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An estimated 60 people attended a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the new Havre de Grace library branch to be built at the corner of Union and Pennington avenues.

The site was the location of the old branch, which was recently demolished. During a recent library system fundraising event, which drew more than 700 people, it was announced that APG Federal Credit Union had pledged $100,000 for the Schooner Cove portion of the new library. The Havre de Grace Library, at 120 North Union Ave., is more than doubling in size. Among the additions is Schooner Cover, the children's department that will provide innovative and interactive experiences and pretend play for children from birth to 5 years of age.

Other highlights include Lafayette's Landing, a space for older children to play, learn and interact with technology; expanded wireless Internet access and 10 additional computers; a designated business resource center; expanded shelving for print and non-print collections; additional space for quiet study, tutoring, computer training, library programming; and community meetings and activities.

The current Havre de Grace Library collection consists of more than 68,000 books and audio-visual items. The previous building was designed to house 30,000 volumes. The architect for the new building is Manns Woodward Studios Community Architecture + Master Planning. Lewis Contractors serves as the project's general contractor. The new building is expected to be completed in January/February 2016. The cost of the new library is approximately $7.8 million, with funding provided by Harford County Government; Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services; County Public Library Capital Projects Grant Program; Harford County CDBG Program; and Harford County Public Library Foundation.

The Harford County Public Library's annual fund-raising gala event earlier this month drew more than 700 people, highlighted by the announcement of a $100,000 pledge from APG Federal Credit Union for Schooner Cove. This year's gala, whose theme was "The Grand Tour: An Evening in the Stacks," was held the evening of Nov. 1 at the Abingdon Library.

Mary Hastler, the library's CEO, announced a $100,000 pledge for Schooner Cove, which will provide innovative and interactive experiences and pretend play for children from birth to 5 years.

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