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MAKE READING YOUR WINTER SPORT

Friday, 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.

CARS SHOWCASE PLANNED FOR JARRETTSVILLE

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – March 6, 2012) Harford County Public Library (HCPL) is exploring Harford’s Car Culture this spring with For the Love of the Car, a juried fine art photography exhibition, author event, and car show. The transportation-themed showcase was developed in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibition Journey Stories, coming this May to the Abingdon Library, and is the first of the six Journey Stories’ partner exhibitions to open in the County. The Journey Stories exhibition and accompanying programs are offered to the public through a partnership between Harford County Public Library and the Harford County Department of Community Services.

Festivities will be in high gear beginning April 13th with a weekend of special events honoring that maddening, lovable, iconic, truly American object….the automobile!

On Friday car enthusiasts and history buffs alike will enjoy HCPL’s 2012 A Night Out @ the Library from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Jarrettsville Branch. Five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, PEN finalist, and Fulbright fellow, journalist Earl Swift comes to the county as the first Journey Stories speaker to discuss his newest book The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways, a New York Times editors’ choice. The Virginia-based journalist is the author of two other non-fiction books and a collection of short stories which have earned him a reputation for powerful narrative and scrupulous reporting. Swift’s account of the creation of the superhighway and how it transformed travel in the U.S. is called “Well-focused and lively…” by the Los Angeles Times, and “Engaging, informative. . .” by the Washington Post.

“Earl Swift was a perfect choice for this year’s event,” said Amber C. Shrodes, HCPL Foundation Director, “Big Roads examines one of the ultimate creations devoted to journeying, the interstate.”

Tickets for A Night Out @ the Library are $30 general admission and $50 for VIP tickets, which include reserved seating and an invitation to a pre-event reception with Swift. Please go to www.hcplonline.org to purchase tickets or to get additional details.

A Night Out @ the Library also heralds the opening of Cars: A Harford County Love Affair, a juried fine art photography exhibition exploring local photographers’ views of Harford County’s car culture. Photographic works included in this exhibition will be for sale with proceeds benefitting Harford County Public Library. Photographs can be submitted to Bethany Hacker at hacker@hcplonline.org for consideration for the exhibition through March 15th. Cars: A Harford County Love Affair opens April 13th and runs through May 19th and is being held in cooperation with the Harford County Cultural Arts Board.

The weekend culminates on Saturday, April 14th, with Romancing the Chrome, a car show presented in partnership with the Jarrettsville Lions Club. Auto lovers are invited to enter their obsession in categories ranging from muscle and sport to Jeep to “Journey Story” cars, which would be any auto that has a good journey story behind it! Cars can be pre-registered online at www.hcplonline.org or on Saturday starting at 8 AM. The event will be held at Jarrett’s Field on Norrisville Road across from the Library from 10 AM to 3 PM, and will also feature live music, vendors, and pit beef.

Keene Dodge is the Headlining Sponsor for the April exhibition and activities. Additional sponsorships are available and start at $500 for Contributing Partners. For more information regarding sponsorships please contact Amber Shrodes at 410.273.5600 x 2283 or shrodes@hcplonline.org.

Journey Stories is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Humanities Council.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 160,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4,800,000. 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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SMITHSONIAN EXHIBITION COMING TO HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – February 29, 2012) Take an interactive journey through time, from immigrants arriving from across the globe to the innovations that made it possible to cultivate the wild. Harford County Public Library (HCPL) and the Harford County Department of Community Services are pleased to offer a unique cultural opportunity this spring: Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Exhibition opening May 19 and running through July 6 at the Abingdon Library.

Journey Stories examines the intersection between modes of travel and Americans’ desire to feel free to progress and flourish, voyage and explore. Interactive displays allow visitors to experience both harrowing and joyful journeys made by individuals in search of physical, social, and economic freedom. Families can plan a trip across the unknown West; contemplate shipping a loved one across the sea to escape slavery; and marvel at the adventure of automobile travel. Thoughtful recordings allow visitors to listen to the intimate accounts of a diverse array of journeys. Photographs and other images bring to life the advances that made it possible to populate vast territories and tame the west. In short, Journey Stories is a way to experience what makes us Americans – our ability to find a way to freedom.

Accompanying Journey Stories are six additional exhibitions which explore Harford County’s unique history of the Journey Stories themes. The Jarrettsville Library’s Cars: A Harford County Love Affair, a fine art photography showcase on Harford County’s car culture, kicks off the exhibitions on April 13. On May 11th, the County Activity Centers will open exhibitions. Journey Through Harford County’s History at the Chenowith Activities Center in Fallston uses the Aegis and local accounts and historic artifacts to “tell” the story of the County from its early beginnings. Bel Air’s McFaul Activity Center plays host to From Trail to Train: The Building of Bel Air, which considers Bel Air as the apex of how goods and services were received and transported in Harford County. In Havre de Grace, the Activity Center’s exhibition, Money and Migration: Population and the County Economy, explores the distinctive relationship between workforce and society. Women, shoes, chemicals, and technology have brought people in, moved people out, and influenced the culture of Harford County.

