Howard County Library
Teacher Notes From Howard County Library - Archive for January, 2011
  • Teen 2 Teen

    image of girl holding piece of paper that read i have a voiceExperience can be one of the best teachers.

    High school students and their families are invited to learn from teens who have “been there.” During Teen 2 Teen: Alcohol Drugs and All In-between, a panel of teens describes their experiences with substance abuse and how they overcame those challenges to start making healthier choices. Discussion follows with a drug and alcohol abuse counselor about what parents should look for and what they can do.

    The discussion takes place at Miller Branch from 7 – 8:30 pm on Wednesday, February 2.  Register to ensure a seat.

    Katie George – Administration Office

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  • Save the Date: Evening in the Stacks

    evening in the stacks roaring twenties logo

    Tell ‘em Lefty sent you!

    Mark your calendars to join us for Evening in the Stacks, the 14th annual gala fundraiser to benefit Howard County Library and its educational initiatives. The Library will be transformed into in Prohibition-era speakeasy … with celebrity bartenders pouring drinks and Junkyard Saints playing hot jazz.

    This year’s literary spotlight: Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, and Ron Charles of The Washington Post.

    Other entertainment includes a silent auction, fine food and drink, jewelry by Craig Coyne of Ellicott City.

    Saturday, February 26

    7 – 11 pm

    East Columbia Branch

    Tickets: $100 per person. On sale now via web site or in branches in February.

    Kristen Blount – Administration Ofice

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  • Meet the Author Paul Fleisher

    cover art image of Lightning, Hurricanes, and Blizzards by Paul Fleisher The author of more than three dozen books for children and educators, Paul Fleisher presents his new Weatherwise series of books. His books for young people cover a variety of science, ecology, and natural subjects. In 1999, he was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Natural Science Education. The presentation includes hands-on demonstration and activities. Ages 8 – 12 (adults welcome); 60 min. Books available for purchase and signing. No registration Required.

    Miller Branch Saturday, January 22; 11 am

    East Columbia Branch Saturday, January 22; 3 pm

    Cari Gast – Howard County Library Administration





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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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  • Word Up! Begins Today

    word up logo - teen poetry contestPaper

    A piece of paper
    So beautiful yet so alone
    Those crisp clean lines
    Jump at the thought of words
    But yearn to keep the secrets
    Of anyone who wishes to share them
    Like fresh white snow beckoning to a child
    It waits Sometimes for forever in a lost drawer
    But it waits
    For the words of intense thought
    That needs to be written down
    It waits –Nicki Mallon, Atholton High School (2010 Honorable Mention Word Up! poet)

    Word Up! begins today!  If your students have crisp, clean pages that are just waiting, why not encourage them to fill those pages with poetry and submit those poems to the 2011 Word Up! poetry contest. Word Up! is open to all Howard County students in grades 6 through 12. 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 in the spring.

    Poems may be submitted electronically at Download the Word Up! Educator Resource Brochure or request a session of Writer’s Camp in your very own classroom. Deadline to submit up to three entries is March 16. Word Up! is sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library.

    Katie George – Administration Office

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  • Survival in Winter

    image of a fox in snow Join Richard Anderson from The Snyder Foundation for Animals as he focuses on the four techniques used by animals to survive the winter.  Many preserved specimens provide examples of migrators, hibernators, “catnappers,” and active animals. Ages 5 – adult; 60 min.

    East Columbia Branch (ticket required) Saturday, January 8; 4 – 5 pm

    Glenwood Branch Saturday, January 15; 11 am – 12 pm

    Savage Branch (ticket required) Monday, January 24; 2 – 3 pm (Howard County schools closed)

    Miller Branch (ticket required) Saturday, February 19; 11 am – 12 pm

    Cari Gast – Howard County Library Administration

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  • Ultimate Taste-testers Challenge

    image of lemon and lime
    It’s all about the biology behind the buds!

    Who can really taste the difference between lemons and limes? Especially if they were blindfolded during the tasting? I’m not sure even the most discriminating palate would be able to get the subtle differences when they don’t have other senses on which they can rely. In this culinary science event, your students can participate in blind taste-tests and learn the biology behind the buds…the taste buds, that is!

    The Ultimate Taste-testers Challenge happens Saturday, January 8 from 2-3 pm at the Glenwood Branch Library. Registration is required and opens on Saturday, December 25.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch



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  • Creative Stationery

    image of texting on hand held device

    Let’s give those thumbs a rest, shall we? Texting may be the “in” way to communicate, but students can develop excellent composition skills writing old-fashioned letters.

    Remember when you actually sat down and wrote a letter (in thanks or just to correspond) to dear Aunt Freda, when you had never heard of texting, or even the ever-popular LOL? We want to bring a creative outlet to your students that doesn’t involve electronics – just plain paper and pen. Here’s the twist: rather than regular notebook paper, your students will create their own stationery for a one-of-a-kind writing experience.

    Creative Stationery takes place Wednesday, January 5 from 7-8 pm at the Glenwood Branch Library. Registration is required and opens on Wednesday, December 22.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library, Glenwood Branch


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