City of Havre de Grace Installing New Walkways Through Tydings Park.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2017

CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE INSTALLING NEW WALKWAYS THROUGH TYDINGS PARK. 

 
This week the City of Havre de Grace began replacing and upgrading the walkways through Tydings Park. 
 
The new walkways are the latest addition to the Martin Administration’s Tydings Park Upgrade and Improvement Project, started in 2016, with the laying of new sidewalk along Commerce St, upgrades to the War Memorial, and the building of the All-Access Playground.

As part of the new upgrades, the City will also be making aesthetic enhancements to the park which include the installation of new lighting and the removal of old light post. 
 
The new walkways are expected to be completed in the upcoming weeks. Updates on the project will be made available weekly through the City’s Weekly Briefing.  

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing Week of Monday October 9, 2017

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing
Week of Monday October 9, 2017

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Headlines:

  • Life At The Rock:  “William T. Martin Meet Your Mayor.” View Article
  • The Aegis: “HdG hopes four-year project will end generations of Lilly Run flooding.” View Article
  • Havre de Grace Patch: “Havre De Grace Oktoberfest Set For October 14.” View Article

Department of Administration:

  • PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OFF-SITE COUNCIL MEETING
    Per Resolution No. 2017-03, as adopted by the Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace, the next regularly scheduled Council Meeting for October 16, 2017, will be held at the Maritime Museum, located at 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace, MD.  The meeting will begin that evening at 7:00 PM.
  • ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC HEARING
    The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace will hold a Public Hearing at our off-site Council Meeting, located at 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace, MD on October 16, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Hearing will be to receive public comment on the proposed Ordinance 993 which concerns itself with boat mooring and other activities in the shallow waters surrounding the City Water Plant. Click here to view proposed Ordinance 993.

Police Department:

  • The Havre de Grace Housing Authority is looking for donations of Halloween costumes new or gently used. These costumes will go to those in need if you can help please contact Shannon Ingle at 410-939-2097
  • If your community would like an officer to attend you’re HOA, club, or organization meeting to discuss anything crime or law enforcement related please contact Cpl. Petz at 410-939-2121 to get that scheduled.

Department of Pub­lic Works:

  • There will be no Bulk Collection Service this Friday, October 13th.
  • Harford County has clarified that bamboo, rootballs, soil or dirt, thistle, and other noxious weeds are not Yard Waste.  These items can be disposed of with regular household trash. Please call City Hall should you have any questions.

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES

Reminder:  Since fall, is here keep your stormdrains clear of leaves, grass, trash and tree debris at all times to minimize flooding in the streets, and on your property when it rains.

  • The City is progressing with plans for stormwater management facility retrofits/improvements.  Keep watching the updates for the improvements happening throughout the City.
  • Concord Point Park Pond Retrofit and Infiltration Facilities Construction – Early 2018
  • Pedestrian Bridge Abutment Design Over Lilly Run

SPOTLIGHT:  Thank you to all those keeping the stormwater ponds, drains and pipes clear of debris and in working order!   Preventative maintenance is a key element to improving the quality of water draining to the Bay.

Department of Finance:

  • Slip Contract Renewals will be mailed in the next two weeks.  If you have unpaid slip electric fees, please pay by October 15th or your renewal contract could be delayed.
  • Register for e-Billing online or contact Michele or Donna at 410-939-1800.

Department of Planning:

  • Building permits are required for sheds, fences, renovations, decks, and other alterations to buildings and property.  If your property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, there may be State requirements to comply with also.  When hiring a contractor, be sure they are licensed by the State of Maryland.  Contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102 for permit fees and details.
  • Home values and neighborhood quality are negatively impacted when property is not kept up.  If you notice a property that has abandoned vehicles, appliances, furniture, trash, or tall grass and weeds, please contact the Department of Planning (410) 939-1800 ext 1102.

