Upcoming Programming at the Library in June

Youth Programs

Easton

Story Time

Tuesdays, June 4 – July 30, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Read, sing, and play at the library during story time.  Enjoy making a craft.  For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Afternoon Chess

Tuesdays, June 4 & 18, 4:30 -5:30 p.m.  Learn and plan chess. Light refreshments served.  For ages 6 – 16.

The 4th Annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Summer Reading Kick-off event.  Meet authors and illustrators of some of today’s best children’s books. Activities include author readings, music, hands-on crafts, exhibits, make-a-book, free refreshments, and more!  Register for summer reading online (tcfl.org) or at the event and receive a voucher for a free book (while supplies last).  The Festival will feature a special appearance this year by the Storm Troopers and Rebel Legion, Maryland’s official Star Wars cosplay group.  Please see http://chesapeakechildrensbookfestival.com/sponsors.html for a full list of our community sponsors.

Challenge Island: Lunar Landing (STEM Learning Program)

Wednesday, June 12, 4:00 p.m.  Challenge Island Astronaut Lunar Landing: How do you land a Lunar Lander on the rocky, cratered, dusty, and uneven surface of the moon?  Learn about Apollo 11’s Eagle Lunar Lander Module, its mission, purpose, and design.  Design and build lunar landers with your team; test and retest to see if it works.  Join the the team that lands on the moon!  For ages 6 – 12.  Please pre-register online at tcfl.org or by calling 410-822-1626.

GSK Science in the Summer  (For children entering grades 2 – 6)

Monday, June 17, and Friday, June 28, 10:00 a.m. – noon (grades 2 and 3), and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (grades 4-6).  How does food become our body’s fuel?  Where does oxygen go when we breathe in?  How do our brains interpret the world?  Explore the Science of Me!  Active, hands-on learning and STEM.  Limited space.  Registration required.  Sponsored by Glaxo Smith Kline and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Kindness Rocks!

Wednesday, June 26, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Paint your positive vibes on a kindness rock.  For all ages.

Reptile Wonders

Thursday, June 27, 10:30 a.m.  Discover the wonder of water turtles, the bearded dragon, a mighty Burmese Python, and more!  For all ages.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Talbot County Arts Council, with funding from Talbot County and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels.

Marvelous Movie Afternoon

Thursdays, June 27, July 25, & August 22, 4:00 p.m.  Titles TBA.

St. Michaels

Read with Wally, a Pet on Wheels Therapy Dog

Monday, June 3, 3:30 p.m.  Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Ms. Maggie Gowe and her dog, Wally.

We are Builders

Wednesday June 5, 3:30 p.m.  Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).  Build with Legos, Zoobs, or foam blocks!  For children 5 – 12.

Family Crafts

Tuesday, June 11, 3:30 p.m.  Outer Space Crafts

Story Time

Wednesdays, June 12 & 26, 10:30 a.m.  For children age 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Family Unplugged Games

Thursday, June 27, 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 must be accompanied by an adult).

Adult Programs

Easton

Stitching Time

Monday, June 10, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Work on your favorite project (knitting, crochet, card making, what-have-you) with a group.  Limited knitting and crochet instruction will be provided for beginners.  All are welcome!

Mosaic Stepping Stone

Wednesday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. – noon.  Make a mosaic stepping stone!  Plenty of embellishments to choose from.  Space is limited.  Please pre-register by calling the library at 410-822-1626.

Book Discussion: The Devil in the White City

Monday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.  The Easton Book Group (open to all) discusses National Book Award Finalist The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.

Container Gardening

Thursday, June 20, 5:30 p.m.  Kacey Martin (or Mrs. Fancy Plants) has recently finished the Master Gardeners course in Wicomico County through the MD Extension Office. While she has only been gardening for 6 years, her passion for plants and enthusiasm for educating fellow gardeners makes her hands-on workshop fun, full of tips, and entertaining.  Let Kacey walk you through the basics of container gardening, while pointing out some money saving tricks and a few tidbits Kacey picked up helping to establish community gardens in Salisbury.

Reading/Book Signing by Casey Cep, Author of Furious Hours

Monday, June 24, 6:00 p.m.  Easton’s own Casey Cep gives a reading from the book Oprah Winfrey has called one to watch for in 2019: Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee.  The book tells the story of Harper Lee’s obsession with a serial killer’s crimes in Alabama in the years after she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird.  Casey Cep graduated from Easton High School in 2003.

St. Michaels

Arts & Crafts

Thursday, June 6, 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.  You may also bring a lunch.

Bay Hundred Chess

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

Memoir Writers

Thursdays, June 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.

