Attention, collectors: Library needs fascinating articles to put on display NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

NEIGHBORS

December 31, 1992|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Laura Capano of the Savage Library staff has an empty vitrine (that's a display case for those of you who didn't get a new dictionary for Christmas) in the children's area. She would like to display something that would interest children.

The problem is that she doesn't have any new stuff to put on display. Sort of a reverse Smithsonian Institution problem, where they have so much stuff, so little space. Anyone have any ideas?

Or better yet, a collection you can bear to part with for three or four weeks? Anyone collect old Valentines, or African-American memorabilia? Anyone still have political buttons, fancy sewing buttons or baseball cards?

Does anyone have model rockets, cars kits in various stages of assembly, model trains that could visit the library before retiring to storage until next Christmas?

If you don't have a formal collection, do you have related items: fishing lures, reels, fish decoys that can group together to display fishing; linoleum blocks, the cutting knives, and the finished prints; colored glass, glass cutters and lead cane with a finished sun catcher or window pane?

Laura would like to hear from younger collectors as well as adults. Call her at (410) 880-5975 to talk to her about your ideas and collections.

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Tom Neary is a new face at the Savage Library. He's been working there on and off since August, when, in a trade that makes major-league swaps look amateurish, Steve Wilson left the Savage branch for the central library.

Tom left his job at central circulation to replace Steve in information services at Savage, and Susan Brown left Savage to take Tom's old job at central. Tom's been working for the library since 1983, beginning as a page, now called student technician, and moving to more responsible jobs, first as a student supervisor at central and now here in Savage at the information desk.

Tom's been in training sessions on and off since August, but he should be behind the desk for a few months before the next training session.

Question authority! Ask Tom anything.

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A workshop about comprehensive rezoning for eastern Howard will be sponsored by the Howard County Citizen's Association and the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning on Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Pointer's Ridge Elementary School.

The main presentation will be on development regulations and the subdivision review process. If you have any questions about these regulations or the adequate public facilities regulations, forest conservation, storm water management, wetlands and waterways permits and abatements, this is the meeting to attend.

Comprehensive rezoning only occurs once every seven to 10 years, and this is the best chance to have your opinions heard. It is especially important in light of the new statistical marriage between Baltimore and Washington. Howard County sits in the center of this enlarged metropolitan statistical area. More than ever, the rules in place now will determine the life of our community.

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We are almost at the New Year. You know what that means -- resolutions.

One year I thought to guarantee that I'd keep my resolutions by making them very easy. I'd eat chocolate every day, pet my cats nightly, give up spike heels (an easy promise, I didn't own any) and drive on the right side of the road.

So, of course, my favorite candy store closed for renovations, my many cats discovered the opposite sex and stayed out all night, my sister bought me a pair of Italian heels, 3 feet tall, and I got a ticket for driving the wrong way on an unmarked one-way street.

I might as well have made real resolutions.

I wound up with kittens, too.

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