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Harford County Public Library Receives Innovator of the Year Award for Third Time

September 2015

The Daily Record has named Harford County Public Library an innovator of the Year for establishing The Innovation Lab at the Abingdon Library. It is the third year in a row that Harford County Public Library has received an Innovator of the Year Award. They are one of 28 recipients to be recognized at an event in October.

The Daily Record began the Innovator of the Year awards in 2002 as a way to recognize Marylanders and Maryland-based companies for their innovative spirit – for creating new products, new programs, new services or new processes that have helped their companies, industries or communities.

The Innovation Lab opened at the Abingdon Library in January. An innovative, STEM-focused hub for teens and adults, the Innovation Lab is a digital media lab providing a dedicated space for hands-on or do-it-yourself learning in video production, self-publishing and 3-D printing.

Innovator of the Year nominees were asked to complete an application that explained their innovation and the impact it has made on Maryland. The nominations were judged on four basic criteria originality, impact, challenge and value.

Mary Hastler, CEO of Harford County Public Library, said, “STEM education is so important in narrowing the digital divide. Our library team worked very hard to make The Innovation Lab accessible to library patrons of all ages. The lab is an opportunity for families and the community to share their stories, create videos and explore 3-D technology. We are so honored to be recognized by The Daily Record with its Innovator of the Year Award for the third year in a row.”

The 2015 Innovator of the Year awards will be presented October 15 at reception/dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. at The Center Club, 100 Light Street in Baltimore.