Learn about English roy­alty with these El­iz­a­beth I books and DVDs

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT - By JOE ANTOSHAK By NANCY STRAKNA

— It was a hum­ble be­gin­ning, but on Thurs­day a new pro­gram de­signed to fos­ter cre­ative writ­ing met at this town’s pub­lic li­brary.

Only three came out for the first Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary Teen Read­ers and Writers Café, but for al­most the en­tire hour-plus ses­sion the room buzzed with ideas. Li­brar­i­ans Katelyn McLi­mans and Al­lie Charles led a zine-mak­ing work­shop dur­ing which the teens (billed for those 14 to 17 years old) had free rein to brain­storm and con­struct as they wanted.

A zine is gen­er­ally de­fined as a mini magazine with a small cir­cu­la­tion, and af­ter a brief his­tory les­son from Charles, the stu­dents split off to cre­ate their own pages. McLi­mans sug­gested they make a col­lec­tive zine with an “is­land sur­vival” theme, which every­one seemed to take to.

“That’d be re­ally cool,” said Henry

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Here’s a list re­lated to all things Queen El­iz­a­beth I. The Per­ryville Branch Li­brary is host­ing a liv­ing his­tory pro­gram about Queen El­iz­a­beth call “Good Queen Bess” on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

Award-win­ning ac­tress Mary Ann Jung will take you on a royal romp through the era of Queen El­iz­a­beth I. The Queen will teach every­one the proper way to bow and curt­sey and even how to do her fa­vorite dance, the French Gal­liard. Fam­i­lies wel­come. Emily Post’s Eti­quette (18th edi­tion, 2011) By Peggy Post Much has changed in the 400 years since El­iz­a­beth I reigned, but man­ners still mat­ter. The def­i­ni­tion of eti­quette, which is a code of be­hav­ior based on thought­ful­ness, has not changed. Learn how to deal with the myr­iad chal­lenges we en- Watkins, a home­schooled 15-year-old.

“It would be,” said Destiny Stone, 16. “And ev­ery­body here seems pretty smart, so there won’t be any dumb sug­ges­tions.”

This was the first time Watkins and Stone had met, but within 10 min­utes they were work­ing to­gether and con­nect­ing over an­ime and “The Hunger Games.”

The work­shop fol­lowed a loose, freeform struc­ture, with McLi­mans and Charles gen­tly re-di­rect­ing when an idea went too far.

There was talk of the re­cent clown frenzy sweep­ing so­cial me­dia, pop­u­lar YouTu­bers and how bor­ing school was. The teenagers made jokes in the way teenagers of­ten do — ten­ta­tively, like try­ing on a new pair of shoes.

“I used to write fan fic­tion a lot,” McLi­mans said. “I was the kid who was re­ally into this kind of stuff when I was in high school, too. So it’s kind of cool to see these kids play around with it.”

And this pro­gram is just one in a counter to­day in this up-to­date book of man­ners.

Vic­to­ria, The Es­sen­tial Tea Com­pan­ion: Fa­vorite

Menus for Tea Par­ties and Cel­e­bra­tions (2014) By Sev­eral Con­trib­u­tors Beau­ti­ful pho­to­graphs and scrump­tious recipes fill this book. With menus for af­ter­noon tea and en­ter­tain­ing, it will in­spire you to slow down and en­joy a proper cup of tea. made the El­iz­a­bethan era great; and pro­vides a per­sonal glimpse of the Vir­gin Queen, who has re­mained an enigma for cen­turies.

Tales from the Royal Wardrobe DVD (2015) Nar­rated by Lucy Wors­ley If you love cos­tume dra­mas, you’ll love this be­hindthe-scenes peek at the Royal Wardrobe. From Queen El­iz­a­beth I to present day, fun and quirky his­to­rian Lucy Wors­ley ex­am­ines the clothes that de­fined the monar­chs. broad se­ries the li­brary or­ga­nizes in at­tempts to im­prove the com­mu­nity from an ed­u­ca­tional stand­point, which in some cat­e­gories does not meet the state av­er­age. Ce­cil County’s read­ing and math lev­els have been on par with the rest of Mary­land in re­cent years, but it con­tin­ues to trail the state in per­cent­age of pop­u­la­tion with a post­sec­ondary de­gree.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the U.S. Cen­sus Bu­reau of in­di­vid­u­als 25 and older from 2010 to 2014, only 29 per­cent of Ce­cil’s pop­u­la­tion had at­tained a post-sec­ondary de­gree, com­pared to Mary­land’s 37.3 per­cent over­all.

A fis­cal years 2015 and 2016 re­port by Union Hos­pi­tal and the Ce­cil County Health De­part­ment stated that this statis­tic “may in­di­cate that the pop­u­la­tion com­pre­hends read­ing ma­te­rial and in­struc­tions at a third-grade read­ing level. This in turn may im­pact the abil­ity to make in­formed de­ci­sions, health care or oth­er­wise.” fact her spy­mas­ter. Wals­ing­ham launched his own se­cret cam­paigns against the Queen’s en­e­mies — most no­tably her ri­val, Mary Queen of Scots. He de­vel­oped covert op­er­a­tions to thwart Catholic Spain and France that re­main sta­ples of in­ter­na­tional es­pi­onage.

The Teen Read­ers and Writers Café will not be re­spon­si­ble for clos­ing that gap, but it’s in­dica­tive of a larger step on the path to more gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion growth.

“We’re here to sup­port the schools,” McLi­mans said. “A lot of the things we do are en­rich­ment pro­grams to sup­port the things that they’re do­ing in the class­rooms. For ex­am­ple, this pro­gram and the club in gen­eral is kind of a way to take what the kids are learn­ing in school and let them ex­plore it more in an in­di­vid­ual sense and be more cre­ative with it.”

On Thurs­day, the clock showed 5 p.m. — the listed end time — but the teens chose to keep work­ing. They hadn’t fin­ished their zine, and any­way they were hav­ing fun.

It just hap­pens they were learn­ing, too.

Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary’s Teen Read­ers and Writers Café will meet monthly. Check ce­cil.ebranch.info for more on when it meets next.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOE ANTOSHAK

The new CCPL Teen Read­ers and Writers Club met for the first time Thurs­day with a zine-mak­ing work­shop.

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