Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library in May

Jim Duffy and Jill Jasuta

Children’s Programs


Meet the Creatures of Pickering Creek
Monday, May 1, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Judy Center 0-3 Playgroups
Friday, May 5, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Story Time

Tuesdays, May 23 – 30, 10:00 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Special, Off-Site Program:

Best-Selling Children’s Book Author to Speak at Moton
Monday, May 22, 10:00 a.m., Adam Gidwitz, author of the Newberry Honor book The Inquisitor’s Tale, will speak at Easton Elementary School Moton, 307 Glenwood Ave. This program is sponsored by the Eastern Shore Regional Library.

St. Michaels

Family Unplugged Games
Thursday, May 4, 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).

Family Crafts
Monday, May 15, 3:00 p.m. Spring Crafts

Puppet Show: 1, 2, Buckle My Shoe
Thursday, May 18, 3:30 p.m. A collection of favorite nursery rhymes and stories. Performed by the library’s own Ms. Carla. For ages 1 – 7 accompanied by an adult.

Story Time (often joined by “Canine Companions for Independence” dog Vail with Miss Kate)
Wednesday, May 24, 10:30 a.m. For children age 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, May 24, 3:30 p.m. Explore Minecraft on the library’s computers! For ages 5 and older.

Special, Off-Site Program:

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Sunday, May 21, 1:00 p.m. As part of our partnership with CBMM, the library will sponsor a performance by the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre during the Museum’s free admission Community Day.

Edward Okonowicz

Adult Programs


Stitching Time
Monday, May 15, 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.

Book Discussion: The End of the World as We Know It
Monday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. The Easton Library Book Group discusses Robert Goolrick’s memoir.

Get Out & Go! Eastern Shore Road Trips
Thursday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. Jim Duffy and Jill Jasuta, authors of Eastern Shore Road Trips: 27 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva, share fun and interesting stories from their travels.

Easton High School Art Reception
Friday, May 19, 6:00 p.m. Come enjoy refreshments and a newly installed exhibit of fine art produced by the students of Easton High School.

Special, Off-Site Program:

Delmarva Tales, Legends, & Ghost Stories at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Sunday, May 21, 11:00 a.m. As part of our partnership with CBMM, during the Museum’s free admission Community Day the library will sponsor a storytelling performance by Delmarva raconteur Edward Okonowicz.

St. Michaels

Arts & Crafts Group
Thursday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework, and tatting. Bring your coloring book, Zentangle pens, or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative. You may also bring a lunch.

Coloring for Teens & Adults
Mondays, May 8, 3:00 p.m. Explore the relaxing process of coloring!

Bay Hundred Chess
Wednesdays, May 10 & 24, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Learn and play the strategic game of chess. Beginners welcome.

Memoir Writers
Thursdays, May 11 & 25, 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. Patrons are asked to pre-register for this program.

St. Michaels Book Group to Discuss Transatlantic by Colum McCann
Wednesday, May 17, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Book Arts for Teens & Adults
Monday, May 22, 3:00 p.m. Japanese Stab Binding Book.
Explore the fascinating process of creating a personal journal!

Tuesday Movies@noon (on the library’s big, professional screen)
May 23: Race

Applications are being Accepted for Chesapeake Women’s Network Scholarships

The Chesapeake Women’s Network Talbot is accepting applications for their scholarship program for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The mission of CWN Talbot is to foster personal enrichment and professional growth among women of the Mid-Shore region through an active network of collaboration, communication and support.

Each year, CWN Talbot provides financial assistance to qualified female applicants age 22 years and older in pursuit postsecondary education and training.  Women from Talbot and surrounding counties are eligible to apply for the scholarship.  The deadline for applying is April 30, 2017.  Requirements and application are available at www.cwntalbot.squarespace.com

WC’s Dam the Debt Project Provides $325K to Students to Reduce Education Loans

Washington College President Sheila Bair today announced that the Dam the Debt program will provide $325,581 to reduce the federal subsidized loan debt of 122 seniors who are graduating this May. The grants amount to a back-end scholarship that will award the seniors an average of $2,640, lowering their average federal student loan debt by nearly 10.3 percent.

