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Share with kids a love of reading

Harford County Public Library is looking for adult volunteers to share the love of reading and books with children.

Through two volunteer programs, "Sharing the Gift" and "Partners in Reading," adults work with children either one-on-one or in a group setting in licensed day care centers, nursery schools and elementary schools.

"Sharing the Gift" volunteers spend a half-day each month from October through April introducing book-based programs to children at more than 30 centers.

Improving reading skills and developing an enthusiasm for reading in elementary school students is the goal of the "Partners in Reading" program. Volunteers visit selected students in 11 elementary schools on a weekly basis.

Training for "Sharing the Gift" will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Volunteers must attend both days. "Partners in Reading" training will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3. All training sessions are at the Bel Air library branch, 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave.

Information: 410-273-5601, ext. 2247.

Kirchner named to library post

Audra Caplan, director of Harford County Public Library, has named Stephen L. Kirchner an associate director to oversee the financial, facilities, and technology areas.

Kirchner, a certified public accountant, previously was vice chancellor for finance and administration at Community College of Baltimore County for 10 years. He also held financial positions in Baltimore County government.

Grant to benefit victims of abuse

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski announced that the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center Inc. in Bel Air has received a $300,000 grant through the Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program.

The grant from the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women was part of Mikulski's work as chairwoman of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee.

The funds will go toward legal representation, supportive services and outreach to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in Harford County and surrounding communities.

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