Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library in April


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Martha Frick Symington Sanger


Stitching Time
Monday, April 10, 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.

Monday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. The Easton Library Book Group discusses A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick.

Spring Origami
Wednesday, April 19, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Limited to 12 participants. Ages 8 thru teens.
Patrons are asked to pre-register for this program.

Author to Discuss One Family’s Extraordinary Maryland History
Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. Author Martha Frick Symington Sanger talks about her book, Maryland Blood: An American Family in War and Peace, the Hambletons of Maryland 1657 to the Present, which The Baltimore Sun called, a “marvelously written, informative, and entertaining epic.”

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Arts & Crafts Group
Thursday, April 6, 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.

Bay Hundred Chess
Wednesdays, April 12 & 26, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Learn and play the strategic game of chess. Beginners welcome.

David Klevan

David Klevan

Memoir Writers
Thursdays, April 13 & 27, 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.

Saturday Speaker: “History Unfolded: Our Local Newspapers & the Holocaust”
Saturday, April 8, 2:00 p.m. David Klevan of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum explains how local newspapers covered the Nazi threat in the ‘30s and ‘40s, how Americans reacted, and what that means for us today.

St. Michaels Book Group to Discuss Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith
Wednesday, April 19, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

Contact Person: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-822-1626, e-mail: mcpeak@tcfl.org

April Speakers at the St. Michaels Library

On Monday April 3, 2017 at noon, David P. Hunt, a 32 year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service will be the speaker for the Brown Bag Lunch at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library – Intelligence in Flux: From the Cold War to the Present. Mr. Hunt will discuss select operations from his experiences overseas to illustrate the cases faced during the Cold War, including a major 30 year program directed against the United States and American businesses. He will also discuss the motivations that operations officers contend with, greed, deception, revenge, resentment, courage, and risk taking. Finally, he will discuss current issues including a profession in flux, the growing complexity of technological and cyber capabilities, and take questions on any aspect of intelligence.

Mr. Hunt retired in 1995 as a senior officer after six field tours, including Italy, Vietnam, Somalia, Norway, France and New York City. He served twice as Deputy Chief of Station (Norway and France) and twice as Chief of Station, (Somalia and New York City). Mr. Hunt is an expert in Soviet operations, European affairs and counterintelligence. Mr. Hunt holds the Donovan Award for Excellence as well as the CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal, its highest award. Mr. Hunt is a graduate of St. Paul’s School and holds a B.A.in History/Government from Colby College in Maine. He attended school in Switzerland. He also served in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps and spent a year in Korea. The Brown Bag Lunch is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring a lunch and enjoy coffee and desert provided by the library. For more information you can call (410) 745-5877.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at noon, David Klevan, History Unfolded: Our Local Newspapers and the Holocaust.

David Klevan is the Education Outreach Specialist in the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he develops educational resources and programs for a diverse group of audiences, and specializes in experiential learning in online and digital learning environments, the most recent of which is History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust. Through this project, educators, students, and history buffs across America are helping the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum discover how local newspapers covered the Nazi threat in the 1930s and 1940s, how Americans reacted, and what that means for us today. During this presentation, the Museum’s education outreach specialist will discuss the role this project is playing in a multi-year Museum initiative to engage the public in critical thinking about Americans and the Holocaust. History Unfolded will continue to accept new research through at least the summer of 2018. During this presentation, information will be provided on how you can participate using historical newspapers in the local library system as well as online.

During his 20+ year tenure at the Museum, Mr. Klevan has been responsible for production of the Museum’s first mobile app, supervised the Museum’s social media outreach; and coordinated the Museum’s flagship partnership with Washington, DC area schools. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master’s degree in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Information is available by calling (410) 745-5877.


Children’s Home Foundation Awards Scholarship to Chesapeake Student

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Chesapeake College President Barbara Viniar, Aaron Turner, Martha Austin and the Right Rev. Sanosh Marray, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton.

Aaron Turner of Easton was recently awarded the Workforce Training Scholarship by the Children’s Home Foundation, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton.

A Chesapeake College employee for four years, Mr. Turner is a custodian with the Facilities Department. He has been taking Chesapeake classes for three years.

