MAKE READING YOUR WINTER SPORT

December 20th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland –December 19, 2013) Start off the New Year by joining a winter reading program at Harford County Public Library! Harford County Public Library has a winter reading program for teens and adults, a Puppy Tales early literacy program for children ages birth to 5 and new Book Groups to Go to make reading with friends fun and easy.

The Make Reading Your Winter Sport Winter Reading Program encourages high school teens and adults to be gold medal readers! Participants can register at any branch or online at HCPLonline.org starting January 2nd. Upon registering, participants will receive a special pen. For those adults who read or listen to at least five books and teens who read or listen to at least three books, completed book lists can be returned between January 9 and March 1 to receive a commemorative mug! Giveaways are while supplies last.

A special insider’s look at the Olympics is planned to build excitement before the start of the games. High school students and adults can join University of Delaware scholar and Director of International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Solidarity Fund Matt Robinson at the Fallston Library on Tuesday, January 28 at 6:30 pm to get an insider’s view of international sports and what the future of Olympic Games may be. Registration is suggested. Call (410) 638-3003 to register.

Visit HCPLonline.org to find book reviews, booklists and recommended reading through BlogaBook, NoveList and My Next Good Book. Lists include books by subject, interest, bestsellers and award winners. Harford County Public Library also offers free eBooks and audiobooks which count towards completing the program. eBooks can be checked out through Axis360 or Overdrive and audiobooks can be downloaded through Hoopla and OneClickDigital at HCPLonline.org/books/download.

New! Make group reading a fun and convenient way to complete the Winter Reading Program! Harford County Public Library is launching Book Groups to Go, ten titles of a selected book along with a book moderator’s binder together in a sturdy canvas bag. Bags are available at the Bel Air Library or can be sent to any branch for convenient pickup.

Harford County Public Library is also pleased to host Puppy Tales, an early literacy focused Winter Reading Program for children ages birth-5 years. Puppy Tales highlights the importance of early literacy and encourages participation in daily activities that strengthen pre-reading skills. Parents and caregivers can register their children for the Puppy Tales Winter Reading Program at any Library branch or online starting January 2nd to receive an activity log with 12 simple but fun learning activities based on five early literacy practices—talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.

Once 10 of the 12 activities are complete, return the activity log and children will receive a certificate and special completion prize! Each Library branch also features a special display offering assorted booklists and handouts that offer information and tips on at home activities to continue building the foundation for reading and learning. Go to HCPLonline.org/earlyliteracy for more information.

The 2014 Winter Reading Program is supported by Advanced Eye Care, the Friends of Harford County Public Library and the Harford County Public Library Foundation. For more related books, databases, online resources, free programs or information, visit your local library branch or 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: Make Reading Your Winter Sport! 2014 Winter Reading Program at Harford County Public Library.

Photo caption #2: Puppy Tales Winter Reading Program promotes early literacy fun for children ages birth-5 years.

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTES $50,000 TO THE HAVRE DE GRACE BUILDING FUND

December 13th, 2013


(Belcamp, Maryland – December 13, 2013) Excitement is building for the renovation and expansion of the Havre de Grace Library. The project is anticipated to begin in 2014. Harford County Public Library (HCPL) Foundation representatives and Library Gala committee members joined Harford County Public Library Director, Mary Hastler, last week for a $50,000 check presentation. The contribution kicks off the Foundation’s fundraising efforts for the Havre de Grace Library Building Campaign.

“The Harford County Public Library system is an incredible asset for our community,” stated Dave Patzer, HCPL Foundation President. “Harford County Public Library is changing lives! The newly renovated and expanded Havre de Grace Library will make a positive impact on thousands of families in Harford County. We look forward to contributing to the campaign in 2014 and to seeing this important project become a reality.”

“The Havre de Grace Library has been an integral part of the community for over 50 years. The Library is very appreciative of this generous contribution to the Havre de Grace Building Campaign. Libraries build communities and communities build libraries,” stated HCPL Director, Mary Hastler.

The Havre de Grace Library has experienced significant increases in circulation (56% over the last five years) and walk-in traffic, as well as a surge in computer use. The current building has become increasingly inadequate due to customer demands, the need for a greater variety of resources and services, and technology advances.

