Howard County Library

  • Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest

    silhouette of sherlock holmesHoward County Library, in partnership with Watson’s Tin Box of Ellicott City and Howard County Public Schools, announces the seventh annual Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest for all Howard County public, private and homeschooled 7th grade students.

    Students are asked to read the Sherlock Holmes short story, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” and write a five-paragraph analytical essay according to the rules and guidelines of the contest. Students may download a booklet that includes the story, pre-reading activities, a glossary of British terms, specific essay questions, the rubric which will be used in judging the essays and a contest entry form.

    Teachers who choose to have their classes participate will forward to Watson’s Tin Box the top two essays from each of his/her classes. Home schooled students may send their essay to the Watson’s Tin Box address listed in the booklet.

    Essays must be received by Watson’s Tin Box by June 1, 2011. Prizes will be awarded for the best three essays. Winners will be announced at an awards presentation in June 2011 at Howard County Library.

    Special thanks to contest sponsor and creator, Watson’s Tin Box of Ellicott City.

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  • Poetry Open Mic and Coffeehouse

    To have great poets there must be great audiences too.  ~ Walt Whitman

    image of wordsDo you have students who paint with words? The Poetry Open Mic and Coffeehouse is just the place for them to share their work in a safe environment, surrounded by other teen poets. Visit the Glenwood Branch Library on Monday, April 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for Poetry Open Mic NIght and Coffeehouse. Registration required; register online, or by calling 410.313.5577, beginning Monday, March 29 at 10:00 am.

    Amy Stephens – Glenwood Branch



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  • Recycled Poetry

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    Join us on Saturday, January 23 for Recycled Poetry and put those old pages to good use. Students slice and dice the words from old magazines to create original poetry and give voice to their own thoughts and feelings. Completed poems may be submitted to the 2010 Word Up! Poetry Contest.

    Register online for Recycled Poetry on Saturday, January 23 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Central Library.

    Katie George -  Howard County Library Administration

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  • Word Up! Poetry Contest

    word up logo - teen poetry contest

    Today I am a storm.
    A whirlwind of emotion
    I can’t hold it inside

    –from Today by Gillian Engelbrecht

    Does this describe any of your students? Encourage them to put their thoughts and feelings in a poem and enter the 2010 Word Up! Poetry Contest. The contest begins on January 11, and is open to Howard County students in grades 6 through 12. View complete contest details and the 2009 winning poems.

    For ideas on incorporating Word Up! into your lesson plans, flip through our Word Up! Educator Resource brochure.

    Katie George -  Howard County Library Administration

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  • The ESL [English as A Second Language] Collection

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    Howard County Library is pleased to highlight the ESL (English as a Second Language) Collection. Developed to provide educational resources for the needs of our foreign-born residents, the collection includes books and materials in audio and video format, so that students of ESL will have a variety of ways to reinforce their English learning experience. The primary customers are foreign born students who are learning the English language, however, this collection is also intended for Project Literacy students to acquire proficient English skills for work and citizenship.

    Materials are labeled with yellow ESL stickers. All materials in this collection can be searched by using the term “esl collection” through the Howard County Library online catalog This collection is generally shelved in the adult Non-fiction area, but the location may vary at some branches.

    Mai-Leng Ong – Howard County Library Administration

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