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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March 24th, 2014

A Bucket List of Learning

At first, I thought she had been abducted by aliens. Or, more urgently, had run out of coffee. Either way, my phone was telling me I actually had a text from my mother, the woman notorious for always carrying her cell phone…in the off position.  But here, with formatting and grammar to make Emily Post proud, was a family birthday party invitation from my mother.  In the form of a text message!

After recovering from the shock and consulting my sisters, I learned this new skill had been born strictly out of necessity. My brother never answers a ringing phone (only a beeping text) and my mother was tired of being ignored. Those who don’t adapt see their grandchildren less.

Beyond practicality, this need to learn and grow throughout life can spring from untapped potential, latent desire or childhood dreams.  If you still wish you had pursued a writing career or gotten that certification in project management, it’s never too late.  The library now offers free online, instructor-led courses designed to boost your skills both personally and professionally.   Through Learn4Life, you can explore topics such as:

- Start Your Own Small Business
- Teaching Smarter With Smart Boards
- Start Your Own Edible Garden
- CompTIA Security+ Certification Prep
- Secrets of Better Photography
- Explore a Career in Medical Coding

Or, in my mother’s case, the course aptly titled “Get Assertive!” might just kick-start her plan for a summer vacation with the grand-kids. At least until my brother catches on…

What topics are on your to-learn bucket list?

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