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Featured Events

Happiness Hour: 
Creative Time for Grown-Ups
Paper hedgehog made  by folding book pages.
Saturday, January 6  |  11am
Rock Hall Branch

Learn how to fold a book into an adorable animal!  This program is designed to give you a chance to explore your creativity and leave a little happier than you arrived.

This program is for adults - teens are welcome to participate, too.

Space is limited and registration is required.
Ask An Addictions Expert
Wednesday, January 10  |  6pm
Chestertown Branch

Join Timothy A. Dove, MHS, LCADC for a discussion of the impact of addiction on Kent County, current drug and alcohol trends, and local resources for those seeking treatment and support.

Questions welcomed and encouraged!

Presented in partnership with Kent County Behavioral Health.

Examples of art projects created out of trash removed from local waterways.
Opening Reception: 
Kent Coastal Clean-Up Projects 
"Trash Art" Exhibit
Wednesday, January 17  |  5-7pm
Chestertown Branch

We are pleased to be showcasing the creative environmental work of local students. Drop by to enjoy this combination of art and science! 

The "Trash Art" sculptures made by 5th grade students who participated in the Sassafras Environmental Education Center's Coastal Clean-Up project will be on display at KCPL's Chestertown Branch January 17th-31st.

All ages are welcome.
Write - Edit - Publish - Market
Programs for Writers!

Text_ Write. Edit. Publish. Market. Programs for writers of all styles_ genres_ and levels.
Writing is just the first step on the path to becoming an author.   Join us to learn about some of the other steps along the way - editing, publishing, and marketing!

Writers of all styles, genres, and levels are welcome.  
Questions encouraged!

Photograph of author Wendy Eckel.
How to Edit Your Manuscript 
(and Enjoy the Process)
Saturday, January 20  |  10am
Chestertown Branch

Wendy Eckel, award-winning author of the Rosalie Hart mystery series, shares how to take your manuscript from first draft to fantastic.

Which Way to Publication? 
Finding the Right Path for YOU
Saturday, March 17  |  11am

Stephanie Fowler, co-owner of indie publishing company   Salt Water Media, shares her unique story and offers advice on the process of choosing a path to publication, including discussion of self-publishing, small and indie presses, and traditional publishers.

Finding Your Readers: 
A Writer's Guide to Marketing
Saturday, April  7  |  11am
Wendy and Stephanie return to provide dual perspectives on what many people find to be the most challenging aspect of being a published author: marketing your work and yourself!

The Page Turners
Open book image and text advertising The Page Turners book group.

Join us for the inaugural meeting of KCPL's newest book group, The Page Turners!

The first meeting is a chance to meet other readers, talk about favorite books and genres, and be a part of choosing the group's first book for the February discussion.

The Page Turners will meet monthly on 2nd Fridays at the Rock Hall Branch.  

The Page Turners is one of 7 book discussion groups sponsored by Kent County Public Library. New members are always welcome at all groups!  

For information about upcoming book group discussions, visit KCPL's calendar or call 410.778.3636.
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

Dinosaurs Rock!
Cartoon dinosaurs on an open book.
Wednesday, January 17  |  5:30pm
Chestertown Branch

Calling young dinosaur lovers for an evening storytime with dinosaur delights.  

Don't miss the fun! We'll hatch dinosaur eggs, make dino art, and share stories featuring daring dinos. 

Ages 3-7. 
Space is limited. Please register.


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

We are currently taking a Storytime break!   The 1st Storytime of 2018 will be on Tuesday, January 9th.
Got a Gadget as a Gift? 
We Have Technology Help!

D igital Drop-In
Friday, January 12  |  3-4:30pm
Friday, January 26  |  3-4:30pm
Chestertown Branch
Bring your tablet, eReader, or other digital device and your questions! We'll help you find answers and learn new skills.

One-on-One Technology Help  By Appointment
Chestertown Branch

Individual attention on technology topics that YOU want to learn! 

We'll answer questions, provide tutorials, and generally help you become comfortable and confident using technology.

Call 410.778.3636 or  email to make an appointment.
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, January 9  |  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
Monday, January 15  |  1-3pm  |  Chestertown
FREE limited legal advice from volunteer attorneys. Appointment required. Call 410.690.8128 to schedule.

Upper Shore DLLR Veterans Outreach
Monday, January 15  |  1-3pm  |  Chestertown
Monday, January 8 & 22  |  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.
KCPL Closings in January

Monday, January 1
New Year's Day
All KCPL locations will be CLOSED.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Chestertown - OPEN 9am-3pm
Rock Hall - CLOSED
North County - CLOSED
Board of Trustees

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

Tuesday, January 9 5pm Reorganization Meeting
Board of Trustees Meeting

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

*The 2018 schedule for regular meetings and committees will be determined at the Reorganization Meeting on Tuesday, January 9.
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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