Opening with the Smithsonian Exhibition, on May 19 at public libraries, are three additional exhibitions. Highway Hospitality, at the Abingdon Library, looks at a time before “super highways” and interstates, when stopping at quirky motels, eating in sparkling diners, and full-service auto stations with uniformed attendants made the memories! Visitors will see ice cream fit for space, vintage advertising and other artifacts from the lost story of food in the Edgewood Library exhibition Food on the Go. Finally, the difficult but inspiring journeys made by runaway slaves and the people who helped and hindered them are explored in the Bel Air Library’s Fugitives, Accessories, and Catchers, where guests will experience the escape Henry “Box” Brown made; imagine the weight of leg irons and manacles; and hear the tales of those from Harford County both seeking and preventing freedom.

The Journey Stories themes have captured the interest of many celebrated authors who have been invited to share their works:
• Fulbright fellow, PEN Finalist, and five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Earl Swift will discuss his novel The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, at the Jarrettsville Library at 7:00 pm on April 13 and in conjunction with the Library’s annual Night Out @ The Library. Tickets $30+.
• At the Jarrettsville Library at 6:30pm on May 3, D.E. Johnson, author of the mystery The Detroit Electric Scheme, will tell his story of turning a passion for cars and history into a best-selling mystery series.
• Local Henri Diamant spent a lifetime traveling around the world until he found Harford County and Aberdeen. His story is captured in the book Escape to Africa. He shares it at the McFaul Activity Center in Bel Air on Tuesday, May 15, at 6:00pm.
• Immigration debates have raged on for more than a century and no one is more fascinated with the different schools of thought than Vincent Cannato, author of American Passage: The History of Ellis Island. Dr. Cannato opens the Journey Stories Exhibition at the Abingdon Library on Saturday, May 19 at 10:30am, with a community discussion on immigration.
• On Wednesday, May 23 at 6:00pm, the McFaul Activity Center in Bel Air hosts Dr. Rebecca Boehling and her book Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust: A Jewish Family’s Untold Story. The book is composed of correspondence reflecting a family’s life before, during, and after the Holocaust.
• Wendy McClure, best-selling author of The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie, will share her equally hilarious and heartbreaking travelogue through the real “Laura World,” at the Bel Air Library on June 2 at 6:30pm.
• Col. Al Worden, the first astronaut to walk in deep space and the record holder as the most isolated human being will talk about his book Falling to Earth and what it is like to to journey to the moon and back. He is appearing at a ticket event on June 14 at the Vandiver Inn in Havre de Grace.
• One man is credited with taming the Wild West and civilizing train travel – Fred Harvey. How he used new modes of travel, good food, and proper young women to create an innovative and progressive empire are explored in Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West–One Meal at a Time. Author Stephen Fried will recount his journey in Fred’s shoes at the McFaul Activities Center on Thursday, June 21 at 6:30pm.
• Historian, journalist, and author Fergus Bordewich explored the Underground Railroad in his 2005 best seller, Bound for Canaan. His newest book, America’s Great Debate, focuses on the nation’s westward expansion, slavery and the Compromise of 1850. He will discuss both at the Bel Air Library on June 23, at 6:30pm.

Other special guest presentations through the months include:
• Poetry and the American Dream with Poet Linda Joy Burke at the Jarrettsville Library on Monday, April 16 at 6:30pm.
• A Female’s Journey Through the World of Food with Executive Chef & Restaurateur Cindy Wolf on Thursday, June 7 at 6:00pm at the Veronica “Roni” Chenowith Activity Center in Fallston.
• Janet Sims-Wood’s Fighting for Freedom: Black Women’s Army Corps During WWII on Tuesday, May 29, at 6:00pm at the Havre de Grace Activity Center
• Actress Mary Ann Jung as Rosie the Riveter on Tuesday, June 12, 6:00pm at the Havre de Grace Activity Center.

Additional programs including a film festival and genealogy series will be offered at Library branches. Please visit www.hcplonline.org for complete details on all the Journey Stories events.

Registration for all programs, events, and speakers is suggested. More information on exhibitions and associated programming is available in the Journey Stories Official Guidebook, available mid-April at all Library branches and key outlets throughout the county. Journey Stories is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Humanities Council. The Journey Stories exhibition and accompanying programs are offered to the public through a partnership between Harford County Public Library and the Harford County Department of Community Service.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 160,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4,800,000. 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: Smithsonian Exhibition, “Journey Stories,” comes to Harford County Public Library May 19th – July 6th.

