Howard County Library
Teacher Notes From Howard County Library Archives
  • Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest

    silhouette of sherlock holmes

    Howard County Library, in partnership with Watson’s Tin Box of Ellicott City and Howard County Public Schools, announces the sixth annual Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest for all Howard County public, private, and home schooled 7th grade students.

    Students are asked to read the Sherlock Holmes short story, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, and write a five paragraph analytical essay according to the rules and guidelines of the contest. Students may download a booklet that includes the story, pre-reading activities, a glossary of British terms, specific essay questions, the rubric which will be used in judging the essays and a contest entry form.

    Teachers who choose to have their classes participate will forward to Watson’s Tin Box the top two essays from each of his/her classes. Home schooled students may send their essay to the Watson’s Tin Box address listed in the booklet.

    Essays must be received by Watson’s Tin Box by June 1, 2010. Prizes will be awarded for the best three essays. Winners will be announced at an awards presentation in June 2010 at Howard County Library.

    Special thanks to contest sponsor and creator, Watson’s Tin Box of Ellicott City.

    Please note that Howard County Library’s instructors can visit your class to discuss Holmes, Conan Doyle, the specifics of the contest, and some avenues for additional research. Contact your library liaison to schedule a class.

    John Jewitt – Howard County Library Savage Branch

    Read More      No Comments »


  • About Teacher Notes

    Welcome Howard County educators! As it says on our web site, “Howard County Library is pleased to provide teachers with a myriad of resources as they plan their lessons and assignments.”

    Many Howard County Public School System faculty have asked for a convenient way to receive updates on these resources. This blog is one way to meet that need. It will be updated regularly with information you can share with your colleagues and students. Visit us regularly or subscribe to the RSS feed and have the information delivered to you!

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

    Read More      No Comments »


  • Preparing for Semester Exams

    live homework help - free online help from real tutors logo

    It’s time for high school semester exams!

    If your students need additional assistance “cramming” for exams, recommend Live Homework Help. Live tutors are available…for free…seven days a week from 2:00 pm to midnight. Tutors can provide individual instruction in math, science, English, and social studies. All students need is a Library card and access to the internet.

    Here’s what students are saying about this service:

    “I am so thankful that this service is offered. It is there to give me individualized
    help when no one else can. I will definitely be back again.”

    “They answered my questions really fast and asked me questions until I understood everything exactly…
    I really liked that!”

    “This is really great! I have been working on things with my teachers, and this just helps even more!
    All of my friends use it too! Thanks!”

    Good luck on exams!

    Read More      No Comments »