TCPS Appoints 2017-2018 Student Board Representatives

Talbot County Public Schools is pleased to announce that two of our local high school seniors have been chosen to represent their respective schools as members of the TCPS Board of Education for the 2017-2018 school year.  The students were sworn in during the September 20 Board Meeting.

Jack Gill attends Saint Michaels High School where he has demonstrated leadership both in an out of the classroom. He has served his Student Government as Class President, was President of the Prom Committee, is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Friends Always Mentoring Others, and is President of the National Honor Society.

TCPS Seniors Jack Gill from Saint Michaels Middle High was sworn in as student representative to the Board of Education at the September Board Meeting by Mary Ann Shortall, Cerk of Court.

As a student athlete, Jack has earned Most Improved Awards for Soccer and Tennis, has been Captain of the Saints Basketball Team, and was selected as Most Valuable Player in both Basketball and Tennis during his junior year.  He is also an accomplished musician, having earned a perfect score at the National Piano Guild for the last three years.

Jack has actively volunteered in the community for organizations such as Christmas in St. Michaels, the YMCA, and local youth soccer programs.  This past summer, Jack had the opportunity to attend the United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar, and he hopes to receive and accept an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, major in Nuclear Engineering and ultimately serve as a Submarine Warfare Officer.“I am grateful for this opportunity,” Gill said following his first meeting, “and I am really excited for this year.”

Kathryn (Katie) Spofford, a senior at Easton High School, also has an extensive resume.  Her academic achievements include a broad range of Advanced Placement coursework, Principal’s Honor Roll, Honor Roll, Proficiency in English Award, Excellence in AP English Award, and Mind in Motion Scholar Athlete Award.  She is a Member of the National Honor Society and the National Latin Honor Society in which she is serving as Secretary.  She is a Teen Court Juror and is Student Government Secretary.

TCPS Senior Katie Spofford from Easton High was sworn in as student representative to the Board of Education at the September Board Meeting by Mary Ann Shortall, Cerk of Court.

Katie has played both Junior Varsity and Varsity Soccer for Easton High, and participated in Varsity Indoor Track.  She has been a member of the Chesapeake All Star Cheerleading Team, the High Voltage All Star Dance and Cheerleading Teams, the Talbot Figure Skating Team, the Bay Country Figure Skating Team, and the University of Delaware Figure Skating Team.

Katie’s other leadership experiences include attending AIA Maryland Girls’ State, where she was elected Chairwoman of the Committee on Finances, President of the County Commissioners and Governor of ALA MD Girls’ State 2017.  She was also a Speaker at a youth leadership conference in Ocean City.  She volunteers for Talbot Interfaith Shelter, National Honor Society Tutoring, Service Dog Training and the Bay Bridge Run.  She recently served as an intern to Congressman Andy Harris in his Salisbury office.

“I am looking forward to my final year at Easton High School, and I plan to be a very involved member of our school community,” says Katie.  “I’m super excited to serve as student Board Member this year, and Go Warriors!”

Jack and Katie will attend the monthly Board of Ed meetings and will periodically report to the Board on important happenings at their schools.

Upcoming Programming at the Library October 3-7

St. Michaels Library to Offer Family Crafts

On Tuesday, October 3, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a family crafts program about treasure boxes for children of all ages (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 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, October 5, 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

St. Michaels Library to Offer Family Games

On Thursday, October 5, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to bring the whole family to the library for an afternoon of board games and fun educational children’s games.  This program is for all ages, but 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 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 Screen “Til-Made: Remembering the Tilghman Packing Company”

On Saturday, October 7, at 2:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will screen the new film “Til-Made: Remembering the Tilghman Packing Company.”“Til-Made” is the latest video produced by the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum. It is the first film to explore the Tilghman Packing Company’s history on Tilghman Island and in the Bay Hundred area.

Founded in 1897 by the Harrison brothers in an oyster-shucking house situated on a steamboat wharf, the Tilghman Packing Company grew to include multiple operations and employ the majority of men and women in the area. In its heyday, it employed more than 600 people, the largest employer in Talbot County.  The firm closed in 1975, and today not a vestige remains of this once thriving enterprise.

The video weaves together interviews with people who worked at the packing company with vintage video and photographs from the Talbot Historical Society’s H. Robins Hollyday Collection. Created by Jennifer Shea and Peter Carroll through a grant from Maryland Humanities, with additional support from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, the film joins previous museum productions about the island — “Growing up on Tilghman,” “Another Dawn — Tilghman in Transition,” and “Tilghman Tales: Building Boats, Lives and Memories on the Chesapeake Bay.”  Some of the people featured in the film will be present for Q&A afterwards. The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum is a nonprofit corporation founded in 2007 with the mission of celebrating the heritage and culture of the Eastern Shore watermen and Tilghman Island.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to watch this film on the library’s big, professional screen.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

Easton Elementary PTO Shoe Drive Fundraiser is Underway!

