Family Life

Flint Knapping Demonstration

What:  ‘Native American Artifact Exhibit’ – A Greensboro Autumn Fest Event

 Hundreds of museum quality Native American artifacts featuring projectile points, axes, drills, spearheads, pottery, stone knives and tools dating from Archaic through Woodland periods on the Eastern Shore.

Flint knapping demonstration Sandy hill

All ages - free admission

Where: Caroline County Public Library – Greensboro

101 Cedar Lane

Greensboro, Md. 21639

When: Saturday, October 3, 2009



Contact/Information: Richard O. Smith/Branch Manager






Caroline County Bird Club Youth Essay Contest 2009


No fee to enter or to win. The Caroline County Bird Club Essay Contest is open to all children who are age 9 through 12 and are residents of Caroline County.

Essays must be solely the work of the participant. Essays must be no longer than 500 words and must be typed or written in legible handwriting. Participants should address the following subject in their essay:

Write a story or tell of an experience that you have had involving wild birds and how do you think we can protect them better in the future.


Entries will be accepted between October 1, 2009 and November 15, 2009. The participant’s name, age, grade, and address must be on the top of the page on which the essay is written or typed.

Coast Day! Free Family Educational Fun!

Looking for a fun, educational event for the whole family? Mark your calendars for Coast Day, Sunday, October 4!

  • Tour research ships, meet scientists in their labs, and try lots of cool hands-on activities.
  • See what’s being done to ensure that our coastal and marine resources remain healthy and available for future generations to enjoy.
  • Take an up-close look at dogfish sharks and other marine life and find out how they live.
  • Compete for prizes and enjoy fresh-cooked seafood and other culinary delights.

The University of Delaware’s Coast Day, held at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, introduces thousands of people each year to the wonders of the sea and the importance of Delaware’s marine and coastal resources.

Creepy Crawlers "Crabby Days"

Creepy Crawlers "Crabby Days"

Monday, September 07, 2009 - Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Educational Programs for children 2-5 years old.
Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
10-11 a.m.
Additional Info:
Registration required.
(410) 827-6694

Consider the Benefits of a Special Needs Camp

by Ford C. Waggoner,   Director of Marketing Easter Seals of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Located on 250 acres near  historic Chestertown and Fairlee Creek,  Camp Fairlee Manor and Recreation Center  has been providing recreation and respite services for children and adults with disabilities since 1954.  Now in its 55th year, Camp Fairlee just ended another successful summer and had record numbers of persons attending camp.

Camp Fairlee knows how to provide a unique, and personalized summer camp experience for any person with a disability.  Swinging high over the trees on a zip line, climbing a 30 foot high “rock” wall, walking the high ropes, or canoeing are examples of  activities that children and adults of all ages and abilities enjoy.   The benefits are numerous for anyone,  but even more so for children and adults with cognitive  or physical disabilities. 

Back-to-School: Homeschool Edition

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Everyone’s in that back-to-school frenzy. The stores are packed with supplies and the blogs are packed with salivating mothers anxiously awaiting the arrival of that big yellow school bus.

I can understand that. I’m feeling pretty much done with ennui of summertime, myself. Not my inactivity, mind you – I’ve been working my butt off – giving my children the unstructured freedom to create, to play, to grow.

Or at least….that’s what I’ve kept telling myself.

In reality, my kids are bored witless. Without the structure of schoolwork and other educational pursuits they’ve fallen into their favorite pastime – whining and picking on each other until Mom & Dad’s ears bleed.  We haven’t experienced this before – we usually continue learning year round – just in bits and drabs. This summer….not so much.  Except for a few “you’ve GOT to do at least ONE subject today” days we’ve been totally school-less.

And they’re driving me out of my ever-loving mind. I’ve got kids glued to my butt 24/7. I’ve been spending inordinately long times in the bathroom – just for some alone time.  I miss the good old days when everyone went to bed at 8pm – without me. Now that we’ve entered the tween years it’s like peeling off another layer of skin to accomplish night-time separation. What’s with that????

Stuffed Animal Slumber Party and Birthday Storytime

Library Celebrates 20th Birthday

Ever wonder what happens after the library closes? Let your stuffed animals find out!

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Kent Island Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville, will host a Stuffed Animal Slumber Party and 20th Birthday Storytime. On Wednesday, August 26, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., children from ages 2 through 5 may bring a stuffed animal to the library. Who knows what adventures the animals will have when they spend the night at the library?

On Thursday, August 27, at 10:30 a.m., children will be reunited with their stuffed animals during a special 20th birthday storytime. In addition to regular storytime books, songs, and a craft, children will receive souvenir photos showing how the animals spent their night at the library. Registration is not required for the program, which is free of charge.

The Kent Island Branch Library opened on August 28, 1989. This year the Queen Anne’s County Free Library also celebrates its 100th anniversary. For more information about children’s programs at the library, please call 410-643-8161 or visit the library’s website, www.quan.lib.md.us.

FAIR ENOUGH! (Queen Anne's Fair, That is!)

by Mary McCarthy
As we all know from Charlotte's Web, a fair is a veritable smorgasbord (orgasbord).
And this week is the long-awaited Queen Anne's County fair week! Due to an ill-timed vacation, I am going to miss the fair this week and do you know why this makes me excruciatingly sad? Because I was asked to judge. THE COOKIES! I am doing that smack-in-the-head "I coulda had a V8" thing, because I had the chance to judge the fair one other time. But it was the breads and this time I got promoted to COOKIES and uggghhh I promised them I'd time my vaca better next year!

If you haven't seen the fair schedule, here are some highlights of the things that are my QAC Fair faves:

Um- the food! Hello! This lineup ensures no one will have to cook at home for a while week!

Monday Aug 10:
Pit Ham Dinner 4-7 p.m.
Tuesday Aug 11: Crab Cake Dinner 4-7 p.m.
Wednesday Aug 12: Chicken Barbeque Dinner 4-7 p.m.
Thursday Aug 13: Pork Barbeque Dinner 4-7 p.m.
Friday Aug 14: Barbeque Beef Dinner 4-7 p.m.

Mother Nature’s Kitchen

Mother Nature’s Kitchen at St. Michaels Library

On Wednesday, August 5, at 2:15 p.m., in the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library, children 8 – 10 will have the chance to investigate owl pellets and learn how animals in the wild find something to eat.  “Food Webs and Feeding” will be presented by the University of Maryland Extension-Talbot County 4H Program.  Parents need to pre-register their children for this program.  For more information, call the library at 410-745-5877

Mother Goose on the Loose

Fridays, August 7, 14, 21 at 9:45 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m.

Nursery rhymes, songs, movement, puppets, and story
For ages 3 months through 36 months with a caregiver
Kent Island Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville, MD
Free of charge. No registration required.

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