Archive for May, 2014


Monday, May 19th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – May 19, 2014) Brandon Koop, a participant of the Library Hacks contest and winner of the iPad Mini, was awarded his prize at the Bel Air Library. Library Hacks, an online information scavenger hunt, was a partnership between Harford county Public Library (, Harford County Public Schools, ( and Harford County Community College (

“I loved all the resources especially the Science In Context database,” said Brandon Koop, a tenth grade student at the New Covenant Christian School in Bel Air.
“I also love Mango Languages and use it to study German!”

The contest, which ran during National Library Week (April 13-19), consisted of following clues and answering questions online with the goal of introducing participants to the vast array of online resources available at all the library systems in Harford County.

“It is terrific to see teens engaged in using online resources to track down information as this is a skill they will need to use often when they get to college,” stated Carol Allen, Director for Library and Information Resources at Harford Community College. “The College was pleased at this chance to partner with the Harford County Public Library and School System to generate ‘buzz’ about information technology.”

The contest was open to middle and high school students. The iPad Mini was awarded in a random drawing from all the correct answer logs that were submitted.


Photo caption #1: Library Hacks winner, Brendon Koop, is given an iPad mini won in a random drawing for his participation in Library Hacks. Pictured left to right: Carol Allen, Harford Community College Director for Library and Information Resources; Mary Hastler, Harford County Public Library Director; Daria Parry, Harford County Public Library Associate Director; Brendon Koop; Stephanie Worek, Harford County Public Library Teen Librarian.


Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – May 14, 2014) Harford County Public Library is planning for the future and wants input from the community. The Library is developing a new Strategic Plan and everyone is invited to visit the Library website and take a brief survey.

“Harford County Public Library is such a critical and essential resource to our community and we need your input to help shape the future of Harford County Public Library,” said Mary Hastler, Library Director.

The brief survey asks about use of the Library, expectations for future use and feedback on the Library’s current services including books, eBooks, training, programming, and special signature events.

The survey will be available on the Library website,, until June 2nd and everyone is encouraged to participate.

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.



Monday, May 12th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – May 12, 2014) With over 40 in attendance, local author and historian Joe Balkoski shared stories at the Joppa Library on May 8, bringing to life tales of WWII from the “Greatest Generation” and detailing his journey of researching and writing several books on D-Day.

Named “the top living D-Day Historian” by USA Today, Balkoski has extensively studied the American experience of the invasion at Normandy and forged close friendships with many soldiers and veterans of the renowned 29th Infantry Division. Balkoski served for many years as Historian for the Maryland National Guard and the U.S. Army’s 29th Infantry Division stationed at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. He is the author of seven widely acclaimed books on D-Day and currently serves as the director of the Maryland Museum of Military History in Baltimore, managing its displays and vast collection of archival records from World War II. He also has served as adjunct professor in both the History and Writing Departments at the University of Baltimore.

To further commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, author Wil Hylton will speak at the Bel Air Library on June 4 at 6:30 pm about his latest book, Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II. This powerful story has been described by Newsweek as “not only a story of war and loss but also a gripping and moving tale of America’s relationship with the fallen soldier.” Registration is suggested and can be made by calling (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.

Photo caption #1: Local author and D-Day historian Joe Balkoski captivated the audience at the Joppa Library during a discussion of his books on May 8.


Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – May 5, 2014) The Havre de Grace Library was full of laughter and fun as the Grammy Award winning duo of Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer sang and played an array of musical instruments to 125 children and adults.

Cathy & Marcy deliver a show that is fun, wacky, energetic, participatory and meaningful. “We connect music with early literacy!” exclaimed the performing duo. Their harmonies are backed by instrumental acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, steel drum and many other instruments.

The performance was won through a random drawing held at the American Libraries Association Conference. “We were thrilled to have Cathy & Marcy here at the Havre de Grace Library. The audience of both adults and children had a great time!” stated Branch Manager, Irmgarde Brown.

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.


Photo caption #1: Grammy Award winning duo Cathy and Marcy perform for a crowd of children and adults at the Havre de Grace Library.


Friday, May 2nd, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – May 2, 2014) More than 240 cars and 2,000 spectators gathered in Jarrettsville to celebrate Harford County’s car culture at the 3nd Annual Romancing the Chrome Car Show hosted by Harford County Public Library and the Jarrettsville Lion’s Club.

Car enthusiasts and onlookers alike enjoyed live music by Almost Certain, concessions by Pond View Farm and Pit Crew, WOLO Gourmet Food Truck and Catering, and Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli, a beer garden, and a variety of exhibits from vendors including the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, The Harford County Sherriff’s Department, the Harford County Public Library, and several of the event’s sponsors: Keene Dodge, Mr. Tire, Harford Sanitation/Waste Industries, Jacks Small Engines, WXCY, Caswell Testing and Water Systems, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Atlantic Tractor, Carl’s Door Service, MediaWise, and APG Federal Credit Union.

In addition, several businesses supported the event by purchasing a vendor space on the field including: Jarrettsville Veterinary, No Kill Harford, Chad Shrodes and Jayme Webster/Long and Foster, Gutter Helmet Systems, James Reilly, Clerk of Court; APEX Massage, Solar Energy, Maryland Insurance Administration, Detail Concepts, Cherry Restorations, KDI Customs Upholstery, Madonna Heritage, Cindy Herd, Energy Remodeling, and The Nut Lady. The highly anticipated event is also made possible by the generous support of Edwin Jarett and The Rose Family, and the dedicated efforts of the Bel Air Corvette Club.

