January 18th, 2016

5 Free Things to do Next Saturday, January 23

blogpic2As you relax over the long weekend, beat the winter doldrums with these five free events to attend with your kids next Saturday!
Hora de Cuentos, 10:30am Elkton Central Library – Enjoy stories, music, rhymes, and crafts presented in both English and Spanish.

Finch Robots, 11am Rising Sun Branch – Explore computer coding with our new Finch robots. Program sponsored in partnership with Orbital ATK. For families with children ages 5-11. Program to be held at Janes United Methodist Church.

Family Sing-Along: Frozen, 1pm Chesapeake City Branch – Sing along to the words on screen while watching Frozen. Costumes encouraged!

Mad Science: Spin, Pop, Boom!, 1:30pm Cecilton Branch – Prepare to be amazed by spectacular chemical reactions during this interactive show presented by Mad Science of DE Valley. Ages 5-8.

Meet the Author: David Teague, 2pm Elkton Central Library – Meet local author David Teague! He will discuss his works for children and teens and what it takes to become a writer. Families and students ages 10 and up.

Click through or call your local branch library to sign up for any of these events.


David Teague photo courtesy of The Children’s Book Review.

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January 5th, 2016

Gateway to Freedom

UndergroundRRI enjoy learning about American history and have recently been reading about the Underground railroad, going beyond traditional Harriet Tubman tales.

In “Gateway to Freedom,” Pulitzer-Prize winning scholar, Eric Foner delves into American slavery and freedom, focusing on New York City, where slavery continued even after it was abolished. New York also had the largest free black community, where slave-catchers trolled, often selling free children into slavery in the south. Abolitionists and free blacks formed the New York Vigilance Committee in 1835 and by the 1840s was a thriving network which became known as the underground railroad.
Using the formerly secret records of Sydney Howard Gay, Foner develops an inspiring chronicle, introducing characters formerly unknown to the history books. This 2015 book is also available for immediate download via Hoopla, which provides free movies, music, television, and audiobooks.
Looking for more Underground Railroad stories? Check out the DVD “Underground Railroad: the William Still Story,” a compelling tale of William Still, one of the most unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. There’s also a book of journals published by William Still called “The Underground Railroad: Authentic Narratives and First-Hand Accounts.”
If you’re interested in local history about the Underground Railroad, visit the Chesapeake City Branch, Monday, January 11 at 6:30 PM when Historian Milt Diggins explores the Underground Railroad through the Baltimore-Wilmington-Philadelphia corridor and how the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal played an important part of this history. Or he will present Regional Tales of the Underground Railroad at the Perryville Branch, Wednesday, February 17 at 7 PM.
What do you know about the Underground Railroad?

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