HCLS Chapters-of-Our-Lives Time Capsule Installation Ceremony
On Monday, December 21, HCLS President & CEO Valerie J. Gross, HCLS Board of Trustees Chair Andy Dalal, special guest County Executive Allan Kittleman, HCLS Chapters-of-Our-Lives Time Capsule Guardians, elected officials and members of the community gathered to mark the grand finale of HCLS’ 75th Diamond Anniversary! At that time the sealed 2015 container along with the yet to be filled and sealed 2040 and 2065 containers were situated into a beautiful new circular seating feature in the lobby of HCLS Central Branch. A plaque mounted on the bench’s backrest reads:
HCLS Chapters-of-Our-Lives Time Capsule
Within this bench rests a Time Capsule that captures the essence of Howard County Library System (HCLS) in 2015, our 75th Anniversary. Its contents reflect our unwavering heritage as a 20th and 21st century educational institution with a mission to deliver equal opportunity in education for everyone through a curriculum that comprises Three Pillars: Self-Directed Education, Research Assistance & Instruction, and Instructive & Enlightening Experiences.
Symbolic of our timeless mission, this Time Capsule is a collection of three containers, all part of a 75-year plan:
To connect our past, present, and future, HCLS appointed 136 Howard County middle school students to serve as Guardians. On October 24, 2015, they pledged to champion the HCLS legacy, keeping it safe for the next 25 years.
- October 27, 2040 – The Class of 2015 will reconvene to pass on the role of Guardian to the next generation (Class of 2040). Together, the two generations will open and reseal the 2015 container, then fill the 2040 container.
- October 24, 2065 – The Class of 2040 will gather to pass on the role of Guardian to the Class of 2065. Together, they will open and reseal the 2015 and 2040 containers, then fill the 2065 container.
- October 21, 2090 – The Class of 2065 will gather on the occasion of Howard County Library System’s sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary to open the Time Capsule.
Dedicated this 24th day of October, 2015 to the always forward looking citizens of Howard County, Maryland.
Celebrate 75! A Community Anniversary Fest
Howard County Library Systems’ journey from 1940 to today’s 21st century model library is cause for celebration. “Celebrate 75! A Community Anniversary Fest” drew 1,600 people to the HCLS Miller Branch on Saturday, October 24 to mark the landmark year! The opening ceremony featured 136 Howard County middle school students who pledged to carry on the HCLS legacy as Guardians of the Chapters-of-Our-Lives Time Capsule. All middle schools were represented, and the students placed their photos along with their answers to the three application questions into the 2015 capsule.
#HCLS75 on the Road! 58 cities, 6 countries and 4 continents!
Thanks to everyone who took our red HCLS75 along with them on their summer trips! Every photo we received earned the submitting individual a chance to win movie tickets and a fun friends and family movie night at the Library!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER LORRAINE CLEMMER! Click on the star on the map to see where the winning entry photo was taken.
Picture Yourself Part of #HCLS75 History!
Congratulations Delani Thomas, East Columbia Branch Customer, winner of the Howard County Library System RED75 social media photo contest. Delani receives a Kindle reader and the opportunity to select, inscribe, and place her favorite book in the HCLS 75th anniversary time capsule at a ceremony in the fall.
Series of Commemorative Library Cards Usher in HCLS’ 75th Anniversary Year
(All cards available at all branch locations.)
Seventy-five Years of “Public Education for All” Calls For An Anniversary to Celebrate Together
Howard County Library System marks the beginning of its diamond anniversary year with a fundraising gala that dazzles from beginning to end. Guests attending the 2015 Evening in the Stacks gala take an opportunity to talk about HCLS and the important role it plays in the community in the video below.