Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library in December

Children’s Programs

Easton

Holiday Crafts
Saturday, December 2, 10:30 a.m. For all ages.

Story Time
Tuesday, December 5, 10:00 a.m.; program repeats at 11:00 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Read with Latte, a Certified Therapy Dog
Tuesday, December 12, 4:00 p.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte.

Cookie Decorating Program
Wednesday, December 13, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Stop in and decorate cookies! First come, first served. For all ages.

Steel Drums Program
Saturday, December 16, 1:00 p.m. Listen to steel drum music, hear the history of the instrument, and learn to play a complete song during this interactive program sponsored by Young Audiences of Maryland and Rockcreek Steel Drums. For all ages.

St. Michaels

Maker Space
Wednesday, December 6, 3:30 p.m. Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math), building with Legos, Zoobs, and more! For children 6 and older.

Story Time
Wednesday, December 13, 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

L-R Barbara Kline & Kathy Bernard

Minecraft
Wednesday, December 13, 3:30 p.m. Explore Minecraft on the library’s computers. For ages 5 and older.

Family Unplugged Games
Thursday, December 14, 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family to the library for an afternoon of board games and fun educational children’s games. For all ages (children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult).

Family Crafts
Thursday, December 21, 3:30 p.m. Make a Yarn Scarf

Teen & Adult Programs

Easton

Stitching Time
Monday, December 11, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Patrons are invited to work on their favorite project with a group. Limited instruction will be available for beginners. Newcomers welcome.

Two Boomer Babes to Discuss Their Debut Novel: Perfectly Seasoned
Thursday, December 14, 6:30 p.m. Radio’s Two Boomer Babes, Kathy Bernard and Barbara Kline, talk about the genesis of Perfectly Seasoned, storyline and character development, the writing process, finding a publisher, and the joys of becoming first-time authors a bit later in life. Bernard and Kline’s 2 Boomer Babes Radio Hour has received numerous programming awards, including one from the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association and a Gracie for their series Beyond the Face of Alzheimer’s.

Lunch & Learn: Online at Your Library!
Thursday, December 21, noon. Online classes, free tutoring, genealogy resources, language learning with Rosetta Stone, magazines and more! Come and learn what your library has to offer 24/7, free with your library card. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring your lunch. Coffee and dessert will be provided.

Teen Game Board Night
Thursday, December 21, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Join us as we play real, live, face-to-face board games! Bring your own or use the library’s: Catan, Ticket to Ride, Chess, and more! For grades 6-12. Light refreshments.

St. Michaels

Judy Amdur

Brown Bag: Words and Music – A Celebration of the “American Songbook”
Monday, December 4, noon. Local musician Judy Amdur continues her celebration of the “American Songbook” with more composers and lyricists from the thirties through the sixties, including Cole Porter and Lerner and Loewe. These timeless artists were storytellers, poets, and masters of rhythm, melody, and language. Come rediscover the songs that have enriched our culture in so many ways. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring your lunch. Coffee and dessert will be provided.

Coloring for Teens & Adults
Monday, December 4, 3:30 p.m. Explore the relaxing process of coloring!

Arts & Crafts
Thursday, December 7, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and tatting. Bring your coloring books, Zentangle pens or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative. You may also bring a lunch.

Annual Book Sale
Saturday, December 9, 9:00 a.m. till we sell out. St. Michaels annual (huge) book sale.

Bay Hundred Chess
Wednesdays, December 13 & 27, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Learn and play the strategic game of chess. Beginners welcome. For all ages.

Memoir Writers
Thursdays, December 14 & 28, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly, like-minded people. Participants are invited to bring their lunch.

Note: All library programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, patrons do not need to pre-register to attend a library program.

Contact: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-822-1626

Easton Library to Host S.T.E.A.M. Festival

On Saturday, November 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites one and all to attend a S.T.E.A.M. Festival in celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be on hand with their ever-popular Scales and Tales exhibit, featuring live, non-releasable birds of prey and reptiles.  Past stars have included a Great Horned Owl and an American Kestrel.

Google Expeditions will make it possible for patrons to take a hands-on Virtual Reality trip to exciting, exotic locales … without ever leaving the safety of the Talbot County Free Library.

Patrons visiting the FutureMakers Light Painting Lab (taking place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) will create brushes that paint with light.  With these brushes they will, in turn, “paint” long exposure photographs that capture light, color, and motion.  Participants will be able to take both their brushes and the photographs they create home with them.

