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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

by Kimberly J For women who know they’re pregnant, about 15 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage.1 About one pregnancy in 100 after 20 weeks of pregnancy is affected by stillbirth, and each year about 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United States.2 In 2018, the infant mortality rate in the United States was 5.7 deaths per … Continue reading October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Milkweed for Monarchs

by Ann H. Now is a great time to harvest and plant milkweed to support the dwindling monarch population. Milkweed is the host plant of the monarch butterfly. It is where monarch butterflies lay their eggs, and when the eggs hatch the tiny monarch larvae (caterpillars) start chomping away on their one and only food … Continue reading Milkweed for Monarchs

October 12th is Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

By Claudia J. Mark your calendars on October 12th! Beginning this year, Howard County will celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. On WJZ-13 CBS, County Executive Calvin Ball released a statement on the decision. “Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day does not absolve us from our history, but we hope that it sets a tone and opens up discussions … Continue reading October 12th is Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Black cover with faces of two young women, Black on left and White on right. Face on right is upside down. All text appears rightside up and upside down and mirrored.

I’m Not Dying with you Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

By Carmen J. With the stories of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor – to name but a few – making headlines and sparking the continued need for police reform and racial unity, the timeliness of this title is both powerful and serendipitous. I’m Not Dying with you Tonight (available as a book, eBook, … Continue reading I’m Not Dying with you Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

On a sea blue background, two Korean women stand ready to dive. The title and author information interweaves with line drawings of water grass and squids.

Virtual Visit with Lisa See

On Tuesday, October 6 at 11 am, 2020 One Maryland One Book author Lisa See visits virtually to discuss her book The Island of Sea Women. She will be in conversation with Laura Yoo, Professor of English at Howard Community College and a board member of Howard County Poetry and Literature Society. Register to receive a link … Continue reading Virtual Visit with Lisa See

Teens! Protect Your Bacon!

By Deborah B. “Stop! You can’t eat that bacon! It’s bad.”  You pause and look at the stranger. “It’s bacon. Even bad bacon is good.”  “No, I mean it’s bad for you.” And with that, the stranger whips your plate of crispy bacon off the table and tilts the contents into an oversized Hefty. You:   Apologize to … Continue reading Teens! Protect Your Bacon!


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