Bel Air Branch of Harford County Public Library

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Due dates from items currently checked out are now extended to July 1st.  We appreciate it if you could please keep your...
05/09/2020

Due dates from items currently checked out are now extended to July 1st. We appreciate it if you could please keep your items at home until further notice. Thank you!! 😀 #hcplmd

We can't celebrate Children's Book Week without sharing this adorable photo from our Branch Manager, Annie Kovach. As yo...
05/09/2020

We can't celebrate Children's Book Week without sharing this adorable photo from our Branch Manager, Annie Kovach. As you can see, she loved reading from an early age and was destined to be a librarian! We also wanted to say how fantastic a leader she is and has kept the staff up-to-date during our closure. Thank you, Annie, for sharing your love of literature and for being amazing!!

Who else loved this book series as a kid?! Will you be watching the series? Fingers crossed that Netflix gets it right. ...
05/08/2020

Who else loved this book series as a kid?! Will you be watching the series? Fingers crossed that Netflix gets it right. So far, the casting has been spot on. Thoughts?

Just announced! The Baby-sitters Club will premiere on Netflix on July 3rd. I can’t wait!

Who remembers the series Black Stallion by Walter Farley.  It was a childhood favorite of Miss Kim from the Children's D...
05/08/2020

Who remembers the series Black Stallion by Walter Farley. It was a childhood favorite of Miss Kim from the Children's Department. We can see why! In honor of Children's Book Week, let us know your favorite series as a child?

Great news for those in need of Wi-Fi
05/08/2020
Harford County Public Library receives nearly $24K grant to expand Wi-Fi coverage

Great news for those in need of Wi-Fi

Harford County Public Library receives nearly $24K grant to expand Wi-Fi coverage By: Daily Record Staff May 7, 2020 The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $23,863.17 Emergency Broadband Education Assistance Grant on May 6 to expand Wi-Fi beyond Harford County Public Library's 11 locations. T...

Recommended read for our elementary crew!  EBook available on Overdrive https://hcplonline.org/childrensdigital.phpSumma...
05/07/2020

Recommended read for our elementary crew! EBook available on Overdrive https://hcplonline.org/childrensdigital.php

Summary: When a little girl gets a plush stingray for her birthday, it makes friends with some of her other toys as they all try to navigate in the world of real people. #BASTAFFPICKS

Did you catch the adorable video of Meghan Markle reading the book, Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal to her son on ...
05/07/2020

Did you catch the adorable video of Meghan Markle reading the book, Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal to her son on his 1st birthday? You can too!! Check out the read-along version on Overdrive or Hoopla 📚 #hcplmd

Did you know Frog and Toad are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year?  Revisit this classic as an eAudiobook in O...
05/06/2020

Did you know Frog and Toad are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year? Revisit this classic as an eAudiobook in Overdrive or eBook and eAudiobook in Hoopla. https://hcplonline.org/childrensdigital.php #BASTAFFPICKS

Thank you to all the nurses, today and every day!
05/06/2020

Thank you to all the nurses, today and every day!

Bel Air Branch of Harford County Public Library
05/06/2020

Bel Air Branch of Harford County Public Library

05/06/2020

Which Mo Willems' character would you rather invite to your house for a playdate?

Happy National Teacher Day to all the educators who make a difference in their students’ lives!
05/05/2020

Happy National Teacher Day to all the educators who make a difference in their students’ lives!

This title might be written for teens, but it's a guaranteed page turner for any audience. Our teen librarian recommends...
05/05/2020

This title might be written for teens, but it's a guaranteed page turner for any audience. Our teen librarian recommends this one for grades 8 and up. #BASTAFFPICKS. FYI: Hoopla has the audiobook!

05/05/2020
Children's Book Week

We asked staff members to tell us their favorite childhood books in honor of Children's Book Week and we must say, there are some amazing choices! What is your favorite childhood book memory?

05/04/2020
What better way to kick off Children's Book Week than with one of our favorite book characters?  Find Pete the Cat eBook...
05/04/2020

What better way to kick off Children's Book Week than with one of our favorite book characters? Find Pete the Cat eBooks and eAudiobooks in Overdrive and Hoopla https://hcplonline.org/childrensdigital.php
#BASTAFFPICKS

What children’s books are you reading or planning to read this week?
05/04/2020

What children’s books are you reading or planning to read this week?

Need to escape?  How about to outerspace?  This little dose of Sci-Fi is exactly what you're looking for. #BASTAFFPICKS
05/03/2020

Need to escape? How about to outerspace? This little dose of Sci-Fi is exactly what you're looking for. #BASTAFFPICKS

Our staff is planning some exciting features on Facebook, but we want to know what you would like to see!  Drop a commen...
05/02/2020

Our staff is planning some exciting features on Facebook, but we want to know what you would like to see! Drop a comment on how we can help you.

