The Maryland Library Association, Children’s Services Division has announced the 2011 winners of the Maryland Blue Crab Awards. Blue Crabs are awarded to authors of books for beginning or transitional readers. This year’s winners are:
- For Beginning Fiction: We Are In A Book, by Mo Willems
- For Beginning Non-Fiction: Just One Bite, by Lola Schaefer
- For Transitional Fiction: Lulu and the Brontosaurus, by Judith Viorst
- For Transitional Non-Fiction: Pika: Life on the Rocks, by Tannis Bill.
A complete list of honor books, and winners and honors from previous years, as well a description of the criteria for the award, can be found on the MLA website.
Howard County Library System invites public and private schools, and home school associations, to participate in the seventh annual Howard County Library Spelling Bee. Classroom and/or school bees for students in grades 4 through 8 should be held between November 1, 2011 and January 27, 2012. Winners of school and home school association bees will advance to the Library’s regional bee on March 9, 2011. The winning speller will compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.
The Howard County Library Spelling Bee is organized under the rules of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and sponsored by BB&T.
For students in grades 1 – 3: BumbleBee
The sixth annual BumbleBee, spelling bees held in schools for first through third graders, begins again this fall and culminates with an awards ceremony on March 5, 2012. Through the BumbleBee, students build vocabularies, learn spelling tips, and gain confidence in front of an audience.
Do you have students who already have a sincere love of reading? Or maybe some in whom you’d like to instill a greater appreciation of books and their many delights? Howard County Library System hosts many monthly book clubs to encourage students to read for fun.
Book – N – Chat meets on one Tuesday evening each month, for ages 6 – 8, and discusses a picture book and presents other activities.
Classics Club Jr gets together on the last Wednesday of the month, for ages 7 – 9, to take a look at some classic children’s novels.
Classics Club has a similar focus for students ages 9 & up.
Pageturners, for ages 8 – 11, examines a theme each quarter. For this fall, they’ve been reading about rats. The November 15 meeting is about Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynn Jonell.
Elks Starters offers a monthly celebration of reading with a fun, fast-paced discussion of stories for young readers (ages 7 – 8), designed to inspire reading. In November, the group is reading Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements.
Elks Comics Club is the right place for those ages 9 – 11 who love comics, graphic novels, and comic inspired books. It also has activities to inspire students to create their own comic books. In November, the club is looking at How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Scott Seegart.
Tween Book Club, for ages 10 – 13, is a place for those “in between” other groups to get together, discuss great book, and participate in fun activities. In November, this club is discussing No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman.
For more details about these and other opportunities to foster good reading skills, visit hclibrary.org and look up the individual session in the classes and events calendar, pick up a copy of source, or visit one of the branches listed above. All specific titles listed are available for borrowing.
Greg Heffley visited Burleigh Manor Middle School for quite a while!
After making an appearance on their morning news show, their fantastic media specialist Barb Randolph kept Greg busy entertaining a guest, author Gordon Korman who was visiting the school!
Are your students Wimpy Kid fans?
You can request a visit from our cardboard Greg (sorry, we do not have a cardboard Mr. Korman) by contacting your A+ Liason.
His latest adventure Cabin Fever comes out on November 15, but you can reserve a copy today!
Howard County Library System is celebrating:
Google Art: Explore museums across the world with a scavenger hunt through
googleartproject.com, at Elkridge Branch on Monday, Oct. 17 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.
Re-cover That Book: Design and create a new cover for your favorite title, then add your
creation to a branch display, at Savage Branch on Thursday, October 20 from 7 – 8:30 pm.
Peep Takeover: Design a diorama of your favorite book using Peeps! Finished dioramas will be
displayed in the branch, at Glenwood Branch on Saturday, October 22 from 2 – 4 pm.
We will also celebrate the end of Pass the Book with a Lock-in at East Columbia Branch on Friday,
October 14 from 7 – 9:30 pm (permission slip required).
Encourage your students to register for any or all of these events via hclibrary.org!
For teachers, students, and families: You think fairy tales are boring? Not after the APL Drama Club gets their hands on them. Join the fun at East Columbia Branch on Saturday, October 22, at 3 pm. The APL players present their mash-up of classic tales, such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Three Little Pigs, Star Wars. Star Wars? Sure, why not – nothing is quite what it seems.
Irva Gabin – East Columbia Branch
East Columbia Branch and the East Columbia 50+ Center presents the music of Camille Saint-Saens. In this session, elementary school students explore the life of this famous composer and listen to a signature piece of music: Carnival of the Animals.
At the East Columbia Branch of Howard County Library System, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Saturday, September 24 at 3 pm. For children 6 – 10 years old with an adult. Perfect for a grandparent / grandchild outing.
Do you currently place holds on materials for you and your students through hclibrary.org?
You may have noticed a new feature of placing your requests online with an advance activation date. For educators who know the wisdom of planning, this new feature is life-changing. Some examples of how to use this Polaris Power-Tip include:
- You are an elementary school teacher and want to plan your read-alouds. You can now find and request your favorite books for the entire year! Requesting a copy of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything now so you can read it at Halloween is entirely possible. If you want it at the end of October, I recommend requesting it to activate in mid-September if you are using your A+ card, so you have it in plenty of time for a spooky read-aloud. Remember: Your A+ Educator Card checks out items for six weeks, so you have some wiggle room!
- You are a middle or high school teacher who prepares a unit every February on careers, and you want to make sure you have a good variety of print and nonfiction video resources for your students. You can locate items at any time with a subject search, request them, then set your activation date for mid-January. If for some reason, your schedule changes (snow days?), you can always use your account to adjust the activation dates. The only caveat is that once the items have been shipped, the activation date is no longer adjustable. You can always request them again.
- If you have trouble finding time to read for personal education or enjoyment during the school year. Maybe you’ve been wanting to read The Help, but you know you probably won’t have time until winter break. You can set the activation for early-December. Even though in August almost 300 people are on hold for it, you will continue to move up the queue until you reach the top spot, where you stay until you activate the request. You will easily have your book in time for vacation.
I hope this feature helps you as much as it helped me! I use this feature extensively for planning my book clubs, personal reading, and for upcoming HCLS classes. Stay tuned for another great Polaris Power-Tip for Teachers soon. In the meantime check out some other exciting features of the new HCLS catalog!
Howard County Library System, Elkridge Branch
It’s that time of year again - bulletin boards are blank, desks are stacked with chairs…it’s time for summer break! We here at the Howard County Library System hope that you have had a successful school year full of achievement and growth. When you come back in the Fall, we will be here again, giving you weekly information about classes, events, and other resources we offer here at HCLS to benefit your students. Until then, have a great and safe summer break!
Amy Stephens, Howard County Library Glenwood Branch
If any of your chef-talented students would like to learn the art of sushi, without all the fishiness, they can participate in Candy Sushi Time! on Tuesday, June 14 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Glenwood Branch. In this class, we will teach the traditional Asian art while incorporating Western Candy (think fruit roll-ups, swedish fish, and tootsie rolls). No fish will be harmed in the making of this sushi!
Registration Required. Ages 11-17.
Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch
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