Archive for November, 2013

EDGEWOOD LIBRARY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS SERVING THE COMMUNITY

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 20, 2013) The Edgewood Library will celebrate 50 years of service to the community with a special open house on Monday, December 9th. Amongst the planned commemorative activities are historical displays, a cake cutting at 5:30 pm and a special holiday performance from the Edgewood High School Jazz Ensemble at 6:00 pm. Events and activities are open to the public and are for all ages.

Harford County Public Library’s commitment to the Edgewood area began in the 1940s when bookmobile service was established with regular stops that included story times within the community. The dream of a brick and mortar library for the Edgewood community became a reality when a groundbreaking ceremony was held in June 1962 at the Hanson Road lot donated by R. Walter Ward and Melvin Bosely of the Ward and Bosely Real Estate Firm. On December 15, 1963, the Edgewood Library officially opened, providing a 3,200 square foot facility.

In 1979, a 4,020 square foot addition was built. The Edgewood community continued to grow and in 1996, plans for renovation and expansion were initiated again. The addition of another 7,000 square feet was completed and the Library reopened in February of 2001.

The current 16,500 square foot branch represents a collaborative effort between Harford County Public Library and Harford Community College. The Library facility offers drive-up window service, ample access to public computers, and a community meeting room with a capacity for 100 people. The College houses two computer classrooms and one traditional classroom.

For more information on Edgewood anniversary events or the open house, call (410) 612-1600 or visit HCPLonline.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: The first brick and mortar library in Edgewood opened to the public in December of 1963.

Photo caption #2: The Edgewood Library received an addition in 1979 that served the community for many years until another addition in 2001.

Photo caption #3: The present-day library is a bustling center of activity for the Edgewood area.

PASSPORT ACCEPTANCE FACILITY NOW OPEN AT BEL AIR LIBRARY

Monday, November 18th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 18, 2013) Harford County Public Library is pleased to announce that it has been designated as a U.S. Department of State Passport Acceptance Facility. A Passport Office is now open on the mezzanine level of the Bel Air Library and services include passport book and card application acceptance, passport photographs, extra visa pages, expedited service and renewal services. Hours for the Passport Office are Monday through Thursday from 3:00-7:00 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. No appointment is necessary and pagers are provided if there is a wait.

The Library is celebrating the opening of its Passport Office with an exhibition of familiar and unique travel posters, plus souvenirs from local residents called Beyond Your Borders: Collecting Travel Posters and Souvenirs. Using the lens of travel images and inexpensive mementos, the display is about the way advertising comments on our society, the arts, and our emotions. History has rarely been so beautifully recorded – or so kitschy! The exhibition is located outside the Passport Office and can be seen now through January during regular Library hours.

For more information about the services available at the Passport Office please go to the Bel Air Library branch website page at HCPLonline.org or call the branch 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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HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF ARE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS

Friday, November 15th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 15, 2013) Harford County Public Library awarded the prestigious Roenna Fahrney Recognition Award at their recent annual Staff In-Service Day event.

The Individual Award went to employee Cindy Shockley. Two team awards were presented. One went to Teresa Zephir and Karen Welsh of the Inter-Library Loan Team and the other to the Little Leapers Launch Team whose members included Sue Asselin, Megan Baker, Donna Blackburn, Shelley Dolan, Jennifer Fesche, Hillary Fifer, Jeannine Finton, Melissa Harrah, Cindy Height, Janine Lis, Daria Parry, Margaret Polischeck, Kathy Prior, Jennifer Ralston, Amber Shrodes, and Claudia Sumler.

The Roenna Fahrney Recognition Award was established in 1994 and is presented to an individual or team who has been nominated by their peers and embodies the “service to the community” spirit demonstrated by Ms. Roenna Fahrney, Library Director from 1957 to 1978. Library staff who received a milestone service award or attained an educational achievement were also recognized.

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: Staff members, recognized for their achievements, pose for a group shot at the Library’s annual Staff In-Service Day.

SUPERHEROES AND MORE ATTEND LIBRARY MINI COMIC-CON

Friday, November 8th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 8, 2013) Superheroes, zombies and even some “Dr. Whos” invaded the Aberdeen Library for the annual Mini Comic-Con! In its third year, the event continues to grow in popularity with increased participation and stellar presenters.