A recommendation for our young readers from Jory John!  Sure to be favorites in your home!  Available as eBook or eAudio...
05/02/2020

A recommendation for our young readers from Jory John! Sure to be favorites in your home! Available as eBook or eAudiobook in Overdrive and Hoopla https://hcplonline.org/childrensdigital.php
#BASTAFFPICKS

Do you find yourself wanting to know more about pandemics?  This nonfiction pick is available as an ebook through Hoopla...
05/01/2020

Do you find yourself wanting to know more about pandemics? This nonfiction pick is available as an ebook through Hoopla. Remember, Hoopla material is always available and there are no wait lists. #BASTAFFPICKS

05/01/2020
Do you have a teen waiting for this quarantine to lift so they can get a learner's permit?  Well, they can use this time...
04/30/2020
Free Maryland (MD) MVA Practice Tests – Updated for 2020

Do you have a teen waiting for this quarantine to lift so they can get a learner's permit? Well, they can use this time to practice for the written exam! Access driver handbooks; for cars, motorcycles, and CDLs; and many online practice tests. Your young driver will be ready once the MVAs reopen.

https://hcpl.driving-tests.org/maryland/

Get instant access to free 2020 Maryland MVA practice tests and requirements. Official MD MVA Handbooks, tips, tricks, and more. Click here to start now!

Here's a staff favorite from 2019.  This one is a must for fans of historical fiction.  #BASTAFFPICKS
04/29/2020

Here's a staff favorite from 2019. This one is a must for fans of historical fiction. #BASTAFFPICKS

You've watched the Netflix series, A Series of Unfortunate Events.  Now read the books!! Available as eBook or eAudioboo...
04/28/2020

You've watched the Netflix series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Now read the books!! Available as eBook or eAudiobook in Overdrive and eAudiobook in Hoopla https://hcplonline.org/childrensdigital.php

Summary: After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. #hcplmd

Happy Caturday! How are your pets reacting to your extra time at home? Bates the cat enjoys snuggling up with a good boo...
04/25/2020

Happy Caturday! How are your pets reacting to your extra time at home? Bates the cat enjoys snuggling up with a good book...and sometimes a book bag.

We would like to wrap up National Library Week with this photo. Here you see some of our TAG members, aka teen volunteer...
04/24/2020

We would like to wrap up National Library Week with this photo. Here you see some of our TAG members, aka teen volunteers. After a big project, which included pulling books from a lengthy report, they took a spin on the microfilm reader. They got a big kick out of the Aegis ads and articles from the 1950s. Our teen librarian can't wait to see them all again!

P.S. This picture was taken in early March before we closed.

Congratulations to Mrs. White, Harford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year!
04/24/2020

Congratulations to Mrs. White, Harford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year!

ELIZABETH WHITE NAMED 2020 HARFORD COUNTY TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Elizabeth White, Social Studies teacher at Harford Technical High School with 12 years of teaching experience for Harford County Public Schools (HCPS), was named the 2020 HCPS Teacher of the Year during a surprise announcement at the 26th Annual, and first ever virtual, Harford County Teacher of the Year Event. The event was hosted for over 200 invited guests.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sean Bulson, made the announcement Thursday evening to invited guests from all over the county, including elected officials, school administrators, educators, students, family, friends, and community sponsors.

“This event provides an opportunity for the Harford County community to come together, in a very unique way this year, to celebrate the teaching profession,” said Dr. Bulson. “We shine the spotlight on five outstanding finalists. Right now, these finalists and teachers throughout the system are illustrating what our educators mean to our community. They are showing us that educators aren’t just in our classrooms as they currently work to instruct, support, and encourage our students remotely. You can see each day on her social media accounts why Mrs. White has earned this title; even during everything going on in the world around us, Mrs. White is ensuring her students know she’s here for them. I encourage you to follow her on social media through the upcoming year and I’m proud to announce Mrs. White as Harford County’s 2020 Teacher of the Year.”

Mrs. White began her career with Harford County Public Schools in 2009 at Edgewood High School, and currently teachers at Harford Technical High School.

“Mrs. White is an expert in her content area, a master teacher, a champion of using technology to maximize learning and a devoted sponsor of Harford Tech’s Student Government Association,” said Harford Technical High School principal, Mr. Collins. “She represents the high instructional expectations of Harford Tech and HCPS and is a role model of someone who loves what she does and expresses it everyday in her classroom.”

