Declaration of Independence

So how much do you know about the Declaration of Independence? I am sure you could tell me who wrote it. And you know it is associated with July 4th, 1776 and the Revolutionary War. And names like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams come to mind. But what else do you know? The […]


The First Thanksgiving

Please note that MSEL and the BLC will be closed Thursday, November 27 for the holiday. We will close at midnight Wednesday and reopen Friday at 7:30am. When we think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Turkey, parades, football, shopping and food. Truthfully almost none of those things were at the first Thanksgiving with the exception […]


Summer Music

Summertime is here once again. One of the things I remember most from summers past is the music. I spent many a day attending, marching, or performing in a concert. The season provides so many opportunities for attending and participating in music events. With all the local festivals and holidays, there is always somewhere to go […]


Memorial Day

As a federal holiday, Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May in accordance with the National Holiday Act. While it has come to be considered the unofficial start of summer, it has much deeper historical significance. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, began after the American Civil War as a ceremonial way to remember the […]


What if everyone read the same book at the same time?

That’s the idea behind the One Maryland One Book program. This year the Maryland Humanities Council has chosen The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway as its book. In the book, which is based on true events, follow how a cellist’s performances affect different individuals in the war-torn city of Sarajevo. Throughout the coming months there are events all around Maryland involving […]