TEENAGE MATH WHIZ ENTERTAINS CROWD AT ABINGDON LIBRARY

March 26th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 26, 2014) Teenage math whiz Ethan Brown entertained and educated a crowd of over 200 at the Abingdon Library on March 20. The 15-year old “mathemagician” from New England interacted with the crowd while making math fun and more understandable through his impressive mental equations and demonstrations of math “magic.”

Brown’s presentation opened a new exhibition, More Than Numbers: The Magic of Math, a look at how math is used every day, from crime fighting to sports! The exhibition is on display at the Abingdon Library during library hours through May 3. These events kicked off Illusions, a series of presentations, speakers, and exhibitions related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) across the Library system this spring. Check the Library website at HCPLonline.org or the spring issue of the Library’s Headlines & Happenings newsletter, for more information on programs and exhibitions.

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: Teenage math whiz Ethan Brown fascinated a crowd of over 200 at the Abingdon Library during a program about math “magic” on March 20.

TEEN VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS CELEBRATED AT RED CARPET PREMIERE

March 21st, 2014


(Belcamp, Maryland – March 20, 2014) Harford County Public Library rolled out the red carpet for teens and their families at the Abingdon Library on March 14 at a special screening and awards ceremony for the teen Film This! Book Trailers contest. Throughout the winter months, teens created and submitted short videos showcasing a favorite book, similar to a movie trailer. At the premiere, the finalist videos were viewed and the winners announced.

Emily and Allison Dietz were awarded first place for their entry titled The Hiding Place based on the novel of the same name. Second Place went to Delaney Allen for her trailer for the book Timeless and third place went to Mark Andrews and his trailer based on The Giver. All entries can be viewed online by searching “HCPL Film This 2014″ on YouTube.

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: Winners from the Harford County Public Library teen “Film This! Book Trailers” contest proudly display their trophies. Pictured left to right: Micah Mincey and Suzy Vogtman, Library Associates; Mark Andrews, third place winner; Terri Schell, Library Human Resources Senior Administrator; Delaney Allen, second place winner; Allison and Emily Dietz, first place winners; and David Warfield, local professor and Harford Film Camp Director.

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

March 12th, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of the Library and to promote awareness of Library services. For more information call 410 273 5601 x2283.

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

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

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

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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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