Upcoming Programming at the Library December 1 to 8

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Easton Library to Host Exhibit by Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay

On Saturday, December 1, an exhibit of plein air paintings by 23 local and regional members of the Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay will open in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library to run until the 28th of the month.  Patrons will have the opportunity to celebrate the out-of-doors with fresh works painted on location at a mix of Mid-Shore venues.  Twenty-five percent of all sales from the show will be donated to The Friends of the Talbot County Free Library.  The Plein Air Painters will host an opening reception at the Easton library on December 1 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Patrons will get to schmooze with the artists at a closing coffee reception on Friday, December 28, from 10:00 a.m. – noon.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to participate in any of these Plein Air Exhibit events.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Kate Quinn, telephone: 443-385-0475

Sue Ellen Thompson

Easton Library to Host Sue Ellen Thompson Lecture on The Man Who Loved Women

On Monday, December 3, at 6:00 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, Pushcart Prize-winning poet Sue Ellen Thompson will give a lecture entitled “The Man Who Loved Women: Jack Gilbert & His Poems.”

When Jack Gilbert (1925-2012) won the Yale Prize and published his first book in 1962, he became a celebrity overnight.  He was photographed for Vogue and Glamor magazines, and women began stopping him on the street to ask for his autograph.  His book was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, huge crowds showed up for his readings, and he won a Guggenheim Fellowship.  Then, at the age of 37, disenchanted with his sudden fame, Gilbert left the U.S. for Europe and for all intents and purposes vanished from public view.

The poet spent the next decade of his life on a Greek island with the poet Linda Gregg.  He lived simply, never held a real job, and devoted all of his energies to writing poems that were deeply felt but strangely “out of tune” with what his contemporaries back in the U.S. were producing.  After returning briefly to the U.S. in the early 1970s, he left the country again, this time moving to Japan with the woman who would become his wife and whose early death would provoke some of his most moving work.

As he approached the age of 60, Gilbert returned to the U.S. and published three more books, eventually winning the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and the admiration of the poetry establishmentHis Collected Poems, which appeared following his death at the age of 87, established him as a major voice in American poetry.  Thompson’s lecture and PowerPoint presentation will explore how Gilbert’s relationships with women influenced his work and will include a close examination of several of his poems.

Thompson’s lectures are always well-researched and exceedingly popular with library patrons.  Her program is supported in part by the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds from Talbot County and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this lecture.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-822-1626

St. Michaels Library to Host Horn Point Lab Program

Dr. Victoria Coles

On Monday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will host a Science After Hours with Horn Point Laboratory program entitled “Changing Chesapeake: What’s in Store for the Eastern Shore.”  The Lab’s Dr. Victoria Coles will take patrons back in time using local weather stations’ historical records to learn how our weather has been changing—and what models predict for the future.  While most of us easily recognize the natural beauty Bay country offers, the Horn Point Laboratory is offering these “Science After Hours” talks to make the science of the Chesapeake Bay as accessible as its beauty.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this lecture.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877

Easton Library to Offer Afternoon Chess Academy

On Tuesdays, December 4 & 18, January 15, and February 5 & 19, at 4:30 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons aged 6 – 16 to come in to learn and play chess.  Snacks will be served.  All library programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited for this always popular program so patrons need to pre-register to attend at lpowell@tcfl.org.  For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Laura Powell, telephone: 410-822-1626

St. Michaels Library to Offer Holiday/Winter Crafts

On Tuesday, December 4, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer a program of Holiday/Winter Crafts 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.

Contact: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

Easton Library to Offer “Intro to Microsoft Excel”

On Wednesday, December 5, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., in the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library, computer Training Specialist Rita Hill will offer another of her popular computer training courses, this time on how to use Microsoft Excel.  Patrons are asked to bring their own PC laptops (no Apple laptops, please), or just come and observe.  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: Scotti Oliver, telephone: 410-822-1626

St. Michaels Library to Offer “We are Builders” STEM Program

On Wednesday, December 5, at 3:30 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites children 6 – 12 to come in and build with Legos, Zoobs, 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.

Contact: Diana Hastings, telephone: 410-745-5877

St. Michaels Library to Offer Adult Arts & Crafts Program

On Thursday, December 6, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer an arts & crafts program for adults.  There will be free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and tatting.  Patrons are invited to bring their coloring books, Zentangle pens, or anything else that fuels their passion for being creative.  They may also bring their lunch.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this lecture.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877

St. Michaels Library to hold Its Big Annual Book Sale

On Saturday, December 8, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will hold the first day of its big, annual book sale.  The sale will remain open in the following days till all the books have been sold.  All proceeds from the sale benefit the library.  For more information, please call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877

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