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION RAISES $50,000 FOR BEL AIR EARLY LITERACY INTERACTIVE SPACE

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

(Belcamp, Maryland – January 12, 2012) On December 19th, the Harford County Public Library Foundation turned over a check for $50,000 to the Bel Air Branch for its Children’s Early Literacy Interactive Space.

More than forty partners for the project including elected officials, members of the community, and representatives from several groups who donated to the campaign attended the check ceremony and reception. The Greater Bel Air Community Foundation, the Bel Air Friends of HCPL, the Morris A. Mechanic Foundation, the Bel Air Rotary, and the friends and family of Mary Beth Crisco, and many individual contributors donated to the campaign.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the completion of the Bel Air Early Literacy Center Campaign,” stated Amber Shrodes, HCPL Foundation Director. “It kicked off in October 2010 and now, just 15 months later, $50,000 has been raised for this exciting project which will support the County’s youngest learners. This would not be possible without the support of many generous donors, and I am pleased that so many of them were able to join us for the reception. With their help, we have made a significant investment in our youth.”

The Morris A. Mechanic Foundation, a contributor towards the campaign stated, “Children are a community’s greatest asset; they are our future. Libraries are an integral part of a child’s developmental process and a storehouse of knowledge.”

Expected to be completed by 2013, the Early Literacy Interactive Space will be an invigorating learning environment located in the Children’s Department of the Bel Air Branch, targeted to the youngest library customers and families. Through engaging play, age appropriate materials and access to innovative programs, this dedicated area will encourage the emergent literacy skills essential for school readiness and inspire children to explore literature, music, science and the fine arts.

“Harford County Public Library is committed to providing the necessary skills for early literacy development,” stated Mary Hastler, Library Director. “The library is often a child’s first classroom and a lifetime of learning can begin here. We envision this new interactive learning center to be the beginning of many great learning experiences for our youngest customers!”

Harford County Public Library’s commitment to early literacy has a long history. The Learning and Sharing Collection, created over 35 years ago, is a circulating collection of developmental toys, puppets, puzzles, parenting DVDs, books, and magazines targeted towards children from birth through age five. These kits are housed at the Bel Air and Joppa branches and contain over 16,000 items which can be requested and sent to any branch in Harford County.

The Parent-Teacher Collection is a selection of books that provide parents and caregivers with creative ideas to enhance their interaction with children from birth through 8th grade. Programming at the Library branches includes monthly story times with themes like Babies Love Books, ABC’s and 123′s, and Tales for Twos. Also enhancing early literacy skills, Opening the Gift and Sharing the Gift are Library outreach programs geared toward children who attend daycare. The Library’s circulation numbers speak for themselves when it comes to the early literacy materials: for fiscal year 2010, picture book circulation was over 317,000 and concept book circulation was 20,800. The Learning and Sharing Collection circulated 26,275 items.

An ideal location for the Early Literacy Interactive Space, the Bel Air Children’s Department has served the children and families of the community for 50 years at its current location and has been a destination for many generations of young readers. The Bel Air Branch is the busiest branch in Harford County with more than 1.3 million items circulated last year, as well as over 132,000 walk-ins and more than 16,000 children, adults and teens attending programs.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 160,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4,800,000. 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.

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Photo caption #1: The Bel Air Early Literacy Interactive Space campaign came to an end with a check presentation from the Harford County Public Library Foundation for $50,000 on December 19. Pictured left to right: Bill Kelly, Greater Bel Air Community Foundation; Jim Welsh, Greater Bel Air Community Foundation; Carolyn Lambdin, Secretary, Bel Air Friends of HCPL; Chad Shrodes, County Councilman; Bill Vanden Eynden, Greater Bel Air Community Foundation; Paige Cox, Greater Bel Air Community Foundation; Terry Troy, Greater Bel Air Community Foundation; Bill Cox, Greater Bel Air Community Foundation; Kathleen Whitehead, Treasurer, Bel Air Friends of HCPL; Linda Van Deusen, HCPL Foundation; Cynthia Hergenhahn, HCPL Foundation; Mark Welsh, HCPL Foundation; Mari Kane, President, Bel Air Friends of HCPL; Mary Hastler, Director, HCPL; Amber Shrodes, Director, HCPL Foundation; Jennifer Vido, HCPL Board of Trustees; Beth LaPenotiere, Branch Manager, Bel Air Branch of HCPL; Susan Burdette, Bel Air Town Commissioner; Vanessa Milio, CEO, Harford County Chamber of Commerce; Jerry and Doris Kavanagh, Morris A. Mechanic Foundation; Beth Hendrix, HCPL Foundation; Richard Crisco, Mark Crisco, Beth Crisco; and Richard Slutzky, County Councilman.