Coloring for Teens & Adults

Tuesday, June 18, 3:30 p.m.  Explore the relaxing process of coloring!

Sing the Clarinet – Music and Words of Summer and Water.

Thursday June 20, 2:00 p.m.  Musician and wordsmith Susan Jones will present a program of summer music.

Tuesday Movie@Noon

June 25: Green Book

In 1962, when Tony Lip is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class black pianist, on a tour through the Deep South, they must rely on the Negro Travelers’ Green Book to guide them to the few places that were then safe for African-Americans.  Based upon a true story, this film won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor.

Note: All library programs are free and open to the public.  Unless otherwise noted below, patrons do not need to pre-register to attend a library program.

Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library

Easton Library to Offer Special Screening of “Star Wars: Revelations”

On Thursday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a free showing—on the library’s big, professional screen—of one of the most famous Star Wars fan films ever made: “Star Wars: Revelations.” The evening will feature a special appearance by two of the film’s stars: Gina Hernandez and Frank Hernandez. The movie is being shown as part of the library’s build-up to this year’s Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival, which will take place Saturday, June 8, and has as its theme “A Universe of Stories.”

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

Press contact: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-822-1626

 

St. Michaels Library to Show Oscar-Winner

On Tuesday, May 28, at noon, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will show an Oscar-winning film on its big, professional screen. Released in 2018, this movie is rated PG-13. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information (including the title of this film, which, due to licensing requirements, we cannot publish here), please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Press contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone; 410-745-5877

Upcoming Programming at the Library May 20 to 23

Easton Library to Host Opening Reception for Easton High School Student Art Show

On Monday, May 20, from 5:30 –  6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, there will be an opening receptionfor the 2019 Student Media Showcase, which will feature student films, illustrations, and design work.  It will be on display in the Easton library’s main meeting room through September 3.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this reception or the art show.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Easton Book Group to Discuss Alice McDermott’s “The Ninth Hour”

On Monday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, the Easton Book Group (which is open to all) invites patrons to join them for a discussion of National Book Award-winner Alice McDermott’s “The Ninth Hour.”

Mary Gordon, writing in The New York Times Book Review, said of “The Ninth Hour”: “McDermott has extended her range and deepened it, allowing for more darkness, more generous lashings of the spiritual . . . Vivid and arresting . . . Marvelously evocative.”

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in this discussion.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Memorial Day Wreath-Making Workshop to Be Held in Easton Library

On Tuesday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. – noon, the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in and learn how to make a special Memorial Day wreath for  your door.  All materials for the wreaths will be supplied by the library.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited, so pre-registration is required.  For more information, or to pre-register, please call the library at 410-822-1626.  You can also visit www.tcfl.org.

Katie Barney

Easton Library Lunch & Learn: Early American Herbs

On Thursday, May 23, at noon, the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will host a lecture by cookbook author Katie Barney on Early American Herbs and how they were used for medicinal purposes, insect repellants, and in teas.  She will explain which herbs were brought here from the old world and which were already native to North America.  She will also give a cooking demonstration using some of the herbs, and do a book signing.

Barney is the co-author of “The Best of Newport,” author of “Annapolis: The Guidebook,” “Eastern Shore of Maryland: The Guidebook,” “God’s Bounty: Chesapeake’s Bounty,” “Chesapeake’s Bounty II,”“New England’s Bounty,” “Nantucket’s Bounty,” “Maryland’s Western Shore: The Guidebook,” and several publications on the fiber optic telecommunications business.  She is a consultant on international business and protocol. Her hobbies include gourmet cooking, fine wines, history, sailing, genealogy, and gardening.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this lecture.  The Lunch & Learn series are sponsored by the Friends of the Library, which will provide coffee and dessert at the lecture.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

St. Michaels Library to Offer Family Games

On Thursday, May 23, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to bring their whole family into the library for an afternoon of board games and fun educational children’s games.  This program is for all ages, though 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 to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Local Author Jim Richardson at St. Michaels Library May 18

Jim Richardson

Local multi-talented resident Jim Richardson has written his first novel, Middle Blue.The story takes place in South Vietnam. Tom Holt, the appealing protagonist of this novel, is a fun-loving young man who begins his adventure on the banks of the Ohio River. He is a dreamer, a sailor and an art student who suddenly finds himself drafted into the Army after college. In 1970, he befriends his two buddies, McGregor and Petrini, whose bonds deepen from camp to combat. While he is grudgingly transformed into a foot soldier, he begins to discover how his wit and artistic talent can help him be a survivor. Jim will share his reasons for writing the book and explore the strong bonds that are often formed by young soldiers in combat, a central theme of the story.

