- Howard County Library System (HCLS) began operating in a portable school building in Ellicott City on October 11, 1940.
- Lenna Baker Burgess appointed to lead HCLS.
- The Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland established HCLS as an educational institution eligible to receive State and County funds for its operating budget.
- A flash flood destroyed 5,175 books. Within two months, HCLS reopened.
- For the convenience of customers living farthest from the library, HCLS purchased a bookmobile.
- HCLS moved to rented quarters on the corner of Route 144 & St. John’s Lane.
- HCLS opened its first permanent building on Frederick Road.
- Marvin Thomas hired as HCLS’ first Director.
- Developed a card catalog and began reference services.
- Extended its hours of operation to six days and four evenings per week.
- Installed air conditioning.
- To expand collections and classes beyond its Frederick Road location and bookmobile, HCLS rented space to open a small branch in the Carroll Baldwin Memorial Hall in Savage.
- HCLS began purchasing paperbacks, expanded its hardback collection, and developed a pamphlet collection.
- HCLS added photocopiers for public use at its two branches.
- The opening of the new Wilde Lake Branch brought HCLS to three locations and one bookmobile.
- HCLS initiated a regular line-up of classes for students of all ages at each of its locations.
- HCLS opened two additional branches: one at Church Road, and the second on Main Street in Ellicott City.
- Possibilities came under consideration for a new HCLS branch that would be centrally located in Columbia.
- HCLS established a microfilm collection.
- HCLS’ Frederick Road Branch underwent a renovation, providing space to establish a phonograph record collection.
- HCLS purchased a minimobile to deliver books and materials to homebound customers.
- Sunday hours from September to May were implemented at the HCLS Frederick Road Branch.
- HCLS established an audiocassette collection.
- Director Marvin Thomas formed the Central Library United Effort citizen committee to facilitate the Central Branch’s planning process.
- HCLS opened the Long Reach Branch in a rented storefront in the Long Reach Village Center, establishing TTY service at that location.
- Howard Research and Development donated 3.5 acres of land to build a new HCLS Central Branch.
- Balcony added at HCLS’ Frederick Road Branch to house an expanded fiction collection.
- The revolutionary process of automating and computerizing HCLS commenced.
- HCLS’ administrative and support staff moved to the Central Branch.
- HCLS’ Central Branch opened to the public. Features included an audiovisual area, a large meeting room, and an automated system to improve the efficiency of loaning books and materials.
- HCLS opened its Lisbon Community Branch on Frederick Road.
- Director Marvin Thomas created citizen groups to plan strategically for the future.
- Age- and developmentally-appropriate educational toys for infants and toddlers added to the HCLS collection.
- HCLS launched personal computers for public use.
- HCLS opened its Elkridge Community Branch in a rented storefront along Route 1.
- HCLS’ Lisbon Community Branch moved to the Lisbon Center.
- HCLS established videocassette collections at each of its locations.
- HCLS renovated the Frederick Road Branch, renaming it the Charles E. Miller Branch, and closed its Church Road Community Branch.
- HCLS established a systemwide compact disc collection.
- HCLS introduced INFO-LAN, a stand-alone, multi-station CD-ROM network for public use.
- Online customer access catalogs made available to the public.
- The first specialized online research tools (DIALOG and LOGIN) introduced, enhancing HCLS’ delivery of research assistance.
- A specialized Health Education Collection established.
- HCLS implemented Project Literacy, its adult basic education initiative, providing one-on-one tutoring and group instruction for adults.
- Easy Access projects began providing materials accessible to and services for customers with various vision and hearing impairments and other disabilities.
- HCLS launched remote dial-in access to its online catalog.
- HCLS opened a new Savage Branch, which replaced both the Savage Community Branch and the bookmobile.
- After hours remote access to HCLS’ INFO-LAN made available to customers.
- HCLS opened a new Elkridge Branch, simultaneously closing the Elkridge Community Branch.
- HCLS opened its East Columbia Branch.
- Approximately one-half of HCLS’ administrative and support staff relocated from the Central to the East Columbia Branch.
