CHILDREN FIZZ WITH READING FUN AT THE LIBRARY!

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

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

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

June 4th, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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Photo caption #1: Gerry Sandusky will be appearing at the Abingdon Library on Saturday, June 14th at 2pm.

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

ABINGDON LIBRARY CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY

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)