From the Harford County Public Library:
(Belcamp, Maryland – March 24, 2011) Harford County Public Library is pleased to announce Amber C. Shrodes has joined the organization as Foundation Director. As the Foundation Director, Shrodes is responsible for raising funds to augment the financial resources of the Library and promote awareness of library services.
“I am honored to serve Harford County Public Library in this capacity,” said Shrodes. “As a longtime advocate and customer of this exceptional resource, I am delighted to be able to support the Library during this critical phase, where funding is limited, yet the need and demand for services has increased exponentially. While the economic downturn is a challenge, I am confident we can offer our partners an unprecedented return on their sponsorship investments as the Library serves over 210,000 local borrowers at its eleven branches and two outreach vehicles.”
According to Shrodes, top priorities for the Foundation include the renovation of the Bel Air branch’s Early Literacy Interactive Space; coordinating partnerships for the Library’s Summer Reading Program, which provides incentives for preschool to high school age students to engage in reading, math, and science activities to counter summer learning loss; and increasing the number of LEAP Kits currently in circulation. LEAP Kits are comprehensive learning tools that allow
library customers to access high-end science equipment including microscopes, rock collections, and programmable robots to explore science, math, and engineering projects at home.
“Amber Shrodes brings extensive experience and knowledge of the Harford County community and a proven track record in building relationships and partnerships. We are delighted that Ms. Shrodes has joined the Harford County Public Library team,” said Mary Hastler, Library Director.
Formerly the Marketing and Communications Director for MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC, Shrodes has a multi-disciplined background in business development, marketing, event coordination, and public relations. During her four-year tenure with MacKenzie she was responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies for the parent company, MacKenzie Ventures, and its seven affiliate firms. Prior to that position, Shrodes served as the Marketing Specialist for the Harford County Office of Economic Development where she played a leading role in numerous award-winning business development and marketing strategies including the Taste of Harford, the Chesapeake Science and
Security Corridor, and the County’s Maryland Ready campaign, which was later adopted by the State.
Shrodes, a graduate of the University of Maryland, is an active member of the Army Alliance, Maryland Economic Development Association, and Northeastern Maryland Technology Council. In addition, she serves on the Marketing Committee for Harford Habitat for Humanity.
Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 210,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4,700,000. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.
The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of the Harford County Public Library and to promote awareness of its services. For more information call 410 273 5601 x 2283.