- HCLS established a connection to the Internet.
- HCLS partnered with The Mall in Columbia to place DataDepot, a computer research station in the Mall.
- Director Marvin Thomas retired after 33 years.
- Norma Hill became the new Director.
- HCLS unveiled a new logo, along with a new tagline “Great Expectations.”
- HCLS premiered Great Expectations, a quarterly publication featuring HCLS resources, classes, news, and events.
- The Library of Congress designated HCLS as home to the Maryland Center for the Book.
- More than 8,900 children and teens participated in the Summer Reading Program.
- HCLS celebrated the tenth anniversary of HCLS Project Literacy.
- Pulitzer Prize winner Maxine Kumin headlined a Notable Author Event at the East Columbia Branch.
- A grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control Prevention funded multimedia computers offering homework assistance for teens.
- “Mother Goose Asks Why,” a series of literature/science children’s classes sponsored by the National Science Foundation, introduced.
- HCLS launched its first web site (www.howa.lib.md.us).
- Groundbreaking for the HCLS Glenwood Branch took place.
- HCLS partnered with Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine to develop a collection of print and online research materials for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Imaging Center.
- HCLS’ first Evening in the Stacks gala hosted at the East Columbia Branch, with the theme A Literary Party with Pizzazz and The Washington Post as Title Sponsor.
- A portable network with six notebook computers introduced to enhance HCLS’ line-up of web and PC classes.
- HCLS’ curriculum marketed to non-English speakers.
- The Maryland Center for the Book developed Write From Maryland, a directory of authors, for the benefit of the entire state.
- National Book Award winner Alice McDermott was the keynote speaker at Supper at Six, HCLS’ annual author event sponsored by the Friends of Howard County Library.
- A five-year Strategic Plan introduced.
- HCLS held Evening in the Stacks: Worth Remembering.
- Howard County General Hospital bestowed a major grant to expand classes for children.
- HCLS renewed for second term as the home of Maryland Center for the Book.
- Supper at Six featured acclaimed novelist Gail Godwin.
- HCLS Central Branch closed for renovation.
- HCLS Lisbon Community Branch closed.
- Opened the HCLS Glenwood Branch, naming the branch’s meeting room the Pindell Room to honor western Howard County residents Bill and Betty Pindell.
- HCLS held Evening in the Stacks: I Love Theater.
- HCLS renewed for a final term (through 2005) as the home of Maryland Center for the Book.
- DVDs added to HCLS’ collection.
- HCLS Director Norma Hill retired after 21 years with HCLS.
- Valerie J. Gross joined the HCLS team as President & CEO to lead the system that had grown to six branches.
- Supper at Six’s keynote speaker featured nationally known author Sue Miller.
- HCLS Central Branch reopened after a 17-month, $5.37 million renovation.
- HCLS held Evening in the Stacks: A Night to Remember in Paris at the Glenwood Branch.
- American Sign Language video collection added to HCLS’ collection of materials.
- Award-winning author Elizabeth Berg delivered the keynote address at Supper at Six.
- HCLS launched A+ Partners in Education, a comprehensive partnership with Howard County Public School System (HCPSS).
- HCLS held Evening in the Stacks: Winter Wonderland.
- HCLS hosted Newberry Medal author Linda Sue Park as part of its Outstanding Children’s Author Series.
- In partnership with Fidos for Freedom, Friends of Howard County Library, and HCPSS, HCLS introduced DEAR (Dogs Educating and Assisting Readers), an initiative where third grade students improve their skills by reading to nonjudgmental, loving therapy dogs.
- HCLS celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Elkridge Branch.
- Hours at the HCLS Elkridge and Savage branches were expanded to include Sundays during the school year.
- HCLS held Evening in the Stacks: Mardi Gras.
- HCLS launched Newcomers Book Discussion, a class developed for high school ESOL students as part of A+ Partners in Education.
- Friends of Howard County Library established an endowment fund with the Columbia Foundation.
