The college application essay doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore. Students can learn tips and tricks Monday, September 17 at 7 pm as Howard County Library System’s Central Branch hosts Jill Kasprzak, director of college counseling at a private high school and former assistant director of admissions at Loyola University Maryland. The discussion focuses on the art of writing a good college application essay. The class provides helpful information about what college admissions officers are seeking, what makes an essay successful, how to brainstorm, and how to complete the essays without stressing out.
Please encourage interested students to register for this class.
It is a Sunday night, raining, and I am eating oatmeal
There is a language to be learned, a list to dominate
And I can’t hear what’s being said upstairs, but I can
Make out my mother’s butterscotch laughter, my
Father’s heavy lidded footsteps, the sound of the
Ice-maker and the rain. These singular things that
Make a childhood. Yet there is a butterfly effect to
This life. A waltz that you can’t see, but you feel the
Big band strike up the music in your blood. Why
Are people always leaving? Spun round and round
In overlapping rotations. If only in this world
That is mostly linoleum and revolving doors
Things could be as familiar as my childhood staircase.
As familiar as rainy Sunday nights and oatmeal
Mallory Smith. Grade 9, Howard High School
First Place, 8th / 9th Grade Group, 2011 Word Up Contest
The 2012 Word Up! poetry contest is now open! All Howard County students in grades 6 through 12 are eligible to enter. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place in three age groups. Winners are invited to read their poems at a special event on Wednesday April 25 at 7pm at the Miller Branch.
Poems may be submitted electronically at hclibrary.org/wordup. You can download the Word Up! Educator Resource Brochure or request a session of Writer’s Camp for your students. The deadline to submit up to three entries is March 14, & we look forward to receiving poems by your students.
Word Up! is sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library.
Students and their parents are invited to learn more about the Howard County Public School System’s Career Academies, which prepare high school students for college and 21st century careers at two upcoming showcase sessions. Current academy students demonstrate their skills and provide information about their courses of study.
- Tue., Jan. 17, 7-8 p.m., Miller Branch, Howard County Library System, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. (410) 313-1950
- Thur., Jan. 26, 7-8 p.m., East Columbia Branch, Howard County Library System, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. (410) 313-7700
For more information, contact the Howard County Public Schools System Office of Career and Technology Education at 410-313-6629.
The decisions surrounding going to college can have a great impact on a person’s life. Choices start with the most fundamental ones about whether to pursue a degree and when – immediately after high school or wait a year. From there, prospective students consider to which college(s) they wish to apply and what course of study (majors, minors, other classes) to pursue. Last but not least, there is the question of how to afford tuition, room and board, and books.
Students (and their parents) need to consider these questions and others carefully, and (as needed) seek expert assistance. As your students make these crucial college decisions, encourage them to attend College: Let’s Make It Make Cents! to learn about the application process and how to secure financial aid.
This college readiness and financial literacy event happens at Howard County Library System Savage Branch on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 3 pm. The event features presentations and a panel discussion with representatives from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, The University of Maryland’s Academic Achievement Program and Howard Community College‘s admissions and financial aid departments.
Your students should gain information to succeed in high school, after high school, and beyond!
Brian Hart – Howard County Library System Savage Branch
From December 1st 2011 to February 29th 2012 we’re offering Middle and High School students the chance to chill out with a book as part of Teen Winter Reading. Howard County Library System’s Teen Instructors have selected 46 titles for the 2011-12 Winter Reading List and prepared a three-question quiz about each selected title. The list includes materials for ages 11-17 from collections throughout the library, so there’s something available for everyone.
Between December 1st, 2011 and February 29, 2012, teen readers are invited to select and read (or listen to) a book from the list, and answer the three-question quiz about that book. Teen readers who read three books and answer three quizzes will be entered into a prize draw to win a book bundle. Prizes will be drawn in March, after Teen Winter Reading concludes. Your students can read as many books off the list as they want to, and enter the draw each time they read three new books and complete three new quizzes.
There are printed copies of the book list in your closest branch. You can also view the list and questions at hclibrary.org/winterreading/. Please share this information with your students and encourage them to take part!
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
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.
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
The biennial conference “Books for the Beast” devotes itself to showcasing and discussing the best in young adult literature. The conference, sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, was established in 1991 by Dr. Mary K. Chelton and a statewide steering committee, as a way to pay tribute to Margaret Alexander Edwards who was a pioneer in the development of reader’s advisory services for young adults. The “Books for the Beast” Conference gets its name from Edwards’ highly regarded book about serving teens in libraries The Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts. You and your students have the opportunity to attend the eleventh annual conference this year. Check out the schedule for the day, a list of guest speakers, and the titles selected for discussion, then register for the conference.
Each conference features outstanding young adult writers who present unique perspectives on this growing field of literature. Morning and afternoon discussion groups that focus on young adult genres: Fantasy/Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Multicultural, Romance, Real Life, and Suspense/Horror. Where appropriate, genres may include graphic novels, nonfiction, or a suggested audiobook. In 1993, the conference began its popular practice of inviting as many as fifty teen readers to participate, free of charge, as a way of including their important insights on what has been written about and for young people. Students can register for the conference by printing and completing the PDF registration form, and mailing it in.
Want 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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