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Library Awards Top Summer Readers

Jarrettsville Elementary School, Patterson Mill Middle School and Patterson Mill High School are the recipients of the Harford County Public Library 2011 Summer Reading Trophies.

The trophies were awarded to the elementary, middle and high school with the highest percentage of students who completed the One World, Many Stories Summer Reading Program.

To get the word out about the Summer Reading Program, Library staff visited 1,047 classrooms during the spring, reaching 25,363 students. This summer more than 18,600 children and teens registered for the program, an increase of almost 600 participants over last year. Participants completing the library system's 2011 Summer Reading Program read more than 120,000 books, which is an increase over last year by more than 6,700 books read. In addition, more than 300 middle and high school students contributed more than 6,700 hours as Summer Reading Program volunteers.

Support from the local business community continues to enable HCPL to provide incentives to participants for registering and completing the program. Elementary school participants in the One World, Many Stories program received a free book after reading 10 books.

Middle school participants received a free book or journal and high school teens received a Barnes & Noble gift card when they read three books in the You Are Here program. Incentives were funded by HAR-CO Maryland Federal Credit Union, The Aegis, Harford United Charities-Taste of Harford, Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union, the Aberdeen Rotary, the Aberdeen Lions Club, PNC Bank, the Huether-McClelland Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Berardino Family Trust, Louis Brown, James Kennedy, Mary McClelland, Patricia Griffin, Lucie Snodgrass, Mark and Mary Hastler, Monroe Manning and the Harford County Public Library Foundation. The Summer Reading Program ended on Aug. 20.

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches throughout Harford County, serves more than 200,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4.7 million.

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