Important Library & Community Resources
Monday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – noon & 3 – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 a.m. - noon & 2 – 5 p.m.
Easton: 410-822-1626 | St. Michaels: 410-745-5877
Talbot County Free Library | www.tcfl.org
In observance of the upcoming holiday, both the Easton and
St. Michaels libraries will be closed on April 2, 2021.
EASTON BRANCH TO REOPEN MONDAY, APRIL 5
ST. MICHAELS TO REOPEN MONDAY, APRIL 12
Just in time for National Library Week, the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will reopen its doors to the public on Monday, April 5 with limited hours and services and at a reduced occupancy limit. The St. Michaels branch will open Monday, April 12.
 
Patrons are invited to pick out items, use the self-checkout stations, access public computers, and ask quick account and information questions. New books and DVD displays are located near the entrance so that patrons can easily grab something and be on their way. To provide the best visiting experience for everyone, library patrons are asked to read the reopening FAQ which can be found here.
 
  • Visits are limited to a maximum of one hour a day.
  • Public computer use is limited to a maximum of two hours a day.
  • Maximum occupancy for the Easton branch is 27 and for St. Michaels is 8.
  • Wi-Fi is available both inside and outside the buildings with no time limits for use.
  • Masks and social distancing are required.
To celebrate reopening and National Library Week, the staff will offer free books
and will take entries for drawings for several gift cards on Wednesday, April 7,
which is National Library Outreach Day.
Dear Library Patron,
 
We need your help now with advocacy for the renovation and expansion of the St. Michaels Library which is a treasure to its community.
The County Council is currently deliberating over the budget for the county, INCLUDINGTHE PLANNED EXPANSION AND
RENOVATION OF THE ST. MICHAELS LIBRARY.
The library completed a feasibility study in 2019 that determined that the St. Michaels Library has a deteriorating infrastructure and outdated mechanical and lighting systems. It also determined that the library is too small a structure, at 7,716 square feet, to provide the population of St. Michaels and the Bay Hundred areas with 21st century library services. To meet current and future library service needs, the 2019 study recommends a 40% (3,071 square feet) expansion of the building including a larger community meeting room, added space for new library materials, two study rooms for small groups to meet and work, enlarging the children’s and teen areas to allow for interactive learning, studying, and additional public computers. Matching funding for this building expansion is available through the Maryland State Library Capital Grant Program and the Library Foundation and Friends are actively raising funds for library materials for the newly expanded library. 

For the expansion to move forward, the library is requesting that the County provide matching funding for the St. Michaels Library building project and a letter of support for the grant application.  

We ask for your support of this important community expansion project as a valued patron of the St. Michaels Library. Please use this template to write an email of support for the St. Michaels Library expansion to the County Council. Below are the email addresses for the County Council and county staff.
 
Chuck F. Callahan, ccallahan@talbotcountymd.gov
Frank Divilio, fdivilio@talbotcountymd.gov
Corey W. Pack, cpack@talbotcountymd.gov
Laura E. Price, lprice@talbotcountymd.gov
Susan Moran, smoran@talbotcountymd.gov (Secretary/Clerk to the County Council)

As a library patron, you know that the library is the heart and soul of the community. The St. Michaels library is an integral part of the community’s intellectual, educational, recreational, business, and cultural life. Please help us to advocate for this project so that the library can continue to serve the needs of the St. Michaels and the Bay Hundred communities.
ADULT PROGRAMMING
COVID-19 and Vaccine Information Session
April 1, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
An Enoch Pratt Free Library Program

Join us for a free public information session to address your questions and learn the facts about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and COVID-19 vaccines. Hear from clinicians, researchers, people that have received the vaccine, and other health professionals as they discuss vaccine access, vaccine hesitancy, recent pandemics, and virus variants. The program features:
●     Dr. Sherita Hill Golden, the Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine
●     Dr. Tracey Murray, Dean of the College of Health Professions at Coppin State University
●     Dr. Kim Sydnor, Dean of the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University and serves as Associate Professor for the Department of Behavioral Health Sciences
●     Dr. Kawsar Rasmy Talaat, Assistant Professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She holds a joint appointment in medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include vaccine clinical trials and vaccine safety.
●     Dr. Jonathan Mark Zenilman, professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is known internationally for his work in infectious disease epidemiology.
 