“When we launched this program last year, it was something of an upstart in higher education, as no college had done this before,” President Bair says. “Now, thanks to our corporate and individual donors who understand the consequences of high student debt, we can continue sending our students into their careers and lives with one less loan to worry about. Hopefully this will enable them to save more, invest sooner, and have more freedom of choice as they move forward into the world.”

Washington College President Sheila Bair

he seniors who qualify for the program have taken out federally subsidized loans for the spring 2017 semester. Through Dam the Debt, those students will receive a grant from the College toward their financial aid package intended to replace the amount of those loans. As a result, the students will see, on average, a 10.27 percent reduction in their total federal loan burden before they even leave campus on graduation day. 

Since its inception in May 2016, the program to date has awarded a total of $659,000 to 252 eligible graduating seniors, with an average grant amount of $2,615.

Dam the Debt is one of several initiatives that President Bair has implemented since her inauguration in September 2015 to make college more affordable and accessible, and to tackle the problem of student loan debt. Funded entirely by donations, the program so far has raised $1.2 million. Among those who have donated to the program are BB&T, bloooom, inc., TD Bank, Santander Bank, Avant, John and Peggy Bacon, and Philip and Joan Riggin.

“We know that when students are burdened by debt, they delay buying homes, cars, and investing for their futures. This becomes a drag not only on them as individuals but on the economy as a whole,” President Bair says. “Anything we can do as an institution to break that cycle, we are working to do.”

In addition to Dam the Debt, the College has launched FixedFor4, which will fix tuition for four years for incoming freshmen, beginning with this fall’s incoming Class of 2021. Last year, the College also announced the Saver’s Scholarship, which will match the amount that families contribute from a 529 college savings plan or an Educational Savings Account, up to $2,500 per year, to pay for their student’s tuition. And through George’s Brigade, another donor-funded program, high-need, high-potential students can receive a full tuition scholarship, in addition to having all of their room and board covered, for four years.

In addition to these new programs, Washington College annually provides more than $23 million in grants and scholarships, with 90 percent of students receiving merit-based scholarships or need-based financial aid.

Learn more at http://www.washcoll.edu/value/ .



Kent School to Host Preschool Meet and Greet

Prospective parents and the public are invited to a Meet and Greet in the Little School at Kent School on Friday, April 21 at 9:00 am. Little School at Kent School serves three, four and five year-old children in a play-based learning environment that prepares young learners for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

The Meet and Greet session is designed for prospective parents and interested individuals to see the Little School program in action. Guests will have the opportunity to learn in detail about the School’s mission and approach to teaching preschool-aged children. Children are welcome to join their parent or guardian. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. with an overview and introduction in the Kent School Library. The session will continue in Little School where parents and guardians will be able to see students and teachers engaged in their morning routine. The program will conclude by 10:30 a.m.

The Little School curriculum focuses on phonological awareness, number sense, exploration and discovery through hands-on science activities, as well as Spanish, Physical Education, Music and Movement, Library and Reading Partners with Third Grade students. Julia Gross, Director of Little School said, “A distinction of the Little School at Kent School is our ability to take advantage of what the larger school has to offer. We go to Phys. Ed, Library, and Spanish. Our students have the opportunity to engage in all age-appropriate school activities and use its facilities, yet we have our own space specifically designed to meet the needs of preschool aged children.” Gross continued, “Our low student to teacher ratio allows us to get to know each student. Preschool aged children develop and reach milestones at different rates. Our job is to present new learning opportunities at the right time for each individual child. We have a lot of fun in the process. Little School truly is a joyful place.”

To register for the Little School Meet and Greet email admissions@kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org.

PRS Guitars’ Founder Receives Honorary Doctorate from Washington College

Paul Reed Smith, founder and Managing General Partner of PRS Guitars, has received an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Maryland’s Washington College. The degree, which was in recognition of Paul’s significant achievements as an innovative and creative thinker, was presented to Smith by Washington College President Sheila Bair during a public ceremony on Thursday, April 13.

