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Teacher Notes From Howard County Library Archives
  • 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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  • SAT Practice Makes Perfect

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    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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  • Pass the Book Honored as 2011 Best Literacy Program for Teens

    pass the book 2011 logoHave your students passed the book?

    If so…they are among the 469 world-wide teen readers who have made Pass the Book this year’s YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) MAE Best Literacy Program for Teens, an award honoring an outstanding reading or literature program that brings young adults and books together to encourage the development of life-long reading habits.

    If not…contact your Library liaison to get your students involved in this award-winning project!  Teens can visit any HCL branch to pick up a copy of this year’s Pass the Book, Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple.  (Or, we can bring copies right to your classroom!)  Once the book is in-hand, teens register the book’s unique number at hclibrary.org/passthebook; read the book; and pass the book on to another teen who will repeat the process.

    Thanks to all of our teen readers who registered, read, and passed…as well as to all of our teachers who introduced the project to their students.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

    Katie George – Administration Office

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  • Cake Decorating Workshop

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    The Fourth Annual Edible Books Contest is on its way!  Maybe you have students who are avid readers who would be be interested in entering, but who aren’t as confident in their decorating skills as they are in their reading skills.

    They can visit Miller Branch on Tuesday, March 15at 7 pm to learn how to decorate a cake like a professional. All the edible masterpieces can be entered into the  Edible Books Contest on Wednesday, March 30.

    Register online or call 410-313-1950.

    Courtney Gardinier – Miller Branch

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  • You Wouldn’t Want to Live When…

    cover art image of You Wouldn't Want to Live When... Ancient Rome, Imperial China, Mayan Civilization

    You Wouldn’t Want to Live When… Ancient Rome, Imperial China, Mayan Civilization

    Back by popular demand! Travel back through history and discover what life was like in the ancient world. Join historian (and HCL Instructor) Courtney Gardinier, at Howard County Library Miller Branch, as she teaches teens about different ancient civilizations. Crafts, trivia, and goofy hats are all a part of the fun as teens discuss what is was like to be a soldier in Ancient Rome, an emperor in Ancient China, or an Ancient Mayan priest.

    Registration required for each class.

    Saturdays, 2 – 4 pm

    Ancient Rome – March 12

    Imperial China – April 9

    Mayan Civilization – May 7

    Courtney Gardinier – Howard County Library, Miller Branch

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  • Assignment Alert!

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    Assignment Alert!

    Mrs. McManus, an English teacher at Centennial HS, has just submitted an Assignment Alert to the Howard County Library using the Secondary Schools Assignment Alert Form.  Submitting an Assignment Alert form allows Howard County Library to gather materials and prepare for your student’s questions.

    What was Mrs. McManus’ Assignment Alert? Her students are to research a real-life tragic hero. A real-life tragic hero is defined as anyone from history, or living today, in any occupation, who achieved significant success, only to ruin what he/she achieved because of a serious character flaw or lapse in judgment.  Some examples of a tragic hero are: Anne Boleyn, Richard Nixon, Kurt Cobain and Bernie Madoff.

    Can you think of other real-life tragic heroes?

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  • No Rhyming Necessary

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    Roses are red, Violets are blue…

    Poetry doesn’t have to be hard, and it can be fun too! Join us at the Miller Branch on Thursday February 17th to learn how to create simple and unique poetry by using old magazines, books and even unwanted Valentine’s Day cards. All poems created at this event will be eligible for submission in the Word Up! poetry contest. Register online or call 410-313-1950.

    Courtney Gardinier -Miller Branch

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  • First Look Committee

    image of character holding a magnifying glass Let’s face it: some teens just LOVE being the first to hear about something. It can be just about anything, but just knowing that they are privy to information other people don’t have gives them a sense of inside knowledge. With the First Look Committee at the Central Branch on Tuesday, December 21 at 7:00 pm, your students can do just that. They will get to peruse books that the public hasn’t seen yet because they have yet to be published. Talk about inside information; who will they share the juicy plot line with first?

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

     

     

     

     

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  • Cool Science

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    Crystal formation? A science class all about ice and snow? How very cool!

    Invite your students to join us at Miller Branch on Thursday, December 16 at 7 pm to learn all about the formation of icicles and snowflakes, discover how to super-cool water and test the best way to melt ice. Register online or call 410-313-1950.

    Courtney Gardinier Miller Branch

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  • Winter Art Blast

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    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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