(Belcamp, Maryland – January 6, 2014) Five Little Leapers kits will be added to the collection at Harford County Public Library, thanks to a generous donation from the Young AFCEAns. AFCEA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit international organization that serves the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities. The Young AFCEAns, also fondly known as YACs, are members of the organization that are age 40 or younger.
“We are grateful for the Young AFCEAn’s contribution and thrilled with the community’s ongoing support of the Little Leaper and LEAP programs. The kits are very popular; and we have a hard time keeping them on the shelves,” said Mary Hastler, Director of the Harford County Public Library. “We hope to continue to add to this important collection, which helps prepare our youth for school and introduces them to STEM concepts at an early age.”
The Young AFCEAns contributed nearly $1,500 from the proceeds of their annual “5K, One-Mile Walk and Family Fun Run” held at Ripken Stadium in November. The funds will be used to develop kits with an engineering focus.
“The Young AFCEAns are proud to contribute to what has become one of the most recognized and innovative programs for early STEM education in the region,” said John W. Karabias Jr., President of the Young AFCEAns Aberdeen Chapter. “We believe that it is more important than ever to develop STEM skills at an early age in order for our children to compete in an increasingly competitive global economy. The work that Harford County Public Library is doing with the Little Leapers Program forwards this objective by delivering world class STEM education in entertaining and accessible ways for children and parents.”
Little Leapers are pre- and early-literacy kits focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for kids 5 years of age and younger. Harford County Public Library developed the Little Leapers program, which was introduced in March 2013, with the support of Celebree Learning Centers, the program’s title sponsor.
More than 100 Little Leapers kits are available throughout 10 branches of the Harford County Public Library system. The kits may be checked out for seven days.
Little Leapers is an extension of the Library’s successful Leap: Science is Fun! program that started in 2007, and is geared toward third- to eighth-grade children. Both collections include interactive, age-appropriate kits equipped with fun, do-it-yourself activities for families to explore at home.
The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501(C)3 charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of Harford County Public Library and to promote awareness of Library services.
Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The Library serves over 177,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.5 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.
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Photo Caption #1: (From left to right) Amber Shrodes, Director, Harford County Public Library Foundation, John Karabias, President and Stacy Kauffman, Programs Director, Young AFCEA-Aberdeen Chapter.