Archive for April, 2014

PLANS FOR HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM ARE HEATING UP

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – April 29, 2014) More than 16,000 babies, children and teens are anticipated to participate in Harford County Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program, Fizz Boom READ! However, new completion incentives may boost participation significantly.

In addition to “goodie bags,” activities, and a wide variety of treats from the program’s sponsors during registration, every child who completes the program will receive a voucher for a ticket to an IronBirds Game! Further, this year’s high school completers will each receive a $10 gift card from Walmart. The incentive for the high school program called Spark a Reaction is twice the amount than in past years. Children from birth through middle school will continue to receive an age appropriate book selected by the Library when they complete the program.

“Each year we work with our partners and sponsors to add new incentives to register and complete the program. This year I think we have a HOME RUN!” said Mary Hastler, Director for the Harford County Public Library. “We are deeply grateful for everyone’s support. A love for learning begins at childhood and frequently at the Library. Our annual Summer Reading Program helps to develop early literacy skills and to keep young minds growing throughout the summer.”

Susquehanna Bank, a first-time sponsor for the program, generously provided the sponsorship for the IronBirds’ ticket voucher, and Walmart, also a first-time summer reading partner, provided the contribution necessary to increase the high school completer incentive.

Total costs for the Summer Reading Program are nearly $60,000. The program has been fully funded for the last two years through sponsor contributions, donations from the Library’s Friend’s groups, and funds raised from the Harford County Public Library Foundation’s annual mailing campaign and events. The 2014 Summer Reading Program Sponsors are Jones Junction, Walmart, Susquehanna Bank, Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association, HarCo Credit Union, Aberdeen Rotary Club, Darlington Friends of HCPL, Berardino Family Trust, Advanced Eye Care, The Aegis, APG Federal Credit Union, Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, Huether-McClelland Foundation, Wegman’s and the Aberdeen IronBirds.

“Walmart is committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and we are thrilled to be lending support to this special Harford County cause. The Harford County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program will positively influence the minds of children throughout the area. This organization makes an exceptional contribution to the community and we hope our support will go a long way toward furthering the positive impact of this program,” said Nina Albert, Director of Community Affairs for Walmart.

“We are honored to have so many companies and individuals partner with us each year. Many of our sponsors, including the Huether McClelland Foundation, Berardino Family Trust, Darlington Friends, HarCo Credit Union, APG Federal Credit Union, and The Aegis, have contributed to the effort since its initiation,” said Amber Shrodes, Foundation Director for the Harford County Public Library. “We are also proud to have new firms including Walmart, Jones Junction, the Aberdeen IronBirds, and Susquehanna Bank support the effort. Our community is very supportive of the Library and the services it provides to our residents.”

Jones Junction, a new sponsor for the program is excited to partner with the library and is offering several exciting registration incentives for families to read this summer including an opportunity to purchase Jones for a Lifetime at a reduced cost.

“We have devoted ourselves to helping and serving our customers. From the sale of quality vehicles and excellent customer service, to charitable contributions and volunteer support in the communities our customers and employees live in, we are deeply invested in Harford County’s quality of life. We are proud to “give back” in this way and thrilled to support the Library’s Summer Reading Program this year!” said Debra McCollum, CFO for Jones Junction.

Program sponsors will be on hand to offer additional incentives, and greet and talk with families at the Summer Reading Registration Kickoff on June 16. Families are invited to register for the program and take part in a vast array of activities including guest appearances by Tales, the Library mascot; Ferrous, the Aberdeen IronBirds mascot; and local scientists who will perform hands-on experiments at the Aberdeen and Bel Air Libraries.
Children and teens can sign up for the Summer Reading Program at any Library branch. The “Read To Me” program is for birth through pre-school readers and their caregivers. Participants are encouraged to listen to 25 books. Elementary school participants can Fizz Boom READ! 10 books, and middle school and high school students can take part in Spark a Reaction by reading 3 books.
Throughout the summer the Library will have programs and fun for everyone including a fun romp in the swamp with musical performer Billy B, the magical Mike Rose and visits from Wildlife Adventures, the Extreme Balloon Man, FutureMakers, Mad Science, Candy & Cupcake, InterAct Story Theatre and more!

The Harford County Public Library Summer Reading Program runs through August 16th. Please visit HCPLonline.org or pick up a Headlines & Happenings Newsletter at any of the Library’s 11 branches for more information on programs and other events.

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.

THIRTY-FIVE YEAR CELEBRATION AT THE BEL AIR LIBRARY

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – April 14, 2014) Opening the Gift, a Harford County Public Library outreach reading program that provides free monthly story time experiences to children in licensed home daycares, recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. The gathering, held at the Bel Air Library, had many of the librarians in attendance that managed the program over the years including Frances Sedney, the librarian that secured the original federal grant to launch the program.

