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Teacher Notes From Howard County Library - Archive for November, 2011
  • Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Awards

    The Maryland Library Association, Children’s Services Division has announced the 2011 winners of the Maryland Blue Crab Awards. Blue Crabs are awarded to authors of books for beginning or transitional readers. This year’s winners are:

    A complete list of honor books, and winners and honors from previous years, as well a description of the criteria for the award, can be found on the MLA website.

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  • Howard County Library System Spelling Bee

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    Howard County Library System invites public and private schools, and home school associations, to participate in the seventh annual Howard County Library Spelling Bee. Classroom and/or school bees for students in grades 4 through 8 should be held between November 1, 2011 and January 27, 2012. Winners of school and home school association bees will advance to the Library’s regional bee on March 9, 2011. The winning speller will compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.

    The Howard County Library Spelling Bee is organized under the rules of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and sponsored by BB&T.

    For students in grades 1 – 3: BumbleBee

    The sixth annual BumbleBee, spelling bees held in schools for first through third graders, begins again this fall and culminates with an awards ceremony on March 5, 2012. Through the BumbleBee, students build vocabularies, learn spelling tips, and gain confidence in front of an audience.

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  • Book Clubs

    image of girl reading a book while sitting on a globeDo you have students who already have a sincere love of reading? Or maybe some in whom you’d like to instill a greater appreciation of books and their many delights? Howard County Library System hosts many monthly book clubs to encourage students to read for fun.


    Book – N – Chat meets on one Tuesday evening each month, for ages 6 – 8, and discusses a picture book and presents other activities.

    Classics Club Jr gets together on the last Wednesday of the month, for ages 7 – 9, to take a look at some classic children’s novels.

    Classics Club has a similar focus for students ages 9 & up.

    Pageturners, for ages 8 – 11, examines a theme each quarter. For this fall, they’ve been reading about rats. The November 15 meeting is about Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynn Jonell.


    Elks Starters offers a monthly celebration of reading with a fun, fast-paced discussion of stories for young readers (ages 7 – 8), designed to inspire reading. In November, the group is reading Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements.

    Elks Comics Club is the right place for those ages 9 – 11 who love comics, graphic novels, and comic inspired books. It also has activities to inspire students to create their own comic books. In November, the club is looking at How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Scott Seegart.

    Tween Book Club, for ages 10 – 13, is a place for those “in between” other groups to get together, discuss great book, and participate in fun activities. In November, this club is discussing No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman.

    For more details about these and other opportunities to foster good reading skills, visit and look up the individual session in the classes and events calendar, pick up a copy of source, or visit one of the branches listed above. All specific titles listed are available for borrowing.

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