Upcoming Programming at the Library May 1 to 3

Mr. Wala-Neh Labala

Easton Library Offers Afternoon Chess Academy

On the first and third Tuesdays of every month, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons aged 6 – 16 to come in and learn how to play chess from Mr. Wala-Neh Labala.  Snacks will be served.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited for Mr. Labala’s class, so patrons need to pre-register by contacting Children’s Librarian Laura Powell (telephone: 410-822-1626, ext. 3022; email: lpowell@tcfl.org).  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

St. Michaels Library to Offer Maker Space

On Wednesday, May 2, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 6 and older to come in and enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) building with Legos and Zoobs!   All library programming is free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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

On Thursday, May 3, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to bring their coloring books, Zentangle pens or anything else that fuels their creative passion and enjoy an arts and crafts program.  There will be free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework, and tatting.  Patrons may also bring their lunch.  All library programming is free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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

Easton Library to Offer Drop-in STEAM Program

On Thursday, May 3, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a Drop-in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) program for children 6 and older.  Children will play Minecraft, build with LEGOS and Zoobs, and create cardboard art.  All library programming is free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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

Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library in May

Children’s Programming

Easton

Easton Young Gardeners’ Club (For children in grades 1 – 4. Pre-registration required.) Thursday, May 17, 3:45 p.m. Design Your Own Garden,

Story Time
Tuesdays, May 15 & 22, 10:00 a.m., and program repeats at 11:00 a.m. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Drop-in STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Thursday, May 3, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Play Minecraft, build with LEGOS and Zoobs, and create cardboard art. For ages 6 and up.

St. Michaels

Family Crafts
Monday, May 7, 3:30 p.m. Spring Crafts

Maker Space
Wednesday, May 2, 3:30 p.m. Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) building with Legos and Zoobs! For children 6 and older.

Family Unplugged Games
Thursday, May 24, 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).

Story Time
Wednesdays, May 9 & 23, 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Minecraft
Wednesdays, May 9 & 23, 3:30 p.m. Explore Minecraft on the library’s computers. For ages 5 and older.

Teen & Adult Programs

Easton

Stitching Time
Monday, May 14, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Work on your favorite project with a group. Limited instruction provided for beginners. Newcomers welcome.

Horn Point Lab’s Science After Hours:
Dr. Lorie Stave presents “Tidal Marsh Restoration at Poplar Island: Maximizing Resilience”
Monday, May 7, 5:30 p.m. Tidal marshes provide critical habitat for a variety of wildlife. The loss of islands in Chesapeake Bay to erosion over the last century has reduced the area of that critical habitat. The goal of the Poplar Island project is to replace some of it using dredged material from upper Chesapeake Bay. However, there are a number of challenges in creating self-sustaining tidal marshes, especially sea level rise. This talk will focus on addressing those challenges to create more resilient marshes, and provide lessons for tidal marsh restoration throughout Chesapeake Bay and beyond.”

Book Discussion: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
Monday, May 14, 6:30 p.m. “Library guy” Bill Peak hosts a discussion of the historic, 96-page autobiography that brought the savage reality of slavery home to the world.

Horn Point Lab’s Science After Hours:
Dr. Greg Silsbe presents: “Satellites and Drones: Linking Water Color to Water Quality”
Thursday, May 17, 5:30 p.m. Every day so called “earth-observing satellites” operated by NASA and other international space agencies pass over the Chesapeake Bay region and acquire millions of specialized high-resolution images. These data are often freely available and, with a touch of science, can be used to track changes in land use, air and water quality at regional to global scales. With the advent and rapid commercialization of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), scientists are retrofitting these instruments to emulate the types of measurements made from space. This talk explores the technology and science of this rapidly growing field.

Book Discussion: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Monday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.

Underground Railroad Journeys: Finding Douglass & Tubman on the Eastern Shore
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. Award-winning writer Jim Duffy will share stories, surprising finds, and life lessons learned as he wrote Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva. Special emphasis will be given to Frederick Douglass, whose bicentennial is being celebrated this year.

St. Michaels

Arts & Crafts
Thursday, May 3, 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.

Memoir Writers
Thursdays, May 10 & 24, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family. Participants are invited to bring their lunch.

Bay Hundred Chess
Wednesdays, May 9 & 23, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Learn and play the strategic game of chess. Beginners welcome. For all ages.

Book Discussion: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Thursday, May 17, 2:30 p.m. “Library guy” Bill Peak hosts a discussion of the historic, 96- page autobiography that brought the savage reality of slavery home to the world.

