Education Digest


Education Beat

November 27, 2005

Essay contest entries invited

The Maryland Center for the Book at the Howard County Library will select top essayists in the state to compete nationally in the Library of Congress writing contest, "Letters About Literature."

Young readers, in grades four to 12, are invited to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. The essays will be judged in three categories: children in grades four to six; seven and eight; and nine to 12.

Winners from each state will receive cash prizes and a $50 Target gift card. Target is a co-sponsor. Six national winners will each receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington to read their letters during the National Book Festival in the fall. They will also each receive a $500 Target gift card.

The entry deadline is Thursday. To request an entry coupon: 410-313-7766 or

Grant is to fund Cultural Connection

The Howard County Library has received a grant funded by the Maryland Division of Library Development and Services for a new program, Cultural Connection, that is designed to address the needs of Ellicott City's Korean-American and Chinese-American communities.

The yearlong program will evaluate the Miller branch library's materials collection, programming, catalog, brochures and signage. The library's staff will receive training about cultural differences to promote more effective communication.

A communitywide survey and focus groups will guide the library in establishing a comprehensive service plan that can be use to reach a variety of local ethnic communities.

Tai Sophia Institute marking 30 years

Tai Sophia Institute, a school of complementary medicine in North Laurel, will celebrate its 30th anniversary from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City.

The school offers graduate programs in acupuncture, herbal medicine and the applied healing arts. More than 300 full-time graduate students from the United States and six foreign countries are enrolled.

The gala's theme is "Dancing into the Next Decade." Tickets are $125.

Information: 410-888-9048, ext. 6643.

HCC session set on culinary program

Howard Community College will offer an information session for those interested in starting or advancing a career in the hospitality and foodservice industry at 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

The session, which is sponsored by the college's Hospitality and Culinary Management program, will provide an overview of the college's new degree and certificate programs, and a chance to meet faculty and students in the programs.

Information or to reserve a space: 410-772-4469.

Teen center offers after-school events

The Columbia Teen Center is accepting registration for its After School Enrichment Program for those ages 9 to 18.

Participants can register for clubs including hip-hop and break dancing, cooking and computers.

The center is at 5853 Robert Oliver Place in Oakland Mills Village Center.

Information: 410-992-3726.

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