Howard County Library

  • E-Books for Secondary Students

    cartoon image of student sitting at computerHoward County Library System subscribes to a number of e-book collections that contain great information for secondary students. You can access these collections using a Howard County Library System card. The full text of the included books can be read on the screen, and can often be printed or e-mailed to an address you select. In addition, citation tools built in to these collections provide accurate citation information in your preferred format.

    We subscribe to multiple research e-book collections to provide your students with access to the widest range of available resources. Take a look at these collections by visiting our electronic resources page and scrolling down to the list of research e-books. Here are some highlights:

    • ABC-Clio: This e-book collection contains the full text of titles in science, history, and social science, as well as a small collection of guides to understanding particular titles in literature. If you’re looking for information about social issues, historical events, or scientific discoveries, look in this collection.
    • Ebsco e-books contains a wide range of non-fiction titles in multiple subject areas, including 164 works of literary criticism, many of which are Cliffs Notes.
    • Gale Virtual Reference also contains a wide range of non-fiction titles, with a particular concentration in science, medicine, and literary criticism. Your students could look in this collection for a book about an author they are researching. Look here for multi-volume encyclopedias in history, social science, science, and medicine.
    • InfoBase e-books presents a smaller collection, containing 116 works of literary criticism in the “Blooms Notes” series about particular authors and titles, as well as 22 titles in the “Careers in Focus” series. Also search here for titles in U.S. history, science, and the arts.
    • The Oxford Digital Reference Shelf provides access to the electronic editions of 21 multi-volume reference works from Oxford University Press. Look here for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, for example, or the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 and 1896-Present.

    A wealth of information is contained in this collection of e-books. As you make your students aware of available resources, show them these collections, or invite a research specialist from Howard County Library System to present these resources to your class.

    John Jewitt – Administration Office

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  • Family Movie Fridays

    box of popcornWould your students like to start the weekend with a movie? Invite them to join us at the Savage Branch throughout the summer on alternate Fridays at 3:30 pm. We’ll screen family-friendly movies to kick the weekend off in style.

    • Jun 24 – How to Train Your Dragon (PG)
    • Jul 8 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG)
    • Jul 22 – Monsters vs. Aliens (PG)
    • Aug 5 – Legend of the Guardians: the Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

    No registration required.

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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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  • You Are Here Teen Summer Reading Club

    you are here teen summer reading logoOur goal is to keep your students reading this summer. Their goal is to earn book bucks!

    Students can earn “book bucks” for time they spend reading, for attending library classes, for turning in a book review, for completing a weekly survey, and for mailing or bringing us a postcard or photograph of their favorite vacation spot. Students can earn credit for reading up to six hours per day.

    Students will collect prizes for reaching goals of 50 and 100 book bucks. When they earn at least 100 book bucks, they will be eligible to participate in the You Are Here Readers Raffle.

    Check out a list of books for Middle School and High School students developed by Howard County Library’s teen specialists in conjunction with the Howard County Public School System’s media specialists.

    To get started, students should register at the information desk at any Howard County Library branch. We’ll give them all of the materials they will need to get started: a reading log, a review card, a user name and password for the online components, plus their first five book bucks and a starter prize!

    The last day for students to earn book bucks and enter the raffle is August 13. Raffle winners will be contacted beginning August 17.

    Look out for Howard County Library System’s Instructors promoting summer reading with your students in May and June.

    Sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library.

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  • Letterboxing @ The Library

    items for scavenger huntNo school on Friday, May 13? No problem! If you like to solve riddles or puzzles, go on scavenger hunts, or use your observation skills, join us at  Miller Branch for Letterboxing @ The Library on Friday, May 13 at 2 pm. After learning about the history and rules of the ancient game of letterboxing, you will receive a set of clues about the secret letterboxes hidden throughout the Miller Branch Library. Work individually, in pairs or in groups.

    Ages 8-13. No registration required.

    Amy Stephens, Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

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  • Teen Caffeine and Cram

    cartoon image of student's head stuck in book

    We all want students to perform their best for finals, right?

    What better place to study than the library…we will have a quiet room all set up for maximum brain cell growth as well as some caffeine and treats to help your students make it through their long study sessions. Caffeine and Cram happens at the Glenwood Branch on Tuesday, May 17 from 5:30-8:30 pm and is open to all high schoolers studying for an exam. No registration is required.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

     

     

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  • E-Books for kids!

    stack of books with mouse attachedSpring is here , and with it come some exciting new resources at the Howard County Library System! We have four new resources available for you to use with your students.  Check out  hclibrary.org/ebooksforkids

    The new resources include:

    TumbleBookLibrary has more than 200 children’s  books. Favorites like “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch, as well as fairy tales come to life in an educational and interactive way. Other titles include: “Diary of a Worm,” “How I Became a Pirate,” “Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10,”  and “Tops and Bottoms. More accomplished readers can read read-along chapter books, featuring narration, sentence highlighting, and automatic page turning. Spanish and French titles are also available!

    BookFLIX , an online program for children, pairs 95  classic video storybooks with nonfiction e-books. BookFLIX builds a love of reading while reinforcing early reading skills.
    TrueFlix™ leverages 47 award-winning True Books content to help students hone reading skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st century skills.

    The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) operates like a bookmobile for the global age. The ICDL collection includes more than 4,000 books in 55 languages.

    Take a look around our digital collection. This is just the beginning!

    Shirley O’Neill, Administration Office

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  • The Game is Afoot

    silhouette of sherlock holmes

    The Game is Afoot! Students can prepare their entry for the 2011 Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest by exploring the fictional world created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Explore the stories, find the clues, and pick up a copy of “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” and the contest instructions.

    Savage Branch

    Thursday, April 14

    7 – 8.30 pm

    John Jewitt – Howard County Library Savage Branch

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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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  • 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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