200 help Savage library celebrate 10th birthday


April 27, 2001|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ON SATURDAY, the Savage branch of the Howard County Library celebrated its 10th anniversary with a festive birthday party for staff and patrons.

The event had all the important elements of a great birthday celebration. There was cake and lemonade. Purple and white balloons were everywhere. There was entertainment and there were guests - lots and lots of guests.

More than 200 people came to help the library celebrate and enjoy the festivities. The guests were greeted by staff members dressed as literary characters: Rita Snyder was Laura Ingalls of the "Little House on the Prairie" books; Bev Lee was Mother Goose; Jan Hendrick was a cat; and Michele Hunter was a medieval woman. Guests were handed tickets for door prizes as they entered the building.

Children's librarian Rita Snyder led the younger guests - many also dressed as their favorite character - in a parade. Then guests gathered in the children's area for entertainment by Eric Henning, a North Laurel magician.

Dressed in Victorian- era flowered waistcoat and tails, Henning delighted the audience with close-up magic - done right in among members of the audience. Henning, who was one of the magicians invited to perform at the inaugural festivities in Washington, is a fan of libraries. He learned his first tricks from library books. In his performance, he put in a plug for libraries in general and the Savage branch in particular.

In his finale, Henning blew bubbles at the audience and, catching one, magically made it solid while encouraging the audience members to always follow their dreams.

After the entertainment, it was time for refreshments. Branch manager Karen Trennepohl, wearing a tentacled headdress made of balloons, greeted the hungry guests who feasted on cake and lemonade in the meeting room.

Because no birthday party is complete without goodies for the guests to take home, the staff had wrapped 45 books in purple and white ribbons as door prizes. Stubs of the tickets that had been handed out were taken out of a bag, and each winner got to pick a book from the tables.

While this was taking place, the Murray Hill Middle School Jazz Band set up to play at the party's finale. The band played "McArthur Park" and the "Twist" among its selections.

Thanks to all who made the day special: birthday committee members Rita Snyder, Emma Pope, Bev Lee, Nancy Hariani and Karen Trennepohl; and Kathy Hersey, director of the Murray Hill Middle School Jazz Band, for bringing her group to the library to celebrate the milestone anniversary of a wonderful community resource.

A real-world solution

Fulton Elementary School children Victoria Wyler, Margaret Pray and Jessica Kobren are doing a Type III enrichment project at the school. In a Type III, students spend a year investigating a problem and offering a real-world solution.

The three girls are interested in helping wildlife injured by motorists. As part of their project, they are collecting materials used by Frisky's Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary.

For the next two weeks, the girls will collect materials for the sanctuary in school.

All sorts of items are welcome: cleaning supplies such as paper towels, plastic bags, sponges, buckets; office needs such as envelopes, stamps, legal pads, scissors, and staplers; pet necessities such as kitty litter, cat and dog food, bird seed, flea collars and combs; and first-aid items such as bandage wrap, baby-bottle nipples, first-aid kits, infant formula and heating pads.

It's a worthy cause, and any donations would be appreciated. The school is at 11600 Route 216 in Fulton.

Teacher honored

Sharon Davis, a fifth-grade teacher at Laurel Woods Elementary School, has been selected to receive the Bonnie Schwartz Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Columbia Foundation and the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

She will receive the award at the Chamber's Annual Community Awards Night on Wednesday.

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