Sunday hours were established last week for the Jarrettsville branch, making it the fourth library branch in the county to have Sunday hours.

Board members voted on the Sunday hours, which were announced during the budget season in the spring, during Thursday's Harford County Public Library Board of Trustees meeting Thursday. They were also briefed on another successful Summer Reading Program in which Harford young people read nearly 100,000 books.

The branch in Jarrettsville, along with those in Bel Air, Abingdon and Aberdeen, will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays from October through April.

Board members Nancy Brown, Susan Hazlett, Rebecca Robinson, Bruce Smith, Vice Chairperson Alex Allman and Chairperson Louise LeTendre voted yes; Smith also cast an affirmative proxy vote for member Dominic Cottone, who was absent Thursday.

Board Treasurer Kenneth Avery and member Dwayne Adams were also absent.

During a 15-minute public hearing on Sunday hours for the Jarrettsville, no one from the public commented.

Library Director Mary Hastler said after the meeting that the Sunday hours for the four branches will begin the first Sunday in October, which is Oct. 6, and will be in effect through late April, except for holidays.

Summer reading

Board members also recognized the four schools that took top prizes in the library system's 2013 Summer Reading Program.

Representatives of Ring Factory Elementary, Patterson Mill Middle, Patterson Mill High and the John Archer School received trophies for their accomplishments of having the highest completion rate in their categories.

Claudia Sumler, senior administrator for public services, said 16,093 children and teens in Harford County signed up for the Summer Reading Program, and 7,642 completed it.

The participants read 99,562 books, Sumler said.

"This is always my favorite board meeting," she said of the tradition of recognizing top achievers in summer reading. Sumler is due to retire effective Nov. 1.

She noted that students at John Archer School, which serves students with special needs, "really needed a trophy all of their own," considering the challenges they face.

Sumler said John Archer's completion rate was 74 percent of its student population for 2013.

"It's an awesome achievement for any school," she said after the meeting.

Janine Lis, marketing manager for the library system, said later that John Archer received a special award, since the school serves special needs children, between ages 3 and 21 in all grades, and is not be part of the elementary, middle or high school category.

Director's report

Hastler provided an update on the Havre de Grace branch replacement project. Library officials plan to replace the existing one-story branch at North Union and Pennington avenues with a larger two-story branch.

Library officials hope to break ground next fall, and are developing the designs for the new branch and seeking a temporary location in Havre de Grace to continue to provide branch services.