Howard County Library

  • 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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  • Everyday Engineering

    image of boxes of dried spaghetti

    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

    image of the words fun times spelled out in tiles with different fonts

    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

    image of chess pieces

    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

    image of germs under a microscope

    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

    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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  • 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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  • Tech Chicks

    Think science is for boys?

    Join Department of Defense robotics engineer Dr. Terri Kamm to learn about Ada Lovelace’s contribution to computer science, and about women’s opportunities in the field during World War II and in today’s robotics industry. Enjoy a video presentation and participate in hands-on activities. Tech Chicks meets at Howard County Central Library at 2:00 pm on Satruday, November 14. Registration required. Call 410.313.7860 for more information.

    Katie George – Howard County Library Administration

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