Archive for June, 2014

CHILDREN FIZZ WITH READING FUN AT THE LIBRARY!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – June 17, 2014) Babies, children and teens waited with anticipation on Monday morning to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, Fizz Boom READ, at Harford County Public Library. Over 3,300 readers signed up on the first day of the program! Opening day was celebrated with kick-off activities at the Bel Air and Aberdeen libraries that included special guest appearances by Tales, the Library mascot, and Ferrous, the IronBirds mascot. Along with the program sponsors greeting and talking with families, children were entertained by story times and bubble science experiments.

“Summer is the perfect time for our youth to continue their reading adventures through the Summer Reading Program,” said Library Director Mary Hastler. “Research shows that reading through the summer helps students retain their reading skills and online registration makes it easy for everyone to participate!”
Children and teens can sign up for the Summer Reading Program online at HCPLonline.org or at any Library branch. The “Read to Me” program is for birth through pre-school readers and their caregivers. Children are encouraged to listen to 25 books. Elementary school participants can Fizz Boom READ by reading 10 books, and middle school and high school students can take part in Spark a Reaction by reading 3 books. All children and teens who register for the program receive a coupon sheet that includes valuable coupons for free local entertainment and treats.
Children birth through elementary school receive a book when they complete the program; middle school students can select a book or journal and high school students will receive a $10 Walmart gift card when they complete. All children and teens who complete the program will also receive a voucher for a free IronBirds ticket. Incentives are while supplies last.

“We are grateful for the support of our many sponsors, Friends groups, volunteers, and staff whose combined efforts made for an outstanding kick-off,” stated Library Foundation Director, Amber Shrodes. “It was wonderful to see so many young customers excited to start reading this summer and the generous support of our sponsors helps make it all possible.”

Sponsors of this year’s program include 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. In-kind coupon sponsors include Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Bertucci’s, Flavor Cupcakery, Ice World, Jarrettsville Creamery & Deli, KFC/Taco Bell, MaizeQuest, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Rita’s Ice, Texas Roadhouse, Yoga Fresh and Yogurt Mountain.

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.

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Photo caption #1: Summer Reading Program sponsors, Library staff and mascots from the Aberdeen IronBirds and Chick-fil-A all celebrated the start of the Summer Reading Program at the Bel Air Library on June 16.

Photo caption #2: Library mascot Tales brought fun and excitement to the first day of the 2014 Summer Reading Program.

Photo caption #3: Children at the Aberdeen Library proudly display their registration bags after signing up for the Fizz Boom READ Summer Reading Program.

Photo caption #4: Children bubbled and fizzed with summer fun during a special Summer Reading kickoff Bubble Extravaganza program at the Aberdeen Library.

Photo caption #5: The Summer Reading Program runs through August 16 and registration can be made at any Library branch or online at HCPLonline.org

RECORD-BREAKING APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER SPEAKS TO CROWD AT JARRETTSVILLE

Friday, June 13th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – June 13, 2014) Over seventy guests listened to Jennifer Pharr Davis talk about her record-breaking hike on the Appalachian Trail. Detailed in her new book, Called Again, she chronicles her hike in which she did 47 miles per day for 46 days. Truly an inspirational and inspiring presentation that also included stories of her many other hikes and how she could not have done it without the support of her husband and fellow hikers.

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: Jennifer Pharr Davis speaks to a room full of guests at the Jarrettsville Library on June 10th.

AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST SHARES STORIES OF MISSING WWII SOLDIERS AT BEL AIR LIBRARY

Friday, June 6th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – June 5, 2014) Author and journalist Wil Hylton visited the Bel Air Library on June 4 to discuss the incredible story behind his book Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of WWII. Hylton shared excerpts from the book and discussed his time researching and exploring the search for missing US soldiers.

For more upcoming author visits at Harford County Public Library, 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: Author Wil Hylton shared excerpts from his novel and interacted with the audience at the Bel Air Library during a “Meet the Author” event on June 4.

JUST IN TIME FOR FATHER’S DAY Gerry Sandusky, voice of the Ravens, speaks at Abingdon Library June 14

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014


(Belcamp, Maryland – July 15, 2013) Looking for a Father’s Day gift that is sure to please? Bring dad to the Abingdon Library on Saturday, June 14th at 2 p.m. to hear WBAL-TV sports director, voice of the Ravens and an award-winning journalist, Gerry Sandusky, discuss and sign his new book Forgotten Sundays.

Forgotten Sundays is the story of Sandusky’s relationship with his father, John Sandusky, and growing up in the early NFL culture. Gerry’s father was an NFL tackle and coach for the Baltimore Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. Sandusky spent his summers observing his father in NFL training camps and his Sundays with superstars such as Johnny Unitas, Dan Marino, Don Shula and Tom Landry.

The book reflects how Sandusky’s relationship with his father evolved over the years and how he began to understand him on a much deeper level. This was especially true when his father began to tumble into the gauzy confusion of Alzheimer’s disease.

“The timing of the event, over Father’s Day weekend, couldn’t be better for those looking for an opportunity to spend quality time with a dad, granddad or uncle at an event that will be inspirational,” stated Mary Hastler, Harford County Public Library Director. “What a wonderful opportunity our Library customers will have to hear Gerry’s story about football in Baltimore and growing up as a coach’s son.”
The event is open to the public and free of charge. Registration is suggested for this event. Please call the Abingdon Library at 410-638-3990 to register and for more information. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

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: Gerry Sandusky will be appearing at the Abingdon Library on Saturday, June 14th at 2pm.

Photo caption #2: “Forgotten Sundays” by Gerry Sandusky.

ABINGDON LIBRARY CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – June 3, 2014) The Abingdon Library celebrated its 10th anniversary with 10 days of special events and programs, culminating with a cake-cutting and the annual Friends spring community yard sale which drew large crowds.

“We have customers who have been with us since day one and we have watched many families come together and grow,” stated Lisa Mittman, Branch Manager. “Children who participated in our story times are now volunteering for the Summer Reading Program. We love being a gathering place, not only for the Abingdon community, but the county as a whole!”

Special programs over the 10 days included a sensory story time, 3D modeling, LEGO club and a Master Gardeners’ plant clinic. The Friends of the Abingdon Library held their annual spring community yard sale on the front lawn with more than 70 vendors participating. The yard sale is a twice yearly fundraising event for the Friends with proceeds being used to support the many programs and initiatives of the Abingdon Library. The Friends also obtained a spectacular cake from La Cakerie for the occasion which was generously donated by owner Jason Hisley.

“We have become experts at hosting large library programs and community meetings. We hope that the exciting materials, programs, and services we offer every day, such as 3D modeling, and iPad minis for use in the branch, will keep our customers coming back for the next 10 years and more,” Mittman further explained.
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 Abingdon Library celebrated its 10th Anniversary with 10 days of celebrations which culminated on May 17. Left to right: Daria Parry, Library Associate Director; Cynthia Hergenhahn, President of the Abingdon Friends of the Library; Lisa Mittman, Abingdon Library Branch Manager; Jason Hisley, Owner of La Cakerie; Mary Hastler, Library Director with granddaughter Ella; and Kendra Frost, Abingdon Library Assistant Branch Manager.

Photo caption #2: Over 70 vendors participated in the Abingdon Library Friends Community Yard Sale on May 17 as a part of 10 days of celebration for the branch’s 10th Anniversary.