Plans for the new building include an expanded children’s area with interactive capabilities; more space for community meetings; increased access to new technology (including computer labs and wireless internet); enhanced business resources and job search tools; additional space for quiet study, tutoring, computer training, and Library programming; and expanded shelving for print and non-print collections.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation has set a goal to raise $200,000 for the campaign by 2015. 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 501C3 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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Photo caption #1: Harford County Public Library (HCPL) Foundation representatives and Library Gala committee members joined Library Director, Mary Hastler, last week for a $50,000 check presentation. The contribution kicks off the Foundation’s fundraising efforts for the Havre de Grace Library Building Campaign. (From left to right) Nina Fahimi, Lisa Mittman, Carrie Comes, Hillary Tayson, Melissa Mauldoon, P.J. Chambers, Patrice Riccardi, Pat Chambers, Laurie Silzewski, Jackie Siejack, Dave Patzer, Mary Hastler, Lou Weineke, Amber Shrodes, Linda Van Deusen, Janine Lis, Carolyn Lambdin, Cynthia Hergenhahn, Claudia Holman, Betsy Campion, Diane Seiler, and Mark DiBeradino.

LANGUAGE LEARNING THROUGH FILM WITH MANGO PREMIERE

December 5th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – December 5, 2013) Lights! Camera! Language! Harford County Public Library is excited to announce the introduction of Mango Premiere, a one of a kind language learning resource that teaches language through film. Customers can access Mango Premiere via the Library’s website at HCPLonline.org and a convenient online app can also be downloaded for language learning on the go.

Mango Premiere is being introduced by Mango Languages, a leading provider of self-guided language learning software. Mango Premiere offers movies that use Mango’s methodology to teach learners language, grammar, vocabulary and culture through film. A total of 20 movies will be released by the end of the year in seven different languages. Mango Premiere adapts to today’s learners by combining education with entertainment.

“Our research shows that the two biggest barriers to learning a new language are time and motivation,” stated Jason Teshuba, Mango Languages CEO. “Mango Premiere addresses both of these constraints, because let’s face it…who doesn’t like to watch movies! We developed Mango Premiere so language learners can be entertained while immersing themselves in the everyday life and culture of a country through Mango lessons and the storyline of the film.”

Mango Premiere uses the same respected methodology that made Mango’s current products a success, which has been available to Harford County Public Library customers for several years. This includes 60 foreign and 17 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. To learn more about Mango Languages and Mango Premiere, please visit HCPLonline.org/research/language.

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: Mango Premiere provides language learning through film to Harford County Public Library customers, with over 20 films in seven different languages available by the end of the year.

EDGEWOOD LIBRARY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS SERVING THE COMMUNITY

November 20th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 20, 2013) The Edgewood Library will celebrate 50 years of service to the community with a special open house on Monday, December 9th. Amongst the planned commemorative activities are historical displays, a cake cutting at 5:30 pm and a special holiday performance from the Edgewood High School Jazz Ensemble at 6:00 pm. Events and activities are open to the public and are for all ages.

Harford County Public Library’s commitment to the Edgewood area began in the 1940s when bookmobile service was established with regular stops that included story times within the community. The dream of a brick and mortar library for the Edgewood community became a reality when a groundbreaking ceremony was held in June 1962 at the Hanson Road lot donated by R. Walter Ward and Melvin Bosely of the Ward and Bosely Real Estate Firm. On December 15, 1963, the Edgewood Library officially opened, providing a 3,200 square foot facility.

In 1979, a 4,020 square foot addition was built. The Edgewood community continued to grow and in 1996, plans for renovation and expansion were initiated again. The addition of another 7,000 square feet was completed and the Library reopened in February of 2001.

The current 16,500 square foot branch represents a collaborative effort between Harford County Public Library and Harford Community College. The Library facility offers drive-up window service, ample access to public computers, and a community meeting room with a capacity for 100 people. The College houses two computer classrooms and one traditional classroom.

For more information on Edgewood anniversary events or the open house, call (410) 612-1600 or 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: The first brick and mortar library in Edgewood opened to the public in December of 1963.

Photo caption #2: The Edgewood Library received an addition in 1979 that served the community for many years until another addition in 2001.

Photo caption #3: The present-day library is a bustling center of activity for the Edgewood area.

PASSPORT ACCEPTANCE FACILITY NOW OPEN AT BEL AIR LIBRARY

November 18th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 18, 2013) Harford County Public Library is pleased to announce that it has been designated as a U.S. Department of State Passport Acceptance Facility. A Passport Office is now open on the mezzanine level of the Bel Air Library and services include passport book and card application acceptance, passport photographs, extra visa pages, expedited service and renewal services. Hours for the Passport Office are Monday through Thursday from 3:00-7:00 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. No appointment is necessary and pagers are provided if there is a wait.

The Library is celebrating the opening of its Passport Office with an exhibition of familiar and unique travel posters, plus souvenirs from local residents called Beyond Your Borders: Collecting Travel Posters and Souvenirs. Using the lens of travel images and inexpensive mementos, the display is about the way advertising comments on our society, the arts, and our emotions. History has rarely been so beautifully recorded – or so kitschy! The exhibition is located outside the Passport Office and can be seen now through January during regular Library hours.

For more information about the services available at the Passport Office please go to the Bel Air Library branch website page at HCPLonline.org or call the branch at 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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HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF ARE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS

November 15th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 15, 2013) Harford County Public Library awarded the prestigious Roenna Fahrney Recognition Award at their recent annual Staff In-Service Day event.

The Individual Award went to employee Cindy Shockley. Two team awards were presented. One went to Teresa Zephir and Karen Welsh of the Inter-Library Loan Team and the other to the Little Leapers Launch Team whose members included Sue Asselin, Megan Baker, Donna Blackburn, Shelley Dolan, Jennifer Fesche, Hillary Fifer, Jeannine Finton, Melissa Harrah, Cindy Height, Janine Lis, Daria Parry, Margaret Polischeck, Kathy Prior, Jennifer Ralston, Amber Shrodes, and Claudia Sumler.

The Roenna Fahrney Recognition Award was established in 1994 and is presented to an individual or team who has been nominated by their peers and embodies the “service to the community” spirit demonstrated by Ms. Roenna Fahrney, Library Director from 1957 to 1978. Library staff who received a milestone service award or attained an educational achievement were also recognized.

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: Staff members, recognized for their achievements, pose for a group shot at the Library’s annual Staff In-Service Day.

SUPERHEROES AND MORE ATTEND LIBRARY MINI COMIC-CON

November 8th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 8, 2013) Superheroes, zombies and even some “Dr. Whos” invaded the Aberdeen Library for the annual Mini Comic-Con! In its third year, the event continues to grow in popularity with increased participation and stellar presenters.

Nearly 250 youth participated in the two-day event. Presenters included make-up artist, Sherry Billings, who gave lessons on how to achieve that zombie deadly look that is all the rage! Warren Capps of Breakaway Games explained the gaming business. Comic Book writer, Steve Ogden, demonstrated how to draw iconic characters. Wilmington University’s Scott Shaw gave future programmers a crash course in creating apps and then swung into a session for Minecraft fans on the tips and tricks in the online game. Matt Berinholtz from FutureMakers held a session for Dr. Who fans by building Daleks which are the aliens from the Dr. Who show!

The highlight of the two day event was the appearance of zombie master, Jonathan Maberry, author of the Rot and Ruin and Joe Ledger series. He spoke to a captivated audience about his experiences writing zombie horror and what influenced his writing. He encouraged attendees to try writing if that is what they were interested in. “I started when I was 13, writing stories about the characters others had created. I wrote and read and came to things like this, just as you are doing,” explained Maberry. “After all, I was just a teen fascinated with the darker side of things once as well!” The stories of his journey and self-deprecating manner made for a personal and humorous evening.

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: Interested gamers pose with Warren Capps from Breakaway Games during the Library’s Mini Comic-Con.

Photo caption #2: Jonathan Maberry and a fan pretend to escape from some zombies at the Library’s Mini Comic-Con.

IT WAS MR. GREEN IN THE LIBRARY! HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY RAISES MORE THAN $100,000 AT GALA

November 7th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 7, 2013) More than 600 guests attended Harford County Public Library’s 9th Annual Gala on Saturday, November 2nd, making it a record-breaking event for the Library.

Combined sponsorships, ticket sales, raffle sales, contributions, and live and silent auction bids totaled more than $100,000, net of expenses, in support of Library programs, materials, and the Havre de Grace Library Building Campaign.

The event featured outstanding musical entertainment by Mood Swings, spirited live and silent auctions, and the disclosure of the perpetrator of the Gala’s murder mystery theme, It Happened in the Library.

The characters under suspect were Colonel Mustard, portrayed by Harford County Executive David R. Craig; Mr. Green, Billy Boniface, President of the Harford County Council; Senator Plum, State Senator Barry Glassman; Ms. White, Mary F. Chance, Director of Administration for Harford County Government; Dr. Peacock, Nicole Funk, Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.; and Ms. Scarlet, Mary Hastler, Director of the Harford County Public Library. The sheriff investigating the scene was played by Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane.

Sheriff Bane revealed the offender to a captivated crowd. Mr. Green was then held under the Sheriff’s custody until his $50,000 bail was raised from the Library’s Live Auction proceeds. The auction was conducted by animated local auctioneers Derek Hopkins, David Shrodes, and Robert Ryan. WJZ-TV personality Kristy Breslin served as emcee for the event.

Craig Ward and Terri Garland of Bel Air kicked off the Live Auction with a winning $32,000 bid on BackYard Crashers, a custom yard makeover valued at more than $60,000. Picture Perfect Patios, Nature Unlimited, EP Henry, Ivy Hill Land Services, GW Stephens and Associates, Town Security/Audio Extreme, Maryland Paving Inc., Lawnscape, and Heston’s Mulch combined to create this year’s package, which included a 1,000-square-foot patio, sitting wall, landscaping, and lighting, irrigation and outside speaker systems. Design of the patio will start this week with anticipated completion before the Thanksgiving holiday. BackYard Crashers is being filmed for a segment that will air on Harford Cable Network and can be followed by fans on Facebook at the Harford County Public Library Foundation page.

In addition, Senator Barry and Debbie Glassman, County Executive David and Melinda Craig, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Laurrapin, the Havre de Grace Marine Center, Pairings Bistro, Keene Dodge, Jim and Tamera Rush, Safe Harbors Travel Group, and APG Federal Credit Union also provided diverse offerings for guests to bid on during the Live Auction. At the close of the auction, the winning raffle ticket for a stunning black and white diamond necklace and earring ensemble (donated by Saxon’s Diamond Centers) was drawn.

Gala festivities included scrumptious small plates by Laurrapin, a signature martini bar by Liberatore’s Ristorante, bourbon and wine selections from Jim’s BottleWorks, craft brews from DuClaw Brewing Company, coffee from Coffee Coffee, and an array of delectable deserts from Wegmans, Flavor Cupcakery, and Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli.

“The evening was a magical night for the library. The theme, the food, the drinks, the music, and the auction items were all outstanding!” said Dave Patzer, Library Foundation President.

With regard to the Havre de Grace Library’s renovation and expansion project, Mary Hastler, Library Director said, “The Havre de Grace Library has experienced significant increases in circulation and walk-in traffic as well as a surge in computer use. A larger library is needed to enhance public services and programs provided to this community.” Plans for the new building were unveiled at the Gala and include more spacious meeting and programming areas, an interactive children’s department, and increased access to computers and high speed internet.

