HARFORD LIBRARY HACKS—AN ONLINE SCAVENGER HUNT

April 2nd, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – April 2, 2014) In celebration of National Library Week, the libraries of the Harford Community College and the Harford County Schools will join the Harford County Public Library system in a unique and fun partnership – Harford Library Hacks: An Online Scavenger Hunt.

Middle school and high school participants will follow the online adventures of Perry Brown by reading her diary entries and uncovering the secret of her inheritance by following clues and answering online questions.

Participants will begin their journey on the Harford Community College website, http://harford.libguides.com/hacks. The hunt begins in schools on April 7 and continues through National Library Week, ending on April 19. The hunt consists of 10 questions and completers who bring the correct answer key into their local Harford County Public Library branch between April 13–19 will receive a Harford Library Hacks flash drive. All those who bring in a correct answer log will also be entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini. The winner will be drawn on April 23.

“This is such an exciting collaboration,” said Harford County Public Library Director, Mary Hastler. “All three library systems are pooling their resources to create a wonderful online adventure for teens.”

Carol Allen, Library Director at Harford Community College, added, “This collaboration is an outcome of a workshop the library systems held last year to explore ways that we can team up to serve our users better.”

Patricia O’Donnell, Supervisor for Library Services for Harford County Public Schools, finally added, “We have been fortunate enough to work with our local public library and community college to build a support system for students from childhood to adulthood both during and after the school day.”

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 200,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4,700,000. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.
The Harford Community College (HCC) Library contributes to excellence in teaching and learning at HCC by supporting and expanding classroom instruction. Responsibilities include instructing students, faculty and members of the general community in information-seeking skills for self-directed studies, critical thinking, and lifelong learning, while serving as a resource center for the citizens of Harford County.
Harford County Public Schools have full-time School Library Media Specialists who are certified as teachers and have a bachelor’s degree with a major in Library Sciences, with a mission to teach students how to independently find materials for personal and academic uses. To accomplish this, students are taught curriculum based on state and national standards. Students are also instructed on becoming safe, responsible and critical navigators of information using the Internet.
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ROMANCING THE CHROME Harford County Public Library Foundation, Jarrettsville Lion’s Club Host Third Annual Car Show

April 2nd, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 27, 2014) “Romancing the Chrome,” the largest car show of its kind in Northeastern Maryland, takes place on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jarrett’s Field in Jarrettsville. The event is family friendly, and admission is free of charge.

The day features approximately 250 automobiles, live music, vendors, food concessions, a beer garden and more. Car owners will compete for the $500 Best in Show prize in various categories including classic, antique, muscle, sports, imports, trucks, SUVs, Jeeps and exotics. In addition, the Harford County Public Library Foundation and the Jarrettsville Lions are proud to share that Zach Maskell, Car Culture Reporter for Motorweek, will be attending as a celebrity judge. Those interested in entering their cars in the competition should visit romancingthechrome.org or call 410-273-5600.

Romancing the Chrome is organized by the Harford County Public Library Foundation and the Jarrettsville Lions Club and serves as a fundraiser for both organizations. In 2013, more than 200 car enthusiasts participated in the show, and approximately 1,700 people attended, raising $10,000 that was split by both organizations. The goals for 2014 are 250 car entrants, 2,000 guests and $15,000 raised.

Tim Keck, owner of several cars that were entered in the 2013 show, said, “This was one of the finest car shows I have ever been to, and I have been doing this for over 25 years. The people, cars, spacing, judges, music—all magnificent.”

Activities during the day include live music; concessions by Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli, Pond View Pit Crew and WOLO Food Truck; a beer garden; and a variety of exhibits from vendors. Vendors include Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, Harford County Sherriff’s Department, Harford County Public Library, Gutter Helmet Systems, Chad Shrodes, Long and Foster Real Estate, Maryland Insurance Administration, APEX Massage, Cherry Restorations, No Kill Harford, Harford Technology Group, Solar Universe and more.