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

For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org

Upcoming Programming at the Library April 23 to 27

Award-Winning Poet to Read at Easton Library in Honor of National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and on Monday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer you a way to celebrate that fact with a reading by award-winning poet Joelle Biele.  Biele is the author of three books of poetry—“White Summer,” “Broom,” and “Tramp”—and the editor of “Elizabeth Bishop and ‘The New Yorker’: The Complete Correspondence.”  A Fulbright professor in Germany and Poland, she has received awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Poetry Society of America.

Biele’s work has appeared in some of America’s most prestigious literary magazines, including “American Poetry Review,” “Antioch Review,” “Gettysburg Review,” “Harvard Review,” and “New England Review.”  She has taught American literature and creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, Goucher College, the University of Oldenburg, Germany, and Jagiellonian University, Poland.  Biele is the 2017-2018 Howard County Poetry and Literature Society Writer-in-Residence.

All library programming is free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this reading.  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 Screen Feature Film

On Tuesday, April 27, at noon, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will show a feature film on the library’s big, professional screen.  For more information, including the name of the film, (which, due to licensing requirements, cannot be publicized 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 Offer Story Time

On Wednesdays, April 25 and May 9 & 23, at 10:30 a.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a Story Time program for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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 Bay Hundred Chess

On Wednesdays, April 25 and May 9 & 23, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer patrons the chance to learn and play the strategic game of chess.  Beginners are welcome.  This program is for all ages.  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: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

St. Michaels Library to Offer Minecraft

On Wednesdays, April 25 and May 9 & 23, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 5 and older to come in and explore Minecraft on the library’s computers.   All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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

Easton Library to Offer “We are Makers” Program

On Wednesday, April 25, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children to come in to create, explore, design and experiment with guided instruction and a fun box full of supplies.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do need to pre-register for this program as space is limited.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

St. Michaels Library to Host Memoir Writers

On Thursdays, April 26 and May 10 & 24, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to record and share their memories of life and family with a group of friendly, like-minded people.  Participants are welcome to bring their lunch.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons are asked 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

St. Michaels Library to Offer Family Games

On Thursdays, April 26 and May 24, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children of all ages to come to the library for an afternoon of board games and fun educational children’s games (children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult).  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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

Easton Library to Host Seed-Starting Lecture

On Friday, April 27, at 10:00 a.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in and learn from the Talbot County Master Gardeners about starting seeds indoors and sowing them directly in the ground.  An in-depth look at reading seed packet information will be included in the talk.  Afterwards, patrons may wish to visit the library’s seed library to find free seeds for planting at home.  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

Mr. Labala’s Youth Chess Club to Continue at Easton Library

The Talbot County Free Library has announced that Mr. Wala-Neh Labala has generously agreed to continue offering his popular Youth Chess Club in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library.  For ages 6 – 16, the club meets the first and third Tuesday of every month, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  Participants in the program learn to play and excel at chess.  Snacks are served.

Mr. Labala, who is program coordinator for school-based mental health at Eastern Shore Psychological Services, first began playing chess himself in high school and ended up serving as the president of the chess club at North Dorchester High.  In 2016, while living in Baltimore, he partnered with the local library to establish a community chess club called the Knights and Kings.  His love of working with students and his passion for chess have motivated him to offer these chess lessons to the children of Talbot County.  He believes the game of chess is a great tool through which children learn patience, problem solving skills, and the ability to focus.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  To guarantee their spot though, students need to pre-register with Laura Powell at 410-822-1626 or lpowell@tcfl.org.

Upcoming Programming at the Library April 9 to 12

Library to Host Stitching Time

On Monday, April 9, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will once again host its popular “Stitching Time” program.  Patrons are invited to come in and work on their favorite needlecraft project with a group.  Limited instruction will be available for beginners.  Newcomers welcome.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this program.  For more information, please contact the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

Children to Read with a Certified Therapy Dog at Easton Library

On Tuesday, April 10, 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

Library to Host STEM Story Time at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

On Wednesday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) story time at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  Children 7 and under accompanied by an adult are invited to come hear stories and learn about living in a lighthouse.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required for free admission to the museum.  Please call the St. Michaels Library at 410-745-5877 to pre-register for this event.

