It pays to plan ahead on trips to the library


In my (part-time) day job, I work at the Howard County Library. All this week I've been fielding requests from eighth-graders on American Indian tribes, and from third-graders on legends. Trouble is, there are 150 children in those two grades competing for the same 30 or so books on those topics in the entire library system.

Now, there are several solutions to the problem: buy your own books; donate, so the library can buy more books; get your library books early enough to finish the assignment a few days before the due date; or come to the library with money for the copiers, and with notebooks for use with the reference materials.

The reference and juvenile staffs are magicians at finding answers to any question.

End of lecture. We now return you to our regularly scheduled column.


Hammond Middle School will conduct its annual fall garage sale this weekend. Having no garage of its own, the school lets parents sell assorted useful stuff from the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

There will be assorted delicious baked goods and light lunchables, such as hot dogs. Come pick up household goods and toys just right for young children. The school is located on 8110 Aladdin Drive in Laurel. Rain date is Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.


Registration for Hoots and Howls, a program of scary stories for 6- to 9-year-olds, begins Tuesday at the Savage branch of the Howard County Library. The program takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19th. Costumes are encouraged. Real vampires are discouraged.

9- Call (410) 880-5978 for more information.


Register your 2- and 3-year-olds today for the Savage Library's Twist and Shout program. The half-hour sessions take place on Saturday, Oct. 16th, starting at 10:30 a.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 20th, starting at 10:30 a.m. Children must be 2 years old by Oct. 16 to participate, and must be accompanied by an adult.

, Information: (410) 880-5978.


The Ladies Auxiliary of the Savage Volunteer Fire Company has expanded its culinary offerings to the public. Tonight you can feast, not on their excellent spaghetti, but on real fried chicken. .. As always, the members serve dinner in the fire hall at Lincoln Street, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The menu includes fried chicken, salad, dessert and coffee. The prices vary, ranging from $6.50 for adults to free for those under 2. The gracious hostesses also will pack the dinners as take-out. This is perfect fare for a Saturday picnic.


The Savage Homemakers (actually the local membership of the Maryland Association for Family and Community Education) will conduct its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday at Carroll Baldwin Hall in Savage.

Mae Jenkins and Harriet Mitchell are the designated hostesses for this month's meeting. Marian Mathews will present "Laughing Matters."

All homemakers are invited to these informal monthly luncheons. Bring a sandwich for yourself. The hostesses provide dessert and drinks. Small fry are especially welcome.

OC The hall is located at Foundry and Baltimore streets in Savage.


Don't forget the scarecrow-building workshop tomorrow anSunday at Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St. in Savage. Bring old clothes and $2 per scarecrow to the mill, and leave with a hay-stuffed figure to scare away trick-or-treaters and other vermin.

The Bollman Bridge Elementary PTA sponsors this event and reaps the profits. You'll recognize the PTA volunteers manning the scarecrow building station. They'll be the ones rubbing their hands greedily, with visions of $2 per scarecrow added to the budget.


Hunt Prothro, a professional artist who works in ceramics, comes Bollman Bridge Elementary for a workshop sometime soon. Last year, he and members of Laurel Woods Elementary's third and fourth grades made ceramic murals that now grace the halls of the school. He has similar plans for the children at Bollman Bridge. We'll keep you posted.


Kim Champagne will teach a quilting class on Oct. 13 and Oct. for the benefit of the Bollman Bridge PTA.

The two-session class costs $20, and a materials list will be sent to students before class starts.

She will teach how to cut and piece during the first 90-minute class, and how to pin-baste, bind-off and machine-quilt during the second. By the end of the second class, new quilters will have a set of four holiday place mats and a new skill.

'Information: (301) 317-4079.


This is October, that darling month in which everyone is sellinsomething for a good cause. And almost all of it food! Keep an eye out for Boy Scouts selling popcorn and Girl Scouts selling cookies.


The members of Cub Scout Pack 617 have been busy this summer.

Usually, Scouts take a vacation from Cub activities in the summer. But pack members Avram Gottschlich, Rusty Griffin, Brandon Jones, Aaron Pendergrass, Alex Readen, Christopher Rudacille, Matthew Rudacille and Christopher Yezek managed to participate in three Scout activities. That entitles each to a gold sunburst pin to wear on their hats.

Way to go, guys!


Nancy Griffin is eagerly awaiting a call from an adult willing to be the Cub master for Pack 617.

Technical Sgt. Bill Champagne, the old Cub master, has been reassigned and cannot fill the post. The pack has until Nov. 1 to find a new Cub master or suspend all activities until one steps forward.

Folks, this is an opportunity to start at the top. I'm sure that somewhere out there is a former Scout who remembers what fun it was to belong to a pack.

Call Nancy Griffin at (301) 498-5109 to ask how you can help.

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