The Headlining Sponsor is Keene Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. The Premiere Sponsors are Mr. Tire and Waste Industries. Jack’s Small Engines is a Supporting Sponsor. Contributing Sponsors are Liberty Mutual Insurance, APG Federal Credit Union, Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli, Caswell Testing, Carl’s Door Service, Atlantic Tractor and WXCY.

“Romancing the Chrome has become a tradition for Maryland car enthusiasts and has grown significantly since it was founded in 2011,”explained Amber C. Shrodes, foundation director for Harford County Public Library and an organizer of the event. “It provides something for everyone, from great food to interesting vendors to a beautiful day in the country.”

Jarrett’s Field is located at 3719 Norrisville Road in Jarrettsville. In case of rain, Romancing the Chrome will be held Saturday, April 26. For more information, call 410-273-5600 or visit romancingthechrome.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.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501© 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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JOE THOMPSON JOINS HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY AS SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR FOR PUBLIC SERVICES

April 1st, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 28, 2013) The Harford County Public Library Director, Mary Hastler, is pleased to announce that Joe Thompson has joined the organization as Senior Administrator, Public Services. In his role, Thompson is responsible for managing and overseeing all of the Library’s public service operations.

“I’m incredibly happy to be a part of this organization,” stated Thompson. “Harford County Public Library is recognized across the state for its strong culture of creativity and willingness to experiment. I love how the Library gears its activities toward exceeding the expectations of the people who use the services, from the new books and DVDs to the great programming and literacy initiatives, including the recent launch of Little Leapers 3.5 and a customer favorite, the Winter Reading Program!”

Thompson comes to Harford County Public Library from Western Maryland Regional Library where he provided support for the public libraries across Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties as Associate Director. Prior to that he was a librarian at Baltimore County Public Library and was the first coordinator of the state’s 24/7 online information service, Maryland AskUsNow!, a project that was launched in 2001 by Harford County Public Library and Baltimore County Public Library.

Thompson is also currently the incoming president of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. On the weekends he can regularly be found supporting organizations that advance excellent library service, including the Maryland Library Association and Citizens for Maryland Libraries. A 2001 graduate of the Library and Information Science program at the University of Maryland College Park, he continues to support the students at UMCP by mentoring and reviewing resumes for the students.

From Towson, Thompson’s roots take him back to Harford County as his great grandparents lived in Havre de Grace. One of the things Thompson is most excited about is the opportunity to help with the design and construction of the new Havre de Grace Library. His wife, Susan, is the Command Historian for the Communications and Electronics Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

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: Joe Thompson joins Harford County Public Library as Senior Administrator for Public Services.

CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF LIBRARY STORY TIME VISITS IN HOME DAYCARES

March 31st, 2014


(Belcamp, Maryland – March 31, 2014) Opening the Gift, a Harford County Public Library outreach reading program, is celebrating 35 years of providing free monthly story time experiences to children in licensed home daycares. A special celebration will take place at the Bel Air Library on Saturday, April 5 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Daycare providers, children and their families who have enjoyed visits from the Library through the years are encouraged to drop by and share their memories.

“Opening the Gift has been a great learning partnership for both my daycare and the families,” said daycare provider and longtime Opening the Gift participant Kathy Crisco. “It has introduced my daycare families to the abundance of activities, classes and technology that the Library has available for all ages to enjoy and use as resources. Where I really see the influence is when the children want to read themselves, not just be read to. They now think books and librarians are helpful, awesome and cool!”

The Sharing the Gift program which provides similar story time visits to daycare centers started in 1975. Following the success of that program, Opening the Gift was created in the summer of 1979 to include in-home daycares. Frances Sedney, the Library’s Children’s Services Coordinator at the time, secured the original federal grants to launch the programs with materials and staffing. Sedney initially sought the grants after realizing that more women working outside of the house meant that many children weren’t exposed to reading at a young age. Since the limited time period covered by the grants, the Library has continued both programs in response to their success and a strong commitment to early literacy. In 1979, the Sharing the Gift and Opening the Gift programs combined reached a total of approximately 12,000 children. Today, the two programs reach 25,000 children each year.

