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

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.

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.


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

Lucie Hughes Chosen for Leadership Maryland Class of 2017

Leadership Maryland announced today that Lucille “Lucie” Hughes, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Chesapeake College, has been chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Hughes is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 25th class – the Class of 2017 – who will complete the eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five two-day intense sessions traversing the state focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment and multi-culturalism/diversity. These sessions will be followed by a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration in December. More than 100 experts representing business, government, education, and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

“The selection process for the Class of 2017 was very competitive this year, as we had an extraordinary pool of diverse and experienced applicants to choose from,” said Renée M. Winsky, president and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Maryland. “The 52 selected participants represent a diverse and broad spectrum of highly-qualified executives from across the state, and we are confident that their Leadership Maryland experience will help them to play an even greater role in our unified effort to shape the future of our state.”

In addition to her role at Chesapeake College, Hughes is the President of the Tidewater Rotary Club; a board member of Cambridge Main Street and the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce; and a committee member with Eastern Shore Network for Change, Talbot Hospice and Talbot Senior Center at Brookletts Place. Hughes also serves on the Maryland Health Care Commission Work Group on Rural Health Care Delivery. She is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown.

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. For more information about Leadership Maryland, please visit www.LeadershipMD.org, call 410-841-2101 or email Info@LeadershipMD.org.

About Leadership Maryland

Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Each year, as many as 52 diverse and accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors are selected to come together as a class for an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The first Leadership Maryland class graduated in 1993, and the organization’s alumni network now consists of more than 1,100 leaders from all industries and regions of the state. To learn more, please call Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or visit www.LeadershipMD.org.

Strong Season Opener for Gunston Crew

Gunston Crew opened its season strong taking home two first place medals at the Bladensburg Invitational hosted by DeMatha High School. Other crews participating were Annapolis Junior Rowing, Elizabeth Seton (girls), Walter Johnson, St. John’s College High School, Montgomery Boat Club and Bishop O’Connell High School.

Gunston entered 7 events and came home with 5 wins in the following categories:
Boys Varsity 4 – 1st
Girls Varsity 8 – 1st
Boys Novice 8
Girls Novice 8
Boys 3rd Varsity 4

“It was a great way to start our spring season,” said Head Coach Nicole Stimpson. “Almost all of our boats were able to get in solid racing experience today with two races each. Having a time trial and a final allowed them to review any issues they may have had in the morning and come back out fresh and focused for their final.”

Gunston Crew continues their season this Saturday, April 1 at home with a duel with St. Paul’s Boys and Episcopal’s Girls.

Washington College Alumna and Trustee Gives $1 Million for Career Center

President Sheila C. Bair today announced a gift of $1 million from alumna and trustee Rebecca Corbin Loree and her husband, Jim, that will catalyze a new level of strategic planning and programming to help students launch their careers upon graduation. The funds for the College’s Center for Career Development will make possible new and enhanced internships, job shadowing, crucial program assessments, and other related initiatives, giving students an extra edge as they plan their professional futures.

“We are not successful as a College unless we can give our students every tool possible to help them pursue their careers and to enter today’s competitive, quickly changing job market with both flexibility and a solid grounding in real-world experience,” President Bair says. “The work of the career center is increasingly crucial, and this gift reflects that. We are grateful for Rebecca’s insight into this vital part of the Washington College education and the generosity and foresight she and her husband, Jim, have shown with this wonderful gift.”

“Ideally, the funds would be used to develop a best-in-class, four-year career development program that yields a significant increase in job placement, both in terms of quantity and quality, as well as other positive outcomes,” Loree says. “I would like to see this program be a recognized strength and differentiating factor in the college search process. To do this, we must invest in leadership, technology, and other resources.”

Loree graduated cum laude and with honors in business management. In 2007, she founded Corbin Advisors, a specialized investor relations advisory firm assisting public companies with creating shareholder value.She serves as editor-in-chief of Inside the Buy-side®, the firm’s leading-edge investor sentiment research, and is a regular guest on CNBC. Loree is also president of the Jim and Rebecca Loree Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization that she co-founded with her husband in 2009.

As a college student, Loree was the first recipient of the Schottland Business Leadership Award, which honors a Washington College senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership potential and academic excellence. She also received the Department of Business Management Award, which recognizes a graduating business major who has demonstrated exceptional qualities of scholarship, character, and leadership.

With this gift, the building that houses the College’s career center will be named the Rebecca Corbin Loree Center. Loree has also supported the Terrence Scout Endowed Scholarship and The Washington Fund, both of which help defray the cost of a WC education. In 2013, she established the Rebecca Corbin Loree Internship Fund, which helps business and economics students pursue summer internships leading to careers in the financial industry. Further underscoring her commitment, Loree’s company has employed several students as summer interns and recently hired a graduating senior.

“Rebecca has already given Washington College business students a boost by helping fund experiential learning, as well as taking the time to speak with students about the importance of real-world experience and developing networks and connections,” President Bair says. “Her generosity will now give all of our students a similar chance to pursue career goals with confidence.”

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

CBMM hosts Homeschool Day April 12

Homeschool students and their chaperones are invited to St. Michaels, Md. and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for a Homeschool Day on Wednesday, April 12. The programs start at 10:30 a.m., with individual homeschool families and cooperative groups invited to participate.

In the morning, students will be divided into small groups to conduct a hands-on exploration of the water quality of the Miles River, including dissolved oxygen, salinity, and water clarity tests, and an oyster cage biodiversity survey.

homeschool day 1Homeschool families can bring a bag lunch and picnic on campus, then explore CBMM’s exhibitions at their own pace as part of a Campus Challenge scavenger hunt.

CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats, 12 exhibition buildings and numerous historic structures, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, all situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor.

The cost for Homeschool Day is $4 per registered participant. Accompanying younger siblings ages five and under are free. All participants must register in advance at bit.ly/CBMMHomeschoolDay.

Tilghman Area Youth Scholarship Announced

The Tilghman Area Youth Association is pleased to offer the Diane L. Simison Scholarship for this school year.

Diane L. Simison

The scholarship is awarded to a deserving graduating senior from a Talbot County Public High School who (1) graduated from Tilghman Elementary School, (2) has been a resident of Talbot County for at least one year preceding the date of the award, (3) has been accepted as a full time student as defined by the recipient’s attending school, and (4) has a minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average. Students must be furthering their education at an accredited two- or four-year college or accredited technical school.