Archive for September, 2013

LIBRARY AWARDS TOP SUMMER READERS

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – September 24, 2013) Ring Factory Elementary School, Patterson Mill Middle School and Patterson Mill High School are the recipients of the Harford County Public Library (HCPL) 2013 Summer Reading trophies. The trophies were awarded to the public elementary, middle and high schools with the highest percentage of students who completed the Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Program. In addition, John Archer School was presented with an Extraordinary Achievement Award for having an impressive 74 percent completion rate among students who participated.

To get the word out about the Summer Reading Program, Library staff visited 55 schools during the spring months, reaching 25,357 students. This summer over 16,000 children and teens registered for the program and participants completing the HCPL 2013 Summer Reading Program read a total of over 99,500 books. In addition, over 300 middle and high school students contributed over 6,200 hours as Summer Reading Program volunteers.

Support from the local community continues to enable HCPL to provide incentives to participants for completing the program. Elementary school participants in the Dig Into Reading program received a free book after reading 10 books. Middle school participants received a free book or journal and high school teens received a Chick-fil-A gift card when they read three books in the Beneath the Surface program. Incentives were funded by the HCPL Foundation’s annual mailer campaign which received widespread community support and sponsorships from 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. The Summer Reading Program ended on August 17th.

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 (Ring Factory Elementary.jpg) Ring Factory Elementary School receives their First Place Reader’s Trophy for the Harford County Public Library 2013 Summer Reading Program. Pictured from left: Claudia Sumler, Public Services Administrator, Harford County Public Library (HCPL); Mary Hastler, Library Director; Louise A. LeTendre, Chairperson; HCPL Board of Trustees; Bruce M. Smith, HCPL Board of Trustees; Alex M. Allman, HCPL Board of Trustees; Patricia O’Donnell, Supervisor of Library Services, Harford County Public Schools; Rebecca S. Robinson, HCPL Board of Trustees; Anne Gneo, PTA President, Ring Factory Elementary School; Nancy A. Brown, HCPL Board of Trustees; Dawn Stickles, Media Specialist, Ring Factory Elementary School; Monica Attia, HCPL Board of Trustees; Lisa Minutoli, Assistant Principal, Ring Factory Elementary School; Billy Boniface, HCPL Board of Trustees; Earl Gaskins, Principal, Ring Factory Elementary School.

Photo caption #2 (Patterson Mill Middle School.jpg) Patterson Mill Middle School receives their First Place Reader’s Trophy for the Harford County Public Library 2013 Summer Reading Program. Pictured from left: Claudia Sumler, Public Services Administrator, Harford County Public Library (HCPL); Mary Hastler, Library Director; Louise A. LeTendre, Chairperson; HCPL Board of Trustees; Susan H. Hazlett, HCPL Board of Trustees; Patricia O’Donnell, Supervisor of Library Services, Harford County Public Schools; Bruce M. Smith, HCPL Board of Trustees; Alex M. Allman, HCPL Board of Trustees; Sean Abel, Principal, Patterson Mill Middle and High School; Rebecca S. Robinson, HCPL Board of Trustees; Nancy A. Brown, HCPL Board of Trustees; Joanna Slagle, Media Specialist, Patterson Mill Middle School; Monica Attia, HCPL Board of Trustees; Billy Boniface, HCPL Board of Trustees.

Photo caption #3 (Patterson Mill High School.jpg) Patterson Mill High School receives their First Place Reader’s Trophy for the Harford County Public Library 2013 Summer Reading Program. Pictured from left: Claudia Sumler, Public Services Administrator, Harford County Public Library (HCPL); Mary Hastler, Library Director; Louise A. LeTendre, Chairperson; HCPL Board of Trustees; Susan H. Hazlett, HCPL Board of Trustees; Patricia O’Donnell, Supervisor of Library Services, Harford County Public Schools; Bruce M. Smith, HCPL Board of Trustees; Alex M. Allman, HCPL Board of Trustees; Sean Abel, Principal, Patterson Mill Middle and High School; Rebecca S. Robinson, HCPL Board of Trustees; Nancy A. Brown, HCPL Board of Trustees; Tracey Cramer, Media Specialist, Patterson Mill High School; Monica Attia, HCPL Board of Trustees; Billy Boniface, HCPL Board of Trustees.

Photo caption #4 (John Archer School.jpg) John Archer School receives their Extraordinary Achievement Award Trophy for the Harford County Public Library 2013 Summer Reading Program. Pictured from left: Claudia Sumler, Public Services Administrator, Harford County Public Library (HCPL); Patricia O’Donnell, Supervisor of Library Services, Harford County Public Schools; Mary Hastler, Library Director; Louise A. LeTendre, Chairperson; HCPL Board of Trustees; Susan H. Hazlett, HCPL Board of Trustees; Josh Hernandez, John Archer School student, and mother Annette; Bruce M. Smith, HCPL Board of Trustees; Alex M. Allman, HCPL Board of Trustees; Rebecca S. Robinson, HCPL Board of Trustees; Pat Walling, Principal, John Archer School; Casey Reitz, John Archer school student, and mother Susan; Nancy A. Brown, HCPL Board of Trustees; Steph Sauter, Media Specialist, John Archer School; Monica Attia, HCPL Board of Trustees; Billy Boniface, HCPL Board of Trustees; Keelin Harrison, Director, Camp I Can.

