The Howard County Library System is looking for middle school students to serve as guardians of its "Chapters-of-our-Lives" time capsule, which will be unveiled at its 75th diamond anniversary celebration on Oct. 24 at 10 a.m.

Eligible students must be in sixth, seventh or eighth grade and live or attend school in Howard County, and must be available to attend the capsule's unveiling at library's Miller Branch in Ellicott City. Interested students must submit an online or print application by Oct. 12.

Advertisement

"There are two identical sets of questions on the application," said Christie Lassen, director of public relations for the Howard County Library System. "For one set, the students are answering them as themselves now. For the second set, they're answering them as if they're in 2040."

At the anniversary celebration, 75 chosen guardians will stand on stage and place their answers to these questions, along with photos of themselves, into the capsule.

The capsule will also contain items representative of the county library system and of the year 2015, such as recent editions of the library's magazine, samples of modern American currency, and the front page of the Oct. 24 Baltimore Sun. The library is welcoming ideas from the community about additional items to include in the capsule. Community members can email suggestions to hcls.guardian@hclibrary.org.

As part of their application, students interested in serving as guardians must sign the following pledge: "As a Guardian of the HCLS Chapters-of-Our-Lives Time Capsule, I promise to execute my duty to Howard County Library System and my fellow Guardians as a link in the HCLS Chapters-of-Our-Lives Time Capsule Chain, and will do my best to return to the re-dedication of the HCLS Time Capsule on October 27, 2040."

In 25 years, on the library's 100th anniversary, the first guardians will reassemble to look at the contents of the capsule before resealing it. The Class of 2015 guardians will pass the guardianship of the capsule on to a new group of guardians, the Class of 2040, who will add items from that year to the time capsule. In 2090, which will mark the 150th anniversary of the Howard County library, the time capsule will be opened.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement