Library joins reading-promotion effort

July 23, 2006

The Howard County Library has joined Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization, in "Read for the Record," a celebratory event to engage adults and young children in a shared reading experience.

The book recommended for the day is The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper.

Jumpstart mentors preschool children in one-to-one relationships to help build language, literacy and social skills.

Children's librarians at the Glenwood and east Columbia branches will offer story times featuring the book, followed by a make-your-own-train activity. Refreshments will be served, and all ages are welcome. Books will also be available at all branches for reading and to check out.

The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Glenwood branch, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-5577.

Book clubs to meet at Glenwood branch

The Western Howard County Seniors Book Club, a group of retired women that discusses contemporary fiction, will talk about The Queen of the Big Time, by Adriana Trigiani, at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 at the Glenwood library.

Copies of the books are available at the branch. Registration is not necessary.

The group welcomes new members.

The library's Contemporary Fiction book club will discuss The Monk Downstairs, by Tim Farrington, at 7 p.m. Aug. 7.

The discussion will be led by library staff members. New members are welcome. Copies of the books are available at the branch. Registration is not needed.

Information: 410-313-5577.

Decorating program is set to continue

"Decorating 101," a program for teens on how to give a space a personal flair, will continue next month with "Locker Decorating 101" from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the library.

Registration is to begin Saturday.

Information or registration: 410-313-5577.

Around Town

Get fit -- Clinton James, a certified personal trainer, is offering two four-week sessions of summer youth fitness training for ages 10 to 13. The classes are held from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays at Triumph Fitness Center, off Carrs Mill Road. The cost is $48 for four weeks of classes for members' children and $64 for nonmembers. 443-745-1168.

Knitting circle -- The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will hold a meeting of its Knitting Circle, a casual social group for knitters, at 7 p.m. Thursday. Participants should furnish supplies. Instruction is not provided, and registration is not necessary. 410-313- 5577.

County fair -- The 61st Howard County Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 5-12 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. The fair features agricultural and commercial exhibits, music, contests, midway rides and parades. The Miss Howard County Farm Bureau Contest will be held Aug. 6. The farm queen will represent the county at the Maryland Farm Bureau Contest, held at the Maryland State Fair. Animal entries of 4-H projects will include fancy and egg-production poultry as well as goats, sheep, rabbits, horses, pigs and dairy and beef cattle. A grand champion steer and about 49 other prize-winning market steers will be offered for sale Aug. 11 at the 43rd 4-H livestock sale. A sale of small and medium-size animals will begin the auction. Indoor exhibits will include arts, baked goods, clothing, creative writing, crafts, home environment, photography and woodworking. Home arts will include baking, food preservation and table-setting contests. Apple pies from the baking contest will be auctioned; proceeds will go to the Howard County branch of the American Cancer Society. A farmers' market is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12. 410-442- 1022. Or www.howardcountyfair. com.

New group -- La Leche League of Western Howard County, a support group for breastfeeding mothers, will meet 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. The group is being formed and will hold its first meeting Aug. 9. A meeting place is to be determined. The volunteer nonprofit organization offers support, and leaders are available to answer questions. There is no charge. Jennifer Sugar, 410-864-8080, or Jolene Mosley, 410-905-5208.

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