Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library in May

Children’s Programming


Easton Young Gardeners’ Club (For children in grades 1 – 4. Pre-registration required.) Thursday, May 17, 3:45 p.m. Design Your Own Garden,

Story Time
Tuesdays, May 15 & 22, 10:00 a.m., and program repeats at 11:00 a.m. For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Drop-in STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Thursday, May 3, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Play Minecraft, build with LEGOS and Zoobs, and create cardboard art. For ages 6 and up.

St. Michaels

Family Crafts
Monday, May 7, 3:30 p.m. Spring Crafts

Maker Space
Wednesday, May 2, 3:30 p.m. Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) building with Legos and Zoobs! For children 6 and older.

Family Unplugged Games
Thursday, May 24, 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).

Story Time
Wednesdays, May 9 & 23, 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Wednesdays, May 9 & 23, 3:30 p.m. Explore Minecraft on the library’s computers. For ages 5 and older.

Teen & Adult Programs


Stitching Time
Monday, May 14, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Work on your favorite project with a group. Limited instruction provided for beginners. Newcomers welcome.

Horn Point Lab’s Science After Hours:
Dr. Lorie Stave presents “Tidal Marsh Restoration at Poplar Island: Maximizing Resilience”
Monday, May 7, 5:30 p.m. Tidal marshes provide critical habitat for a variety of wildlife. The loss of islands in Chesapeake Bay to erosion over the last century has reduced the area of that critical habitat. The goal of the Poplar Island project is to replace some of it using dredged material from upper Chesapeake Bay. However, there are a number of challenges in creating self-sustaining tidal marshes, especially sea level rise. This talk will focus on addressing those challenges to create more resilient marshes, and provide lessons for tidal marsh restoration throughout Chesapeake Bay and beyond.”

Book Discussion: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
Monday, May 14, 6:30 p.m. “Library guy” Bill Peak hosts a discussion of the historic, 96-page autobiography that brought the savage reality of slavery home to the world.

Horn Point Lab’s Science After Hours:
Dr. Greg Silsbe presents: “Satellites and Drones: Linking Water Color to Water Quality”
Thursday, May 17, 5:30 p.m. Every day so called “earth-observing satellites” operated by NASA and other international space agencies pass over the Chesapeake Bay region and acquire millions of specialized high-resolution images. These data are often freely available and, with a touch of science, can be used to track changes in land use, air and water quality at regional to global scales. With the advent and rapid commercialization of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), scientists are retrofitting these instruments to emulate the types of measurements made from space. This talk explores the technology and science of this rapidly growing field.

Book Discussion: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Monday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.

Underground Railroad Journeys: Finding Douglass & Tubman on the Eastern Shore
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. Award-winning writer Jim Duffy will share stories, surprising finds, and life lessons learned as he wrote Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva. Special emphasis will be given to Frederick Douglass, whose bicentennial is being celebrated this year.

St. Michaels

Arts & Crafts
Thursday, May 3, 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.

Memoir Writers
Thursdays, May 10 & 24, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family. Participants are invited to bring their lunch.

Bay Hundred Chess
Wednesdays, May 9 & 23, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Learn and play the strategic game of chess. Beginners welcome. For all ages.

Book Discussion: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Thursday, May 17, 2:30 p.m. “Library guy” Bill Peak hosts a discussion of the historic, 96- page autobiography that brought the savage reality of slavery home to the world.

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

For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org

Spy Minute: Neighborhood Service Center’s Renovated Shelter

The Talbot County Neighborhood Service Center is beginning renovations to another shelter in the Easton area. The shelter will be home to 28 occupants, who will have access to programs set up by the Neighborhood Service Center to help them succeed with the next steps in their lives.

Marilyn Neal, Executive Director, sat down with the Spy to explain the future of the shelter on 36 West Street and her hopes for advancement with the Neighborhood Service Center.

This video is one minute in length. For more information on the Talbot County Neighborhood Service Center please click here

Port Street Plan Study Starts to Look at Affordable Housing

While it is too early to have any concrete ideas on the table as to how a Port Street Master Plan might look, the Easton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) took a few important steps over the last three days to start this important visioning process with a special focus on affordable housing.

Through a series of workshops and discussion sessions, the EEDC, working in collaboration with Place, a nonprofit organization specializing in affordable live-work design, began to solicit ideas from a variety of stakeholders on how the Port Street Plan could include innovative ideas on how to accomplish this important goal.

One important aspect of this planning process is to understand what other communities, both large and small, are finding creative solutions to housing needs. And that is where Place’s executive director Chris Velasco helped at Wednesday night’s community meeting at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton when he shared with his nonprofit has done with a variety of different projects throughout the United States.

The Spy was there to capture some of those inspiring examples that Chris highlighted.

This video is approximately twenty minutes in length. For more information about the Port Street Project and the Easton Economic Development Corporation please go here.

Port Street Conversations: The Issue of Noise Worry Residents as Annexation Plans are Considered

As part of the process of gaining community input on the possible annexation of properties Port Street project, the Easton Town Council spent a good bit of their time on Monday night listening to community comments on potential noise problems that may result in the annexing and commercialization of properties on Port Street that would have outdoor amplification for concerts and other events.

As noted by Council President John Ford, the responsibility of the Council that evening was to “listen and consider,” all possible positions before approving the annexation proposal.

The public comment phase of the process will be continued at the next Council meeting.

This video is approximately eighteen minutes in length. To watch this entire meeting, please click here to watch on TV-98 at http://streams.tv-98.com/

The Port Street Conversations: Annexing 6.5 Acres at Easton Point

As part of the Spy’s interest in the Port Street Master Plan proposed by the Easton Economic Development Corporation, we overheard last week’s Talbot County Council public hearing on the proposed annexation and rezoning of approximately 6.5 acres at Easton Point of this important waterfront location.

At issue was for the County’s possible decision to waive an existing five year hold on the use of those properties as well as rezone the parcels as “general commercial” which some believe may open the door for unintended development of retail and residential use.

This video is approximately 38 minutes in length. To watch this entire meeting, please click here to watch on TV-98 at http://streams.tv-98.com/


The Port Street Conversations: The Big Picture with Easton Economic Development Corporation’s Tracy Ward

Given the extraordinarily positive impact a successfully executed development plan for Port Street and Easton Point would have on Talbot County, the Spy begins a four part series on the recently completed draft authored by the Easton Economic Development Corporation. We start with an overview of the plan and the motivation behind the Easton Town Council’s desire a comprehensive overview of what can be done to finally connect Easton’s downtown with its waterfront access at the foot of Port Street.

All told, using a combination of public and private funding, a redeveloped Port Street corridor and Easton Point waterfront on the Tred Avon River would cost about $250 million. That’s the current figure that Tracy Ward, director of the Easton Economic Development Corporation, uses in describing the costs connected to one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

In her Spy interview, Tracy walks us through the two year effort to develop the 200 page comprehensive plan, its current findings and recommendations, and the lengthy process in seeking community consensus, Talbot County corporation, and private investment to make this a reality over the next twenty years.

Ward is quick to point out that the document remains a dynamic one, able to change and adjust with citizen input, but allows the community to see a big, if hypothetical, master plan which could lead to a transformational and economically enhancing new future for the heart of Talbot County.

This video is approximately fifteen minutes in length. For a copy of the complete report and planning document, a pdf version is available here.