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Virtual Town Hall Meeting - January 23, 2020

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman will host a virtual town hall in January for citizens to share their priorities for the next county budget. This annual virtual town hall provides multiple opportunities for public input on the budget at any time in the weeks leading up to and during the live event, where in-person testimony is also welcome. This year’s virtual town hall will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Chesapeake Theater on the campus of Harford Community College in Bel Air. The live event will be broadcast by Harford Cable Network, and it will stream live and be archived on the county website.

“Our award-winning virtual town hall format invites citizens to share their county budget priorities in whatever way is convenient for them, while letting them also hear what others have to say,” County Executive Glassman said. “Our goal is an efficient and transparent process that makes it easy to get involved.”

Starting now, citizens are invited to send in their county budget priorities for the fiscal year 2021 via dedicated social media pages, email, and U.S. Mail. Excerpts and summaries of this input will be read aloud by a moderator during the live meeting. The meeting will also include live testimony from attendees and relayed messages from callers to a dedicated phone line.

Comments may be provided through any of the following:

Facebook: Harford County’s Virtual Town Hall
Twitter: @iGovHarford
Mail: Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, 220 S. Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014
Call in: 443-412-2700 (activated only during the live event)

Citizens may watch the live event from the county Web page or at any branch of the Harford County Public Library.

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FY 2018 Value of Select Library Services*

QuantityLibrary ServicesRetail ValueValue of Services
826,648Adult Books Borrowed$20.00$16,532,960
815,803Children’s Books Borrowed$20.00$16,316,060
715,464Digital Materials Borrowed$20.00$14,309,280
741,955DVD’s Borrowed$4.00$2,967,820
93,985Music CDs Borrowed$15.00$1,409,775
96,582Audiobooks on CD Borrowed$35.00$3,380,370
28,036Playaways Borrowed$65.00$1,822,340
1,823Little Leaper Kits Borrowed$189.00$344,547
4,381LEAP Kits Borrowed$110.00$481,910
827LSC Kits Borrowed$150.00$124,050
13,909LSC Toys Borrowed$25.00$347,725
3,125American Girl Dolls Borrowed$147.00$459,375
2,136Superhero Kits Borrowed$50.00$106,800
30,522Magazines Borrowed$3.76$114,762.72
79,646Interlibrary Loans$25.00$1,991,150
497Meeting Room Use$100.00$49,700
75,886Adult Program Attendees$16.00$1,214,176
176,853Kid’s/Teen Program Attendees$15.78$2,790,740.34
59,091Online Class Attendees$144.00$8,509,104
269,053Hours of Computer Use$12.60$3,390,067.8
1,195,459Database Searches$6.83$8,164,984.97
465,447Customer Queries Answered$7.00$3,258,129
Total Value $88,085,826.83

*The values above are based on the estimated retail value of the materials or services

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Some Harford County Public Library Facts (FY18)

Harford County Public Library offers customers an array of free resources including books, eBooks, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, computer use, author presentations and programs for all ages

People searching for jobs are using the Library to complete job applications, fax resumes, submit applications online, create email accounts, and search health information

  • 1,638,875 customers visited our branches by walking in, or using our convenient drive-through service
  • 11,074,336 people made virtual visits to the library, used our website and our new library app
  • 3,616,111 items were borrowed from the library
  • 319,797 babies through adults attended library programs
  • 465,447 questions were answered by Librarians
  • 32,181 volunteer hours were donated to support the efforts of the Library