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Tips for library use: Time your visits, make a donation, ask for aid


It's time for the third annual library speech! I have the ultimate pleasure of occasionally working at the Savage branch library. There I am, surrounded by books and people who care about them. It's life at its finest. (If only they allowed chocolate bars in the stacks, it would be indistinguishable from heaven).

But even paradise had a snake in the grass. Here's the problem: The library owns a gazillion books, and the Howard county public schools enroll 36,000 students. Unfortunately, many students each month get assignments that involve the same books. This month, for example, third-graders are studying fairy tales, and eighth-graders, Native Americans. The result: a run on call numbers 398.2 and 970.004.

What's a fond, exasperated parent to do? First, come to the library as soon as the topic is assigned for the best selection. Second, bring money, note pads and pens. There's always information available in the reference section or on disk. But, since reference books cannot circulate, your darling offspring will have to copy the information -- $3 will photocopy 15 pages of text.

Third, join the Friends of the Library, or make a donation to the library's funds. The library gets a volume discount from publishers, so your donations go about 50 percent further than you might think.

And finally, ask any of the librarians for help. Within the past few years, the Howard County Library has expanded the range of its collections to include periodicals on disk and computer databases, as well as the book, video, audio, microfilm and periodical collections that most of us are already familiar with. If the county library doesn't have the information, the librarian can get the material sent from another library system for a small charge.

Question authority: Ask a librarian!


Hammond High School hopes to enroll most parents for a minischool day on back to school night at 7 p.m. Monday. Find out exactly how far your son has to walk to get to his next class, negotiate the maze of brightly painted corridors -- and be thankful that it's only for one night! Meet your children's teachers zTC in their native habitat! Let your daughter guide you through her working environment! Then return the favor on Take Your Daughter to Work Day.


Howard County schools will be closed Tuesday, since so many are polling sites for the primary elections. Laurel Woods Elementary is one such polling site. The savvy Laurel Woods PTA, never one to let an opportunity slip, will hold a bake sale at the school that day. Hungry voters will fill the schools coffers very nicely.


Laurel Woods Elementary school holds its back-to-school night Sept. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The new PTA officers will be introduced to visiting parents then. They are Robin Marton, president; Judy Faudale, first vice president; Pat Flynn, second vice president; Gina Wilson, secretary; Kim Richardson, treasurer; and Marilyn Johnson and Vernon Ringer, delegates.


Forest Ridge Elementary runs its back-to-school night on Monday, Sept. 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The classroom teachers will give a short presentation in their classrooms at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., letting parents with children in two grades meet with both teachers. The PTA holds its first general meeting at 8 p.m. after the classroom presentations.


Cub Scout Pack 617 will hold open registration for new members at Bollman Bridge Elementary School on Sept. 19 from 7 p.m. All first- through fifth-graders from the area are invited to participate in the adventure of Scouting. Parent volunteers are also welcomed to share their skills and good cheer with the pack. Call (310) 725-4312 for more details about joining scouting.


Hammond Middle School holds its back-to-school night Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. All parents are invited to participate in the life of the school, tour the facilities and meet the teachers and staff. Come early for good parking.


"Star Trek" the series that launched a thousand ships -- after 27 years, it's a recognizable phenomenon.

What began as a moderately successful television series came, by popular demand, to dominate the UHF schedules in reruns. "Star Trek" spawned a comic book, five movies, three television series, a cartoon show, action figure play sets (dolls to the rest of us) and two long-running book series. It is now possible to buy chess sets pitting the Federation against its enemies, ovenproof dishes bearing the logo, and even Christmas ornaments of the various ships used in the series.

Come to a lively discussion of "Star Trek: A Cultural Phenomenon," presented by Steve Wilson, a library associate for the Howard County Library. He will present his views of the series, the films and the fans Sept. 21 at the East Columbia branch and Sept. 28 at the Savage branch. Both presentations )) begin at 7 p.m. Registration begins two weeks before the presentation date. Call (410) 313-7700 to register for the East Columbia session or (410) 880-5980 for the Savage presentation.

Live Long and Prosper!


Something wicked this way comes. The Savage branch library presents "Something Lurking," a tale-telling and activity program for 6-years-olds and older. The program will be Sept. 29 from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Registration opens Thursday at 1 p.m. Call the library at (410) 880-5978 for details and registration.

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