“We’ve found that nontraditional students like Aaron are a wonderful investment. They have clear goals and are highly motivated,” said Martha Austin, board member of the Children’s Home Foundation. “Through these scholarships, we can help individuals improve their lives and achieve their goals. We look forward to helping more students like Aaron.”

Mr. Turner, a 2010 Easton High School graduate, said the $1,350 scholarship will allow him to complete the Electrician Program in May.

“I’m grateful to have this help to finish my program. I’m learning valuable skills now that will give me opportunities,” Mr. Turner said.

Writers Daisy Fried and Roy Kesey Work with Gunston English Students

On March 6 and 7, Gunston hosted Daisy Fried and Roy Kesey as part of the spring installment of In Celebration of Books, the school’s visiting writers series. Fried, a poet and critic, currently serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Kesey is the recipient of an NEA grant for fiction as well as a PEN/Heim grant for translation.

A public reading of their work was held on Monday, March 6 in Gunston’s Field House. After that, Fried and Kesey visited Gunston’s English classrooms over the course of two days as they led students in writing exercises and craft discussions.

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Photos: Daisy Fried and Roy Kesey

Poet and critic Daisy Fried is the author of three books of poetry: Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice (University of Pittsburgh, 2013), named by Library Journal one of the five best poetry books of 2013, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (University of Pittsburgh, 2006), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and She Didn’t Mean to Do It, (University of Pittsburgh, 2000), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Award. For her poetry, she’s received Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellowships, as well as a Pushcart Prize and the Cohen Award from Ploughshares. Recent poems have been published in the London Review of Books, The Nation, The New Republic, Poetry, The Threepenny Review and Best American Poetry 2013. She reviews books of poetry for The New York Times, Poetry and The Threepenny Review, and won the Editors Award from Poetry for “Sing, God-Awful Muse,” an essay about reading Paradise Lost and breastfeeding. She is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

Roy Kesey’s latest books are the short story collection Any Deadly Thing (Dzanc Books 2013) and the novel Pacazo (Dzanc Books 2011/Jonathan Cape 2012). His translation of Pola Oloixarac’s Savage Theories was published by Soho Press in January of this year. His short stories, essays, translations and poems have appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and New Sudden Fiction. He is currently a visiting professor at Washington College; last semester he taught a course called “Fire and Ice: How the World Ends,” an anthropological and scientific exploration of the apocalypse, and this semester he is teaching a creative writing workshop on travel writing and a literature course on contemporary world fiction.

New Career and Technology Scholarships Available

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Mr. Haines Holt and some of the 2016 Roberta B. Holt and Roberta B. Holt Trades Scholarship Recipients (Joniya Copper, Madison Bee, Hunter Joseph, Priya Patel, JamieHetrick).

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation has announced new scholarship opportunities for the 2017/18 Academic Year.  Thanks to generous donors, Career and Technology Scholarships are now available to students in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.  Area students planning for career and technology fields are invited to apply.  Applications must be completed online at www.mscf.org and the submission deadline is March 31, 2017.  For additional information contact the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, The Bullitt House, 102 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601, (410) 820-8175.

Kent School Students Support Backpack Program

Led by Kent School’s Student Government Association, students at Kent School collected food items to support Kent County’s Backpack Program. The Backpack Program is administered through the Kent County Food Pantry and serves students in Kent County who are in need. Kent School students from Preschool through Grade 8 successfully donated hundreds of individual servings of food to be distributed to students throughout the county.

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SGA representatives Allie Butler and Issy Leach (left side) and SGA Treasurer Jake Cerino with SGA Secretary Reed Ferguson (right side).

SGA President, Campbell Parkhurst said, “We paired grades and groups were given a list of items to bring in. That way, we made sure we would have a variety of appropriate foods to donate. Grades 8 and 4 brought Pop Tarts and granola/breakfast bars. Grades 7 and 3 brought individual serving size of soups and cereals. Grades 6 and 2 brought pudding and fruit cups. Grades 5 and 1 brought juice and milk boxes. Kindergarten and Little School students brought Mac and Cheese and Chef Boyardee.” Parkhurst continued, “We thought it would be fun to add a little challenge to our students so we decided to offer a Jeans Day if we could collect enough food to fill the front loader of our Kubota. We did that and then some. We probably could have filled two or three! We are all looking forward to a Jeans Day soon.”