Department of Economic Development:

  • The Route 40 Business Association will hold their monthly membership meeting and reception at Mount Felix Winery, 2000 Level Rd., Wed., October 11, From 5-7 p.m. For information or to register for this free networking opportunity visit www.route40business.com
  • Susquehanna Workforce Network will hold the 29th Annual Job Fair from noon to 4 p.m. at Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Dr., Aberdeen, on Thursday, October 12. To register for the job fair visit www.swnetwork.org
  • The Harford County Office of Economic Development’s next Business Finance Seminar will be at The GroundFloor, 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, at 6 p.m., with the topic The Law & Your Business.
  • The Aberdeen Proving Ground Centennial Gala will be held at Aberdeen Corporate Park from 7 to 11 p.m., on Friday, October 20. To purchase tickets visit www.apg100.org

Office of Tourism:

  • Harford Plein Air, an outdoor painting festival, will take place throughout Harford County from October 13-15.
  • Havre de Grace Crab Feast  will be held on Friday October 13, sponsored by the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets available at the Visitor Center.
  • Havre de Haunts begins their paranormal tours in Havre de Grace.  Join them on Friday and Saturday evenings.  
  • Tuck Everlasting the musical will continue this weekend at The Cultural Center at the Opera House…get your tickets soon, some shows have already sold out!
  • Farmers Market- the market will be set up on Saint John Street this week in order to accommodate the Oktoberfest in Hutchins Park.
  • Vulcan Quarry Crusher Run will take place at the Vulcan Quarry in Havre de Grace.  Challenge yourself by running down massive declines into the earth and straight back up to the top!
  • Havre de Grace will be holding their 3rd Annual Oktoberfest in Hutchins Park from 12- 7.  Free Admission!  There will be plenty of German food, German beer, German music and dancers and a Kids Zone with crafts and games.

Cultural Center at the Opera House

  • “Darling Lili” (WW1 Film Series) on Monday, Oct. 9 at 8pm
  • Scottfield Theatre Company presents Tuck Everlasting on Friday and Saturday, October 13 & 14 at 8pm and Sunday, October 15 at 2pm.

Havre de Grace Oktoberfest Returns October 14, 2017.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2017

Havre de Grace Oktoberfest Returns October 14, 2017

The Havre de Grace Office of Tourism announced today the 3rd annual Havre de Grace Oktoberfest will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 12-7 p.m. at Hutchins Park

This year’s event will feature authentic German food, beer, wine, and desserts. German music will be performed by Enzian Volkstanzgruppe, and accordion player Don Bitterlich. German merchandise and craft vendors will also be set up at the event, as well as a kid zone and moon bounce.

Any vendor interested in participating in this year’s event is asked to call the Havre de Grace Visitor Center at (410) 939-2100.

Proceeds from the event will benefit local non-profits.

Last year, approximately 3,000 people attended Havre de Grace Oktoberfest. “We look forward to this event growing each year,” said Mayor William T. Martin. “It’s a great time to catch up with old friends and welcome new visitors to our city.”

City of Havre de Grace Celebrates The Completion Of All-Access Playground At Tydings Park.

City of Havre de Grace Celebrates The Completion Of All-Access Playground At Tydings Park.     

The City of Havre de Grace would like to thank County Executive Barry Glassman, Delegate Glen Glass, Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti, Council President Dave Glenn, Council Member Steve Gamatoria, Council Member Jason Robertson, Council Member Monica Worrell, Council Member Dave Martin, and all citizens who attended Saturdays Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Since taking office in 2015, the Martin administration has prioritized the conceptualization and installation of modern and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant playground equipment at Tydings Park. In 2016, the Tydings Park Commission created a concept plan for the project based on public testimony and survey.

Work started in early 2017, with the installation of a REV 8 Rotating Climber, interactive stations, a custom lighthouse and climber resembling Concord Point Lighthouse, and various other pieces of equipment, all of which is in compliance with ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) and CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) playground standards.

