Howard County Library

  • Fancy Flip Flops

    green flip flopsWe’re offering your students the chance to get set for the beach with a one-of-a-kind pair of custom flip-flops that they have designed and created themselves. Please encourage your students to join us at the Savage Branch at 7 pm on June 29 to customize a pair of flip-flops to showcase their unique style.

    All materials will be provided. Registration is required. Students can register online or call 410.880.5980 beginning June 15.

    Image by Steve Johnson

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  • Candy Sushi Time!

    image of candy sushiTo the Japanese, sushi is not just a food, but an art form. Chefs can spend years perfecting the art of rolling and presenting fabulous looking and tasting food.

    If any of your chef-talented students would like to learn the art of sushi, without all the fishiness, they can participate in Candy Sushi Time! on Tuesday, June 14 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Glenwood Branch. In this class, we will teach the traditional Asian art while incorporating Western Candy (think fruit roll-ups, swedish fish, and tootsie rolls). No fish will be harmed in the making of this sushi!

    Registration Required. Ages 11-17.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood 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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  • 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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  • Winter Art Blast

    image of winter scenes under glass

    Do you know any craft kids? The ones who make jewelry or friendship bracelets? Do you ever hear your students wishing for something fun to do?

    Well, we have just the thing! Winter is the perfect time to start an arts and crafts project and the Miller Branch of Howard County Library is the perfect place to visit to get started.

    Every other Tuesday, see list of dates below, teens are invited to decorate holiday gift bags, create snowmen, and make snow globes.

    Tuesdays; 7 – 8 pm

    December 7 & 21

    January 4 & 18

    February 1 & 15

    Courtney GardinierMiller Branch 

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  • Islamic Calligraphy

    Art and history come together seamlessly in Arabic calligraphy. Students of both can benefit by learning how the beauty and form of the Arabic letter transcends culture.  As a court-sponsored enterprise and a cottage industry in Islamic societies, calligraphy has long been a highly traditional Islamic art form. It was supported by many related trades and crafts, like paper and ink making.

    Elinor A. Holland, of Harmony of Line in New York, offers a fun-filled introduction to this ancient art. Includes slide show and hands-on workshop. Held at the East Columbia Branch (50+ Center) on Tuesday, November 16 from 6 – 8 pm.

    Registration is required. Refreshments provided.

    Sponsored by Howard County Muslim Council.

    Amy Stephens, Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

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  • Chinese Jewelry Workshop

    image of a necklaceThey’ve appeared on silk paintings from the Western Han period, been recognized in Buddhist carvings of the Northern Dynasties period, and even been spotted on bronze vessels as far back as the Warring States period.

    We’re talking about Chinese knots!

    Now students can fashion their own knotted jewelry in this three-session workshop. Artistic students will love creating beautiful, intricately woven knots while gaining an appreciation for this Chinese art form. Each class focuses on a different pair of knots, with a two-hour length that allows students to practice and master each knot at their own pace. The first session happens at East Columbia Branch on Saturday, September 18 at 2 pm. Register online or by calling 410.313.7701.

    Rachel Reznick – East Columbia Branch

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