Jim Richardson lives with his wife, Martha, in a village on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. Jim has spent his working life as a sign maker, artist and illustrator, grocer, postmaster, and carpenter. Now retired, he likes to write stories and poetry for children and an occasional play for adults. Drawing, travelling, (especially by sailboat), biking, iceboating, running, and above all, enjoying his friends, are among his other special interests. For more information call 410 745-5877 or go to the Events Calendar at www.tcfl.org.

Upcoming Programming at the Library May 6 to 9

Free Legal Advice to Be on Offer in Easton Library

On Monday, May 6, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, attorneys from Maryland Legal Aid will provide legal assistance on civil topics such as expungement, bankruptcy, housing law, landlord/tenant, domestic/family, etc., on a first-come, first-served basis for those that qualify based upon their income level.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to receive this assistance.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

J. Kevin White

Lunch & Learn at St. Michaels Library: Helping the World See Clearly

On Monday, May 6, at noon, in the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library, J. Kevin White, former U.S. Marine and founder and executive director of Global Vision 2020, will explain how his small, Easton-based team is able to provide free prescription glasses to the world’s most impoverished people.

White is currently building programmatic partnerships in several nations in Sub-Saharan Africa and South America.  Last year, he won the We Work Creator Award’s $1 million prize.  The Lunch and Learn series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  Coffee and dessert will be provided.

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.

Children to Read with a Pet on Wheels Therapy Dog at the St. Michaels Library

On Monday, May 6, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children to bring their favorite book, or choose one from the library shelves, to read with Ms. Maggie Gowe and her dog, Wally.  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.

Easton Library to Host Afternoon Chess Academy

On Tuesdays, May 7 & 21, at 4:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites young people 6 – 16 years of age to come in to learn and play chess. Snacks will be served.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do need to pre-register at http://www.tcfl.org/child/programreg/ to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

St. Michaels Library to Offer a Spring Crafts Program

On Tuesday, May 7, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a Spring Crafts program for children of all ages.  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.

St. Michaels Library to Offer Story Time

On Wednesdays, May 8 & 22, 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 participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

St. Michaels Library to Host Bay Hundred Chess

On Wednesdays, May 8 & 22, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in to learn and play the strategic game of chess. Beginners are 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.

Young Gardeners Club to Offer Program at Easton Library

On Thursday, May 9, at 3:45 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, the Talbot County Garden Club will sponsor a Young Gardeners Club program for children in grades 1 – 4. All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do need to pre-register at http://www.tcfl.org/child/programreg/ to participate in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

St. Michaels Library to Host Memoir Writing Program

On Thursdays, May 9 & 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in to record and share their memories of life and family with a group of friendly, like-minded people. Participants are also invited to bring their lunch.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.

“Helping the World See Clearly” Lunch & Learn at St. Michaels Library

J. Kevin White

There will be a Lunch & Learn entitled “Helping the World See Clearly” at St. Michaels Library on May 6, noon.

In the fall of 2004, J. Kevin White, Founder and Executive Director of Global Vision 2020 (GV2020), then an active duty US Marine, participated in his first Humanitarian and Civic Assistance outreach in Morocco. The unit was distributing used eyeglasses and he noticed the inefficiencies of the process – mismatched prescriptions, frame sizes that did not fit – and knew there was a better approach. He researched options and began using self-refraction liquid silicon eyeglasses for US military outreaches. Although an improvement in determining prescriptions, the eyeglasses were susceptible to damage by heat, and their large size made them less than desirable.

His passion to develop a solution and give prescription eyeglasses to the 2.5 billion people living in low resource regions, led him to combine the ideas of self-refraction (a patient determining their own prescription), and conventional eyeglasses, to develop the USee. The device allows a patient to dial through a progressive lens bar until they see clearly. Upon determining the correct power for their sight, a ready-to-wear pair of eyeglasses is snapped together on the spot.

In January 2018, Kevin won the WeWork Creator Award $1 Million Grand Prize and has built a small team headquartered in Easton, MD. The team is currently building programmatic partnerships in several nations in Sub-Saharan Africa, and South America. The unique approach of the USee, and its compact size, allows GV2020 to challenge the conventional methods of delivering prescription eyeglasses to the most remote areas of the world. The Lunch and Learn series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, coffee and dessert will be provided. For more information you can call 410 745-5877 or check the website at www.tcfl.org.

Upcoming Programming at the Library April 29 to May 4

Read with a Certified Therapy Dog at the Easton Library

On Monday, April 29, at 4:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 5 and older to bring a book or choose one from the library’s shelves to read with Janet Dickey and her dog, Tiger.  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.

