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Teacher Notes From Howard County Library - Archive for February, 2011
  • 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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  • International Pi Day

    image of PiMarch 14 = 3.14 – Pi Day!

    Mathematics is an essential study for every student…however math can also be a fun and interesting part of education! Congress brought this to light in 2009 by recognizing March 14 as National Pi Day.Everyone’s favorite irrational number has since been celebrated across the globe, and only recently calculated to 5-trillion digits.

    Your students are invited to celebrate Pi Day at Elkridge Branch on Monday at 7 pm with a Pi Party! We’ll be hosting a variety of contests including prizes for the students that can recite the most number of Pi digits from memory. We’ll also have lots of hands on activities & games to demonstrate just how fun geometry can be!

    Register online or with branch.

    Sarah Russo, Elkridge 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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  • Assignment Alert!

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    Assignment Alert!

    Mrs. McManus, an English teacher at Centennial HS, has just submitted an Assignment Alert to the Howard County Library using the Secondary Schools Assignment Alert Form.  Submitting an Assignment Alert form allows Howard County Library to gather materials and prepare for your student’s questions.

    What was Mrs. McManus’ Assignment Alert? Her students are to research a real-life tragic hero. A real-life tragic hero is defined as anyone from history, or living today, in any occupation, who achieved significant success, only to ruin what he/she achieved because of a serious character flaw or lapse in judgment.  Some examples of a tragic hero are: Anne Boleyn, Richard Nixon, Kurt Cobain and Bernie Madoff.

    Can you think of other real-life tragic heroes?

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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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  • Still Time to Enter Word Up!

    word up logo - teen poetry contestNew Word Up! Poetry Contest entries arrive every day!

    If your students are in need of a little inspiration, why not invite us to your classroom to lead Writers Camp.  We’ll review the contest rules and judging rubric, then lead a writing exercise to point students along the path to poetry.

    If you’re more of a do-it-yourself-er, download the Word Up! Educator Resource Brochure for contest details and writing exercises you can lead in your own classroom. The deadline to submit poetry is March 16.

    Word Up! is sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library.

    Katie George, Administration Office

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  • Where’s Greg?

    image of a cutout of wimpy kid characterGreg has been spotted many new places since the release of his latest book, The Ugly Truth.

    At Elkridge Landing Middle School (ELMS) he visited one of HCL’s newest Media Specialists, Ms. Kimberly Sheibley. At ELMS, she’s been connecting teachers with her HCL liaison on numerous assignments, and had a small display of fliers in her Media Center about upcoming events at HCL. Thanks for your support Ms. Sheibley and Mrs. Thomas.

    Greg stopped by Bonnie Branch Middle School  in the middle of their computer upgrade. Even in the midst of this major undertaking, Mr. Yeargin made time to chat with his branch liaison about new books  and upcoming assignments. Thank you, Mr. Yeargin and Ms. Wendt for your flexibility and superb communication.

    Would you like Greg to visit your school? Drop a note to your HCL liaison, or put it in the notes section of your A+ Assignment Alert. Greg would love to visit your school next!

    Sarah N. Russo – Elkridge Branch

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  • Shadows and Light

    image of a ground hog sitting up

    In honor of Groundhog Day, your students can join us to explore the science of shadows and light. Projects include making a pinhole camera and building a sundial. Registration required.

    SAVAGE Feb 3 Thu    6:30 – 8 pm

    John Jewitt – Howard County Library, Savage Branch

     

     

     

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