Archive for August, 2013

COMMUNITY MEETING PLANNED FOR NEW HAVRE DE GRACE LIBRARY

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – August 28, 2013) A community meeting is planned to seek ideas and input from the public on the new Havre de Grace branch of Harford County Public Library. Led by the building design team, the meeting will take place at the Havre de Grace Activity Center at 351 Lewis Lane on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:00 pm.
The planned rebuild of the Havre de Grace Library includes expanding the size of the current location from 8,400 to about 15,000 square feet and growing from one to two stories. The groundbreaking will take place in late fall of 2014 if everything goes according to plan. Harford County Public Library has operated a library branch in Havre de Grace since 1960 and the location at Union and Pennington opened in March 1987.

The Havre de Grace Library is a heavily used branch and hosts many teen, adult, family and children programs throughout the year in addition to providing materials and public computer access. Updates on the rebuild can be followed online at www.facebook.com/HdGLibrary.

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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HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS WRITERS CONFERENCE

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – August 28, 2013) Does everyone really have a book in them? Harford County Public Library is offering the community a chance to find out with the “Just Write” Writers Conference on Sunday, September 29 at the Bel Air Library. Successful regional authors will be leading workshops and discussion panels and working with community writers of all levels and genres. Participants will be able to attend five sessions lead by these established writers and be guided through the process of beginning a writing project, editing the work, and getting the book read.

Participating writers include bestselling mystery author Marcia Talley; television, novel, and memoir writer Tom Coyne; non-fiction bestseller McKay Jenkins; fantasy novelist Gregory Frost; editors Ben Yagoda and Bob Yearick; novelists and editors Barbara Esstman and Cruce Stark; marketing consultant and writer Sandra Bowman; and local author Vonnie Winslow Crist. Workshops cover subjects as far ranging as selling yourself and your book; how not to “write bad”; world building, plotting and character development; and getting your book into the marketplace. Also offered are opportunities to have work evaluated by one of the authors and spending lunchtime with a presenter.

$50 registration fee includes five workshop/panel sessions, lunch and snacks. Lunch with an author and manuscript critiques are an additional fee. Pre-registration is required. Workshops will be offered on a first come first serve basis so early registration is recommended. Check in begins at 8:00 am and workshops start at 9:00 am and run to 5:00 pm. Visit www.hcpl-justwrite.com for more information and to register.

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: Bestselling mystery author Marcia Talley and bestselling non-fiction author McKay Jenkins are among the many successful regional authors who will be leading workshops and discussion panels while working with community writers of all levels and genres at the “Just Write” Writers Conference on Sunday, September 29 at the Bel Air Library.

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES AUTHOR APPEARANCE One Maryland One Book Author King Peggy to Speak at Harford Community College

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – August 21, 2013) Harford County Public Library is pleased to welcome author King Peggy to the Chesapeake Theater of Harford Community College on September 18 at 7:30 pm as part of One Maryland One Book. King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village was selected for the 2013 One Maryland One Book program and is being read throughout the fall at libraries and activities centers across the county.

Guests of the author event will enjoy hearing first-hand about the unique story of Peggielene Bartels who was working as a secretary at the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, D.C. when she was woken one morning in 2008, surprised to find that she had been ritually chosen to become the next King of Otuam, Ghana following the death of her uncle, the former Chief. Known formally as Nana Amuah-Afenyi VI, King Peggy has chronicled the story of the unexpected role she has taken on, what she has learned from the journey and how she navigates between the two very different cultures. Registration for the author visit is suggested. Please contact the library at 410-273-5600 for registration and further information.

In addition to King Peggy’s appearance, Harford County Public Library will host multiple book discussions of King Peggy in the fall. Register and pick up a copy of the book at the location most convenient, then read it and come to the program to share views with friends and neighbors. Free books are limited at each location—register early! See HCPLonline.org for a complete listing of discussions in Harford County.

Copies of King Peggy have been placed throughout the community to find, read and share as part of the Wandering Books program. Instructions inside the Wandering Books allow readers to register where the book was found and how far it has travelled. Check the Harford County Public Library facebook page for clues from other readers as to where books have been found and left. One Maryland One Book/Wandering Books is a program of the Maryland Humanities Council and is offered in Harford County by Harford County Public Library and its partners the Harford Community College Library, Harford County Department of Community Services, and the Hosanna School Museum.

Celebrating its sixth year, One Maryland One Book is Maryland’s only statewide community reading program. It is designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through a shared experience: the reading and thoughtful discussion of the same book. The One Maryland One Book program is brought to Harford County through the Maryland Center of the Book at the Maryland Humanities Council and in partnership with the Harford Community College Library, the Harford County Department of Community Services and the Hosanna School Museum.

In a related special presentation, guests of all ages can celebrate the sights and sounds of Africa with Sankofa, world-class, authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways. A storytelling theme (“The Griot”) will be presented at the Bel Air Library on Sunday, October 20 at 2:00 pm. The Edgewood Library will host “Drum Talk” on Saturday, October 26 at 3:00 pm and the Jarrettsville Library will host “Village Dance” on Sunday, October 27 at 2:00 pm. Funding for the Sankofa Dance Theater is provided, in part, by a grant from Young Audiences/Arts for Learning. Call the library branch to register.

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) is a statewide, educational 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that utilizes the humanities to encourage informed dialogue and increased civic engagement. MHC encourages Marylanders with different backgrounds and viewpoints to see, hear, and learn more about others and themselves because only informed engaged citizens can build healthy, democratic societies. To learn more, visit www.mdhc.org.

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: King Peggy, author of the 2013 One Maryland One Book selection, will be appearing at the Chesapeake Theater of Harford Community College on September 18. Photo credit: Deborah Feingold.