Upcoming Programming at the Library September 17-23

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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

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