- The HCLS Board of Trustees adopted the Howard County Library System Facilities and Assessment Master Plan: Facilities and Services 2005 to 2030.
- HCLS was named Educator of the Year by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.
- HCLS was named Non-Profit Business of the Year by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.
- The Howard County Commission on Disabilities awarded HCLS the Accessibility Award for its American Sign Language video collection.
- HCPSS awarded HCLS the Triple A Partnership Award for its significant contributions to Accelerating the Academic Achievement of students in Howard County through A+ Partners in Education.
- President & CEO Valerie J. Gross was recognized as a national leader in Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers 2004: The People who are Shaping the Future of Libraries.
- Won the national Lemony Snicket contest sponsored by Harper Collins, hosting a notable author event featuring Lemony Snicket attended by more than 1,000 fans.
- HCLS’ Central Branch hosted Alma Powell, wife of General Colin Powell, who spoke to third-grade students from the Central Branch’s A+ liaison schools.
- Launched a Cancer Information Collection at its Central Branch.
- The first public library system in Maryland to do so, HCLS began offering free wireless Internet access at all branches.
- Replaced the operating system of the entire fleet of public access PCs with Linux.
- E-mail notifications introduced to inform customers about return dates of materials borrowed.
- Partnered with the Farmers Market and Economic Development Authority to host Farmers Markets at the HCLS East Columbia and Glenwood branches.
- Susan Minot featured at HCLS’ Notable Author Event.
- More than 500 guests attended Evening in the Stacks: Upon and Ever After.
- HCLS ranked first in the nation among the great public library systems (Hennen’s 2005 American Public Library Ratings, American Libraries).
- Launched a new brand using the “Hi” logo as HCLS’ visual identity, reflecting HCLS’ progressive nature while emphasizing its customer service and high-quality public education for everyone.
- Celebrated the 10th anniversary of HCLS East Columbia Branch.
- HCLS became a required field trip as part of the HCPSS Kindergarten curriculum.
- Registered with Scripps National as an official Regional Bee, then launched the first HCLS Spelling Bee, establishing the academic competition as part of A+ Partners in Education.
- Launched Teen Time, an HCLS East Columbia Branch academic after-school initiative.
- Partnered with Howard County Tourism and Howard County Government on the Blossoms of Hope project, an initiative to beautify Howard County with 1,000 memorial Kawanzan cherry trees.
- Implemented the loaning of e-books to be downloaded to computer or PDA.
- Partnered with HCPSS to produce “Blast Off to Reading,” a summer reading video that garnered a Telly Award.
- Developed Strong Foundations, Enduring Success, HCLS’ strategic plan for 2006 through 2010.
- Nearly 550 guests attended Evening in the Stacks: Passport to Asia.
- Launched Teen ‘Zine, an HCLS online publication written and produced by teens.
- Introduced Cultural Connections to expand its curriculum for everyone in our culturally diverse community.
- Expanded the Cancer Information Collection at the HCLS Central Branch into a Health Education Center
- Partnered with HC DrugFree to increase awareness of substance abuse prevention in Howard County.
- Established a partnership with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
- Established a new Transitions Collection with resources specifically designed for adult readers new to this country.
- Featured bestselling author Jack Gantos as part of the Outstanding Children’s Author Series.
- Launched HCLS BumbleBee, a companion initiative to the HCLS Spelling Bee for first, second, and third grade students.
- Held a Tropical Evening in the Stacks.
- Expanded hours of operation to include year-round summer Sunday hours at the HCLS Central and Miller branches.
- President & CEO Valerie J. Gross was selected to represent Maryland public libraries on the State’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council.
- As lead organization in the community-wide initiative Choose Civility, HCLS recruited 40 Alliance Partners to join in to make Howard County a national model of respect, consideration, empathy, and tolerance.
- Launched “This is Your Life,” a partnership among HCLS, the Columbia Archives, the Howard County Historical Society, and Howard County Historical Society to record oral interviews with local residents.
- Held Evening in the Stacks: Jazz.
