Education Notes


August 14, 2005

Library's audio books to be available online

The Harford County Public Library will launch a digital audio book collection that will enable cardholders to download audio books from the Internet 24 hours a day.

Children and adults will be able to choose from 500 fiction and nonfiction titles ranging from classics such as Wuthering Heights and Moby Dick to bestsellers. The audio books, which can be downloaded from the library's Web site, www.HCPLon, can be heard via computer or laptop, burned to a compact disc or transferred to a variety of portable devices.

Library cardholders need only enter their user name and password to check out up to 10 audio books. First-time users must register first at the library.

The library will hold a party to launch the audio book collection at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bel Air branch. Barbara Rosenblat, a popular narrator of unabridged audio books, will be on hand to help celebrate the launch.

Partners in Reading calling for volunteers

Partners in Reading, a program of Harford County Department of Community Services' Volunteer Connection & RSVP, is seeking volunteers.

The program, initiated in two elementary schools in 2000, helps improve reading skills. A volunteer receives an orientation and training, and usually serves an hour each week at a participating school close to home.

Information: 410-638-4444 or visit www.harfordcounty

Cecil college offers class in conflict resolution

Cecil Community College's Cecil Performance Improvement Network will hold a workshop on conflict resolution at 8 a.m. Aug. 23 at Elkton Station, 107 Railroad Ave.

Those who attend will receive feedback on their styles of handling conflict, and develop guidelines for doing so effectively.

Companies can send as many as five employees to the workshops, which are held about every six weeks in Room 221 of Elkton Station, a multimedia classroom. "Emotional Intelligence and Leadership" is the topic for Oct. 4.

An annual membership fee is based on the size of the organization. Information or to request a brochure or membership application: 410-287-6060, Ext. 740.


Enrollment open:

Enrollment is open at Trinity Lutheran School in Joppa for children entering nursery school through eighth grade. Information or to schedule a tour: 410-679-4000, Ext. 185.

Summer camps:

Harford Community College offers Body Works Science Camp, for children ages 4 to 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow through Friday in Room 006 of the Science Annex. The camp will answer questions about anatomy and physiology. 410-836-4376 or 410-879-8920, Ext. 376.

Learn to ride:

Cecil Community College is offering "Basic Rider Course II" for experienced motorcycle riders Aug. 22. The one-day course, approved by the state Motor Vehicle Administration, will enable riders to get a Class "M" motorcycle endorsement on a driver's license. Topics to be covered are: preparing to ride, road management and advanced riding techniques. Riders must be able to use the clutch and throttle to get started, stop the motorcycle properly in a designated area, execute gradual and tight turns, upshift and downshift smoothly and reach a speed of at least 25 mph. They also must provide their own gear, including eye protection, a jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants and sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear. The course is taught on program motorcycles. A Basic Rider I course is offered through the summer. 410-287-1078.

Fall classes:

Cecil Community College is accepting registration for fall classes, which begin Aug. 31. Class schedules have been mailed to residents. Schedules also can be picked up at Elkton Station, 107 Railroad Ave., or at the North East campus, 1 Seahawk Drive. Cecil Community College offers 43 associate degrees and 39 certificate programs. 410-287-1000.


Walk-in registration for fall credit courses at Harford Community College is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 3; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 10. Classes begin Sept. 6. Students can also register by mail or fax through Sept. 3. Forms and information are included in the Schedule of Fall 2005 Credit Classes, available at the Welcome Center in the Student Center or at Online registration continues through Sept. 5. 410-836-4222 or 410-879-8920, ext. 222. Registration is also accepted at the college's Aberdeen Proving Ground Center. 410-272-2338.


Students at Harford Community College can call the Advising, Career and Disability Services (410-836-4301) to make an appointment for a one-stop session or meet with an academic adviser. Those who have never attended the college or attended before spring 2003 should complete an application for enrollment before registering.

Career advice:

Cecil Community College will hold a college information and career advising session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 at Elkton Station. The free workshop is open to the public. Advisers from the college's credit and noncredit programs will be on hand to talk about training programs, workplace-readiness classes, lifelong learning and financial aid. Sessions are also scheduled for Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6 at the same time and place. 410-287-6060, ext. 641.

Homeschooling workshops:

Monthly workshops are available at the Harford County Public Library in Bel Air to help parents who are home-schooling their children do so more effectively. 410-638-3151.

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