The Anne Arundel County Public Library is asking children to "Link Up for Library Week" by decorating their local branch with colorful paper reading chains.
Beginning today, each time children read a book, they will be asked to write down the title and author and their name and phone number on a colorful strip of paper. The strips will be available at the library, or they can be made at home.
All strips should be returned to the library before April 24 and dropped into the Library Week box. During the week of April 18 to 24, the strips will be made into colorful paper reading chains.
Participants will receive a bookmark and will have a chance to win a fun-filled activity book, free pizza at Pizza Hut, free bowling at Fair Lanes, a pass to the Arundel Olympic Swim Center or a round of miniature golf at the Severna Park Golf Center.
At the end of National Library Week, the links will be counted, and the results of the children's efforts will be displayed.
Last year, county children read 50,000 books and created a chain nearly three miles long.
Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: All third-grade parents are invited to attend a slide presentation depicting the coming trip to Arlington Echo at 7 tonight in the third-grade pod. Parents are asked not to bring their children.
* Class pictures will be taken Thursday. All money envelopes must be returned to school on that day.
Park Elementary School news: The PTO will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow for a general meeting, followed by viewing of the Science Fair projects.
* The "Just Say No" Club will meet after school Thursday. Parents are reminded to arrange to pick up their children at 3:45 p.m.
* The Chapter 1 Department will sponsor a "Make It and Take It" session from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Parents are invited to take this opportunity to make learning activities that their children can enjoy at home. All materials will be supplied.
Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High School news: Vision and hearing screenings will take place tomorrow through Friday. All eighth-grade students, new students, student referrals from school, health personnel or parents and previous-year referrals will be screened during these days.
If you can volunteer to help with the screening, call 789-8500.
North County High School news: Congratulations to the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders for winning first place at the recent competition at Old Mill High School. The varsity cheerleaders have advanced to the national competition Sunday Williamsburg, Va.
* The Band Parents will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the band room. Discussion will include the Spring Concert and the trip to Toronto. The band is also having its annual Easter Flower Sale through March 22. Easter lilies, tulips, daffodils, hanging baskets and other flowers will be on sale for $3 to $12. Delivery date will be April 6. Talk to a band member or call the school at 859-5400 to place an order.
* The sophomore class will sponsor a Cash-a-la Night at Burger King on Nursery Road between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday. All proceeds will benefit the class.
* The PTSA will sponsor its annual spring flea market from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3 in the cafeteria. Anyone interested in renting a table for $15 is asked to call Vickie at 761-3935.
* Looking for something exciting and fun to do on Tuesday night? Why not come to the "soccer volleyball" game between the Baltimore Spirit and the faculty from North County High School at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the school.
Come and get autographs from your favorite Spirit players and watch an indoor soccer exhibition in addition to watching the main game. Tickets are $3 a person (children under 10 are admitted free) and can be purchased at the door.
The Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 200 14th Ave. Guest speakers this month will be Ken Tschantre of the state Tax Assessment Office and Walter Tolliver of the county Property Tax Office. If you have any questions about your taxes and how they are figured or about tax credits, don't miss this meeting.
The Brooklyn Health Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Health Center located on Hammonds Lane. Everyone is invited to join this organization. Membership dues are $2 a person and can be paid at the meeting.
Lloyd Keaser Community Center news: "Apollo Night" has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Friday. The committee would like to thank all participants for their support and inform everyone in the community that there is still time to sign up for the show.
For more information call 789-9127, 789-0170 or 636-4677.
Harbor Hospital Center news: The LifeCourse Exercise Program being offered at the center is a great way to enjoy a low-impact aerobics class. Beginning Monday, the hourlong class will be conducted Monday and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Gruehn Building.
Registration for the aerobics class will be held in the main lobby of the Hospital from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The cost of the eight-week program is $40.
For more information, call 354-9660.