August 6th, 2010

The Library Supports Local Music

Local music, by definition, is just that….music that comes from where you live. Local businesses, local artists, local farmers, local libraries…Cecil County has a wealth of these and so much more. This week, we had over 300 kids, adults, and families celebrate CCPL’s Summer Reading Picnic in the Park in North East. In my opinion, it doesn’t get much better than seeing a bunch of happy kids eating cold ice cream and dancing with their parents to the Chicken Dance. Or does it?

We’re not quite ready to stop celebrating the fact that we had over 5,000 kids, teens, and adults participate in Summer Reading this year. In fact, thanks to our Friends of the Library, we’ll keep the good times rolling on Friday, August 13th at 6 p.m. at the Elkton Central Library for our third annual End of the Summer Band Night. This year, we’ll be featuring music from local band Baygrass, a band of six down-home guys who also happen to play a pretty eclectic mix of bluegrass, alternative country, and a whole mess of other great tunes—not to mention inspiring harmonies, a banjo, mandolin, and a whole lotta pickin.  This event is free, open to all and great fun for families, and we’ll provide refreshments to keep you cool, including Rita’s Water Ice. Please register by contacting us at 410.996.5600 ext. 481. or stop in to your local branch for assistance.

Do you have a favorite local band? Let us know your favorite bit of local culture and we hope to see you at the show.

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July 7th, 2010

Don’t Make Me Turn This Car Around!

Family vacations are the stuff of great memories—but the truth (at least in my family) is that sometimes, the logistics don’t always work out as planned…and often, chaos ensues.

A saving grace for car travel with kids is definitely music—and plenty of snacks. While we can’t stock you up with Cheezits and juice boxes, the library can supply you with some way cool tunes (for both kids and parents) for your upcoming family vacation. Remember School House Rock!? It’s much easier to learn the totally confusing process of how a bill becomes law if you sing along to “I’m Just a Bill.” Also, “Three is a Magic Number” is completely true—I’m not a math whiz, but, who knew? Not to mention it’s a sneaky way to keep your kid’s brain turned on even if they’ve tuned out of school for the summer. CCPL offers a variety of kids music that fits any mood and teaches many lessons—even if you’re just a kid at heart.

A short list of this blogger’s favorite kid-friendly CDs available at your local library:

Fraggle Rockin’—Make sure to check out “Wemblin’ Fool” and “Sweet, Sweet Little Treat” on this Collection

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Radiohead is cool even if you aren’t a baby! Also available in Coldplay style

They Might Be GiantsHere Come the ABCs and Here Comes Science—warning, parents: have coffee before listening

Trout Fishing in America—Their CD Big Trouble is sure to please both kids and parents, as recommended songs include “I Think I’ll Need a Bandaid” and “What I Want Is a Proper Cup of Coffee”

Elizabeth MitchellYou Are My Sunshine and You Are My Flower; beautiful, folksy, and absolutely essential to happy car rides

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family—Yep, that would be Arlo’s daughter and Woody’s granddaughter, and she’s got the family talent for artistry; Go Waggaloo is brilliant, combining family standards like “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” with new gems like “Cuz We’re Cousins.”

The Innocence Mission—Soothing and beautiful, you’ll find a lovely collection of songs on Now The Day Is Over…what better way to end it than listening to “What a Wonderful World”?

Let us know how you (and your kids) cope with beach traffic…crank up the music, tune out the stress, and chill out!

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