The Easton Elementary PTO is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser which began on September 4th and will continue through November 3rd.  The purpose of the shoe drive is to raise funds for field trips and school supplies for students. Easton Elementary will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Money collected will benefit our students greatly. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at the Easton Elementary School campus at 305/307 Glenwood Avenue (Dobson and Moton).

The Easton Elementary PTO is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser to raise funds for field trips and school supplies. Funds will be raised based on the total weigh of the pairs of shoes collected. Middle and high school students have volunteered their time to help the younger students!

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Tara Blades, shoe drive organizer. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money to provide exciting field trip opportunities and additional classroom supplies for our students.”

During the first week, 21 bags of shoes were collected (25 pairs each bag).  “So far there has been great support from businesses in the community who have donated shoes, boxes, and storage space,” Blades added.  Middle school and high school students are helping to sort and bag shoes for community service hours.  The goal is to collect at least 79 more bags of shoes in the remaining seven weeks of the project.

Shoes donated to Easton Elementary will make a difference in people’s lives around the world, as well as provide extra opportunities for our local students.  Please feel free to bring your shoes to the drop off location at Easton Elementary.

Upcoming Programming at the Library September 26-28

St. Michaels Library to Screen Movie

On Tuesday, September 26, at noon, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will show an award-winning film, rated PG-13, 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 Offer Story Time

On Wednesday, September 27, 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

Easton Library to Offer Program on Estate Planning for Genealogists

On Thursday, September 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County, longtime librarian-archivist Mary Mannix will give people who have researched their family’s genealogy the inside scoop on how to make sure all their work won’t be lost.  Speaking of such efforts, Mannix said, “You’ve spent years wondering what happened to all the things you know your ancestors must have recorded, the things that would have helped you so with your research.  Now it’s time to consider how to best preserve your accumulated facts, figures, and artifacts for future generations.”

Since 1998, Mannix has been the Maryland Room Manager of the C. Burr Artz Public Library of the Frederick County Public Libraries.  For eleven years she was the Library Director of the Howard County (MD) Historical Society.  She has also held positions at the Lilienfeld Library of The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Maryland Historical Society.  She holds an MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MA in American History from the University of Delaware with a certificate in Museum Studies.  Mannix is very active in MARAC (the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference) and is in her fourth term as Vice Chair/Meetings Coordinator.  She also has been very involved in the History Section of RUSA and was the 2011 winner of ALA’s Genealogical Publishing Company Award for service to the profession.  In 2015 she was given the Martha Washington Medal from the Sergeant Lawrence Everhart Chapter of the Maryland Society of Sons of the American Revolution. She has taught genealogy librarianship at the University of Maryland and public history courses at Hood College.  She regularly gives presentations on a variety of local history and genealogy topics.

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 September 17-23

Easton Library to Offer Needlework Program

On Monday, September 18, 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 to Host Futuremakers Program: Hypnotizers

On Monday, September 18, at 4:00 p.m. for grades 2 & 3, and again at 5:30 p.m. for all ages, in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Futuremakers will put on a program in which children will have the opportunity to create spinning, glowing light machines that hypnotize and amaze.  This program is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do 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

Retired University Professor and Administrator, John H.  Miller to Speak on Slave Ships at Easton Library

On Monday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Dr. John H. Miller will give a talk entitled “Amazing Grace: Slave Ships—Their Captains, Crew, and the People Who Survived Them.”  Miller’s lecture will explore the history and heroic stories of some of the valiant people who, despite being taken aboard the slave ships as “cargo,” rose above their circumstances to display amazing courage and grace.  This talk first took form as a lecture Dr. Miller gave on Marcus Rediker’s groundbreaking work The Slave Ship: a Human History as part of the University of Virginia’s “Semester at Sea” program.  Dr. Miller delivered his lecture in 2015 while the student ship on which he served as a faculty member was crossing the Atlantic from Senegal (Africa) to Salvador (Brazil), traversing the waters known to history as the notorious “Middle Passage.”

Speaking of the research that went into preparing his talk, Dr. Miller said, “What I have learned, and continue to learn, compels me to speak out in ways I never have done before, to share these stories—too long hidden and suppressed in my educational upbringing—with others who may similarly have grown up not fully understanding or appreciating the horrors of international capitalism in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Its tangled web enmeshed us all, everyone, in both the Old and New Worlds,for 400 years. We Americans are still recovering, if ‘recovering’ is the right word. There is so much unfinished business, as Frederick Douglass would readily acknowledge were he alive today.”

