March 31st, 2014

New Spring Programs


This winter was so cold, snowy and long that it’s hard to believe spring is really here.  Yet bit by bit, the days are getting longer, crocuses are peaking through, and on the warmer days, you can hear the lovely sound of peeper frogs in the distance.

To give the new season a thoroughly hospitable welcome, we’ve planned an array of programs – from planting to canning to beekeeping and more – that will get you thinking spring.  Click the links below to sign up.

Beekeeping 101
Rising Sun Branch, Thursday, April 10 at 6 PM

Terrarium Ornaments
Rising Sun Branch, Tuesday, April 22 at 6 PM

Edible Landscaping
North East Branch, Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 PM
Cecilton Branch, Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30 PM

Welcome, Spring! Tea
Rising Sun Branch, Tuesday, May 6 at 6 PM

Recipe Swap: Salads
North East Branch, Monday, May 12 at 6:30 PM

Canning Chronicles: Exploring Cecil County’s Historic Canning Industry
Rising Sun Branch, Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 PM

2nd Annual Plant Swap
Elkton Central Library, Saturday, May 17 at 10 AM

Outdoor Cooking
Rising Sun Branch, Tuesday, May 20 at 6 PM

To see a complete listing of upcoming programs, click here to see our newsletter.  What do you love most about spring?

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February 19th, 2014

Rosie the Riveter

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I love family history and one of my favorite tidbits involves how my father’s side ended up in Cecil County.  Like so many other struggling Appalachian families, they came to Elkton after hearing about well-paying work available at munitions factories like Triumph.  My grandmother came first, renting a small room with other young women at the Kitty Knight House.  As she sent money home, the rest of the family was able to follow, get jobs, and start a new life. In all, my grandmother, great-grandmother, and great aunt were employed as real-life “Rosie the Riveters.”  Though the work was grueling and exceptionally dangerous, it also provided them with opportunities previously unavailable to women and paved the way to a better life.

I’ve loved learning more about women’s varied wartime roles through amazing books like Code Name Verity and Restless and shows like Bomb Girls and The Bletchley Circle.  Wednesday, March 5th, you’ll find me at the Elkton Central Library learning more about women wartime factory workers with the wonderful “A History Alive Production: Rosie the Riveter” program.  Award-winning actress Mary Ann Jung will portray the real-life Rosie, based on Rose Leigh Monroe, who worked for the largest factory in the world.  Ms. Jung will give entertaining insight into the lives of women and men involved in the war effort.  I can’t wait to learn more about what life might have been like for the women in my family.

Click here to sign up or call 410-996-5600 ext. 481.  And share with us – was your family involved in the war effort?

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