When you support the Elkridge Library, you get the gift of shopping. Howard County Library System is currently benefiting from Macy's "Be Book Smart" campaign. It's easy. Donate $3 at Macy's and receive $10 off a $30 purchase.

HCLS receives money to help buy books for children. You can participate between now and July 13. Happy shopping!

From the University of Maryland Extension in Howard County: As local produce comes into season, many people are looking for ways to preserve seasonal fruits and vegetables. The University of Maryland Extension, Howard County, will present a series of seven workshops focusing on the methods and best practices for preserving our local bounty.

The first Grow It, Eat It, Preserve It workshop will be Wednesday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. This session will be discussing types of foods and techniques in pressure canning. This is not a hands-on workshop.

Whether you are an experienced canner who has preserved food for years or a novice wanting to learn more about home food preservation these workshops are designed for you. The workshop is open to anyone who would like to learn more about food preservation.

For full workshop details, go to extension.umd.edu/howard-county/food-nutrition or call 410-313-1908 to request a printed copy. Register by mail or in person at the extension office at the address below.

Payment must accompany registration. Check can be made payable to: Howard County EAC. Mail to: Grow It, Eat It, Preserve It Workshops, University of Maryland Extension — Howard County, 3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite 240, Ellicott City, MD 21043.