Archive for October, 2013

LIBRARY ADMINISTRATOR CLAUDIA SUMLER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Monday, October 28th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – October 24, 2013) Claudia Sumler, Harford County Public Library Public Services Administrator, announced her retirement effective November 1, 2013. Ms. Sumler joined Harford County Public Library in 2006 and has led the Public Services division for 9 years. Her long and successful library career began in 1970 at the University of Illinois and includes leadership roles at Kent County Public Library, the Cooperating Libraries of Central Maryland, Anne Arundel County Public Library and Camden County Library in New Jersey.

During her expansive career, Ms. Sumler has also held various positions with the American Library Association, Public Library Association, Maryland Library Association and the New Jersey Library Association. In 2001 she was selected as the New Jersey Library Association Librarian of the Year.

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Photo caption #1: Claudia Sumler, Harford County Public Library Public Services Administrator, announces her retirement.

LOCAL AUTHORS GIFT EXTRAVAGANZA AT THE LIBRARY

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – October 22, 2013) The Bel Air Library will be brimming with local authors on Sunday, October 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Harford County’s talented authors will be on hand to talk about their writing habits, give tips for getting started in writing, and share their inspirations and aspirations for their own books. They will also be selling and signing their work for easy and special holiday gifts. All types of books are represented in this talented group, from memoirs and thrillers to children’s and young adult. Find something special for everyone on your gift list!

This event is free and open to the public. For more information please go to HCPLonline.org or contact the Bel Air Library at 410-638-3151.

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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JUST WRITE. WRITERS CONFERENCE DRAWS LARGE CROWD TO BEL AIR LIBRARY

Friday, October 18th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – October 15, 2013) Seventy-five writers and would-be writers gathered at the Bel Air Library to participate in the first annual Just Write. Writers Conference. Put on by the Library, this all-day event included a stellar line-up of workshop leaders and topics.

Presenters included fantasy novelist Gregory Frost, who explored character development, and Sandra Bowman, of Intrigue Publishing, who covered all the ways a fledging writer can promote themselves and their work.

“This is wonderful thing you are doing,” declared presenter Cruce Stark to Conference coordinator and Harford County Public Library Community Relations Specialist Bethany Hacker. “Writing can be such an isolating experience and having the opportunity to not only learn but network with others who write is a necessity.” Writer, Ben Yagoda, and television, novel and memoir writer, Tom Coyne, echoed Stark’s comments.

Bestselling mystery author Marcia Talley, who did a presentation on how to create an eBook, was pleased with the response from the participants. “They are so engaged and interested!” commented Talley. Participant response was met with equal enthusiasm. “This has inspired me to begin writing without fear. I will accept whatever comes out on the page,” commented one participant on their feedback form.

Attendees also had opportunities to engage in casual conversation with the presenters and have critiques of their manuscripts. The Harford Writers Group, the Conference’s partner organization, talked with potential new members and book sales, especially of those titles dealing with the craft of writing, were brisk. Space at the Conference was limited and it was sold out the week before the event. Participants indicated they are looking forward to next year and eager to know when registration opens up so they can make sure to get a spot!

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: Cruce Stark, author and Professor at the University of Delaware, did a workshop on “Giving Shape to Experience: Plotting Your Story” at the Just Write. Writers Conference held at the Harford County Public Library, Bel Air branch.

Photo caption #2: Books for sale at the Just Write. Writer’s Conference, including Ben Yagoda’s novel “How To Not Write Bad.”

LOCAL AUTHOR ERIKA ROBUCK TO APPEAR AT ABINGDON LIBRARY

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013


(Belcamp, Maryland – October 15, 2013) The Harford County Public Library is pleased to welcome author Erika Robuck to the Abingdon Library on October 20th at 2pm. She is the author of Receive Me Falling, Hemingway’s Girl, and her most recent release Call Me Zelda.

Growing up in historic Annapolis, Maryland, Robuck was surrounded by history. Her first novel, Receive Me Falling, set in the Caribbean, focuses on a woman exploring her family’s past. Unable to find an interested agent, Robuck self-published this novel and did her own promotion. With her second novel, Hemingway’s Girls she attended a pitch-fest at a writer’s conference, and after three short minutes of “selling” her story to six agents in hopes of finding representation, she received six offers! Her third historical novel, Call Me Zelda, was published this past spring.

While attending college, Robuck was exposed to Hemingway’s work which sparked her interest in the complicated personality of the writer, and in other writers with demons. Robuck now writes novels about writers –how they work, how their personal character shapes their “art”, and how they use the people in their lives for their work. Intense research, including reading through personal letters and diaries, form the basis for her fictional personas of actual people. Her inspiration for the stories often comes from her travels to the historical places the famous authors lived, worked, and played.

The Library is also hosting two book discussions of Robuck’s titles. Call Me Zelda will be discussed at the Bel Air Library on October 17th at 6:30pm. The Joppa Library will explore Hemingway’s Girl on November 14 at 6:30pm.