The festival will also feature music, light refreshments, and more!  The library’s STEAM Festival marks the concluding event of the weeklong Maryland STEM Festival (more information at: https://marylandstemfestival.org/).

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend the library STEAM Festival.  For more information, please contact the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Scotti Oliver, telephone: 410-822-16266

Upcoming Programming at the Library November 13 to 16

Easton Library to Offer Needlework Program

On Monday, November 13, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will once again offer its popular Stitching Time program.  Patrons are invited to work on their favorite project with a group.  Limited instruction will be available for beginners.  Newcomers welcome.  All library programming is free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Chris Eareckson, telephone: 410-822-1626

Sue Ellen Thompson

Sue Ellen Thompson to Lecture on Jane Kenyon at Easton Library

On Monday, November 13, at 6:00 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet and teacher Sue Ellen Thompson will give a lecture entitled “Marriage, Metaphor, and Mortality: The Poetry of Jane Kenyon.”  Kenyon only published four collections of poetry, but her reputation and influence, especially following her death from leukemia at the age of 47, have continued to grow.  Today she is recognized as one of America’s premier lyric poets.

Kenyon’s first mentor was Donald Hall, the poet and college professor who later became her husband.  She moved with him to his ancestral home in New Hampshire, where they lived and wrote for 20 years.  At first Kenyon chafed at being seen as the wife of an older and far more accomplished poet, rather than as an artist in her own right.  But after finding a “master” in the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, Kenyon emerged from her husband’s shadow and began publishing poems acclaimed for their lyric intensity and reliance on “the natural object” to illuminate complex human emotions.

Kenyon struggled with depression throughout her life, and Thompson’s program will explore the impact that this illness and her marriage to a future U.S. Poet Laureate had on her work.  Several of her poems will be read and discussed, with particular attention paid to their plainspoken diction and use of metaphors from the natural world.  A PowerPoint presentation will accompany the lecture, with photographs of Kenyon and Hall and clips from Bill Moyers’ Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon: A Life in Poetry.”

Sue Ellen Thompson is the author of five books of poetry and the editor of a major anthology of contemporary American poetry.  She has taught at several colleges and universities, among them Middlebury, Wesleyan, Central Connecticut State University, Binghamton University, and the University of Delaware.  Her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR and featured in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies.  An instructor at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, she was the recipient of the 2010 Maryland Author Award from the Maryland Library Association.  Thompson’s lecture is supported with funds from the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this lecture.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-822-1626

St. Michaels Library to Offer Coloring for Teens & Adults

On Tuesday, November 14, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in and explore the relaxing process of coloring.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877

Robert Messick

Easton Library to Offer “We Are Makers” Program

On Wednesday, November 15, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 6 and older to come in and create gadgets and gizmos with guided instruction from a fun-box full of supplies.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons are required to pre-register for this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

The Long Walk Home

On Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Robert Messick will talk about the 2,190 mile hike he made along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine as a fundraiser for Easton’s Talbot Interfaith Shelter.  Messick will share hardships and joys encountered while walking 5 million steps through 14 states, his trek taking him across elevations that amounted, in toto, to 16 ascents and descents of Mt. Everest.  He will tell his stories using a multi-media presentation of photos and videos he took along the trail.

A native of Easton, Messick grew up with an appreciation for the out-of-doors—boating and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, including crewing on and skippering Chesapeake Bay Sailing Log Canoes, among other racing sailboats.  After graduating from Santa Clara University Law School in California, he was appointed a Trial Attorney with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, representing the Internal Revenue Service in complex tax litigation. When he entered private practice in Maryland, he assisted clients in tax and estate planning, trust and estate administration, and tax compliance.  Messick has two adult children, Marisa and Rob, who also enjoy the out-of-doors and backpacking.  He lives in St. Michaels with his partner, Lynda Barrow.  Both Robert and Lynda teach Yoga and Ayurveda, having received advanced training in both subjects.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-833-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Sabine Simonson, telephone: 410-822-1626

Don Buxton, Chesapeake Music Director, to Speak at St. Michaels Library

Don Buxton will be the speaker for the November 6, 2017 Brown Bag lunch at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library at noon. For the past 32 years, Chesapeake Music has evolved to become a leading performing arts organization in the region. The program “Evolution of Chesapeake Music” will explore the history of jazz and classical performing Arts. Chesapeake Music comprises the Chesapeake Music Festival, the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, and biennial International Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition YouthReach/First Strings educational program.

