Storytime set for Saturday at bookstore

August 03, 2008

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4300 Montgomery Road in the Long Gate Shopping Center, Ellicott City, will sponsor a storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday with author Mona Kerby, who will read from and sign her latest book, Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch.

The story follows Owney, who wanders into the Albany, N.Y., post office, is adopted by the staff and goes on to lead a life of adventure in the mail service.

Kerby, who lives in Westminster, has written Amelia Earhart: Courage in the Sky; Beverly Sills: America's Own Opera Star; Friendly Bees, Ferocious Bees.

Information: 410-203-9001.

Around Town

Summer reading : The B&O Railroad Museum is holding a summer reading program at its Ellicott City and Baltimore locations. "I've Been Reading on the Railroad" invites elementary school-age children to pick up a reading journal from the museum's store, the Whistle Stop Shop, read eight books and record them in the journal. Children who return the journal on or before Sept. 2 will receive a free book and will be entered to win an engineer's outfit. The museum has a list of suggested books, which focus on life on the railroad, available at the museum store. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of American railroading and its impact on American society, culture and economy. 410-752-2462, Ext. 214.

Volleyball camp : Volleyball House in Elkridge will be the host for the Bob Bertucci Volleyball Camp for youth ages 11-18. Bertucci, a head coach at Temple University, and his staff will offer two individual skills camps, a team camp and a beginners' camp for elementary and middle school children Thursday through Aug. 13. The cost is $170 a camp; $305 for two. Information or to register: 410-608-8979 or visit or

Cheerleading, football : Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registration for Elkridge Hurricanes Flag and Tackle football and cheerleading. Practice begins in August at Elkridge Landing Middle School. The season runs through mid-November. Flag football for ages 5 and 6 costs $85; tackle football for ages 7 to 14 costs $160. Cheerleading for ages 5 to 14 costs $125. Tackle football participants are placed on teams based on age and weight. Early registration is advised. Jean Shea, 410-313-4626; text telephone, 410-313-4665. Registration: 410-313-PARK, or

Kiwanis Club : Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, a volunteer service organization, meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Kiwanis-Wallas Building, 3300 Norbert's Way, Ellicott City. Everyone is welcome. 410-418-8218, or

Chess : The Elkridge branch library, 6540 Washington Blvd., sponsors a chess club for ages 13 and older from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all abilities are welcome, but they must know how to play chess. Snacks will be provided. 410-313-5077.

Bag sale : Trinity Church Gift & Thrift Shoppe, 6010 Waterloo Road at Pfeiffer's Corner, behind St. John's Lutheran Church in Elkridge, will continue its bag sale. Bags can be filled with items for $4 a bag. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and on the first and third Saturdays of each month. 410-799-9175.

Play time : A group of parents whose children will enter the Veterans Elementary School kindergarten program are arranging times for their children to play together and make new friends. Play groups will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Aug. 18.

Art club : The Elkridge branch library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, will offer a middle school art club from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Participants can learn new techniques and work on projects. Materials will be provided. Registration is required. 410-313-5077.

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