Important Library & Community Resources
Although our buildings are closed, our friendly staff are available
by phone at the Easton and St. Michaels branches
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
In observance of the holiday, the library will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Get Your Library Materials Through Books-to-Go

Although our buildings are temporarily closed to the public, our friendly staff are still available to help you with our Books-to-Go service. Through Books-to-Go, patrons can reserve materials through the online catalog. Patrons will be notified via email or phone when their items are ready to be picked up. Once notified that holds are available for pickup, patrons should call or email the library to make arrangements to pick up their materials. Chromebooks or WiFi hotspots are not available for checkout at this time.

More specific details on how Books-to-Go works can be found on the library’s website. Staff are available to answer the phone at both branches during limited hours Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-noon and 2-5 p.m. and on Monday and Thursday from 10-noon and 3-7 p.m. Wi-Fi is available around the clock outside both the Easton and St. Michaels branches.
Winter Movie Treats, Available Now through Books-to-Go

DVDs for Children
Bob the Builder. Bob’s Winter Build
The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! Tales from the Cold
Frosty the Snowman
Peanuts. Happy Holidays
DVDs for Adults
Almost Christmas
Fargo
Groundhog Day
The Oath
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
ADULT PROGRAMMING
Library Guy to Read Holiday Favorite

In the spirit of the holidays, Bill Peak, the Library Guy, will read aloud his favorite prose-poem, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, on Zoom, Sunday afternoon, December 20, at two o’clock. Dylan Thomas’s beloved story of a little boy’s Christmas day in a small Welsh village, circa 1922, is recommended for all ages between ten and a hundred and ten. You can join Peak at the following address: https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/j/94771143623. The passcode is 663225.
Easton Book Group Book Selections
December 21, 6:30 p.m.

The Easton Book Group (open to all) will discuss book selections for the 2021 year via Zoom. To participate, please email Susan Sherman at susancs@goeaston.net.
Isabel Wilkerson: Caste
January 15, 7 p.m.
A Howard County Library System Program
Registration opens on December 21, 9 a.m.:

Isabel Wilkerson discusses her critically acclaimed book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. In this brilliant book, Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Caste is being adapted into a Netflix film directed, written, and produced by Ava DuVernay. A gifted storyteller, Wilkerson captivates audiences with the universal human story of migration and reinvention, as well as the unseen hierarchies that have divided us as a nation, in order to find a way to transcend them. Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first Black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting in the history of American journalism.
Mastering the Elevator Pitch and Interview
January 20, 7 p.m.
A Howard County Library System Program

Learn communication strategies to effectively market yourself in an interview or while networking. We discuss how to present achievements during an interview, what to expect, and how to answer behavioral questions. Making the best impression helps you get the job you want! Presented by Rachel Bachman, M.Ed. - Rachel has over six years of career counseling and coaching experience in higher education. She currently serves as a Career Specialist in the Career Center at UMBC. 
RECORDED PROGRAMS
You Can Listen to Any Time
Watch the exclusive Facebook premiere of “The Library That Dolly Built: Celebrating the People Who Made Dolly’s Dream Come True.” A feature-length documentary covering the history, impact, and future of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the film features the music of Dolly Parton and is narrated by actress and author, Danica McKellar. Click here to view (begins at about 5 minutes in). Read the recent Talbot Spy article by Val Cavalheri: Hello and Thanks Dolly: Imagination Library on the Shore. To find out more about the Talbot County Imagination Library's goal of getting "all preschool-aged children in our county to experience the magic of reading and to possess the skills they need to be ready for kindergarten" go to Imagination Library of Talbot County.
Ann Finkbeiner on the Very Real Threat
of War in Space

"Library Guy" Bill Peak, spoke recently with Ann Finkbeiner, author of an article in the November edition of Scientific American entitled, “Orbital Aggression: How do we prevent war in space?” Finkbeiner explains why America depends so heavily on its satellite fleet, how our global adversaries are already toying with the idea of destroying those satellites, and how a major attack upon them could, quite literally, endanger civilization. View this and other interesting Peak interviews here.
View Update on COVID-19 with Dr. Fredia Wadley,
Talbot County Health Officer

With the recent uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases in Maryland and other states, Dr. Fredia Wadley, Health Officer for Talbot County, talked via Zoom with "Library Guy" Bill Peak on November 19 to relay the latest information about the coronavirus and the progress on vaccine development. Learn what it means to “flatten the curve,” recommendations for holiday and travel safety, how to protect yourself and others, and what is being done locally to combat the virus and prepare for vaccine distribution. Access Here. After clicking on the link, enter the passcode: *+1NjKnE
Cabin Fever Film Festival

