Mr. Labala’s Youth Chess Club to Continue at Easton Library


The Talbot County Free Library has announced that Mr. Wala-Neh Labala has generously agreed to continue offering his popular Youth Chess Club in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library.  For ages 6 – 16, the club meets the first and third Tuesday of every month, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  Participants in the program learn to play and excel at chess.  Snacks are served.

Mr. Labala, who is program coordinator for school-based mental health at Eastern Shore Psychological Services, first began playing chess himself in high school and ended up serving as the president of the chess club at North Dorchester High.  In 2016, while living in Baltimore, he partnered with the local library to establish a community chess club called the Knights and Kings.  His love of working with students and his passion for chess have motivated him to offer these chess lessons to the children of Talbot County.  He believes the game of chess is a great tool through which children learn patience, problem solving skills, and the ability to focus.

All library programs are free and open to the public.  To guarantee their spot though, students need to pre-register with Laura Powell at 410-822-1626 or

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