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Great Stories Begin Here: Annual Report 2012 - Harford County ...

GreatStoriesBeginHereHarford County Public LibraryHarford County Public Library Foundation11 • 01 • 12


Great StoriesBegin HereHarford County Public LibraryHarford CountyPublic Library Foundation


Harford County Public Library has been the home of great stories for more than65 years. The Library not only offers numerous books, music, downloadable collectionsand countless other resources; it also plays an important role in the personal stories ofeach of our customers. Libraries often provide the spark that begins a life-long love ofreading, a catalyst for a new business venture, or a first-step in an individual’s nextadventure; whether it is a trip to the Grand Canyon, buying a first home, orpreparing for retirement.This year Harford County Public Library expanded its public service role in a dramaticfashion with the introduction of innovative literacy programs, the addition of excitingnew product expansions, record-breaking fundraising events, and the implementationof cutting-edge technology, all while maintaining outstanding customer service.We began our story with the planning of our most successful Gala to date – a bigband soiree in honor of the Library’s 65th anniversary. The event raised more than$90,000 net of expenses for programs, materials, and future capital investments.The fall was filled with achievements including the completion of our early literacycenter Foundation campaign, and the expansion of the Library’s signatureSTEM initiative, LEAP. But the apex of the Library’s 2012 adventure wasJourney Stories, a Smithsonian Exhibition that explored transportation,immigration, and America’s need and desire to journey. The project quicklygrew into a cultural marathon of exhibits, speakers, and programs attractingBoard of trustees Fiscal year 2012Front row, left to right: Kenneth R. Avery, Treasurer; Mary L. Hastler, Library Director;William G. Nicodemus, Chairperson; Louise A. LeTendre, Vice Chairperson; Lucie L. Snodgrass.Back row, left to right: Cara Reilly, Student Representative; Alex M. Allman; Hon. Susan H. Hazlett;Bruce M. Smith; Jennifer L. Vido; Dominic C. Cottone; Joseph M. Woods, Council Liaison.2


more than 79,000 visitors. The tremendous public support for this diverseproject has made for an exciting and successful chapter in the Library’shistory. It has also enhanced our collaboration with Harford County’s vibrant artscommunity. These activities, initiatives, and partnerships with new industries,community organizations, and corporate sponsors will continue to support ourmission in the future.As a customer, volunteer, partner, advocate, or employee, you play a starring role inthe Library’s success. Now, in this year’s Annual Report, I am pleased to share withyou some of the highlights that made 2012 truly remarkable. We are grateful for yourcontinued support and look forward to creating new stories together in the future.Mary L. HastlerDirector, Harford County Public LibraryPhoto reprinted with permission of The Baltimore Sun Media Group. All Rights Reserved.3


This past year Harford County Public Library (HCPL) embarked on many excitingjourneys – some were on familiar roads while others were on unchartered paths.These journeys included renowned exhibitions, new partnerships, an abundanceof author visits, record-breaking fundraising events, early literacy programs,expansion of services, new technologies, and even a car show!One of the most interesting and diverse stories the Library brought to the HarfordCounty community was Journey Stories, a Museum on Main Street Exhibition fromthe Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Humanities Council. Journey Storiesexplored America’s love of travel and desire for freedom. The stories told wereuniversal for Americans, whether they lived in Bel Air, Maryland or Bel Air, California.HCPL was delighted to be a recipient of the exhibition grant that brought Journey Storiesto Harford County. In conjunction with this major exhibition, the Library held an arrayof cultural activities, before, during, and after Journey Stories came to town.Above: Harford Cable Network’s Kaleidescope program host Kristy Breslin interviews Library Director,Mary L. Hastler. Right: Details of Journey Stories Smithsonian Exhibition at Abingdon Library.Ava Marie during WBAL-TV’s live taping at the Smithsonian Exhibition.4


