Howard County Library System recently added Mango for Libraries to our growing collection of specialized online research tools. Mango offers forty-five multi-lesson classes for native English speakers in a variety of foreign languages, as well as sixteen customized multi-lesson classes for native speakers of other languages who are learning English.
In addition, Little Pim, a companion collection of videos and resource cards, introduces preschool students to vocabulary in ten languages. Little Pim teaches 60 words and phrases per session for a total of 180 kid-friendly words. Little Pim’s 15 languages include Spanish, French, Hebrew, and ESL English.
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.
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.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is an academic competition for fifth grade students. Teams of five contestants answer questions about 16 books they have read from a preselected list. The fourth annual Battle takes place April 20, 2012.
Online registration begins October 24 and closes November 4. Details at hclibrary.org/battleofthebooks.
Mandatory coach meetings
EAST COLUMBIA (410.313.7750)
Tuesday, Nov 15 at 7 pm, or
Thursday, Nov 17 at 7 pm
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 invites teams of students, led by a teacher advisor, to participate in this year’s Rube Goldberg Challenge. The students transform everyday materials into a wacky, innovative machine that accomplishes the given task. However, instead of just “solving” the problem, students are charged with making the solution as complicated and convoluted as possible. By designing and building the machine, students incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts into their creations. Simple machine classes will be taught at HCLS branches during the school year. (Wheels and Axles & Pulleys are offered in November.)
To accomplish the challenge of popping a balloon, students will:
- Incorporate the use of a minimum of three different simple machines with the option of using all simple machines.
- Record a video of their invention while it performs the task of popping a balloon.
- Document how they used science, technology, engineering, and math in developing their machine.
- Submit the video and documents to be judged.
Details are available here; deadline for registration is November 11.
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.
Howard County Library System recently added four e-book collections for elementary students. One of these collections is TrueFlix from Scholastic, which combines introductory videos with online copies of age-appropriate nonfiction titles. There are ten sets of titles in the TrueFlix collection, divided into two main subject areas – People, Places & History and Science & Nature:
Within each subject area you’ll find a series of thematically-related titles, each of which includes an introductory video and an electronic copy of the book. With TrueFlix, your students can watch a brief video to introduce key concepts, then read the book!
The TrueFlix e-book interface displays a selected title in a pop-up window. This new window displays a copy of the book, with animations that make the pages appear to turn. Text is easy to read, and the images are laid out on the page just as they are in a print copy of the title. Choose to have the title read aloud by selecting “read-along” mode. The narrator will wait until you turn the page, so that readers can discuss content or focus on a particular image in the book.
To see all of the content included in this electronic resource, you can view a demo video on the Scholastic website. As you’ll see, this is a powerful educational tool. In addition to the books themselves, Trueflix includes lesson plans and quizzes for each book in the collection, project ideas, quizzes, Grolier Online articles, and games with related vocabulary. Encourage your students to check out Trueflix!
Check in next week for a review of our research e-book collections for secondary students.
John Jewitt – Howard County Library System Administration Office
Are your students interested in honing their ability to think strategically? Do they like playing games? If so, they may enjoy the Miller Branch’s Chess Club. The Chess Club provides an opportunity for students to meet and compete with others who share their enthusiasm for this classic game in an informal setting. All skill levels are welcome, but players must have a basic understanding of the rules of the game. Tuesday, September 27 from 7 – 8 pm. No registration required. Ages 9-17.
Courtney Gardinier – Howard County Library System, Miller Branch
Teacher Notes From Howard County Library - Elementary School Category