November 8th, 2015

Genealogy Symposium Saturday, November 14th


It wasn’t that long ago that I became interested in genealogy – and at first it was quite daunting! I’ve learned that we have so many resources that you can use! One that could really help you is the upcoming 4th Annual Cecil County Public Library Genealogy Symposium.

On November 14th, from 9am-1pm, we will have three speakers all of which are designed to help people further their research. I’ll be the first speaker and I’ll be presenting “Exploring Library Genealogy Resources.” This lecture is designed to help people discover what resources are available at the Cecil County Public Library. There will also be two other speakers: Mary Mannix, the manager of the Maryland Room in Frederick County, will present “Thinking about Your Stuff: Estate Planning for Genealogists,” and Shamele Jordan, a genealogical researcher, lecturer, writer and podcaster, will present “Visualizing the Past: Mapping Your Ancestors.”
We will have tables with representatives from local and state organizations such as the Historical Society of Cecil County, Daughters of the American Revolution, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Delaware Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society.

In case you cannot make it to our symposium on the 14th, we have a great collection of books that you could check out that would be very helpful when beginning this search.

Genealogy online for dummies
How to do everything : Genealogy
Quillen’s Essentials of Genealogy : Tracing Your European Roots
Family photo detective : learn how to find genealogy clues in old photos and solve family photo mysteries
Troubleshooter’s Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy

Another resource that might be of help is our Gale Online Courses which are six-week courses taught by professors and experts. These classes are free with your library card. A good place to start is our “Genealogy Basics” course, which introduces you to the basic concepts of research.

As always, if you have any more questions, please contact any of our librarians. We all would be happy to help you or to point you in the right direction. Hope to see you at the Symposium!

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October 26th, 2015

Peabody Dance Visits Cecil County

Peabody alumna Lillian MooreFrom Europe to South America to Asia, ballet has placed its demi-pointe almost everywhere in the world, starting in the Italian Renaissance during the 1500s.

However, ballet’s influence reached America much later—nearly 400 years later. There was only one professional ballet company by the late 1800s. One of the earliest dance companies was Peabody Dance, established by the Peabody Institute at John Hopkins in December 1914.

The school was a trailblazer for dance—it was the first location besides New York City to offer training associated with the Russian Imperial Ballet School. In 1942, the ballet program was formally introduced. Currently, the Peabody School of Dance teaches ballet and contemporary courses for children and adults. It is also home to the amazing Estelle Dennis Tuition-Free Training Program for Boys, which funds up to 25 boys for a year of professional training.

This year, Peabody Dance celebrates its 100th anniversary. To commemorate its centennial, the institute is having events to educate, inspire, and entertain the public.

On Friday, October 30th at 6 pm, join us at the Elkton branch library to hear Lisa Green-Cudek, a faculty member from Peabody Dance and Loyola University of Maryland, give an interactive lecture about the Peabody School of Dance and the evolution of dance through 100 years of Maryland history.

A free performance by the dancers from the Peabody Dance/Estelle Dennis Tuition-Free Boys Program will be held at the Cecil College Elkton Station on Sunday, November 8th, at 2pm. Please call 410-996-5600 x 481 to reserve tickets.

While you’re getting ready for the events, brush up on your dance history! Apollo’s Angels offers an entertaining and comprehensive history on ballet. Or get an inside look in the dance word with Dance Anecdotes: Stories from the Worlds of Ballet, Broadway, the Ballroom, and Modern Dance.

Misty Copeland, the first African-American Female Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, has a captivating memoir out: Life in Motion. She has also penned a children’s book, Firebird.

Pick up your child a fun ballet-themed movie like Olivia Takes Ballet, Ballet Shoes, or Barbie in the Nutcracker. Young readers may enjoy the Sugar Plum Ballerinas series. Or, they may want to try out their own moves in a Just Dance videogame for various gaming systems.

If you want to watch a movie, consider some of our collection’s DVDs: Step Up, which is set in Baltimore, Maryland; Footloose and Dirty Dancing, classics that are always fun to re-watch; and Every Little Step, a documentary about the audition process for the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.

Other movies about dance are available on Hoopla, the library’s online platform to watch movies and TV shows, and listen to audiobooks or read e-books on your tablet, smartphone, or computer. Watch the documentary Dancing Across Borders, which follows the story of a young Cambodian man who joins the School of American Ballet, or Honey, featuring Jessica Alba as a struggling hip-hop dancer.

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