ABINGDON LIBRARY CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY

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.

LIBRARY HACKS THE ONLINE SCAVENGER HUNT WINNER AWARDED

May 19th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

May 14th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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D-DAY HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR SHARES TALES FROM THE “GREATEST GENERATION” AT JOPPA LIBRARY

May 12th, 2014


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

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

To further commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, author Wil Hylton will speak at the Bel Air Library on June 4 at 6:30 pm about his latest book, Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II. This powerful story has been described by Newsweek as “not only a story of war and loss but also a gripping and moving tale of America’s relationship with the fallen soldier.” Registration is suggested and can be made by calling (410) 638-3151.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.
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Photo caption #1: Local author and D-Day historian Joe Balkoski captivated the audience at the Joppa Library during a discussion of his books on May 8.

CATHY AND MARCY ENTERTAIN CROWD AT HAVRE DE GRACE LIBARY

May 6th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

SPECIAL EDUCATION CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SECAC) MAKES MATERIALS DONATION TO LIBRARY

May 1st, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLANS FOR HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM ARE HEATING UP

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.

THIRTY-FIVE YEAR CELEBRATION AT THE BEL AIR LIBRARY

April 15th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – April 14, 2014) Opening the Gift, a Harford County Public Library outreach reading program that provides free monthly story time experiences to children in licensed home daycares, recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. The gathering, held at the Bel Air Library, had many of the librarians in attendance that managed the program over the years including Frances Sedney, the librarian that secured the original federal grant to launch the program.

“Many children couldn’t get to the Library because of transportation limitations and because they lived ‘out in the country’. We secured the first van, and even brought a puppet theater that was made for the Library, into the homes for the children’s entertainment,” explained Sedney. “The children loved to hear us tell them stories. The love of books for children is what made all of this happen!” exclaimed Sedney.

The celebration also included comments from Library Director, Mary Hastler, and Opening the Gift librarian Melinda Chase about the importance of early literacy. Each Opening the Gift visit includes stories, puppets, songs and finger plays and as children enjoy the fun of stories and puppet friends, they are learning essential early literacy skills.

To participate in the Opening the Gift program, daycare providers must be licensed, able to set aside 45 minutes each month from September through May for the visit, and have at least four preschool age children in attendance. Interested daycare providers can call the Bel Air branch at (410) 638-3151 and ask for the Children’s Information Desk to reserve a space for the upcoming program year. In 1979, Sharing the Gift, which visits licensed daycare centers, and Opening the Gift combined reached a total of approximately 12,000 children. Today, the two programs reach 25,000 children each year.

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: Several of the “Opening the Gift” librarians that have managed the program over the years gathered to celebrate the program’s 35th anniversary. Pictured from left to right: Melinda Chase, Frances Sedney, Mary Triandafilou, Carol Roberts, Cathy Adams, Deidrah Reeves.

Photo caption #2: Library staff past and present gathered to celebrate the Opening the Gift 35th anniversary of providing free monthly story time experiences to children in licensed home daycares.

LIBRARY HONORS VOLUNTEERS AT ANNUAL CELEBRATION

April 11th, 2014


(Belcamp, Maryland – April 10, 2014) On April 5, Harford County Public Library held its annual Volunteer Celebration at Jarrettsville Gardens. This year’s “Volunteer Fiesta” themed event celebrated the commitment of all 1,223 library volunteers and distributed lifetime milestone hour awards to deserving volunteers.

“Our library volunteers give so much of their time and energy to the community,” stated Library Director, Mary Hastler. “Today’s celebration is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the value and commitment that these volunteers bring to the library.”

Volunteers bring a long list of talent to the Library. They are the behind-the-scenes unsung heroes that provide assistance to librarians and customer service staff. Library volunteers assist with processing new and returned materials, putting items on shelves, and helping staff prepare for programs. The Library is also fortunate to have volunteers that help customers with job searching and resume writing. A new program started at the Havre de Grace Library also has volunteers reading to elementary students in the branch.

The Library also has two outreach programs where volunteers share their love of reading with children. Sharing the Gift volunteers visit licensed daycare centers for story time activities and Partners in Reading volunteers visit elementary schools and provide one-on-one reading assistance for students.

The first Volunteer Celebration was held in 1999 in the Bel Air Library meeting room. The celebration is now held at much larger venues like Jarrettsville Gardens to accommodate all the volunteers, their guests and Library staff.

“The Annual Volunteer Celebration is the Library’s opportunity to thank award recipients and a fun way to acknowledge the dedication of all our volunteers,” stated Michele Louderback, Volunteer Specialist at Harford County Public Library. “The support of our volunteers is amazing.”

To find out more information on volunteering please can contact your local branch or Michele Louderback at Louderback@HCPLonline.org or by calling 410 273 5601 x 2247.

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 celebrated Library volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Celebration on April 5. Pictured from left to right: Mary Hastler, Library Director; Wanda LaVasseur, Library volunteer (2,500 hours); Louise LeTendre, Library Board of Trustees Chairperson.