Chautauqua 2018: Frederick Douglass

July 6th, 2018

Bill Grimmette as Frederick DouglassIt’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 this Saturday, July 7th at 6 PM at the Elkton library to see Frederick Douglass come to life.

Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, storyteller, and actor will present as Frederick Douglass, one of the most important African-American activists of the nineteenth century. 2018 is the “Year of Frederick Douglass,” as it marks the bicentennial celebration of his birth.

Reserve your spot today by calling the Elkton Central Library at 410-996-5600 x 481, or by registering online.

Chautauqua is sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council. To find out about other Chautauqua performances across the state, visit the Maryland Humanities website. You can also check out our Fourth of July Reads, or our book list about Frederick Douglass.

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Celebrate Reading at Library After Hours!

June 15th, 2018

Great American ReadHave you heard of “The Great American Read”? It’s a new series by PBS that revolves around the joy and magic of reading. They’ve selected 100 books, and it’s up to the American public to vote on their favorite title.

Which books have your vote? The library wants to hear your answers! Cecil County Public Library is hosting our second Library After Hours next Friday, June 22nd at 6:30 PM at the Elkton Central Library.

A representative from Maryland Public Television will give a short overview of “The Great American Read,” and you’ll hear from staff on which books impacted their lives. After the presentation, interact with staff and other readers, advocate for your favorites, and find new books! Throughout the night, we’ll hold our own informal vote to choose the “Great Cecil County Read.” Be sure to bring your friends if you want a specific title to win! We will announce the top five winners at the end of the evening.

To check out PBS’s list of the 100 most-loved books, go online at

CCPL has most of the books available in print, but be sure to check out the Libby and Hoopla smartphone apps if you’d like to read or listen on the go! See our digital library online here and check out OverDrive’s Great American Read collection.

To spend your Friday night in a literary way, sign up for Library After Hours by calling 410-996-5600 x 481 or sign up online here.

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