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February 28, 2017, Bilingual Storytime

 

 

 

Sat. Feb, 25, 2017

On Saturday, February 25, 28, 2017, the ELCAA and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) hosted the 27th bilingual monthly Amharic Story Time at Silver Spring Library. We had a great time with everyone. This month’s readings consisted of “Aesop Stories Part III” by Wondwesen Tamrat. read by Mama Kebebush Tesfaye from Elcaa & Lauren Martino, Silver Spring’s 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, kids  had fun coloring activities about February, Black History Month and The Batel of Adawa 

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 Google album.

 

 

Sat. Jan  28, 2017

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, the ELCAA and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) hosted the 26th bilingual monthly Amharic Story Time at Silver Spring Library. We had a great time with everyone. This month’s readings consisted of “An amazing Eagle's” by Dr. Seleshi Yetbarek by Mama Kebebush Tesfaye from Elcaa & Lauren Martino, Silver Spring’s 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 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 Google album.

Sat, Oct.29 2016

On Saturday, October 29 2016 the ELCAA and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) hosted the 23rd bilingual monthly Amharic Story Time at Silver Spring Library. We had a great time with everyone. This month’s readings consisted of “If you give a mouse a cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff and “Where do I come from?” by Alicia Grinberg read by Mama Kebebush Tesfaye from Elcaa & Lauren Martino, Silver Spring’s 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 Google album.

Sat, Sep 24th

On Saturday, September 24, 2016,  ELCAA and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) hosted the 22nd bilingual monthly Amharic Story Time at Silver Spring Library. We had a great time with everyone. This month’s readings consisted of “Ethiopian voices: Tsion’s life (የፅዮንሕይወት)”by Stacy Bellward read by Mama Kebebush Tesfaye from Elcaa & Eileen FisherValentine, Silver Spring’s 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 Google album.

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.
 

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