Howard County Library

  • E-Books for Secondary Students

    cartoon image of student sitting at computerHoward County Library System subscribes to a number of e-book collections that contain great information for secondary students. You can access these collections using a Howard County Library System card. The full text of the included books can be read on the screen, and can often be printed or e-mailed to an address you select. In addition, citation tools built in to these collections provide accurate citation information in your preferred format.

    We subscribe to multiple research e-book collections to provide your students with access to the widest range of available resources. Take a look at these collections by visiting our electronic resources page and scrolling down to the list of research e-books. Here are some highlights:

    • ABC-Clio: This e-book collection contains the full text of titles in science, history, and social science, as well as a small collection of guides to understanding particular titles in literature. If you’re looking for information about social issues, historical events, or scientific discoveries, look in this collection.
    • Ebsco e-books contains a wide range of non-fiction titles in multiple subject areas, including 164 works of literary criticism, many of which are Cliffs Notes.
    • Gale Virtual Reference also contains a wide range of non-fiction titles, with a particular concentration in science, medicine, and literary criticism. Your students could look in this collection for a book about an author they are researching. Look here for multi-volume encyclopedias in history, social science, science, and medicine.
    • InfoBase e-books presents a smaller collection, containing 116 works of literary criticism in the “Blooms Notes” series about particular authors and titles, as well as 22 titles in the “Careers in Focus” series. Also search here for titles in U.S. history, science, and the arts.
    • The Oxford Digital Reference Shelf provides access to the electronic editions of 21 multi-volume reference works from Oxford University Press. Look here for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, for example, or the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 and 1896-Present.

    A wealth of information is contained in this collection of e-books. As you make your students aware of available resources, show them these collections, or invite a research specialist from Howard County Library System to present these resources to your class.

    John Jewitt – Administration Office

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  • Science Club

    glass beakers with different colored liquidWant to promote the idea that science is more than a subject at school? Have your students join the club! The Science Club is dedicated to all things science. Join us at the Miller Branch Wednesday, September 28 from 7 – 8 pm, as we use our senses of touch, taste, smell, sound, and sight to discover what is hidden in the box.  Would you be brave enough to stick your hand in the box?

    Registration Required.  Ages 11-17.

    Courtney Gardinier – Howard County Library System, Miller Branch

     

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  • Science Club

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    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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  • Shadows and Light

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    In honor of Groundhog Day, your students can join us to explore the science of shadows and light. Projects include making a pinhole camera and building a sundial. Registration required.

    SAVAGE Feb 3 Thu    6:30 – 8 pm

    John Jewitt – Howard County Library, Savage Branch

     

     

     

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  • Meet the Author Paul Fleisher

    cover art image of Lightning, Hurricanes, and Blizzards by Paul Fleisher The author of more than three dozen books for children and educators, Paul Fleisher presents his new Weatherwise series of books. His books for young people cover a variety of science, ecology, and natural subjects. In 1999, he was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Natural Science Education. The presentation includes hands-on demonstration and activities. Ages 8 – 12 (adults welcome); 60 min. Books available for purchase and signing. No registration Required.

    Miller Branch Saturday, January 22; 11 am

    East Columbia Branch Saturday, January 22; 3 pm

    Cari Gast – Howard County Library Administration

     

     

     

     

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  • Survival in Winter

    image of a fox in snow Join Richard Anderson from The Snyder Foundation for Animals as he focuses on the four techniques used by animals to survive the winter.  Many preserved specimens provide examples of migrators, hibernators, “catnappers,” and active animals. Ages 5 – adult; 60 min.

    East Columbia Branch (ticket required) Saturday, January 8; 4 – 5 pm

    Glenwood Branch Saturday, January 15; 11 am – 12 pm

    Savage Branch (ticket required) Monday, January 24; 2 – 3 pm (Howard County schools closed)

    Miller Branch (ticket required) Saturday, February 19; 11 am – 12 pm

    Cari Gast – Howard County Library Administration

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  • Ultimate Taste-testers Challenge

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    It’s all about the biology behind the buds!

    Who can really taste the difference between lemons and limes? Especially if they were blindfolded during the tasting? I’m not sure even the most discriminating palate would be able to get the subtle differences when they don’t have other senses on which they can rely. In this culinary science event, your students can participate in blind taste-tests and learn the biology behind the buds…the taste buds, that is!

    The Ultimate Taste-testers Challenge happens Saturday, January 8 from 2-3 pm at the Glenwood Branch Library. Registration is required and opens on Saturday, December 25.

    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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  • 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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  • 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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