How often recently have you had overdue library books?
When it happens at our house, it drives us all crazy. We get ready to run a string of errands. Twenty minutes from home and five minutes from the library, we realize we left the books on the kitchen table.
Do we go back to get them? Of course not. That takes too long. We decide they must wait until the next trip -- perhaps in a few days. Then we pay 20 cents per book per day late fine. We get mad, but we have no other choice.
We'd prefer to be able to return our books to a nearby regional library. People in our part of the county read a lot and like to use the library. Our children use the public library for school projects.
During the summer, it is the only place they can select books for recreational reading. But we have no library close by. In my mind, it's like paying an extra tax to live in western Howard County.
Something as basic as a library should be convenient. Those who choose to live in western Howard County are entitled to the same services other county residents enjoy. That includes a nearby library. We would like to return our books for someone else to use. But we don't want to make an extra hour-long round trip or pay an added tax.
Lack of a good local library is an issue that bothers many in our area. Lisbon's cozy book place helps, but it is distant for most, and no one could claim it as a proper regional facility.
The next time you need to use the public library and find yourself driving nearly an hour to do so, get mad. Call our county government. Maybe someday we'll have what Columbia, Ellicott City and Savage have: a real library, close to home.
Nursery school teachers, scout leaders, and parents will love this announcement from River Hill Garden Center in Clarksville. They are starting Fall Fun Days tomorrow.
Groups of children through the age of 10 may arrange to go to the garden center for a free tour, hayride, visit to the straw maze and a witch's hat making activity.
The young visitors will take home their hats, and a "spooky" pumpkin. They'll also enjoy free refreshments.
Fall Fun Days at River Hill will continue through the month of October. Phone 531-3303 to make reservations for your group.
Celebrate the arrival of fall at River Hill Garden Center's Harvest Festival this Saturday and Sunday.
They will have family activities including a free straw maze, which will be happily haunted by local scouts. Girl Scouts will help you make your own scarecrow for a nominal fee. 4-H members will share demonstrations and activities, and they'll have some of their animals at River Hill.
Your family may take a horse and buggy rides for 50 cents per person, and all the money collected will be given to the Therapeutic Riding Center in Lisbon. You may paint a pumpkin free with the purchase of the orange fruit. Boy Scouts will sell hot food and beverages.
River Hill Garden Center will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday.
Musica Antiqua visited Glenelg Country School for a program yesterday. The group displayed ways in which music was woven into daily life during Medieval and Renaissance times.
Students participated as peasants and royalty, and many had an opportunity to play the unusual Musica Antiqua instruments.
The Upper School of the Glenelg Country School played host to a community service fair to introduce Upper School students interested in volunteering to service organizations in Howard County.
Glenelg Country School students participated in Treemendous Maryland, Christmas in April and Howard County Community Service Day last year.
Part of the Glenelg Country School program is teaching students to be active citizens through volunteer efforts.
Chapelgate Christian Academy has a juried craft show called the Harvest Craft Festival Oct. 15 and 16.
The festival will feature handmade crafts, personalized Christmas balls, handmade Christmas decorations and ornaments, plants and baked goods.
Admission is just $2. If you would like to display your crafts at this festival, call 442-5889 or (301) 854-0343.
Fall's pleasures include colorful chrysanthemum plants.
Glenelg High School's Choir, Madrigals, and After School Choir are planning trips to San Antonio to sing in a music festival in the spring.
To support their trip, the singers are selling full blooming mum plants in yellow, red, white, rust, peach and purple for $4 each.
Call Ryan Kafer at 442-5616 to order your plants. You may also call the school 313-5528.
You may purchase plants Saturday and Oct. 9 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. in front of the school.
Entertainment books are terrific little money savers. A book entitles you to two for one dinner specials and other discounts in a wide geographic area.
They are on sale now from the Glenelg High School Band and Marching Unit. For $35 you get deals that will save you much more than your investment.
Band and Marching Unit members are taking advance orders now.
You will receive your book in about two weeks. It's the 1994 book, but you can start to use it when it arrives. You can purchase the Baltimore South, Baltimore North, or the Maryland and D.C. book.
If you don't know a student to buy from, call Terry Newsome at 410-988-9163.