As the Harford County Teacher of the Year, Mrs. White received a free lease of a brand new 2020 Nissan Rogue for one year courtesy of Jones Junction, a Dell laptop, a watch from Saxon’s Diamond Centers, a big-screen TV from NTA Life, and a custom ring from Jostens. In addition, she was awarded multiple gift certificates, local merchant gift cards, and $1,200 from HAR-CO Credit Union, which was provided to all five finalists.

Mrs. White will now compete for the title of Maryland Teacher of the Year to represent teachers across the state as an education spokesperson. We anticipate the state winner will be announced at the Maryland Teacher of the Year Gala in October.

Visit www.hcps.org for more information on 2020 HCPS Teacher of the Year Elizabeth White, as well as the other four Harford County Teacher of the Year finalists.

Our recommended read for today returns to the classics.  The first book in the Little House series is a perfect family r...
04/23/2020

Our recommended read for today returns to the classics. The first book in the Little House series is a perfect family read-aloud! Available as eBook or eAudiobook in Overdrive and Hoopla along with the other titles in the Little House series https://hcplonline.org/childrensdigital.php
#hcplmd

During this week’s online branch meeting, we discussed what we miss most about being closed, as this is National Library...
04/23/2020

During this week’s online branch meeting, we discussed what we miss most about being closed, as this is National Library Week. As you can see, there are many different answers but mostly we miss the human interactions which occur daily at the library.

We will eventually reopen and those small conversations, book discussions, programs for all ages and friendly interactions will return. Until that day, stay strong and be well! - The Staff of the Bel Air Branch ❤️📚❤️

Happy Earth Day!  Celebrate by reading a book and enjoying the beauty right outside your window 🌍 #hcplmd
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! Celebrate by reading a book and enjoying the beauty right outside your window 🌍 #hcplmd

Flashback to last year's National Library Workers' Day photo.  We miss you all and can't wait to post a new photo when w...
04/21/2020

Flashback to last year's National Library Workers' Day photo. We miss you all and can't wait to post a new photo when we reopen!! #hcplmd #nlwd

Today is National Library Workers Day! We're honored to be honored, but maybe we'd rather be reading.

Just kidding! We love what we do and we're so thankful for the wonderful community we get to work with. #hcplmd #libraryweek

Tonight at 7:30pm!
04/21/2020

Tonight at 7:30pm!

Watch tonight's, County Council Meeting where Mary Hastler, Library CEO, will receive a proclamation, on behalf of the Harford County Public Library, in honor of National Library Week! Click here at 7:30 pm to watch! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsJy-vqF5OOVhNVP1hNSY0g
#hcplmd #NationalLibraryWeek

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A HUGE shoutout to Suzanne Kovach and Daria Parry of Harford County libraries/Bel Air Branch for being so amazing and helping get my Dad connected to eBooks on his new Kindle. You both ROCK! HUGS HUGS Thank you!
Fairy Tale & Superhero Festival 2020 Storytellers at the Bel Air Branch of Harford County Public Library.
I am very disappointed that the book I requested from HCPL is not available. It's very sad that the ONE COPY is missing and hasn't been replaced. I have written to the Harford County Library in the past about my concern for the LACK of Books on the Shelves! Why in the world would the Library, the KEEPER OF BOOKS, get rid of books while there is room (and PLENTY of it!) on the shelves. This is not the first time a book I wanted to read was Not Available in our Very Well Funded Harford County Library!! Maybe the Powers To Be need to review their policies about weeding out books. Just because a book hasn't circulated in while doesn't mean someone won't want to read it in the future!
We were so disappointed to miss our library day and story time, but there was absolutely no parking and the change machine in the garage was not working.
Our friends at Sweet Aire Farms were wearing their Summer Reading t-shirts with pride at a recent Bel Air Farmers Market! Summer is flying by so be sure to stop by any HCPL location and sign up today!! #hcplmd
Hope to see you at the Bobcat Craft & Vendor Fair 🐾 60+ crafts/vendors and food trucks 🎶
A little maturity ...
5 dishes, 5 kinds of millet ... clockwise from upper left: finger millet idli, proso millet kichdi, little millet dadhojanam, foxtail millet pulihara and in the center, kodo millet pongal. Fun fact: in the US, the millet sold in the store as "millet" is proso millet. #hcplmd
Fresh from the oven ... granola! #hcplmd
Tricolor kura - Carrots, peas and tofu stir fried with South Indian spices and seasonings. #hcplmd
Homemade bread with homemade hummus topped with garden tomato
Beets kura ... stir-fried with South Indian spices & seasoning. #hcplmd