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: Erika Robuck to appear at the Abingdon Library on October 20th.

ZOMBIES, SUPER HEROES AND MORE @ THE LIBRARY

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013


(Belcamp, Maryland – October 11, 2013) The Annual Meeting of the Committee for Really Excellent Adventures & Deeds (READ) convenes at the Aberdeen Library!
Better known as the mini Comic-Con, join your alter ego and other fantasists, gamers, comic book lovers, super heroes, and horror fans for two days of Dr. Who and Zombies.

Warren Capps of Breakaway Games is returning to the Library on Thursday, October 17 from 4 to 8pm to kick-off this year’s mini Comic-Con with a session on Inside the Video Game Industry, a discussion and hands-on approach to learning about the ins and outs of the gaming business. Also available that afternoon and evening are How to Create a Zombie, with make-up artist Sherry Billings; Yu-Gi-Oh and other card game swaps and primers; photo backdrops, including a Dr. Who Tardis; plus cosplayers (costumed players) and fantasy crafting.

On Friday, October 18 from 1 to 8pm, the taste becomes a meal with workshops featuring FutureMakers making Dr. Who Daleks; Wilmington University’s staff on creating apps and playing Minecraft; illustrator and writer Steve Ogden teaching all about character drawing; Board and Card Games with Whitman Bottiger; a mini-weapons of mass destruction tutorial; and a game cube tourney.

All of this culminates in a visit by Zombie Master Jonathan Maberry, author of the Rot and Ruin and Joe Ledger series of books! You will be able to pick Jon’s brain, so to speak, starting at 6:30pm. He will answer questions, sign books, and create general mayhem until 8pm. Reservations are suggested for this portion of the festivities. His books will be available for purchase at the event.

The mini Comic-Con is recommended for ages 12-18. Jonathan Maberry is best for middle school to adult audiences. All limited participation workshops are first come first served. Board and card games, crafting, photo backdrops, and cosplayers are ongoing and open to all.

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: Jon Maberry will appear at the Aberdeen Library on Friday, October 18th at 6:30 pm.

BUY LOCAL TWILIGHT MARKET IN JARRETTSVILLE ATTRACTS 600 ATTENDEES

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – October 10, 2013) Good weather, local farm products, live music, and children’s activities attracted nearly 600 individuals to Jarrettsville’s Twilight Market in Jarrett’s Field on October 5th. A fundraiser for the Jarrettsville Lions Club and the Harford County Public Library, the Twilight Market offered families an opportunity to enjoy a unique “Buy Local” event.

More than 50 vendors including farms, nurseries, local businesses and community organizations participated in the spirited outdoor event which included live music by Almost Certain, and wine tastings from Fiore, Harford Vineyards, and L’amore di Vino, and distributor Bacchus Importers, LTD. Craft beer tastings were offered by DuClaw Brewing Company and Sentman Distributors.

“We were very happy with the response from the community,” said Amber Shrodes, Foundation Director of Harford County Public Library and an organizer of the event. “The Jarrettsville Community came together to develop the Twilight Market with the mission to create a fun, free, “Buy Local” experience that families could enjoy. The music, food and activities were terrific, and our partnering farmers, vineyards and breweries were pleased. Rumors for a 2nd Annual Twilight Market are circulating.”

Fresh organic veggies, delicious local meats, cheeses, baked goods and ice cream were available for purchase from Shaw Orchards, Granova Poultry, Daily Crisis Farm, Hickory Chance Beef, Beichlers Beyond Family Farm and Hawks Hill Farm. Herbs, plants, compost and stunning bouquets were offered by participants Greenspring Nursery and Gift House, Chesnut Spring Farm, Heston’s Greenhouse, Deer Creek Valley Tree Farm, and Flowers by Bauers.

A variety of children’s activities were available including face painting and planting projects. The Children’s area was sponsored by Salem Lutheran Children’s Center, Christman Family Chiropractor, Jack’s Small Engines, A &A Bolt & Screw Company, and Greenspring Nursery and Gift House.

“The Twilight Market was an outstanding success. We were proud to be the Headlining Sponsor for a “Buy Local” family event that supports two great causes – our Library and Local Lions Club,” stated Ashley Adams, of Keene Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. “The Jarrettsville Lions Club, the Library, businesses and organizations in this community have done a great job creating distinctive events that attract thousands of visitors to Jarrettsville each year. Car shows, the renowned Jarrettsville Carnival, and annual flea markets have become a tradition for Harford County families. I hope the Twilight Market does too.”

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

The Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company generously provided traffic control and had a fire engine available for display. The Harford County Sherriff’s Office also participated with a display vehicle and information table.

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: Vendor display at Twilight Market in Jarrettsville on October 5th.

Photo caption #2: Crowd enjoys Twilight Market in Jarrettsville.