Education Notes

Education Notes

October 19, 2003

Library schedules poetry slam for Teen Read Week

Anne Arundel County Public Library will observe Teen Read Week, which runs through Saturday, with a poetry slam.

High school students are invited to submit work to share with the library staff, patrons and peers. Teen-agers should submit an original or favorite poem, which will be posted on the library's Fall Poetry Tree displays in the Annapolis and North County-area library branches.

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative aimed at teen-agers, their parents and others. The initiative is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

The Annapolis branch will host a poetry circle, featuring different poetry styles, at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Refreshments will be served.

Information: 410-222-7371.

Girl Scout Day events at mall in Annapolis

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland hold Girl Scout Day from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Westfield Shoppingtown in Annapolis.

Hundreds of Girl Scouts are expected to attend the celebration of friendship and the adventures of Girl Scouting.

Those who attend will participate in science, orienteering, art and crafts projects as they work their way around the mall's center court. Girl Scout cookies will be on sale to benefit the Waxter Center, a Girl Scout program offered to young women at an all-girl detention facility. Guests can learn about the benefits and opportunities of Girl Scouting and see a fashion show featuring the new Girl Scout uniforms. 410-358-9711.

Women's Institute offers cooking, auto classes

Anne Arundel Community College's Women's Institute will offer eight new noncredit classes this fall, ranging from auto body repair to bridge basics. Most take place on the Arnold campus.

"Middle Eastern Cooking" is a hands-on class with instructor Ferial Welsh. Welsh, a Palestinian and former cooking instructor in Israel, teaches how to prepare several delicacies, including hummus, baba ghanouj and falafel with tahini sauce. The $60 class will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Oct. 29 at the HCAT Institute in Glen Burnie.

"Making Holiday Cards" is a hands-on workshop. Instructor Anita Ramundo, former art teacher and potter, shows how to apply paint, stencil and stamp designs and decorate with ribbon, glitter and fabric. The class, which is meeting tomorrow, costs $33.

"Basic Bridge for Women" teaches contract bridge basics, such as evaluating a hand, counting points, bidding, leading and playing hands. Each session includes practice sessions with classmates. Classes meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, starting this week through Nov. 11. The cost is $61.

The Women's Institute also offers courses in fitness, organizing the home and office, art history, faux furniture and decorative wall painting.

Information: 410-777-2807.

Gala's proceeds to benefit scholarship program

The Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc.'s Gala 2003 will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the Arnold campus.

Festivities begin with cocktails, followed by dinner catered by Ken's Creative Kitchen and dancing to the music of Bittersweet.

The gala's hosts are Kathryn J. Dahl, foundation president and partner in the Annapolis firm of Linowes and Blocher, and AACC President Martha A. Smith.

Proceeds from the $185- a-person event will be used for the foundation's scholarship programs. The foundation's mission is to obtain and steward private funds to enhance the college's educational initiatives.

The event is black-tie optional.

Information: 410-777-2306.

Library branches to close Friday for staff meeting

All branches of the Anne Arundel County Public Library and library headquarters will be closed Friday for a staff meeting.

The gathering enables all library employees from the 15 branches and library headquarters to meet as a group for staff development and training.

All branches will be closed, but patrons can still access their accounts, renew items, search the library catalog and reserve materials over the Internet, at

Renewals can also be completed and requests and overdue books can be checked by calling the automated borrower information line at 410-222-4444 or 301-970-2131.

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