Click here for more information and for the Zoom link.
In early 2020, the Hispanic literary community led an important national dialogue about the importance of “own voices” literature and inequities in the publishing industry. Leading and award-winning contemporary Latin American writers gather to discuss their perspectives on the importance of own voices narratives in providing representation for readers. This program offers Latino/a/x and non-Latin Marylanders with an opportunity to learn about the diversity of the Latin American community, as represented in literature and poetry. 

Featured Speakers:
Julia Alvarez, National Medal of Arts Winner
Angie Cruz, Inaugural GMA Book Club Author
Reyna Grande, American Book Award Winner
Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate (2015-2017)
Lupita Aquino, moderator, @Lupita.Reads
Registration recommended: https://mdlibraries0401.eventbrite.com
Maryland Libraries Together is a collaboration of Maryland libraries to engage communities in enriching educational experiences that advance an understanding of the issues of our time.
A Social History of English Afternoon Tea
Monday, April 5-6 p.m. via Zoom
A Worcester County Library Event

Learn how tea drinking was first introduced into England, and how afternoon tea was popularized and became the social institution. This talk includes delicious tea menu items, customs and etiquette surrounding afternoon tea, examples of the finest silver and porcelain tea ware, and the rise of public tea rooms and dances. 
Do You Know Who Has an Eye on Your Money? 
Tuesday, April 6, 6 p.m. 
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program
 
Learn how to protect yourself from consumer scams, identity thefts and learn smart consumer purchasing decision. This virtual program is presented in partnership with the Annapolis/Anne Arundel Financial Education Coalition.  
Introduction to Safe Drone Flying 
Thursday, April 8th at 7 pm 
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program
 
Description: Have you ever wondered if you're operating your drone legally? The world of remote piloting is still very new, and the regulations are developing all the time. Join Tim Tumelty “The AACC Drone Guy” for a free webinar to learn important basics like where to fly your drone, how to register, and other rules you need to know to be a confident recreational drone pilot. 
Meadow in the Making
April 9, 10 a.m.
A University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Program

Starting a meadow is complicated. Spring is a great time to evaluate your needs and create a plan. In this presentation, you will learn the steps required for the first year of a meadow project. Registration is free but required.
Writers Live - Andrew Morton
Tuesday, April 13 – 7 p.m.
An Enoch Pratt Free Library Event

Andrew Morton will be in conversation with Lauren R. Silberman about his new book, Elizabeth & Margaret. Perfect for fans of The Crown, this captivating biography from a New York Times bestselling author follows Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Margaret as they navigate life in the royal spotlight.
What Is Your Plan?
April 15, 2 p.m.
A Mid-Shore Pro Bono & TCFL Program
Join here. Passcode: 735381

Only about a quarter of Americans have completed their estate plan. Have you been putting off this important task? Well, there is no time to waste! Mid-Shore Pro Bono can provide these documents through their Life Planning For All Initiative. Join Muriel Tinkler managing owner of Tinkler Law LLC, and volunteer attorney for Mid Shore Pro Bono, to learn how to get these documents and the importance of planning ahead. Do not miss this great opportunity to have your questions answered!

Download MSPB's life planning flyer hereClick here to hear Mid-Shore Pro Bono's Managing Attorney, Meredith Girard talk about the importance of preparing for the future. View the Spanish version hereMSPB Iniciativa de Planificación de Vida.
Book Discussion: Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift
Monday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.

The Easton Book Group (open to all) discusses Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift via Zoom. To participate, please email Susan Sherman at ssherman@tcfl.org.
From Mountains to Seas 
Wednesday, April 21, 10 a.m.
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program
 
From the ancient peatlands in the western part of the state to globally rare serpentine savanna at Soldier’s Delight, Maryland is a small state with a lot to offer. Learn about 31 unique natural areas open to the public. This virtual program is presented in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 
Friends of Library at Easton Farmer's Market
Saturday, April 24, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Friends of the Talbot County Free Library will be at the Farmer's Market on the 4th Saturdays, April - June, handing out free books! Stop by and say hello and pick up a book. If you miss them in April, they'll be back May 22 and June 26.

The Friends of the Talbot County Free Library are our #1 ambassadors and an important source of funding for the library. They help provide materials and programming such as the Chesapeake Children's Book Festival, books, and so much more through their annual book sale and other fundraisers. For more information about the Friends of the Talbot County Free Library and how to join or support their efforts, click here.
The Words We Live By
Wednesday, April 28, 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 29, 3 p.m.
Join here. (Passcode: 382949)
 
In honor of National Poetry Month, library guy Bill Peak will host a Zoom session in which participants will have the opportunity to read aloud a poem that changed, or helped guide, their lives. So that as many people as possible will have the chance to read, Bill asks that you limit your selection to a poem of no more than 400 words. 
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
Teen Journaling via Zoom
Meets every 1st & 3rd Wednesday - 1 p.m.: April 7, 21
Want to try journaling, but not sure how to start? Join Ms. Laura for talking and writing fun! Inspired by the book, Journal Sparks by Emily Neuburger. Register here.
Mindful Start Kids Yoga
1st Thursday of the month: April 8, 10 a.m.