LIBRARY EXPANDS LEAP SCIENCE KIT COLLECTION

Thursday, January 12th, 2012


(Belcamp, Maryland – December 20, 2011) Harford County Public Library unveiled the expansion of their LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play Science kit collection on December 15th. LEAP kits consist of high quality science equipment, materials and resources, and use play as a motivator for children to explore science and technology. Housed in the Edgewood branch since 2007, this recent expansion now includes kits at Aberdeen, Bel Air and Whiteford and has grown three-fold in the last six months due to an overwhelming support from the community.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation received a $10,000 grant from NMTC (Northeastern Maryland Technology Council) to launch the LEAP Sponsorship Program, a matching funds program that offers firms and individuals interested in supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning the opportunity to sponsor one or more LEAP kits. Since its initiation six months ago, the program has attracted nine new donors and added over 20 kits to the collection.

“We are thrilled to see the outstanding response from the community,” stated Amber C. Shrodes, Foundation Director for Harford County Library. “With this expansion more families will have easier access to these exciting learning tools.”

Representatives from SAIC and NMTC were on hand to see the kits arrive at the Whiteford branch and had the opportunity to explore the new LEAP space, a science-themed area designed to encourage children to get hands-on experience with the kits. Furniture and decorations for the LEAP space were generously funded by the North Harford Friends of the Library.

“We need more young students exposed to the wonders of science so that they will become excited about the subject and be encouraged to take STEM courses in school,” stated John M. Ferriter, Senior Vice President, SAIC, a sponsor of the collection. “The Harford County Public Library LEAP Program provides science activities for children and their parents enabling them to explore at home how fun science and engineering can be! SAIC is proud to be part of this marvelous program,” added Ferriter.

In an increasingly technological world, STEM skills are crucial to a child’s success. Harford County Public Library in recognizing the importance of fostering STEM talent launched the LEAP program in November 2007. LEAP kits include topics such as bridge engineering, chemistry, dinosaurs, the human body and weather. LEAP programming is open to the public and sessions are led by skilled library staff. The Maryland Science Center, National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center along with the Harford County Astronomical Society are also partners for many of these interactive programs.

“Harford County Public Library is very proud of the services we provide to the community and the LEAP program is a vital component to what we offer to our customers,” stated Mary Hastler, Library Director. “We understand the importance of STEM learning for today’s generation and we are grateful for the amazing support we receive from our sponsors. These partnerships help enable the Library to be a vibrant and innovative resource for the community.”

The LEAP kit collection can be reserved online and sent to the branch of your choice for pickup. To browse the collection, please go to HCPLonline.org/programs/leap. For further information on how to sponsor a LEAP kit please contact Amber C. Shrodes at shrodes@HCPLonline.org or by calling 410 273 5600 x2283.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 160,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4,800,000. 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.

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Photo caption #1: The LEAP Kit Collection expansion was unveiled at the Whiteford Library on December 15. In attendance to celebrate were (from left to right) Linda Zuckerman, Asst. Branch Manager; Heidi Richardson, Branch Manager; John Ferriter, Sr. Vice President, SAIC; Jeannine Finton, LEAP Librarian; Amber C. Shrodes, Foundation Director; Mary Hastler, Library Director; John Casner, CEO, NMTC; Betsy Galbreath, President, North Harford Friends; Dennis Heiber, LEAP Volunteer.

Photo caption #2: The LEAP Kit Collection expansion was unveiled at the Whiteford Library on December 15. Guests and children get a first glimpse at the LEAP kits available at the library.

Photo caption #3: Children play with a new LEAP kit now available at the Whiteford Library.

HARFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING RAFFLE WINNER ANNOUNCED

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 28, 2011) Mary Amoss was announced as the winner of the sapphire and diamond ring raffle to benefit the Harford County Public Library Foundation. Amoss’ name was pulled from several hundred entries at the library’s Sapphire Supper Club Gala on November 5. The raffle to benefit the library raised nearly $9,000. Valued at $7,000, the ring was designed and donated generously by Saxon’s Diamond Center in honor of the library’s 65th anniversary. It featured a stunning 2.09 carat pear-shaped sapphire surrounded by 12 round diamonds set in 18k white gold.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to enhancing Harford County Public Library services. The Foundation raises funds to augment the financial resources of the Library and works to promote awareness of library services. The Foundation facilitates the library’s development as a creative environment within the county that encourages the acquisition of knowledge and the love of reading for all customers.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 168,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4,800,000. 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: Mary Amoss was announced as the winner of the sapphire and diamond ring raffle to benefit Harford County Public Library. Pictured left to right: Mary Hastler, Director, Harford County Public Library; Lance Hersh, Owner, Saxon’s Diamond Center; Mary Amoss; Kevin Ferrell, Owner, Saxon’s Diamond Center and Amber Shrodes, Director, Harford County Public Library Foundation.

