Archive for June, 2013

EVERYONE IS READING THIS SUMMER!

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – June 27, 2013) Over 12,000 babies, children and teens are already reading this summer as part of the Harford County Public Library Summer Reading Program, Dig Into Reading. Registration at all eleven Library branches began on June 10th and followed with a day of kick-off activities at the Abingdon Library on June 17th that included guest appearances by Tales, the Library mascot, the “Eat mor chikin” Chick fil A cow and Celebree’s Squiggles. Along with the program sponsors greeting and talking with families, children were entertained by Jack the Conductor with sing-a-long songs and activities.

Sponsors of this year’s program include HarCo Federal Credit Union, Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association, Chick-fil-A, Morris Mechanic Foundation, Aberdeen Rotary, Darlington Friends of HCPL, Berardino Family Trust, Advanced Eye Care, The Aegis, APGFCU, Huntington Learning Centers, Celebree Learning Centers, Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, Huether-McClelland Foundation, and Wegman’s.

“It has been another year of stellar support from the community for Harford County Public Library’s summer reading program,” stated Library Foundation Director, Amber Shrodes. “Many sponsors return year after year, plus each year we have new organizations join us! Our community is so supportive of the Library and the services it provides to our residents.”

Children and teens can sign up for the Summer Reading program at any Library branch. The Read To Me program is for the youngest readers birth through pre-school, and they are encouraged to listen to 25 books; elementary school participants can Dig Into Reading and read 10 books; middle school and high school teens can participate in Beneath the Surface and read 3 books. Children birth through elementary school receive a book when they complete the program; middle school students can select a book or journal and high school students will receive a Chick-fil-A gift card when they complete. Incentives are while supplies last.

All Elementary and Middle School summer reading completers will have the chance to win tickets to see the Orioles and one lucky winner will get to go on the field for the pre-game ceremony at Camden Yard’s summer reading night on August 19! The contest is open to elementary and middle school readers who complete the program and fill out an entry form for the raffle by Monday, August 5.

Throughout the summer the Library will have programs and fun for everyone including Critter Caravans, Extreme Balloon Man, and FutureMakers Electrical Awesomeness. Mad Science programs later this summer include Fire and Ice and Spin, Boom, Pop! Also, Mike Magician Mike Rose will entertain with his sleight of hand, and Val Smalkin & Silly Goose will present Look! Hot Diggity Books!

The Harford County Public Library Summer Reading Program runs through August 17th. Please visit hcplonline.org or pick up a Headlines & Happenings Newsletter at any of the Library’s 11 branches for more information on programs and other events.

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: Conductor Jack, mascots, children, and Library staff all celebrate summer reading at the Abingdon Library.

Photo caption #2: Library summer reading sponsors and staff gather for festivities at the Abingdon Library.

AUTHOR KWAME ALEXANDER ENTERTAINS CROWD AT ABERDEEN LIBRARY

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – June 19, 2013) Kwame Alexander, author of several popular children and teen books, spoke to more than 50 guests at the Aberdeen Library on June 15. Alexander has written for all age groups and received the NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Children’s Literature.

During his program at the Aberdeen Library, Alexander read from his books Indigo Blume and the Garden City and Acoustic Rooster as well as a book of poetry that he wrote for teens called Crush. He shared with the crowd the details of his recent travels to Ghana where he is working with a group to promote literacy in a small community. Alexander also encouraged middle school and high school students in the audience to be inspired to write, a cause that he is passionate about as the founding director of Book-in-a-Day, a literacy program that teaches and inspires youth in writing and publishing.

Harford County Public Library was able to offer this special program thanks to a donation from the Harford county Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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: Kwame Alexander engages with a young fan that brought her own poem to share with the author during his visit to the Aberdeen Library.

Photo caption #2: Author Kwame Alexander with members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority who provided a donation to bring Alexander to the Aberdeen Library.

THE FORGOTTEN WAR SPECIAL COMMEMORATION TO BE HELD AT THE BEL AIR LIBRARY

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – June 18, 2013) Harford County Public Library is pleased to bring a special event to Harford County in commemoration of the anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Join us at the Bel Air Library on June 22 from 2pm to 4pm for an opening reception with refreshments for the exhibition GIs and the Kids followed by The Forgotten War: Veterans Panel Discussion which brings together veterans who lived and fought through the Korean War.

GIs and the Kids is a photo exhibition that tells the story of how American soldiers helped save the lives of thousands of orphaned Korean children during the Korean War. Created by The Korean War Children’s Memorial Project, this moving experience will be displayed at the Bel Air Library, June 21 through July 27, 2013. The exhibition explores an under-appreciated aspect of what has already been deemed the “Forgotten War.” With the 60th Anniversary of the end of hostilities, and more than a decade into another war, it is important to remember the sacrifices Americans have made, as well as the humanity our soldiers display. This exhibition is an example of the best of the American soldier. Artifacts loaned by community members, including children’s hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) and a Korean War Army uniform complete with combat boots, will also be on display.

