Howard County Library

  • 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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  • Letterboxing @ The Library

    items for scavenger huntNo school on Friday, May 13? No problem! If you like to solve riddles or puzzles, go on scavenger hunts, or use your observation skills, join us at  Miller Branch for Letterboxing @ The Library on Friday, May 13 at 2 pm. After learning about the history and rules of the ancient game of letterboxing, you will receive a set of clues about the secret letterboxes hidden throughout the Miller Branch Library. Work individually, in pairs or in groups.

    Ages 8-13. No registration required.

    Amy Stephens, Howard County Library Glenwood 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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  • International Pi Day

    image of PiMarch 14 = 3.14 – Pi Day!

    Mathematics is an essential study for every student…however math can also be a fun and interesting part of education! Congress brought this to light in 2009 by recognizing March 14 as National Pi Day.Everyone’s favorite irrational number has since been celebrated across the globe, and only recently calculated to 5-trillion digits.

    Your students are invited to celebrate Pi Day at Elkridge Branch on Monday at 7 pm with a Pi Party! We’ll be hosting a variety of contests including prizes for the students that can recite the most number of Pi digits from memory. We’ll also have lots of hands on activities & games to demonstrate just how fun geometry can be!

    Register online or with branch.

    Sarah Russo, Elkridge Branch

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  • Shadows and Light

    image of a ground hog sitting up

    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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  • Ultimate Taste-testers Challenge

    image of lemon and lime
    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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  • 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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