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Teacher Notes From Howard County Library Archives
  • 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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  • Teen Advisory Board

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    Do you enjoy getting together with your friends to gossip on the latest new thing? Guess what…kids do, too! Each Howard County Library branch hosts an HCL Teen Advisory Board, where students have the opportunity to recommend books, music, and movies; develop and plan events for teens; and work with Library instructors on projects they create. Service learning hours available for some projects. No registration required.

    Central Branch

    Mondays; 3:30 – 4:30 pm    Dec 13, Jan 10, Feb 1

    East Columbia Branch

    First Tuesdays; 4:30 – 5:30 pm   Dec 7, Jan 4, Feb 8

    Elkridge Branch

    Thursdays; 4 – 5 pm    Jan 27, Feb 24

    Glenwood Branch

    Fourth Tuesdays; 7 – 8 pm    Jan 25, Feb 22

    Miller Branch

    Mondays; 4 – 5 pm    Dec 6, Jan 10, Feb 7

    Savage Branch

    First Thursdays; 4 – 5 pm    Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library, Glenwood Branch

    This Week’s Hi-Lights: The Great Scavenger Hunt! and Holiday Crafts

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  • Second time around!

    Just to double-check…

    Did your students love the Arthur Slade: Author Study?

    Couldn’t get enough of the Chinese Jewelry Workshop?

    They are going to be excited to hear that they have another chance to be part of these great events (among others)! We have a little something for everyone. Here are some HCL events for teens that are occurring in the month of November:

    Tech Chicks

    Robotic engineering for the tech-savvy girl, held at Central Branch.

    Arthur Slade: Author Study

    November 29 will focus on The Hunchback Assignments, held at Elkridge Branch.

    Chinese Jewelry Workshop

    This last session will be on cross knots and prosperity knots, held at East Columbia Branch.

    First Look Comittee

    Be among the first to read exciting new books before they are published, and get service learning hours! Held at Central Branch.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch


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  • Bandana Bags

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    Crafty and creative students can join us at Savage Branch on Thursday, November 18 at 7 pm to turn a colorful bandana into a cool bag. Register online or call 410-880-5980.

    According to the 40 Developmental Assets for healthy young people, building blocks that encourage constructive use of time include creative activities and youth programs in the community. Library classes – creative, literary, and otherwise – work to meet these goals.

    John Jewitt – Savage Branch

    This Week’s Hi-Lights: Islamic Calligraphy and events you won’t want to miss…the second time around!

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  • Locker L.E.D.

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    Science can be fun! Decorating lockers can be fun! Here’s a way to combine the two…

    Students are invited to create a fun locker decoration while learning all about the science behind semiconductors. Join us at the Miller Branch on Wednesday, November 10 from
    7 – 8 pm as we make science just a little bit brighter with our homemade L.E.D. throwies.

    Registration required.

    Courtney Gardinier – Miller Branch

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  • Tech Chicks

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    Technology is already a major force in the lives of today’s girls. Just think how most girls are connected through their laptops and cell phones, not to mention MP3 players, DVDs and countless other devices with embedded chips.

    In this club, girls can learn even more about the technology they already use from Department of Defense robotics engineer Dr. Terri Kamm. They’ll even have hands-on experience with the latest in technology. How cool is that?

    The club meets on the 3rd Sundays of each month from 3 – 4:30 pm at Central Branch, for girls ages 11-15. Registration is required for each session. The next two meeting will be held October 17 and November 21.

    Amy Stephens-  Glenwood Branch


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  • Duct Tape Design

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    Do you have students who are designers, crafters, and creative thinkers?

    Encourage them to join us at Savage Branch on Thursday, October 7 at 6.30 pm to make a duct tape purse, wallet, tote bag, iPod case, sandals, or an item of their own design. Students can register online or call 410-880-5980.

    John Jewitt – Savage Branch

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  • You Wouldn’t Want To Live When…

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    Do you have students who love Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Series? How about students who are avid readers of Greek and Egyptian mythology? If the answer is yes, then please encourage your students to sign up for the You Wouldn’t Want To Live When…classes at Miller Branch.

    Join historian (and HCL Instructor) Courtney Gardinier as she teaches teens about a different ancient civilization. Crafts, trivia, and funny hats are all a part of the fun as teens discuss what is was like to be a slave in Ancient Egypt or a Viking Warrior in Medieval Scandinavia. Registration required for each class.

    Ancient Egypt – Saturday October 9, 2-4 pm

    The Viking World – Saturday November 6, 2-4 pm

    Courtney Gardinier – Miller Branch


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  • Geology Rocks!

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    Using hands on experiments and some colorful rocks Geology Rocks! introduces teens to the science of geology. Students can get dirty at the Miller Branch and learn about tectonic plates, volcanic eruptions and the structure of the earth.

    Wednesday, September 29 from 6:30- 8 pm.

    Registration required.

    Courtney Gardinier – Miller Branch



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  • Chess Club

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    Are your students interested in honing their ability to think strategically? Do they like playing games? If so, they may enjoy the Library’s Chess Club. Howard County Library provides an opportunity for students to meet and compete with others who share their enthusiasm for this classic game in an informal setting. All skill levels are welcome, but players must have a basic understanding of the rules of the game.

    Ages 11-17. Registration is not required.

    Central Branch meets first Sundays of the month from 1 – 5 pm.

    Fall dates include Sep 5, Oct 3, and Nov 7.     

    Savage Branch meets the first and third Mondays of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

    Fall dates include Sep 20; Oct 4 & 18; and Nov 1 & 15.

    Miller Branch meets on the last Tuesdays of the month from 7 – 8 pm.

    Fall dates include Sep 28, Oct 26, and Nov 30.

    Courtney Gardinier- Miller Branch

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