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  • Composer Saint-Saens – ages 6 – 10

    picture of the carnival of animalsEast 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.

     

     

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  • E-Books for Secondary Students

    cartoon image of student sitting at computerHoward County Library System subscribes to a number of e-book collections that contain great information for secondary students. You can access these collections using a Howard County Library System card. The full text of the included books can be read on the screen, and can often be printed or e-mailed to an address you select. In addition, citation tools built in to these collections provide accurate citation information in your preferred format.

    We subscribe to multiple research e-book collections to provide your students with access to the widest range of available resources. Take a look at these collections by visiting our electronic resources page and scrolling down to the list of research e-books. Here are some highlights:

    • ABC-Clio: This e-book collection contains the full text of titles in science, history, and social science, as well as a small collection of guides to understanding particular titles in literature. If you’re looking for information about social issues, historical events, or scientific discoveries, look in this collection.
    • Ebsco e-books contains a wide range of non-fiction titles in multiple subject areas, including 164 works of literary criticism, many of which are Cliffs Notes.
    • Gale Virtual Reference also contains a wide range of non-fiction titles, with a particular concentration in science, medicine, and literary criticism. Your students could look in this collection for a book about an author they are researching. Look here for multi-volume encyclopedias in history, social science, science, and medicine.
    • InfoBase e-books presents a smaller collection, containing 116 works of literary criticism in the “Blooms Notes” series about particular authors and titles, as well as 22 titles in the “Careers in Focus” series. Also search here for titles in U.S. history, science, and the arts.
    • The Oxford Digital Reference Shelf provides access to the electronic editions of 21 multi-volume reference works from Oxford University Press. Look here for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, for example, or the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 and 1896-Present.

    A wealth of information is contained in this collection of e-books. As you make your students aware of available resources, show them these collections, or invite a research specialist from Howard County Library System to present these resources to your class.

    John Jewitt – Administration Office

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  • Celtic Jewelry Workshop

    celtic jewelry

    Although their intricate designs have adorned  jewelry, monuments, and manuscripts for centuries, Celtic knots have rarely been woven into, well, actual knots!

    But now your students can make beautiful jewelry out of a variety of Celtic knots in this three-session workshop. Artistic students will gain new skills to practice at home, as well as keepsakes to treasure and share.  Each class introduces a new knot, but instructions and patient staff members are always available for beginners. The first session starts at East Columbia on Saturday, September 24 at 3 pm. Register online or by calling 410.313.7701.

    Rachel Reznick–East Columbia Branch

     

     

     

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  • Chess Club

    image of chess pieces on chess boardAre 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

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  • Science Club

    glass beakers with different colored liquidWant to promote the idea that science is more than a subject at school? Have your students join the club! The Science Club is dedicated to all things science. Join us at the Miller Branch Wednesday, September 28 from 7 – 8 pm, as we use our senses of touch, taste, smell, sound, and sight to discover what is hidden in the box.  Would you be brave enough to stick your hand in the box?

    Registration Required.  Ages 11-17.

    Courtney Gardinier – Howard County Library System, Miller Branch

     

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  • Polaris Power-Tip for Teachers: Set It and Forget It!

    image of card catalog drawerDo 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!

    Sarah Russo
    Howard County Library System, Elkridge Branch

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  • Calling all Volunteers

    teen talking to kidsDo your students need volunteer opportunities this summer?  Maybe they need hours for a service organization or just a little something extra for their resumes.  Maybe they want to make a difference in their community.  If so, encourage them to become a Summer Reading Volunteer at Howard County Library!

    Our Summer Reading Volunteers register children for One World, Many Stories, distribute prizes to those young summer readers, and assist Library Instructors with various tasks throughout the summer. Summer Reading Volunteers spend their summer in air conditioning, surrounded by books and readers. What could be better?

    Summer Reading Volunteers need to be at least 13 years old and enjoy working with children. Interested students should complete a volunteer application.  Accepted applicants will be contacted to schedule orientation and training.

    We wouldn’t be able to make it through the summer without our amazing Summer Reading Volunteers!

    Katie George – Administration Office

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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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  • Word Up! Winners Circle

    word up logo - teen poetry contestCongratulations to this year’s Word Up! winning poets. They competed in three categories, Grades 6 – 7, Grades 8 – 9, and Grades 10 – 12.  First, Second, Third and honorable mentions were awarded in each category.  Poems will be posted to the web site after the awards ceremony. To hear these young word smiths reading their poems, join us:

    Word Up! Winners Circle

    Thursday, April 28

    7 – 9 pm

    East Columbia Branch (50+ Center)

    Guest poet: Linda Joy Burke of Poetry Out Loud

    Sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library

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  • College Bound: Finding the Money

    file folder tabs with words loans, scholarships, grants, work studyChoosing that dream school was tough enough.  Now comes the really difficult part…figuring out how to pay the tuition bill!

    On Thursday, April 28 from 7 – 8 pm at Howard County Library, Miller Branch, a financial aid counselor from Howard Community College demystifies the college financial aid process.  Families can expect to learn about completing the FAFSA, searching for scholarships, and other sources of college tuition financial aid. A must for any future college student planning to attend any college.

    Register online.

    Katie George – Administrative Office

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