Dr. Tom Fisher

Point Lab Presents “Good News from the Choptank” at the Easton Library

On Monday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m., as part of  its Science After Hours series, Horn Point Laboratory, in partnership with the Talbot County Free Library, will present a program by the Lab’s Dr. Tom Fisher in the Library’s Easton branch about the latest good scientific reports coming in on the health of the Choptank River.

Dr. Fisher reports that the Choptank estuary station, near the Rt 50 bridge, is showing improvements in water quality primarily due to upgrades in wastewater plants in the Choptank Basin, though that is not the entire story.  Dr. Fisher will explain all the factors his studies have found to have a positive affect upon water quality in the Choptank estuary.

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, the lab at 410-221-8408, or visit www.tcfl.org.

St. Michaels Library to Screen Free Film

On Tuesday, April 30, at noon, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will show an Oscar-nominated film, rated PG-13, on its big, professional screen.  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 (including the title of this film, which, due to licensing requirements, we cannot publish here), please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

St. Michaels Library to Offer STEM Program

On Wednesday, May 1, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer “We Are Builders,” a STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for children 6 – 13 years of age.  Children will build with Legos and foam blocks.  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.

(Free!) Family Law Assistance Available at the Library

On Thursday, May 2, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, a lawyer will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to provide free consultation on how to represent yourself and complete forms for: divorce, custody, visitation, child support, name change, guardianship, adoption, and juvenile expungement.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to take advantage of this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

St. Michaels Library to Offer Adult Arts and Crafts

On Thursday, May 2, from 10:00 a.m. to noon., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to bring in their needlework projects, Zentangle pens, coloring books, or anything else that fuels their passion for being creative. Limited instruction for needlework will be available.  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.

Easton Library & Presbyterian Church to Hold a Youth Chess Tournament

On Saturday, May 4, at 10:00 a.m., the Talbot County Free Library in partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Easton will hold a Youth Chess Tournament for contestants 16 and under.  The tournament will take place at the church, 617 N. Washington St., Easton.  The final game will be played using oversized chess pieces on the church parking lot.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons are required to pre-register to participate (at http://www.tcfl.org/child/programreg/ or by calling the library at 410-822-1626) in this program.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Upcoming Programming at the Library April 15 to 18

Easton Library to Offer Stitching Time

On Monday, April 15, 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 bring in their favorite needlecraft project and work with a group.  Limited knitting and crochet instruction will be available for beginners.  All are welcome.  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.

Easton Library to Host Book Discussion: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

On Monday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, the Easton Book Group (which is open to all) will discuss Tayari Jones’ novel, which was longlisted for the National Book Award.  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.

St. Michaels Library to Show Film on 107th Anniversary of the Event the Film Depicts

On Monday,April 15, at noon, in commemoration of a tragic event, the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will show a film about the catastrophe on its big, professional screen.  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 (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.

St. Michaels Library to Offer Family Crafts

On Tuesday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a craft program in which children of all ages can make “Shrinky Dink” jewelry from recycled plastic.  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.

Easton Library to Host Master Gardener Lecture: Maryland Big Tree Program

On Wednesday, April 17, at 10:15 a.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Joli MacCathran, Vice Chair of the Maryland Big Tree Program, will tell you how the program works and what it takes for a tree to qualify as a “Champion Tree.”  MacCathran’s presentation will focus on our area.  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.

Learn How to Use Microsoft’s Charts, Graphics, and Pivot Tables at the Library

On Wednesday, April 17, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library,  Computer Training Specialist Rita Hill will teach you the ins and outs of using Microsoft’s Charts, Graphics, and Pivot Tables.  Patrons are asked to bring their own PC laptop or just sit and observe (no Macs please).  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.

St. Michael’s Library Book Club to Discuss “Before We Were Yours”

On Wednesday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels Book Club (which is open to all) will discuss the New York Times bestseller “Before We Were Yours,” by Lisa Wingate.  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.

A Treasure Trove of Historic Photos of Talbot County on View at the Library

On Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Larry Denton, Executive Director of the Historical Society of Talbot County, will give a lecture on the Society’s world-class archive of some 50,000 photographic negatives.  Denton’s presentation will be illustrated with a number of one-of-a-kind historic photos of our area, including early aerial shots of the county, early Oxford sailboat races, the first Tred Avon Yacht Club, the Original Floating Theatre at Easton Point, a Pennsylvania Railroad Engine running through downtown Easton, 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.

Upcoming Programming at the Library April 9 to 13

Easton Library to host an Evening with National Book Award Finalist Naomi Shihab Nye

On Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, celebrated American writer Naomi Shihab Nye will talk about her life and work as a poet, novelist, and teacher.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 books.  She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress).  She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, the Robert Creeley Prize, and “The Betty Prize” from Poets House for service to poetry, and numerous honors for her children’s literature, including two Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards.

