Fine Forgiveness February
It's time for a fresh start!
We don't want fines to keep you away from the library!

In February, KCPL will be offering a chance to start fresh. To take advantage of this opportunity:

  1. Return all your overdue items to the library.
  2. Bring your library card to the main desk.
  3. Have your account cleared of overdue fees.*

This is a limited time offer that begins on February 1st!

Visit any of KCPL's locations between February 1st-28th to have overdue fines cleared from your account. More details here.


*Does not include replacement charges for lost or damaged items.
Technology Help
Make An Appointment with a
Tech Savvy Librarian

If you need help learning how to use a new device, getting started with KCPL's Digital Library collection, or have some basic tech questions, the library can help!

Call 410-778-3636 or email for more details about setting up a 30-minute appointment with a tech savvy librarian.
Featured Events
Happiness Hour:
Recycled Valentines
Wednesday, February 6 | 6pm
Chestertown Branch

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

Featured Project: Recycled Valentines
Create one-of-a-kind valentines and learn how to make handmade envelopes. All supplies will be provided for this FREE program.

Come, create, and leave a little happier than you arrived.

Space is limited. Please register.
The National African American Read-In
Tuesday, February 19 | 5-7pm
Sumner Hall
206 S. Queen Street
Chestertown, MD

All ages are welcome at this celebration of black authors, literacy, reading, and diversity in literature. Come to listen or be a reader!

Full details, including the evening's schedule and information about participating as as reader are here.

Presented in partnership by Washington College Department of Education, Washington College Black Studies Program, Sumner Hall, and Kent County Public Library.
Seed Swap!
Saturday, February 23 | 11am-1pm
Chestertown Branch

 Do you need seeds for your garden? Do you have seeds you could share? Join us for our 5th Annual Seed Swap!

Presented in partnership with University of Maryland Extension, Kent County and facilitated by local Master Gardeners, the Seed Swap is a fun celebration of gardening and growing things. 

If you didn't save seeds last year, you are still welcome to attend. You do NOT have to bring seeds in order to receive seeds!
For Kids
Milk & Cookies Reading Club!

We've been having a blast with our Friday afternoon cozy reading club, which continues through February! 

There’s no homework and nothing to read ahead of time, just show up and listen each week as we read through chapter books together while enjoying tasty snacks.

The next book we'll be reading is:

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Fridays at 4pm at the Chestertown location.

Please register!
Paper Towel Roses

Wednesday, February 13 | 3pm
Chestertown Branch

February isn't the best time for picking flowers, but you can create a fantastic bouquet any time of the year!

Learn how to turn ordinary paper towels into a bouquet for someone special.

Kids and teens of all ages are welcome.
Kent Coastal Clean-Up Projects
"Trash Art" Reception

Wednesday, February 20 | 5-7pm
Chestertown Branch

Join us to celebrate a mash-up of science and art showcasing the work of local students.

Presented in partnership with Sassafras Environmental Education Center and Kent County Public Schools.
Storytime
Let's read together!
Preschool Storytime
Chestertown | 10am Tuesdays
North County | 10:30am Thursdays

Baby & Toddler Storytime
Chestertown | 11am Tuesdays
Book Groups

New members are always welcome!

Whether you choose to attend a single session to discuss a particular book or decide to show up regularly, KCPL's book groups are free and open to everyone.

For more details about upcoming discussions, visit our online calendar.
Interested in joining us? Here's what we're discussing this month:
Chestertown

The Book Group
1st Wednesday at 5pm
We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
by Gabrielle Union

Kent Nonfiction Book Group
last Tuesday at 12pm
Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick
by David Frye

Chestertown Book Group
NEW DAY! The Chestertown Book Group will now meet on the 3rd Wednesday at 4:30pm 
Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult

Literature with Lunch
last Thursday at 12pm
That Summer in Sicily
by Marlene de Blasi
North County

Monday Evening Book Group
1st Monday at 6:30pm 
City of Thieves
by David Benioff

North County Afternoon Book Group
3rd Tuesday at 1pm
Beach Music
by Pat Conroy

Rock Hall

The Page Turners
2nd Friday at 1pm
The Whistling Season
by Ivan Doig
What Else is Happening?
Monday Movies

Monday, February 4th | 2pm
Chestertown Branch
The Hate U Give

Monday, February 11th | 2pm
Chestertown Branch
The Proposal

Monday, February 25th | 2pm
Chestertown Branch
First Man
Chestertown Writers' Group
1st & 3rd Thursdays | 5pm
Chestertown Branch

Writers of all experience levels are invited to join this supportive network of scribblers, word-lovers, hired pens, literary aficionados, and honest-to-goodness authors.
Check Our Online Calendar!
From scheduling updates to detailed descriptions, our online calendar is the best place to find all the info about what's happening at the library! You can also use the calendar to register for programs or to request email reminders about upcoming events.

In addition to library programs, the online calendar has info about programs that other community groups are holding in KCPL's meeting rooms.

For more info, visit our online calendar.
MasterFILE
Check out Consumer Reports!
Did you know that your library card gives you access to articles from a wide variety of magazines? Use MasterFILE to access Consumer Reports and hundreds of other magazines!

To start searching, all you need is your library card and an internet connection.

Need help getting started? Schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment with a librarian for personalized assistance!


MasterFILE is one of many resources available in KCPL's Digital Library.
Library Closings
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Presidents' Day

Monday, February 18

Chestertown Branch - open 9am-3pm

Rock Hall & North County - CLOSED
Your Library Account
24/7 Access from Anywhere
Use your online account to check due dates, renew or request items, and set your account preferences.

If it's your first time logging in, you'll need the number on the back of your library card and your password will be the last four digits of your phone number. Once you log in, you can add a username and change your password.
KCPL Board of Trustees
Monthly Meeting
The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, February 25th.

3pm Finance Committee
4pm Board Meeting

Meetings of the Board of Trustees are open and the public is welcome to attend. Minutes of board meetings and committee meetings are available online.

Questions about the Board of Trustees? Please ask !
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