Sponsors for this year’s Gala were: M&T Bank, Richardson’s Flowers and Gifts, Saxon’s Diamond Centers, Picture Perfect Patios, Nature Unlimited, WXCY, The Aegis, The Daily Record, Hart to Heart Ambulance, GW Stephens and Associates, Comcast, Keene Dodge, Harford’s Heart Magazine, I95 Magazine, Web IXI, The Kelly Group, Select Event Rentals, EP Henry, Tamara and Jim Rush, Events by I Did It Myself, Freedom Federal Credit Union, APG Federal Credit Union, SRC, Harford Mutual Insurance, Bob Ward Companies, BottleWorks, Huether-McClelland Foundation, City of Havre de Grace Tourism, Manns and Woodward Architects, Harford Mall, Spa at the Boulevard, Al and Christine Williamson, Liberatore’s Ristorante, PNC Bank, Katzen Eye Group, Two Brothers Moving, Audio Extreme/Town Security, Ivy Hill Land Services, Lawnscape, Laurrapin, Laurel Bush Family Dentistry, Safe Harbor Travel Group, Gordon-Feinblatt, NVS Salon, Mark and Mary Hastler, McComas Funeral Home, Midwest Tape, PNC Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley, Main Street Cigar, Total Urgent Care, Wegmans, Flowers by Bauers, Bonefish Grill, Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, Point Breeze Credit Union, Bel Air Friends of HCPL, Coffee Coffee, SURVICE Engineering, Klein’s Shoprite, MedStar, Slavie Federal Savings Bank, Greater Harford Committee, Dick and Susan Kinard, Maryland Paving, Pairings Bistro, Skylight Creative Ideas, Jarvis Appliance, Advanced Eye Care, Harford Style Magazine, Havre de Grace Marine Center, Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooms Bloom Dairy, Senator Barry and Debbie Glassman, Hilton Garden Inn, WSMT, Homecoming Project, Inc., Flavor Cupcakery, Rick and Mary Kate Herbig, Rainbow International, COPT, Ellin and Tucker, Bel Air Health and Rehab, Chesapeake Employer’s Insurance Company, Matt and Beth Hendrix, Mike and Kellie Bowen, Heston’s Mulch, Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli, Waste Industries, County Executive David and Melinda Craig, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Ripken Baseball, J. Thomas Photography, and DuClaw Brewing Company.

“This year’s gala was unlike anything we have ever attempted before,” said Amber Shrodes, Director of the Harford County Public Library Foundation. “We are thrilled with the outstanding support from the community, including the County leaders who stepped up to portray characters. It is with great anticipation that we are already planning another spectacular event in 2014!”

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.

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.

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Photo caption #1: The Abingdon Library was transformed on November 2nd for the 9th annual Library Foundation Gala, “It Happened in the Library.”

Photo caption #2: The Library Foundation Gala cast of characters gather for a picture. (from left to right): Sheriff Jesse Bane, Foundation Director, Amber Shrodes; County Executive, David Craig; Library Director, Mary Hastler, Director of Administration, Mary Chance; Senator, Barry Glassman; Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, Nicole Funk; and County Council President, Billy Boniface.

Photo caption #3: Guests of the Library Foundation Gala watch on as the “guilty” character is revealed.

SEVEN LIBRARY LOCATIONS WILL SERVE AS COLLECTION SITES FOR THE AEGIS EMPTY STOCKING FUND

November 4th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 4, 2013) The Aberdeen, Edgewood, Fallston, Jarrettsville, Joppa and Whiteford branches of Harford County Public Library (HCPL) along with the HCPL Administrative offices in Belcamp will serve as drop off sites for The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund donations. Unwrapped new toys and games can be brought to these locations through December 4. The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization created to help Harford Countians during the Holidays with toys, food and clothing for each family. For more information, visit www.AegisEmptyStocking.com

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

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LIBRARY ADMINISTRATOR CLAUDIA SUMLER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

October 28th, 2013

(Belcamp, Maryland – October 24, 2013) Claudia Sumler, Harford County Public Library Public Services Administrator, announced her retirement effective November 1, 2013. Ms. Sumler joined Harford County Public Library in 2006 and has led the Public Services division for 9 years. Her long and successful library career began in 1970 at the University of Illinois and includes leadership roles at Kent County Public Library, the Cooperating Libraries of Central Maryland, Anne Arundel County Public Library and Camden County Library in New Jersey.

During her expansive career, Ms. Sumler has also held various positions with the American Library Association, Public Library Association, Maryland Library Association and the New Jersey Library Association. In 2001 she was selected as the New Jersey Library Association Librarian of the Year.

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Photo caption #1: Claudia Sumler, Harford County Public Library Public Services Administrator, announces her retirement.