November 16th, 2015

International Games Day: Saturday, November 21

tabletopgamingLet’s celebrate at Cecil County Public Library! The goal of International Games Day is to connect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

On Saturday, November 21, 2015, more than one thousand libraries around the world will showcase gaming programs and services in support of IGD15.

Gaming of all types at the library encourages young patrons to interact with a diverse group of peers, share their expertise with others (including adults), and develop new strategies for gaming and learning. Plus, it’s a way for traditionally underserved groups to have fun in the library and interact with other members of the community. International Games Day @ Your Library is a great opportunity for families to get out of the house and play together in the one community institution that welcomes everyone.

Join us for these special programs on Saturday, November 21:

International Games Day
Join thousands of people playing card and board games in libraries around the world! For adults, teens, older children and families.
Perryville – 12 pm
Chesapeake City – 1 pm
North East – 1:30 pm
Rising Sun – 2 pm

Be creative while you explore the world of Minecraft. Ages 8-13
Elkton Central Library
1 pm and 2:30 pm.

Call 410-996-5600 x481 to sign up or visit our website.

What are your favorite games?

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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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