Library Reopening, Programming,
and Community Information
Reopening Update
While the buildings remain closed for now, we are excited to announce that a gradual restarting of services will begin next week!

  • Beginning Monday, June 1, the book drops at both the Easton and St. Michaels branches will be open for returns. Please do not return Chromebooks or Wi-Fi hotspots at this time.
  • To ensure the safety of staff and patrons, the library is not accepting any book donations until further notice.
  • Returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 5 days and will remain on the patron’s library card until checked-in after the items are removed from quarantine.
  • All library due dates on items that were checked out prior to closure have been extended until July 31, and no fines will be assessed for materials that were loaned prior to the library closing.
  • Beginning Monday, June 8, the library will launch a new Books-to-Go service at the Easton branch so that patrons can once again reserve and pick up library materials. Books-to-Go will be available at the St. Michaels branch beginning Monday, June 15. Details for placing holds and making pick-ups will be made available on the library’s website at www.tcfl.org.
  • Starting Monday, June 8, staff will be answering the phone between 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the Easton Library.
  • Wi-Fi continues to be available around the clock outside both the Easton and St. Michaels branches.
  • More details on the library’s phased reopening plan will be shared on the library's website, Facebook page and via media outlets. For more information, visit tcfl.org, email askus@tcfl.org, or call 410-822-1626.
Dial-a-Story Available

Are you missing storytime? Call our Dial-A-Story number (888-964-2686) to hear a children's book read by a librarian! The stories are updated every week on  Wednesday  and will be read by librarians from across Maryland's Eastern Shore. Visit our library's website to check out all of the other programs you can enjoy from home.
Save the Date!

Saturday, June 13, will mark the 5 th Annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival, which will be held virtually this year with children’s authors reading live on Facebook from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Some of the authors on this year’s roster include Susan Montanari, Brian Wray, Syl Sobel, and Jennifer Swanson. Picture books for children up to age eight will be read from 9 a.m. until noon. Middle grade books for ages 8-12 will be read in the afternoon. For a complete listing of the authors click here .

We hope that you and your family will join us for the Festival and also sign up for the Summer Reading Program starting  June 13. Details about the Summer Reading Program will be available soon at tcfl.org.
Check Out These Ongoing Virtual Programs
for Children and Tweens

Young children and families searching for fun, engaging activities to fill the hours at home, need look no farther than the  Library’s Facebook page, which offers a number of free virtual programs to tap into.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. tune into Virtual Story Time with Ms. Laura and Ms. Amy. Recommended for children up to age five.

Wednesdays, June 3, 17, 10:30 a.m. - Creative Fun with Tim Young
Join local author/illustrator Timothy Young on Facebook Live as he talks about books, drawing, writing, and other creative stuff. Each fun half-hour show will focus on different creative activities based on his or other authors’ books. Recommended ages 8 and older.

Wednesdays at 3 p.m. - Read Along with Me! Get ready with your milk and cookies and join Ms. Laura for a reading of  The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo,  (available here on Hoopla). Fun for the whole family! Recommended for children ages 7 and older.

Digital Escape Room  - Looking for an escape, but can’t get out of the house? Answer questions, solve puzzles and riddles, and use your smarts to get through the library’s new digital escape room based on the book  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Featured on the library’s Facebook page, this activity is suitable for older kids and tweens ages 7-12.  Click here for the eBook of this title on Overdrive.

More Creative Fun for Kids at Home
Ta'ta Storytime  - African British/Caribbean actors and authors read a new story aloud each week.
"Library Guy" Bill Peak Interviews
Local Poet Sue Ellen Thompson

Local, Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet Sue Ellen Thompson’s interview with “Library Guy” Bill Peak will be available Monday, June 1, on The Talbot Spy . Thompson is the author of five books of poetry, including her most recent work, They , which tells the story—through poems and the found poetry of postcards—of the poet’s sometimes troubled relationship with her transgender child, and the connection they find through the author’s father. She also edited The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry

Garrison Keillor has read more than ten of Thompson’s poems on his Writer’s Almanac radio show. In 2010, Thompson received the Maryland Author Award, which is given once every four years to a Maryland poet in honor of his or her body of work. Thompson lives in Oxford, Maryland.

Peak’s interview with Thompson is made possible through a partnership between the Talbot County Free Library and The Talbot Spy . Future interviews with local literary figures are planned. A link to Peak’s interview with Thompson will be made available on the library’s website www.tcfl.org .    
Delmarva Public Radio's Hal Wilson Interviews "Library Guy" Bill Peak

Tune into Delmarva Public Radio (WSCL 89.5 or WSDL 90.7) Friday, June 5, 9:30 a.m. to hear our Library Guy Bill Peak's interview with Hal Wilson. The two will discuss how the library is handling the COVID-19 situation, what impact it has had had upon us, and how it has affected our programming. They will explore the alternative services we've been offering via our website and Facebook and our plans for the future including reopening, changes that will be made to the way the library operates after we reopen, and whether or not those changes might remain in effect permanently.  
Talbot County Master Gardeners Partners with TCFL to Present
Virtual Mythbusters
Thursdays, 5 p.m. through July

Join UMD Extension Educator Mikaela Boley every Thursday at 5 p.m. through the end of July on Facebook Live via the Master Gardeners Facebook page to get real-time information on common garden myths. Make science-based decisions and ask questions live!
Mid Shore Mediation Offers Online Mediation

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center is now providing mediation online using a secure Zoom platform. Intake conversations are still happening by phone. 

Referrals can be sent to info@midshoremediation.org . For a speedy response please use email or call and leave a message at 410-820-5553 or through the "contact us" section on the website at midshoremediation.org . Regular mail is only checked once a week. Participants may make contact directly through the same email and phone number.

Participants are required to have audio and video on their devices, access to a reliable, secure internet connection, and a personal email address. For the time being only cases with two parties are being accepted unless the third (or more) parties are able to share a screen with one of the other participants. Please call if you have any questions. You can leave a message at 410-820-5553 or 410-714-4302. While in-person activities are limited, the staff team continues to work remotely full-time. 
Webinar For Businesses

When it comes to business today, there is no “new normal.” Whether your business is reopening, reinventing, or unable to open yet, managing and guiding your team through the stress and anxiety of this transitional time is difficult. For All Seasons and Talbot County’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism will hold a free Facebook Live business webinar on  Friday, May 29, 2020, at noon.
Several companies are hiring in Talbot County. Find details, links and instructions on how to apply   at Talbot Works - Economic Development & Tourism.
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