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

St. Michaels Library to Offer Bay Hundred Chess

On Wednesdays, April 11 & 25 and May 9 & 23, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer patrons the chance to learn and play the strategic game of chess.  Beginners are welcome.  This program is for all ages.  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: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

Minecraft

On Wednesdays, April 11 & 25 and May 9 & 23, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 5 and older to come in and explore the world of Minecraft on the library’s computers.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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 Host Memoir Writers

On Thursdays, April 12 & 26 and May 10 & 24, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to record and share their memories of life and family with a group of friendly, like-minded people.  Participants are welcome to bring their lunch.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons are asked 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

Library’s Young Gardeners’ Club to Learn about Seeds

On Thursday, April 12, at 3:45 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, the Young Gardeners’ club will host a program for children in grades 1 – 4 about seeds and seedlings.  This program is sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do need to pre-register to participate in this program.  To pre-register, please contact children’s librarian Laura Powell at 410-822-1626 or lpowell@tcfl.org.  For more information, please call the library or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

Upcoming Programming at the Library April 2 to 5

St. Michaels Library to Offer Family Crafts

On Monday, April 2, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a program of family crafts for children of all ages in celebration of Earth Day.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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 “Maker Space”

On Wednesday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 6 and older to come in and enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) building with Legos and Zoobs!  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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

Easton Library to Offer “We are Makers”

On Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, & 25, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children of all ages to come in and create, explore, design and experiment with guided instruction and a fun box full of supplies.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited for this program so it’s important that you pre-register.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

St. Michaels Library to Offer Adult Arts & Crafts

On Thursday, April 5, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in for a program of arts and crafts.  Instruction will be available for knitting, beading, needlework, and tatting.  Patrons may bring their coloring books, Zentangle pens, or anything else that fuels their passion for being creative.  Patrons are welcome to bring their lunch.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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 Talbot County Free Library in April

Children’s Programs

Easton

We are Makers

Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, & 25, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Create, explore, design and experiment with guided instruction and a fun box full of supplies!  Limited space, please pre-register.

Read with Latte, a Certified Therapy Dog

Tuesday, April 10, 4:00 p.m.  Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog, Latte.  For ages 5 and up.

Young Gardeners’ Club

Thursday, April 12, 3:45 p.m.  Seeds and Seedlings.  For children in grades 1 – 4.  Pre-registration required.

St. Michaels

Family Crafts

Monday, April 2, 3:30 p.m.  Earth Day Crafts

Maker Space

Wednesday, April 4, 3:30 p.m.  Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) building with Legos and Zoobs!  For children 6 and older.

STEM Story Time at the Lighthouse, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Wednesday, April 11, 10:30 a.m.  Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) story time and learn about living in a lighthouse!  Pre-registration is required for free admission to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  Please call the Talbot County Free Library St Michaels Branch (410-745-5877) to pre-register for this event.  For ages 7 and under accompanied by an adult.

Minecraft

Wednesdays, April 11 & 25, 3:30 p.m.  Explore Minecraft on the library’s computers.  For ages 5 and older.

Camp-In at the Library

Thursday, April 19, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  Enjoy stories, scavenger hunting, snacks, and crafts, with a camping-in-the-wild theme!  Bring your own flashlight and set of binoculars (optional, as we will have extras) for this camping-themed event!  For ages 2 to 8 accompanied by an adult.

Story Time

Wednesday, April 25, 10:30 a.m.  For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Family Unplugged Games

Thursday, April 26, 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).

Teen & Adult Programs

Easton

Stitching Time

Monday, April 9, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Work on your favorite project with a group.  Limited instruction provided for beginners.  Newcomers welcome.

Learn Microsoft Excel from a Pro

Monday, April 9, 6:00 p.m.  Computer Training Specialist Rita Hill teaches the second class of an introductory course in Microsoft Excel.  Pre-registration required.

Joelle Biele

Book Discussion: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Monday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.

A Poetry Reading by Joelle Biele

Monday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.  Joelle Biele’s award-winning work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Black Warrior Review, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, and New England Review.  She has taught American literature and creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, Goucher College, the University of Oldenburg, Germany, and Jagiellonian University, Poland.  Biele is the 2017-2018 Howard County Poetry and Literature Society Writer-in-Residence.

St. Michaels

Arts & Crafts

Thursday, April 5, 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.

Bay Hundred Chess

Wednesdays, April 11 & 25, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Learn and play the strategic game of chess.  Beginners welcome.  For all ages.

Memoir Writers

Thursdays, April 12 & 26, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Record and share your memories of life and family.  Participants are invited to bring their lunch.

Available 24/7: The Library’s eResources

Tuesday, April 17, 10:00 a.m.  A brief overview of some of the library’s eResources, including full-text journals, newspapers, genealogy, language learning, hobbies, and so much more.

