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Teacher Notes From Howard County Library - Arts Category
  • 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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  • 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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  • 4th Annual Edible Books Contest

    edible book cover of twilight

    Do you have students that like to read and are looking for a new way to express their appreciation for favorite titles? They can decorate a cake to look like a book cover!

    They can help us celebrate the International Edible Book Festival and Howard County Library’s Fourth Annual Edible Books Contest at the Miller Branch on Wednesday, March 30 at 7 pm. The contest is simple: bake and decorate a cake to look like your favorite book. All decorations must be edible, and all cakes must be made and decorated by you.

    Winners will receive prizes from Michaels and Barnes & Noble. The contest is open students aged 9-17. Register online or call 410-313-1950.

    Courtney Gardinier – Miller Branch

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  • Discover Great Artists: Georgia O’Keefe

    georgia okeefe paintingAttention all young explorers, artists and artistic explorers!

    Do your students enjoy observing nature?  Do they collect found objects?

    Then they will be interested in Georgia O’Keefe, the artist who was inspired by the New Mexico landscape to paint flowers, rocks, shells and animal bones in a whole new way.

    Invite your students to join us at the Elkridge Branch on Saturday, March 19 at 2 pm to learn about O’Keefe’s life and work.  Then, they create their own O’Keefe influenced piece of art.Register online or by calling 410-313-5085.

    Kim T. Ha — Howard County Library, Elkridge Branch

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  • Cake Decorating Workshop

    empty plate with fork and knife

    The Fourth Annual Edible Books Contest is on its way!  Maybe you have students who are avid readers who would be be interested in entering, but who aren’t as confident in their decorating skills as they are in their reading skills.

    They can visit Miller Branch on Tuesday, March 15at 7 pm to learn how to decorate a cake like a professional. All the edible masterpieces can be entered into the  Edible Books Contest on Wednesday, March 30.

    Register online or call 410-313-1950.

    Courtney Gardinier – Miller Branch

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  • You Wouldn’t Want to Live When…

    cover art image of You Wouldn't Want to Live When... Ancient Rome, Imperial China, Mayan Civilization

    You Wouldn’t Want to Live When… Ancient Rome, Imperial China, Mayan Civilization

    Back by popular demand! Travel back through history and discover what life was like in the ancient world. Join historian (and HCL Instructor) Courtney Gardinier, at Howard County Library Miller Branch, as she teaches teens about different ancient civilizations. Crafts, trivia, and goofy hats are all a part of the fun as teens discuss what is was like to be a soldier in Ancient Rome, an emperor in Ancient China, or an Ancient Mayan priest.

    Registration required for each class.

    Saturdays, 2 – 4 pm

    Ancient Rome – March 12

    Imperial China – April 9

    Mayan Civilization – May 7

    Courtney Gardinier – Howard County Library, Miller 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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  • Career Technology Education

    image of girl with tool belt and hard hat What do your students want to be when they grow up?  Computer animator? Pastry chef? Architect?

    Students and parents are invited to join us for the CTE Expo and learn how to take the first steps toward these goals. Faculty and students from Howard County Public School System’s Career Technology Education Academies will present information about the program and demonstrate the skills they have learned. All sessions begin at 7 pm.

    Human Resource Services, Consumer Services, Hospitality, and Tourism demonstrate their skills at Howard County Library East Columbia Branch on Monday, January 10.

    Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology, Information Technology display the latest data on Wednesday, January 12 at Howard County Library Elkridge Branch.

    Arts, Media, and Communication, Career Research and Development strut their stuff  on Wednesday, January 19 at Howard County Library Glenwood Branch.

    Get on board with Construction and Development, Transportation Technologies  on Wednesday, January 26 at Howard County Library Savage Branch.

    Health and Biosciences present live at Howard County Library Miller Branch on Thursday, January 27.

    Business, Management, and Finance will crunch the numbers on Monday, January 31 at Howard County Library Central Branch.

    Katie George – Howard County Library Administration

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