. With an HCPL library card, hoopla makes downloading and watching movies, television shows, and more easy, and it’s free.

Harford County Public Library is one of seven national libraries to Beta test hoopla and provide critical feedback to hoopla’s vendor, Midwest Tapes, before it is made available nationwide. Harford County Public Library staff has been testing hoopla and now it is time for Library customers to test it, too!

“hoopla is terrific addition to the Library’s array of downloadable products and it is significant that our customers will now be part of the developmental piece of this new service,” explained Mary Hastler, Library Director.

Library card holders will be to electronically borrow movies, TV episodes and music albums and watch with any compatible device. Unlike other streaming audio and video services, customers do not pay a monthly subscription fee making hoopla the first app of its kind for public libraries. The app is designed for users of all ages and skill levels, and is as easy to navigate as the library shelves. Best of all, with mobile devices, hoopla allows you to take the library with you wherever you go!

When the testing period is over and hoopla is fully launched later this summer, customers will enjoy access to over 300,000 movies, videos and music albums!

hoopla was designed and published by Midwest Tape, LLC. Midwest Tape has been a leader in library media service for over 25 years.

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Photo caption #1: hoopla, digital movies and more available now through Harford County Public Library.

AUTHOR VISITS DRAW CROWDS TO HARFORD LIBRARIES

Monday, March 18th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 15, 2013) Harford County Public Library hosted two authors in recent weeks, drawing excited crowds to the Bel Air and Abingdon Libraries!

Best-selling author Christopher Tilghman, spoke to over 50 guests about his latest novel, The Right-Hand Shore, at the Bel Air Library on March 3rd. Raised primarily in New England, Tilghman’s life has always revolved around his family’s farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The Right-Hand Shore, a sequel to his book Mason’s Retreat, tells the multigenerational story of a farm on the Eastern Shore modeled after his own. The audience included two women that had lived on the farm in the 1930s. Thrilled to meet and speak with Tilghman, they commented that library events such as these are what make a community.

Christopher Tilghman’s program kicked off Harford County Public Library’s Civil War 150 events. Civil War 150 is a special programming initiative which features authors, speakers, and exhibitions dealing with one of the darkest and most transformative periods in American History. Programs will take place March through June in various branches throughout the county. Please go to HCPLonline.org for complete details or visit your local library branch.

Ken Lang, a former Baltimore area homicide detective turned award-winning author, shared his experiences investigating some of the most intriguing and gruesome murder investigations as detailed in his books to over 45 guests at the Abingdon Library on March 10. In his presentation, Homicide: One Detective’s Story, Lang captured the extremes of working as a homicide detective in a busy metropolitan area and shared with the audience actual cases that are featured in his books. Lang’s first book, Walking Among the Dead, published in 2011, lead to him being named one of “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading,” by the Author’s Show. Lang has since completed two sequel books: Standing In Death’s Shadow and Death Comes Uninvited.

A book signing by both authors followed their presentations.

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout Harford County. The library serves more than 176,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of more than 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: Christopher Tilghman at the Bel Air Library on March 3, 2013 signs books with family that lived on his family’s farm in the 1930s.

Photo caption #2: Ken Lang speaks to audience at the Abingdon Library on March 10, 2013

LITTLE LEAPERS TO LAUNCH AT HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 5, 2013) Harford County Public Library is excited to announce the launch of its newest early literacy initiative, Little Leapers, pre- and early-literacy kits that focus on fostering and developing pre- and early literacy skills through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics. Targeted for children ages birth to 5 years, these kits will be unveiled at the Bel Air Library on Wednesday, March 27.
“Little Leapers will aid with reading readiness, preparing our county’s children for school and introducing STEM at an early age to nurture life-long interest,” stated Mary Hastler, Library Director.

Designed by Harford County Public Library librarians, the Little Leapers kits contain age-appropriate books, toys, games and instructions on how children and their families can use them. A total of 10 different kits have been developed and include “I am a Chemist,” “I am a Marine Biologist,” “I am an Entomologist,” “I am a Botanist,” “I am an Architect,” and “I am a Paleontologist.” Four kits were specifically developed for infants and focus on the world of colors, shapes, numbers, senses, baby animals and learning “all about me.”

Richard Huffman, CEO of Celebree and the title sponsor of the Little Leapers program, has been a longtime supporter of Harford County Public Library and values how the Library and Celebree complement the work each does with early childhood education and literacy. “Celebree focuses on early childhood education and Harford County Public Library reinforces our work with solid, age-appropriate programs for young children,” stated Huffman of Celebree. “Little Leapers is a great way for us to partner with an organization that offers so many fun, yet educational, programs for young people in our community.” Supporting sponsors of Little Leapers include SAIC, M&T Bank and Hart to Heart Transportation.

The public is invited to join in on the unveiling activities on March 27th starting at 8:30 am. Activities will include a story time, kit demonstrations, and a visit by a local scientist and an appearance by Tales, the Library mascot. Please call 410 273 5600 to register. More than 100 Little Leapers kits will be available to check out at the Library branches after the launch. The loan period for the kits is seven days.

Little Leapers is an extension of the Library’s successful LEAP: Science is Fun! Program that was launched in 2007, targeted toward third to eighth grade children. The interactive LEAP kits are curriculum-based and age-appropriate with fun, do-it-yourself activities designed for families to explore and play at home. Topics include “Build a Car; Forces, Energy, and Motion,” “Human Skelton” and “Mindstorm Robots.” The findings of a survey given to children who use LEAP kits and program materials found that:

• 89% replied that LEAP programs helped them decide to consider a possible career in science
• 91% reported that LEAP kits and materials helped them learn to pay more attention to science in the world around them
• 60% said they wanted to read more books about science
• 95% reported that the LEAP kits and materials helped them to be more interested in science all or most of the time

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout Harford County. The library serves more than 176,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of more than 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: Little Leapers, pre- and early-literacy kits that focus on STEM education and targeted for children ages birth to 5 years, will be unveiled at the Bel Air Library on Wednesday, March 27.

MARYLAND HOMICIDE DETECTIVE KEN LANG TO APPEAR AT ABINGDON LIBRARY

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 5, 2013) Former Baltimore area homicide detective turned award-winning author, Ken Lang will be sharing his experiences investigating some of the most intriguing and grueling murder investigations as detailed in his books on March 10th at the Abingdon Library.

In his presentation, Homicide: One Detective’s Story, Lang captures the extremes of working as a homicide detective in a busy metropolitan area. He shares with the audience actual cases that are featured in his books as well as the intimate information in how working as a homicide detective can affect one’s life.

Lang’s first book Walking Among the Dead, published in 2011, lead to him being named one of “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading,” by the Author’s Show. New York Times bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming now uses Lang’s books as resource material and says that, “Ken Lang is the real deal—a cop with chops!” Lang has since completed two sequel books: Standing In Death’s Shadow and Death Comes Uninvited.

Mr. Lang will be appearing at 2pm on Sunday, March 10 at the Abingdon Library located at 2510 Tollgate Road. Please call 410-638-3990 to register. Adults and High School students are welcome. Mr. Lang will be signing his books after the program. Books will be available to purchase for $12.99 each. Cash, check, or debit/credit cards will be accepted.

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout Harford County. The library serves more than 176,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of more than 4.5 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.