The City secured over $200,000 in grant money from Harford County and $264,407 in funding through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fiscal Year 2018 Community Parks and Playgrounds Program Grant.

“Addressing the needs of all children is not just a hallmark of a 21st century city, it is also emblematic of the compassionate character of our citizens,” stated Mayor William T. Martin.

City of Havre de Grace Celebrates The Completion Of All-Access Playground At Tydings Park.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, August 28, 2017.

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 Mayor Martin attended a groundbreaking ceremony for Affairs Extraordinaire by Marta located at 233 St. John St.

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 The City of Havre de Grace held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the completion of the All-Access Playground at Tydings Park. We would like to thank County Executive Barry Glassman, Delegate Glen Glass, Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti, Council President Dave Glenn, Council Member Steve Gamatoria, Council Member Jason Robertson, Council Member Monica Worrell, Council Member Dave Martin, and all citizens who attended the event.

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 Mayor Martin gave the opening remarks at Rage Against Addiction. During his remarks, he presented David Watson with a challenge coin for his extraordinary work organizing the event.   

  • Last week, the Department of Public Works installed a new water fountain at the entrance to the All-Access Playground at Tydings Park. The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant fountain has a station to fill up water bottles & two other stations for people & pets to drink from. A second water fountain of this type will be installed at Concord Point Park in the next few weeks.

Department of Finance:  

  • Water/Sewer Turn Offs will begin on Tuesday – Payments must be received no later than today to avoid the $50 fee.
  • Don’t Forget to register for e-billing!  Register online or call Michele at 410-939-1800
  • To find out if you qualify for homeowner tax credits, contact the state at (410-836-4800)

Department of Public Works:

  • Phase I of BGE’s gas line replacement project will be finishing up this week with road paving.  Thank you for your patience.
  • The results of the recent water quality tests ​for THM’s (Total Trihalomethanes) show 23 ​ppb ​and 43 ppb (parts per billion).  This is an excellent result​!​  Maximum allowed is 80​ ​ppb.
  • Recycling collections are increasing!   As a City, collectively we have increased our recycling by 4% when comparing July 201​6​ to July 2017.  Please keep recycling – this keeps your trash collection dumping fees down. We do not have to pay for recycling because it does not go into a landfill.
  • A huge THANK YOU to all of the residents who are putting out their trash in cans and using recycling containers.  Reminder – all trash in bags must be in a trash can with a secure lid. Bags of trash not in a can will not be collected.
  • Job well done!  DPW staff worked many hours to make sure the ADA accessible playground was ready for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, August 26th. ​

DPW – Division of Stormwater Management:

  • GIS-Based Mapping System – Beehive is an invaluable program and will be utilized to locate and track stormwater devices, drains, maintenance and work orders.  This system will be crucial to our reporting parameters as required by Maryland Department of the Environment.
  • The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse. Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route.
  • If anyone notices someone dumping into a stormdrain please notify City Hall at 410-939-1800, ext. 1128.  Anything going into the drains except for stormwater is illicit.  

 

Department of Economic Development:

  • The Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development would like to congratulate Backfin Blues Havre de Creole for their success during Harford County Restaurant Week August 18 to 27.
  • Maryland Historic Trust and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development notified the city of Havre de Grace’s Main Street Program of the favorable review of several Tenant Fit Out and Facade program applications. Public announcements for the awards to these individual businesses in the Havre de Grace Main Street District will be mad over the next several City Council meetings.
  • During the Monday, August 21 Havre de Grace City Council Meeting, Erika Quesenbery-Sturgill, who has been serving as Acting Director of the Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development for the past year was officially sworn-in as the Director, following a unanimous vote of council approving her contract.
  • Swing by 406 St. John Street and Coakley’s Pub where work is progressing rapidly on The Yard.
  • Announcement will soon be made for a new repair business coming to the 600 block of Revolution Street, which was formerly an automobile repair garage. Work is progressing rapidly on adapting the space for the new owner.
  • You may have noticed the windows are starting to look a bit  bare at Blue Earth Leather – that’s because the windows are looking quite impressive down the road at 316 St. John Street, the former Courtyard Redux (closed last year due to a retirement). Blue Earth Leather will be joining StickDesign Embroidery Studio in the space.

