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Amharic Story Time September 24th  2016


Ethiopian Day

 

The Ethiopian Literary and Cultural Awareness Association (ELCAA) in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) held the third Ethiopia Day Celebration at Silver Spring Library on Saturday, September 3rd, 2015.

At the event, ELCAA presented displays of Ethiopian art, literature, instruments, traditional dresses, and cultural artifacts. The main attraction of the day was the special Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony where an Ethiopian coffee fresh coffee brewed. The coffee then presented to guests along with traditional coffee treats. The coffee ceremony is an ancient Ethiopian tradition, and it is a large part of Ethiopia’s cultural and social life. The ceremony also has a historical significance—Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee. Invitations to coffee are marks of friendship and it is an event that makes neighbors closer and brings visitors into the fold of a family.

We put together this coffee ceremony as an expression of our thanks to all of our supporters, an opportunity to introduce some of you to our tradition, and to celebrate the New Year. As you may know, September 11thmarked the Ethiopian New Year. As a commemoration of the New Year, the children drew and colored traditional Ethiopian “Enkutatash” flowers for their parents.

So Melkam Addis Amet and happy new year to us all. We want to thank everyone who attended our event and hoped to see you at the next English and Amharic bilingual story hour.

Sat, July 23rd

On Saturday, July 23rd the ELCAA and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) hosted the 21st Bilingual monthly Amharic Story Time at Silver Spring Library. We had a great time with everyone. For the younger kids (ages 3-9) this month’s readings consisted of   "የዞኒ ስነ ምግባር“(Zonni's Manners)” illustrated by  Amidou Badji", read by Mama Kebebush Tesfaye &  Eileen Fishervalentine, the Silver Spring children librarian. Between the book reading, the kids watched a short YouTube videos of popular Ethiopian nursery rhymes. The kids caught on quickly and then began to sing and dance along with it. Finally, the kids had a fun coloring activities.

 

We thank all the parents and children who came to join us and hope that you, and even some newcomers, can all join us again at our next event and activity.  We have posted the pictures and video of  the event activities on  Facebook and Picasa web album.

Sat, June 28

On Saturday, june 25th the ELCAA and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) hosted the 20th Bilingual monthly Amharic Story Time at Silver Spring Library. We had a grate time with everyone. For the younger kids (ages 3-9) this month’s readings consisted of   "“የዮኒ ጉዞ ወደ ጉራጌ ዞን (Yoni’s travel to Guragie Zone)” by Sisaye Tesfaye and “የኩኩሻ ጨረቃ ( Kukusha’s Moon) ” by Daniel worku ", read by Mama Kebebush Tesfaye &  Eileen Fishervalentine, the Silver Spring children librarian. Between the book reading, the kids watched a short YouTube videos of popular Ethiopian nursery rhymes. The kids caught on quickly and then began to sing and dance along with it. Finally, the kids had a fun coloring activities.
 

We thank all the parents and children who came to join us and hope that you, and even some newcomers, can all join us again at our next event and activity.  We have posted the pictures and video of  the event activities on  Facebook and Picasa web album.

Sat, May. 28

On Saturday, May 28th the ELCAA and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) hosted the 19th Bilingual monthly Amharic Story Time at Silver Spring Library. We had a fantastic time with everyone. For the younger kids (ages 3-9) this month’s readings consisted of ““Maraki Teretoch Part 1 and 2 ”by Gail by Gail Ascari, read by Mama Kebebush Tesfaye &  Eileen Fishervalentine, the Silver Spring children librarian. Between the book reading, the kids watched a short YouTube videos of popular Ethiopian nursery rhymes. The kids caught on quickly and then began to sing and dance along with it. Finally, the kids had a fun coloring activities.

We thank all the parents and children who came to join us and hope that you, and even some newcomers, can all join us again at our next event and activity.  We have posted the pictures and video of  the event activities on  Facebook and Picasa web album.

 

Sat, April. 23rd

On Saturday, April 23rd the ELCAA and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) hosted the 18thh Bilingual monthly Amharic Story Time at Silver Spring Library. We had a fantastic time with everyone. For the younger kids (ages 3-9) this month’s readings consisted of ““የኤዞፕተረቶችክፍል 4 (Aesop Stories Part 4)”by Wondwesen Tamrat read by Mama Kebebush Tesfaye & Christine Conway, the Silver Spring children librarian. Between the book reading, the kids watched a short YouTube videos of popular Ethiopian nursery rhymes. The kids caught on quickly and then began to sing and dance along with it. Finally, the kids had a fun coloring activities.

 

 

We thank all the parents and children who came to join us and hope that you, and even some newcomers, can all join us again at our next event and activity.  We have posted the pictures and video of  the event activities on  Facebook and Picasa web album.
 

We look forward to seeing you at our next event May 28thAre you MCPL Library Card Holder?  please apply online now

Sat, Mar. 26th

On Saturday, March 26th the ELCAA and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) hosted the 16th Bilingual monthly Amharic Story Time at Silver Spring Library. We had a fantastic time with everyone. For the younger kids (ages 3-9) this month’s readings consisted of ““የኤዞፕተረቶችክፍል 3 (Aesop Stories Part 3)”by Wondwesen Tamrat read by Abba Adis & Christine Conway, the Silver Spring children librarian. Between the book reading, the kids watched a short YouTube videos of popular Ethiopian nursery rhymes. The kids caught on quickly and then began to sing and dance along with it. Finally, the kids had a fun coloring activities.

