Howard County Library
Teacher Notes From Howard County Library - Archive for December, 2009
  • Flame-bringer Science: Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 pm

    image of glow stickLight up the blue time at Howard County Library Elkridge Branch on Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 pm.

    Glow under black light, create sparks in the dark with wintergreen lifesavers, and experiment with glow sticks.  Check out the science behind what’s glowing in the dark.  Then, pick up your specially marked copy of Scott Westerfeld’s The Sercet Hour to read, register, and pass for Howard County Library’s Pass the Book.

    Don’t get caught in the dark.  Register for Flame-bringer Science.

    Katie George -  Howard County Library Administration

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  • Novelist K-8

    novel list kindergarten through grade eight logo

    Having trouble finding the right book for class discussion? Are you hoping to find a book in a specific lexile level?  One of the most valuable electronic resources available at the Library is Novelist K-8! While state budgets tightened, and e-resources dwindled, this resource was one that we fought hard to keep. Why?

    NoveList K-8 is a powerful and creative online educational tool, that maximizes the instructional value and pleasure of fiction resources.

    Here’s a snapshot of what’s included in NoveList K-8 :

    • 97,000 fiction titles for Teens, Older Kids and Younger Kids.

    • 36,000+ subject headings.

    • Full-text, searchable reviews from authoritative sources including Library Journal, School Library Journal and Booklist.

    • Superlative series information in reading order—find the latest, fast!

    Plus, additional content features for you and your students:

    • Curricular Connections and other articles featuring ideas for integrating reading into content areas at multiple grade levels.

    • BookTalks on just-right reads for older kids and teens.

    • Recommended Reads book lists on high-interest topics.

    • Book Discussion Guides for lively after-school book clubs or classroom discussions.

    • Ability to search using the Find Similar Books feature, Lexile level and popularity.

    You can get started right away by taking a tour of NoveList K-8. Just click on the “Tour NoveList” link located on the right-hand side of the NoveList K-8 homepage. They also offer resources like slide presentations and scavenger hunts to help students better acquaint themselves.

    You can also register for their free webinars for searching strategies, sign up for their email newsletters, or follow them on twitter.

    For access to Novelist K-8, simply go to our web site, click on the New & Hot Items tab, and scroll to the bottom. You may be prompted to enter a library card number.

    Happy browsing!

    Sarah Russo – Howard County Library Elkridge Branch

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  • Pass the Book Update

    cover art image of The Secret Hour by scott westerfeld

    Beginning October 19, 2009, we released copies of Midnighters 1: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld into the community, where the books are being read, registered, and passed on to other readers. Our partner media specialists have a vital link for us in getting these books into the hands of Howard County students. You can check out all the details of Pass the Book by keeping up with our weekly By the Numbers reports. Here are some highlights:

    • More than 100 different copies of the book have been registered since October 19.
    • Pass the Book copies of the Secret Hour are now in eight states.
    • Many copies of the book are now in the hands of a second, third, or fourth reader.
    • Books have been passed to Torrance and Laguna Beach in California.
    • Scott Westerfeld blogged about Pass the Book on his website.
    • We have exchanged books with our colleagues at Indiana Marion County Public Library, where they are passing books by John Green.

    If you’d like to take part in Pass the Book, ask your media specialist whether they have copies of the book for distribution in the media center, or contact your library liaison to inquire about remaining copies, which are moving fast and far.

    John Jewitt – Savage Branch

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  • Book Reports

    Are your students reading for a book report? We love to support them! Howard County Library staff can visit your classroom to promote the best books for your assignment – or let us know what books you have assigned and we can make sure they are available. Send your students into the Library to pick up their books – or invite us to your class and we can bring them to you!

    To begin, complete an Assignment Alert or contact your school’s Library liaison. The more information you provide, the better we can match your students with the right materials!


    Amy Stephens – Glenwood Branch Howard County Library

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