Each interactive Opening the Gift visit includes stories, puppets, songs and finger plays. As children enjoy the fun of stories and puppet friends, the visits provide essential early literacy skills. Opening the Gift allows daycare providers and parents to learn techniques used to enhance each child’s early literacy skills through the awareness of sounds, rhymes, words and tactile activities both during and in between visits. A monthly newsletter provides book suggestions, rhymes, songs and activity ideas to extend story time themes and can also be used as a mini thematic lesson plan.

To participate, 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. Home daycares with less than four children in attendance may combine with another home daycare. Harford County Public Library provides this service to licensed daycare providers county-wide.

Spaces are limited and interested daycare providers should 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. Past participants must re-apply each year to be considered for inclusion in the program and priority consideration is given to applications received by June 15.

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: Children enjoy a story time visit from Melinda Chase, the librarian who brings monthly stories and activities to their home daycare provider through the Opening the Gift program of Harford County Public Library.

Photo caption #2: Opening the Gift, a Harford County Public Library outreach reading program, is celebrating 35 years of providing free monthly story time experiences to children in licensed home daycares.

ROMANCING THE CHROME Harford County Public Library Foundation, Jarrettsville Lion’s Club Host Third Annual Car Show

March 28th, 2014

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 27, 2014) “Romancing the Chrome,” the largest car show of its kind in Northeastern Maryland, takes place on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jarrett’s Field in Jarrettsville. The event is family friendly, and admission is free of charge.

The day features approximately 250 automobiles, live music, vendors, food concessions, a beer garden and more. Car owners will compete for the $500 Best in Show prize in various categories including classic, antique, muscle, sports, imports, trucks, SUVs, Jeeps and exotics. Those interested in entering their cars in the competition should visit romancingthechrome.org or call 410-273-5600.

Romancing the Chrome is organized by the Harford County Public Library Foundation and the Jarrettsville Lions Club and serves as a fundraiser for both organizations. In 2013, more than 200 car enthusiasts participated in the show, and approximately 1,700 people attended, raising $10,000 that was split by both organizations. The goals for 2014 are 250 car entrants, 2,000 guests and $15,000 raised.

Tim Keck, owner of several cars that were entered in the 2013 show, said, “This was one of the finest car shows I have ever been to, and I have been doing this for over 25 years. The people, cars, spacing, judges, music—all magnificent.”

Activities during the day include live music; concessions by Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli, Pond View Pit Crew and WOLO Food Truck; a beer garden; and a variety of exhibits from vendors. Vendors include Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, Harford County Sherriff’s Department, Harford County Public Library, Gutter Helmet Systems, Chad Shrodes, Long and Foster Real Estate, Maryland Insurance Administration, APEX Massage, Cherry Restorations, No Kill Harford, Harford Technology Group, Solar Universe and more.

The Headlining Sponsor is Keene Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. The Premiere Sponsors are Mr. Tire and Waste Industries. Jack’s Small Engines is a Supporting Sponsor. Contributing Sponsors are Liberty Mutual Insurance, APG Federal Credit Union, Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli, Caswell Testing, Carl’s Door Service, Atlantic Tractor and WXCY.

“Romancing the Chrome has become a tradition for Maryland car enthusiasts and has grown significantly since it was founded in 2011,”explained Amber C. Shrodes, foundation director for Harford County Public Library and an organizer of the event. “It provides something for everyone, from great food to interesting vendors to a beautiful day in the country.”

Jarrett’s Field is located at 3719 Norrisville Road in Jarrettsville. In case of rain, Romancing the Chrome will be held Saturday, April 26. For more information, call 410-273-5600 or visit romancingthechrome.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.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501© 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.

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.