Journey Stories officially kicked off during National Library Week in April with theopening of a juried photography exhibition - Cars: a Harford County Love Affair.This exhibition was developed in partnership with the Harford County Cultural ArtsBoard and viewed by more than 1,440 visitors. In keeping with the journey theme, theHCPL Foundation invited Earl Swift, award winning author of The Big Roads, to speakat the annual Night Out @ the Library on April 13. Mr. Swift entertained the audiencewith stories describing the beginning of the Interstate Highway System in Americaand how that system changed the way we journey. His visit was capped off withthe incredibly successful and unique to libraries Romancing the Chrome classiccar show, co-sponsored by the Harford County Public Library Foundation and theJarrettsville Lions Club. More than 250 cars, 30 vendors, and 1,000 spectators filledJarretts Field to celebrate Harford County’s car culture. The event raised nearly$25,000 for the Library. Plans for a second annual car show in 2013 are underway.“One of the finest car shows I have ever been to and I have beendoing this for over 25 years. The people, cars, spacing, judges,music- all were magnificent!” -Tim Keck, owner of several entries


The Library worked vigilantly with numerous organizations to make this exhibitionpossible. In addition to the Harford County Cultural Arts Board and the JarrettsvilleLions Club, the Library partnered with the Harford County Department of CommunityServices to provide additional venues throughout the county for the communityto experience stellar Journey Stories programs. For example, The Harford CountyHistorical Society and the Aberdeen Room, a community museum in Aberdeen,enthusiastically opened their doors to share a vast array of historical artifacts,information, and collectables to help visitors connect with the past and witheach other.The Hosanna School Museum came on board to coordinate the Journey Stories YouthOral History Project, a pilot program of the Smithsonian Institution. This programempowered Harford County teens to collect, record, and share local oralhistories and stories of the farmers and families who were forced to leave their homesto make way for the establishment of the Aberdeen Proving Grounds (APG).These stories became the exhibition Lost and Found: The Forgotten Communities of APG,hosted by the Hosanna School Museum.Five displays accompanied the main Smithsonian Exhibition – Highway Hospitality:Route 40 Through Harford County; Money and Migration: Population and theCounty Economy; From Trail to Train: The Building of Bel Air; Fugitives, Accessories,and Catchers: The Underground Railroad in Harford County; and Journey ThroughHarford History.9


Journey Stories introduced the community to celebrity guests and the opportunity tomeet and hear first-hand their fascinating journeys. Astronaut Col. Al Worden spokeabout his 1971 space mission, sharing details of his record-breaking isolationin space and deep space walk; Cindy Wolf, local restaurateur and entrepreneur,spoke about becoming a chef and her work in the food service industry;Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, better known as “Dr. Q,” shared his journeyfrom an undocumented immigrant working the fields in California to a worldrenowned neurosurgeon at The John Hopkins School of Medicine; historicalmystery writer, D.E. Johnson, captured the crime and struggles of Detroit during theemergence of the automobile industry; author Wendy McClure talked about LauraIngalls Wilder’s life story; and national historian Fergus Bordewich recounted storiesof the personalities of the Underground Railroad and the Compromise of 1850.Above: Astronaut Col. Al Worden Bottom left: Dr. Quiñoes-Hinojosa Bottom right: Chef Cindy WolfRight Page: Col. Al Worden, Harford County Executive David Craig, wife Melinda and grandchildren10


Journey Stories included programs for all ages. Over 4,400 adults enjoyed a varietyof programs to learn not only their personal family stories but also the storiesof those around them. Many were drawn to trace their roots and through technologywere able to find their stories with the stroke of a key. For example, a genealogyseries provided participants with the opportunity to explore the Library’s onlineancestry resources and listen to expert speakers share tips and provide adviceon how to conduct a successful search. The series ended with a “Lock-In” where theparticipants stayed after hours to hone their skills and test what they had learned.Five films with a journey stories theme were shown and discussed with film historianJack Hirschfeld. Also, 15 book groups read and discussed the books of visitingauthors and other titles with a journey premise, providing occasions to sharepersonal stories and experiences with each other.More than 425 children explored cars and trains, and travel to far-off lands throughstory times, craft projects, interactions with well-known characters, and an authorpresentation about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. In all, more than 79,000 peopleexplored the many activities associated with Journey Stories.12


