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  • Letterboxing @ The Library

    items for scavenger huntNo school on Friday, May 13? No problem! If you like to solve riddles or puzzles, go on scavenger hunts, or use your observation skills, join us at  Miller Branch for Letterboxing @ The Library on Friday, May 13 at 2 pm. After learning about the history and rules of the ancient game of letterboxing, you will receive a set of clues about the secret letterboxes hidden throughout the Miller Branch Library. Work individually, in pairs or in groups.

    Ages 8-13. No registration required.

    Amy Stephens, Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

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  • Teen Caffeine and Cram

    cartoon image of student's head stuck in book

    We all want students to perform their best for finals, right?

    What better place to study than the library…we will have a quiet room all set up for maximum brain cell growth as well as some caffeine and treats to help your students make it through their long study sessions. Caffeine and Cram happens at the Glenwood Branch on Tuesday, May 17 from 5:30-8:30 pm and is open to all high schoolers studying for an exam. No registration is required.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

     

     

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  • E-Books for kids!

    stack of books with mouse attachedSpring is here , and with it come some exciting new resources at the Howard County Library System! We have four new resources available for you to use with your students.  Check out  hclibrary.org/ebooksforkids

    The new resources include:

    TumbleBookLibrary has more than 200 children’s  books. Favorites like “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch, as well as fairy tales come to life in an educational and interactive way. Other titles include: “Diary of a Worm,” “How I Became a Pirate,” “Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10,”  and “Tops and Bottoms. More accomplished readers can read read-along chapter books, featuring narration, sentence highlighting, and automatic page turning. Spanish and French titles are also available!

    BookFLIX , an online program for children, pairs 95  classic video storybooks with nonfiction e-books. BookFLIX builds a love of reading while reinforcing early reading skills.
    TrueFlix™ leverages 47 award-winning True Books content to help students hone reading skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st century skills.

    The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) operates like a bookmobile for the global age. The ICDL collection includes more than 4,000 books in 55 languages.

    Take a look around our digital collection. This is just the beginning!

    Shirley O’Neill, Administration Office

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  • The Game is Afoot

    silhouette of sherlock holmes

    The Game is Afoot! Students can prepare their entry for the 2011 Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest by exploring the fictional world created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Explore the stories, find the clues, and pick up a copy of “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” and the contest instructions.

    Savage Branch

    Thursday, April 14

    7 – 8.30 pm

    John Jewitt – Howard County Library Savage Branch

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  • Library Scavenger Hunt

    scavenger hunt spelled out in thumbprintsAttila the Hun, bubble gum, and the Green Lantern: what could they possibly have in common?

    Your students can learn some cool things about all three at Howard County Library. For a fun twist on finding information in the library, your students are invited to a Library Scavenger Hunt to be held on Wednesday, April 13 from 7 – 8 pm at the Glenwood Branch. Clues will be given to each student, and a prize goes to the one who finds the most information in the alloted time! Registration is required, and can be found here.

    Who said finding information can’t be fun?

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

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  • No Rhyming Necessary

    image of the words found poems spelled out in different fonts

    Roses are red, Violets are blue…

    Poetry doesn’t have to be hard, and it can be fun too! Join us at the Miller Branch on Thursday February 17th to learn how to create simple and unique poetry by using old magazines, books and even unwanted Valentine’s Day cards. All poems created at this event will be eligible for submission in the Word Up! poetry contest. Register online or call 410-313-1950.

    Courtney Gardinier -Miller Branch

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  • Where’s Greg?

    image of a cutout of wimpy kid characterGreg has been spotted many new places since the release of his latest book, The Ugly Truth.

    At Elkridge Landing Middle School (ELMS) he visited one of HCL’s newest Media Specialists, Ms. Kimberly Sheibley. At ELMS, she’s been connecting teachers with her HCL liaison on numerous assignments, and had a small display of fliers in her Media Center about upcoming events at HCL. Thanks for your support Ms. Sheibley and Mrs. Thomas.

    Greg stopped by Bonnie Branch Middle School  in the middle of their computer upgrade. Even in the midst of this major undertaking, Mr. Yeargin made time to chat with his branch liaison about new books  and upcoming assignments. Thank you, Mr. Yeargin and Ms. Wendt for your flexibility and superb communication.

    Would you like Greg to visit your school? Drop a note to your HCL liaison, or put it in the notes section of your A+ Assignment Alert. Greg would love to visit your school next!

    Sarah N. Russo – Elkridge Branch

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  • Save the Date: Evening in the Stacks

    evening in the stacks roaring twenties logo

    Tell ‘em Lefty sent you!

    Mark your calendars to join us for Evening in the Stacks, the 14th annual gala fundraiser to benefit Howard County Library and its educational initiatives. The Library will be transformed into in Prohibition-era speakeasy … with celebrity bartenders pouring drinks and Junkyard Saints playing hot jazz.

    This year’s literary spotlight: Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, and Ron Charles of The Washington Post.

    Other entertainment includes a silent auction, fine food and drink, jewelry by Craig Coyne of Ellicott City.

    Saturday, February 26

    7 – 11 pm

    East Columbia Branch

    Tickets: $100 per person. On sale now via web site or in branches in February.

    Kristen Blount – Administration Ofice

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  • Ultimate Taste-testers Challenge

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    It’s all about the biology behind the buds!

    Who can really taste the difference between lemons and limes? Especially if they were blindfolded during the tasting? I’m not sure even the most discriminating palate would be able to get the subtle differences when they don’t have other senses on which they can rely. In this culinary science event, your students can participate in blind taste-tests and learn the biology behind the buds…the taste buds, that is!

    The Ultimate Taste-testers Challenge happens Saturday, January 8 from 2-3 pm at the Glenwood Branch Library. Registration is required and opens on Saturday, December 25.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

     

     

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  • Creative Stationery

    image of texting on hand held device

    Let’s give those thumbs a rest, shall we? Texting may be the “in” way to communicate, but students can develop excellent composition skills writing old-fashioned letters.

    Remember when you actually sat down and wrote a letter (in thanks or just to correspond) to dear Aunt Freda, when you had never heard of texting, or even the ever-popular LOL? We want to bring a creative outlet to your students that doesn’t involve electronics – just plain paper and pen. Here’s the twist: rather than regular notebook paper, your students will create their own stationery for a one-of-a-kind writing experience.

    Creative Stationery takes place Wednesday, January 5 from 7-8 pm at the Glenwood Branch Library. Registration is required and opens on Wednesday, December 22.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library, Glenwood Branch

     

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