Kent School began the Food Drive in early February to coordinate with Peoples Bank Chester Gras celebration which supports the Backpack Program. Kent School’s Head of School, Nancy Mugele said, “It was heartwarming and gratifying to see our students so engaged and enthusiastic about a service project that directly benefits the children of our community. I am so proud of their good work and commitment to community service.”

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The Backpack food drive is Kent School’s third service project to benefit the Kent County Food Pantry this academic year. The School hosted an Empty Bowls event in November, a canned food drive in November and December and the Backpack food drive in February. Sue Basener, President of the Kent County Food Pantry Board of Trustees said, “The partnership between Kent School and the Food Pantry is very valuable. We are so grateful for all the support their students and families provide. We are able to reach more children and families with their support.”

Kent School, located 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 or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.

Registration Now Open for Maryland Leadership Workshops Summer 2017 Programs

mlwThe Maryland Leadership Workshops summer curriculum offers five peer-led, week-long residential programs that empower and inspire middle and high school students to succeed and be more engaged in their schools and communities. All programs are held on the campus of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Middle School Experience in Leadership (July 16-22, 2017): For students entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2017. Students begin to develop their individual leadership skills and learn how to identify and take advantage of opportunities for leadership in their schools and communities.

Bridge (July 9-15, 2017): For experienced student leaders entering grades 8 or 9 in 2017, who are ready for more intensive training and practice prior to entering Senior High Workshops.

Senior High Workshop (July 23-29, 2017): For students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2017. A fun, challenging, inspiring, and fulfilling week-long experience for teens that helps them to develop leadership skills needed to succeed in diverse environments.

Advanced Leadership Seminar (July 9-15, 2017): For high school students who have attended Senior High Workshop or have completed an equivalent program/leadership experience. This program challenges students to re-examine themselves as individuals and leaders through innovative workshops crafted according to their unique needs, individual goal setting and a culminating project focused on real-world application of leadership skills.

Journey (July 9-15, 2017): For Howard County girls entering 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2017. Support for this program has been provided by the Women’s Giving Circle, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County. At this unique program, each student identifies her own leadership skills, strengths, and weaknesses in a supportive and fun environment, which fosters increased self-esteem and confidence.

Each program offers a supportive and fun environment to foster increased independence, self-esteem and confidence for a diverse composition of students from around Maryland and the country. Program participants, known as delegates, develop concepts and skills during workshops, group projects, committee responsibilities and small group discussion sessions. Other activities include games, variety shows, dances, and opportunities for delegates to lead activities for their peers.

Registration for the Summer 2017 programs is available online at www.MLW.org. Registration closes on May 15, 2017, and an Early Bird discount is offered to those who register before April 1. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact Anita Anderson at 301-444-8623.

About Maryland Leadership Workshops, a division of Leadership Maryland

Maryland Leadership Workshops is Maryland’s premier leadership development program for middle and high school students. In existence since 1955, Maryland Leadership Workshops has provided generations of participants – known as delegates – with an incomparable experience to discover and develop strengths and skills essential to lifelong leadership. Using the model of facilitative instruction unique among youth leadership programs, delegates take ownership of personal development as they grow in self-awareness, set measurable goals, and collaborate with peers in diverse groups. To learn more, please call Maryland Leadership Workshops at 301-444-8623 or visit www.mlw.org.

Radcliffe Creek School Participates in Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibit

Since January, students at Radcliffe Creek School have been developing an exhibit for the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street project. This project is hosted by Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Post # 25: Sumner Hall in collaboration with C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College. The theme of the project is The Way We Worked. Radcliffe Creek School’s focus is on “School Houses of Kent County.”

Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service program that teams up with state humanities councils to bring high-quality traveling exhibits to small communities through their own museums, historical societies, and other cultural venues. Residents enthusiastically engage with exhibition content, as diverse community members come together to share and celebrate their heritage. The Way We Worked focuses on the diversity of the American workforce, exploring how people of all races and ethnicities have commonalities and worked to knock down barriers in the professional world. The exhibition shows how we identify with work, as individuals and as communities.