Mindful movement for young children on Facebook. Recommended for families with children under age 5. Click here for the latest (March) video! Past programs can be found here!
Baby Beats (ages 0-5)
Friday, April 9, 10:30 am
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program
 
The Beatbox Dads are Mr. Root and Mr. Max, two Human Beatboxers from Baltimore, MD. Their Baby Beats! show features music, language, and movement, designed to engage, and elicit kinesthetic and linguistic response from young audiences and the adults that love them. 
Introduction to Safe Drone Flying for Teens (ages 11+)
Saturday, April 10, 2 p.m.
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program
 
Did you know there are rules for flying your drone outside, even on your own property? Flying a drone is fun, but there are FAA regulations you should know, and they apply to everyone. Join Tim Tumelty “The AACC Drone Guy” for a free webinar to learn important drone basics. Where can I fly my drone, how do I register a drone, and other things you need to know to be a safe recreational drone pilot. 
Preschool Story Time via Zoom - New Format!
Tuesday, April 13, 20, 27 - 10 a.m.
Thursday, April 15, 22, 29 - 10 a.m.
Register here.

Stories, songs, and rhymes for families with young children.
Kids Writers Live - Carole and Jeff Boston Weatherford 
Tuesday, April 20 – 6 p.m.
An Enoch Pratt Free Library Event
 
Carole and Jeffery Boston Weatherford, the award-winning mother-son/author-illustrator team behind You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, will celebrate heroes, history, and hip hop through poetry and spoken word.
Tree Songs Puppet Show (ages 0-5)
Saturday, April 24, 10:30 a.m.
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program
 
Jasper and his puppet friends take you on an interactive, musical adventure. Sing and dance to your favorite tree songs, while exploring preschool science. 
TCFL Chess Academy: Your Opponent's Move

Join Mr. Labala for this next lesson in the series of chess tutorials on YouTube. For prior lessons, click here.
Easter Bonnet Wreath Kits Available

Beginning Monday, March 22 Grab-and-Go craft kits for adults will be available in the vestibule. This month's craft is an Easter Bonnet Wreath. Supplies are limited and are available on a first come first served basis.
Seeds Packets Available at Easton Branch

A variety of seed packets from our Seed Library are available at the front entrance of the Easton branch. First come, first served. Available while supplies last.
The Needle's Eye Academy Accepting Applications

The Needle’s Eye Academy is a three-week multilingual, multinational means of unapologetic literary empowerment for the Black & Brown youth of Talbot County. Rising eighth to ninth grade TCPS students interested in being considered for the inaugural June 2021 cohort may find the application here. Follow NEA on Instagram and Facebook.
Talbot County Health Department
COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline for Talbot County Residents
410-819-5641
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join the Talbot County COVID19 private sector conference call on the
second and fourth Tuesday of each month at noon to get the latest
COVID-19 updates for business.
Call: 415-655-0002
Code: 471 585 551
Tax Forms are now available
at the entrance of both branches.
Forms 1040 & 1040SR and instructions and Maryland tax books are available in the library’s vestibule Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For frequent updates from AARP Tax Aide, visit tcfl.org, call 410-822-1626, or email askus@tcfl.org.
AARP TAX-AIDE TAX PREPARATION UPDATE

No in-person appointments for AARP Tax-Aide tax preparation are currently being offered at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. The Covid-19 pandemic status in Talbot and surrounding counties prevents offering the normal in-person tax preparation service for both current and prior tax years.

Free online tax preparation options are available nationally through the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide here and the Internal Revenue Service website here.

The following AARP online tax preparation options are offered at www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide:
Option 1: Prepare your own individual tax return by downloading one of the tax software applications to a personal computer. OR
Option 2: Computer-scan your tax information for a tax-aide volunteer to prepare your returns virtually.  

There may be a separate charge for the Maryland return. For general information, call the toll-free number at 877-434-7598.

The Internal Revenue Service offers free tax preparation through its website at www.irs.gov/freefile. Software will need to downloaded from the website to prepare a return.