Archive for December, 2013

MAKE READING YOUR WINTER SPORT

Friday, December 20th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland –December 19, 2013) Start off the New Year by joining a winter reading program at Harford County Public Library! Harford County Public Library has a winter reading program for teens and adults, a Puppy Tales early literacy program for children ages birth to 5 and new Book Groups to Go to make reading with friends fun and easy.

The Make Reading Your Winter Sport Winter Reading Program encourages high school teens and adults to be gold medal readers! Participants can register at any branch or online at HCPLonline.org starting January 2nd. Upon registering, participants will receive a special pen. For those adults who read or listen to at least five books and teens who read or listen to at least three books, completed book lists can be returned between January 9 and March 1 to receive a commemorative mug! Giveaways are while supplies last.

A special insider’s look at the Olympics is planned to build excitement before the start of the games. High school students and adults can join University of Delaware scholar and Director of International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Solidarity Fund Matt Robinson at the Fallston Library on Tuesday, January 28 at 6:30 pm to get an insider’s view of international sports and what the future of Olympic Games may be. Registration is suggested. Call (410) 638-3003 to register.

Visit HCPLonline.org to find book reviews, booklists and recommended reading through BlogaBook, NoveList and My Next Good Book. Lists include books by subject, interest, bestsellers and award winners. Harford County Public Library also offers free eBooks and audiobooks which count towards completing the program. eBooks can be checked out through Axis360 or Overdrive and audiobooks can be downloaded through Hoopla and OneClickDigital at HCPLonline.org/books/download.

New! Make group reading a fun and convenient way to complete the Winter Reading Program! Harford County Public Library is launching Book Groups to Go, ten titles of a selected book along with a book moderator’s binder together in a sturdy canvas bag. Bags are available at the Bel Air Library or can be sent to any branch for convenient pickup.

Harford County Public Library is also pleased to host Puppy Tales, an early literacy focused Winter Reading Program for children ages birth-5 years. Puppy Tales highlights the importance of early literacy and encourages participation in daily activities that strengthen pre-reading skills. Parents and caregivers can register their children for the Puppy Tales Winter Reading Program at any Library branch or online starting January 2nd to receive an activity log with 12 simple but fun learning activities based on five early literacy practices—talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.

Once 10 of the 12 activities are complete, return the activity log and children will receive a certificate and special completion prize! Each Library branch also features a special display offering assorted booklists and handouts that offer information and tips on at home activities to continue building the foundation for reading and learning. Go to HCPLonline.org/earlyliteracy for more information.

The 2014 Winter Reading Program is supported by Advanced Eye Care, the Friends of Harford County Public Library and the Harford County Public Library Foundation. For more related books, databases, online resources, free programs or information, visit your local library branch or 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: Make Reading Your Winter Sport! 2014 Winter Reading Program at Harford County Public Library.

Photo caption #2: Puppy Tales Winter Reading Program promotes early literacy fun for children ages birth-5 years.

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTES $50,000 TO THE HAVRE DE GRACE BUILDING FUND

Friday, December 13th, 2013


(Belcamp, Maryland – December 13, 2013) Excitement is building for the renovation and expansion of the Havre de Grace Library. The project is anticipated to begin in 2014. Harford County Public Library (HCPL) Foundation representatives and Library Gala committee members joined Harford County Public Library Director, Mary Hastler, last week for a $50,000 check presentation. The contribution kicks off the Foundation’s fundraising efforts for the Havre de Grace Library Building Campaign.

“The Harford County Public Library system is an incredible asset for our community,” stated Dave Patzer, HCPL Foundation President. “Harford County Public Library is changing lives! The newly renovated and expanded Havre de Grace Library will make a positive impact on thousands of families in Harford County. We look forward to contributing to the campaign in 2014 and to seeing this important project become a reality.”

“The Havre de Grace Library has been an integral part of the community for over 50 years. The Library is very appreciative of this generous contribution to the Havre de Grace Building Campaign. Libraries build communities and communities build libraries,” stated HCPL Director, Mary Hastler.

The Havre de Grace Library has experienced significant increases in circulation (56% over the last five years) and walk-in traffic, as well as a surge in computer use. The current building has become increasingly inadequate due to customer demands, the need for a greater variety of resources and services, and technology advances.

Plans for the new building include an expanded children’s area with interactive capabilities; more space for community meetings; increased access to new technology (including computer labs and wireless internet); enhanced business resources and job search tools; additional space for quiet study, tutoring, computer training, and Library programming; and expanded shelving for print and non-print collections.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation has set a goal to raise $200,000 for the campaign by 2015. Individuals and businesses can learn more about the project or contribute to the campaign at HCPLonline.org.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501C3 charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of Harford County Public Library and to promote awareness of library services.

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: Harford County Public Library (HCPL) Foundation representatives and Library Gala committee members joined Library Director, Mary Hastler, last week for a $50,000 check presentation. The contribution kicks off the Foundation’s fundraising efforts for the Havre de Grace Library Building Campaign. (From left to right) Nina Fahimi, Lisa Mittman, Carrie Comes, Hillary Tayson, Melissa Mauldoon, P.J. Chambers, Patrice Riccardi, Pat Chambers, Laurie Silzewski, Jackie Siejack, Dave Patzer, Mary Hastler, Lou Weineke, Amber Shrodes, Linda Van Deusen, Janine Lis, Carolyn Lambdin, Cynthia Hergenhahn, Claudia Holman, Betsy Campion, Diane Seiler, and Mark DiBeradino.

LANGUAGE LEARNING THROUGH FILM WITH MANGO PREMIERE

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – December 5, 2013) Lights! Camera! Language! Harford County Public Library is excited to announce the introduction of Mango Premiere, a one of a kind language learning resource that teaches language through film. Customers can access Mango Premiere via the Library’s website at HCPLonline.org and a convenient online app can also be downloaded for language learning on the go.

Mango Premiere is being introduced by Mango Languages, a leading provider of self-guided language learning software. Mango Premiere offers movies that use Mango’s methodology to teach learners language, grammar, vocabulary and culture through film. A total of 20 movies will be released by the end of the year in seven different languages. Mango Premiere adapts to today’s learners by combining education with entertainment.

“Our research shows that the two biggest barriers to learning a new language are time and motivation,” stated Jason Teshuba, Mango Languages CEO. “Mango Premiere addresses both of these constraints, because let’s face it…who doesn’t like to watch movies! We developed Mango Premiere so language learners can be entertained while immersing themselves in the everyday life and culture of a country through Mango lessons and the storyline of the film.”

Mango Premiere uses the same respected methodology that made Mango’s current products a success, which has been available to Harford County Public Library customers for several years. This includes 60 foreign and 17 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. To learn more about Mango Languages and Mango Premiere, please visit HCPLonline.org/research/language.

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: Mango Premiere provides language learning through film to Harford County Public Library customers, with over 20 films in seven different languages available by the end of the year.