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Teacher Notes From Howard County Library - Archive for October, 2011
  • Battle of the Books!

    battle of the books logo

    Battle of the Books

    Battle of the Books is an academic competition for fifth grade students. Teams of five contestants answer questions about 16 books they have read from a preselected list. The fourth annual Battle takes place April 20, 2012.

    Online registration begins October 24 and closes November 4. Details at

    Mandatory coach meetings

    EAST COLUMBIA (410.313.7750)

    Tuesday, Nov 15 at 7 pm, or

    Thursday, Nov 17 at 7 pm

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  • Greg Heffley visits Burleigh Manor Middle School!

    Gordon Korman poses with cut out of Greg from Wimpy Kid

    Gordon Korman poses with Greg

    Greg Heffley visited Burleigh Manor Middle School for quite a while!

    After making an appearance on their morning news show, their fantastic media specialist Barb Randolph kept Greg busy entertaining a guest, author Gordon Korman who was visiting the school!

    Are your students Wimpy Kid fans?

    You can request a visit from our cardboard Greg (sorry, we do not have a cardboard Mr. Korman) by contacting your A+ Liason.

    We’re hosting Wimpy Mania events this fall at two branches. Your students might enjoy Wimpy Kid trivia and games at Glenwood Branch on October 21, and at Central Branch on November 5.

    His latest adventure Cabin Fever comes out on November 15, but you can reserve a copy today!

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  • Rube Goldberg Challenge

    cartoon image of bird sitting on perch about to pop balloonHow hard can it be to pop a balloon? Exactly as difficult and silly as a team of fourth and fifth grade students can contrive to make it!

    Howard County Library System invites teams of students, led by a teacher advisor, to participate in this year’s Rube Goldberg Challenge. The students transform everyday materials into a wacky, innovative machine that accomplishes the given task. However, instead of just “solving” the problem, students are charged with making the solution as complicated and convoluted as possible. By designing and building the machine, students incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts into their creations. Simple machine classes will be taught at HCLS branches during the school year. (Wheels and Axles & Pulleys are offered in November.)

    To accomplish the challenge of popping a balloon, students will:

    • Incorporate the use of a minimum of three different simple machines with the option of using all simple machines.
    • Record a video of their invention while it performs the task of popping a balloon.
    • Document how they used science, technology, engineering, and math in developing their machine.
    • Submit the video and documents to be judged.

    Details are available here; deadline for registration is November 11.

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  • Teen Read Week! Picture It!

    Picture It! Teens reading for any number of reasons during teen read week logo Teen Read Week from October 16 – 22!

    Howard County Library System is celebrating:

    Google Art: Explore museums across the world with a scavenger hunt through, at Elkridge Branch on Monday, Oct. 17 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

    Re-cover That Book: Design and create a new cover for your favorite title, then add your
    creation to a branch display, at Savage Branch on Thursday, October 20 from 7 – 8:30 pm.

    Peep Takeover: Design a diorama of your favorite book using Peeps! Finished dioramas will be
    displayed in the branch, at Glenwood Branch on Saturday, October 22 from 2 – 4 pm.

    We will also celebrate the end of Pass the Book with a Lock-in at East Columbia Branch on Friday,
    October 14 from 7 – 9:30 pm (permission slip required).

    Encourage your students to register for any or all of these events via!

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  • A First-Rate Second Opinion

    live homework help - free online help from real tutors logoHave you already assigned the first of many research papers or essays to your students?  Would you now like to point them in the direction of FREE writing review and suggestions? If so, take a moment to encourage them to use Howard County Library System’s online homework assistance.

    This service features, among other useful aspects, a writing lab where students can actually upload versions of their original papers to receive a “second opinion” from the experts.  These experts check the students’ submissions for grammar and content, then reply to the students with suggestions and tips to consider while drafting the final versions of their assignments!

    In addition to writing assistance, Online Homework Assistance experts also offer your students confidential access to additional assistance/tutoring in the following areas:

    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Foreign Languages
    • Test Preparation

    Remember, this service is FREE!  Encourage your students to take advantage of this and other services offered by the Howard County Library System via

    Brian Hart – Howard County Library System, Savage Branch

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