(Belcamp, Maryland – January 8, 2014) Harford County Public Library has much to celebrate in 2014. The campaign for the Havre de Grace Library’s renovation and expansion is quickly building momentum. In December the Huether-McClelland Foundation pledged $25,000 in support of the project. The Huether-McClelland Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the Library, contributing annually to the Library’s Summer Reading Program and the annual Library Foundation Gala.
“We are honored by the tremendous commitment of the Huether-McClelland Foundation,” stated Amber Shrodes, Director of the Harford County Public Library Foundation. “We are grateful for their partnership and the wonderful support we have received for the project.”
Approximately $15,000 of the Huether-McClelland Foundation donation will be used to furnish the Teen Area in the new Havre de Grace Library. This branch is in walking distance of area schools and is used extensively by the city’s youth. A large number of teens visit each day to read, play games, and use the computers. Plans include a custom teen space equipped with age appropriate furniture, designated computer stations, and a flat screen television for group activities.
Approximately $10,000 will be used to support the Library’s children’s department.
“We want to offer the children of Havre de Grace and the entire region a dynamic children’s library unparalleled in the State,” shared Mary Hastler, Director of Harford County Public Library. “The Havre de Grace Library’s Children’s Area will be designed to spark imaginations, as well as build an environment that encourages reading and discovery.”
The vision is for the Havre de Grace Library’s Children’s Area to include interactive learning spaces, similar to the activities available at Storyville in the Baltimore County Public Library system. The Children’s Department will also offer collaborative play quarters, story time areas, transformative “maker” areas for art and science projects, and cozy nooks for parent-child interaction.
Other plans for the new building include a larger space for community meetings; increased access to new technology including computers and wireless internet; enhanced business resources and job search tools; additional space for quiet study, tutoring, computer training, and programming; and expanded shelving for print and non-print collections.
“Libraries play an important role in our community,” said Mary McClelland, a spokesperson for the Huether-McClelland Foundation. ”Libraries help create quality communities and we look forward to seeing the impacts that the renovation and expansion of the Havre de Grace Library will have on our region. We are proud to be a partner of this meaningful project.”
The Havre de Grace Library has served the community for more than 50 years. The Library was built to house 30,000 volumes but currently houses nearly 70,000 books and audio visual items. In FY 2012 the Havre de Grace Library had an annual circulation of 274,792 items and hosted 12,118 visitors at 288 programs. The Library fields approximately 3,700 information questions each month, and welcomes over 500 customers each day.
The Harford County Public Library Foundation has set a goal to raise $200,000 for the campaign by 2015 and has raised $76,000 for the campaign since its launch on December 4, 2013. 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 501(C)3 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.