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HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES INNOVATION LAB AT ABINGDON LIBRARY Rosedale Federal $25,000 grant for project

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – September 30, 2014) Harford County Public Library is pleased to announce a $25,000 grant from Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association to develop an Innovation Lab at the Abingdon Library.

The Innovation Lab will be a “maker space,” providing an area for hands-on or do-it-yourself learning in video production, self-publishing and 3-D printing. It will offer library customers access to three Apple iMac desktop computers, sophisticated software, a green screen, and two 3-D printers. In addition, hands-on workshops, training and programming will be offered throughout the year.

“We are honored to partner with Rosedale Federal to offer this exciting resource to our community,” said Mary Hastler, CEO of Harford County Public Library. “The Innovation Lab is an investment in our future. Rosedale Federal’s long-term commitment will ensure it will grow and inspire children, teens, and entrepreneurs for many years to come.”

Expected to open in mid-December, the full installation of the Innovation Lab will be a multi-year project, with new technology and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) resources added each year over the next five years. The Friends of the Abingdon Library are also contributing $5,000 to the project, which has an estimated cost of $30,000.

As a community workspace, the Innovation Lab will bring together people interested in computers, engineering, technology, science and digital design where they can meet, learn and collaborate. The lab will be designed for ages 11 and up but may also be used by younger children during age-appropriate programs.

“We are pleased to sponsor Harford County Public Library’s Innovation Lab,” says Thomas S. Wintz Sr., President and CEO of Rosedale Federal. “For over 106 years, community has been at the heart of what we do every day. We share a mission with the Library to provide safe, high quality, excellent service and education to the community. So this ongoing Library initiative is a perfect fit. “

Harford County Public Library has developed a national reputation for innovation through programs like LEAP (Learn, Explore, and Play), Little Leapers, Little Leapers 3.5 and for its 3-D printing initiatives. Harford County Public Library is also a leader in introducing emerging technologies and initiatives to the public and is a sought-after partner for organizations interested in collaborating with individuals, families, entrepreneurs and businesses in Harford County.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 191,000 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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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

ANOTHER RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR THE ROMANCING THE CHROME CAR SHOW IN JARRETTSVILLE

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.

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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)

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.

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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LITTLE LEAPERS 3.5: BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE Harford County Public Library launches Little Leapers 3.5 — offers iPad minis for children in Edgewood, Aberdeen and Abingdon branches

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014


Belcamp Md., March 12, 2014 — More than 40 guests, including families, children, Harford County officials, Library representatives, and members of the Harford County Public Library Foundation, attended the launch of the Little Leapers 3.5 program on March 5th at the Edgewood Library. This innovative program will offer the Library’s youngest customers the opportunity to use iPad minis located in the Children’s departments of the Edgewood, Aberdeen and Abingdon branches, and through the Rolling Reader and Silver Reader.

The iPad minis are part of the next phase of Little Leapers, the highly successful STREAM program launched in 2013. Little Leapers offers more than 100 pre- and early-literacy kits to children from birth to 5 years of age, to learn about science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math. Little Leapers 3.5 is geared to children ages 3 to 5 using iPad minis and apps to engage young minds in STREAM topics, and to familiarize children with digital devices before they enter school.

The Edgewood, Aberdeen and Abingdon libraries each offer 10 iPad minis at their branches. The Rolling Reader and Silver Reader each offer two iPad minis. The Silver Reader was added to the distribution so that grandparents can become knowledgeable about the program.

The iPad minis are loaded with 25-30 children’s apps selected by Harford County Public Library’s early literacy librarians to help teach STREAM concepts. The selections are a mix of free and paid apps, so parents can easily replicate the app list at home.

“Little Leapers 3.5 is our response to help narrow the digital divide we are witnessing in Harford County,” said Mary Hastler, Director of Harford County Public Library. “As digital resources continue to grow, it is essential that every child has access to mobile technology and the opportunity to develop “technology-handling” skills. We are proud to provide this opportunity to children throughout Harford County, including those who may not otherwise have a chance to explore it.”