To complete projects for this exhibit, all of the Radcliffe students have been participating in a special month-long Enrichment class. During this special class, teams of teachers have been guiding groups of students in researching their particular element of “School Houses of Kent County” and creating a final product for the overall exhibit. Group topics include: Songs and Games; School House Models; School House Artifacts; Skits; Interviews; and a Documentary film. These special classes afforded Radcliffe students the opportunity to collaborate with classmates and others in a community-wide event and explore local history using an interdisciplinary approach, true to The Radcliffe Way.

The Radcliffe Creek School “School Houses of Kent County” exhibit will be on display at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown on March 3, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. This event will take place during one of Downtown Chestertown’s First Fridays, a chance for visitors to not only explore the exhibit but also explore Chestertown’s vibrant arts and entertainment district. Many retailers and galleries are open from 5 – 8:00 p.m. and will feature special exhibits, entertainment and refreshments.

Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school whose mission is to empower children in a dynamic environment that celebrates unique learning. For more information about Radcliffe Creek or Little Creek, the school’s preschool, which includes programs for children from infancy through pre-kindergarten, please call 410-778-8150 or visit www.radcliffecreekschool.org.

Talbot Partnership Partners with Easton High School Interactive Media Class

Talbot Partnership, a Talbot County nonprofit dedicated to educating the community about substance abuse prevention, recently partnered with Easton High School’s award-winning Interactive Media classes to create a new organizational website. According to Dave Stofa, Director of Athletics/Transportation and Security Manager for Talbot County Public Schools, following Talbot Partnership’s recent rebranding and change in marketing focus, the organization approached instructor Garnette Hines about having her Easton High School students create and maintain a new website for Talbot Partnership.

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Pictured L to R are Garnette Hines, Instructor with Easton High School’s Interactive Media classes, and Cameron Miller of Cordova, a senior at Easton High School creating and maintaining a website for local nonprofit, Talbot Partnership. The two are reviewing a video segment the students created on career and technology pathways in Talbot County for the Talbot County Board of Education’s Career and Technology Month.

Cameron Miller of Cordova, a senior in Hines Advanced Interactive Media class, agreed to take on the project. Miller, plans to attend UMBC in the fall of 2017 where he will be studying game or Web design, marrying his interest in computer science and graphic design. He comments, “I have especially enjoyed working on this project as it is a really cool message to be promoting – alcohol and drug prevention. It’s great to help a local organization with a mission to help with this issue in our community.”

Hines, whose students have been interning with local businesses in the community, adds, “This is giving our students real world experience, which is vital to being successful outside of the classroom. It is also a way for us to connect with the community who supports the school – strengthening the school/business partnership.”

With Miller leaving for college in the fall, Hines is grooming another Easton High School student to take over to provide continuity in updating and editing Talbot Partnership’s website.

For further information about Talbot Partnership’s programs, contact them at 410-819-8067.

Marie Martin, Appraiser – “Iconic Images: Pictures Worth a 1,000 Words”

Screen Shot 2017-02-24 at 8.58.17 AMMarie Martin, expert and appraiser of documentary and fine art photography, will be the Brown Bag lunch speaker at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library on Monday, March 6, 2017 at noon. Over the past 178 years, photographic images have come to define war, social conditions, celebrations, disasters and people. Martin will discuss why some photographic images become iconic, why they were taken or how, and what measure of importance they hold in today’s world.

Martin has appraised historical archives including William Henry Fox Talbot’s personal collection of photographs; glass plate negatives and related ephemera from the Mathew Brady/Levin Handy Studio; archives of former White House photographers, Magnum and Look and Life magazine photographers, and collections including “African Americans from Slavery to Civil Rights”; “Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War”; “Russian Photography from the 1920s to 2000” and vernacular photographs included in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, exhibit “The Art of the American Snap Shot, 1999 – 1978”. Martin was, an instructor at George Washington University Center for Career Education in photography, an image researcher for Clairmont Press as well as a gallery owner and operator and a graduate of the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. Martin is a resident of St. Michaels and a past president of the Business Association and St. Michaels Museum Board of Directors.

Brown Bag Lunch events are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring a lunch and enjoy coffee and desert provided by the library. Information can be found at www.tcfl.org or by calling (410) 745-5877.