LIBRARY AWARDS TOP SUMMER READERS

(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.

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