Paul was recognized for both PRS Guitars, his successful business that has been designing and manufacturing electric guitars and basses, acoustic guitars, and amplifiers for some of the world’s most prestigious musicians for more than 30 years, and also his new cutting-edge company: Digital Harmonic, LLC, which marries art and science with developed image and waveform technology.
“Paul is a remarkable example of entrepreneurial spirit; a kid builds a guitar in high school woodshop and ends up as Managing Partner and Founder of the third largest guitar manufacturer in the US. Many would tell you that the company makes the best electric guitars that have ever been made,” said George Spilich, a professor of psychology and director of the Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington College who treasures his own PRS guitar. “Now Paul is taking his expertise in signal processing and pivoting that knowledge into the creation of a signal processing company that has the promise of greatly improving medical imaging. If all that does not merit recognition in the business world, I don’t know what does.”

“I am very appreciative to be recognized by the Department of Business Management at Washington College,” said Paul Reed Smith. “I hope it serves as inspiration to the students, that regardless of where you start, things are possible with determination, a plan and great work ethics.”

Paul joins a prestigious circle of honorary degree recipients that includes U.S. Presidents (including George Washington) and nationally renowned scientists, writers, artists, historians, and statesmen. Paul has visited Washington College on several occasions, offering master classes in music, and performing with the Paul Reed Smith Band.

Aside from Smith’s professional success, he is also dedicated to giving back to the community through PRS Guitars’ fundraising efforts for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Living with Cancer program and his mentorship program, which he personally has delivered at dozens of area secondary schools and colleges including Washington College. The mentorship program, which is largely funded by Smith himself, focuses on achieving goals and dreams through positive work ethics and responsibility. Paul is convinced that if he can reach even one student at each program that it is worth his time and effort.

Admissions Open House at Wye River Upper School

Wye River students sit on the steps of their school building in Centreville.

Wye River Upper School is hosting an Admissions Open House on Wednesday, April 26 from 6pm-8pm. The event is being held on the School’s campus at 316 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, MD. Students and staff will be presenting and sharing information on the Wye River Experience. Wye River serves students from several Maryland counties including Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline and Kent. Bus service is available to and from Stevensville, Easton and Cambridge.

Wye River Upper School is a college preparatory high school offering an engaging, supportive and challenging curriculum for students with learning challenges like ADHD or dyslexia. For more information, please contact: Katie Theeke, Director of Admissions and Communications at 410-758-2922 or email katietheeke@wyeriverupperschool.org.


Lawmakers Override Hogan’s Protect Our Schools Act Veto

Maryland lawmakers voted Thursday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that would specify which measures could be considered when determining a school’s quality, prohibiting student testing from being one of them.

The bill restricts the state’s ability to intervene in failing schools, which opponents worry is intended to limit the creation of charter schools and voucher systems.

The House of Delegates passed the override of the governor’s veto 90-50, and the Senate passed it the same day, 32-15.

Hogan, a Republican, vetoed House Bill 978, known as the Protect Our Schools Act of 2017, Wednesday, saying the bill weakens school accountability, according to a release from the governor’s office. In the press release, Hogan urged legislators to put aside politics and sustain the veto.

The Maryland State Board of Education and the Maryland State Department of Education have sided with the governor in opposition to this bill, according to the release.

Thursday morning, advocates for the bill gathered at a rally to call for an override. Those present included representative from the Maryland State Education Association, the Maryland Parent Teacher Association and some lawmakers.

The bill would help accommodate the needs of the students and allow parents to be involved in the process, Delegate Mary Washington, D-Baltimore, told the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service. “We need to do more to end disparities (in education) … we cannot do that giving control to the state,” Washington said.

Bill Sponsor Delegate Eric Luedtke, D-Montgomery, acknowledged the common goal that both sides of the argument shared. “I’m glad we can agree every kid deserves a good education,” Luedtke said on the floor.

Although the State Board of Education opposes the bill, people who are involved in the everyday lives of children, like teachers and parents, support the bill, according to Luedtke.

Multiple delegates opposed to the bill referred to it as a “status quo” initiative on the floor, saying the bill will not bring any noticeable change that would benefit students.

Delegate Nicholaus Kipke, R-Anne Arundel, the House minority leader, said on the floor that this bill is not complicated.

“It traps students in failing schools and lessens accountability in the bureaucracy in education,” he said. Kipke made a point to say the legislation is regressive and takes tools away from the state.

Since both chambers voted to override the governor’s veto, the bill will become law July 1.

By Cara Newcomer

The Faces of Mental Illness: The Photography of Michael Nye at Chesapeake College

While it may be true that most people on the Mid-Shore have a very real and distinct impression of the toll of mental illness in our society, it still is hard for many of use to truly understand the profound impact that these conditions has on victims and their families.

