TEEN SHORT STORY COMPETITION WINNERS CELEBRATED AT BOOK RELEASE PARTY

March 12th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 12, 2014) Harford County Public Library celebrated local teen writers with a special Book This! release party at the Aberdeen Library on February 28. During the month of January, teens wrote and submitted short stories set in Harford County for the Book This! Short Story Publishing Competition. Teen librarians and local authors chose the winning submissions to be included in a published book that was distributed to all the teens at the release party. The final compilation was titled Destination and Other Stories, named after the winning story by Hannah Humphries.

Over 50 attendees at the Book This! release party gathered to hear from the teens who were interviewed and spoke about their story’s inspiration. The finished publication included 10 stories by authors Ellie Pearl, Bella Shatz, Shannon Curry, Genae Hatcher, Abby Zylka, Emilly Plack, Sloane Schwalenberg, Rylee Powers, and Hannah Rogers. The published book will be available at Harford County Public Library branches.

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: Hannah Humphries, winner of the Harford County Public Library Book This! Short Story Publishing Competition, answers questions from Library Associate Micah Mincey about her winning submission to a crowd gathered at the Aberdeen Library for a special book release party.

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE LIVING HISTORY PRESENTATION CAPTIVATES CROWD AT BEL AIR LIBRARY

March 7th, 2014



(Belcamp, Maryland – March 7, 2014) Stories from American artist Georgia O’Keeffe filled the Bel Air Library on March 2. With over 120 in attendance, local professor Colleen Webster portrayed O’Keeffe during a living history presentation that highlighted O’Keeffe’s struggles and accomplishments that followed her to rise to iconic status in American art.

Webster is an English professor at Harford Community College, an award-winning writer and speaker for the Maryland Humanities Council whose interest in women in the arts inspired her to create several one-woman shows that are educational, entertaining and inspirational. Webster’s next living history performance in Harford County will be a fascinating look at the life of poet Emily Dickinson at the Havre de Grace Library on April 8 at 6:30 pm. Registration can be made by calling (410) 939-6700.

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: Local professor Colleen Webster captivated a large crowd at the Bel Air Library during a living history presentation of Georgia O’Keeffe on March 2.

LIBRARY TRUSTEES SEARCH FOR CANDIDATE FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP

February 25th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – February 25, 2014) The Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees is searching for a candidate to be considered for appointment to the Board beginning July 2014. The selected Trustee will represent the Havre de Grace area of Harford County.

Among the duties of trustees as set by State and County law are these: to establish and operate the library to provide free service, to set library policy, to employ a director, to advise in the preparation of the budget and to approve the budget, to control the spending of funds, to adopt rules and regulations for use of the library, and to select locations and approve plans for branch buildings.

An application form and additional information may be obtained from any Harford County Public Library branch, the Library website, HCPLonline.org, or by calling 410-838-3749. Completed applications together with a resume must be returned by Saturday, March 15, 2014 to Office of the Director, Harford County Public Library, 1221-A Brass Mill Road, Belcamp, Maryland 21017.

The Library Board of Trustees operates under the Laws of Maryland, Title 23, and Harford County Code, Article 21. The Harford County Executive appoints a trustee to a five-year term from a list submitted by the existing Board of Trustees. The County Council must confirm the appointment. A trustee may be reappointed for a second term and receives no payment for his/her service.

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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TUSKEGEE AIRMEN TO APPEAR AT HAVRE DE GRACE LIBRARY

January 23rd, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – January 23, 2014) Harford County Public Library is pleased to welcome Sgt. Harry Quinton, USAF and CMSgt/Dr. Grant S. Williams, USAF, two of the first African American pilots who served with distinction in World War II. Belonging to the Tidewater Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, both gentlemen will appear at the Havre de Grace Library on Monday, February 3 at 6:30 pm to recall their experiences.

This special program is one of many planned to honor Black History Month and includes a short video plus a question and answer period. Registration is recommended and can be made by calling the Havre de Grace Library at (410) 939-6700.

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: Sgt. Harry Quinton, USAF (Separated) and Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA).

Photo caption #2: CMSgt/Dr. Grant S. Williams, USAG (Retired) and Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA).

HANDMADE ITEMS DONATED TO LIBRARY PROVIDE WARMTH TO LOCAL HOMELESS DURING COLD WINTER

January 17th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – January 7, 2014) Harford County Public Library collected handmade hats and scarves during the month of December to donate to local Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United (FCCAU) shelters before the holidays. Over 500 donations poured in from library staff, customers, knitting groups and local crafting groups. Shelter clients received the items wrapped in gift bags during the week of Christmas.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

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Photo caption #1: Harford County Public Library staff sort and wrap the many donations of handmade hats and scarves which were donated to local shelters before the holidays.