Journey Stories and its many complimentary exhibits and programs would not havebeen possible without the strong support of the HCPL Foundation, which raisedmore than $40,000 for the exhibition. In the course of its support, the Foundation alsoestablished new relationships with community partners and engaged the HCPLcommunity in exciting ways. Through these combined resources and efforts, theLibrary and its partners were able to create an extraordinary cultural event forHarford County.Over 100 partners from the public sector and private industry attended the 2012Partner Event, held in conjunction with the opening of the Journey Stories Exhibition.Guests were able to preview the exhibition before it opened to the public.Journey Stories Opening Night: BackYard Crashers Craig Naparstek of Rock Solid Hardscaping andGreg Sorg of Nature Unlimited with Library Director, Mary L. Hastler and HCPL FoundationDirector, Amber C. Shrodes.13


Capturing the imagination of teens as they grow into adulthoodis where their stories unfold.Teens created their own journeys filledwith adventure, heroes, and stardom.Last fall teens gathered for the MiniComic-Con event at the AberdeenLibrary. Modeled after renowned comicconventions, it offered participants anopportunity to have their own Comic-Con experience. They were thrilled tohear John Gallagher, creator of Buzzboycomics, speak about the comicindustry. Dragon’s Den Gaming staffmembers, anime artist Allison Remeter,and game creator Miguel Nieves sharedinsights about the gaming industry.The program was supported by a grantfrom the Maryland State Arts Council.The Library held its first film festivalfor Teens, Film This!, in celebration ofNational Library Week. Each teenteam created a two-minute book trailervideo promoting their favorite book.A “Book Trailer Premiere” was held atthe Bel Air Library where over 60 people joined in on the fun and voted for theirfavorite trailer. First place went to Kathleen Fearless for her trailer onThe Hunger Games. Kathleen was thrilled to win and donated her prize ofa $100 Best Buy gift certificate to charity. Many teens expressed theirexcitement and interest in competing again next year!14


An abundance of learning can be found within the walls of the libraryand within the minds of our children. Connect the two and you willfind the key that unlocks dreams.This year HCPL expanded and introduced a number of new initiatives toenhance early literacy experiences. The belief and practice thatplay and the use of toys can help promote early literacy in young childrenhas been actively practiced since the 1970’s when the Learning & SharingCollection (LSC) was first established. The LSC, which is comprised of developmentaltoys, puppets, puzzles, DVDs, books, magazines and themed kits, was expandedthis year and is now available at the Abingdon, Aberdeen, Bel Air, Edgewoodand Joppa Libraries. Today the LSC offers over 16,000 items designed toeducate children about the alphabet, colors, numbers, shapes, time, finemotor skills, language development, music and rhythm, and medical experiences.Customers can request kits online and pick them up at any branch.“We were able to borrow toys and books for free from the Library’sLearning & Sharing Collection, use them with our son and returnthem for a different kit every few weeks. Parents are also introduced tovarious ways to use the materials by the children’s librarians. This serviceis indispensable to parents and the value is absolutely priceless.”– Susan Burdette, parent17


Plans for an early literacy interactive area atthe Bel Air Library are underway. Throughengaging play, age-appropriate materials andinteractive story times, this dedicated area willencourage and foster the development of emergentliteracy skills essential for school readiness. InDecember a donation in the amount of $50,000from the Library Foundation was presentedto the Library. Forty partners for the projectwere on hand for the presentation.To celebrate April’s “Month of the Young Child”and the expansion of promoting early literacyskills for young children, HCPL launched thePuppy Tales Club. This early literacy programfor parents, caregivers, and their babiesaged birth through 35 months, is based on thefive important early literacy practices of talking,singing, reading, writing, and playing. Nearly550 children participated in the programand were provided with activity sheets,booklists, tips for at-home activities, and in-houseprogramming to continue building thefoundation for reading and learning.“The Library is honored by the support and significant investmentthat is being made by the community for our youth.”– Mary L. Hastler, Library Director18


