Enoch Pratt Free Library has been awarded a $240,000 grant...


March 22, 1998

COLUMBIA — Enoch Pratt Free Library has been awarded a $240,000 grant by the Gates Library Foundation to set up a computer training center at the Broadway branch.

The computer lab, expected to open in a year, will teach residents how to become comfortable with computers and use the Internet as a research tool. "We envision it as a free service," said Patricia Wallace, chief of Pratt's information access division.

The lab also will become a center for training librarians at the Pratt and other library systems across the state.

The Gates foundation was founded by Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda. The grant is aimed at supporting programs in areas with at least 40 percent of its residents living in poverty.

COLUMBIA -- The Howard County Education Association has donated $1,000 worth of early-reader books to Swansfield and ++ Talbott Springs elementary schools in Columbia.

The donations were part of the teachers union's participation in Read Across America early this month marking the 94th anniversary of the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel, author of the Dr. Seuss children's books.

PARKVILLE -- Parkville-Carney Library, 9509 Harford Road., will hold a "Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The activity is for children from kindergarten through fifth grade.

By the numbers

Eighth-grade reading scores

Percent of students statewide who achieved a satisfactory score in the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program MSPAP) reading test:

1993, 24.6%

1994, 24.6%

1995, 27.6%

1996, 28.3%

1997, 26.3%

Pub Date: 3/22/98

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