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Letter to The Aegis | May 31, 2012
Editor: I'm glad to hear that the Harford County Library tries to not stock pornography, soft or hard, male or female, with my tax money. It is becoming more and more important to make good financial and moral decisions, not only by the library, but also by all citizens. Ms. Haupt certainly has the right to read whatever she wants to read in our free (so far) country. She also has the right to buy the book. I'm sure many book stores would be delighted to accommodate her. David Wenner Bel Air
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By Jennifer Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 3, 2013
"Growing up, I would play librarian,” says Mary Hastler.  “I would line my stuffed animals up, and they would check out books.” So maybe it's no surprise that during Hastler's first career in health-care administration, she began volunteering with Bel Air Friends of the Library, helping organize fundraisers. Soon enough, she was working nine hours a week at the library, which snowballed into a new career. In 2010, she became director of the Harford County Public Library. Hastler's mission is to reinvent the library continually to maintain its relevance to the public.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | May 31, 2012
Several years ago as Harford County's public libraries were becoming centers where people could access the Internet, the issue of using library terminals to access the array of smut available online came to the forefront. Just as the libraries don't stock explicit magazines in their extensive collections of periodicals, they also don't allow library computer terminals to be used for accessing pornography. There's a certain amount of reason and logic behind this type of ruling. Unfortunately, the notion of regulating pornography in the Harford County library system seems to have been thrown like a blanket over the E.L. James best seller, "50 Shades of Grey," a sexually-themed novel.
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Aegis report | June 23, 2013
Each year the Harford County Department of Community Services, Volunteer Harford, conducts a search for people who assist those around them. These "Beautiful People" volunteer at an extraordinary level, donating their time and talent to make a difference in Harford County. Harford's Most Beautiful People are honored at a program each year in October, hosted by County Executive David R. Craig. The program is aired on Harford Cable Network in the months following the event. Nominations are being accepted through Aug. 30, for the 27th annual Harford's Most Beautiful People awards.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | December 12, 1994
Roenna Fahrney, director of the Harford County Library for 21 years, died of heart failure Wednesday at a Frederick nursing home. She was 83.Miss Fahrney led the library system from 1957 until her retirement in 1978. The current director, Irene M. Padilla, credited her with opening branches in Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, Edgewood and Bel Air.Miss Fahrney also prepared the library system for the age of automation in the 1970s when it switched from card catalogs to a machine-readable database on microfilm, Ms. Padilla said.
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Aegis report | June 23, 2013
Each year the Harford County Department of Community Services, Volunteer Harford, conducts a search for people who assist those around them. These "Beautiful People" volunteer at an extraordinary level, donating their time and talent to make a difference in Harford County. Harford's Most Beautiful People are honored at a program each year in October, hosted by County Executive David R. Craig. The program is aired on Harford Cable Network in the months following the event. Nominations are being accepted through Aug. 30, for the 27th annual Harford's Most Beautiful People awards.
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November 20, 1994
Volunteers Help Make Library WorkI would like to publicly express my appreciation to the citizens of Harford County who joined their neighbors on Community Service Day, Oct. 22. Across the county, the results of their work are dramatic.Harford County Library is enjoying the fruits of the volunteers' labor at branches in Fallston-Jarrettsville, Havre de Grace and Bel Air. Members of the National Civilian Community Corps along with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and interested citizens gave the branches a real face-lift.
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August 28, 1994
College names Muolo as acting vice presidentGreg Muolo, director of fiscal affairs at Harford Community College, was named acting vice president of administration and finance Thursday by the college's board of trustees.The temporary position was created when W. Stephen Pannill became interim president of HCC earlier this month. Former HCC President Richard J. Pappas left the college Aug. 15 to become president of Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich.Mr. Pannill will resume his duties as vice president of administration and finance when a permanent president is hired.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | September 27, 2006
Aside from glitzy ads on TV and in magazines, information on prescription drugs can be tough to come by for Gregory Wollon, a 62-year-old Havre de Grace resident. "You don't choose a prescription because beautiful people are using it," said Wollon, adding that she has been researching acid reflux medications. This search could get easier starting today when the Harford County library system plans to launch a service providing access to a Web site from Consumer Reports magazine on costs, types and availability of prescription drugs.