Mr. Buxton was the winner of numerous solo and concerto competitions while a young student growing up near Cincinnati, Ohio. He also has the distinction of winning unanimous superiors for the last seven consecutive years of his participation in the National Federation of Music Club Competitions. Mr. Buxton did his undergraduate work at Wilmington College of Ohio where he conducted several premieres of operatic productions and major orchestral works.  He then continued his conducting studies at the University of Cincinnati and the Juilliard School. Mr. Buxton recently retired from the faculty of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and serves on numerous non-profit arts boards which have included the Talbot County Arts Council, and as a performing arts panelist on the Maryland State Arts Council.  The Brown Bag Lunch is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring lunch and enjoy coffee and dessert provided by the library. For more information check the library website at www.tcfl.org  or call (410) 745-5877.

November Exhibit at St. Michaels Library

Watchful Willlie by Beth Wright

From bison, fish and fowl to colorful crabs, pensive cows and cuddly cats, humans have been depicting other animals since they could hold sticks and find a flat surface. This artistic fascination with other species is on view all of November in CRITTERS, an exhibit of watercolor paintings of animals by the students of Barbara Jablin at the St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Library.

The exhibit will feature paintings by Pat Alberico, Peggy Decker, Ann DeMart, Pat Hanlon, Jo Merrill, Ruth McCarthy, David Murphy, Nancy O’Brien, Peg Pappa, Jan Perdue, Virginia Perram, Judy Wolgast, Camille Woodbury and Beth Wright.

Big Book Sale at Easton Library

The Friends of the Talbot County Free Library will hold their annual Big Book Sale on Friday, November 3rd, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, November 4th, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the Easton branch, 100 W. Dover St. A great variety of books, DVDs, and CDs will be on sale at bargain prices.

A Preview Party on Thursday, November 2nd, 5 – 7 p.m., will give Friends of the Library first choice of the goodies for sale. Anyone can join the festivities by becoming a member, at the door, for only $10 a year per family.

Donations will be welcomed on Wednesday, November 1st, 12 – 6 p.m., at the Easton branch. Books, CDs and DVDs (no VHS) must be in good condition. Please, no textbooks or any financial, medical or computer books over 3 years old. You can get a tax deduction when you donate (as well as free shelf space!)

The Friends enhance both the Easton and St. Michaels branches of the library with gifts like iPads, books, decorations, and furniture. They host the Brown Bag Lunch speaker series, and contribute to activities such as the Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival, Teen Open Mike, and STEAM Festival. All Book Sale profits go right back to the community. Come, Be a Friend and join us on November 3rd and 4th!

Upcoming Programming at the Library in November

The Dance Begins by Robert T. Horvath

Children’s Programming

Easton

Young Gardeners Club sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club
Thursday November 2, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Festival of Trees
For grades 1-4. Pre-Registration required.

Story Time
Tuesdays, November 7 – December 5, 10:00 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

We Are Makers
Wednesday, November 8 & 15, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Create gadgets and gizmos with guided instruction and a fun-box full of supplies. For children 6 and older. Pre-Registration required.

S.T.E.A.M. Festival
Saturday, November 11, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Paint with light, take a Virtual Reality field trip, meet live birds of prey and reptiles, enjoy light refreshments, music, and more! Festival made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Read with a Certified Therapy Dog.
Tuesday, November 21, 4:00 p.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte.

Sue Ellen Thompson

St. Michaels

Family Unplugged Games
Thursdays, November 2, 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family to the library for an afternoon of board games and fun educational children’s games. For all ages (children 5 and under need to be accompanied by an adult).

Story Time
Wednesdays, November 8 & 22, 10:30 a.m. For children age 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Minecraft
Wednesdays, November 8 & 22, 3:30 p.m. Explore Minecraft on the library’s computers. For ages 5 and older.

Native American Culture Celebration
Thursday, November 9, 2:00 p.m. JoAnn Brown of Justamere Trading Post will share Native American artifacts, trivia, storytelling, and the opportunity to participate in crafts. Pre-Registration required. For all ages (children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult).

Teen & Adult Programs

Easton

Knights of the Sky: the WWI Aviation Art of Robert T. Horvath
Thursday, November 9, 6:00 p.m. Robert T. Horvath, whose paintings have hung in the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum among others, will discuss his art and the exploits of men who flew planes that were little better than kites with motors and machine guns attached. Five of Horvath’s paintings will be on display.

Stitching Time
Monday, November 13, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Patrons are invited to work on their favorite project with a group. Limited instruction will be available for beginners. Newcomers welcome.