“Many children couldn’t get to the Library because of transportation limitations and because they lived ‘out in the country’. We secured the first van, and even brought a puppet theater that was made for the Library, into the homes for the children’s entertainment,” explained Sedney. “The children loved to hear us tell them stories. The love of books for children is what made all of this happen!” exclaimed Sedney.

The celebration also included comments from Library Director, Mary Hastler, and Opening the Gift librarian Melinda Chase about the importance of early literacy. Each Opening the Gift visit includes stories, puppets, songs and finger plays and as children enjoy the fun of stories and puppet friends, they are learning essential early literacy skills.

To participate in the Opening the Gift program, daycare providers must be licensed, able to set aside 45 minutes each month from September through May for the visit, and have at least four preschool age children in attendance. Interested daycare providers can call the Bel Air branch at (410) 638-3151 and ask for the Children’s Information Desk to reserve a space for the upcoming program year. In 1979, Sharing the Gift, which visits licensed daycare centers, and Opening the Gift combined reached a total of approximately 12,000 children. Today, the two programs reach 25,000 children each year.

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: Several of the “Opening the Gift” librarians that have managed the program over the years gathered to celebrate the program’s 35th anniversary. Pictured from left to right: Melinda Chase, Frances Sedney, Mary Triandafilou, Carol Roberts, Cathy Adams, Deidrah Reeves.

Photo caption #2: Library staff past and present gathered to celebrate the Opening the Gift 35th anniversary of providing free monthly story time experiences to children in licensed home daycares.

LIBRARY HONORS VOLUNTEERS AT ANNUAL CELEBRATION

Friday, April 11th, 2014


(Belcamp, Maryland – April 10, 2014) On April 5, Harford County Public Library held its annual Volunteer Celebration at Jarrettsville Gardens. This year’s “Volunteer Fiesta” themed event celebrated the commitment of all 1,223 library volunteers and distributed lifetime milestone hour awards to deserving volunteers.

“Our library volunteers give so much of their time and energy to the community,” stated Library Director, Mary Hastler. “Today’s celebration is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the value and commitment that these volunteers bring to the library.”

Volunteers bring a long list of talent to the Library. They are the behind-the-scenes unsung heroes that provide assistance to librarians and customer service staff. Library volunteers assist with processing new and returned materials, putting items on shelves, and helping staff prepare for programs. The Library is also fortunate to have volunteers that help customers with job searching and resume writing. A new program started at the Havre de Grace Library also has volunteers reading to elementary students in the branch.

The Library also has two outreach programs where volunteers share their love of reading with children. Sharing the Gift volunteers visit licensed daycare centers for story time activities and Partners in Reading volunteers visit elementary schools and provide one-on-one reading assistance for students.

The first Volunteer Celebration was held in 1999 in the Bel Air Library meeting room. The celebration is now held at much larger venues like Jarrettsville Gardens to accommodate all the volunteers, their guests and Library staff.

“The Annual Volunteer Celebration is the Library’s opportunity to thank award recipients and a fun way to acknowledge the dedication of all our volunteers,” stated Michele Louderback, Volunteer Specialist at Harford County Public Library. “The support of our volunteers is amazing.”

To find out more information on volunteering please can contact your local branch or Michele Louderback at Louderback@HCPLonline.org or by calling 410 273 5601 x 2247.

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 staff celebrated Library volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Celebration on April 5. Pictured from left to right: Mary Hastler, Library Director; Wanda LaVasseur, Library volunteer (2,500 hours); Louise LeTendre, Library Board of Trustees Chairperson.

HARFORD LIBRARY HACKS—AN ONLINE SCAVENGER HUNT

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – April 2, 2014) In celebration of National Library Week, the libraries of the Harford Community College and the Harford County Schools will join the Harford County Public Library system in a unique and fun partnership – Harford Library Hacks: An Online Scavenger Hunt.

Middle school and high school participants will follow the online adventures of Perry Brown by reading her diary entries and uncovering the secret of her inheritance by following clues and answering online questions.

Participants will begin their journey on the Harford Community College website, http://harford.libguides.com/hacks. The hunt begins in schools on April 7 and continues through National Library Week, ending on April 19. The hunt consists of 10 questions and completers who bring the correct answer key into their local Harford County Public Library branch between April 13–19 will receive a Harford Library Hacks flash drive. All those who bring in a correct answer log will also be entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini. The winner will be drawn on April 23.

“This is such an exciting collaboration,” said Harford County Public Library Director, Mary Hastler. “All three library systems are pooling their resources to create a wonderful online adventure for teens.”

Carol Allen, Library Director at Harford Community College, added, “This collaboration is an outcome of a workshop the library systems held last year to explore ways that we can team up to serve our users better.”

Patricia O’Donnell, Supervisor for Library Services for Harford County Public Schools, finally added, “We have been fortunate enough to work with our local public library and community college to build a support system for students from childhood to adulthood both during and after the school day.”

