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  • Red Planet Robots

    image of satellite over mars

    Did you know that Mars has the largest mountain in the solar system? Turns out there is a lot of fascinating information about the Red Planet that Martian spacecraft explorers are learning each year, through the stationary science platform called Spirit.

    Join Solar System Ambassador Becca Sepan to learn more about the planet named after the Roman god of war. Learn about Martian spacecraft explorers: orbiters, landers, and rovers that reveal fascinating details about Earth’s neighbor while raising exciting new questions for future explorers. For ages 9 – 12; 45 minutes. Registration required.

    Saturday, November 6

    Central Branch at 10:30 am

    Savage Branch at 1 pm


    Saturday, November 13

    Miller Branch at 11 am (Tickets available 30 minutes before class begins, instead of registration)

    Glenwood Branch at 2 pm


    Amy Stephens - Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

    This Week’s Hi-Lights: look for information on Locker L.E.D. as well as the seventh annual Howard County Library Spelling Bee!


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  • Tech Chicks

    image of computer circuit board

    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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  • Geology Rocks!

    image of geode rock

    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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  • Science of Slime

    image of kid holding slimeHave your students learned about colloids this year? If they enjoyed their ooey, gooey time spent learning about different mixtures and components, then they will love the hands-on experience of making their own slime. The Science of Slime will be held at Howard County Library’s Glenwood Branch on Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00 pm, and registration is required.


    Amy Stephens – Glenwood Branch



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  • Tech Chicks

    image of computer motherboard

    Have girls in your class with a knack for technology? Then Central Library‘s new monthly technology club for girls is just for them! Join Department of Defense robotics engineer Dr. Terri Kamm as she leads hands-on activities in the latest technology. This group meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

    March’s meeting takes place on March 21; 3:00 – 4:30 pm at the Central Library. Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.7800.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch



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  • The Science of Sound

    image of sound waves

    Before the invention of our modern-day music devices, our “ancestors” listened to music that was produced from mechanical motion. The concept of the CD player, and eventually the iPod, was developed from Thomas Edison’s original ideas about the mechanical reproduction of sound. Visit Glenwood Branch on Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00 pm to discover the science behind sound, and watch sound waves work. You’ll even make a phonograph to take home!

    *Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.5577.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch


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  • Career and Technology Education Expo: Health and Bio Sciences

    image of medical icons

    Do you have students interested in pursuing a biotechnology or health care career? Advances in medical knowledge, biosciences, and technology is leading to innovation in patient care and biomedical research. The growing public awareness of health issues and their treatment or prevention and promotion of wellness is opening the doors to creating new career opportunities in the health care and biotechnology fields.

    Visit the Elkridge Branch on Monday, February 1; 7:00 pm to hear knowledgeable HCPSS Career and Technology Education staff and students present information about the CTE Career Academies and demonstrate skills they have learned.

    Registration is not required.

    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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  • 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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