Do we need Girl Power today when girls have caught up and often outperform boys in school STEM-related subjects? When they are earning more college diplomas than boys, and are increasingly represented in STEM-related careers? So then, why Girl Power?

At the Central Branch of Howard County Library System, girls have an outlet for building self-confidence, developing friendships, and doing STEAM-related activities. If you ask these tween customers why they feel Girl Power is important, this is what you’ll hear:

“So we can encourage girls to do anything in the world.”- Anne (Age 10)
“Friendship!”- Marianne (Age 11)
“I believe that every single girl has power inside of them.”- Alexis (Age 9)
“It teaches girls to be brave & strong.”- Abby (11)
“It helps bring my inner voice come out.”- Trisha (Age 11)
“Because we want to fight back from being bullied.”- Brooke (age 9)

Research shows that as girls approach puberty and their bodies start to change, their self-esteem may decrease. An astounding number of tween and teen girls are unhappy with their bodies, and research shows that girls being worried about the way they look can influence their participation in activities. Thanks to national, state, and community initiatives in recent years, girls’ participation and success in STEM-related subjects has significantly improved. However, girls with lower self-esteem who believe in gender stereotypes such as “boys are better at math” suffer academically and consequently are less likely to pursue STEM-related careers.

There is good news! Positive female role models help combat negative female stereotypes. Likewise, getting hands-on experience in STEM-related subjects and activities can help give girls the confidence to pursue more STEM-related activities and/or careers. Another way to hone into that inner Girl Power is to check out the list of girl-empowering reads at the end of this post!

It’s also important to remember that not every girl will aspire to be a scientist or a mathematician, and that is perfectly okay! Girl Power is all about girls having the confidence to reach their individual potential and feel an inner happiness. Allison, an HCLS Girl Power attendee, sums up best why girls still need opportunities to explore and embrace their inner power: “To empower girls not to be afraid to do anything we put our minds to.” Check out hclibrary.org to register for the next Girl Power class.

TWEEN FICTION

100-dressestuesdayharriet-the-spy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

elevenprincess-academypenderwicksmocking-bird

TWEEN NONFICTION

brown-girl-dreaming smart-girl-money

women-in-science

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEEN GIRL FICTION

star-girl graceling gayle-foreman fan-girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEEN GIRL NONFICTION

girls-in-computers gutsy-girl rad-women-worldwide red-star-girl

 

 

 

 

 

Jillianne Crescenzi is a part-time Children’s Instructor & Research Specialist at Central Branch. She loves empowering young women and sharing great books with all.

 

 


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calendar_2015_blogMonday, October 19, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Glenwood Branch. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Well & Wise event. No registration required.

Tuesday, October 20, 10:30 a.m. Brain Aerobics at Miller Branch. Give your brain a workout. Enhance your memory and have fun! Challenge your brain with puzzles, word games, and other smart tasks. Well & Wise event.Register online or by calling 410-313-1950.
Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. HCLS Literary Salon – Giving Voice to the Healing Arts at Miller Branch. Ann Bracken, Frederick Foote, M.D., Jen Grow, and Michael Salcman, M.D., read their works of poetry and prose that explore themes of physical, emotional, and psychological healing. Little Patuxent Review editor and poet Steven Leyva moderates the readings. Refreshments served. Books available for purchase and signing. Meet the Author event. In partnership with Little Patuxent Review and Howard County Poetry and Literature Society. Sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library System. Register online or by calling 410-313-1950.
Wednesday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. EatPlayGrow™ at Elkridge Branch. Explore health and safety concepts inspired by children’s literature. Ages 3-5 with adult; 45 min. Multi-week series. Ticket required. Limited space; tickets available at Children’s Desk 15 minutes before class.

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calendar_2015_blogTuesday, October 13, 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Elkridge Branch. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Well & Wise event. No registration required.

Wednesday, October 14, 10:30 a.m. EatPlayGrow™ at Elkridge Branch. Explore health and safety concepts inspired by children’s literature. Ages 3-5 with adult; 45 min. Multi-week series. Ticket required. Limited space; tickets available at Children’s Desk 15 minutes before class.

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. CPR Class at Central Branch. Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and kills someone every two minutes in the United States. Learn to save someone’s life in this class that teaches the simple steps of Hands-Only CPR for victims over the age of eight years old. Discover how to recognize sudden cardiac arrest, how to perform Hands-Only CPR, and how to operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This is a non-certification class. In partnership with Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410-313-7800.


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calendar_2015_blogSaturday, October 03, 2:00 p.m. I’m Going to Be a Big Brother or Sister at Central Branch. Prepare for the arrival of a baby in this class for new siblings. Enjoy stories, activities, and bring a favorite doll or stuffed animal to practice holding your baby. Resources for parents, too. Families; 30 – 45 min. Ticket required. Well & Wise event. In partnership with Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Limited space; tickets available at Children’s Desk 15 minutes before class.

Monday, October 05,  3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Glenwood Branch. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Well & Wise event. No registration required.
Thursday, October 08, 7:00 p.m. CPR Class at East Columbia Branch. Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and kills someone every two minutes in the United States. Learn to save someone’s life in this class that teaches the simple steps of Hands-Only CPR for victims over the age of eight years old. Discover how to recognize sudden cardiac arrest, how to perform Hands-Only CPR, and how to operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This is a non-certification class. In partnership with Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410-313-7700.

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calendar_2015_blogTuesday, September 29, 10:30 a.m. Brain Aerobics at Miller Branch. Give your brain a workout. Enhance your memory and have fun! Challenge your brain with puzzles, word games, and other smart tasks. Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410-313-1950.


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calendar_2015_blogMonday, September 21, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Glenwood Branch. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Well & Wise event. No registration required.
Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 p.m. CPR Class at Central Branch. Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and kills someone every two minutes in the United States. Learn to save someone’s life in this class that teaches the simple steps of Hands-Only CPR for victims over the age of eight years old. Discover how to recognize sudden cardiac arrest, how to perform Hands-Only CPR, and how to operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This is a non-certification class. In partnership with Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410-313-7800.

Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m. Brain Aerobics at Miller Branch. Give your brain a workout. Enhance your memory and have fun! Challenge your brain with puzzles, word games, and other smart tasks. Well & Wise event. Register online or by calling 410-313-1950.

Thursday, September 24, 6:00 p.m. Babysitting 101 at East Columbia Branch. Learn the essentials of babysitting with a University of Maryland Extension instructor. Participants receive a certificate (must attend all three sessions): Sep 10, 17 & 24. Well & Wise event. Ages 13 & up. If you would like a reminder for this class, please provide an email address. Register online or by calling 410-313-7700.


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