Important Library & Community Resources
Although our buildings are closed, our friendly staff are available
by phone at the Easton and St. Michaels branches
Easton: 410-822-1626 | St. Michaels: 410-745-5877
Monday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – noon & 3 – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 a.m. - noon & 2 – 5 p.m.
Talbot County Free Library | www.tcfl.org
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In Celebration of St. Patrick's Day!
FOR ADULTS
Young Skins by Colin Barrett
The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
The Year of the French by Thomas Flanagan
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Ulysses by James Joyce
Love and Summer by William Trevor
FOR CHILDREN
Happy St. Patrick's Day by Aimée Chapman
Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk
The Leprechaun's Gold by Pamela Duncan Edwards
COMPUTER BY APPOINTMENT HOURS
Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - noon & 4 - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. - noon & 3 - 4:45 p.m.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
  • Call the library to make an appointment:
  • Easton: 410-822-1626 | St. Michaels: 410-745-5877
  • Make only one appointment at a time
  • Appointments are limited to 45 minutes, including printing
  • Patrons may make one appointment per day
  • Appointments must be made at least one day in advance - no same-day appointments
  • Appointments can be made no more than 5 days ahead of time
  • Wear mask over nose and mouth
  • Maintain social distance of 6 feet from others
 
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU REVIEW THE FAQS AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS AT www.bit.ly/TCFLCBA PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT
Check Out Hoopla's Book Club Hub Q1 Read
Before The Coffee Gets Cold
Author: Toshikazu Kawaguchi | Genre: Magical Realism
No Holds, No Waiting!

What would you change if you could travel back in time? Down a small alleyway in the heart of Tokyo, there's an underground café that's been serving carefully brewed coffee for over a hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers its customers something else besides coffee - the chance to travel back in time. The rules, however, are far from simple: you must sit in one particular seat, and you can't venture outside the café, nor can you change the present. And, most important, you only have the time it takes to drink a hot cup of coffee - or risk getting stuck forever.

Over the course of one summer, four customers visit the café in the hopes of traveling to another time: a heartbroken lover looking for closure, a nurse with a mysterious letter from her husband, a waitress hoping to say one last goodbye, and a mother whose child she may never get the chance to know.

Heartwarming, wistful, and delightfully quirky, Before the Coffee Gets Cold explores the intersecting lives of four women who come together in one extraordinary café, where the service may not be quick, but the opportunities are endless.

You and your entire book club can access the same book through Hoopla's Book Club Hub in either ebook or audio form. Click here to borrow the book and to access Book Club Hub's resources including a discussion guide, an exclusive author interview, and similar recommended reads.
ADULT PROGRAMMING
The C-Change Primer with Kathleen Biggins
Wednesday, March 24, 11 a.m.
A Talbot County Garden Club program

Curious about climate change but turned off by the politics?  Don’t miss C‐Change Conversations, a terrific presentation by C‐Change President & Co‐Founder Kathleen Biggins. The C‐Change Prime” presentation is non‐partisan and provides an accessible overview of the science behind climate change and a clear‐eyed assessment of the potential risks ahead. It answers the questions most Americans have about climate change, such as: How do we know climate change is real and caused by humans? What is the scientific consensus? What are the dangers? Is there hope? This virtual event is FREE and open to the public.
African American Suffragists of Maryland 
Thursday, March 25, 6 p.m. 
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program 

Learn more about four extraordinary Maryland women who fought for suffrage before and after the passing of the 19th amendment. Local historical experts will discuss the lives and work of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Mary Church Terrell, Augusta Chissell, and Margaret Gregory Hawkins. This event is co-sponsored by the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. 
Virtual Heritage Concert Series
Friday, March 26, 4 p.m.
On Zoom and Facebook Live
A Carpe Diem, Brookletts Place, & TCFL Program
 
Join us every fourth Friday through June at 4 p.m., for a memorable musical experience for the entire family. The March 26 concert will feature two amazing groups. The duo Rakish, with violinist Maura Shawn Scanlin and guitarist Connor Hearn, will celebrate Irish American Heritage Month; renowned jazz, blues, and gospel singer Lea Gilmore will offer songs to honor Women’s History Month. For more details and to access programs, visit Carpe Diem Arts
Rakish
Lea Gilmore
It's a (virtual) Garden Party!
Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m. - noon
A Kent County Public Library Event
 
Kent County Public Library is throwing a (virtual) Garden Party to celebrate the coming of spring! This event is fully interactive – your questions and enthusiasm will be a key part of the experience! Topics to be discussed include:
Garden Design with Native Plants
Bay-wise Gardening
Mushroom Logs
Insects
Vegetable Gardening
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 8, 7 p.m. 
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.
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
Preschool Story Time via Zoom - New Format!
Tuesday, March 23, 30 - 10 a.m.
Thursday, March 25 - 10 a.m.
Register here.

Stories, songs, and rhymes for families with young children.
How High Does the Mars Helicopter Fly? 
Wednesday, March 24, 2 p.m.
For kids ages 6-10
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program 

Join NASA Mars Rover Scientist Dr. Adrian Brown for this virtual program about the Mars Helicopter. Build your own paper Mars helicopter and Dr. Brown will answer questions about the mission, what it is achieving on Mars and some of the exciting things still yet to come. Download and print your own paper helicopter here.
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

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. 
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: Pawn Structures

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, 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.
Calling All Ernest Hemingway Fans!

To celebrate the April 5th release of the new "Hemingway" series by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, Maryland Public Television invites YOU to submit your short readings of Hemingway’s work. MPT plans to edit the content together and air it around the program, and on social media. So grab your phone, say your lines, and send away! For more information about the documentary and how to make a submission, click here. 
Talbot County Health Department
COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline for Talbot County Residents
410-819-5641
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.