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Library stays on top

The Howard County Library is continuing to rank first in the country for its educational program, according to Hennen's 2008 American Public Library Ratings.

The survey rates public libraries across the country using 15 measures, including visits, borrowing, staffing, instruction and funding levels.

Customers visited the Howard County Library 2.6 million times last year, a 26 percent increase from the previous year, and borrowed more than 5.6 million items last year, a 15 percent increase over 2007.

For information on the rankings, which will appear in the November issue of American Libraries:

Board, council to meet

The Howard County Board of Education will hold its quarterly meeting with the County Council at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday in the boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The board will meet with PTA presidents and the Community Advisory Council at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom for informal discussion.

Flaherty to speak at HCC

Howard Community College and San Francisco-based New Ventures West, a training organization specializing in business and personal coaching, will host an executive luncheon featuring James Flaherty, speaking on "Unfolding Leadership in Ourselves and Others."

Flaherty's method, known as integral coaching, combines discoveries in linguistics, developmental psychology, philosophy and biology.

The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday in the college's Rouse Co. Foundation Student Services Hall, Room 401, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Tickets are $35.

Information or reservations: Betty Noble, 410-772-4111.

HCC welcomes students

Howard Community College will hold information sessions for prospective students and their parents at 8 a.m. Wednesday on the fourth floor of the Rouse Co. Foundation Student Services Hall, and at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Transfer Center, Room 242, of the same building.

The sessions, which are designed to help graduating seniors prepare for the transition to college, highlight programs and services such as Freshman Focus, Rouse Scholars, Silas Craft Collegians and Early Entrance, and discuss financial aid. Participants will also be able to tour the campus.

Information or to reserve a seat: 410-772-4599.

Members sought

The Community Advisory Council to the Board of Education is seeking at-large members for the 2008-2009 school year.

The panel of residents and representatives from PTAs advises the elected school board, sponsors educational programming for members and provides them with an opportunity to comment on curriculum, educational policy, redistricting and the budget.

The committee usually meets at 7:30 p.m on the third Tuesday of each month in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. At-large members serve a two-year term.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Theatrical classes

Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts Inc., a nonprofit devoted to education through the arts, is accepting registration for two fall classes: Kids on Broadway I for ages 6 to 11 and Kids on Broadway II for ages 12 to 16. The 10-session programs run from 9 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. (Kids on Broadway I) and 10:30 a.m. to noon (Kids on Broadway II) on Saturdays through Dec. 13 at Howard Community College.

Information or registration:

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