 

Office of Tourism:

  • August 31- Thursday Night Sailboat Races

Fish Fowl and Folk Weekend!

  • September 1- Join us for the best First Fridays in Harford County.  Featuring over 100 vendors, 7 restaurants offering café seating, food trucks and a live band on every block!  The kids will love our brand new kids-zone including a moon bounce and games!  Havre de Grace is the perfect place to relax after a busy week.
  • September 2- Fish Fowl & Folk Festival!  Celebrate our City by the Bay and its Maritime Heritage at the Concord Point Lighthouse! Live music, food and craft vendors, beer garden, kids zone. Free admission.
  • September 3- Blessing by the Bay- The Susquehanna Ministerium of HdG is sponsoring this afternoon of praise & worship, prayer & blessings at Concord Park next to the Lighthouse.  

2pm- Boat Blessings, 5pm- Motorcycle blessings

  • September 2- Farmers Market at Hutchin Park
  • The Office of Tourism is now accepting applications from vendors interested in setting up at the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 14.  If interested please contact Bonnie or Lauri at 410-939-2100.

 

Event Related Road Closures:

First Fridays – Friday September 1, 2017 Traffic and Parking restrictions will be in effect from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking on Friday, September 1, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  •      N. Washington Street:  Closed from Congress Avenue to St. John Street.
  •        Pennington Avenue:  Closed from N. Lodge Lane to St. John Street.
  •        Franklin Street:  Closed from N. Union Avenue to St. John Street.  Closed from N. Union Avenue to the parking lot of Backfin Blues.  Union will remain open at all times (crossing guards will be present).
  •         St. John Street:  Closed from Franklin Street to Green Street.

 

Fish, Fowl, and Folk Festival- Saturday September 2, 2017  Traffic and Parking restrictions will be in effect from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

  • Lafayette Street: Closed from Young St. to intersection of Concord St.
  • Concord Street: Closed to Alliance St.

 

Department of Planning:
To follow up on our very well received Concept Plan guidelines and checklist and the Resident and Business Guide to the Permit Process, we are near completion on a Resident and Business Guide to the Property Maintenance Code. The Planning Department expects that this will be ready sometime in October. We hope that this will be a good resource to help everyone understand and plan for the home and business property maintenance outlined by the International Code used in Havre de Grace.

What can and what cannot be collected as Yard Waste?

Maryland Environmental Services has posted the following list of what can and what cannot be collected as Yard Waste.

Items that cannot be collected as Yard Waste include: root balls, dirt attached to flowers, weeds, etc – dirt or soil of any kind, mulch, rocks, bamboo, noctious weeds (such as poison ivy) diseased or infested plant materials or tree stumps. Any of these items placed in yard waste collections will be rejected at the landfill so our contractor cannot collect them from you. 
WHY? Dirt, root balls and tree stumps cause the blades and grinders to break or become too dull to do their work.  the other items on the rejected list will contaminate the mulch and compost they are making.
What can be collected is: grass clippings, leaves, tree and bush trimmings, brush, flowers and vegetable garden plant material – but again no dirt.
Shake the dirt off of all Yard Waste into your yard and dispose of root balls – no matter how small – into your regular garbage. Please share this with your neighbors. Please call Harford County’s Environmental Services at 410-638-3418 or 410-638-3417

City of Havre de Grace to celebrate the completion of all-access playground at Tydings Park Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2017

Mayor William T. Martin invites all citizens, elected officials, and members of the press to join him and the city council on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m to celebrate the completion of the all-access playground at Tydings Park.

Since taking office in 2015, the Martin administration has prioritized the conceptualization and installation of modern and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant playground equipment at Tydings Park. In 2016, the Tydings Park Commission created a concept plan for the project based on public testimony and survey.