- HCLS categorized under “Education” in the County’s operating and capital budget categories, joining Howard County Public School System and Howard Community College as the three major educational institutions in Howard County
- Initiated Battle of the Books reading competition for fifth grade students
- Formalized partnerships with the Girl Scouts and the Autism Society
- Launched a state-of-the-art website
- Organized Notable Author Events featuring Julia Glass, Gene Yang, and Bruce Coville
- Established a Financial Education Center at the Central Branch
- Added Howard Community College and Lincoln College of Technology as official A+ Partners
- Dedicated cherry tree groves at the Central and East Columbia branches in partnership with Blossoms of Hope
- Hosted the Exhibit “Frankenstein Penetrating the Secrets of Nature,” on loan from the National Library of Medicine (NLM)
- Coordinated the first 5K & Family Fun Run
- Held Evening in the Stacks: Walk the Red Carpet
- Received top ranking in Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings
- In its list of best counties to raise a family, Forbes magazine specifically cited HCLS as a contributing factor
- Established HCLS Institute (formerly the employee training program)
- Won ALA’s Best of Show for our FY08 Evening in the Stacks materials
- Added credit card payment options for customers in all branches and online
- Added the new Playaway format to our audiobook collection
- Incorporated Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, blogs, and videos into our curriculum and communications
- Hosted an exhibit of photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope
- Developed an expanded vision for Cultural Connections, to include Project Literacy, World Languages Collection, Translation Services, ASL Collection, Bilingual Children’s Classes (Chinese, Korean, Spanish and ASL), Adult Basic Education Classes (e.g., English Conversation), Foreign Films, Studying for Citizenship, Learning a Language, and Passport Services
- Welcomed Congressman Elijah Cummings as Honorary Chair of the Choose Civility Board of Advisors
- Unveiled the mosaic “Underwater Treasures” at our Elkridge Branch in conjunction with Howard County Government, the Howard County Arts Council, HCPSS, and artist Mary Deacon Opasik
- Established HCLS as a launching point in the STEM pipeline of future scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to fill high-tech jobs by implementing an impressive line-up of inspiring STEM-related pre-school and elementary school age classes
- Organized the first Choose Civility Symposium featuring Joe Ehrman, former Baltimore Colts defensive lineman
- Extended A+ Educator Cards to preschool teachers
- Held Evening in the Stacks: Along the Silk Road, with renowned author Manil Suri
- Unveiled Public Education for All: Howard County Library System’s Strategic Plan 2010-2015
- Featured as the 2010 Wiley Library Spotlight, which highlights a nationally recognized library system each year
- Awarded Public Libraries’ Best Feature Article for “Transforming Our Image Through Words That Work”
- Received the State of Maryland International Reading Association’s Literacy Award for A+ Partners in Education and HCLS Project Literacy
- Received Excellence in the Community Award from the Arc of Howard County
- Organized nine major author events including renowned authors Diana Gabaldon, Laurie King, Temple Grandin, James McBride, Julie Otsuka, and Rebecca Skloot
- Coordinated and hosted the first Money Matters Fair at our East Columbia Branch
- Introduced Pass the Book, a new A+ initiative for teens
- Established a Passport Acceptance Facility at our East Columbia Branch
- Coordinated the Career Technology Education Kickoff in partnership with HCPSS and MSDE
- Organized a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Charles E. Miller Branch & Historical Center
- Organized the Choose Civility Symposium “Ethics Alarms: Nurturing Your Best Instincts in an Unethical World”
- Added a bookmark contest to the A+ Partners in Education curriculum
- Orchestrated Evening in the Stacks: Caliente!
