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Teacher Notes From Howard County Library - Archive for December, 2010
  • Have a great break!

    image of 3d snowflakes In the spirit of the season, we here at Howard County Library would like to wish you a happy holiday! We hope you enjoy your well-deserved break, and we will see you when you get back in January. Here are some Hi-Lites to look forward to when you return: Winter Art Blast, Creative Stationery, and Ultimate Taste-testers Challenge Happy Holidays!

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch






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  • First Look Committee

    image of character holding a magnifying glass Let’s face it: some teens just LOVE being the first to hear about something. It can be just about anything, but just knowing that they are privy to information other people don’t have gives them a sense of inside knowledge. With the First Look Committee at the Central Branch on Tuesday, December 21 at 7:00 pm, your students can do just that. They will get to peruse books that the public hasn’t seen yet because they have yet to be published. Talk about inside information; who will they share the juicy plot line with first?

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch





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  • Happy Holidays Teen Lock-In

    animated image of happy holidays lights Are the Winter blues starting to bog your students down? Have them rejuvinated in no time with some holiday festivities at the Happy Holidays Teen Lock-In on Saturday, December 18 from 7:00-9:30 pm at the East Columbia Branch. There will be scavenger hunts, crafts, and lots of holiday cheer to get your students out of their funk and into the holiday spirit! Permission slips are mandatory, and can be printed here. Register online or by calling 410-313-7700.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch





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  • Cool Science

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    Crystal formation? A science class all about ice and snow? How very cool!

    Invite your students to join us at Miller Branch on Thursday, December 16 at 7 pm to learn all about the formation of icicles and snowflakes, discover how to super-cool water and test the best way to melt ice. Register online or call 410-313-1950.

    Courtney Gardinier Miller Branch

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  • Teen Trivia Night

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    Do your students have what it takes to be Howard County Library’s Teen Trivia Master? Do they know the exact date of Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington’s death, or which god or goddess was owed the first offering at every household sacrifice?

    Starting in December, Howard County Library’s Miller Branch is going to find out at its monthly Teen Trivia Night that challenges students to answer trivia questions about their favorite YA books and series. Each month’s winning teen will receive the title of Teen Trivia Master and a $15 gift card to Barnes & Noble!

    Harry Potter Trivia – Wednesday December 8, 7-8 pm

    Rick Riordan Mythology Trivia – Wednesday January 12, 7-8 pm

    Hunger Games Trivia – Wednesday February 9, 7-8 pm

    Courtney GardinierMiller Branch

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  • Winter Art Blast

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    Do you know any craft kids? The ones who make jewelry or friendship bracelets? Do you ever hear your students wishing for something fun to do?

    Well, we have just the thing! Winter is the perfect time to start an arts and crafts project and the Miller Branch of Howard County Library is the perfect place to visit to get started.

    Every other Tuesday, see list of dates below, teens are invited to decorate holiday gift bags, create snowmen, and make snow globes.

    Tuesdays; 7 – 8 pm

    December 7 & 21

    January 4 & 18

    February 1 & 15

    Courtney GardinierMiller Branch 

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  • Handmade Holiday Crafts

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    The holiday season – and gift giving – is just around the corner. Handmade gifts have several advantages, most important being heartfelt effort. Students can join us to create festive seasonal decorations and personalized crafts to give as gifts.


    (Registration required)

    Thursday, Dec 9 from 6:30 – 8 pm


    (Registration required)

    Saturday, Dec from 11  2 – 3 pm

    John Jewitt - Howard County Library, Savage Branch

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  • The Great Scavenger Hunt!

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    We like to find cool and interesting ways to keep students motivated to read, as well as refer back to time-honored classics. Scavenger hunts have always been popular, but have your students check out our updated version. Students can answer questions about their favorite books for a chance to win a $50 gift card to a favorite bookstore. 

    Here’s how it works:

    -Visit for the list of selected titles and trivia questions. 

    -Read any of the books. 

    -Complete the questions for that book. 

    -Submit your answers to any Howard County Library branch

    Entries with at least eight correct answers will be submitted to the national contest for monthly drawings. This is a country-wide hunt, but you can come into your local Howard County Library branch to get the questions. The hunt is on starting Thursday, December 2!

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library, Glenwood Branch

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