Work started in early 2017, with the installation of a REV 8 Rotating Climber, interactive stations, a custom lighthouse and climber resembling Concord Point Lighthouse, and various other pieces of equipment, all of which is in compliance with ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) and CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) playground standards.

The City secured over $200,000 in grant money from Harford County and is anticipating additional grant support in the amount of $264,407 in funding through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fiscal Year 2018 Community Parks and Playgrounds Program Grant, in September.

“We are a City that values open space and outdoor recreation. We also respect the virtues of compassion. This perspective has led us to the creation and completion of this beautiful new section of playground. An area where all children and their families can safely be active and feel comfortable,” expressed Mayor William T. Martin.

Visit from Christophe Buzzacaro -Representative from Le Havre, France

 

Yesterday  afternoon Mayor Martin welcomed Christophe Buzzacaro a representative from the city of Le Havre, France and presented him a tour of our city.

During the tour, the two men exchanged greetings and gifts from the Mayor of Le Havre and Havre de Grace.

The City of Havre de Grace would like to thank Mr. Buzzacaro and the City of Le Havre for their generosity today and look forward to working with them in the future. The Martin administration believes today’s visit marked the beginning of a culture and diplomatic relationship with the city of Le Havre, France.

Mayor Martin was accompanied by the First Lady, Council President Glenn, interpreter Wanda Boker and city staff. Mr. Buzzacaro was accompanied by his wife Melanie, his daughter, and a friend of the Buzzacaro family. LH Le Havre

 

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing: Week of Monday, August 7, 2017.

City of Havre de Grace Weekly Briefing:
Week of Monday, August 7, 2017.

 

Office of the Mayor:

  • I95 Business published a feature on Mayor Martin and the City of Havre de Grace titled “Havre de Grace Mayor Bill Martin Values Past, Eyes Future” – Read Article

  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Mayor Martin attended National Night Out.

  • Saturday, August 5, 2017 Mayor Martin attended a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Cultural Arts Center at the Opera House.

  • Sunday, August 6, 2017 Mayor Martin attended a US Lighthouse Service Grave Marker Dedication Ceremony for Lighthouse Keeper John O’ Neil.

  • Mayor Martin invites all citizens, elected officials, and members of the press to join him and the city council on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m to celebrate the completion of the all-access playground at Tydings Park.

 

Public Meetings:  

  • The Mayor and City Council will meet Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  View Agenda.

 

Public Works:

 

  • BGE and the City of Havre de Grace will partner to repave the streets that have been impacted by the gas line replacement project.  This project will begin the end of this month.

  • We are preparing to have the City Yacht Basin area dredged.  Dredging removes the accumulated silt which flows into the basin from upriver into our waterways.  A Request for Proposal for this work will be going out this week.

  • A reminder: Your Trash must be placed in cans for collection.  Trash cannot be set out in bags only.  The bags must be in a can for both health and safety reasons.  Recycles must be placed loosely in containers.  No plastic bags to hold your recycles.

DPW – Division of Stormwater Management:  

Things You Can Do To Protect Maryland’s Water Quality

Citizens’ Tips for Keeping a Clean Environment

1. Report any dumping of inappropriate materials into stormwater drains (such as oil, antifreeze) to your local municipal officials.  410-939-1800

2. Use good housekeeping practices with lawn care chemicals, oil, gasoline, pet wastes, etc.

3. Help to start or participate in programs to recycle and safely dispose of used oils and household hazardous wastes and containers.

4. Tell others about pollution runoff and storm water runoff and what they can do to help.

5. Plant trees, shrubs and ground cover to protect bare soil and reduce runoff.

6. Create a “rain garden” to keep rain water in your yard to replenish plants.

7. Try composting to recycle yard wastes and reduce fertilizer use.

8. Find alternatives to the chemicals you use on your lawn.

Department of Economic Development:  

 

  • August 6 to 12 is National Farmers Market Week. Many small businesses get their start at a farmers market and those who are ready to make the transition to the next level can get help through the Small Business Administration by contacting the Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development.