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

Frederick Douglass Read Across Talbot Event Takes Place in Area Schools

Officer Yvonne Freeman with students.

On Friday, March 2, in schools across the county, 75 “local heroes” took time out of their day to read to different classes of elementary school students.  The event—organized by the Talbot County Free Library in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools, the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, and others—was part of the National Endowment for the Art’s annual Read Across America program.  This year, locally, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Talbot County’s most famous native son, the event was called “Frederick Douglass Read Across Talbot County.”  Douglass once famously said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

Sheriff Joe Gamble, County Councilman Corey Pack, State’s Attorney Scott Patterson, and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum President Kristen Greenaway were among those who took time out of their busy schedules to demonstrate to local children how important they think reading is.  In a thank you note to the class he read in, the library’s Bill Peak wrote, “You know I give readings to grown-ups all the time, but I have to tell you I have never had a more enthusiastic and receptive audience than the one I found in Mrs. Burkhardt’s second grade classroom at St. Michaels Elementary School.”

For more information about events being held in celebration of the Frederick Douglass bicentennial, please visit www.fd200.org.  For more information about library programming, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Upcoming Programming at the Library March 19 to 22

John F. Ford

St. Michaels Library to Take Children on Walk Across Maryland

On Monday, March 19, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children to come in and walk on a giant map of Maryland that will be set out on the floor.  All participants must wear socks, and there will be special activities for children 6 and older.  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: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-822-1626

Children to Read with a Certified Therapy Dog at Easton Library

On Tuesday, March 20, 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

Easton Library to Host Discussion: The Parallel Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass

John H. Miller

On Thursday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, as part of our community’s ongoing celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth, John F. Ford and John H. Miller will compare Douglass’s writings with those of America’s other great nineteenth century orator, Abraham Lincoln.

For over fifteen years, Ford and Miller have co-taught literature courses at the Academy for Lifelong Learning.  They have also facilitated discussions on literature and medicine for staff at Easton Memorial Hospital, under a grant from the Humanities Council of Maryland.

Ford received his BA in English from Towson University and pursued graduate studies in literature at Washington College in Chestertown.  He is currently Facilities Manager at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and, since, 2003, President of the Easton Town Council.

Miller received his BA in English from Yale College and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught literature at Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, University of Clermont-Ferrand (France), Washington College, American University, and — most recently — as a visiting lecturer with the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program.  Former VP of Advancement at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Miller continues to teach literature and also serves as a consultant in institutional advancement.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not have to pre-register to attend 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

Upcoming Programming at the Library March 12 to 17

Easton Library to Offer Needlepoint Program

On Monday, March 12, 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 come and work on their favorite project with a group.  Limited instruction will be available for beginners.  Newcomers welcome.  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: Chris Eareckson, telephone: 410-822-1626

Easton Library to Screen Emmy Award-winning Civil Rights Documentary

On Monday, March 12, at 6:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a free showing of “Miles of Smiles: The Years of Struggle” on the library’s big professional screen.  “Miles of Smiles,” filmed by Academy Award-winning director Paul Wagner, tells the story of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, which, under the leadership of A. Philip Randolph, became the first black union to win major concessions in wages and working conditions from an important American corporation.

The Brotherhood also played a central role in the nation’s civil rights movement.  It was sleeping car porter E. D. Nixon who—under the guidance of Randolph—organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott that first brought Martin Luther King, Jr., into the Civil Rights Movement.  Dr. Melissa McLoud, who performed much of the archival research for the film, will be on hand to talk about its production and answer questions.“Mile of Smiles” is being shown as part of the yearlong celebration of Frederick Douglass’s bicentennial.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this film.  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 Bay Hundred Chess

On Wednesdays, March 14 & 21, April 11 & 25, and May 9 & 23, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer patrons the chance to learn and play the strategic game of chess.  Beginners are welcome.  This program is for all ages.  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: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

Easton Library to Offer Lunch & Learn: Illustrating a Children’s Book

On Thursday, March 15, at noon, in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, illustrator Heather Crow will explain how she created the images for the picture book “Wind and Oyster Jack”—written by Marcia G. Moore and published by Schiffer in November of 2017.This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  Patrons are invited to bring their lunch, the Friends will provide coffee and dessert.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend 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

St. Michaels Library to Offer Day of Family Games

On Thursday, March 15, beginning at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer an afternoon of board games and educational children’s games for the whole family.  All children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.  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: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

Easton Library to Offer St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

On Saturday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a program of St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for all ages.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons are asked 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