Author Rita Williams-Garcia Visits Queen Anne’s County Library
On April 10th author Rita Williams-Garcia visited the Kent Island Branch of Queen Anne’s County Library to speak with 111 students from . Williams-Garcia is best known for her books “One Crazy Summer” and “P.S. Be Eleven,” both of which won the Coretta Scott King Award. “One Crazy Summer” is also a Newbery Honor book.
The trip was sponsored by Eastern Shore Regional Library and coordinated by youth services librarian Julie Ranelli and STMS teachers Jeff Harbour and Sean Barnum.
Williams-Garcia spoke about the personal and societal influences on her writing, including the importance of fashion and the Jackson Five (pictured). She encouraged students to read and to write. She signed books for students and the STMS media center.
Pictured: Williams-Garcia signing a book for Harbour.) Her formal presentation lasted for 30 minutes, and was followed by a question and answer session with students.
The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s “STArt!” (Students, Teachers, Artists) initiative kicked off a two week exhibit of middle school student’s artwork with a reception on May 17. Over one-hundred guests were in attendance including the students and their artist mentors. The artwork was created in a four-hour session in each of the middle schools with a professional artist at each school. Artists Ric Conn, John Pringle, Jonathan Shaw and Rick Strittmater taught at Sudlersville, Matapeake, Centreville and Stevensville schools respectively. Ten students in each school participated in the program and produced artwork in gouache, watercolor, acrylic or drawing depending on who their mentor was.
Program Chair Sharon Lipsius addressed the students, artists and educators, giving special praise to the sponsors and foundations that supported the innovative project saying, “We truly appreciate the vision of our business partners who understand the importance of this type of programming.” She encouraged guests to acknowledge sponsors by doing business with businesses that support the Arts Council and thanked committee members Susan Bastress, Lee Franklin, Diana Saquella and Jonathan Shaw.
Program support was received from The Digital Architects, Queenstown Bank, Choptank Electric Trust, Priceless Industries, The Peoples Bank, Maryland State Arts Council and private donors. Sponsors interested in supporting the project in 2014 should contact Darcey Schoeninger, the Arts Council’s director.
The student and mentor artwork is on display through June 1 during regular business hours, Tuesday through Friday from 9 to 5 and Saturday 10 to 2. Contact the Arts Council at 410.758.2520, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Programs, events and opportunities are listed on their website www.arts4u.info.
In photo: Student Savannah Spedden (Matapeake Middle) with artist/mentor John Pringle
We are looking for caring and supportive adults to be a part of a pilot mentoring program beginning at:
Six mentors are needed at each school to offer one-on-one interaction with at-risk youth.
Our goal is to start mentoring during the school day (lunch time) with the intention of moving mentoring meetings outside the school time frame and building into the community.
Mentors will agree to meeting with their mentees on a weekly basis for at least 1 hour.
These mentoring moments help youth make better decisions that affect their lives and will empower them to fulfill their dreams.
For further information on becoming a mentor, please contact Jacki Carter at 410-758-6677 or email@example.com.