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HCPSS TV airs NASA educational programs

NASA's science and math educational programming is available on HCPSS TV. The addition of the NASA Education Channel makes available Destination Tomorrow, NASA Connect, SCIence Files and other programs designed specifically for teachers and students.

The NASA Education Channel will be simulcast live on HCPSS TV using new digital satellite technology. The programs can be seen at various times Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays on Comcast Channel 95 and Verizon Channel 42.

For specific broadcast dates and times go to and look under "View All Schedules" or check the HCPSS TV cable guide at local schools and libraries.

Books Alive! - a redesigned version of Book Talk, a segment on the Parent-Teacher Connection program for several years - will feature host Barb Langridge conducting interviews with famous authors, illustrators and others.

The program airs on HCPSS TV at 6 p.m. Sundays; 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesdays; and 10 p.m. Saturdays.

Library programs No. 1

The Howard County Library continues to rank first in the nation for its educational programs, 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.

The Howard County Library was visited 2.6 million times last year, a 26 percent increase from the previous year, and patrons 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:

Study-skills lessons

The Stressless Tests Program is accepting registration for its fall study-skills program, which offers students an opportunity to discover their learning styles, develop self-confidence and improve classroom performance.

High school classes meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for four sessions at Centennial High School. The next session will be Nov. 19 through Dec. 17.

Middle school classes meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Burleigh Manor Middle School. Classes will be offered Nov. 24 through Dec. 15.

In response to requests from parents, a new sliding fee scale is available. Parents are free to choose the payment that is affordable for them: $135, $155 or $185 a session; the fee includes the Study for Success digital video disc

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or

HCC information session

Howard Community College will hold information an session for prospective students and their parents at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Transfer Center, Room 242, of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The session, 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 will include discussion of financial aid. Participants will also be able to tour the campus.

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

Resources and referrals

The CARE Center for Child and Adolescent Resources will help families discuss their needs and offer resources and referrals.

Information is available for community services, county recreation, sports facilities, financial assistance, support groups, emergency needs, help for drug or alcohol abuse, classes for parents, school readiness and achievement, emotional and mental health, child care resources and other topics.

The center is a service of Howard County's Office of Children's Services.

Information: 410-313-CARE (2273) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or

Child care help available

The Howard County Child Care Resource Center, part of the county Department of Citizen Services, offers assistance for parents seeking licensed child care centers, family child care providers, programs for school-age children and preschools. The free service is called LOCATE: Child Care.

Trained child care counselors will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The program also helps parents find programs for which they may qualify, such as subsidized health care, subsidized child care and tax credits.

Information: 410-313-1940 or online at

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