Families Read and Succeed, a program funded by a Barbara Bush Foundation forFamily Literacy Grant, is a series of enhanced story time programs based on thepre-literacy skills advocated by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Every ChildReady to Read program. Children’s librarians presented story times at three elementaryschools twice a month. Family mealtime events were also scheduled at theschools throughout the year with presenters from Harford Community College,Aberdeen Proving Grounds Federal Credit Union, and Young Audiences. Parentsreceived advice about GED, adult basic education credit and non-credit collegecourses, and budgeting techniques, while their children shared stories, activitiesand games with Library staff. Families were also invited to the EdgewoodLibrary for “Learning Parties”, interactive, hands-on, parent/child gatherings thatpromote development of school readiness skills.19


The Sharing the Gift and the Opening the Gift programs haveremained an integral part of the Library’s school readiness efforts, whilethe Partners In Reading program provides literacy support at theelementary school level.Using the materials available in the Learning & Sharing Collection,the Library began the Sharing the Gift program in 1974 to furtherincrease early literacy efforts. The Sharing the Gift program utilizesLibrary volunteers who have been trained by children’s librariansto share the joy of books and reading with young childrenthrough Library-prepared, book-based materials and activities.The program is targeted to children from two to six yearsof age and is presented at licensed daycare centers and nurseryschools throughout the community. Through the months of October2011 to April 2012, these hardworking volunteers attended 923 classesand shared pre-literacy and early literacy learning concepts and skillswith 12,358 children and 1,793 adults.Each month from September through May, Harford County Public Libraryshares books, stories, puppets, songs, and finger plays in licensed in-homedaycare locations through the Opening the Gift program. Monthly themesraise awareness of important school readiness skills, encourage early literacyactivities, educate daycare providers and parents of the early literacyresources available at HCPL, and help to lay the foundation for the loveof books for children and their caregivers. The Opening the Gift librarianmade 298 in-home daycare visits, reaching 2,673 children and adults.Partners in Reading, the Library’s volunteer program with a mission toencourage a child’s enthusiasm for reading, supports the public schoolsystem by providing trained, caring volunteers who serve as reading rolemodels to struggling or reluctant readers. Last year the Library visited 13elementary schools including 4 of the 5 Title I schools. Forty-sevenvolunteers met with 196 students on a weekly basis totaling 1,306 hours.Feedback from the teachers whose students were tutored was overwhelminglypositive. The teachers felt that the students’ reading skills and attitudestoward reading were greatly improved.20


Exploration through science offers a world of learning, and HCPL’s STEMinitiative LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play kits have been utilized by hundreds ofyouth in their quest for knowledge. In June of 2011, the Harford County PublicLibrary Foundation received a $10,000 grant from Northeastern MarylandTechnology Council (NMTC) to launch the LEAP Sponsorship Program.The matching funds program offers firms and individuals interested in supportingSTEM learning the opportunity to sponsor a LEAP kit. Due to the generoussupport of numerous donors, the collection was expanded to the Aberdeen,Bel Air, and Whiteford Libraries in December 2011. The kits, which use playas a motivator for exploring science and technology topics, consist of highquality science equipment, materials, and resources and cover a vast arrayof subjects including engineering, chemistry, dinosaurs, and the human body.22“We need more young students exposed to the wonders ofscience so that they will become excited about the subjectand be encouraged to take STEM courses in school.”- John M. Ferriter, Senior Vice President, SAIC


