Howard County Library
Teacher Notes From Howard County Library Archives
  • Calling all Volunteers

    teen talking to kidsDo your students need volunteer opportunities this summer?  Maybe they need hours for a service organization or just a little something extra for their resumes.  Maybe they want to make a difference in their community.  If so, encourage them to become a Summer Reading Volunteer at Howard County Library!

    Our Summer Reading Volunteers register children for One World, Many Stories, distribute prizes to those young summer readers, and assist Library Instructors with various tasks throughout the summer. Summer Reading Volunteers spend their summer in air conditioning, surrounded by books and readers. What could be better?

    Summer Reading Volunteers need to be at least 13 years old and enjoy working with children. Interested students should complete a volunteer application.  Accepted applicants will be contacted to schedule orientation and training.

    We wouldn’t be able to make it through the summer without our amazing Summer Reading Volunteers!

    Katie George – Administration Office

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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

    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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  • Word Up! Winners Circle

    word up logo - teen poetry contestCongratulations to this year’s Word Up! winning poets. They competed in three categories, Grades 6 – 7, Grades 8 – 9, and Grades 10 – 12.  First, Second, Third and honorable mentions were awarded in each category.  Poems will be posted to the web site after the awards ceremony. To hear these young word smiths reading their poems, join us:

    Word Up! Winners Circle

    Thursday, April 28

    7 – 9 pm

    East Columbia Branch (50+ Center)

    Guest poet: Linda Joy Burke of Poetry Out Loud

    Sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library

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  • Science Club

    glass beakers with different colored liquid

    Science Club

    Like science? Join the club! The Science Club is a new class dedicated to all things science. Join us at the Miller Branch this spring as we practice our engineering skills by building spaghetti bridges, investigate the chemical make-up of a Peep, and discover the shocking truth about electricity. Registration required for each class.

    Bridges – Wednesday March 23, 7-8 pm

    Peeps! – Wednesday April 27, 7-8 pm

    Electricity – Wednesday May 25, 7-8pm

    Courtney Gardinier – Howard County Library Miller Branch

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  • Chess Tournament

    image of chess pieces on chess boardChess Tournament

    The Howard County Library Chess Tournament provides an opportunity for students to meet and compete with other students who share their enthusiasm for this classic board game. All participants will receive fabulous prizes.

    The Howard County Library Chess Tournament happens at the Miller Branch on April 16th, 2011 at 1 pm. It is open to ages 9-17; register online or call 410-313-1950.

    Courtney Gardinier – Howard County Library Miller Branch

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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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  • Library Scavenger Hunt

    scavenger hunt spelled out in thumbprintsAttila the Hun, bubble gum, and the Green Lantern: what could they possibly have in common?

    Your students can learn some cool things about all three at Howard County Library. For a fun twist on finding information in the library, your students are invited to a Library Scavenger Hunt to be held on Wednesday, April 13 from 7 – 8 pm at the Glenwood Branch. Clues will be given to each student, and a prize goes to the one who finds the most information in the alloted time! Registration is required, and can be found here.

    Who said finding information can’t be fun?

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

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  • College Fair

    dice with yes, no, maybe words on itThere are thousands of colleges and universities in the United States. Even more outside of our borders. How’s a student supposed to choose?

    On Tuesday, April 12 come to Centennial High School from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and meet with representatives from colleges and universities from across the country and around the corner. Discover what different schools can offer, such as class sizes, extracurricular activities, and academic specialties. Speak with admissions counselors and school alumni. Learn what it takes to be accepted to the school of your choice.

    A complete list of participating colleges is available at

    Co-sponsored by the Columbia Association.

    Katie George – Administrative Offices

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  • Money Matters 2 Teens

    Financial education is crucial for all age groups.  During Financial Literacy Month, encourage your students to attend these money-minded classes.

    In Who Wants to be a Millionaire, teens explore the myths and realities about becoming a millionaire, then learn strategies for setting and achieving financial goals.  Register to attend the Thursday, April 7 class at Howard County Library Savage Branch or the Monday, April 11 class at Howard County Library Central Branch.  Both sessions begin at 7:00 pm.

    Teens can choose to Take the Spending Challenge.  This interactive game leads students through 16 weeks of purchases and payments in a single hour.  Students begin with a regular “paycheck” and a fictional credit card, then make choices about how much to save, how much to spend, and whether to pay by cash or credit.  Register to attend the Wednesday, April 6 class at Howard County Library East Columbia Branch or the Thursday, April 14 class at Howard County Library Elkridge Branch.  Both sessions begin at 7:00 pm.  (To request a session of Take the Spending Challenge in your very own classroom, complete the online Curriculum Enhancements request.)

    Those teens who are dreaming of the day they’ll be driving, will be interested in Your First Set of Wheels.  Students will learn about hidden costs like maintenance and insurance, then create a savings plan.  Register to attend the Tuesday, April 5 class at Howard County Library Glenwood Branch or the Wednesday, April 13 class at Howard County Library Miller Branch.  Both sessions begin at 7:00 pm.

    Katie George – Administration Office

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  • Mean Girls

    image of sad girl with mean girls in background

    Sugar and spice and everything nice…not always.

    Middle school students and their parents are invited to explore the complex world of girls at Horizon Family Communication Night:  Mean Girls.  Expert Deborah West leads discussion and exercises that offer the keys to understanding Queen Bees, Gamma Girls, and surviving the intricate female social hierarchy.

    Register for the Wednesday, March 16 workshop at Howard County East Columbia Branch or the Tuesday, March 29 workshop at Howard County Library Elkridge Branch.  Both sessions begin at 6:30 pm.

    Co-sponsored by the Women’s Giving Circle and he Horizon Councils.

    Katie George – Administration Offices

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