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Teacher Notes From Howard County Library - Archive for September, 2010
  • Duct Tape Design

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    Do you have students who are designers, crafters, and creative thinkers?

    Encourage them to join us at Savage Branch on Thursday, October 7 at 6.30 pm to make a duct tape purse, wallet, tote bag, iPod case, sandals, or an item of their own design. Students can register online or call 410-880-5980.

    John Jewitt – Savage Branch

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  • You Wouldn’t Want To Live When…

    cover art image of you wouldn't want to be a viking explorer by andrew langley

    Do you have students who love Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Series? How about students who are avid readers of Greek and Egyptian mythology? If the answer is yes, then please encourage your students to sign up for the You Wouldn’t Want To Live When…classes at Miller Branch.

    Join historian (and HCL Instructor) Courtney Gardinier as she teaches teens about a different ancient civilization. Crafts, trivia, and funny hats are all a part of the fun as teens discuss what is was like to be a slave in Ancient Egypt or a Viking Warrior in Medieval Scandinavia. Registration required for each class.

    Ancient Egypt – Saturday October 9, 2-4 pm

    The Viking World – Saturday November 6, 2-4 pm

    Courtney Gardinier – Miller Branch


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  • Geology Rocks!

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    Using hands on experiments and some colorful rocks Geology Rocks! introduces teens to the science of geology. Students can get dirty at the Miller Branch and learn about tectonic plates, volcanic eruptions and the structure of the earth.

    Wednesday, September 29 from 6:30- 8 pm.

    Registration required.

    Courtney Gardinier – Miller Branch



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  • Chess Club

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    Are your students interested in honing their ability to think strategically? Do they like playing games? If so, they may enjoy the Library’s Chess Club. Howard County Library 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.

    Ages 11-17. Registration is not required.

    Central Branch meets first Sundays of the month from 1 – 5 pm.

    Fall dates include Sep 5, Oct 3, and Nov 7.     

    Savage Branch meets the first and third Mondays of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

    Fall dates include Sep 20; Oct 4 & 18; and Nov 1 & 15.

    Miller Branch meets on the last Tuesdays of the month from 7 – 8 pm.

    Fall dates include Sep 28, Oct 26, and Nov 30.

    Courtney Gardinier- Miller Branch

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  • Improving Research Skills

    cartoon image of computer taking notesResearch Projects?

    National History Day?

    Science Fair?

    Would you like make it all just a little easier? Learn about cutting edge techniques on how to make research simple as Bob Burke from the State Library Resource Center demonstrates how to Improve Your Research Skills.  This internet and technology class is for everyone – parents, teachers, and students!

    Please join us at Wednesday, September 29; 7 – 9 pm at Central Branch. Register to ensure a seat.

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  • Meet the Author: Warren St. John

    cover art image of Outcasts united by Warren St. John

    Meet the Author: Warren St. John

    Warren St. John will speak at East Columbia Branch from 4-6 pm on September 26. All are welcome, but please register to ensure your seat.

    Outcasts United explores the story of one woman’s work to change her community through soccer, and how ultimately, the community changed her. Luma Mufleh, a female immigrant from Jordan, was shopping when she came upon a large, sweaty group of boys engaged in a passionate and joyful game of barefoot soccer. Unlike sports games in her home country, the players were of different ethnicities and skin hues. She didn’t know that the federal Department of Immigration was settling refugees from the world’s most troubled countries — Somalia, Bosnia, Republic of Congo, for example — in Clarkston, Georgia, Luma’s adopted hometown.

    This initial contact led to the formation of a community soccer team for boys — and to her unexpectedly growing commitment to a group of needy refugees, their families, and the greater community, as the teams encountered discrimination from the community, other soccer clubs, and inner dissent from boys of different cultural backgrounds. I thought I would coach twice a week and on weekends — like coaching other kids,” Luma said. “It’s forty to sixty hours a week — coaching, finding jobs, taking people to the hospital. You start off on your own, and you suddenly have a family of a hundred and twenty.”

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    The Maryland Humanities Council says, “Outcasts United is ultimately the story about a changing community, and how that community grapples to create connections and a sense of unity despite incredible differences between its citizens.
    I think the story has relevance in any place that is undergoing change, particularly changes that create greater diversity, whether ethnic, religious, economic, etc.”

    At 300 pages and with an engaging writing style, the story of the Fugees would be good reading for adults or teens. Soccer teams may enjoy reading it together, as author Warren St. John is an experienced sports writer for the New York Times.

    Jeanie Pfefferkorn (via Howard County Library’s Highly Recommended blog)

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  • Chill Out

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    Successful students know certain tips and tricks. But when they get super-stressed, it’s time to Chill Out

    They can learn important skills of organization, concentration and relaxation, as Library instructors provide attendees with tools to start the new school year off with success in mind.

    So, send your students to Chill Out at the Savage Branch of Howard County Library on Thursday, September 23 at 7 pm.

    John Jewitt – Branch Location

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  • Chinese Jewelry Workshop

    image of a necklaceThey’ve appeared on silk paintings from the Western Han period, been recognized in Buddhist carvings of the Northern Dynasties period, and even been spotted on bronze vessels as far back as the Warring States period.

    We’re talking about Chinese knots!

    Now students can fashion their own knotted jewelry in this three-session workshop. Artistic students will love creating beautiful, intricately woven knots while gaining an appreciation for this Chinese art form. Each class focuses on a different pair of knots, with a two-hour length that allows students to practice and master each knot at their own pace. The first session happens at East Columbia Branch on Saturday, September 18 at 2 pm. Register online or by calling 410.313.7701.

    Rachel Reznick – East Columbia Branch

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  • Welcome Back!

    image of kids spelling out back to school Welcome back to school!  Welcome back to Teacher Notes.

    If you’re new to Teacher Notes, this is the place to receive the latest updates on Howard County Library’s curriculum enhancements and instructional materials.  You’ll receive details on support we can offer as you plan your lessons and assignments, as well as tidbits to share with your colleagues and students.  Learn how we can support science fair students.  Discover details about Word Up!, our annual poetry contest.  Receive reminders about relevant classes at the Library.  And be in the know about hidden gems, like online Cliff’s Notes.

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    Katie George – Howard County Library Administration


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