- Received the Wiley Award for Excellence, an award given to one library system each year for extraordinary customer service, creativity and commitment
- Implemented the library automation system Polaris
- Launched a collection of 60 ebook readers
- Expanded ebooks to include Overdrive, Tumblebooks, BookFLIX, and True Flix
- Initiated the HCLS Rube Goldberg Challenge, an academic competition for fourth and fifth grade students incorporating STEM
- Launched Well & Wise, a partnership with Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine to advance health education
- Celebrated the Glenwood Branch’s 10th Anniversary
- Held a Topping Out Ceremony for the new Miller Branch
- Hosted 19 major author events, including Alexander McCall Smith, Warren St. John, and Michelle Singletary
- Designed and installed Choose Civility banners at all HCPSS high school gyms and athletic fields in partnership with Howard County Rotary Clubs
- Implemented HCLS “Traditions” (formerly new employee orientation) to immerse new employees into HCLS’ unique culture
- Organized the Choose Civility Symposium “The Role of Civility in Democracy”
- After completing the design, engineering and site preparation phases, began construction of the new Charles E. Miller Branch & Historical Center
- Held Evening in the Stacks: The Roaring 20s
- Designated a national “Star” library system, receiving the highest five-star rating and prominence as featured library (Library Journal)
- Ranked in the national Top 10 libraries Borrowing Per Capita (American Libraries)
- Nationally recognized as a premier library system in HAPLR Rankings (American Libraries)
- American Libraries’ Library Design Showcase featured the new Miller Branch
- Received “Best of Show” PR Xchange award for source
- Received Public Libraries’ Best Feature Article for “Choose Civility: Public Libraries Take Center Stage”
- Celebrated a decade of A+ Partners in Education with the Howard County Public School System and Howard Community College
- Orchestrated the Grand Opening of the Charles E. Miller Branch & Historical Center, attracting a crowd of 7,000
- Received a $100,000 federal grant to launch HiTech, a STEM education initiative for teens that teaches 21st century science, technology, engineering, and math skills via project-based classes
- Formed Tech Squads systemwide to assist customers with downloading e-books and audiobooks
- Filmed “Traditions: The History of Howard County Library System,” a documentary video
- Inaugurated the Enchanted Garden, an innovative outdoor teaching venue at the HCLS Miller Branch that centers on science and health education. The Garden features a pond and stream, 65 native species of plants, a Peter Rabbit Patch, and a Pizza Garden, as well as environmental education—including a rain garden, bioswale, rain barrels, porous surfaces, and compost bins.
- Organized Evening in the Stacks: Masquerade
- Introduced our Culture Café in partnership with HCPSS and the Columbia Association featuring Asian cultures
- Presented Notable Author events featuring Jodi Picoult and Alice Hoffman
- Launched a Well & Wise blog
- Expanded our HiTech partners to include the UMBC Joint Center for Earth Systems and University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering
- Partnered in the Howard County Arts Council’s ARTsites 2012, displaying public art sculptures at four branches
- Named the Miller Branch frog sculptures via communitywide “Name the Frogs Contest” (the winning names: Miss Ann Phibian & Lily, and Frederick Toad)
- Organized the Choose Civility Symposium “Building a Responsible, Bully-Free Community”
- Nearly 700 guests attended Evening in the Stacks: Masquerade, featuring renowned author Lisa See
- Selected as Library of the Year from among North America’s 21,000 public and academic library systems (2013 Library of the Year, Gale/Library Journal). Recognized for developing and living a new vision for libraries, Libraries = Education, which Library Journal hailed “a 21st century model worthy of study and consideration by every other library in America, if not the world” (John N. Berry, Library Journal, June 15, 2013, p. 33).
- Received Top Innovator Award from the Urban Libraries Council for HiTech
- Designated again as a Five-Star library system by Library Journal
- Recognition as Library of the Year in the Congressional Record
- Attained LEED Gold Certification for the Miller Branch
- Received the distinguished Wintergreen Award, a sustainability design award from the U.S. Green Building Council (U.S.G.B.C), Maryland Chapter, in the category of “Community Impact” for the new Miller Branch
- Received Best of Show PR Xchange award for source
- Added Mango, an online product that teaches 45 foreign languages and 15 ESL courses
- Created a mobile site
- Expanded e-book collection to 50,000 items
- Designed the Choose Civility Cool Cat (mascot)
- Established the HiTech Board of Advisors
- Expanded HiTech’s curriculum to include classes in robotics and nanotechnology
- Exhibited “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” at the Central Branch
- Held six Notable Author events featuring Isabel Wilkerson, Amy Stewart, Edward P. Jones, Nobel Laureate in Physics Dr. John Mather, and William Kamkwamba
- Inspired four Choose Civility Chapters: Washington County, MD; Freeborn County, MN; Portland, ME; and Miami, FL
- Partnered in the Howard County Arts Council’s ARTsites 2013, displaying public art sculptures at three branches
- Organized the Choose Civility Symposium “Would it Kill You to be More Civil?”
- Statistics set new records:
- 7.4 million items borrowed
- 3.2 million visits
- 2 million research assistance interactions
- 252,000 students of all ages attended HCLS classes and events
- 30,000 students enrolled in Summer Reading Clubs
- 900 fifth grade students (180 teams) participated in Battle of the Books (four venues)
- Held Evening in the Stacks: Sparkle & Spurs, featuring renowned author Mary Doria Russell
- Set new records for Summer Reading with more than 32,000 students of all ages participating
- Debuted HCLS Now! offering our customers the availability of free, on-demand, self-directed education for all ages anytime, anywhere, including:
- Axis 360, HCLS’ new digital media platform and expanded the collection to 4,277 eBook and 1,252 downloadable audiobooks items
- HCLS’ eBooks for kids, which combine educational games, videos, and interactive books for engaging experiences for children from pre-K through high school
- OneClickdigital: Hundreds of eBooks and eAudiobooks to download or stream on personal computers, eReaders, and mobile devices
- Zinio: Current and past issues of 100 diverse magazines to read on a computer and/or download to a variety of mobile devices with Internet capability
- Hoopla: Stream and temporarily download movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers
- Gale Courses, an impressive line-up of 300 six-week online education and career courses
- Launched NextReads where customers can subscribe to e-newsletters with reading recommendations on more than 20 topics
- Enhanced Enchanted Garden Experience
- Created Explorer Packs to provide children targeted, self-guided garden tours and activities
- Compiled and published the Enchanted Garden Field Guide
- Developed new curriculum including Tween Sprouts; Rainbow Science; the Science of Food Preservation; What Would Peter Rabbit Eat?; Hot Composting; and Frogs, Toads & Snakes, Oh My!
- Earned impressive statistics for A+ Partners in Education initiatives and events:
- 120,000 A+ interactions among HCLS Instructors and HCPSS/HCC faculty, students, and parents
- HCLS Instructors taught more than 600 A+ Curriculum classes
- More than 100 students in grades one through eight studied for the HCLS Spelling Bee and BumbleBee
- 1,200 fifth graders (240 teams – one third of Howard County’s fifth grade students) participated in the Battle of the Books academic competition
- 500 attendees celebrated 44 teams of fourth and fifth grade students from 17 HCPSS elementary schools and one homeschool that invented complicated wacky machines to put toothpaste on a toothbrush as part of the HCLS Rube Goldberg Challenge
- Taught 22 Kindergarten, Here We Come! classes for incoming kindergarten students, with a record 1,500 attendees
- Continued to hold Movin’ Up to Middle School (a transition class similar to Kindergarten, Here We Come) for rising 6th grade students
- Implemented year 10 of Teen Time
- Held our fifth annual Bookmark Contest (1,341 entries; all HCPSS elementary and middle schools represented)
- Coordinated 101 Pre-K and Kindergarten field trips to HCLS branches (for 4,750 students) as part of the HCPSS curriculum
- Upgraded our impressive line-up of inspiring STEM-related preschool and elementary school age classes (e.g., EdZOOcation; Star Wars Science; Marshmallow Engineering Challenge; Rainbow Science; Squishy Circuits; Ick! Eww! Gross! Science)
- Received a $267,500 National Leadership Grant from IMLS to further develop HiTech:
- Introduced classes on Java script, robotics, cyber security, 3D design and printing, DNA, hovercrafts, green energy, wearable technology, and C++
- In partnership with UMBC, offered a four-day Building a Mars Rover class based on NASA’s Curiosity Rover
- Kicked off the first HCLS middle school robotics challenge
- Cyborg Glitch, our second mobile game created and published by HiTech students
- HiTech students engineered and successfully launched weather balloons to capture footage from space and collect high-altitude weather data
- Added a 3D printer to our line-up of HiTech equipment
- Participated in the HoCo Math Festival and HoCo STEM Festival
- Advanced the Passport Center at our East Columbia Branch, exceeding expectations and setting new records; received approval to expand the initiative to our Glenwood Branch
- Awarded $250,000 in federal grant funding for HCLS Project Literacy, convening tutoring sessions and classes for 450 students
- Hosted North Africa and Middle East Culture Fest in partnership with the Columbia Association, featuring cultural demonstrations, music, dance, food, and displays
- Held five major author events: Dr. Neal Barnard, Chris Bohjalian, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alice Hoffman, and Dr. Pamela Peeke
- Hosted the community’s Children’s Discovery Fair, bringing 600 children/care givers to our East Columbia Branch
- Held fifth annual HCLS Chess Tournament with 15 contestants this year taking part in the five-round Swiss system tournament
- Organized Money Matters, a financial education fair with partners including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, MakingChange, HCC, and HCPSS (700 attendees)
- Expanded the community-wide initiative, Choose Civility:
- Organized a three-part symposium, “OMG to AARP: Bridging the Multigenerational Divide” (attendance record: 650)
- Launched an expanded poster contest in partnership with HCPSS and the Columbia Association Art Center
- Inspired five official Choose Civility Chapters: Washington County, MD; Freeborn County, MN; Portland, ME; Miami, FL; and Southern MD
- Partnered with the Howard County Arts Council to display public art sculptures for a one year exhibit at three of our branches as part of ARTsites 2014
- In partnership with the Columbia Festival of the Arts, held Bookapalooza at the Central Branch
- Collaborated with Howard County Government and the Board of Elections to hold Early Voting for both the 2014 primary and general elections at the Miller Branch
- Developed A Vision of Shared Leadership: HCLS Internal Customer Service Philosophy
- Began the construction phase of the HCLS Administrative Branch
- Opened the Savage Branch Express, an interim location during renovation of the Savage Branch
- Organized Evening in the Stacks: Vintage Vegas, entertaining more than 650 guests and raising $91,000 for our renowned signature educational initiatives
- Held the Grand Opening of the HCLS Savage Branch & STEM Education Center, drawing a crowd of 3,000
- Developed Vision 2020: Education for All, HCLS’ Strategic Plan 2015-2020
- Launched a new HCLS web site, improving functionality and organizing online research tools into eight simple categories
- Expanded passport acceptance to the HCLS Glenwood Branch
- Celebrated impressive statistics:
- A record 306,000 students of all ages attended HCLS classes and events
- Set new passport acceptance facility records: 9,000 applications (East Columbia and Glenwood Branches combined)
- Drew a record 5,200 attendees to the Summer Reading Kickoff featuring Batman and his Batmobile
- Bolstered HCLSNow!