Provide the right tools: the task is lighter, the result perfected.Service, accessibility, and convenience are an important part of what HCPLdoes every day for its customers. In the past year the Library implementedonline registration for Summer Reading Program participants, offered the optionto pay fines and fees online, and provided an online job application for thoseseeking a position with the Library.Silver Reader, HCPL’s senior mobile unit, expanded its services and visited25 assisted living and nursing home sites, bringing the Library to those whocannot get to an HCPL branch. The Library initiated a new training resourcefor customers as they transition to eBooks. Launched in the fall of 2011,eBook eXperience provides hands-on exploration of the latest eReader devicesand practice in downloading from the Library’s free eBook collection.Circulation of eBooks increased 57% during the 2012 fiscal year.Working together builds friendships, inspires success and captivatesa community.Harford County Public Library staff collected toys, games, and books for theAegis Empty Stocking Fund and delivered over 600 hats, scarves, and mittens tothe Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United organization. Additionally,school supplies were donated to “Tools for Schools,” a resource center whereteachers obtain materials for students in need, sponsored by the Greater Excellencein Education Foundation.24


Harford County Public Library participated in the Harford County Chamber ofCommerce Business-to-Business Expo in April, showcasing the many ways inwhich the Library is “Here, There and Everywhere.” Staff answered questionsabout eBooks and visitors enjoyed the step-by-step downloadinginstructional handouts. Meeting room rentals at the Library were also a sourceof visitor inquiries.Always looking to reachout to the public in newways, the Library exhibitedat the Harford CountyChamber of CommerceFall and Spring Exposat Harford Mall. Staff talkedabout the new Playaway View, eBook resources, Journey Stories, and theLibrary’s new early literacy programs. HCPL staff also volunteered answeringtelephones for Maryland Public Television and had the opportunity topromote Journey Stories. And, as a long-time co-sponsor of theannual New Visions for Women conference held at Harford Community College,the Library presented a session on eBooks and highlighted digital resourcesto a diverse group of women.25


HCPL was honored to host an appearance by George Guidall, the man withthe golden voice of audiobooks. An Audie Award winner, Mr. Guidall has recordedover 900 books. Speaking to a standing room only audience at the Fallston Library,Mr. Guidall talked about the ins and outs of recording favorite authors. Guestswere given a demonstration of One Click Digital, HCPL’s audiobook source fromRecorded Books.26New York Times bestselling authorJ. Courtney Sullivan appeared at theAbingdon Library to discuss hercurrent novel, Maine. Named a Best Book ofthe Year by Time Magazine, Maine is a story ofthree generations of women who have nothingin common except for the fact that they arefamily. Over 65 people filled the room to hearwhat inspired Ms. Sullivan to write this story.


The Friends of Harford County Public Library support all 11 branches throughadvocacy, volunteering, and fundraising. They are the Library’s voice, and advocateon behalf of HCPL at budget and legislative hearings; promote the Librarythroughout the community; and offer their time and talents as volunteers.Their financial support is essential for HCPL and helps to maintain high qualityprograms and activities. In FY 2012, the Friends of HCPL donated a total of$39,773. They partnered with the Library and the Foundation to help purchaseflat screen televisions in the branches, programming, and supported the2012 Winter Reading Program, O’ Say Can You Read A Good Book? Havinggrown in popularity since its inception in 2002, the Winter Reading Programhad over 6,600 teens and adults sign up this past year.Snapshot Day 2011, Wednesday, October 5th, was a day when staff capturedimages of the many faces of the Library. Activities such as reading, playing games,working at computers, studying, and participating in Library programs werecaught on film and submitted for inclusion in the state-wide promotionalslideshow. Snapshot Day is sponsored by the Maryland Library Associationand the Maryland State Department of Education.27


