July 6th, 2015

History is Alive at the Library!

chautauquaIt’s not apple pie. It’s not quilting, baseball, or rock n’ roll, either. No, “the most American thing in America,” according to former president Teddy Roosevelt, is Chautauqua.


Before television, radio, and car travel, cultural and educational entertainment was not easily attained by folks living in rural areas. In 1874 at Lake Chautauqua in upstate New York, “Chautauqua” was born, a week-long event packed with music, lectures, and other cultural opportunities. Its popularity gave birth to a movement, and towns all over America hosted Chautauqua events up until the mid-1920s.

Experience the resurgence of this American tradition, right here in Cecil County! Join us on Saturday, July 11th at 6pm for a special, after-hours event at the Elkton Central Library.

Emmy-winning actress and educator Gwendolyn Briley-Strand brings Olympian Wilma Rudolph to life in this one-woman living history performance. Rudolph was the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games, a feat accomplished in spite of her childhood battle with polio. The living history performance is preceded by harp music played by local musician, Jessica Whelan.

Reserve your spot today!

Chautauqua is sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council with support by Delmarva Power.

Photo credit: Window on Cecil County’s Past

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June 29th, 2015

Do You Want Your Kids to Succeed? Be Sure to Read!

human-725651_640Do you worry that over the summer, your kids will forget what they learned during the school year? We often call it “summer learning loss” or “summer slide.” The best way to combat this is to keep your kids reading throughout the summer. Reading helps them retain vocabulary that they have learned, and helps to sharpen their comprehension skills.

Do you have a picky reader? Do they only want books about superheroes or Greek Gods? Are you not sure about what is age-appropriate for them? Ask a librarian! Our librarians are able to recommend books that they will enjoy throughout the summer. If you are looking for teen or adult reading suggestions, fill out a BookMate form and we will find 8-10 titles that you would enjoy, based on what you have read (and liked) in the past.

And if your kids just don’t enjoy reading, don’t worry! Listening to audiobooks is just as effective as reading. Listening to an audiobook as a family is a great way to the pass the time on a long car ride. When adults listen along, it gives a great chance to apply lessons from the book to your kid’s everyday lives. All the branches of the CCPL have audiobook collections that you can browse through. Even if you can’t make it in to one of the libraries, we have audiobooks that you can check out through our website! eAudiobooks can be downloaded right to your device, tablet, or computer so you can listen to them everywhere, not just in the car.

Our summer reading program is a great way to give kids and teens the incentive to keep reading, and all of the programs the library offers keep them engaged. The program is open to adults, too. In case you haven’t signed up, you can do so here.

What books will you read this summer?