A new art exhibition, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of the Eastern Shore in partnership with Chesapeake College in May, might very well help change some of those perceptions using the stunning images and oral narratives of those victims by award winning  photographer Michael Nye.

Some fifty photographs and recorded messages of people who suffer from various forms of mental illness will be on display as part of a major educational effort to remove the stigma and misunderstanding of a growing problem in our communities.

The Spy spoke the Association’s director, Jackie Davis, last week at Bullitt House to talk about the show and the important work of the organization in serving families impacted by mental illness throughout the Shore.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information about  Mental Health Association of the Eastern Shore and their opening reception, please go here 

Chesapeake College Hosts Second Saturday Event

Celebrate Second Saturday on Saturday, April 8 with an art show opening in the Leggett Gallery at the Chesapeake College Cambridge Center from 5-6:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

This month, the gallery features works by photographers of The Baywater Camera Club.

The Baywater Camera Club (BCC) was formed a few years ago, when a group of Cambridge photo enthusiasts saw the need for a local club to serve the needs of photographers at all skill levels.  Monthly the club brings together in a relaxed local setting people who want to learn more about or just talk about photography.  The club meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Dorchester Center for the Arts.  All meetings are open to members, potential members and the general public.  The meetings feature discussions and presentations of photography related topics.  This is followed by the popular show-tell-and critique sessions where club members bring in their photo shoots focused around the topic of the month. The club is small, new and is still finding its way, but it offers a good local opportunity to learn more about the hobby of photography.  The photographers featured in this exhibit are: Ron Berman, Lynne Browne, Craig Caldwell, Pam Montell Decraecke, Jean S. Del Sordo, Steve Del Sordo, Bill McDonnell, Kathryn Mc Knight, Terry Melius, Wendy Rue, Fran Saunders and Dee Terry.

Refreshments for the opening reception will be provided by The Wine Bar. For more information, please contact Marcie Molloy at 410-827-5825 or mamolloy@chesapeake.edu.

Easton Middle School Students Inducted into National Junior Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) recognizes outstanding middle school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established NJHS in 1929, eight years after it founded National Honor Society for high school students.

The Easton Middle School Chapter of the NJHS recently inducted nine new 8th grade members and 54 new 7th grade members. These new members are shown in this photo, along with the current members and officers.

Students who qualify must submit an application and essay, and are selected based on the five criteria.  Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

The current officers of the Easton Middle School Chapter of NJHS are Mikayla Moaney, President; Luke Adelman, Vice President; Haley Nestel, Secretary; Kate Chapple, Treasurer; Molly Johnson, Historian. Ms. Lindsay Stewart, Social Studies Teacher, and Mrs. Kelly Hager serve as Advisors for the club.

The following students are 2017 Inductees:

8th Grade – Kate Boldt, Cyia Bordley, Morgan Dickerson, Chloe Dixon, Juliana Finlay, Martha Harrison, Annie Jones, Kayla McMichael, Charles Mueller

7th Grade – De’vontae Berry, Jason Blades Hrynko, Kylie Brigerman, Tyler Brinsfield, Kiersten Chaney, Sara Chapple, Charlotte Cook, Rachel Davis, William Dickerson, Katryn Diehl, Kirby Ewing, Harrison Fike, Ashtyn Finney, Desmond Fitzroy, Julia Fitzroy, David Gardner, Kalista Glime, Hannah Greene, Kamryn Harris, Kennedy Hayton, Izaiah Higgins, Brandt Hoskin, Leanna Kennedy, Olivia Kilbourne, Katherine Knox, Sandra Lane, Kellen Lambert, Elise Lankford, Rachel Lapp, Sophie Leight, Anna Lesher, Gary Magill, Ashley Malczewski, Ashton Milhollan, Brian Milhollan, Pippa Milhollan, Ryleigh Miller, Conner Moore, Wesley Morgan, Baker Newcomb, James O’Connor, Madeline Principe, Preston Quidley, Chynna Roberts, Emily Royer, Joshua Sherwood, Madison Spies, Elaina Steinly, Brogan Stofa, Jonathan Storch, Mara Stoyanov, Joseph Szymanzki, Logan Wems, Conner Windsor