Howard County Library
Teacher Notes From Howard County Library Archives
  • Career and Technology Education Expo: Health and Bio Sciences

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    Do you have students interested in pursuing a biotechnology or health care career? Advances in medical knowledge, biosciences, and technology is leading to innovation in patient care and biomedical research. The growing public awareness of health issues and their treatment or prevention and promotion of wellness is opening the doors to creating new career opportunities in the health care and biotechnology fields.

    Visit the Elkridge Branch on Monday, February 1; 7:00 pm to hear knowledgeable HCPSS Career and Technology Education staff and students present information about the CTE Career Academies and demonstrate skills they have learned.

    Registration is not required.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library, Glenwood Branch

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  • From Jazz to Hip-Hop

    How did music evolve from jazz to hip-hop?  Vivian Fisher, from the Enoch Pratt Free Library, elucidates how the great jazz musicians influenced today’s culture of hip-hop and rap music. This event is in celebration of the upcoming African American History Month.

    Register online for From Jazz to Hip-Hop to be held on Tuesday, January 26 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Glenwood Branch.

    Amy Stephens – Glenwood Branch

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  • Everyday Engineering

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    Picture a place where toothpick towers soar over a landscape dotted with newspaper domes and connected by spaghetti bridges. You’ve just described the Library!

    Register online for Everyday Engineering on Saturday January 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 at East Columbia Branch. Students ages 11 to 14 will put basic engineering principles to work as they design and build with household materials.

    Katie George -  Howard County Library Administration

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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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  • Chess Clubs

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    How would you like your students to improve their memory and concentration? Do they need to develop their logical thinking skills? Can they create and test a hypothesis?  Then encourage them to join a chess club! Chess builds all these skills and more.

    Howard County Library hosts chess clubs at three of our branches. We provide the board, pieces, instruction, and encouragement. Students ages 11 and up provide the brain power. Oh…and it’s fun, too!

    Chess clubs meet at:

    Central Library on Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm (Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 11)

    Miller Branch on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm (Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 30, Apr 27)

    Savage Branch on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm (Jan 4 & 26, Feb 1 & 22, Mar 1, 15, & 29, Apr 12)

     

    Katie George -  Howard County Library Administration

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  • Engrossing Germs

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    They make you sneeze and cough, yet they’re too small to be seen without a microscope. How can something so small, make us so miserable? Join scientist Jessica Carmen and unravel the mystery of germs at Engrossing Germs on Saturday, January 30 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Miller Branch.

    Register online for Engrossing Germs.

    Katie George -  Howard County Library Administration

     

     

     

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  • Word Up! Poetry Contest

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    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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  • Flame-bringer Science: Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 pm

    image of glow stickLight up the blue time at Howard County Library Elkridge Branch on Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 pm.

    Glow under black light, create sparks in the dark with wintergreen lifesavers, and experiment with glow sticks.  Check out the science behind what’s glowing in the dark.  Then, pick up your specially marked copy of Scott Westerfeld’s The Sercet Hour to read, register, and pass for Howard County Library’s Pass the Book.

    Don’t get caught in the dark.  Register for Flame-bringer Science.

    Katie George -  Howard County Library Administration

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  • Book Reports

    Are your students reading for a book report? We love to support them! Howard County Library staff can visit your classroom to promote the best books for your assignment – or let us know what books you have assigned and we can make sure they are available. Send your students into the Library to pick up their books – or invite us to your class and we can bring them to you!

    To begin, complete an Assignment Alert or contact your school’s Library liaison. The more information you provide, the better we can match your students with the right materials!

     

    Amy Stephens – Glenwood Branch Howard County Library

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  • Your Life Safari


    As we focus on teaching our students reading, math, and science, let’s not forget about life skills as well. 

    During the next three weeks, middle school students can create a plan for their future by attending Your Life Safari. Students learn the value of goal-setting and define their personal values while creating a treasure map or travel brochure representing their journey. The class meets at Elkridge Branch from 7:00 – 8:00 pm on Monday, November 2, 9, and 16. Registration required. Call 410.313.5088 for more information. 

    Katie George -  Howard County Library Administration

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