April 8th, 2011

What’s Your Story?

nlwBeginning April 10th, libraries throughout the nation will celebrate National Library Week.  This year’s theme is “Create Your Own Story @ Your Library.”

Throughout the course of the week, our libraries will offer programs geared at helping you do just that.  The Rising Sun branch will host National Library Week themed children’s story programs on Tuesday, April 12th at 1:30pm, Wednesday, April 13th at 10:30am, and Thursday, April 14th at 10:30am.  They will also hold a Family Game program on Saturday, April 16th from 1-2:30pm.  Winners of the county-wide NLW children’s bookmark contest will be announced at each branch during the week.

Teens will get the chance to perform an extreme makeover on boring book covers at the Perryville Branch on Thursday, April 14th at 3pm, and those with a flair for creative writing can exercise their pens, as well as their imaginations, at the Elkton Teen Writers group on Thursday, April 14th at 3:30pm. Cecilton teens can view a classic story made modern with a screening of Ten Things I Hate About You on Saturday, April 16th at 2pm.

On Wednesday, April 14th, the Friends of the Library will sponsor  “Meet the Authors,” featuring three local authors—Ken Wiggins, Corinne Litzenberg, and Bobbie Hinman—who will share their stories and advice on becoming a writer.  You can delve more into the story of “you” at the North East Branch’s Genealogy Detectives program on Saturday, April 16th from 11am-1pm.

To finish out the week, the Elkton Central Library will host an Open House from 10am-4pm on Saturday, April 16th, featuring tours of the CCPL Bookmobile and a family concert with local songster Scott Birney (free Italian ice and pretzels for all who attend the concert!).  Visit our “tech café” to watch previews of this year’s Cecilwood Film Festival and sample playlists from our cd collection (check out a free playlist preview here).

Please check with your local branch for additional details on programs taking place during National Library Week.

Looking for a library/librarian inspired read this week?  Check out our list of favorites here.  I’m currently engrossed in Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches, set in Oxford’s atmospheric Bodelian Library.

My library “story” began when I was five years old and signed up for my first library card at the Elkton library, spending much of my childhood in its stacks and kicking off a lifelong love affair with books and libraries.  I know that throughout the course of my life, both as a librarian and a patron, the library has given me access to knowledge and learning opportunities I never would’ve had without it.  That’s my story—what’s yours?


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March 24th, 2011

Cecilwood: Festival of Short Films

Lights, Camera, Action! We’re gearing up for our second annual Cecilwood: A Festival of Short Films (TM). This is YOUR chance to participate in a local film festival, even if you’re just a beginner. We’re accepting all kinds of short movies, from documentaries to comedies to dramas . All submissions must be less than 5 minutes in length. The festival is split into two age divisions – the teen competition and the adult competition. The first prize for each is a $100 Visa gift card!

If you want to get a leg up on the competition, we have two great programs coming up that can help you improve your film-making skills:

This Saturday, March 26th, Elkton High School librarian Kim Dyer will be leading a workshop from 12:30 to 4:30 on Introduction to Film-making. Bring a bagged lunch and learn the basics of creating a short film. Participants will work in teams and get hands-on practice with Flip cameras provided by the library.

Have questions about how to use your video camera? On Monday, April 4th, Daniel Krukosky from Cecil College will help you Make the Most of Your Video Camera! Bring your own video camera to the library along with the instructional booklet (if available) and Dan will help you advance your skills.

Both programs still have openings, so give us a call at 410-996-5600 ext. 481 and sign up today! Entries for Cecilwood: A Festival of Short Films (TM) are due Monday, May 2nd, 2011 by 8pm. We will show the films and announce the winners at the Festival on Saturday, May 21, 2011. For more info click here. And here are some suggestions for types of films you may want to create…

•    DocumentaryCB057409
•    “Moc”umentary
•    Comedy
•    Drama
•    Romance
•    Public Service Announcement
•    People/Community (“Where I’m From”)
•    Land/Landscape (Environmental)
•    Animation
•    Personal Narrative
•    Experimental

Do you enjoy watching different types of movies or do you stick to a certain genre? Comedies, dramas, romance, documentaries – what’s your favorite?


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