The Chesapeake Film Festival and the Talbot County Free Library are co-sponsoring the Cabin Fever Film Festival which started this week with a discussion of The Magic of Belle Isle. If you’re stuck at home due to the pandemic and you have the winter blahs, take a break and enjoy a rare cinematic gem and Zoom discussion afterward. This film is free and can be found on YouTube. You can watch it whenever is convenient and then join in a Zoom discussion about the movie on January 13, 7 p.m.
This Beautiful Fantastic
Set against the backdrop of a beautiful London garden, this contemporary fairy tale centers on the unlikely friendship between a reclusive young woman who dreams of writing children’s books and a cranky widower. Facing eviction over her neglected garden, Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay) meets her grumpy, loveless, next-door neighbor (Tom Wilkinson), who happens to be an amazing horticulturalist. You can watch the film for FREE here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8yhL0lcQ5g&t=479s
Wednesday, January 13, 7 p.m. Zoom Discussion:
The Zoom discussion will be led by the Chesapeake Film Festival Director Cid Collins Walker and Executive Director Nancy Tabor. Come prepared to have a fun and insightful time! For more information about the Cabin Fever Film Festival, contact Executive Director Nancy Tabor, at executivedirector@chesapeakefilmfestival.com.
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.
Kid’s Holiday Art Collage Kit-to-Go!

Kid’s Holiday Art Collage Kits-to-Go are available now in the vestibule of the Easton library and at the back entrance of the St. Michaels library (while supplies last). Each kit includes enough materials for the entire family! (One per family please). Inside each kit are items to be collaged (paper to make cards and bookmarks, large holiday felt & foam shapes) along with materials to be glued (various tissue papers, ribbons, fiber yarns, pom-poms, small foam shapes, & stickers). A glue stick, pencils, and crayons are included. Please use parental supervision with young children. Have fun art collaging!
Decorate a Holiday Care Card

Spread some holiday cheer and show that you care by decorating cards and writing a message for the elderly or front line workers. Cards and envelopes can be picked up in the vestibule of the Easton branch during the Books-to-Go Hours listed at the top of this eblast. After your family has decorated the inside and written a special message, return them to the drop-box also located in the vestibule, and library staff will distribute them to local nursing homes and assisted living facilities and healthcare workers. A great holiday feel-good activity for the entire family! Thanks for helping make the holidays bright for others.
Winter Reading Challenge Kicks Off January 1

From January 1 – 31, Talbot County Free Library will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Read Challenge: Books Like Us, sponsored by Simon & Schuster. Books Like Us is a celebration of diversity, harnessing the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book. Thousands of libraries and schools across the nation will encourage their communities to read and participate in the Winter Reading Challenge.

The challenge is to read at least three hours during the month of January and keep track of your reading on the Beanstack site at tcfl.beanstack.org, or through the free mobile app which can be downloaded to your device. Challenge participants will be able to read any books they like during the challenge and will be provided with recommendations from Simon & Schuster’s featured authors along the way. The Winter Reading Challenge is for all ages, so everyone in the family can participate. The grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift card of their choice from either Flying Cloud Booksellers or Amazon.

Top-performing libraries and schools will earn rewards from Simon & Schuster, including book collections and virtual author visits. For more details on the Winter Reading Challenge, or to order books through our Books-to-Go Service, visit tcfl.org, email askus@tcfl.org, or call 410-822-1626.
Peter Wood Go Fund Me Library Project

A Go Fund Me fundraiser to purchase VOX books for the library’s children’s collection has been launched by Roo Wood to honor the life and spirit of his son Peter, who died August 9, 2020, at the age of 22 from complications due to Prader-Willi Syndrome. More than $5,000 has been donated to date toward the $10,000 goal. Peter was a TCPS student who worked at the library for more than five years. His warm and caring manner made his coworkers smile, and he always asked everyone he worked with how they were doing. Over the years, the library staff watched Peter grow into a fine young man who not only was hard-working but who was very kind, warm and who shared of himself with others.  

VOX Books are the world’s first audio books that live in print books. The permanently attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read along. Children simply push a button to listen and read. VOX Books combine outstanding picture books with audio recordings that capture children’s attention and make learning and literacy development fun.

To learn more and to participate in this fundraiser click here.
Easton Rotary Holds Food Drive
in Memory of Lord Scott

During the months of November and December, the Rotary Club of Easton will be collecting non-perishable food items in memory of Lord Scott who did so much for our community with "Operation Christmas Spirit" at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department beginning in the 1970s. The Easton branch of TCFL has a bin in the vestibule for convenient drop-off of non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Neighborhood Service Center. Other drop-off locations include Easton Family YMCA, Mid-Atlantic Tire Pros, Provident State Bank, Shore United Bank, Easton Fit4Life, and the Star Democrat Offices. The list of non-perishable items includes:
Canned fish, such as salmon, tuna and sardines
Canned meats, such as chicken and turkey
Whole grains, such as quinoa and spelt
Rice (brown, wild)
Steel-cut or rolled oats
Whole grain dry cereals with at least 5 grams fiber/serving
Whole grain pastas, such as whole wheat, brown rice flour or quinoa
Fruits in natural juice with no sugar added
Canned vegetables, low salt or no added salt
Canned fruit packed in water
Canned or boxed low-sodium soups and stews
Dried or canned legumes, such as peas, lentils, peanuts and beans
Pureed foods, such as sweet potato, pumpkin and applesauce
Low-fat dry or shelf-stable milk
Nut butters including peanut, almond, walnut