Miller received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and his B.A. from Yale.  Miller taught literature at Carnegie Mellon where he also served for many years as a Major Gifts Officer and Director of Development for the Dietrich College of Humanities& Social Sciences. He has also taught at the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France (as a Fulbright Fellow), in addition to teaching at Washington College and at American University.  He now teaches literature courses at the Academy for Lifelong Learning at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

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

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

Library Book Group to Discuss “Purple Hibiscus”

On Monday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, the Easton book group will discuss this year’s One Maryland One Book, “Purple Hibiscus” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  One Maryland One Book is a Maryland Humanities program in which people all across the state read the same book at the same time.  This discussion will be facilitated by “the library guy,” Bill Peak.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this discussion.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

Children to Read with a Certified Therapy Dog at Easton Library

On Tuesday, September 19, 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 Offer S.T.E.A.M Program

On Thursday, September 21, from 3:00 – 4:45 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a S.T.E.A.M(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) program for all ages.  Children will take a Virtual Reality field trip with Google Expeditions, enjoy Make and Take, Build with LEGOS, design with Minecraft, and more.  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

Easton Library to Anchor Frederick Douglass Day

On Saturday, September 23, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Talbot County will celebrate Frederick Douglass Day.  The Talbot County Free Library is partnering with the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, the Town of Easton, and others to stage this all-day event, and its Easton branch will serve as a primary stage for many of the day’s activities.  Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the Children’s Village will open for children of all ages in the library’s front garden.  The day’s Amazing Race scavenger hunt will also start at 11:30 a.m. from in front of the library.  At 1:00 p.m., inspirational speaker and direct descendant of Frederick Douglass, Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., will give the day’s keynote address in the Easton library’s main meeting room.  Following that, at 2:30 p.m., Artworks for Freedom will host a panel discussion on modern human trafficking.  Food vendors will be set up in the parking lot across Dover Street from the library, and the day’s music and speakers stage will be set up just south of the library on West Street.  All library and Frederick Douglass Day programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend or participate in any of these programs.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

Join Adkins Arboretum for CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Garden

Artist Dale Chihuly has mastered the translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon to create works of art that transform the everyday experience. He is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific installations in public spaces as well as exhibitions in museums and gardens worldwide. For the first time in more than 10 years, Chihuly’s artwork is on view in a major garden exhibition in New York. CHIHULY, on view through October at the New York Botanical Garden, showcases more than 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. Join Adkins Arboretum on Sat., Oct. 28 for an afternoon and evening adventure to NYBG to view Chihuly’s breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light and form in both day and night.

Set within NYBG’s landmark landscape and buildings, this sensory-filled exhibition is a must-see as the Garden’s dramatic vistas become living canvases for work created specifically for NYBG, showcasing Chihuly’s signature shapes and brilliant colors. The exhibit includes a monumental reimagining of his storied 1975 Artpark installation, with new works enlivening the Garden’s water features and reflecting the interplay and movement of color and light. One-of-a-kind installations highlight the synergy between Chihuly’s organic shapes and the natural environment. 

The trip includes CHIHULY Nights, when the artworks are spectacularly illuminated amid NYBG’s sweeping vistas and magnificent Conservatory. The after-sunset atmosphere is thrilling as the exhibition is infused with magical energy, heightened drama and luminous colors and forms when works are lit under the evening sky.

This trip is offered during the final weekend of CHIHULY and CHIHULY Nights. The bus departs from the Easton Firehouse on Aurora Park Drive at 10 a.m. and from the Route 50 westbound Park and Ride at Route 404 at 10:20 a.m. An additional stop at the 301/291 Park and Ride will be added upon request for Chestertown-area residents. The bus will depart for home at 8 p.m. The program fee of $150 for members and $205 for non-members includes transportation, admission to NYBG and CHIHULY Nights and driver gratuity. To ensure the trip proceeds, please register by Fri., Sept. 29 at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature, conservation and gardening. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Upcoming Programming at the Library September 9-14

Bill Peak (Photo credit: Tom McCall)

Celebrate Grandparents’ Day at the Easton Library

On Saturday, September 9, the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites grandparents to celebrate Grandparents’ Day by coming in any time between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to read to their grandchild or grandchildren in the library’s children’s garden.  Grandparents may bring their favorite book with them to read or pick one from the library’s shelves.  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 Hold Board Game Nights for Teens

On Monday, September 11, and again on Thursday, September 28, the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will hold a board game night for teens from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  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

