THERE WERE OODLES of "American Girls" at Carrolltowne Elementary School on Friday. Sherlock Holmes, Pippi Longstocking, Pocahontas and Indiana Jones dropped in, too.
The Cat in the Hat, with his distinctive striped hat, could be found in several classrooms. For the third consecutive year, students at Carrolltowne held a "Book Buddy Day."
"We decided it would be a wonderful way of celebrating Maryland Reading Month," said Susan Abramson, the school's language arts specialist. "It's all about good literature. They love it. It's just a lot of fun."
Students were encouraged to dress as their favorite book character and to share their enthusiasm for reading with classmates.
Third-grader Ashley Bruce chose Pocahontas and dressed in a tan skirt, fringed vest, moccasins and pigtails.
"I liked it that everybody shared what they learned," she said.
Nicole Bruce, 10, declared herself to be the Cat in the Hat "because I didn't have anything else to wear."
Even those who chose not to dress as a character enjoyed the day.
"They all felt the spirit of the day," Abramson said.
When Oklahoma Road Middle School students visit the media center this week, they will find "Star Wars" has come to Eldersburg. A "Star Wars" theme will greet the students as they begin their orientation through the new media center.
"I'm calling this place 'Planet Media' because it's kind of futuristic with all the technology we have here," said Blair Reid, media specialist at Oklahoma Road.
Believing that "you need a little theater," Reid and assistant Linda Bankard have created seven work stations where students will familiarize themselves with the media center.
One of the most popular stations is sure to be the one where students are introduced to Reid's pet tarantula, Reada Lot. The nonpoisonous pet is secure in its cage and always attracts plenty of interest from the students.
Reid and Bankard have included plenty of "Star Wars" lingo throughout the center to excite students about using the facility.
"My aim is to make it [the Media Center] the hub of the school," Reid said.
Chinese New Year
Did you know we are about to enter the Year of the Ox?
Students of Chinese culture probably know that the ox (or water buffalo) is associated with such virtues as dependability, steadfastness and perseverance.
Friday officially marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, which occurs on the new moon between the end of January and the middle of February.
The Chinese New Year holds special meaning for Sykesville resident Frances Gander, a student of Chinese culture, herbology and acupuncture who plans a celebration at her Sykesville business.
"I see the New Year as a chance to commemorate another successful year and as a reason to gather with friends and enjoy some fellowship together," she said.
Gander will have an open house and pot luck dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Three Treasures Health Services on Main Street.
"I do it in a way to pay homage to the Chinese culture," she said.
If you're experiencing the winter doldrums, St. Paul's United Methodist Church may have just the pick-up you need.
The United Methodist Women will hold their second annual "Your Hearts Bazaar" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church on Main Street, Sykesville.
The bazaar will offer fresh flower arrangements, crafts, gifts, homemade candy and baked goods. "Make & Take" Valentines will be available for children and adults.
Sherry Graham's Southeast Carroll neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 2/04/97