Children pose with mascots for the Harford County Public Library & Celebree, and Library Director Mary Hastler, Celebree CEO Richard Huffman and Library Foundation Director Amber Shrodes, for the launch of Little Leapers at the Bel Air Library.
An entity as traditional as a public library system has been honored for its innovation in Harford County.
The Harford County Public Library will receive an Innovator of the Year award from The Daily Record, the system announced in a news release on Tuesday.
The Harford County Public Library will be recognized on Oct. 2 for the creation of the Little Leapers program, which develops literacy skills at an early age by focusing on STEM-related topics.
In a statement, Library Director Mary Hastler said: “We are honored to be recognized for the creation of Little Leapers.The Little Leapers collection promotes the development of reading readiness, preparing our county’s children for school, and introducing STEM at an early age to nurture a life-long interest.”
The Little Leapers initiative, developed by librarians in Harford County, began in March 2013 for children ages newborn to 5 years, the release stated.