Archive for July, 2013

NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEE MEMBERS

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 31, 2013) Harford County Public Library (HCPL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dwayne R. Adams, Nancy A. Brown, and Rebecca S. Robinson to five-year terms as Trustees for the Harford County Public Library Board.

Dwayne R. Adams is a financial business manager with the Baltimore City Public School System involved with management and planning and has a B.S. degree in Finance from Seton Hall University. He is working on a Masters of Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Fall 2014) and is Basileu of the Iota Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Rebecca S. Robinson is a Program Analyst for the Department of the Army and is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration.

Nancy A. Brown, B.S., is a Case Manager for the Arc of Baltimore and serves with the Children’s Ministry at Mountain Christian Church.

Also joining the Library Board of Trustees as Student Liaison Representative is Monica Attia. She is a student at Edgewood High School and a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Science Club, Student Government Association and is involved in the International Baccalaureate program. The student liaison representative position is open to high school seniors who serve for one year.
“We are fortunate to have these new members join our Board of Trustees,” said Library Director Mary Hastler. “I know this group of passionate community leaders will be integral to our mission and commitment to providing excellent public library services in Harford County.”

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: Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees. Back row: Dominic C. Cottone, Monica Attia, Mary L. Hastler, Bruce M. Smith, Rebecca S. Robinson, Nancy A. Brown. Front row: Susan H. Hazlett, Alex M. Allman, Louise A. LeTendre, Kenneth R. Avery, Dwayne R. Adams. Not pictured: William K. Boniface.

HARFORD LIBRARY DIRECTOR NAMED ONE OF BALTIMORE’S TOP 25 FEMALE CEOs WITH BRAVA AWARD

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 30, 2013) Harford County Public Library (HCPL) Director Mary Hastler was presented with a Brava! Award from Baltimore SmartCEO on July 10, recognizing her as one of the top 25 female CEOs in the Baltimore area.
Hastler was selected for the award for her leadership in expanding HCPL’s public service role with the introduction of innovative literacy programs, exciting product expansions, record-breaking fundraising events and cutting-edge technology.

Among the new initiatives launched under Hastler’s leadership is HCPL’s recently launched pre- and early literacy STEM program, Little Leapers, which provides activities and materials that focus on fostering and developing essential school readiness skills through STEM topics while nurturing lifelong interest. Also under Hastler’s leadership, HCPL was recently selected as the first public library in Maryland to offer Hoopla, a service that allows customers to stream thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer.

SmartCEO’s Brava! Awards program celebrates top female CEOs who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Brava! award winners are exemplary leaders of their companies and in the community who encourage local philanthropy, mentor fellow CEOs and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Each year, an independent panel of business leaders selects 25 Brava! winners based on applications submitted. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at an awards celebration. SmartCEO received more than 200 nominations across the Mid-Atlantic for the award this year and a group of Greater Baltimore business leaders formed the Brava! committee to choose the 25 winners.

“With each iteration of the Brava! program, I am constantly amazed by the passion and drive these leaders possess. These women are doing exceptional things not only for Baltimore’s business community but also for the communities in which we all work and live. Their impact is felt far and wide, and we’re excited to see how much more they can do as the years pass,” says Jaime Nespor, group publisher of SmartCEO. “We are honored to recognize such a group of women and their accomplishments.”

The winners were celebrated in style at the Baltimore Brava! Awards ceremony at the American Visionary Arts Museum. An impressive audience of friends, colleagues and family came together to celebrate the winners’ achievements. The winners were also recognized with profiles in the July 2013 issue of Baltimore SmartCEO magazine.

2013 Baltimore Brava! Winners:
Tina Wynegar, Bay-Tek Consulting, Inc.
Halle Van der Gaag, Blue Water Baltimore
C. Lorena Streb, CertaPro Painters Baltimore Central
Cynthia Crockett, Crockett Facilities Services, Inc.
Alyce Dailey, The Dailey Group of Keller Williams Realty
Traci A. Barnett, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Lisa Rusyniak, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.
Judith R. Mason, Harford Community Action Agency
Mary L. Hastler, Harford County Public Library
Patricia Bonney, The Highlands School
Emily Gordon, Hot Spots Extended Care Programs, Inc.
Elizabeth Rendon-Sherman, LG-TEK
Lisa Vogel, The Lisa Vogel Agency
Jeanette Glose Partlow, Maryland Chemical Company, Inc.
Carol Quirk, Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
Kathleen M. Davis, MKS&H
Heather Harvison, My Sister’s Circle, Inc.
Cassie Shafer, National Kidney Foundation of Maryland
Laurie Chester Lessans, OGS Order Green Supply LLC
Kathie H. Okun, The Okun Group, Inc.
Judith McGovern, RealStreet Staffing
Debbie Nazelrod, A Salon by Debbie Corporation
Nancy R. Smit, SHR Associates, Inc.
Elianne Ramos, Speak Hispanic, LLC
Ida Cheinman, Substance151, Benefit LLC