Bill Peak to Host Easton Library One Maryland One Book Discussion

On Monday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, “Library guy” Bill Peak will host a discussion of this year’s One Maryland One Book, “Purple Hibiscus,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  In his column in The Star Democrat, Peak called Adichie’s novel “… far and away the best book ever chosen to be the One Maryland One Book.”  One Maryland One Book is the program of Maryland Humanities in which people all across the state read the same book at the same time.  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: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-822-1626

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Photo credit: Wani Olatunde)

Easton Library to Offer Story Time

On Tuesdays, September 12 – December 5, at 10:00 a.m., the Easton 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 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

STEM Story Time at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Wednesday, September 13, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) story time, experimentation, and exploration at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Pre-registration is required for free admission to the museum. Please call the St Michaels Library (410-745-5877) to pre-register for this event. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

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

St. Michaels Library to Host Bay Hundred Chess

On Wednesdays, September 13 & 27, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in to learn and play the time-honored strategic game of chess.  Beginners 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 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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

St. Michaels Library to Offer Minecraft

On Wednesdays, September 13 & 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 22, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 5 and older to 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 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 Host Memoir Writers

On Thursdays, September 14 & 28, 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

Bill Peak to Host St. Michaels Library One Maryland One Book Discussion

On Thursday, September 14, at 2:30 p.m., in the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library, “Library guy” Bill Peak will host a discussion of this year’s One Maryland One Book, “Purple Hibiscus,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  In his column in The Star Democrat, Peak called Adichie’s novel “… far and away the best book ever chosen to be the One Maryland One Book.”  One Maryland One Book is the program of Maryland Humanities in which people all across the state read the same book at the same time.  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

Jayne Fitzgerald

Children to Create Drawbots with FutureMakers at Easton Library

On Thursday, September 14, in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, FutureMakers will host a program at 4:00 p.m. for grades 2 & 3, and again at 5:30 p.m. for all ages, in which children will create a machine that can wiggle and draw.  This program is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  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

Easton Library to Host Talk on Adolescence & Substance Abuse

On Thursday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m., as part of the Talbot County Free Library’s efforts on behalf of the Talbot Goes Purple campaign, Jayne Fitzgerald will give a talk entitled, “Adolescence & Substance Abuse: The Times They Are A-Changing” in the library’s Easton branch.  Fitzgerald describes adolescence as “one of the most extraordinarily positive times in any person’s life, and also one of the most risky.”

Fitzgerald is the Executive Director of the Talbot Partnership.  She holds a BA in psychology and has spent her career studying family life and adolescent behavior.  Fitzgerald is passionate about warning of the harm substance abuse can cause the adolescent brain.  She is a powerful advocate for community support of youth engagement.

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: Sabine Simonson, telephone: 410-822-1626

Easton Elementary PTO Launches Shoe Drive Fundraiser

Easton Elementary PTO is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser September 4th- November 3rd to raise funds for field trips and school supplies. Easton Elementary will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Money collected will benefit our students greatly. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at 305/307 Glenwood Avenue (Dobson and Moton).

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Tara Blades, shoe drive organizer. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money to provide exciting field trip opportunities and additional classroom supplies for our students.”

By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to Easton Elementary, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world, as well as provide extra opportunities for our local students.

Please feel free to bring your shoes to our drop off location at Easton Elementary. If you are unable to drop your shoes off, please contact us and we can come to you!

Contact
Tara Blades, shoe drive organizer
Easton Elementary
(410) 822- 0686
tnblades@tcps.k12.md.us

Upcoming Programming at Talbot County Free Library in September

David Hunt

Easton

Story Time
Tuesdays, September 12 – December 5, 10:00 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Intelligence in Flux: From the Cold War to the Present
David P. Hunt, Senior Intelligence Officer, CIA (Retired)
Thursday, September 7, 6:30 p.m. David Hunt will draw on 32 years of experience in CIA’s Clandestine Service (including field tours in Vietnam and Somalia) to illustrate the type of cases that routinely occurred during the Cold War. He will also talk about the current world situation and how, despite the opportunities and vulnerabilities presented by new technologies, human source intelligence remains critical. Hunt is a recipient of the Donavan Award for Excellence and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal—the CIA’s highest award.

Teen Game Board Night
Mondays, September 11 & November 13, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays, September 28, October 26, & 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.

Jayne Fitzgerald

One Maryland One Book Discussion: Purple Hibiscus
Monday, September 11, 6:30 p.m. “Library guy” Bill Peak hosts a discussion of this year’s One Maryland One Book, Purple Hibiscus. One Maryland One Book is a program of Maryland Humanities in which people all across the state read the same book at the same time.

