Howard County Library

  • A First-Rate Second Opinion

    live homework help - free online help from real tutors logoHave you already assigned the first of many research papers or essays to your students?  Would you now like to point them in the direction of FREE writing review and suggestions? If so, take a moment to encourage them to use Howard County Library System’s online homework assistance.

    This service features, among other useful aspects, a writing lab where students can actually upload versions of their original papers to receive a “second opinion” from the experts.  These experts check the students’ submissions for grammar and content, then reply to the students with suggestions and tips to consider while drafting the final versions of their assignments!

    In addition to writing assistance, Online Homework Assistance experts also offer your students confidential access to additional assistance/tutoring in the following areas:

    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Foreign Languages
    • Test Preparation

    Remember, this service is FREE!  Encourage your students to take advantage of this and other services offered by the Howard County Library System via hclibrary.org/students.

    Brian Hart – Howard County Library System, Savage Branch

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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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  • Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest

    silhouette of sherlock holmesSherlock Holmes Essay Contest

    Who?
    All seventh grade students in Howard County.

    What?
    Read the Sherlock Holmes story, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” and write a five-paragraph analytical essay about it.

    Why?
    It’s fun! It’s interesting! There are prizes awarded to the top three writers! Also, it enhances understanding of the mystery
    and suspense genres, and offers a chance to hone writing skills.

    When?
    All entries are due by June 1, 2011.

    How?
    More details and contest packets are available online.

    This contest is offered in partnership with Watson’s Tin Box and HCPSS.

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  • Conquer the College Essay

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    What is more terrifying than a pop-quiz? More overwhelming than a term paper? More puzzling than the Sphinx? It’s the dreaded college essay that looms menacingly in the lives of college-bound seniors.

    Procrastinating pupils can eliminate the apprehension by attending Conquer the College Essay. Learn what schools really want to know they ask which famous historical figure you’d like to dine with or, given your choice, what animal you would be.  Examine successful sample essays to discover what attracts an admissions officer.  Then, students can stop putting it off until tomorrow and develop a strategy for committing their strengths to paper.

    Students can register for Conquer the College Essay on Thursday, October 21 at 7 pm at Howard County Library Miller Branch.

    Katie George – Administration Offices

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