Eldersburg library's book club attracts readers


May 18, 1999|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

READING IS fundamental, and not just for elementary schoolchildren, but for all ages. The Book Club at the Eldersburg branch library has been attracting a number of avid readers since its inception in February.

"We've been getting large numbers and people seem to be enjoying it," said Kim Ports, a librarian at the Eldersburg branch. "We've had as few as 12 and as many as 20 since we started."

The group meets regularly one Saturday a month in the library's large meeting room for book discussion, socializing and choosing the next book. Members of the group alternate leading the discussions and providing refreshments.

"It's very much a patron-run program," said Ports. "I serve as their library resource person, reserving and ordering books, reserving the meeting room and setting up related displays, but the members choose the books and conduct the meetings."

Anyone age 17 and older is welcome to join the group at any time. The summer reading and meeting schedule is "Angela's Ashes" on June 26; "The Horse Whisperer" on July 24; and "Cold Mountain" on Aug. 21.

Information: 410-795-3520.

Young writers

The Eldersburg library has organized a Writers' Circle for students ages 11 to 14 who enjoy creative writing and want to meet and share this interest with others.

The group will meet from 4 p.m to 5 p.m. Thursday in the library's small meeting room. Ports serves as facilitator for the group and promises creative writing activities.

During the summer, Oklahoma Road Middle School teacher Joanne Penny will conduct a series of creative writing workshops at the library. Registration is unnecessary and no fee is charged. Pencil, paper and ideas are all that's required.

Workshops for students entering grades six through eight will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 9, 16, 24 and 30. Students entering grades three through five will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on those dates.

Information: 410-795-3520.

Cultural festival

If you've ever wanted to experience other cultures, but haven't the time or the funds for a trip, stop by the "Culture Cruisin' Festival" from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. tomorrow in Sykesville's Cooper Park.

Sykesville Middle School is the host of its second festival. The success of last year's festival prompted organizers to open the event to the community.

In addition to food samples from cultures around the world, entertainment is planned, including a steel drum band, Irish dancers, Sykesville Middle School Jazz Band, Shakespearean performances, live animals and dragon story time.

No admission will be charged for the event. Cooper Drive will be closed to traffic for the festival. Parking will be available at Sykesville Middle School.

Information: 410-751-3545.

Self-defense course

Sykesville Parks and Recreation will conduct a class called "Self-Defense for the College Bound."

This six-week course will focus on fundamental self-defense skills and situational awareness. Topics covered will include fundamental striking and throwing, rape prevention, dirty tricks and other topics as suggested by students.

The course will be taught by Peter Hiltz, who has more than 24 years' experience in martial arts. Classes will meet at 8 p.m. Mondays beginning June 7 in the Community Room at Carrolltown Center.

Cost is $30 and registration will be taken at the door June 7. All ages are welcome.

Information: Peter Hiltz, 410-549-7437.

Ecumenical Sing

ESCAPE Ministries Inc. held its annual Ecumenical Sing on Sunday evening as 10 area musical groups performed at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Sykesville. More than $1,400 was raised for the organization.

ESCAPE has helped more than 1,600 Carroll County families with rent, utilities and emergency food supplies. Donations may be mailed to ESCAPE Ministries Inc., 5600 Old Washington Road, Sykesville 21784.

Information: 410-549-7230.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 5/18/99

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