LIBRARIES and media centers are gearing up to celebrate National Library Week Monday through Friday.
Today's media centers are exciting places filled with much more than books. To keep pace with changing technology, public school students in all grades have access to video, audio, recording and computer equipment through their schools' media centers. Computers have replaced the once-standard card catalogs, and books are checked out electronically.
In response to student demand, Blair Reid, media specialist at Mount Airy Middle School, has planned a Spring Book Fair to coincide with National Library Week. Students will have the opportunity to shop for books, posters, bookmarks and more during the fair sponsored by Scholastic Books.
According to Ms. Reid, the book fair is the first to be held at the school in several years. Favorite books often sell out quickly, but Ms. Reid assures students that those hot items will be reordered daily.
Book fair hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the school's media center. Proceeds from the fair will go toward new materials for the media center.
Mount Airy Middle School students recentedly voted for their favorite books and have been reading novels in conjunction with the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award.
This annual award is unique to Maryland schools. Participating students read a minimum of three selected books, then are asked for their opinions and vote on which book they feel deserves the honor of receiving the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award.
"When Heroes Die" was the choice of the local middle school students this year. The statewide winner will be announced April 25.
While visiting the school's media center, check out the center's new mascot. In a place of honor on the checkout counter, next to the new computer, is where you'll find "Reada."
Ms. Reid adopted Reada, a tarantula, and donated her to the center as its mascot. The spider was christened Reada after seventh-grader Kaitlin Ruprecht won a schoolwide contest to name the tarantula.
Ms. Reid says that the children have become very involved in researching facts and dispelling myths about tarantulas.
Ms. Reid joined the staff a year ago in February after 10 years as an information specialist for the Carroll County public library system in Westminster.
More library news
The information superhighway has reached the Mount Airy branch of the Carroll County public library. "Log-on the Library Day" has been planned in conjunction with National Library Week.
On Tuesday, patrons are encouraged to stop by the library to take a look at its computer system, including the Internet. Library staff will offer assistance and answer questions.
Information: (410) 795-1010 or 829-5290.
Run for charity
Mount Airy NET and the Linganore Lightning Running Club are sponsoring the Tony Green Memorial Walk/Run on Saturday, April 20.
The one- and two-mile walk/run around Watkins Park and local school grounds will benefit Mount Airy NET, an local organization that provides emergency assistance to area families in need.
The fourth edition of year for the benefit walk/run, this year's event is dedicated to the memory of Tony Green, past vice president of the board of directors of Mount Airy NET, who passed away last year.
Pub Date: 4/12/96