August 4th, 2014

Countdown to Kindergarten

IMG_20140311_115902_2435, 4, 3, 2, 1…the countdown has begun.  In just a few short weeks, school bells will be ringing for students in Cecil County.  Though each school year represents a new beginning for enthusiastic students of all ages, students heading to kindergarten for the first time may be among the most eager.  New adventures, new friends, and a whole new world of opportunities await this group who are just beginning their educational journey.

Going to kindergarten marks a major milestone in a child’s life and can be exciting.  However, it can also be an anxious time for both children and their parents who may worry about making new friends, meeting a new teacher, or finding their way around a new school.   Luckily, we have a number of books on this very topic, and sharing these stories together can lead to open discussions which can in turn alleviate some of these anxieties.  Find the book you need by going to any branch library, searching our online catalog, or by checking out our Getting Ready for Kindergarten Pinterest page where you will find recommended books along with numerous ideas for activities designed to help your kindergartener practice the math, reading,  and science skills needed for kindergarten.

Reading books together about going to kindergarten for the first time is just one way to help your child get ready for the big day.  Attending one of our Countdown to Kindergarten programs for students entering kindergarten in 2014 is another.   If your child is going to kindergarten this year, they will not want to miss sharing stories, songs, and crafts all related to their first kindergarten experience.  Register today.

When you visit the library, be sure to give your child some time to play and learn on our AWE computers found at Elkton Central, Chesapeake City and Perryville Branch Libraries.  Jumpstart Kindergarten, Getting Ready for Kindergarten, Millie’s Math House, and Sammy’s Science House are just a few of the preloaded educational games perfect for you and your kindergartener to play together.

Whether you decide to start with a special book, a library program, or a shared computer game, be sure to enjoy this special time in your child’s life, and remember the library is filled with resources and staff ready to give you a helping hand.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Still need to register your child for kindergarten?  Visit Cecil County Public Schools’ website for information on registration and for additional resources to help you and your child get ready.

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July 28th, 2014

Gospel Choir Comes to Elkton Central Library 8/23

Wrights AME ChoirI was always curious about the word AME.  As a kid, I regularly saw various churches bearing the acronym and even visited a few with my grandmother. However, I never knew what the AME stood for, that is, until ten years ago. My sister began dating my soon-to-be brother-in-law and like any responsible, overprotective brother, I had to see if this guy was worthy of my sister. So I took a trip down to Fort Walton Beach, FL. I did not know at the time of my investigation that my now brother-in-law was a pastor of an AME church which stands for African Methodist Episcopal. During my visit, I attended church on Sunday, hearing him preach and listening to the various melodic hymnals sung by the church choir, uplifting the congregation’s spirit.

Between songs and the sermon, I read the rich history of the AME church on the back of the church program. Founded in the 1800’s by Richard Allen, a former Delaware slave, AME grew out of the Free African Society who worshiped at a St. George’s Methodist church in Philadelphia.  However, when members of the St. George Methodist church pulled blacks off their knees while praying, Allen and others members of the Free African Society willed and determined that they would form their own African Methodist church congregation.  The split from the main branch of the Methodist church was not a result of doctrinal differences, but rather the result of man’s intolerance of his fellow man based on the color of his skin.  The first church was called Bethel and Allen successfully sued the Pennsylvania courts for the right of his congregation to exist as an independent institution and formed the AME denomination whose principals are committed to those of Methodism.

The AME church continued to spread with major congregations in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, Chicago, Detroit, and Baltimore, where the first general conference was held.  The church now has membership all over the US and in 39 countries on five continents.

If you would like to hear some great music that’s bound to move the soul, along with more about the AME rich history, then join us at the Elkton Central Library on August 23, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. as we host the Wrights AME Church Choir!

I look forward to seeing you there!

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