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Teacher Notes From Howard County Library Archives
  • Engineering Innovation

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    What keeps bridges standing, cars moving, and rockets heading into space?  Engineers!

    Learn to solve problems like an engineer during hands-on activities presented by Johns Hopkins University Enginnering Innovation. Engineering Innovation meets at  Elkridge Branch from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 5.  Call 410.313.5088 for more information.

    Katie George – Howard County Library Administration

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  • Teen 2 Teen

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    Experience can be one of the best teachers.

    High school students and their families are invited to learn from teens who have “been there” at the panel discussion, Teen 2 Teen: Alcohol Drugs and All In-between. Counselors and teens who have overcome substance abuse challenges relate their experiences to help others avoid similar situations. The discussion takes place at Miller Branch from 7:00 – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 3. Call 410.313.1950 for more information. Co-sponsored by HC Drugfree.

    Katie George – Howard County Library Administration

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  • Science Fair Starters

    test tube pouring into a beaker It’s autumn again, and that can only mean one thing…it’s time to choose a science fair project! We want to help your students turn this daunting task into a major success, so invite us into your classroom to present “Science Fair Starters.” In 30 minutes we’ll show your students how to use Howard County Library resources to discover research topics, experiments, and information that will make this year’s science fair project their best one yet! Contact your Library liaison to schedule “Science Fair Starters” for your classroom, or read more about it in our Middle and High School Curriculum Enhancement Guide.

     

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

     

     
     
     

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  • Live Homework Help

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    One of the most valuable resources we have to offer students is Live Homework Help.

    Sometimes when students are away from your classroom and fervently completing their homework assignments, they encounter obstacles. When this happens, students should know that they can use their Howard County Library card to access a live tutor seven days a week from 2:00 pm to 1:00 am! Tutors are available to help students in fourth through twelfth grades with math, science, social studies, and English.

    Just who are these tutors? They are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors, graduate school students, and undergraduates from top universities. Their job is to work one-on-one with students via the internet. Tutors are trained to teach the material, not simply spoon-feed answers, so you can be sure that your students are learning and practicing the material from your classroom, not just taking the easy way out!

    Tutors use robust electronic tools, like interactive whiteboards for geometry diagrams. With a bit of advanced notice, they’ll review student essays and reports.

    Follow this link to learn more or, better yet, log on and try it out for yourself!

     

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

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  • About Teacher Notes

    Welcome Howard County educators! As it says on our web site, “Howard County Library is pleased to provide teachers with a myriad of resources as they plan their lessons and assignments.”

    Many Howard County Public School System faculty have asked for a convenient way to receive updates on these resources. This blog is one way to meet that need. It will be updated regularly with information you can share with your colleagues and students. Visit us regularly or subscribe to the RSS feed and have the information delivered to you!

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

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  • Russian Revolution and Animal Farm

    Tenth graders at Hammond High School are researching Russian Revolution figures who are the allegorical equivalents of characters from the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. Wow!

    To gather information on Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, students may want to search in Literature Resource Center. LRC contains reviews and criticism of literary works, biographies of the authors, and primary source material related to the works. Many of the items in LRC have been previously published in reference books and periodicals. Some items are original to LRC. All items have been reviewed for accuracy.

    For background information on the Russian Revolution, students might turn to the History Reference Center for articles and primary sources. For figures from the Russian Revolution, students can use Biography Resource Center to find biographical essays, pictures, and other information. Just as with Literature Resource Center, History Reference Center and Biography Resource Center contain items that have all been reviewed for accuracy.

    All three databases can be accessed via our web site. All you’ll need is your library card!

    And of course…we have some great books, too, like The Story Behind George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Red Princess: a revolutionary life.

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  • Famous Detectives

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    Folly Quarter Middle School GT students need to choose an above grade level detective novel to read for an individual project. Agatha Christie and Sir Aruthur Conan Doyle were two suggestions made by their teacher.

    This is a tricky assignment. While there are many detective stories that contain challenging, above grade level reading, many of these stories also contain sophisticated content. How can students make the best choice?

    Talking to a Library staff member is a great place to start! We love to make reading suggestions…like the Eyre Affair. You can see more of our suggestions at Highly Recommended.

    More independent readers might want to try Novelist. Novelist contains reviews and summaries of thousands and thousands of books. You can search by author, title, or subject. If you find an author you like, Novelist will even choose authors that write similar books. For example, Novelist suggests M.C. Beaton as an author similar to Agatha Christie.

    And now’s a great time for a reminder about the Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest. Read the classic Holmes short story, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, then write an essay related to the story. Full contest details, including essay suggestions and prizes, are available on our web site.

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  • Library Cards

    A Howard County Library card is a powerful tool!

    Use it to

    • check out books, movies, music, and more
    • download and e-book from home
    • search for a magazine article in the middle of the night
    • access Live Homework Help
    • and more….

    Apply for a special A+ Teacher Card and get even more benefits like extended borrowing periods!

    Stop in anytime or apply online.

    Library Card Application or A+ Teacher Card Application

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  • Ask Us Now!

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    Your librarian can be a valuable ally when through the wealth of information available to us in the 21st century. But what happens when the library is closed?

    Don’t worry, we’re up all night!

    AskUsNow provides you with electronic access to a live librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’ll point you towards the most reliable information that answers your question.

    So, go ahead, AskUsNow!

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  • Howard County Library Comes to You

    we deliver Did you know that Howard County Library staff will visit your classroom with resources designed to enhance the curriculum and supplement your lesson plans?

    Read all about our classes and find your school’s Library liaison in our Elementary School Curriculum Enhancement Guide and our Middle and High School Curriculum Enhancement Guide, then make contact with your library liaison to arrange a visit or get more information!

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