Archive for May, 2013

MARY HASTLER NAMED TO 2013 LIST OF MARYLAND’S TOP 100 WOMEN

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – May 15, 2013) Mary Hastler has been named to The Daily Record’s 2013 list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

The Daily Record’s annual list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women was created to recognize outstanding achievement by women who have demonstrated significant professional accomplishments, outstanding community leadership and inspiration mentoring.

Since 1996, The Daily Record has recognized more than 1,000 high-achieving women who are making an impact in Maryland. This year’s winners were honored at the Meyerhof Symphony Hall in Baltimore on May 6th.

“As Maryland’s Top 100 Women celebrates its 18th anniversary, all of us at The Daily Record continue to be proud and honored to present this important event that recognizes the many ways women contribute to a vibrant Maryland,” Daily Record Publisher Suzanne Fischer-Huettner said. “We commend all of our past winners and are proud to recognize our Top 100 Women of 2013.”

“We are proud to say that Mary Hastler has been named to the 2013 list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women,” stated Louise LeTendre, Harford County Public Library Board President. “Her commitment and dedication to the Library and the community is evidence of her leadership qualities. She continues to elevate the Library in Harford County to a new plateau by providing products and services that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of its customers. Congratulations Mary!”

This year, The Daily Record received more than 500 nominations solicited from economic development agencies, women’s organizations, chambers of commerce and the business community at large.

Nominees were asked to complete an application outlining their educational and career history, professional and community involvement, corporate and nonprofit board memberships and mentoring experience. They were encouraged to submit one letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with their accomplishments professionally, in the community and through mentoring.

A panel of judges composed of business professionals and past Top 100 Women winners from throughout Maryland reviewed all of the applications, narrowing the list to select this year’s Top 100 Women. The process is comprehensive and includes multiple panels judging hundreds of worthy applicants to find the best Maryland has to offer. This year, 63 women are first-time recipients.

For more information about Maryland’s Top 100 Women and a complete list of winners visit www.thedailyrecord.com/marylands-top-100women/

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Photo caption #1: Mary Hastler, Harford County Public Library Director, is named to 2013 List of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.
Photo caption #2: The Daily Record Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

“A NATION DIVIDED” HIGHLIGHTS TALENTS OF HARFORD REGION PHOTOGRAPHERS

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – May 9, 2013) Professional and amateur regional photographers share their vision of A Nation Divided at the Harford County Public Library’s Juried Photography Exhibition now on display at the Jarrettsville Library through May 18, 2013. This is the second year for the annual photography show which celebrates National Library Week. A Nation Divided recognizes the Civil War 150th Anniversary theme at the Library this spring and serves as a companion exhibition to The Mask of Lincoln exhibition at the Bel Air Library and Divided Allegiance: The Booths of Tudor Hall on display at the Abingdon Library.

In all, 31 photographers submitted 196 entries to be considered. An initial committee selected 28 works by 19 photographers to be shown and judged. A panel of three judges – photographers Chris Holland and Nicki Jergensen, and the coordinator for the Harford County Cultural Arts Board, Natalie Weeks, walked the show to determine the place winners and two honorable mentions. When they were through with the blind judging, the 1st place prize of $250 went to Kevin Moore for Civil War Photographer; the $150 2nd place prize to Gino Amazia for Boy from the North Country; and, as happened last year, the 3rd place winner of $100 was a repeat – Kevin Moore for The Letter Home. The $50 Honorable Mention prizes went to Josh Berg for My Battle Cry, and Joshua Eller for The Bloody Lane.

A reception held on April 17th introduced the winners and allowed for photographers to talk about their work and converse with admirers. Special acknowledgements were made to Debbie Frantini of Fast Frames for doing a fabulous job on the framing; Jim’s Bottleworks for supplying beer and wine; and the Harford County Cultural Arts Board for supporting exhibition costs. All framed photographs are for sale during the course of the exhibition for $30. Proceeds benefit the Library.

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: Guests view the many entries received for Harford County Public Library’s “A Nation Divided” photo exhibition that recognizes the Civil War 150th Anniversary theme at the Library this spring. In all, 31 photographers submitted 196 entries to the exhibition that is on display at the Jarrettsville Library through May 18.