Marriage, Metaphor and Mortality: The Poetry of Jane Kenyon
Monday, November 13, 6:00 p.m. Local, Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet Sue Ellen Thompson will discuss the relationship between Jane Kenyon’s tragically short life and her poetry. Thompson’s lectures are always well-thought-out, well-delivered, and immensely popular. This program is supported with funds from the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Robert Messick

The Long Walk Home
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. Local attorney Robert Messick talks about his 2,190 mile hike along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine as a fundraiser for Easton’s Talbot Interfaith Shelter. Using a multi-media presentation, Messick will share the hardships and joys encountered while trekking across 14 states over rising and falling elevations that amounted to 16 ascents and descents of Mt. Everest.

Book Discussion: Dancing on My Grave by Gelsey Kirkland
Monday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.

Teen Game Board Night
Thursday, November 30, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Bring your own tabletop card and board games or use the library’s. For grades 6-12. Light refreshments.

St. Michaels

Arts & Crafts
Thursday, November 2, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and tatting. Bring your coloring books, Zentangle pens, or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative.

Bay Hundred Chess
Wednesdays, November 8 & 22, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Learn and play the strategic game of chess. Beginners welcome.

Memoir Writers
Thursday, November 9, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly, like-minded people. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Pre-Registration required.

Coloring for Teens & Adults
Tuesday, November 14, 3:30 p.m. Explore the relaxing process of coloring.

Book Arts for Teens & Adults
Monday, November 27, 3:30 p.m. Japanese Stab Binding Book

Tuesday Movie @ Noon
November 28: Due to licensing requirements, we cannot release the name of this thriller rated PG-13. Please call the library for the name of the film.

Note: All library programming is free and open to the public.

Contact: Scotti Oliver, telephone: 410-822-1626

Upcoming Programming at the Library October 31 to November 2

St. Michaels Library to Screen Movie

On Tuesday, October 31, at noon, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will show an award-winning film, rated PG, on the library’s big, professional screen.  For more information, including the name of the film, (which, due to licensing requirements, we cannot publicize here), please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877

St. Michaels Library to Host Halloween Party

On Tuesday, October 31, 4:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children aged 2 – 12 (children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult) to wear their Halloween costume to the library where they will enjoy some scary and funny Halloween pop-up book stories, create slime, and eat a healthy fall snack.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do are required to pre-register for this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

St. Michaels Library to Offer Arts & Crafts Program

On Thursday, November 2, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer an arts & crafts program featuring free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework, and tatting.  Patrons are invited to bring their coloring books, Zentangle pens, or anything else that fuels their passion for being creative.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877

Upcoming Programming at the Library October 26

Ryan O’Grady

Easton Library to Hold Board Game Nights for Teens

On Thursday, October 26, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will host a board game night for teens.  Teens are invited to bring their own tabletop card and board games or use the library’s to play games and socialize with one another.  This program is for grades 6 – 12.  Light refreshments will be served.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

Learn How to Spot Fake News at the Easton Library

In 2016, the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year was “post-truth.”  It seems fake news is everywhere these days—which is why information literacy and media literacy are more important than ever.   On Thursday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Ryan O’Grady—a librarian with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland State Library Resource Center—will talk about the role, value, and power of information. This program will provide you with strategies for evaluating information sources and spotting fake news.

O’Grady serves as the Deputy Manager in the State Library Resource Center at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.  His background centers on a combination of teaching, technology, media, and library experience.  Ryan holds Master’s Degrees in Instructional Technology from Towson University and in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland. Ryan’s role at Enoch Pratt allows him to work with a little bit of everything—from making connections with patrons to giving presentations at libraries across Maryland.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this lecture.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Sabine Simonson, telephone: 410-822-1626

Upcoming Programming at the Library October 16-17

Easton Library to Offer Needlework Program

On Monday, October 16, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will once again offer its popular Stitching Time program.  Patrons are invited to work on their favorite project with a group.  Limited instruction will be available for beginners.  Newcomers welcome.  All library programming is free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Chris Eareckson, telephone: 410-822-1626

Easton Library Book Group to Discuss “Alexander Hamilton”

On Monday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, the Easton book group will host a discussion of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow’s “Alexander Hamilton,” which served as the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.”  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this discussion.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Scotti Oliver, telephone: 410-822-1626

Children to Read with a Certified Therapy Dog at Easton Library

On Tuesday, October 17, at 4:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 5 and older to bring in their favorite book or choose one from the library’s shelves to read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626