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 200,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4,700,000. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.
The Harford Community College (HCC) Library contributes to excellence in teaching and learning at HCC by supporting and expanding classroom instruction. Responsibilities include instructing students, faculty and members of the general community in information-seeking skills for self-directed studies, critical thinking, and lifelong learning, while serving as a resource center for the citizens of Harford County.
Harford County Public Schools have full-time School Library Media Specialists who are certified as teachers and have a bachelor’s degree with a major in Library Sciences, with a mission to teach students how to independently find materials for personal and academic uses. To accomplish this, students are taught curriculum based on state and national standards. Students are also instructed on becoming safe, responsible and critical navigators of information using the Internet.
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ROMANCING THE CHROME Harford County Public Library Foundation, Jarrettsville Lion’s Club Host Third Annual Car Show

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 27, 2014) “Romancing the Chrome,” the largest car show of its kind in Northeastern Maryland, takes place on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jarrett’s Field in Jarrettsville. The event is family friendly, and admission is free of charge.

The day features approximately 250 automobiles, live music, vendors, food concessions, a beer garden and more. Car owners will compete for the $500 Best in Show prize in various categories including classic, antique, muscle, sports, imports, trucks, SUVs, Jeeps and exotics. In addition, the Harford County Public Library Foundation and the Jarrettsville Lions are proud to share that Zach Maskell, Car Culture Reporter for Motorweek, will be attending as a celebrity judge. Those interested in entering their cars in the competition should visit romancingthechrome.org or call 410-273-5600.

Romancing the Chrome is organized by the Harford County Public Library Foundation and the Jarrettsville Lions Club and serves as a fundraiser for both organizations. In 2013, more than 200 car enthusiasts participated in the show, and approximately 1,700 people attended, raising $10,000 that was split by both organizations. The goals for 2014 are 250 car entrants, 2,000 guests and $15,000 raised.

Tim Keck, owner of several cars that were entered in the 2013 show, said, “This was one of the finest car shows I have ever been to, and I have been doing this for over 25 years. The people, cars, spacing, judges, music—all magnificent.”

Activities during the day include live music; concessions by Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli, Pond View Pit Crew and WOLO Food Truck; a beer garden; and a variety of exhibits from vendors. Vendors include Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, Harford County Sherriff’s Department, Harford County Public Library, Gutter Helmet Systems, Chad Shrodes, Long and Foster Real Estate, Maryland Insurance Administration, APEX Massage, Cherry Restorations, No Kill Harford, Harford Technology Group, Solar Universe and more.

The Headlining Sponsor is Keene Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. The Premiere Sponsors are Mr. Tire and Waste Industries. Jack’s Small Engines is a Supporting Sponsor. Contributing Sponsors are Liberty Mutual Insurance, APG Federal Credit Union, Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli, Caswell Testing, Carl’s Door Service, Atlantic Tractor and WXCY.

“Romancing the Chrome has become a tradition for Maryland car enthusiasts and has grown significantly since it was founded in 2011,”explained Amber C. Shrodes, foundation director for Harford County Public Library and an organizer of the event. “It provides something for everyone, from great food to interesting vendors to a beautiful day in the country.”

Jarrett’s Field is located at 3719 Norrisville Road in Jarrettsville. In case of rain, Romancing the Chrome will be held Saturday, April 26. For more information, call 410-273-5600 or visit romancingthechrome.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.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501© 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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JOE THOMPSON JOINS HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY AS SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR FOR PUBLIC SERVICES

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 28, 2013) The Harford County Public Library Director, Mary Hastler, is pleased to announce that Joe Thompson has joined the organization as Senior Administrator, Public Services. In his role, Thompson is responsible for managing and overseeing all of the Library’s public service operations.

“I’m incredibly happy to be a part of this organization,” stated Thompson. “Harford County Public Library is recognized across the state for its strong culture of creativity and willingness to experiment. I love how the Library gears its activities toward exceeding the expectations of the people who use the services, from the new books and DVDs to the great programming and literacy initiatives, including the recent launch of Little Leapers 3.5 and a customer favorite, the Winter Reading Program!”

Thompson comes to Harford County Public Library from Western Maryland Regional Library where he provided support for the public libraries across Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties as Associate Director. Prior to that he was a librarian at Baltimore County Public Library and was the first coordinator of the state’s 24/7 online information service, Maryland AskUsNow!, a project that was launched in 2001 by Harford County Public Library and Baltimore County Public Library.

Thompson is also currently the incoming president of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. On the weekends he can regularly be found supporting organizations that advance excellent library service, including the Maryland Library Association and Citizens for Maryland Libraries. A 2001 graduate of the Library and Information Science program at the University of Maryland College Park, he continues to support the students at UMCP by mentoring and reviewing resumes for the students.

From Towson, Thompson’s roots take him back to Harford County as his great grandparents lived in Havre de Grace. One of the things Thompson is most excited about is the opportunity to help with the design and construction of the new Havre de Grace Library. His wife, Susan, is the Command Historian for the Communications and Electronics Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

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: Joe Thompson joins Harford County Public Library as Senior Administrator for Public Services.