Tonas and Maureen Halil pose with their free little library.
Tonas and Maureen Halil pose with their free little library. (Courtesy Photo)

Have you ever heard of the concept of “The Little Free Library?” Highland resident Maureen Kalil doesn’t remember when or where she heard about this idea. but it intrigued her nonetheless. In her travels, she came across them at Harvard University, the Annapolis Mall, Belvedere Square and Loyola University, just to name a few locations. “I’m a big fan of The Book Thing in Baltimore” which, she explains, is like the LFL but on steroids. “I realized I needed books from a variety of genres, not just books I would read. I also wanted to make sure kids and teens were included, so picking up kids’ books at The Book Thing helped me do that. And, indeed, several neighborhood girls were our first patrons, and left behind books to share the very same day we installed our library. Another neighbor donated a book that he described as one of his mother’s favorites, in her memory, as he explained that she would have loved the LFL. My husband Tonas downloaded the basic plan from the LFL website but tweaked it (to make it ours). He worked on it over a couple of months as he had time. It was built mostly from remnants of other projects—even the shingles were leftovers from our roof. We added a few details to personalize it; plus, it also honors our 40th wedding anniversary! Our very talented friend, Jeanie Trimper of Millersville, painted the original floral design on the door. The crystal doorknob is from my husband’s childhood home in McComb, Mississippi. In the spring, we plan to add some landscaping and a bench as finishing touches.” The LFL is on Greendell Lane, just to the left of the entrance to the Schooley Mill Park Trail. There is another local LFL on Allnutt Lane. Thanks for sharing this with the community.

In one of the Howard County Public School System public information emails that I receive, it was noted that the HCPSS, along with the Garrett County Public School System, was named to the Eighth Annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll. Data from 38 AP exams for school years 2015 through 2017 was reviewed and schools that showed an increase in the number of students that participated in AP classes while at the same time maintained or increased the percentage of students earning AP exam scores greater than or equal to three during that time, made the list. HCPSS Interim Superintendent Michael J. Martirano said that his administration is “committed to expanding high-level academic opportunities to students of all backgrounds. Our inclusion in the AP Honor Roll reflects one way that students are becoming prepared for higher education and successful careers.”

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The Lime Kiln Middle School “Lime Lighter” students of the week – students who have demonstrated their ability to “ROAR”- responsible, respectful and academically focused, for the week ending Dec.1 were: Evan Van Gieson, Hannah McGrath, Michael Gladney,Rajiv Damera, Evelyn Dzubak, Zachary Baako, Victoria Bush, Nolan Flanigan, Michelle Lee, Alina Thryegod, Dahlia Shafiq, Grady Allbritton-King, Olav Jensen and Charlie Norwood.

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