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MEET THE AUTHORS @ YOUR LIBRARY THIS FALL!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – August 19, 2014) Harford County Public Library is pleased to announce a stellar line-up of “Meet the Author” guests this fall! Residents will find an author to appeal to every age and interest.

Children’s author Kevin Sherry will be talking about illustrating and writing his new chapter book at the Aberdeen Library on September 13 from 1:00-2:30 pm. This award winning picture book author is reaching out to upper elementary boys with The Yeti Files, a book sure to win them over. Kevin will be showing kids grade 4 and up how to storyboard book ideas and how he creates the pictures to go with the words he has written.

Also on September 13, mystery writer Maggie Barbieri, author of the Murder 101 series, will be at the Jarrettsville Library beginning at 2:00 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of mystery and get the scoop on Once Upon a Lie, the start of her new series.

On September 17 at 6:30 pm, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and One Maryland One Book, the Bel Air Library will welcome Baltimore’s neighborhood “folklorist” Raphael Alvarez. Alvarez has written about his beloved city in various forms, from short stories like his newest, Tales from the Holy Land, to television shows like HBO’s The Wire and NBC’s crime dramas Life and The Black Donnellys. A book discussion of Tales from the Holy Land will also be held at the Bel Air Library on September 18.

The Washington Post writer Steve Vogel visits the Fallston Library on September 25 at 6:30 pm to talk about the Battle of Baltimore. Vogel frequently writes about the military and he has turned that expertise towards the past, writing Through the Perilous Fight, about the British invasion of the Chesapeake in 1814.

Aberdeen will be buzzing on October 16 at 6:30 pm as teens “die” over a visit from YA author Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Shiver Trilogy, the gold standard in YA Urban Fantasy. The New York Times bestselling author will spend the evening talking about werewolf nookie, fast cars, dead Welsh kings, and bagpipe music. This is the kick-off to the HCPL Comic-Con which gets rolling on the 17th.

Baltimore teacher Sheri Booker won a 2014 NAACP Image Award for her memoir Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home, which takes a look at death – the shocking and the celebratory – through the eyes of a sheltered young black woman. She will share her personal experiences and relate the importance of the funeral home in the African-American community at the Edgewood Library on October 20 at 6:30 pm.

Rose Ihedigbo-Franklin, local author, educator and mother of former Raven’s player James Ihedigbo, presents her book Sandals in the Snow: A True story of one African Family’s Journey to Achieving the American Dream at the Abingdon Library on November 8 at 1:30 pm.

The fall wraps up with a “Charm City Sunday” program. Pulitzer Prize nominated columnist Leah Eskin shares stories from her Chicago Tribune syndicated column “Home on the Range” and her memoir Slices of Life. Leah grew up baking chocolate-chip cookies in Iowa City; managed carrot salad from a closet kitchen at Brown University and attempted Tex-Mex while studying in Paris. The next logical step? Passing on her love of food to thousands of readers each week…and to the Harford County community during this special visit on November 9 at 2:00 pm at the Abingdon Library.

Books by each author will be available for purchase and signing at the time of the event. Registration for programs is suggested. Funding for these programs is provided in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Government through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board; and the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.

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: Local author Rafael Alvarez and YA author Maggie Stiefvater are among the many fascinating authors who will be visiting branches of the Harford County Public Library this fall.

HULA HOOP FUN AT THE ABINGDON LIBRARY!

Friday, August 15th, 2014


(Belcamp, Maryland – July 22, 2014) Over 60 children, teens and even one adult arrived with their hula hoops ready to hoop in the Harford County Public Library’s hoopla hoop event. Broken down into two groups, finalists from each group then went on to the finals and had to keep their hula hoop spinning for 45 minutes. In the end 20 finalists finished and a drawing was held to give away the prizes including the coveted Samsung Galaxy Tab 3!

“It was a very exciting day at the Abingdon Library. So many people of all ages had fun. And it was a great way to spend a rainy summer afternoon!” stated Mary Hastler, Library Director. “Thank you to MidWest Tape for putting on this event and helping to get the message out about the great service we are able to provide our customers through hoopla,” further commented Hastler.

The hoopla hoop contest was put on by Midwest Tape, the media provider of hoopla to public libraries in North America. Customers can browse, borrow and enjoy audiobooks, music, digital video and stream movies by using their library card and signing up at hoopladigital.com.

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’s hoopla hoop event held at the Abingdon Library attracted over 60 contestants who competed for prizes.

Photo caption #2: The hoopla hoop event at the Abingdon Library brought fun for all ages in a friendly hula hooping competition.

Photo caption #3: The winners of Harford County Public Library’s hoopla hoop event were selected after many rounds of competition. Pictured left to right: Brandon Koop, winner of a gift card; Aubrey Hoover, winner of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 grand prize; Library mascot Tales; Stephanie Worek, Young Adult Librarian; Renee Thater with her children, winner of a gift card.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS PLANNED AS PART OF FEASIBILITY STUDIES FOR ABERDEEN & DARLINGTON LIBRARIES

Friday, August 15th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 28, 2014) Community meetings are planned to seek ideas and input from the public as part of feasibility studies to determine the need for the renovation or construction of new Aberdeen and Darlington branches of the Harford County Public Library. Led by the project consultants, Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc., the Aberdeen meeting will take place at the Aberdeen Library at 21 Franklin Street on Monday, August 11 at 6:30 pm and the Darlington meeting will take place at the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company at 2600 Castleton Road on Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 pm.

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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SPELLERS OF ALL AGES COMPETE AT FARM FAIR

Friday, August 15th, 2014


(Belcamp, Maryland – August 4, 2014) The annual Literary Spelling Bee at the Harford County Farm Fair was filled with excitement for spellers and readers alike. Hosted by Harford County Public Library, 39 participants from children through adult competed in this year’s event on August 3.

Children enjoyed spelling words like “swan” from The Ugly Duckling and “chimney” from Mary Poppins. Adults were challenged with words like “marionettes” and “unparalleled.” All participants were given a Farm Fair ribbon and small prize from the Library. The first, second and third place winners were also allowed to choose a new book from the Library plus the Library mascot, Tales, was in attendance to cheer on the children and take pictures with the winners.

Winners in each category were:
Entering Kindergarten:
• First Place- Lenny Elliott
• Second Place- Julian Young
• Third Place- Shane Elliott
• Fourth Place-Mia Gutierrez
Entering Grades 1-2:
• First Place tie- Auni Parsa & Jenna Roh
• Third Place tie- Jake Jestel & Ethan Ryan
• Fourth Place- Andrew Blackburn
Entering Grades 3-4:
• First Place- Jeremy Jestel
• Second Place tie- Sophia Cramer & Andrew Fulco
• Third Place tie- Morgan Hennigan & Jaansi Parsa
Entering Grades 5-6:
• First Place tie- Mackenzie Alderson, Elizabeth Kelly & Khiyali Pillalamarri
• Fourth Place-Madelyn Phelps
Entering Grades 7-8:
• First Place- Michael Jennings
• Second Place- Samuel O’Neill
• Third Place- Isaac Leszczar
• Fourth Place- Nikki Holmes
Adults:
• First Place- Betsy Wasson
• Second Place- Aravinda Pillalamarri
• Third Place- Barbara Kreamer
• Fourth Place tie- Mary Lynn Bezek & Bob Mumby

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: Winners from the 1st and 2nd grade category at the Literary Spelling Bee pose with Tales, the Harford County Public Library mascot. Left to right: Jenna Roh and Auni Parsa (1st Place tie), Andrew Blackburn (4th Place), Jake Jestel and Ethan Ryan (3rd Place tie).

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS WRITERS CONFERENCE

Friday, August 15th, 2014


(Belcamp, Maryland – August 14, 2014) “It was a dark and stormy night” is no way to start the next great American novel! Join the Harford County Public Library and writing friends at the Just Write. Writers Conference on Sunday, September 28 at the Bel Air Library and learn how to make your writing the best it can be. Just Write. brings in 17 accomplished regional authors and small print publishers, as well as agents to share their insights and experience with community writers of all levels and genres. Choose five workshops from among 30 options of discussions and presentations that will give practical, relevant information and examples. The $65 registration fee covers the sessions, lunch, snacks and access to writers all day long.

If that isn’t enough, the library is offering more opportunities to get you on your way to writing glory! A wrap-up reception will be held following the conference to talk informally with presenters and writers. Novelist Erika Robuck, author of Call Me Zelda, Hemingway’s Girl, and Fallen Beauty will be the guest speaker, sharing her story of the journey from idea to publication. You may also have your own manuscript critiqued by one of the days’ speakers and meet with them for a one-on-one session to go through the notes. Both of these options are available for an additional fee with registration or as stand-alone events – if you can’t spend the day, you still have an opportunity to participate!

Pre-registration is required to attend the Just Write. Writers Conference, and for manuscript reviews and the After Session Reception. Registration is available online only beginning August 18th at 10:00 am. Seating in individual sessions and overall is limited so it is important to register early for first choices. Registration closes at end of business September 22, 2014. Go to www.HCPL-JustWrite.com to more information and to register. Contact Bethany Hacker at hacker@hcplonline.org with questions about the Conference or registration process.

Just Write is funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.

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: Local author Rafael Alvarez and novelist Erika Robuck are among the many successful authors who will be leading workshops and discussion panels while working with community writers of all levels and genres at the “Just Write” Writers Conference on Sunday, September 28 at the Bel Air Library.

HOOPLA HOOP YOUR WAY TO A SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 3!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 9, 2014) Show off your hula hoop skills at the Library’s hoopla hoop contest on Tuesday, July 15th at the Abingdon Library. Hoopla hoop will be presented by MidWest Tape, the Library’s provider of Hoopla digital. A representative will be on-hand to run the contest and award the winner with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3!

“Summer fun at the Library will take on a whole new meaning as young and old hoopla hoop at the Abingdon Library!” said Library Marketing Manager, Janine Lis. “Thank you to MidWest Tape for this great opportunity to have some fun with our customers and show them what hoopla has to offer in digital movies, television shows, music and audiobooks, all available through the Library’s website.”

The hoopla hoop contest will take place in the magazine seating area in the Abingdon Library 2:00-4:00pm. Participants are asked to register starting at 1:30pm. Participants are encouraged to bring their own personal hula hoop to ensure the opportunity to compete in the event. A limited amount of hula hoops will be available for the contest. The winner of the final competition will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. The complete rules can be found at HCPLonline.org.

Did you know that the modern hula hoop was invented in 1958 by Arthur K. Melin and Richard Knerr, however children and adults around the world have played with hoops, twirling, rolling and throwing them throughout history. Traditional materials for hoops included willow, rattan, grapevines and stiff grasses. Today they are usually made of plastic tubing.

Midwest Tape is the leading Media provider to public libraries in North America. In addition to providing the Harford County Public Library with quality movies, music albums and audiobooks, they now help meet the community’s digital media desire through hoopla digital!

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: Hoopla hoop contest to be held at the Abingdon Library on July 15, 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.