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer | June 26, 1994
Philip A. Place, director of the Harford County Public Library for more than five years, has resigned to become director of the Warioto Regional Library Center in Clarksville, Tenn.Mr. Place, whose resignation is effective July 29, said he's looking forward to "a less stressful job" in a "lovely area of the country.""The kids are raised, and we're going to do things differently," he said.Mr. Place said the location will put him much closer to Louisville, Ky., where his wife, Diana, plans to enroll at Southern Baptist Seminary.
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April 29, 2013
Little Leapers was unveiled to an excited crowd of children and caregivers along with program sponsors and library staff on March 27 at the Bel Air library. More than 80 people were in attendance, including 30 children, to see the new kits and have the opportunity to participate in several experiments put on by local scientists. Little Leapers is Harford County Public Library's newest early literacy initiative which consists of pre- and early-literacy kits that focus on fostering and developing pre- and early literacy skills through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
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Aegis report | March 24, 2013
The Harford County Public Library system has announced the launch of its newest early literacy initiative, Little Leapers, pre- and early-literacy kits that focus on fostering and developing pre- and early literacy skills through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics. Targeted for children up to 5 years, the kits will be unveiled at the Bel Air Library on March 27. "Little Leapers will aid with reading readiness, preparing our county's children for school and introducing STEM at an early age to nurture life-long interest," Mary Hastler, library director, said in a press release.
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October 29, 2012
Renowned for unique auction items at its annual Gala, the Harford County Public Library Foundation recently added a catered lunch for six with New York Times bestselling author Jeff Shaara to its live auction. The auction will take place at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Abingdon Library during the Library's Gala, Once Upon a Time - an Evening in the Stacks. Shaara has written 11 historical war novels that have made the New York Times bestseller list and will also be the feature author for the Foundation's annual Night Out @ the Library on April 19, 2013.
NEWS
June 6, 2012
Regarding your recent editorial on the Harford County Public Library's decision not to purchase the book "Fifty Shades of Grey," the library did not ban the book as you claimed ("Banned in Bel Air," June 2). We strongly oppose censorship of any type and are ardent supporters of intellectual freedom - a critical and essential role for a public library in any community. The Harford County Public Library does not purchase every book that is published, and it follows our library board of trustees' materials selection policy.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | May 31, 2012
Several years ago as Harford County's public libraries were becoming centers where people could access the Internet, the issue of using library terminals to access the array of smut available online came to the forefront. Just as the libraries don't stock explicit magazines in their extensive collections of periodicals, they also don't allow library computer terminals to be used for accessing pornography. There's a certain amount of reason and logic behind this type of ruling. Unfortunately, the notion of regulating pornography in the Harford County library system seems to have been thrown like a blanket over the E.L. James best seller, "50 Shades of Grey," a sexually-themed novel.
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Letter to The Aegis | May 31, 2012
Editor: I'm glad to hear that the Harford County Library tries to not stock pornography, soft or hard, male or female, with my tax money. It is becoming more and more important to make good financial and moral decisions, not only by the library, but also by all citizens. Ms. Haupt certainly has the right to read whatever she wants to read in our free (so far) country. She also has the right to buy the book. I'm sure many book stores would be delighted to accommodate her. David Wenner Bel Air
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Staff Writer | February 14, 1993
The controversy over the possible closing of the tiny Highland library in Street heated up last week when four members of the County Council introduced a bill to prevent the Harford County ++ Library board of trustees from closing a branch without the council's approval."
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer | May 22, 1994
Harford County Library officials got a taste of what a newly remodeled $7.5 million library might look like Thursday when architects studying the feasibility of renovating the 34-year-old Bel Air library gave a formal presentation of the results of their study.Getz Taylor Architects Inc. is the Havre de Grace firm contracted the county to study the feasibility of expanding and remodeling the Bel Air library on its current site at Hickory and Pennsylvania avenues. The firm described two options at the Board of Library Trustees' May meeting.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | September 27, 2006
Aside from glitzy ads on TV and in magazines, information on prescription drugs can be tough to come by for Gregory Wollon, a 62-year-old Havre de Grace resident. "You don't choose a prescription because beautiful people are using it," said Wollon, adding that she has been researching acid reflux medications. This search could get easier starting today when the Harford County library system plans to launch a service providing access to a Web site from Consumer Reports magazine on costs, types and availability of prescription drugs.
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