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Friends of Kent County Public Library
2018 Evening with an Author

The Geographies of Harriet Tubman's Life and Legacy
Friday, May 11   |   5:30pm
Chestertown Branch

Join noted Tubman biographer, Kate Clifford Larson, for an evening exploring how the  core of Harriet Tubman's life experiences are rooted in the geography of the fields, forests, paths, and waterways of the Eastern Shore and beyond. 

Learn about Tubman's complex life, with new details based on the latest research, and share in celebrating her enduring spirit.

The talk will be followed by a catered reception and book signing. 

Limited copies of   Ms. Larson's book, Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero, will be available for purchase.

Space is limited. Reserve your virtual ticket for this FREE event to be guaranteed a seat.

This program is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Kent County Public Library.
Featured Events

Opening Reception
The Illustrative Works
of Artist Laurie Cumpston
Wednesday, May 2   |  5-7pm
Chestertown Branch

Indulge your sense of delight with an evening spent in the company of artist Laurie Cumpston! With nature and mythology as her inspirations, Laurie deftly wields her crow quill pen to create delicately detailed illustrative works.

While encompassing a range of styles and subjects, Laurie's work is united by a sense of wonder, joy in the natural world, hints of humor, and enchanting flights of fancy.
The exhibit will remain on display throughout the month of May.

The History & Future of the World Cup
Wednesday, May 2   |   6pm
Chestertown Branch
Bring your enthusiasm and your questions to this interactive presentation about the BIGGEST sporting event on the planet!  Every four years, over 200 countries compete to win soccer's greatest prize: the FIFA World Cup. 
Whether you're a soccer nut or simply curious to know more about the sport, join Graham Ramsay, executive director of The Soccer School, at this informational and interactive program for teens and adults. 

Poems of Resistance
Saturday, May 12   |   10am
Chestertown Branch
African-American poet and playwright Robert Earl Price returns to KCPL with poetry and thoughtful observations.

Robert Earl Price is a poet and playwright whose work often incorporates the lyricism and rhythm of Jazz and Blues. He is black cultural worker and a veteran of the Black Arts Movement that influenced and was influenced by the recent Civil Rights movement.  His poetry strives to capture the visceral impact of the heroism of survival in an oppressive society.
Happiness Hour
Creative Time for Grown-Ups
Saturday, May 19   |   11am
Rock Hall Branch

Happiness Hour is a time for grown-ups to explore their powers of creativity!

Featured project: Paper Flowers

Swap ideas, give encouragement, and leave a little happier than you arrived.

Please register.

Now you can borrow even more 
DVDs,  music, and audiobooks!

Updated Item Checkout Limits

20 total
9 new

Music CDs   
10 total

10 total

Even More Programs!

For information about KCPL's regular monthly book groups, writing groups, and other programs, v isit KCPL's calendar .
For Kids & Families

M ay the 4th Be With You
Star Wars Day!
Friday, May 4   |   4pm
Chestertown Branch

Enjoy an afternoon of Star Wars crafts featuring amazing paint-stick Wookies, the ever-popular pool noodle light sabers, and more!        

May the Fourth be with you as you get creative and enjoy the company of other Star Wars fans. 

Costumes optional, but very welcome. 

This program is free and open to all.

Chestertown Tea Party Festival
Bonnet Making
Saturday, May 26   |   11-11:30am
Kent County Court House Lawn

Visiting the Chestertown Tea Party Festival? We'll be there, too!

Kids are invited to get into the colonial spirit by designing a fancy bonnet to wear around town.

This program is free and open to all.


Join us for weekly storytime programs!

Preschool Storytime
 Chestertown Branch
 Tuesdays  |  10am
 North County Branch
 Thursdays   |   10:30am

Baby & Toddler Storytime
 Chestertown Branch
 Tuesdays   |   11am

Our final spring Storytime will be on Thursday, May 10th.  

The Summer Storytime Session begins on Tuesday, June 26th.
Tech Questions Answered!

Friday, May 11    |    3-4:30pm
Friday, May 25    |    3-4:30pm
Chestertown Branch

Bring your laptop, tablet, cell phone, or other device and your questions! 

You'll work one-on-one or in small groups with library staff who will help you find answers, troubleshoot problems, and feel more confident using technology.

Learn how to download free eBooks, explore the many resources in KCPL's Digital Library, and build the skills you need to use technology efficiently.

Tech Questions Answered is held the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.

Registration is not required.

FREE and open to all.
Community Partners at KCPL

Community Chess Club
Tuesdays  |  4pm  |  Chestertown
Learn to play or strengthen your skills. All ages and player levels welcome.

Friends of the Kent County Public Library Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 8  |  7pm  |  Chestertown
The Friends of the Kent County Public Library is a nonprofit organization that serves and promotes KCPL. Monthly board meetings are open to the public.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Legal Clinic
Friday, May 18  |  1-3pm  |  Chestertown
FREE limited legal advice from volunteer attorneys. Appointment required. Call 410.690.8128 to schedule.

University of Maryland Extension - Health Needs Study
Monday, May 21  |  6-8pm  |  Chestertown
Take part in a community research study focus group discussion about the health needs of residents of Kent County.  Discussions will take approximately 2 hours and a light meal will be provided. Study participants must be at least 18-years-old and live in Kent County. Call 410.996.8133 to register.

Upper Shore DLLR Veterans Outreach
Monday, May 7 & 21  |  1-3pm  |  Chestertown
Thursday, May 10 & 24   |   1-3pm   |   North County
Monday, May 14  |  1:30-3:30pm  |  Rock Hall
Learn about employment opportunities, transportation, training, benefits, and other topics relevant to veterans.  Contact veteran representative Gene Davis for more information. 410.822.3030

More detailed information about programs run by KCPL's community partners can be found in KCPL's  online calendar.

To learn how your group can use KCPL's meeting space, see our  Meeting Room Use policy and guidelines.
Board of Trustees

The 2018 members of the Kent County Public Library Board of Trustees are Michael Ferreira,  Joe Harding, Charles Lerner, Valerie Overton, John Queen, Earl Runde, and Elisabeth Tully. 

2018 Board of Trustees Officers:
Joe Harding, President
Charles Lerner, Vice President
Earl Runde, Treasurer
Elisabeth Tully, Secretary

Board meetings are open to the public.
Tuesday, May 29 3pm Finance Committee

Board of Trustees Meeting

For more information about or to contact the Board of Trustees, please visit KCPL's website.
KCPL Closed

All KCPL locations will be closed:

Saturday, May 26  and  Monday, May 28
Your Account Online

Check your due dates, renew or request items, and set your account preferences by logging in to your account.

Please note:  The first time you log into your account in the new catalog, you will need to use your library barcode number and your password will be the last four digits of your phone number. Once you are logged in, you can add a username and change your password.

If you have questions or need help, please let us know.
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