Public library seeking volunteers to aid children


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September 18, 2005

The Harford county public library is seeking adult volunteers to share stories, games and library materials with young children in preschools and licensed day care centers in Harford County.

The program, called "Sharing the Gift," will offer a training sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Bel Air branch, 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Registration is required by Tuesday.

Volunteers are asked to spend about three hours a month introducing book-based programs to children. The library's children's staff prepare the programs.

Next month, the library will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the "Sharing the Gift" program with an after-hours open house. Former volunteers should contact the library to be placed on the VIP guest list.

The library currently uses 50 volunteers to visit more than 1,100 children each month. Information: Melissa Harrah, 410-638-3151, ext. 244 or Michele Louderback, 410-273-5601, Ext. 247.

St. Margaret School to hold Fall Festival

St. Margaret School in Bel Air will hold its annual Fall Festival from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25. The school is at 205 Hickory Ave.

Games, rides, activities, food and prizes will be featured. A large yard sale is planned. An alumni reception is planned from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Festival admission is free. Information: 410-420-9321.

Equine massage therapy course offered at CCC

Cecil Community College will offer a new Equine Sports Massage Therapy course starting tomorrow.

The hands-on, 40-hour class will be led by Melanie Wilson, a certified equine sports massage therapist. Students will learn techniques to administer a full-body massage to horses to treat muscular problems.

Information: Melanie Wilson, 610-932-8833 or visit

Meetings scheduled for school board, public

The Board of Education of Harford County and Harford County Public Schools will sponsor a series of town meetings late next month at area high schools and middle schools.

Residents are invited to attend a meeting to provide the board and school officials with input on creating a vision for the future, redistricting and other topics. There will also be smaller focus groups to encourage exchange of ideas.

The meetings will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Meetings will be held Oct. 25 at Bel Air High School for the Bel Air and C. Milton Wright high school areas; Oct. 26 at Aberdeen High School for the Aberdeen and Havre de Grace high school areas; Oct. 26 at Joppatowne High School for the Joppatowne and Edgewood high school areas; and Oct. 27 at North Harford Middle School for the North Harford and Fallston high school areas.

The location of the North Harford Middle meeting is subject to change.

Information: Don Morrison, 410-588-5203.


Library gala:

Tickets are on sale for the "Harford Treasures" Library Gala, to be held Nov. 5 in the stacks of the Abingdon branch of the Harford Public Library. The "Evening in the Stacks" will include local authors reading and signing their works, artisans demonstrating their work and music by local harpist Elizabeth Ciavolino and the Defractions Jazz Band. Food and live and silent auctions are also planned. Tickets are $50 and are available at, 410-273-5600, or 410-638-4736.

Volunteers sought:

Partners in Reading, a program of Harford County Department of Community Services' Volunteer Connection & RSVP, is seeking volunteers. The program, initiated in two elementary schools in 2000, helps improve reading skills. A volunteer receives an orientation and training and usually serves an hour each week at a participating school close to home. 410-638-4444, or volunteer.


Susquehanna Human Resource Association (SHRA) will hold its annual Kickoff Breakfast Meeting from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 29 at Harford Community College, Chesapeake Center Dining Room South. Anirban Basu, author of Baltimore Business Journal's "Economic Barometer" column, will share his forecast of Harford County's economy. The cost is $25 to attend. The event is free of charge for SHRA members. For reservations, e-mail tmitchel@har by Sept. 26.

Health careers:

Cecil Community College will offer free information sessions about training options for health careers. The college offers full- and part-time training programs for medical assistants, medical coders and billers, hospital unit clerks, certified nursing assistant and phlebotomists. Sessions will be held at Elkton Station, Room 327, 107 Railroad Ave., on Oct. 5 and Dec. 7, and at the college's North East campus Sept. 14, Nov. 2 and Jan. 11. 410-287-6060, Ext. 641.

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