Howard County Library

  • 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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  • E-Books for kids!

    stack of books with mouse attachedSpring is here , and with it come some exciting new resources at the Howard County Library System! We have four new resources available for you to use with your students.  Check out  hclibrary.org/ebooksforkids

    The new resources include:

    TumbleBookLibrary has more than 200 children’s  books. Favorites like “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch, as well as fairy tales come to life in an educational and interactive way. Other titles include: “Diary of a Worm,” “How I Became a Pirate,” “Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10,”  and “Tops and Bottoms. More accomplished readers can read read-along chapter books, featuring narration, sentence highlighting, and automatic page turning. Spanish and French titles are also available!

    BookFLIX , an online program for children, pairs 95  classic video storybooks with nonfiction e-books. BookFLIX builds a love of reading while reinforcing early reading skills.
    TrueFlix™ leverages 47 award-winning True Books content to help students hone reading skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st century skills.

    The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) operates like a bookmobile for the global age. The ICDL collection includes more than 4,000 books in 55 languages.

    Take a look around our digital collection. This is just the beginning!

    Shirley O’Neill, Administration Office

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  • Creative Stationery

    image of texting on hand held device

    Let’s give those thumbs a rest, shall we? Texting may be the “in” way to communicate, but students can develop excellent composition skills writing old-fashioned letters.

    Remember when you actually sat down and wrote a letter (in thanks or just to correspond) to dear Aunt Freda, when you had never heard of texting, or even the ever-popular LOL? We want to bring a creative outlet to your students that doesn’t involve electronics – just plain paper and pen. Here’s the twist: rather than regular notebook paper, your students will create their own stationery for a one-of-a-kind writing experience.

    Creative Stationery takes place Wednesday, January 5 from 7-8 pm at the Glenwood Branch Library. Registration is required and opens on Wednesday, December 22.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library, Glenwood Branch

     

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  • The Great Scavenger Hunt!

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    We like to find cool and interesting ways to keep students motivated to read, as well as refer back to time-honored classics. Scavenger hunts have always been popular, but have your students check out our updated version. Students can answer questions about their favorite books for a chance to win a $50 gift card to a favorite bookstore. 

    Here’s how it works:

    -Visit hclibrary.org/hunt for the list of selected titles and trivia questions. 

    -Read any of the books. 

    -Complete the questions for that book. 

    -Submit your answers to any Howard County Library branch

    Entries with at least eight correct answers will be submitted to the national contest for monthly drawings. This is a country-wide hunt, but you can come into your local Howard County Library branch to get the questions. The hunt is on starting Thursday, December 2!

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library, Glenwood Branch

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  • Research e-book collection

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    Imagine this (it won’t be too hard):

    You assign a long term research project. You also give your students the usual spiel about reliable sources, and set them loose with warnings against wikipedia and other easy online answers ringing in their ears. (Don’t forget about Assignment Alerts!)

    It can make you wonder where your students are actually finding their sources. Want to be sure they have access to authoritative information, while still staying up to date technology-wise? Howard County Library can point you and your students in the right direction.

    Check out the e-book resource, ABC-CLIO, in our database collection. With thousands of titles, this collection can be a virtual resource for your students that you can trust. From daily life of the ancient Greeks, to term paper research guides, this database is a wealth of information for your high school student.

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library, Glenwood 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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  • Red Planet Robots

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    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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  • Poetry Open Mic and Coffeehouse

    To have great poets there must be great audiences too.  ~ Walt Whitman

    image of wordsDo you have students who paint with words? The Poetry Open Mic and Coffeehouse is just the place for them to share their work in a safe environment, surrounded by other teen poets. Visit the Glenwood Branch Library on Monday, April 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for Poetry Open Mic NIght and Coffeehouse. Registration required; register online, or by calling 410.313.5577, beginning Monday, March 29 at 10:00 am.

    Amy Stephens – Glenwood Branch

     

     

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  • Pass the Book Update

    cover art image of The Secret Hour by scott westerfeld

    Beginning October 19, 2009, we released copies of Midnighters 1: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld into the community, where the books are being read, registered, and passed on to other readers. Our partner media specialists have a vital link for us in getting these books into the hands of Howard County students. You can check out all the details of Pass the Book by keeping up with our weekly By the Numbers reports. Here are some highlights:

    • More than 100 different copies of the book have been registered since October 19.
    • Pass the Book copies of the Secret Hour are now in eight states.
    • Many copies of the book are now in the hands of a second, third, or fourth reader.
    • Books have been passed to Torrance and Laguna Beach in California.
    • Scott Westerfeld blogged about Pass the Book on his website.
    • We have exchanged books with our colleagues at Indiana Marion County Public Library, where they are passing books by John Green.

    If you’d like to take part in Pass the Book, ask your media specialist whether they have copies of the book for distribution in the media center, or contact your library liaison to inquire about remaining copies, which are moving fast and far.

    John Jewitt – Savage Branch

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