THE SAPPHIRE SUPPER CLUB RAISES $242,000

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Belcamp, Maryland – (November 18, 2011) Nearly 600 guests filled the stacks of the Abingdon Branch of Harford County Public Library on Saturday, November 5 for the Library’s 7th Annual Gala. The record-breaking crowd enjoyed the atmosphere of the Sapphire Supper Club’s 1940s theme with great food, dancing, drinks, and spirited live and silent auctions. The event broke all previous records, raising over $242,000 in gross proceeds including media and event sponsorships, and more than $90,000 in net proceeds.

“We are so appreciative of the support and generosity of the Harford County community in making the 7th Annual Library Gala a record-breaking event,” said Mary Hastler, Library Director. “It was an unforgettable evening and the funds raised will enable the library to continue supporting the essential summer reading program, early literacy initiatives and other special library activities. The Sapphire Supper Club was the perfect way to finish the year in celebrating the Harford County Public Library’s 65th Anniversary!”

Foundation Director Amber C. Shrodes is excited to put the proceeds to work.
“We are thrilled with the results of the Gala,” said Shrodes. “Sponsorships, ticket sales, auction donations, raffle sales, and live and silent auction bid results were all unprecedented. This will enable us to do great things for the Library!”

A 40-person Gala team helped bring the event to fruition including the transformation of the Abingdon Branch into a 1940s Supper Club, which featured a 22-piece orchestra, small plates by Pairing’s Bistro, Brooms Bloom Dairy, Wegmans, and Sweet Devotion’s Cupcake and Crepery, drinks by Jim’s Bottle Works, Coffee Coffee, and DuClaw Brewery, and a Signature Martini Bar by Liberatore’s Ristorante.

“The Library Foundation, Library Staff, and Gala Committee work very hard each year to make the Gala a memorable evening. The food, the drinks, the music, and the auction items were all fantastic, and helped to raise a significant amount to benefit the Library,” said Mark Welsh, President, HCPL Foundation.

But the Library wasn’t the only big winner at the Sapphire Supper Club. Christopher Hoover, teacher and coach of the varsity boys’ soccer team at Fallston High School, and his wife, Angela, placed the winning bid for the Backyard Crashers package, a yard makeover valued at $50,000 donated by Rock Solid Hardscaping, Clark Turner Signature Homes, Nature Unlimited, Kroh’s Nursery, and Techo Block.

“When I heard about the Backyard Crashers project, I knew I needed a ticket to the Gala,” said Christopher Hoover. Hoover’s Grandfather, William Dinka, passed away in May and left him a bequest for home improvements. “The project was a perfect fit for our family, as we are avid supporters of the Harford County Libraries and we love to entertain outdoors.”

Backyard Crashers broke ground on Monday, November 14th. When complete, the project will include a 500 square-foot patio, a fire pit, sitting walls, built-in grill, pergola, and a memorial in honor of Mr. Dinka.

“From the moment the Library Foundation approached us we were excited to partner on this unique project,” said Craig Naparstek, President of Rock Solid Hardscaping. “It has given the Team an opportunity to support the Library, which plays a key role in our community. Meeting the Hoovers and hearing their story heightened our enthusiasm for the project.”

Backyard Crashers is being filmed for a 30-minute segment that will air on Harford Cable Network, and is being followed by fans on Facebook at HCPL’s Foundation page. Dixie Construction and Harford Rental have also provided services for the project.

Further excitement during the Gala came when Lance Hersh and Kevin Ferrell of Saxon’s Diamond Centers drew the winning raffle ticket for the stunning sapphire and diamond ring that had been made exclusively for the Library’s 65th anniversary. The ring will be presented to Mary Amoss next week at the Fallston Branch of Harford County Public Library which was the winning branch in the Library’s raffle ticket sale contest.

“Our commitment to the community makes it a natural fit to support the Harford County Public Library,” stated Hersh. “Each year we look forward to sponsoring this amazing event.”