Nearly 250 youth participated in the two-day event. Presenters included make-up artist, Sherry Billings, who gave lessons on how to achieve that zombie deadly look that is all the rage! Warren Capps of Breakaway Games explained the gaming business. Comic Book writer, Steve Ogden, demonstrated how to draw iconic characters. Wilmington University’s Scott Shaw gave future programmers a crash course in creating apps and then swung into a session for Minecraft fans on the tips and tricks in the online game. Matt Berinholtz from FutureMakers held a session for Dr. Who fans by building Daleks which are the aliens from the Dr. Who show!

The highlight of the two day event was the appearance of zombie master, Jonathan Maberry, author of the Rot and Ruin and Joe Ledger series. He spoke to a captivated audience about his experiences writing zombie horror and what influenced his writing. He encouraged attendees to try writing if that is what they were interested in. “I started when I was 13, writing stories about the characters others had created. I wrote and read and came to things like this, just as you are doing,” explained Maberry. “After all, I was just a teen fascinated with the darker side of things once as well!” The stories of his journey and self-deprecating manner made for a personal and humorous evening.

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: Interested gamers pose with Warren Capps from Breakaway Games during the Library’s Mini Comic-Con.

Photo caption #2: Jonathan Maberry and a fan pretend to escape from some zombies at the Library’s Mini Comic-Con.

IT WAS MR. GREEN IN THE LIBRARY! HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY RAISES MORE THAN $100,000 AT GALA

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 7, 2013) More than 600 guests attended Harford County Public Library’s 9th Annual Gala on Saturday, November 2nd, making it a record-breaking event for the Library.

Combined sponsorships, ticket sales, raffle sales, contributions, and live and silent auction bids totaled more than $100,000, net of expenses, in support of Library programs, materials, and the Havre de Grace Library Building Campaign.

The event featured outstanding musical entertainment by Mood Swings, spirited live and silent auctions, and the disclosure of the perpetrator of the Gala’s murder mystery theme, It Happened in the Library.

The characters under suspect were Colonel Mustard, portrayed by Harford County Executive David R. Craig; Mr. Green, Billy Boniface, President of the Harford County Council; Senator Plum, State Senator Barry Glassman; Ms. White, Mary F. Chance, Director of Administration for Harford County Government; Dr. Peacock, Nicole Funk, Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.; and Ms. Scarlet, Mary Hastler, Director of the Harford County Public Library. The sheriff investigating the scene was played by Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane.

Sheriff Bane revealed the offender to a captivated crowd. Mr. Green was then held under the Sheriff’s custody until his $50,000 bail was raised from the Library’s Live Auction proceeds. The auction was conducted by animated local auctioneers Derek Hopkins, David Shrodes, and Robert Ryan. WJZ-TV personality Kristy Breslin served as emcee for the event.

Craig Ward and Terri Garland of Bel Air kicked off the Live Auction with a winning $32,000 bid on BackYard Crashers, a custom yard makeover valued at more than $60,000. Picture Perfect Patios, Nature Unlimited, EP Henry, Ivy Hill Land Services, GW Stephens and Associates, Town Security/Audio Extreme, Maryland Paving Inc., Lawnscape, and Heston’s Mulch combined to create this year’s package, which included a 1,000-square-foot patio, sitting wall, landscaping, and lighting, irrigation and outside speaker systems. Design of the patio will start this week with anticipated completion before the Thanksgiving holiday. BackYard Crashers is being filmed for a segment that will air on Harford Cable Network and can be followed by fans on Facebook at the Harford County Public Library Foundation page.

In addition, Senator Barry and Debbie Glassman, County Executive David and Melinda Craig, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Laurrapin, the Havre de Grace Marine Center, Pairings Bistro, Keene Dodge, Jim and Tamera Rush, Safe Harbors Travel Group, and APG Federal Credit Union also provided diverse offerings for guests to bid on during the Live Auction. At the close of the auction, the winning raffle ticket for a stunning black and white diamond necklace and earring ensemble (donated by Saxon’s Diamond Centers) was drawn.

Gala festivities included scrumptious small plates by Laurrapin, a signature martini bar by Liberatore’s Ristorante, bourbon and wine selections from Jim’s BottleWorks, craft brews from DuClaw Brewing Company, coffee from Coffee Coffee, and an array of delectable deserts from Wegmans, Flavor Cupcakery, and Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli.