  • The Havre de Grace Economic Development Advisory Board is working with the Harford County Office of Economic Development for Business Appreciation Week September 18, with Havre de Grace business visitation on Tuesday., September 19. More details are to follow for this day of recognizing the importance of our local businesses as employers, drivers of our economy and community supporters.

  • The Route 40 Business Association is kicking off their 30th year of serving businesses in the Route 40 corridor. They will be hosting the Fore Our Kids Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, September 18, at Wetlands Golf Club in Aberdeen. Visit www.route40business.com for details.

  • Artists Emporium at 220 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Artists Emporium is the largest privately owned gallery in Maryland.

  • On This Day: August 7, 1911 –  Calbraith Perry “Cal” Rodgers of Havre de Grace took a 90-minute flying lesson from Orville Wright and received his pilot’s license, the 49th ever awarded.

  • On This Day: August 7, 1912 – Arnold “The Brain” Rothstein, a heavy investor in the Havre de Grace Racetrack known as “The Graw,” dropped in to check on progress. Opening day was swiftly approaching when Rothstein stopped in, scheduled for August 24, 1912.

Office of Tourism:

 

  • Friday, August 4 marked the 4th First Fridays of 2017 by having record numbers in attendance enjoying eight bands; a live performance on our “Grace Got Talent Stage” by the Havre de Grace Recreation Dancers, our new Kids Zone with Free Games, over 100 food and merchandise vendors, outdoor cafe seating, and local shops keeping their doors open late. A great time was had by all! Be sure to join us next month for another First Friday community event on September 1 to kick off our Fish, Fowl and Folk weekend!
  • August 5- Elected officials, private donors, and members of the Havre de Grace community gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Cultural Arts Center at the Opera house. After a cocktail hour, the black-tie affair continued with a ribbon cutting by the Mayor  welcoming everyone to the second floor of the historic building. Technicolor Motor Home entertained the crowd followed by several speakers sharing the history of the building and thanking those who were responsible for making this dream a reality!
  • August 6-12 Grand Opening Week! Join in on the fun-filled festivities during the Grand Opening Week of the Cultural Center at the Opera House-beginning Sunday August 6th. Visit www.ohhdg.org for tickets.   Tonight is an Evening with Cab Calloway at 8 p.m., tomorrow The Monkey Man Variety Show, the children’s movie Paddington is at 11 a.m. on August 9, with Hush down performing Wednesday night at 9 p.m., EJ Zimmerman is August 10, Hot Club Baltimore on August 11 and the Sicilian Tenors August 12 with Colin Sorgi on August 13.

 

 

  • Havre de Grace Visitor’s Center is looking for enthusiastic volunteers that love the City of Havre de Grace. Several openings are available. Free training is provided. If you are interested, please contact Lauri O. or Bonnie at Visitors Center 410-939-2100.

City of Havre de Grace Installs 7th Little Free Library.

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2017

The City of Havre de Grace announced today it has installed its 7th Little Free Library at K9 Cody Dog Park located behind the Community Center at 100 Lagaret Ln.

The newest Little Free Library resembling a dog house was constructed by Council Member David Martin and painted by local artist Brittany Watson.

The Havre de Grace Little Free Library program was launched in 2016 as a way to promote reading and pubic art throughout the City. The little libraries allow people to take a book and or leave a book. Since 2016, over 2,500 books have been taken from a Havre de Grace Little Free Library.

“This has been a fun and worthwhile initiative,” said Mayor William T. Martin “The Little Free Library system our community is creating gives people access to free books while creatively enhancing our open-space areas.”

The City would like to encourage people to take a book, leave a book, or even create their very own Little Free Library. Anyone who has created a Little Free Library or is interested in creating one, please call City Hall at (410) 939-1800.