 

We thank all the parents and children who came to join us and hope that you, and even some newcomers, can all join us again at our next event and activity.  We have posted the pictures and video of  the event activities on  Facebook and Picasa web album.
 

We look forward to seeing you at our next event April 23rd

Are you MCPL Library Card Holder?  please apply online now

Sat., Feb. 20th

On Saturday, February 20th the ELCAA and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) hosted the 15th Bilingual monthly Amharic Story Time at Silver Spring Library. We had a fantastic time with everyone.

For the younger kids (ages 3-9) this month’s readings consisted of ““የኤዞፕተረቶችክፍል2 (Aesop Stories Part 2)”by Wondwesen Tamrat read by Emama Kebebush & Christine Conway, the Silver Spring children librarian. Between the book reading, the kids watched a short YouTube videos of popular Ethiopian nursery rhymes. The kids caught on quickly and then began to sing and dance along with it. Finally, the kids had a fun coloring activities.
 

 

The older kids (ages 10-13) read “የሙናዝንጆሮ(Muna’s Monkey)” by Michael Ambatchew and played a fun and educational Jeopardy game about Ethiopia. The kids were divided into 2 groups, “ to compete and answer the various questions. Even some of the parents got involved into the excitement. Here is the link to the game if you'd also like to give it a try: Elcaa Jeopardy.

We thank all the parents and children who came to join us and hope that you, and even some newcomers, can all join us again at our next event and activity.  We have posted the pictures and video of Saturday's (Feb. 20, 2016) activities on  Facebook, Picasa web album   and YouTube .

We look forward to seeing you at our next event

Are you MCPL Library Card Holder?  apply online now

Sat., Dec. 12th

On Saturday, December 12th, the ELCAA and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) hosted the 14th Bilingual monthly Amharic Story Time at the New Silver Spring Library. We had a fantastic time with everyone.

For the younger kids (ages 3-7) this month’s readings consisted of ““የኤዞፕ ተረቶች ክፍል 1 (Aesop Stories Part 1)” by Wondwesen Tamratby Wondwesen Tamrat will be read by Emama Kebebush & Eileen F. Valentine, the Silver Spring children librarian. Between and after the book reading, the kids watched a short YouTube video of popular Ethiopian nursery rhymes. The kids caught on quickly and then began to sing and dance along with it. Finally the kids had a fun coloring activity.

 

With the older kids (ages 8-13) we had a fun and educational Jeopardy game about Ethiopia. The kids were divided into two groups, “Lions" and " Fire eating Dragon", to compete and answer the various questions. Even some of the parents got involved into the excitement. Here is the link to the game if you'd also like to give it a try: Elcaa Jeopardy.

We thank all the parents and children who came to join us and hope that you, and even some newcomers, can all join us again at our next event and activity.  We have posted the pictures and video of Saturday's (December. 12, 2015) activities on Facebook and Google+ 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our next event

 

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ELCAA in conjunction with the Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) was instrumental in the establishment of an Amharic Language Collection at Silver Spring Library in 2012.
 
This process began in 2010 when a group of Ethiopians joined together and requested the acquisition and establishment of a collection of books, periodicals and online resources relating to Ethiopia, its culture, history, and language.  In 2011, the group formed the ELCAA with the goal of strengthening Ethiopian literary & cultural life in the United States.
 
In 2011 and 2012, ELCAA continued to work with MCPL and advocate for the Ethiopian Language Collection. In 2012, MCPL announced that an Amharic Language Collection would be established in the Silver Spring branch of MCPL. The County Executive’s Office held a press conference in October 2012 to announce the establishment of the collection. ELCAA, who was invited to press conference, spoke and expressed gratitude MCPL and the community for the establishment of the collection.
 
As a result of ELCAA’s work with MCPL and the staff at Silver Spring Library, there is a collection of Amharic Language books for adults and children. In 2013, ELCAA continued to work with MCPL and the Silver Spring Library staff to enhance the collection, including suggesting books, CDs, DVDs and magazines for inclusion in the collection.  
 
Beginning in April 2014, ELCAA in coordination with the Silver Spring Library Staff, began hosting Amharic and English bilingual story hour for children between the ages of 3-8 years old. The story hours consisted of reading a book in English and Amharic, providing an arts and crafts activity session, music and dancing. The readings included information on Ethiopian culture and history. For the older participants, ELCAA also included games such as jeopardy with questions on Ethiopian history and language. In 2014, ELCAA held 5 story hours where different stories were read in English and Amharic. For each session, at least 50-60 participants attended the events.
 
At the end of 2014, the Silver Spring Library was closed for renovations. In January and March of 2015, ELCAA held the Amharic and English bilingual story hour at White Oak Library. Over 80 members of the community attended each of the events.
 
As we mentioned this Saturday, the Silver Spring Library will reopen in a new state of the art facility and MCPL will be hosting a grand opening ceremony. ELCAA will be attending the event and will be providing information from our booth. We hope you can join us and help us to spread the word about this event to the Ethiopian Community in the Washington DC area. We are extremely proud of the Amharic Language Collection and we know with the support of the community, we can continue to grow the collection! ELCAA also plans to continue the Bilingual Amharic and English Storytime at the new library.
 
Best regards,