Little Leapers 3.5 will give children and caregivers the opportunity to engage together in imaginative apps, learn “swipe” technology, and hone critical digital literacy skills. Parents and caregivers will also receive assistance and learn techniques to help their children enhance creativity skills and to explore tablet technology.

“This program is really good for young children and very important for this generation where everything is technology based,” stated Chioma Nwafor, parent of 4-year-old son Kelechi, who were present at the Little Leapers 3.5 Kickoff. “We are so glad to be here. We come to story time every Wednesday and now we will make time to play with the Little Leapers 3.5 iPad minis, too!”

The Morris A. Mechanic Foundation donated $10,000 toward the project, which includes purchase of the iPad minis, apps, and tables and chairs used in the Children’s departments. The project total is estimated at $24,000 and also includes funding from the Harford County Public Library Foundation and the Harford County Public Library.

“Little Leapers 3.5 provides access to technology tools and interactive media experiences for every child. We look forward to expanding the program and are committed to continuing to develop new resources and programs for every customer!” added Hastler.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c) 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.

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout Harford County. The library serves more than 180,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of more than 4.8 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community. More information may be found at hcplonline.org.

Photo caption #1: Parent Chioma Nwafor and son Kelechi Nwafor use the iPad mini during the Little Leapers 3.5 Kickoff.

Photo caption #2: Parent Mark Warwick and Chloe Warwick use the iPad mini during the Little Leapers 3.5 Kickoff.

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INTERNATIONAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, YOUNG AFCEANS, CONTRIBUTES TO THE LITTLE LEAPERS COLLECTION AT HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – January 6, 2014) Five Little Leapers kits will be added to the collection at Harford County Public Library, thanks to a generous donation from the Young AFCEAns. AFCEA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit international organization that serves the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities. The Young AFCEAns, also fondly known as YACs, are members of the organization that are age 40 or younger.

“We are grateful for the Young AFCEAn’s contribution and thrilled with the community’s ongoing support of the Little Leaper and LEAP programs. The kits are very popular; and we have a hard time keeping them on the shelves,” said Mary Hastler, Director of the Harford County Public Library. “We hope to continue to add to this important collection, which helps prepare our youth for school and introduces them to STEM concepts at an early age.”

The Young AFCEAns contributed nearly $1,500 from the proceeds of their annual “5K, One-Mile Walk and Family Fun Run” held at Ripken Stadium in November. The funds will be used to develop kits with an engineering focus.

“The Young AFCEAns are proud to contribute to what has become one of the most recognized and innovative programs for early STEM education in the region,” said John W. Karabias Jr., President of the Young AFCEAns Aberdeen Chapter. “We believe that it is more important than ever to develop STEM skills at an early age in order for our children to compete in an increasingly competitive global economy. The work that Harford County Public Library is doing with the Little Leapers Program forwards this objective by delivering world class STEM education in entertaining and accessible ways for children and parents.”

Little Leapers are pre- and early-literacy kits focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for kids 5 years of age and younger. Harford County Public Library developed the Little Leapers program, which was introduced in March 2013, with the support of Celebree Learning Centers, the program’s title sponsor.

More than 100 Little Leapers kits are available throughout 10 branches of the Harford County Public Library system. The kits may be checked out for seven days.

Little Leapers is an extension of the Library’s successful Leap: Science is Fun! program that started in 2007, and is geared toward third- to eighth-grade children. Both collections include interactive, age-appropriate kits equipped with fun, do-it-yourself activities for families to explore at home.

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 11 branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The Library serves over 177,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.5 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: (From left to right) Amber Shrodes, Director, Harford County Public Library Foundation, John Karabias, President and Stacy Kauffman, Programs Director, Young AFCEA-Aberdeen Chapter.

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY RECEIVES $25,000 PLEDGE FOR THE HAVRE DE GRACE LIBRARY BUILDING CAMPAIGN

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

(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.

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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.