“Our backyard has been transformed into a beautiful entertainment area!The partners were great to work with and their quality of workwas outstanding.” - Angela & Christopher Hoover, winners of the BackYard CrashersEach year the HCPL Foundation Gala is one of Harford County’s most anticipatedevents. On November 5, 2011, The Sapphire Supper Club opened in honorof the Library’s 65th anniversary. More than 600 guests attended the event,which raised $90,000, net of expenses. Guests enjoyed delicious food fromPairings Bistro; big band music provided by the Shades of Blue Orchestra; specialdrinks from Liberatore’s Ristorante, DuClaw Brewery and Jim’s BottleWorks;auctions; and a diamond and sapphire ring raffle from Saxon’s Diamond Centers.The Gala’s live auction was a highlight of the evening as guests vied forthe winning bid on several exciting packages, including vacations, New Year’sEve packages, celebrity-hosted dinners, and Backyard Crashers, the ultimateyard makeover donated by Rock Solid Hardscaping, Kroh’s Nursery,Nature Unlimited, Techo-Bloc and Clark Turner Signature Homes. Angela andChristopher Hoover of Bel Air ultimately won the $50,000 backyard makeoverpackage with the winning bid of $26,000! It was truly an exhilarating evening!29


Harford County Public LibraryFY 2012 Financial & Statistical StatementCollection Size: 993,983 Registered Borrowers: 175,887FY 2012Circulation 4,500,431Information Questions 559,453Programs 3,656Program Attendance 195,513Virtual Visits to Library 10,718,217Walk-in Customers 1,953,799Volunteer Hours 34,212Meeting Room Use by Outside Organizations: Number of GroupsNumber of People3606,955Interlibrary Loan - Received 14,576Interlibrary Loan - Loaned 7,437Full Time Equivalent Personnel 240.85Public Access Computers 35130


FY 2012 RevenueFY 2012 RevenueFY 2012 FY Revenue 2012 Revenue0.4%0.4%4.7%13.5%0.4% 0.4%13.5%4.7%13.5%4.7%FY 2012 ExpendituresFY2012 ExpendituresFY2012 ExpendituresFY201211.5%Expenditures1.7%1.7% 14.3%11.5% 1.7% 11.5%14.3%14.3% 14.3%72.5%72.5% 72.5%81881.4%81.4%81.4%Personnel $13,084,686 Materials $2,589County $15,692,144 County $15,692,144 State $2,595,478 State $2,595,478 Personnel $13,084,686 Personnel $13,084,686 Materials $2,589,353 Materials $2,589,3Equipment $307,000 Other $2,075,03County Library $15,692,144 $902,280 Library $902,280 Federal/Grants State Federal/Grants $2,595,478$81,376 Equipment $81,376 $307,000 Equipment $307,000 Other $2,075,038 Other $2,075,038Library $902,280 Federal/Grants $81,376 Circulation by Branch72.5%Circulation By BranchJarrettsville6.6%Norrisville1.9%Joppa5.2%Whiteford6.1%Other3.9%Aberdeen8.5%Abingdon19.5%Havre de Grace6.1%Fallston7.6%Edgewood7.0%Darlington1.0%Bel Air26.6%31