Naomi Shihab Nye

In 2011 Nye won the Golden Rose Award given by the New England Poetry Club, the oldest poetry reading series in the country.  Her collection “19 Varieties of Gazelle” was a finalist for the National Book Award.  Her work has been presented on National Public Radio, “A Prairie Home Companion,” and “The Writer’s Almanac.”  She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials, including “The Language of Life with Bill Moyers” and “NOW with Bill Moyers.”

Nye has been affiliated with The Michener Center for writers at the University of Texas at Austin for 20 years, and has also served as the poetry editor at The Texas Observer for the same length of time.  In January 2010 she was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.  She is a laureate of the 2013 NSK Neustadt Award for Children’s Literature, and in 2017 the American Library Association presented Naomi Shihab Nye with the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award.  In 2018 the Texas Institute of Letters awarded her the Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Nye is Professor of Creative Writing – Poetry at Texas State University.

The daughter of a Palestinian father and an American mother, Nye grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio.  Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, Nye’s writing attests to our shared humanity.  William Stafford called her “a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart.  Reading her work enhances life.”

Nye’s appearance at the Talbot County Free Library is made possible by the Eastern Shore Regional Library.  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.

Easton Library to Host “Love Your Library Family Read-In”

On Wednesday, April 10, from 4:00 – 5:45 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to bring the whole family in to the library, gather a few good books or magazines, find a cozy, comfy spot, and celebrate the joy of reading together!  Snacks will be served.  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.

St. Michaels Library to Host STEAM Story Time at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

On Wednesday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will host a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) story time for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons are required to pre-register by calling the St. Michaels Library (410-745-5877) to receive free admission to the museum.  For more information, please call the library or visit www.tcfl.org.

St. Michaels Library to Host Bay Hundred Chess

On Wednesdays, April 10 & 24, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in to learn and play the strategic game of chess.  Beginners are 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.

Young Gardeners Club (Open to All!) to Meet at Easton Library

On Thursday, April 11, at 3:45 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, the Talbot County Garden Club will host a special spring program for children in grades 1 – 4.   All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons do need to pre-register (at http://tcfl.org/child/programreg/) for this program sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

St. Michaels Library to Host Memoir Writers

On Thursdays, April 11 & 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to come in to record and share their memories of life and family with a group of friendly, like-minded people.  Participants are also invited to bring their lunch.  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.

St. Michaels Library to Hold Camp-In at the Library

On Thursday, April 11, from 6:00– 7:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 2 – 8 years of age, accompanied by an adult, to come in for an evening of camping-themed games, crafts, scavenger hunt, story time, and s’mores!  Children may wear their camping gear or pj’s and, if they wish, bring a sleeping bag or blanket.   This program is sponsored by the library and St. Luke’s School.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons wishing to participate in this program are required to pre-register by calling the St. Michaels Library at 410-745-5877.  For more information, please call the library or visit www.tcfl.org.

Learn How to Plan Your Permaculture Garden at the Easton Library

On Saturday, April 13, at 10:00 a.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Talbot County Master Gardener Missy Corley will explain the basic permaculture principles, showing gardeners how to take advantage of what nature already provides in terms of light, soil, air, and water.  Attendees will learn how to save time and money while helping to heal the earth.   Materials will be provided.  Corley will also offer a tour of the Talbot County Free Seed Library for those interested.  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.

One-Man Photography Show to Go Up at Easton Library

The award-winning photography of Cal Jackson will go on exhibit in a one-man show in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library beginning Monday, April 1, and running through mid-May.

Photo by Cal Jackson

Jackson’s photography has been the subject of considerable praise.  Currently, it is featured in a five-year exhibit at Thurgood Marshall, Baltimore Washington International Airport.  His work has also been exhibited in New York, Baltimore, Annapolis, and in Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Wicomico Counties.  His awards included a Silver Heron from the Kent Island Federation of Arts Show, Best Representation of the Eastern shore in the Heron Point Annual Open Juried Show, People’s Choice Awards, and other awards for excellence.  Jackson was selected as a finalist in the 2015 Nikonians’ international photography competition.  His work has graced the covers of Attraction magazine, the Tidewater Times, and the Delmarva Review. 

After retiring from careers as a government auditor and tech company CFO, Jackson moved to the Easton area where he renewed his love of art through photography.  Though his work covers a variety of subjects, a primary concern has always been the natural world.  He produces his own photographs, using advanced materials and techniques to ensure that his prints are of the highest quality and will last for years.

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

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