Exhibit Examines Schools and Race

The staff at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in Calvert County is working with two other partners to develop a comprehensive exhibit documenting the experience of African Americans in Maryland public schools from the end of the Civil War to the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

The core exhibit is scheduled to open in April. It will travel to four sites in the state over a two-year period, with each site adding its own perspective with local interpretive materials. The evolving presentation will explore public school textbooks and how their biases created the context for the nation's ongoing struggle over race.

The exhibits are being funded by a two-year, $173,441 grant received through the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant program. The money will be administered by the Jefferson Patterson Exhibit Services Program, which is part of the state Department of Housing and Community Development's Maryland Historical Trust.

Also working on the exhibits are the Southern Maryland Studies Center of the Charles County Community College Library and the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis, according to an announcement from the Department of Housing and Community Development.

James Loewen, senior researcher at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, will serve as guest curator. Loewen is the author of "Lies My Teacher Told Me" and winner of the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for distinguished anti-racist scholarship.

The exhibitions will be designed by Threshold Studio in Alexandria. The studio previously designed "Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration, 1915-1940," an exhibit at the National Museum of American History, and "Amistad: a True Story of Freedom" at the Connecticut Historical Society.

In addition to the physical exhibits, there are plans for a Web site that would function as a worldwide "virtual exhibit" and distribute teaching resources over the Internet.

Plans Set for Children's Book Week

The staff of the Charles County Public Library reminds area residents that National Children's Book Week is next Monday through Friday.

They said the observance might be a good time for parents to read to their children on a regular basis. In a statement on library programs, the staff offered several tips for reading aloud to children:

* Read to your baby: Rhymes like "Mary Had a Little Lamb," a birthday card, the cereal box or a newspaper story you are reading are all fine. It's the sounds that are important.

* Introduce simple pictures and storybooks as the baby grows. Shapes, colors and sounds delight infants.

* Visit the library. Let children have their own library cards and select their own books.

* Make a special time for reading aloud, such as after dinner or before bed.

* Try many different books.

* Read more about the people, places and things that children see on television.

* Have older children read aloud while you do household chores.

* Keep plenty of things to read around the house. Put children's books on low shelves.

* Let children see you read. Talk about what you read.

* Give books as gifts--it shows you think books are special.

Calvert Review Panel Seeks Applicants

The Calvert County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on the new Local Citizens Review Panel, which is being established to meet federal guidelines for implementation of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.

The review panel will try to ensure that the state of Maryland, through the local Department of Social Services and Calvert County agencies, is meeting its responsibilities to protect children from abuse and neglect.

Under state law, the panel is required to include representatives of the following groups: persons with experience in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, lawyers who represent children, health professionals, human services professionals, parents, consumers and law enforcement.

The deadline for applying is Nov. 26. An application form is available at the commissioners' office at the courthouse or at any public library. Applications should be sent to the Board of County Commissioners (Attention: Connie Clark), Courthouse, 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, Md. 20678, or faxed to 410-535-5594.

For additional information, call 410-535-1600, Ext. 330, or 301-855-1243, Ext. 330.

College Community Donates Goods

Piles of clothes, winter coats, canned foods, children's books, toiletries, blankets, toys and other goods were donated to local agencies last month by students, staff and faculty at Charles County Community College.

The goods went to Fuller Transitional men's shelter, Angel Watch women's shelter, Civista Medical Center's children's ward, Health Partners, Children's Aid Society, Waldorf Baptist Church Food Pantry and Catholic Charities.

The donation drives, sponsored on campus by the Student Government Association and Americorps/Campus Corps, were held as part of National Make a Difference Day on Oct. 23. Faculty member Shirlee Levin organized the campus effort.

Members of Levin's Interpersonal Communication class helped sort and organize donated items on Oct. 23. In addition to student government, the Black Student Union, Theatre Club and Phi Theta Kappa helped head up various collection drives.

Crafters Sought for Holiday Show

The Great Mills High School Band Boosters are seeking crafters for the group's Holiday Craft Show.

The show is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the school.

For information about the show and table or space rental, call 301-866-4016.

Calverton School Adds to Board

The Calverton School in Huntingtown recently announced the appointment of three new members of its Board of Trustees. The new trustees are:

* Barry Tull, currently headmaster of Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin, Md. Tull is also a member of the board of directors of the Association of Independent Schools.

* Ellen Gillis, of Dunkirk. Gillis and her husband, Kevin, are the parents of three children, two of whom are students at Calverton. Gillis has a degree in biology and a strong interest in mathematics, according to a statement from the school. She is an independent systems analyst.

* Stephen Smith, of Huntingtown, is also a Calverton parent. He is assistant vice president of Farmers' Bank, where he is the commercial loan officer. Smith, who holds a degree in economics, and his wife, Liz, have four children, three of whom are Calverton students.

The appointments bring the membership of the Calverton board to 21.

Deadline Nears for Charles Calendar

The deadline for submitting items for the Charles County calendar of events for 2000 is Nov. 30.

More than 25,000 copies of the calendar are distributed each year by the Charles Office of Tourism.

Events can be submitted by calling the tourism office at 301-645-0558. The office also can be reached by fax at 301-638-2408 or by e-mail at tourism@govt.co.charles.md.us.