Presenting sponsors for this year’s gala were Saxon’s Diamond Centers, Rock Solid Hardscaping, Clark Turner Signature Homes, Kroh’s Nursery, and Richardson’s Flowers and Gifts. Headlining sponsors were The Aegis; Comcast; M&T Bank; Liberatore’s Ristorante; Nature Unlimited, WXCY; and Mason Dixon Arrive. Premiere Sponsors were APG Federal Credit Union; FastFrame; Harford County Tourism; URS Corporation; Kay Deitz; SRC; La Banque de Fleuve, Two Brothers Moving; Segami Media; Vanity’s Edge; Techo-Bloc; Harford’s Heart; Kleins ShopRite; Select Event Rentals; Hart to Heart Ambulance; and The Stancill Wulkow Family Trust/Stancills Inc. Supporting Sponsors included Library Interiors; Bank of America; Bel Air Friends, Brooms Bloom Dairy, Bonefish Grill, Coffee Coffee, Bill and Paige Cox/William H. Cox, Jr. Real Estate; Dancing with Friends; Flowers by Bauers, HC Style; Jarvis Appliance, Al & Christine Williamson; Point Breeze Credit Union; Dr. William and Carol Allen; Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC; Ronald Parker, PA; True Housewives of Bel Air; Harford Mutual Insurance; Dick and Susan Kinard; Matt and Beth Hendrix; Edmeades & Stromdahl, LTD;, Pairings Bistro, PNC Wealth Management; Baker & Taylor; Freedom Federal Credit Union; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Events by I Did it Myself; SAIC; Mark and Mary Hastler; Rick and Mary Herbig; Dr. Teddy Wray, DDS; Saks Fifth Avenue, Skylight Creative Ideas, Edmund and Lucie Snodgrass; Slavie Federal Savings Bank; and Robinson and Robinson, Attorneys at Law, and Wegmans.

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 x 2283.

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Photo caption #1: The Sapphire Supper Club was open for one night only at Harford County Public Library’s 7th Annual Gala on November 5, 2011. Photo by J.Thomas Photography: www.jthomasblog.com

Photo caption #2: Guests received the celebrity treatment while striking a pose at the Sapphire Supper Club Gala.

Photo caption #3: A classic 1940s car helped set the mood for the Sapphire Supper Club Gala. Photo by Leo Heppner.

Photo caption #4: The Backyard Crashers Live Auction package created much excitement as attendees placed competing bids for the outstanding package. Photo by Leo Heppner.

Photo caption #5: The crowd responds to the excitement of the live auction during Harford County Public Library’s 7th Annual Gala. Photo by J.Thomas Photography: www.jthomasblog.com

Photo caption #6: Nearly 600 guests filled the stacks of the Abingdon Branch of Harford County Public Library for food, drinks, dancing, auction packages and fun during the Sapphire Supper Club Gala. Photo by J.Thomas Photography: www.jthomasblog.com

Photo caption #7: Mary Hastler, Library Director and David Craig, County Executive, were among those who attended the Library’s 7th Annual Gala.

Photo caption #8: The Shades of Blue Orchestra kept guests dancing throughout the evening. Photo by J.Thomas Photography: www.jthomasblog.com

Photo caption #9: Couples were togged to the bricks in 1940s attire at Harford County Public Library’s 7th Annual Gala, the Sapphire Supper Club. Photo by Leo Heppner.

THE SAPPHIRE SUPPER CLUB OPENS FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

(Belcamp, Maryland – October 6, 2011) Tickets are on sale now for the Harford County Public Library’s 7th annual gala, the Sapphire Supper Club, an Evening in the Stacks, which will be held on November 5, 2011 at the Abingdon branch from 7 – 11pm. The event, the Library’s largest fundraiser, is anticipated to attract more than 400 guests. Tickets are $90 each.

The 1940′s big band theme is in honor of Harford County Public Library’s 65th “Sapphire” Anniversary and will feature Shades of Blue Orchestra, vintage décor, scrumptious small plates by Pairings Bistro, a signature martini bar by Liberatore’s Ristorante, and engaging live and silent auction items.

“Each year the gala committee and library staff transform the beautiful Abingdon branch into a unique themed setting for a fun and distinctive experience. This year guests will travel back in time to a glamorous 1940′s nightclub complete with a 22 piece band and a martini bar. Proceeds from the gala support numerous services at the library, including the Summer and Winter Reading Programs, the Library’s signature STEM program LEAP, and the early literacy initiative,” commented Library Director, Mary Hastler.

Local businesses have been an integral part of the gala since its inception and this year is no exception. The list includes Pairings Bistro, Brooms Bloom Dairy, DuClaw Brewing Company, BottleWorks, Sweet Devotions Cupcake & Creperie Café, and Liberatore’s Ristorante.

“Each year the Library gala is one of the County’s most anticipated events. The Gala Committee is working diligently to raise the bar again including expanded sponsorship opportunities, changes to the venue, and add some very exciting silent and live auction items,” stated Dave Patzer, Vice President at M&T Bank, a Headlining Sponsor this year. “Most importantly the event is an excellent opportunity for firms and individuals to show their support for this important community resource.”

