Learn about English royalty with these Elizabeth I books and DVDs
— 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.
The new CCPL Teen Readers and Writers Club met for the first time Thursday with a zine-making workshop.