Photo caption #2: Josh Berg, winner of an Honorable Mention prize, poses with his award-winning submission titled “My Battle Cry” during the reception for Harford County Public Library’s “A Nation Divided” photo exhibition.

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION HOSTS NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JEFF SHAARA IN JARRETTSVILLE

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – May 3, 2013) The Harford County Public Library Foundation hosted a crowd of nearly 200 guests on Friday, April 19th for their annual A Night Out @ the Library fundraiser. Attendees enjoyed lite fare, cocktails and the opportunity to hear and meet renowned military history author Jeff Shaara.

“It was a phenomenal evening!” said Kay Deitz, local realtor with Garceau Realty and a sponsor of the event. “Mr. Shaara is able to present history in a way that the general public can enjoy and relate to. I found him fascinating.”

Shaara’s novels about the Civil War, the American Revolution, and World Wars I & II have been met with acclaim. He was approached to write his first book, Gods and Generals, after the death of his father, Michael Shaara, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning The Killer Angels. Gods and Generals was a prequel to his father’s work and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 15 weeks. Over the last decade, Shaara has written 11 historical war novels that have made the New York Times bestseller list.

“We were honored to host Mr. Shaara for our annual A Night Out @ the Library event,” said Amber C. Shrodes, Director of the Harford County Public Library Foundation. “His extensive knowledge, easy demeanor, and enthusiasm for the subject were inspiring. He is a master storyteller.”

Shaara shared stories about growing up, his father, and his unique journey that led him to a career in writing. In addition, he discussed his new series, which marks a return to the Civil War. The first volume, A Blaze of Glory, was released in May 2012, and made its debut at #7 on the New York Times bestseller list. The book recounts the Battle of Shiloh and was released to coincide with the 150th anniversary year of that momentous event.

“I read Jeff Shaara’s father’s book Killer Angels thirty years ago and I thought his presentation tonight was fantastic,” stated Ray VanPelt, an attendee and retired army officer. “I have gained a great appreciation of the writing process. Mr. Shaara is a humble man and it was nice to see him continuing the legacy of his father.”

According to Dave Patzer, Harford County Public Library Foundation President, the event had tremendous support from local sponsors. The event sponsors included MediaWise, Inc., the Kelly Group, Kay Deitz/Garceau Realty, the Aegis, Harford’s Heart, Two Brothers Moving, the Jarrettsville Friends, COPT, PNC Bank, Pamela Kaste, the Kinsley Foundation, Mary and Mark Hastler, Lynne and Mark Degen, Mathew and Beth Hendrix, the Carroll Men’s Club, Kathy and Robert Wajer, Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union, the Bel Air Friends, Mark Welsh/BB&T Bank, Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli, BottleWorks, Coffee Coffee, and WOLO Food Truck and Catering. Proceeds support a vast array of initiatives, including the Library’s early literacy program, the annual summer reading program, and Little Leapers – a new STEM initiative.

Prior to the A Night Out @ the Library event, Shaara attended a luncheon hosted by David Craig, County Executive, and Mary Hastler, Library Director, at Tudor Hall the childhood home of John Wilkes Booth. Curtis and Kimberly Coon won the luncheon at the Library’s Annual Gala last November. Representatives from the Spirits of Tudor Hall and Harford County Historical Society were on hand to lead tours of the estate and serve as docents to Divided Allegiance: The Booths of Tudor Hall exhibition, which goes on display at the Abingdon Library May 4th. The lunch was graciously catered by WOLO Food Truck.

Shaara’s next three works will feature Vicksburg and the final campaigns of Sherman through the end of the war in the Carolinas. These volumes will be released in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively. A Chain of Thunder is due for release next month.

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves more than 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 a love of reading within the community.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of the Library and to promote awareness of Library services. More information may be found at hcplonline.org.
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Photo caption #1: Author Jeff Shaara appeared at the Jarrettsville Library for the annual A Night Out @ the Library on April 19th. Photo credit J. Thomas Photography.

Photo caption #2: A crowd of nearly 200 guests gathered at the Jarrettsville Library on April 19th to hear author Jeff Shaara speak at the Library’s annual A Night Out @ the Library event. Photo credit J. Thomas Photography.

Photo caption #3: Members of The Kelly Group, a supporting sponsor of the event, pose with author Jeff Shaara (center). Photo credit J. Thomas Photography.