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Outreach Services

Rolling Reader
Silver Reader
Opening the Gift

Rolling Reader

The Rolling Reader is one of many outreach services the Library provides to Harford County residents. The Rolling Reader promotes reading for pleasure, visiting after-school programs and early literacy centers that target children from birth through grade 8.

The Rolling Reader serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade and is on the road year-round Monday through Friday. It is housed at the Edgewood Branch.

The vehicle first hit the road in January 2001 as a way to bring library resources and technology to children who may not have the opportunity to access one of the county’s branches. Over the years, the service had expanded to programming like arts and crafts and the important Summer Reading Program. In 2010, the Rolling Reader had 1,023 children register for the Summer Reading Program. Almost 70% of the children that signed up then completed the program.

The Rolling Reader visits YMCA programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Youth Centers and Child Development Centers in the Aberdeen and Edgewood areas of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Head Start and Early Head Start, Title 1 Early Intervention, and after-school programs and summer day camps at various community centers. In 2009 Rolling Reader was awarded a MSDE Certificate of Recognition for “outstanding service and contributions to Maryland’s Extended Learning Programs.”

For more information please contact:
Rolling Reader — Edgewood Branch
629 Edgewood Road
Edgewood, MD 21040
410 612 1600

Silver Reader

The Silver Reader travels to assisted living facilities, long term care facilities, adult medical day care, senior centers and senior apartment locations throughout Harford County. In this way, many individuals and groups that are not currently served at branch locations can enjoy access to Harford County Public Library resources.

In 2006, the Silver Reader became the only mobile outreach service of its kind in the state of Maryland. Silver Reader is dedicated specifically to serve the growing population of Harford County seniors unable to safely or conveniently visit a traditional branch.

Many customers remember the “bookmobiles” of their youth but are surprised by the features of the new Silver Reader. The Silver Reader offers a wheelchair lift so that visitors do not need to climb the steps to enter the van and enjoy the library environment. Once on board, two computers with internet access are available. New books of all types are on shelves for browsing: fiction and non-fiction in both regular and large print, movies, music, magazines and recorded books on compact discs or small digital devices called Playaways. A librarian is available to help individuals find items or to take requests for the next scheduled visit. At the circulation desk, customers can use their existing Harford County Public Library card or get a new one and check out their selections. The Silver Reader returns three weeks later to pick up items that are due and open its doors for customers once again.

The Silver Reader has a full schedule, visiting 24 different locations throughout the county during a three-week period. Locations include assisted living locations (that have over 20 residents), senior housing locations, adult medical day care centers, senior centers and long-term care facilities. It is hard to tell whether the customers or the staff enjoys the visits more! Silver Reader provides a unique opportunity to make personal connections, share reminiscences, explore new hobbies, learn new skills and most of all enjoy the world of information and entertainment that is central to the library experience at any age!

For more information, contact the Silver Reader office:
Silver Reader c/o the Bel Air Branch
Harford County Public Library
100 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-638-3151 ext. 2280

Katherine Clipp is available to answer questions Monday through Friday. Keep in mind that the Silver Reader staff are “on the road” much of the day. But voice mail messages will be reviewed and answered as quickly as possible.

Opening the Gift - A daycare storytime program

Let the library come to you! Each month from September through May, Harford County Public Library is pleased to share books, stories, puppets, songs and fingerplays in your licensed home daycare through our free Opening the Gift program.

Our monthly themes include activities to:

  • Raise awareness of important school readiness skills
  • Encourage early literacy activities
  • Acquaint daycare providers and parents with library resources
  • Develop a love of books in all children and their caregivers

See our Newsletter (pdf) and Coloring sheet(pdf)

Applications are now being accepted for library story time visits at your location!

To participate, daycare providers must be licensed, able to set aside 45 minutes each month from September through May for our visit, and have at least four preschool-age children in attendance.

For more information, please see: