Howard County Library

  • Word Up! Winners Circle

    word up logo - teen poetry contestCongratulations to this year’s Word Up! winning poets. They competed in three categories, Grades 6 – 7, Grades 8 – 9, and Grades 10 – 12.  First, Second, Third and honorable mentions were awarded in each category.  Poems will be posted to the web site after the awards ceremony. To hear these young word smiths reading their poems, join us:

    Word Up! Winners Circle

    Thursday, April 28

    7 – 9 pm

    East Columbia Branch (50+ Center)

    Guest poet: Linda Joy Burke of Poetry Out Loud

    Sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library

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  • Word Up! Deadline is Almost Here

    word up logo - teen poetry contestOnly one week left for your students to submit their original poetry to the Word Up! Poetry Contest.

    Students in grades 6 – 12 can enter up to three original poems (no more than 60 lines each) in Howard County Library’s Word Up! Poetry Contest. A Word Up! Educators Resource brochure with writing exercises and other resources is available for teachers online.

    Poems are judged by a committee on their originality and language use, among other criteria. Deadline for entries is March 16. All winners will be invited to read their poems on April 28 and will receive cash awards, sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library.

    All winning poems are posted on the Library’s web site. Students may qualify for only one prize in each category.

    Category 1: Grades 6 & 7

    Category 2: Grades 8 & 9

    Category 3: Grades 10 – 12

    Get those poems in by March 16!

    Katie George – Administration Office

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  • No Rhyming Necessary

    image of the words found poems spelled out in different fonts

    Roses are red, Violets are blue…

    Poetry doesn’t have to be hard, and it can be fun too! Join us at the Miller Branch on Thursday February 17th to learn how to create simple and unique poetry by using old magazines, books and even unwanted Valentine’s Day cards. All poems created at this event will be eligible for submission in the Word Up! poetry contest. Register online or call 410-313-1950.

    Courtney Gardinier -Miller Branch

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  • Still Time to Enter Word Up!

    word up logo - teen poetry contestNew Word Up! Poetry Contest entries arrive every day!

    If your students are in need of a little inspiration, why not invite us to your classroom to lead Writers Camp.  We’ll review the contest rules and judging rubric, then lead a writing exercise to point students along the path to poetry.

    If you’re more of a do-it-yourself-er, download the Word Up! Educator Resource Brochure for contest details and writing exercises you can lead in your own classroom. The deadline to submit poetry is March 16.

    Word Up! is sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library.

    Katie George, Administration Office

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  • Word Up! Begins Today

    word up logo - teen poetry contestPaper

    A piece of paper
    So beautiful yet so alone
    Those crisp clean lines
    Jump at the thought of words
    But yearn to keep the secrets
    Of anyone who wishes to share them
    Like fresh white snow beckoning to a child
    It waits Sometimes for forever in a lost drawer
    But it waits
    For the words of intense thought
    That needs to be written down
    It waits –Nicki Mallon, Atholton High School (2010 Honorable Mention Word Up! poet)

    Word Up! begins today!  If your students have crisp, clean pages that are just waiting, why not encourage them to fill those pages with poetry and submit those poems to the 2011 Word Up! poetry contest. Word Up! is open to all Howard County students in grades 6 through 12. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place in three age groups.  Winners are invited to read their poems at a special event in the spring.

    Poems may be submitted electronically at hclibrary.org/wordup. Download the Word Up! Educator Resource Brochure or request a session of Writer’s Camp in your very own classroom. Deadline to submit up to three entries is March 16. Word Up! is sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library.

    Katie George – Administration Office

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  • Recycled Poetry

    image of the words fun times spelled out in tiles with different fonts

    Join us on Saturday, January 23 for Recycled Poetry and put those old pages to good use. Students slice and dice the words from old magazines to create original poetry and give voice to their own thoughts and feelings. Completed poems may be submitted to the 2010 Word Up! Poetry Contest.

    Register online for Recycled Poetry on Saturday, January 23 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Central Library.

    Katie George -  Howard County Library Administration

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  • Word Up! Poetry Contest

    word up logo - teen poetry contest

    Today I am a storm.
    A whirlwind of emotion
    I can’t hold it inside

    –from Today by Gillian Engelbrecht

    Does this describe any of your students? Encourage them to put their thoughts and feelings in a poem and enter the 2010 Word Up! Poetry Contest. The contest begins on January 11, and is open to Howard County students in grades 6 through 12. View complete contest details and the 2009 winning poems.

    For ideas on incorporating Word Up! into your lesson plans, flip through our Word Up! Educator Resource brochure.

    Katie George -  Howard County Library Administration

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