A Solid Foundation for the LibraryFOUNDATION BOARDOF DIRECTORS FY2012OFFICERS (Pictured)Mark N. Welsh, PresidentDavid E. Patzer, Vice-PresidentRick Ohmer, TreasurerLinda VanDeusen, SecretaryFOUNDATION DIRECTORAmber C. ShrodesHONORARY COMMITTEEAugustus F. Brown, IV, Esq.Paul EdmeadesClaudia HolmanRichard HuffmanRichard E. KinardSteven D. LinkousPhilip E. LoganJames J. MeehanRonald W. Parker, Esq.Clark TurnerBob WardDIRECTORSWilliam B. AllenAlex AllmanTim CapursoTanya Cook-EllisKay DietzMary L. HastlerElizabeth HendrixRick HerbigCynthia R. HergenhahnMary E. McClellandPamela RuffBruce Smith, Esq.Lucie L. SnodgrassDurbin P. VidoKathleen M. WajerE. Louis Wienecke, III32The HCPL Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, wasestablished in 2000 to augment the financial resources of the HarfordCounty Public Library, promote awareness of the Library’s services,and enhance its development as a creative environment within theCounty that encourages the love of reading.Directed by a dedicated team of community leaders, the Foundationbuilds partnerships with public and private organizationsto support a vast array of initiatives, including the annualSummer and Winter Reading programs, early literacy efforts,STEM learning, business development, cultural arts opportunities,the acquisition of new materials and future capital campaigns.This year the Foundation generated record profits through itssponsorship and fundraising efforts, contributing more than$85,000 for Library programs and materials. The annual Galaplayed a large role in this year’s success by netting nearly $90,000 inprofits. The Romancing the Chrome car show and annualNight Out @ the Library were also notable fundraisers in 2012.Additionally, the Foundation is proud to have maintainedpartnerships with many Summer Reading Program sponsorsand to have attracted new partners for this initiative. Journey Storiesprovided an outstanding opportunity to introduce the Libraryto new partners and markets, and the Foundation playeda leading role by acquiring $40,000 in funding for the project.The Foundation was also thrilled to receive more than$10,000 through the generous contributions of numerous donorsto the Annual Giving Campaign.These exciting accomplishments are the result of hundreds ofpartnerships, including private firms, community organizations,individual donors, volunteers, employees, and customers.The Foundation is grateful for everyone’s support and honoredby these significant investments to the Library.


Foundation FY 2012 Statement of ActivitiesSupport and RevenueContributionsGala Event RevenueOther Event RevenueIn-Kind ContributionsInterest IncomeTotal RevenueProgram ExpensesDonations to HCPLJourney Stories Program2012$87,789137,28720,062170,650179415,96754,17732,518Supporting ServicesFundraising ExpensesGala Event ExpensesOther Event ExpensesIn-Kind ExpensesOtherTotal Supporting ServicesTotal ExpensesChange in Net AssetsNET ASSETS – Beginning of YearNET ASSETS – End of Year99555,30114,416170,65040,841282,203368,89847,069154,661$201,73033


Our Donors Make a DifferenceMemorialsIn Memory of Donald F. AwaltVirginia A. QuadeIn Memory of Claire BarryBel Air Friends of HCPLIn Memory of Robert BarryBel Air Friends of HCPLIn Memory of Arthur CampbellAnonymousHarford Artists AssociationIn Memory of Mary Beth CriscoCarolyn M. DrummeyThe Goshorn FamilyFriends at Harford MutualInsurance Co.Ann R. KietzmanJulia & James MeeksDonald & Marsha MuirFrederick & Margaret SchoennagelTrenton Lane Neighbors34In Memory of Wilbur S. Ervin, Jr.Cindy Height and Stevie CrumIn Memory of Paul W. KilpNeighbors of Melissa EllisonIn Memory of Gilbert McMillanLinda LuproDonald & Marsha MuirSue Asselin, Carrie Comes,Hillary Fifer, Cindy Height,Wayne Kyle, Amber Shrodes,and Susie TaysonIn Memory of H. Wayne MooreNeighbors of Samantha MooreIn Memory of Florence E. PfarrNeighbors of Michael PfarrIn Memory of Robert PreisendorferAbingdon Friends of HCPLIn Memory of Virginia QuadeNeighbors of Eleanor MasonIn Memory of William A. Quade, Jr.Hunt Crest/Colwyn Book ClubIn Memory of Barbara RequaTollgate Village Book ClubIn Memory of Beulah P. RobyCarolyn M. DrummeyIn Memory of George RussellNeighbors of Jeanne AkersIn Memory of Joseph SchellNeighbors of Russ SchellIn Memory of Edith B. WeisheitThe Book ClubIn Memory of Jim ZuzinEdgewood Friends of HCPL


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