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Teacher Notes From Howard County Library - Archive for March, 2011
  • Mean Girls

    image of sad girl with mean girls in background

    Sugar and spice and everything nice…not always.

    Middle school students and their parents are invited to explore the complex world of girls at Horizon Family Communication Night:  Mean Girls.  Expert Deborah West leads discussion and exercises that offer the keys to understanding Queen Bees, Gamma Girls, and surviving the intricate female social hierarchy.

    Register for the Wednesday, March 16 workshop at Howard County East Columbia Branch or the Tuesday, March 29 workshop at Howard County Library Elkridge Branch.  Both sessions begin at 6:30 pm.

    Co-sponsored by the Women’s Giving Circle and he Horizon Councils.

    Katie George – Administration Offices

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  • Everyday Engineering II

    geometric sphereAre there budding engineers and architects in your classroom?

    Send them to Everyday Engineering II, a class about the stability of structures. We’ll build models using ordinary materials, and test them for stability until they fall down.

    Savage Branch

    Thursday March 24

    7 – 8.30pm

    John Jewitt – Howard County Library Savage Branch

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  • 4th Annual Edible Books Contest

    edible book cover of twilight

    Do you have students that like to read and are looking for a new way to express their appreciation for favorite titles? They can decorate a cake to look like a book cover!

    They can help us celebrate the International Edible Book Festival and Howard County Library’s Fourth Annual Edible Books Contest at the Miller Branch on Wednesday, March 30 at 7 pm. The contest is simple: bake and decorate a cake to look like your favorite book. All decorations must be edible, and all cakes must be made and decorated by you.

    Winners will receive prizes from Michaels and Barnes & Noble. The contest is open students aged 9-17. Register online or call 410-313-1950.

    Courtney Gardinier – Miller Branch

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  • SAT Practice Makes Perfect

    cartoon image of frustrated student taking test

    Know anyone scared of the SAT?

    Your students can get a glimpse of the SAT test before taking it “for real.” The first session will include a version of the real test, complete with timed portions and tests given by a Princeton Review staff member. The second session offers a follow-up where the students receive their scores from the test, and learn some tips and strategies to improve their scores in the future. What a perfect stress-free way to ease into the test-taking mode!

    This event is in two parts, with the test-taking session being held on Saturday, March 26 from 1-5 pm, and the results and strategy session being on Saturday, April 9 from 2-4 pm. Both sessions will be at the Glenwood Branch, and
    students are encouraged to register for these free sessions as they fill up fast!

    Amy Stephens -  Glenwood Branch

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  • Discover Great Artists: Georgia O’Keefe

    georgia okeefe paintingAttention all young explorers, artists and artistic explorers!

    Do your students enjoy observing nature?  Do they collect found objects?

    Then they will be interested in Georgia O’Keefe, the artist who was inspired by the New Mexico landscape to paint flowers, rocks, shells and animal bones in a whole new way.

    Invite your students to join us at the Elkridge Branch on Saturday, March 19 at 2 pm to learn about O’Keefe’s life and work.  Then, they create their own O’Keefe influenced piece of art.Register online or by calling 410-313-5085.

    Kim T. Ha — Howard County Library, Elkridge Branch

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  • Word Up! Deadline is Almost Here

    word up logo - teen poetry contestOnly one week left for your students to submit their original poetry to the Word Up! Poetry Contest.

    Students in grades 6 – 12 can enter up to three original poems (no more than 60 lines each) in Howard County Library’s Word Up! Poetry Contest. A Word Up! Educators Resource brochure with writing exercises and other resources is available for teachers online.

    Poems are judged by a committee on their originality and language use, among other criteria. Deadline for entries is March 16. All winners will be invited to read their poems on April 28 and will receive cash awards, sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library.

    All winning poems are posted on the Library’s web site. Students may qualify for only one prize in each category.

    Category 1: Grades 6 & 7

    Category 2: Grades 8 & 9

    Category 3: Grades 10 – 12

    Get those poems in by March 16!

    Katie George – Administration Office

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  • Pass the Book Honored as 2011 Best Literacy Program for Teens

    pass the book 2011 logoHave your students passed the book?

    If so…they are among the 469 world-wide teen readers who have made Pass the Book this year’s YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) MAE Best Literacy Program for Teens, an award honoring an outstanding reading or literature program that brings young adults and books together to encourage the development of life-long reading habits.

    If not…contact your Library liaison to get your students involved in this award-winning project!  Teens can visit any HCL branch to pick up a copy of this year’s Pass the Book, Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple.  (Or, we can bring copies right to your classroom!)  Once the book is in-hand, teens register the book’s unique number at; read the book; and pass the book on to another teen who will repeat the process.

    Thanks to all of our teen readers who registered, read, and passed…as well as to all of our teachers who introduced the project to their students.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

    Katie George – Administration Office

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  • Name That Book

    image of book spines

    It is always said that you should never judge a book from its cover, but what about naming a book by its cover?

    In this battle of supreme book knowledge, your students will be challenged to come up with the names of books from puzzle-pieces of book covers. Whoever answers first with the correct title gets a point; the one with the most points at the end of the night wins the prize!

    Name That Book will be on Tuesday, March 15 at the Glenwood Branch from 7 – 8 pm, and you can register here.

    Whose knowledge will reign supreme?

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library, Glenwood Branch

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