“The evening was a magical night for the library. The theme, the food, the drinks, the music, and the auction items were all outstanding!” said Dave Patzer, Library Foundation President.

With regard to the Havre de Grace Library’s renovation and expansion project, Mary Hastler, Library Director said, “The Havre de Grace Library has experienced significant increases in circulation and walk-in traffic as well as a surge in computer use. A larger library is needed to enhance public services and programs provided to this community.” Plans for the new building were unveiled at the Gala and include more spacious meeting and programming areas, an interactive children’s department, and increased access to computers and high speed internet.

Sponsors for this year’s Gala were: M&T Bank, Richardson’s Flowers and Gifts, Saxon’s Diamond Centers, Picture Perfect Patios, Nature Unlimited, WXCY, The Aegis, The Daily Record, Hart to Heart Ambulance, GW Stephens and Associates, Comcast, Keene Dodge, Harford’s Heart Magazine, I95 Magazine, Web IXI, The Kelly Group, Select Event Rentals, EP Henry, Tamara and Jim Rush, Events by I Did It Myself, Freedom Federal Credit Union, APG Federal Credit Union, SRC, Harford Mutual Insurance, Bob Ward Companies, BottleWorks, Huether-McClelland Foundation, City of Havre de Grace Tourism, Manns and Woodward Architects, Harford Mall, Spa at the Boulevard, Al and Christine Williamson, Liberatore’s Ristorante, PNC Bank, Katzen Eye Group, Two Brothers Moving, Audio Extreme/Town Security, Ivy Hill Land Services, Lawnscape, Laurrapin, Laurel Bush Family Dentistry, Safe Harbor Travel Group, Gordon-Feinblatt, NVS Salon, Mark and Mary Hastler, McComas Funeral Home, Midwest Tape, PNC Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley, Main Street Cigar, Total Urgent Care, Wegmans, Flowers by Bauers, Bonefish Grill, Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, Point Breeze Credit Union, Bel Air Friends of HCPL, Coffee Coffee, SURVICE Engineering, Klein’s Shoprite, MedStar, Slavie Federal Savings Bank, Greater Harford Committee, Dick and Susan Kinard, Maryland Paving, Pairings Bistro, Skylight Creative Ideas, Jarvis Appliance, Advanced Eye Care, Harford Style Magazine, Havre de Grace Marine Center, Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooms Bloom Dairy, Senator Barry and Debbie Glassman, Hilton Garden Inn, WSMT, Homecoming Project, Inc., Flavor Cupcakery, Rick and Mary Kate Herbig, Rainbow International, COPT, Ellin and Tucker, Bel Air Health and Rehab, Chesapeake Employer’s Insurance Company, Matt and Beth Hendrix, Mike and Kellie Bowen, Heston’s Mulch, Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli, Waste Industries, County Executive David and Melinda Craig, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Ripken Baseball, J. Thomas Photography, and DuClaw Brewing Company.

“This year’s gala was unlike anything we have ever attempted before,” said Amber Shrodes, Director of the Harford County Public Library Foundation. “We are thrilled with the outstanding support from the community, including the County leaders who stepped up to portray characters. It is with great anticipation that we are already planning another spectacular event in 2014!”

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. For more information call 410 273 5601 x2283.

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Photo caption #1: The Abingdon Library was transformed on November 2nd for the 9th annual Library Foundation Gala, “It Happened in the Library.”

Photo caption #2: The Library Foundation Gala cast of characters gather for a picture. (from left to right): Sheriff Jesse Bane, Foundation Director, Amber Shrodes; County Executive, David Craig; Library Director, Mary Hastler, Director of Administration, Mary Chance; Senator, Barry Glassman; Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, Nicole Funk; and County Council President, Billy Boniface.

Photo caption #3: Guests of the Library Foundation Gala watch on as the “guilty” character is revealed.

SEVEN LIBRARY LOCATIONS WILL SERVE AS COLLECTION SITES FOR THE AEGIS EMPTY STOCKING FUND

Monday, November 4th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 4, 2013) The Aberdeen, Edgewood, Fallston, Jarrettsville, Joppa and Whiteford branches of Harford County Public Library (HCPL) along with the HCPL Administrative offices in Belcamp will serve as drop off sites for The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund donations. Unwrapped new toys and games can be brought to these locations through December 4. The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization created to help Harford Countians during the Holidays with toys, food and clothing for each family. For more information, visit www.AegisEmptyStocking.com

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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