Presenting sponsors for this year’s gala are Clark Turner Homes, Richardson’s Flowers and Gifts, Saxon’s Diamond Centers, and Rock Solid Hardscaping. Headlining sponsors are The Aegis; Comcast; M&T Bank; Liberatore’s Ristorante; WXCY; Mason Dixon Arrive; Kroh’s Nursery; Nature Unlimited. Premiere Sponsors are APG Federal Credit Union; FastFrame; Harford County Tourism; URS Corporation; Kay Deitz; SRC; Two Brothers Moving; Segami Media; Vanity’s Edge; Techo-Bloc; Harford’s Heart; Kleins ShopRite; Select Event Rentals; Hart to Heart Ambulance. Supporting Sponsors include Library Interiors; Bank of America; Dancing with Friends; HC Style; Al & Christine Williamson; Point Breeze Credit Union; Dr. William and Carole Allen; Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC; Ronald Parker, PA; True Housewives of Bel Air; Harford Mutual Insurance; Dick and Susan Kinard; Matt and Beth Hendrix; Edmeades & Stromdahl, LTD;, PNC Wealth Management; Baker & Taylor; Freedom Federal Credit Union; Flowers by Bauers; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Events by I Did it Myself; SAIC; Mary and Mark Hastler; Edmund and Lucie Snodgrass; Slavie Federal Savings Bank and Robinson and Robinson, Attorneys at Law.

Building on the success of last year the Harford County Public Library Foundation is once again holding a jewelry raffle. Saxon’s Diamond Centers has generously donated a stunning 2.09 carat sapphire and diamond ring. The ring, which is valued over $7,000, was designed by Saxon’s especially for Harford County Public Library’s 65th Sapphire Anniversary.

“My business partner, Kevin Ferrell, and I are honored to be part of an organization that serves the community in so many different ways,” stated Lance Hersh, Owner, Saxon’s Diamond Centers. “The library not only benefits students of all ages, but also adults who do not have computer access and who are furthering their education. And knowing that budget cuts have affected the library we wanted to do something to help raise funds to support the services and staff.” Jewelry raffle tickets are on sale now at all Harford County Public Library branches and Saxon’s two locations in Aberdeen and Bel Air. Tickets are one for $10 or three for $25. The drawing will be held at the gala. You do not need to be present to win.

Silent and live auction items are anticipated to be announced via the gala website in October. Packages include Wyndham Resort Vacations, New Year’s Eve entertainment and accommodations at the exclusive Cosmos Club in D.C., a private tour of the Smithsonian Museum, dinners and wine tastings, and a rumored $50,000 backyard make-over courtesy of Rock Solid Hardscaping, Clark Turner Signature Homes, Kroh’s Nursery, and Nature Unlimited. Foundation Director, Amber Shrodes promised to release additional details soon.

For more information and to purchase tickets for both the gala and the jewelry raffle, visit us online at EveningInTheStacks.org. You can also call the Library Foundation Office at 410 273 5600 x2283 or Like us on Facebook at Sapphire Supper Club.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to enhancing Harford County Public Library services. The Foundation raises funds to augment the financial resources of the Library and works to promote awareness of library services. The Foundation facilitates the library’s development as a creative environment within the county that encourages the acquisition of knowledge and the love of reading for all customers.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 168,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4,800,000. 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: Guests show off their hats at the 2010 Library Gala, Mad Hatter’s Ball.

Photo caption #2: Sapphire Supper Club, 7th annual Library Foundation Gala to be held on November 5 in celebration of the Library’s 65th anniversary.

Library and Foundation Participate in Parades

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

(Belcamp, Maryland – July 5, 2011) Harford County Public Library participated in several parades around the county including teasing audiences with a sneak peek at the Library Foundation’s fall gala theme, Sapphire Supper Club. Swing dancers followed a 1940′s Chevrolet Business Coupe with signs that read “Follow Me To The Sapphire Supper Club,” a theme created to support the Library’s 65th anniversary.

The seventh annual Library gala will be held on Saturday, November 5th at the Abingdon branch. For more information, visit EveningInTheStacks.org.

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
x 2283.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 210,000 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.

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Photo caption1-2: Harford County Public Library Foundation’s annual gala, themed “Sapphire Supper Club” was promoted at the Bel Air parade with a 1940 Chevrolet Business Coupe provided by Jim Butcher of Bel Air and swing dancers from Dancing With Friends.

SUMMER READING KICKS OFF WITH SCIENCE FAIR AND MORE

Thursday, June 16th, 2011




Belcamp, Maryland – June 15, 2011) Harford County Public Library (HCPL) kicked off its Summer Reading Program, One World Many Stories, on Monday, June 13th to a fanfare of events and excitement.

Festivities began with a Preschooler Fun Day at the Whiteford Branch. Creative Ways preschool attended the morning’s activities along with numerous families. Guests were delighted to meet Tales, the library mascot, and Ferrous, the Ironbirds’ mascot. Children participated in a story time, played in the puppet theatre and, of course, signed up for the Summer Reading Program.

