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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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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | July 14, 2014
More than 55 years after it became a national craze, the Harford County Public Library is giving residents an opportunity to show off their Hula Hoop skills at the Hoopla Hoop Contest Tuesday, July 15, at the Abingdon Library. Hoopla Hoop will be presented by MidWest Tape, the library's provider of Hoopla digital media. A representative of the company will be on hand to run the contest and award the winner with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. "Summer fun at the Library will take on a whole new meaning as young and old Hoopla Hoop at the Abingdon Library," Library Marketing Manager Janine Lis said in a statement.
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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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June 23, 2014
Gerry Sandusky, the voice of the Ravens, shared his story and inspiration for his book "Forgotten Sundays" with more than 70 guests at the Abingdon library June 14. "Live a life of legacy not a life of luxury," Sandusky said, relaying just one of the many lessons he learned from the life his father led, Colts' coach John Sandusky. Sandusky spoke of his life growing up in the early years of the NFL and emphasized the importance of living your life, finding your legacy and embracing it. "Harford County Public Library was honored to have Gerry Sandusky speak at the Abingdon library.
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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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June 17, 2013
The Joppatowne Garden Club and the Joppa branch of Harford County Public Library recently held a Small-Standard Flower Show, "Joppa Past and Present," at the Joppa library.
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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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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 3, 2014
The Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees is searching for a candidate to be considered for appointment to the board beginning in July. The selected trustee will represent the Havre de Grace area of Harford County. Among the duties of trustees as set by state and county law are: to establish and operate the library to provide free service, to set library policy, to employ a director, to advise in the preparation of the budget and to approve the budget, to control the spending of funds, to adopt rules and regulations for use of the library and to select locations and approve plans for branch buildings.
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May 6, 2013
More than 200 cars and 1,700 spectators gathered in Jarrettsville on April 13 to celebrate Harford County's car culture at the 2nd Annual Romancing the Chrome Car Show hosted by Harford County Public Library and the Jarrettsville Lions Club. Car enthusiasts and onlookers alike enjoyed a beer garden, live music by The Diamond Heads and concessions by Pond View Farm and Pit Crew, WOLO gourmet food truck and catering and Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli. Attendees explored a variety of exhibits from vendors including the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Harford County Public Library and several of the event's sponsors: Keene Dodge, Mr. Tire, Harford Sanitation/Waste Industries, WXCY, Race On LLC, Bill Schilling & Chad Shrodes/Long & Foster Realtors, Liberty Mutual, Atlantic Tractor, WAMD and the Jarrettsville Friends of Harford County Public Library.
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January 13, 2014
Harford County Public Library collected handmade hats and scarves during December to donate to local Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United (FCCAU) shelters before the holidays. More than 500 donations poured in from library staff, customers, knitting groups and local crafting groups. Shelter clients received the items wrapped in gift bags during the week of Christmas.
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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.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 25, 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 autobiographical book of the same name by Corrie ten Bloom, with John and Elizabeth Sherrill.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 24, 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 5 at the Edgewood library. This innovative program will offer the library's youngest customers the opportunity to use iPad minis 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.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 3, 2014
The Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees is searching for a candidate to be considered for appointment to the board beginning in July. The selected trustee will represent the Havre de Grace area of Harford County. Among the duties of trustees as set by state and county law are: to establish and operate the library to provide free service, to set library policy, to employ a director, to advise in the preparation of the budget and to approve the budget, to control the spending of funds, to adopt rules and regulations for use of the library and to select locations and approve plans for branch buildings.
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January 13, 2014
Harford County Public Library collected handmade hats and scarves during December to donate to local Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United (FCCAU) shelters before the holidays. More than 500 donations poured in from library staff, customers, knitting groups and local crafting groups. Shelter clients received the items wrapped in gift bags during the week of Christmas.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 2, 2014
Start off the New Year of 2014 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. This year's Make Reading Your Winter Sport program encourages high school teens and adults to be gold medal readers in a Winter Olympics year. Participants can register at any branch or online at HCPLonline.org . 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 Jan. 9 and March 1 to receive a commemorative mug. Giveaways are while supplies last.
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June 10, 2013
Harford County Public Library and the Harford County Department of Community Services were presented with a Special Preservation Award by the Harford County Historic Preservation Commission for their partnership in bringing Journey Stories to Harford County. The award was given during a May 10 ceremony at the Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air. Journey Stories was a Smithsonian Exhibition that ran May 19 through July 6, 2012 at the Abingdon library and also featured additional exhibitions and several notable authors and speakers appearing around the county.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 17, 2013
With a week to go before Christmas, the Empty Stocking Fund continues to close in on its fund-raising goal for 2013, while its volunteers are busy preparing to make the holiday season a little cheerier for Harford County's less fortunate children, families and senior citizens. Employees of Harford County Public Library presented a donation of toys collected from customers and staff to The Empty Stocking Fund on Dec. 12. Eleven library locations were toy drop-off sites this year. "We thank you so much for your support," Empty Stocking Fund volunteer Jane Brown said.
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Editorial from The Record | December 6, 2013
It's been more than a quarter of a century since the last time plans were in the works for a major upgrade for the Havre de Grace Branch of the Harford County Public Library. Back then, Havre de Grace had fallen on hard times and suffice it to say the community was in need of a major lift. A proposal was floated that would have put a major library branch, plus the library system headquarters, on Revolution Street in what was then a vacant building, but would eventually be redeveloped into the professional center it is today.
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