“Romancing the Chrome Car Show is absolutely my favorite show Mr. Tire attends,” said Rudy Rivenburg with Mr. Tire, a Premiere Sponsor. “The Romancing the Chrome Car Show gives us lots of exposure and every year it gets better and better! We look forward to next year!”

“We are thrilled that so many sponsors, cars and spectators returned this year. It is the highest compliment to hear that families have made this event an annual tradition,” said Amber C. Shrodes, Foundation Director for Harford County Public Library and an organizer for the event. “Since its inception community support for the Romancing the Chrome Car Show has been simply outstanding and it continues to grow!”

The show, which was recognized in AAA World Magazine, Harford Magazine, Baltimore’s Child and numerous other publications, also attracted the attention of MPT’s MotorWeek Car Culture Reporter Zach Maskell, who attended the event as a celebrity judge.

“Another success for Romancing the Chrome!” exclaimed Maskell. “Seeing the community celebrate our passion together, while helping vital organizations is an indescribable feeling. I was thrilled to be a part of such a worthwhile event. Beautiful cars on a gorgeous day, benefiting two important organizations in my county… what could top that?”

And the winners are…
Best in Show: Dave Warner – 1948 Studebaker Truck/Roadster; Domestic 1993+: Ralph Hatton – 2006 Cadillac XLR; Foreign 1993+: Mike Davis – 2000 BMW 323CI; Muscle 1993+: Mark Gogots – 2010 Chevrolet Camaro; Imports/Tuners: Mark Walters – 2006 Honda Civic Si; Custom (1949—1992): Jessica Kilby – 1950 Chevrolet Pick Up; Street Rod: Bill Youngworth – 1935 Chevrolet Coupe; Historic (pre 1949): Edward Cockey – 1929 Ford A Roadster; Muscle Car, Mopar: Dave Shaw – 1966 Dodge Coronet; Muscle Car, Ford: Bob Johnson – 1968 Shelby GT500 KR; Muscle Car, GM: Bob Baxter – 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396; Jeep/Truck/SUV (Pre 1992): Ross Gilbert – 1964 Chevrolet Pick-Up; Jeep/Truck/SUV (Post 1993): Wayne Simms – 2006 Ford Pick-up; Stock (1949—1992): John Maners – 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air; Foreign (Pre 1992): George Hubbard – 1959 Mercedes 190SL.

Net proceeds from the car show were approximately $15,600, and will be divided between the Library and the Jarrettsville Lions.
“We are delighted with the success of the 3nd Annual Romancing the Chrome Car Show,” said, Steve Bevard, King Lion of the Jarrettsville Lions Club. “Our motto is: We Serve. We are proud to have served Jarrettsville and the surrounding community for more than 65 years. Like our annual carnival and very popular flea markets, the car show is a fun, family-friendly event that benefits the entire community.”
The Jarrettsville Lions Club is a 501C3 charitable organization whose mission includes the promotion of good citizenship, to take an active interest in the cultural and social welfare of the community, provide a forum for open discussion, and encourage residents to serve their community without personal financial reward. The Lions Club will use proceeds from the car show to support their Leader Dog Program which provides service animals to sight impaired individuals.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation will use their portion of the proceeds to help fund the Summer Reading Program, Little Leapers Collection, and other projects outside of the Library’s operating budget.

“We are proud to participate in an event that supports so many meaningful programs in Harford County,” said Mike Baldwin, General Manager, at Keene Dodge and the Presenting Sponsor. “The Library and the Lions Club work tirelessly to make the car show better each year and it shows! It was another outstanding event!”

Keene Dodge is a third-generation, family-owned and operated business in Jarrettsville featuring a full line of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles. In addition to the Library and the Jarrettsville Lions Club, Keene supports several local charities each year.


Photo caption #1: View of car show field at the Romancing the Chrome Car Show on April 12th. (photo credit: J. Thomas Photography)

Photo caption #2: Councilman Dion Guthrie displays his 1961 Corvette at the Romancing The Chrome Car Show.

Photo caption #3: Best is show winner receives ceremonial check at the Romancing the Chrome Car Show. Pictured left to right: Lee Fowler, Jarrettsville Lion’s Club representative; Mary Hastler, Library Director; Dave Warner, Best in Show winner; Celebrity Judge, Zach Maskell, from MPT’s MotorWeek; and Mike Baldwin, Keene Dodge. (photo credit: J. Thomas Photography)


Thursday, May 1st, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – May 1, 2014) SECAC, the parent led organization that bridges the communication between the Harford County Public School Department of Special Education and the Board of Education with parents and community members, generously donated a collection of books on autism and other child special needs to Harford County Public Library.

“Enhancing partnerships with community organizations is part of SECAC’s mission and working with the public library system is a perfect fit,” stated Dawn Markovic, SECAC representative. “Parents need information and what better way than to get the resources on the Library shelves for the community to access!”

“We truly appreciate this donation from SECAC,” stated Jennifer Ralston, Library Materials Management Administrator. “These materials will enhance our current adult and Parent Teacher collections that cover the autism spectrum and other special needs. The ability to partner with organizations such as SECAC is a great benefit for the community of parents, teachers, and caregivers.”

Several titles were donated including Raising Boys with ADHD by James W. Forgan & Mary Anne Richey; The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Elizabeth Verdick & Elisabeth Reeve, MD; and Children with High-Functioning Autism by Claire E. Hughes-Lynch, Ph. D. These books along with the entire collection of special needs materials are available to reserve online at and can be delivered to any Library branch. A staff member at any branch can also provide assistance.

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.


Photo caption #1: Library representatives accept donation from SECAC. From left to right: Terri Schell, Senior Administrator; Dawn Markovic, SECAC representative; Mary Hastler, Library Director; Daria Parry, Associate Library Director;