“Summer reading is so important for children to participate in. Studies show that students that read during the summer return to school in the fall prepared to learn,” stated Library Director, Mary Hastler. “Harford County Public Library makes the summer reading experience fun with incentives, programs and activities for all ages!” Hastler further explained.

Later in the day at the Abingdon Branch, 600 children and teens registered for summer reading with many attending the LEAP (Learn Explore and Play) Kit Science Fair where local scientists provided demonstrations. LEAP kits are a collection of high-quality science equipment, materials and resources.

The LEAP Kit Science Fair kicked off a partnership between the NMTC (Northeastern Maryland Technology Council) and HCPL to dramatically expand the number of LEAP kits the library has to offer the community. The LEAP Sponsorship Program is made possible by contributions and leadership from NMTC and offers businesses interested in supporting STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) learning an opportunity to sponsor the LEAP kits for the Library. Raytheon and RTR Technologies have already supported the effort with sponsorships for the Mindstorms Robot and the WeDo Robotics kits.

“STEM learning is a top priority for our organization and its partners,” stated John Casner, Executive Director, NMTC, and personally the sponsor of the LEAP Bridge Engineering Kit. Casner was on hand at the LEAP Science Fair to help launch the program. “We know how important it is to provide our youth with the opportunity to experiment with these resources as curiosity will plant the seeds for further learning in these fields,” Casner further explained.

For the first time the LEAP kits will count towards readers’ Summer Reading Program requirements, an effort to help fill the “learning gap” created during the summer months.

Last year more than 18,000 young readers participated in the Summer Reading Program, which offers reading programs for children birth through high school. All participants receive a free book bag when they register and a new book or a gift certificate upon completion. Incentives are while supplies last.

The Summer Reading Program is one of HCPL’s largest outreach efforts and is supported entirely by sponsorships. This year’s generous sponsors are HAR-CO Maryland Federal Credit Union, Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Aegis, PNC Bank, HCPL Foundation, Aberdeen Rotary Club, Berardino Family Trust, Huether-McClelland Foundation, APG Federal Credit Union, James Kennedy, Lucie Snodgrass, Mary McClelland, and Mark and Mary Hastler.

“HAR-CO is proud to continue their community commitment in supporting the Harford County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for the eighth consecutive year,” stated Teresa Knox of HAR-CO Maryland Federal Credit Union. “We recognize the importance of this program for the students and families in our community,” she added.

Please visit hcplonline.org for more information on the Summer Reading Program. To inquire about LEAP kit sponsorship opportunities and to access the online automated system, please visit hcplonline.org/programs/leap.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 210,000 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.

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Photo caption #1: Summer Reading Kickoff at Preschooler Fun Day at the Whiteford Branch included appearances by Tales, the library mascot, and Ferrous, the Ironbirds’ mascot. Children from Creative Ways, a local preschool, enjoyed meeting both before Story Time.

Photo caption #2: Sponsors, staff, and mascots gathered for Whiteford Preschooler Fun Day. Pictured from left to right: Daphne Wiese, Circulation Manager, Whiteford Branch; Cecilia Gast, PNC Bank; Claudia Sumler, Senior Administrator, Harford County Public Library; Mary Hastler, Director, Harford County Public Library; Amber Shrodes, Foundation Director; Harford County Public Library; Heidi Richardson, Branch Manager, Whiteford Branch; Jessica Jourdan, APG Federal Credit Union; Tara Ringgold and Susan Giannini, HAR-CO Maryland Federal Credit Union; Dick Kinard, Library Board of Trustees and Foundation Board member. Seated: Kristen DeLambo, Library Associate; Alex Anastasi-Hill, Summer Reading Volunteer.

Photo caption #3: Children learn about rocks and much more at the LEAP (Learn Explore and Play) Science Fair at the Abingdon Branch.

Photo caption #4: Summer Reading Kickoff LEAP Science Fair at the Abingdon Branch included an appearance by Ferrous, the Ironbirds’ mascot along with staff members and program sponsors. Pictured from left to right: (front row : Nichole Johnson and Jenna Weitzel, HAR-CO Federal Credit Union; Vicki DeGraw, PNC Bank; Amber Shrodes, Foundation Director, Harford County Public Library; Lisa Mittman, Branch Manager, Abingdon Branch; David Shaffer, NMTC Member and wife, Kathy; Cynthia Hergenhahn, President, Abingdon Friends; Dick Kinard, Library Board of Trustees and Foundation Board member; (back row) Mary Hastler, Director, Harford County Public Library; Tamara Zavislan, Executive Director, Community Foundation; Kathy Wajer, Foundation Board member; Ferrous, Ironbirds’ mascot; Kevin Wiley, PNC Bank; John Casner, Executive Director, NMTC; Randy Rippin, President, RTR Technologies.