THE DAILY RECORD ANNOUNCES HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY AS A RECIPIENT FOR INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – September 24, 2013) The Daily Record has selected Harford County Public Library to receive a 2013 Innovator of the Year award. The Daily Record began the Innovator of the Year awards in 2002 as a way to recognize Marylanders and Maryland-based companies for their innovative spirit – for creating new products, new programs, new services or new processes that have helped their companies, industries or communities.

The Innovator of the Year awards will be presented to 25 innovators on Wednesday, October 2, which coincides with the 125th anniversary of the founding of the The Daily Record. “Innovators are on the cutting edge and make a huge difference in people’s lives, in the economy and in the success of our region,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “The winners of the 2013 Innovator of the Year awards represent the best of Maryland by developing new processes, products and practices in a wide variety of fields and in multiple arenas. It is an honor to recognize them in this, The Daily Record’s 125th anniversary year.”

Harford County Public Library was selected for the creation of Little Leapers, a collection of pre- and early-literacy kits that focus on fostering and developing pre- and early literacy skills through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics. “We are honored to be recognized for the creation of Little Leapers,” stated Mary Hastler, Library Director. “The Little Leapers collection promotes the development of reading readiness, preparing our county’s children for school, and introducing STEM at an early age to nurture a life-long interest.”

Introduced in March 2013, the Little Leaper kit collection was designed by Harford County Public Library librarians. Targeted for children ages birth to 5 years these kits contain age-appropriate books, toys, games and instructions on how children and their families can use them. Four kits were specifically developed for infants that focus on colors, shapes, numbers, senses, and more.

The winners of the Innovation Awards will be honored October 2 at a cocktail reception at the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore. They will also be profiled in a special magazine to be included in the October 4 edition of The Daily Record. Sponsors of The Daily Record’s 2013 Innovator of the Year awards include Stevenson University, title sponsor; and Epsilon Registration and VPC, Inc., vision sponsors.

For more information about sponsorships and tickets for this event please visit www.TheDailyRecord.com.

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Photo caption #1: Children pose with Tales, the Library mascot and Squiggles, Celebree’s mascot, along with Library Director, Mary Hastler, Richard Huffman, Celebree CEO, and Amber Shrodes, Library Foundation Director, for the launch of Little Leapers at the Bel Air Library.

Photo caption #2: The Daily Record Innovator of the Year award logo.

Photo caption #3: Littler Leapers logo.

LIBRARY ANNOUNCES A FARMERS MARKET WITH A TWIST TO TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 5

Thursday, September 5th, 2013


(Belcamp, Maryland – September 5, 2013) The Harford County Public Library, Jarrettsville Lions Club, businesses of Jarrettsville, and representatives from Harford County Government have partnered to create an evening Twilight Farmer’s Market from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on October 5th at Jarrett’s field on Route 23. Plans for the event include live music by Almost Certain; wine and beer tastings; children’s activities; pit beef and pizza; and the opportunity to buy local, all amongst a stunning backdrop of sunflowers. Fresh organic veggies, delicious local meats, cheeses, baked goods, and ice cream will be available for purchase, in addition to stunning bouquets.

The event was developed to encourage tourists visiting the local sunflower fields to spend the evening in Jarrettsville and is the highlight of two weeks of unique opportunities taking place in the community between September 30th and October 12th. The sunflowers on Route 23, planted by the Rose Family, are anticipated to be in full bloom at that time.

“The Twilight Market is already generating excitement in town,” stated Ashley Adams, of Keene Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, the headlining sponsor for the event. “Local businesses are thrilled for the opportunity to host families and showcase our community. Numerous sales, specials, and activities are planned to help celebrate the season of the sunflowers. ”

Supporting sponsors for the event include The Rose Family, Clear Meadow Farm, Jim’s Bottleworks, Waste Industries, and County Councilman Chad Shrodes.

“The Jarrettsville Community has united to develop the Twilight Market,” said Amber Shrodes, Harford County Public Library Foundation Director and an organizer for the event. “Everyone is engaged–the Jarrettsville businesses, the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, members of the agricultural community, the Jarrettsville Lions Club and the Library. Further we have received outstanding support from our Sponsors. We are grateful for everyone’s generous support and excited to offer visitors this unique experience.”

Admission to the Twilight Market is free. Beer and wine tastings are $10 and will feature local wineries Fiore, Harford Vineyards, and L’amore di Vino; and distributor Bacchus Importers, LTD. Craft beer tastings will be offered by DuClaw Brewing Company and Sentman Distributors.

Proceeds benefit Harford County Public Library and the Jarrettsville Lions Club.
Farms and businesses interested in participating should contact Amber C. Shrodes, Foundation Director at Harford County Public Library at shrodes@hcplonline.org. For weekly updates and a comprehensive list of vendors, visit the Twilight Market on Facebook. A rain date for the event is scheduled the following Saturday, October 12th.

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.

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: A Twilight Market at Jarrett’s Field is planned for October 5th from 3:00-7:00 pm to benefit Harford County Public Library and the Jarrettsville Lions Club.