- Expanded digital collections: Overdrive to 30,499 ebooks and 20,2789 downloadable audiobooks, Axis 360 to 5,886 ebooks and 1,741 downloadable audiobooks, Zinio to 112 magazines, and hoopla to 892 comics and more than 6,000 ebooks
- Added Muzzy Online, a language-learning tool for children
- Added World Vital Records, a genealogy tool
- Added Freegal Music with 8 million songs and 15,000+ music videos
- Launched Beanstack, weekly book recommendations for parents of elementary school children
- Augmented Enchanted Garden:
- Published a calendar as a Friends fundraiser featuring stunning photos from the garden
- Celebrated Cow Appreciation Day in partnership with Clark’s Elioak Farm and Chick-fil-A
- Certified as an official Monarch Waystation
- Developed new classes for children and teens, including Green Fingers, Earth Day celebration, Seed Paper Creations, and Super Foods for Super Kids
- Enhanced HiTech (attendance to date: 5,100):
- Expanded curriculum to include classes such as Wonders of Chemistry, Anatomy Part 1, Fundamentals of Living Organisms, The Hero Factory, and Solar System Games
- Hosted STEM Past, Present and Future panel discussion on the impact of technology and education
- Held Youth Forum to gather feedback from 60 teens on their interests, experiences, and aspirations related to STEM
- Launched three Academy courses that entail 15-25 hours of coursework: The Science of Movie Making, Computer Science, and Infectious Diseases
- Hosted MSDE’s Innovation Workshop, presenting HiTech’s formation, curriculum methodologies, instructional practices, and metrics
- Hosted Caribbean Culture Fest in partnership with the Columbia Association (audience: 2,000)
- Held five major author events: Ned Tillman, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Majid Fotuhi, J. Courtney Sullivan, and Scott Stossel and Brigid Schulte
- Hosted the Children’s Discovery Fair (audience: 800)
- Convened sixth annual HCLS Chess Tournament
- Held Money Matters Scout Day
- Held ComicCon: Rise of the Heroes
- Held our first HCLS Salute to Veterans
- Presented Children’s Meet the Author events: Jonathan Axier, Kate Milford, Aaron Starmer, and Marc Tyler Nobleman
- Expanded children’s curriculum to include Frog and Toad class in conjunction with Red Branch Theater; Goats are Kids, Too with Clark’s Elioak Farm; and Cow Wars! as part of Farm City Celebration
- Successfully implemented A+ Partners in Education initiatives and events:
- Fostered more than 80,000 A+ interactions among HCLS Instructors and HCPSS/HCC faculty, students and parents (1 Million since A+ launch in 2002)
- Held sixth annual Bookmark Content with a record 1,550 entries
- Held eighth annual HCLS Bumblebee Celebration with 33 students from 16 schools participating
- Organized the 10th annual HCLS Spelling Bee with 64 contestants
- Orchestrated eighth annual Battle of the Books with 236 teams comprising 1,200 students
- Coordinated fifth year of HCLS Rube Goldberg Challenge, drawing a record 71 teams of fourth and fifth grade students (400 students)
- Taught 25 Kindergarten, Here We Come! classes
- Held Movin-Up to Middle School classes
- Implemented year 11 of Teen Time
- Coordinated 101 Pre-K and Kindergarten field trips to HCLS branches
- Taught 755 A+ Curriculum classes
- Rang in the holiday season with Merry Melodies featuring C Street Brass in partnership with Candlelight Concert Society
- Held Early Voting at the Miller Branch in collaboration with the Howard County Government and Board of Elections
- Celebrated HCLS Project Literacy accomplishments:
- Held the 2015 HCLS Project Literacy Graduation & Awards Ceremony (6 students received high school diploma; 7 students attained U.S. citizenship)
- Taught 350 students from 43 countries (one-on-one tutoring and class settings)
- Awarded $260,000 in federal grant funding for HCLS Project Literacy
- Received Beta Partner Award from Polaris
- Won the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals Hermes Gold Award in the Photography/People/Portrait category for spring source cover photo of children covered in crayons
- Expanded Choose Civility initiative, now 125 alliance partners strong:
- Organized the annual Choose Civility Symposium, “The Ball’s in Your Court: Can Civility and Sports Coexist?”
- Convened a class taught by Terry McAuley, “Emotional Intelligence in Sports”
- Held a Youth Empowerment Summit in partnership with HCPSS for 220 middle school students
- Continued Poster Contest in partnership with HCPSS and the Columbia Association Art Center
- Inspired the Soccer Association of Columbia to adopt the new Choose Sportsmanship partner initiative
- Hosted #HoCoCivility blog party in partnership with HoCoBlogs and Seasons52
- Organized Evening in the Stacks: Black Ties ǀ White Diamonds, hosting more than 625 guests and raising a record $105,000 for signature educational initiatives