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 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 Director Mary Hastler was presented with a Brava! Award from Baltimore SmartCEO, recognizing her as one of the top 25 female CEOs in the Baltimore area.

SPELLERS OF ALL AGES COMPETE AT FARM FAIR

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 30, 2013) The annual Literary Spelling Bee at the Harford County Farm Fair was filled with excitement for spellers and readers alike. Hosted by Harford County Public Library, forty participants from children through adult competed in this year’s event on July 28.

Children enjoyed spelling words like “swan” from The Ugly Duckling and “chimney” from Mary Poppins. Adults were challenged with words like “pachyderms” and “connoisseur.” All participants were given a Farm Fair ribbon and small prize from the Library. The first, second and third place winners were also allowed to choose a new book from the library plus the Library mascot, Tales, was in attendance to cheer on the children and take pictures with the winners.

Winners in each category were:
Entering Grades 1-2:
• First Place- Sophia Cramer
• Second Place- Evelyn Gutierrez
• Third Place- Maya Modi
Entering Grades 3-4:
• First Place- Lizzy Kelly
• Second Place tie- Elysa Puglionesi, Aman Tripatchi, Jeremy Jestel
Entering Grades 5-6:
• First Place- Nica Garin
• Second Place- Mackenzie Alderson
• Third Place- Carlton Moss
Entering Grades 7-8:
• First Place- Vijay Modi
• Second Place- Darby Hyde
• Third Place- Mikayla King
Adults:
• First Place- Barbara Kreamer
• Second Place tie- Lani Hyde, Katie Holter, Bethany Evans

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 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: Winners from the 3rd and 4th grade category at the Literary Spelling Bee pose with Tales, the Harford County Public Library mascot. First Place- Lizzy Kelly, Second Place Tie- Elysa Puglionesi, Aman Tripatchi and Jeremy Jestel.

“FORGOTTEN WAR” COMMEMORATION AT BEL AIR LIBRARY

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 10, 2013) In honor of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, often called the “Forgotten War,” six local veterans of the conflict visited the Bel Air Library to talk about how going to war changed their young lives.

Wedged between the glory of WWII and the nationally contentious Vietnam War, this conflict was anything but forgettable to the thousands who fought and were affected by it. The discussion, moderated by WAMD’s Cindy Mumby, focused not only on the terror of war, but the light-hearted and human aspects as well. Two veterans, Bill Alli and Vincent Krepps, wrote about their experiences while veterans Sam Fielder, Bob Banker, and Jack Cloman continue to participate in numerous gatherings and commemorations to keep the history alive for their fellow Americans. Over forty guests listened to the veterans, including several Korean-Americans hoping to learn more about their heritage and one former North Korean soldier who defected during the war and was able to eventually immigrate to the US.

Attendees were also treated to the opening of a new exhibition, GIs and the Kids. This photo exhibition 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 on display at the Bel Air Library through July 27, 2013. A second photo display will be placed in the Abingdon Library and will open July 12, 2013 and run into August.

These events were made possible by a $1,000 donation from the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA), Maryland #33 in Baltimore. Other programs made possible by the KWVA included Historian Mike Dixon’s nostalgic “Duck and Cover” program that occurred at the Edgewood and Fallston libraries in June; and two book discussions of Toni Morrison’s book, Home, happening at the Bel Air Library on July 18 at 6:30 pm and the Aberdeen Senior Center on July 26 at 10:30 am.

For more information, please visit HCPLonline.org or pick up a Headlines & Happenings Newsletter at any of the Library’s 11 branches.

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: In honor of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, six local veterans came to the Bel Air Library on June 22 to participate in a panel discussion and share their experiences.

Photo caption #2: Visitors explore the “GIs and the Kids” exhibition at the Bel Air Library which is on display through July 27.