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Friday, May 30, 2014

Summer Reading

   The impact of the summer break for most students has been well documented in the research literature.  This is especially true for children from disadvantaged homes.  To counteract this "summer slide" the Howard County Library holds a summer reading program.  The kick off to this year's program is tomorrow at the Miller Library.  This program is supported by the Friends of the Library.  Just another reminder of the importance of joining the Friends. This is a great way to keep the whole family reading this summer.  Here is the info on the program from the Library:

Summer Reading Kickoff 2014: Saturday, May 31, 10 am to 2 pm

Read and win prizes when you join a Howard County Library System (HCLS) summer reading club.  Enrollment begins May 19.

Summer Reading Kickoff

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10 am - 2 pm, HCLS Miller Branch
Face painting and crafts for kids.  Wii games and scavenger hunt for teens; and instant prize drawings for adults.
Free Kona Ice for first 1,000 people. 

Schedule of Events
  • 9:45 Mount Hebron High School Pep Band (weather permitting)
  • 10:00 CHEMISTRY IN THE LIBRARY: Bubble Science
  • Join a chemist for demonstrations and hands-on activities.  Every 20 minutes, beginning at 10 am.  All Ages (ages 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult).  Tickets available at children's desk.
  • 10:30 ERIC ENERGY - Cool Science
  • Using dry ice and air, see vortex fog rings and bubbling potions.  Families: 60 minutes
  • 11:30 Mount Hebron High School Pep Band (weather permitting)
  • 12:15 ERIC ENERGY - The Slime Show
  • With a focus on atoms, molecules, and polymers, watch long-chained molecules form, styrofoam melt, and slime made. Ages 4 and up; 60 minutes

Additional refreshments available for purchase from local food trucks:

     Summer is a great time for adults to do some reading. Nothing speaks of summer like sitting on the deck with ice tea and a good book.  Here are some suggested reads for the summer.
If you favor non-fiction here is a summer reading list.   My own recommendation for a book you can't put down is Flash Boys by Michael Lewis.  No one writes about what is happening on Wall Street like Lewis.

   National Spelling Bee had two winners this year.

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