Futuremakers: Drawbots
Thursday, September 14, 4:00 p.m. (for grades 2 & 3) & 5:30 p.m. (for all ages). Pre-Registration required. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Adolescence & Substance Abuse: The Times They Are A-Changing
Thursday, September 14, 6:30 p.m. Jayne Fitzgerald, director of the Talbot Partnership, talks about the fascinating world of adolescence, one of the most extraordinarily positive times in any person’s life, and also one of the most risky. Once we better understand why teenagers do what they do, we will be better prepared to help them happily, safely and productively navigate those difficult, marvelous years.

Futuremakers: Hypnotizers
Monday, September 18, 4:00 p.m. (for grades 2 & 3), & 5:30 p.m. (for all ages). Pre-Registration required. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Stitching Time
Mondays, September 18, October 16, 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.

Amazing Grace: Slave Ships, Their Captains, Crew, and the People Who Survived Them
Monday, September 18, 6:00 p.m. Dr. John H. Miller explores the history and heroic stories of slave ships and the valiant people who, despite being taken aboard as “cargo,” rose above their circumstances to display amazing courage and grace. An exciting and engaging speaker, Dr. Miller has taught at Carnegie Mellon, Washington College, and American University.

Dr. John Miller

Book Discussion: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Monday, September 18, 6:30 p.m. This discussion of the 2017 One Maryland One Book, a program of Maryland Humanities, will be facilitated by “the library guy,” Bill Peak.

Read with Latte, a Certified Therapy Dog.
Thursdays, September 19, October 17 and November 21, 4:00 p.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte.

S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Program
Thursday, September 21, 3:00 – 4:45 p.m. Take a Virtual Reality field trip with Google Expeditions, enjoy Make and Take, Build with LEGOS, Minecraft, and more. For all ages.

Frederick Douglass Day
Saturday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Speakers, a parade, food vendors, great music, and much, much more … all in celebration of Talbot County’s most famous native son!

Ask a Master Gardener!
Thursday, September 28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. A certified master gardener will be in the lobby of the Easton branch to answer your questions about fall gardening and seed saving. Don’t forget to bring pictures or samples of problems from your yard for examination!

Thinking about your Stuff – Estate Planning for Genealogists
Thursday, September 28, 6:30 p.m. You’ve spent years wondering what happened to all the things you know your ancestors must have recorded, the things that would have helped you so with your research. Now it’s time to consider how to best preserve your accumulated facts, figures, and artifacts for future generations. Librarian and historian Mary Mannix gives you the inside scoop on how to make all that you have done live on.

Mary Mannix

St. Michaels

Arts & Crafts
Thursdays, September 7, October 5, and 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, September 13 & 27, October 11 & 25, and November 8 & 22, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Learn and play the strategic game of chess. Beginners welcome.

Memoir Writers
Thursdays, September 14 & 28, October 12 & 26, and November 9, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family. Participants are invited to bring their lunch.

One Maryland One Book Discussion: Purple Hibiscus
Thursday, September 14, 2:30 p.m. “Library guy” Bill Peak hosts a discussion of this year’s One Maryland One Book, Purple Hibiscus. One Maryland One Book is a program of Maryland Humanities in which people all across the state read the same book at the same time.

Tuesday Movie @ Noon
September 26 & October 31. Please call the library at 410-745-5877 for the names of the films to be shown on the library’s big, professional screen (due to licensing agreements, we cannot name the films here).

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

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

Easton High Culinary Arts Program Achieves “Exemplary” Status

Easton High School’s Culinary Arts Program has been identified as “Exemplary” by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC).

To qualify as an ACFEF Exemplary Program, a program must be confirmed in full compliance with ACFEF standards on two consecutive Team Reports. Those programs received a grant of Accreditation and the Exemplary status. The Easton High School program is one of only four in the country to be deemed “Exemplary” and the only one in the State of Maryland.

Earlier this year, a team evaluating the program conducted an onsite visit.Utilizing a checklist and comparison of the program to the nationally recognized ACFEF Standards, the team determined that the program had substantially met the required eight (8) Standards areas in their entirety: Eligibility, Program Mission and Goals, Organization and Administration, Faculty and Staff, Curriculum, Facilities, Student Services and Assessment.

“Mrs. Linda Brown and Mr. Joseph Candel, along with all of their Culinary Arts students, are to be commended for this outstanding achievement,” said Mrs. Pam Clay, Curriculum Supervisor for Career and Technology Education. “I am extremely happy to see them receive this well-deserved recognition of their high standards and commitment to excellence!” A special emblem reflecting this prestigious status will be placed next to Easton High School’s information on the ACF Website.