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

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

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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HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SEARCHES FOR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP

January 15th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – January 15, 2014) The Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking a Student Liaison representative as an ex officio member of the Board. The Student Liaison is chosen in cooperation with public and private high schools in Harford County and applicants should currently be in their junior year and will serve during their senior year. Student applications must be submitted by Friday, March 14th. The role of Student Liaison is to obtain input on library services, policies, and materials collections from their peers, to encourage teens to consider librarianship as a career, to encourage use of library services by teens, and to gain practical experience in the operations of their government.

The Board of Library Trustees will interview candidates and select a Student Liaison representative to serve for one year, beginning July 2014. The Student Liaison representative is a member of the Board and receives agendas and all non-confidential Board materials. He or she is a non-voting member and is excluded from participation in executive sessions.
The student representative must:
• Be a resident of Harford County
• Have parental/guardian permission to serve
• Meet the Eligibility Requirements for Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities of the county schools or their private school

No salary is paid for the service, but appropriate expenses will be paid on the same basis of other Board members. Credit for the student representatives’ service may be provided if their schools’ policy permits.

The application can be found online at hcplonline.org. Please return completed application and essay to: Mary Hastler, Director, Harford County Public Library, 1221-A Brass Mill Road, Belcamp, MD 21017 no later than March 14th.

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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METEOROLOGIST AVA MARIE SHARES HER PASSION FOR WEATHER WITH LIBRARY AUDIENCE

January 14th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – January 10, 2014) Ava Marie, Meteorologist with WBAL TV News, spoke to a captivated audience of over 200 on January 9th about her career in forecasting the weather. Held by the Fallston Library, children and adults alike were enthralled with Ava Marie’s presentation which included a copy of her first weather report at the age of 7, background on her education, and how meteorologists predict the weather.

Alisiana Tejada, a 6th grader, and her mother Mandee were thrilled to hear Ava Marie speak and to get to meet her. “My daughter is home-schooled and is interested in the weather. She is always checking the weather online, and being so enthusiastic we just had to come and meet Ava Marie,” said Mandee Tejada. “The Library offers such fantastic programs. It is such an asset to the community; we couldn’t function without it!” further exclaimed Tejada.

For complete listing of programs and events please visit hcplonline.org or pick up a copy of Headlines & Happenings at any of the Library’s 11 branches.
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: Ava Marie meets Alisiana Tejada, one of her many ‘weather fans,’ at a program held by the Fallston Library on January 9th.

Photo caption#2: Ava Marie shares her passion for weather to an audience of over 200.

CALL FOR ARTISTS – PHOTOGRAPHERS NEEDED FOR JURIED EXHIBITION

January 14th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – January 14, 2014) Professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit up to three photographs to be considered for inclusion in Now You See It: Illusion and Camouflage in Nature, a juried fine art photography exhibition that will be on display at the Jarrettsville Library from April 17 through May 17, 2014. Now You See It is part of the Illusions theme at the Library during the spring which will feature exhibitions, authors and special programming.

Work can be any size up to 11” x 14” in black and white or color, vertical or horizontal. Works may not be manipulated by computer or hand. Entrants are encouraged to consider the theme of the show, illusion and camouflage. For example, an extreme close-up (dewdrops looking like crystal balls), shadow and light (a face made by the shadows of trees on the side of a house) or a natural camouflage (the “eyes” on the wings of a Polyphemus Moth or a gecko camouflaged into tree bark).

Twenty-four entries will be blindly selected for the show by a committee including the Library Community Relations Specialist, a local photographer not submitting, and a representative of the Harford County Cultural Arts Board. Notification of inclusion will be to the email address used to submit photos and will take place on or before March 14, 2014.

Once selected for inclusion, photographs must be professionally framed at the artists’ cost in a black metal 11”x14” frame and matting of their choice.

The 24 works hanging in the show will be judged by a panel of three judges the day of the reception and before any photographer name is attached. The judges will include two professional photographers who have not submitted. Because all of the stages of the process are blind, one photographer may have more than one photograph included and one photographer may win more than one prize.

Prizes will be $250 for 1st place; $150 for 2nd place; $100 for 3rd place and two Honorable Mentions of $50 each. An Artist’s Reception is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The exhibition will officially open to the public on April 17 and close May 17, 2014.

To be considered for the exhibition, email submission photos (no more than three, no smaller than 400 x 400 pixels and no larger than 600 x 600 pixels) to Bethany Hacker, hacker@hcplonline.org, by March 6, 2014.

Photos will be sold over the course of the exhibition for $25. Those that are sold will be a donation to the Library with the photographer receiving a donation letter from the Foundation for tax purposes. Those that are not sold may be picked up by the photographer within two weeks of the close of the show. If they are not picked up, they will become the property of the Library.

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 is looking for photographers to submit their work for an upcoming exhibition entitled “Now You See It: Illusion and Camouflage in Nature” that will be on display this spring.