SECAC makes materials donation to library

  • Library representatives accept a recent donation from The Special Education Citizen Advisory Committee Pictured, from left, are Terri Schell, senior administrator; Dawn Markovic, SECAC representative; Mary Hastler, library director; and Daria Parry, associate library director.
Library representatives accept a recent donation from The…
May 12, 2014

The Special Education Citizen Advisory Committee, SECAC, the parent-led organization that bridges the communication between the Harford County Public Schools' Department of Special Education and the Board of Education with parents and community members, donated a collection of books on autism and other child special needs to Harford County Public Library.

"Enhancing partnerships with community organizations is part of SECAC's mission and working with the public library system is a perfect fit," Dawn Markovic, SECAC representative, said. "Parents need information and what better way than to get the resources on the library shelves for the community to access."

"We truly appreciate this donation from SECAC," Jennifer Ralston, library materials management administrator, said. "These materials will enhance our current adult and parent teacher collections that cover the autism spectrum and other special needs. The ability to partner with organizations such as SECAC is a great benefit for the community of parents, teachers and caregivers."

Several titles were donated including "Raising Boys with ADHD" by James W. Forgan and Mary Anne Richey; "The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders" by Elizabeth Verdick and Dr. Elisabeth Reeve; and "Children with High-Functioning Autism" by Dr. Claire E. Hughes-Lynch. These books, along with the entire collection of special needs materials, are available to reserve online at and can be delivered to any library branch. A staff member at any branch can also provide assistance.

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches throughout Harford County. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of more than 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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