The Forgotten War discussion will be moderated by WAMD’s Harford’s Edge host Cindy Mumby and includes two authors of Korean War memoirs, Bill Alli and Vincent Krepps and the veteran who worked behind the scenes on this commemoration project, Robert Banker. Korea is called the “Forgotten War” due to its placement in history – wedged between the glory of WWII and the nationally contentious Vietnam War. However, the Korean War’s lasting legacy includes assisting the country to become a democratic global force, with the 15th-largest economy in the world. Panelists will talk about their differing experiences and take questions from the audience.

For more information, please 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.

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ACCLAIMED AUTHOR KWAME ALEXANDER TO APPEAR AT THE ABERDEEN LIBRARY

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – June 11, 2013) Kwame Alexander, author of 15 children’s books will be appearing at the Aberdeen Library on Saturday, June 15th at 2pm. His children’s picture book, Acoustic Rooster, a rhyming, rhythmic story about a group of jazzy animals who drive the barnyard wild, has been optioned for a national TV show. His debut Young Adult novel, He Said/She Said generated excitement at the recent Book Expo America convention, and his 2014 Young Adult novel, The Crossover, is winning rave reviews from American literary stars.

But Alexander’s new heights are worth noting not because of what they mean for his career, but what they mean for America’s youths. A big part of Alexander’s literary journey has been about empowering young people to take control of their lives. Literacy and literature are the vehicles he offers by challenging conventional wisdom and inspiring hope. Since 2006, his Book-in-a-Day workshops have produced 3,000 student-authors of 55 books.

“I love my job!” says Alexander. “Knowing what I know about the power of words to excite children and change their lives, I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Publisher’s Weekly, among others, considers Alexander a pivotal figure in contemporary American literature and publishing. Nikki Giovanni calls him her “literary son,” and some of America’s best-loved writers, such as Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, and Edwidge Danticat know his name and works.
Registration for Saturday’s event is recommended. Contact the Aberdeen Library for more information at 410 273-5608. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Funding for this program is provided with support from the Harford County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

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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PRESIDENT LINCOLN VISITS HAVRE DE GRACE!

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – June 5, 2013) Fantastic! Special! So much fun! These are just a few of the comments spoken by guests after the Dr. Duke and Mr. President presentation on Saturday, June 1st. The evening started with a reception at the Havre de Grace Library hosted by General and Julia Grant, played to perfection by Will and Bernadette Boyce, longtime re-enactors. Shaking hands and conversing with their guests, the Grants were a special addition to the evening devoted to engaging the audience in history. Other costumed guests joined the gathering which included a tasting menu of dishes representing the North and the South during the Civil War period. Then at 7pm the Grants lead their guests next door to St. John’s Episcopal Church.

One hundred and ninety guests ranging from tweens to grandparents filled the small church that was built the same year as Lincoln’s birth. Dr. Duke Thompson opened the concert as himself, playing music he was inspired to write as he researched Abraham Lincoln’s interest in music during the Civil War. After an intermission, General Grant was proud to present the 16th President of the United States. Out came Dr. Thompson as President Lincoln looking every bit the part, talking about “his” presidency and playing music that reflected the times and his personal feelings.

“Thank you for inviting us to be a part of this night”, Will Boyce exclaimed at the end of the show. “It is one we won’t forget,” his wife Bernadette added. Jim Chrismer, who helped Dr. Thompson with his Lincoln research, was enthusiastic, “The Library has put together a stellar calendar of Civil War programs this past spring. Thank you!”

Dr. Duke and Mr. President was made possible with the support of The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Cultural Arts Board.

Additional Civil War 150 series’ events include the upcoming author presentation by Dan Toomey, author of The War Came By Train: The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad During the Civil War on June 13th at the Abingdon Library; Divided Allegiance: The Booths of Tudor Hall exhibition at the Abingdon Library through Saturday, June 8th; and The Mask of Lincoln: Photography and the Making of a President exhibition at the Bel Air Library through June 15th. For more information visit HCPLonline.org.

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: General and Julia Grant and other impersonators greet guests upon arrival at the Havre de Grace Library.

Photo caption #2: Guests leave Havre de Grace Library for Dr. Duke and Mr. President program at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Photo caption #3: Guests are greeted as they enter church.

Photo caption #4: Duke Thompson as himself.

Photo caption #5: Duke Thompson as President Lincoln.

INDEPENDENT FILMS FROM SUNDANCE, CANNES, TRIBECA AND MORE AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING FROM THE LIBARY

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – May 31, 2013) Harford County Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of IndieFlix, a premier online streaming service provider of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world, provided through RBdigital from Recorded Books. Harford County Public Library customers now have unlimited access to thousands of film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, and Tribeca. IndieFlix is available on Apple®, Android™, and all Internet-enabled devices and can also be watched on TV through a Roku device.

“Purchasing Indieflix allows the Library to bring independent cinema to Harford County,” commented Jennifer Ralston, Materials Management Administrator. “It provides Library card holders the opportunity to see independent films from new directors worldwide. Indieflix is like a ticket to the great film festivals of the world!”

IndieFlix is dedicated to providing a forum where filmmakers and their audiences can interact, and to building a community that translates artistic vision into commercial success. Streaming thousands of award-winning films from festivals around the world, IndieFlix promises to build a fair and open market to empower filmmakers to be the engine of their achievement, and audiences to be a vital part of a movie’s success.

For more information, please see a staff member on how to access this service or go to HCPLonline.org/books/movies and get started watching today!

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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