Important Library & Community Resources
Although our buildings are closed, 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
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.

Book drops will stay open at both locations and returned items will continue to be quarantined for seven days and will remain on the patron’s library card until checked-in. No fines will be charged while items are in quarantine. The library is not taking any book donations until further notice.

The buildings will reopen to the public as soon as it is deemed safe for both our patrons and staff. In the meantime, there continues to be a host of free eResources and virtual programs available for everyone to enjoy on the library’s website. If you don’t already have a library card, you can easily get a temporary card online here.

For more information, email askus@tcfl.org or call 410-822-1626.
Library Provides Students Access to eResources

Talbot County Public School students will now be able to access the library’s myriad eResources with a Student eResource Access (SEA) Card thanks to a partnership between the library and TCPS. The new SEA Card is based on each student’s lunch number.

Students will be able to access authoritative databases for research, live tutors through Brainfuse HelpNow, test prep through the Testing & Education Reference Center, learn a language through Mango Languages, download books, and much more. This pilot program will eventually be available to all schools in Talbot County to provide the same virtual access to our digital resources.

For more information about the SEA Card and how to access it, click here, 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.
ADULT PROGRAMMING
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 7, 6 p.m.
A Worcester County Library Event
Register here.

Professor of History at Salisbury University Dr. Dean Kotlowski leads a lecture and discussion about Pearl Harbor as we commemorate and honor the men and women lost in this attack.
Build your LinkedIn and Social Media Profile
December 9, 3 p.m.
A Howard County Library System Program
Register here.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 80% of jobs are never posted anywhere, but instead come from connections between people. LinkedIn can give you an advantage. Learn how to build your profile, use the advanced features of the site, and build a professional network and online image. 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.
WW IITunes
December 9, 7 p.m.
A Worcester County Library Event
Register here.

Frank Nanna and the WW IIunes will celebrate America of the 1940s. Join us for a swinging good time! Registration ends three hours before the program begins.
Wine Making 101
December 15, 6 p.m.
A Worcester County Library Event
Register here.

Brews Up wine making experience, with a holiday twist. Explore the ease of making your own personalized wine in the comfort of your home. The complete process of making, fermenting, and bottling will be conducted live for hands on questions. Brews Up supports wine Expert Kits and we will pour a few of our favorites to discuss.
It's a Wonderful Lecture with Dustin Pari
December 16, 7 p.m.
A Worcester County Library Event
Register here.

Taking a look at the beloved classic It’s a Wonderful Life, Dustin uses quotes, scenes, and characters from the movie as he weaves a tale of commonality and humanity that brings us all together in love, kindness, and harmony. Hear the tale and feel the struggle of George Bailey, because his issues are our issues. We all walk through this human experience together, feeling the ripple of the lives of those around us.
RECORDED PROGRAMS
You Can Listen to Any Time
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 starting in December 2020. When 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.

The films are free and can be found on YouTube. You can watch the film whenever is convenient and then join us in a Zoom discussion about the movie.
The Magic of Belle Isle
Rob Reiner’s The Magic of Belle Isle is a warmly funny drama that the whole family can enjoy. Morgan Freeman plays an author whose drinking has sapped his will to write. Beaten down, he moves to a remote village in an effort to regain his strength and rediscover his passion for words. There, he meets a single mother with three children who becomes his muse, inspiring him to rejuvenate his life and his work.
Wednesday, December 16, 7 p.m. Zoom discussion: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87025982448
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 discussions 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.
YOUTH PROGRAMMING
Aesop's Fables
December 5, 10 a.m.
A Prince George’s Community College Center for Performing Arts Program
Register here.

These fables from the legendary Greek storyteller, Aesop, have been delighting young and old alike for thousands of years, and they still have a message for us today. Perfect for younger audiences (pre-K – grade 5), these classic tales entertain but also share a strong message about treating others fairly. 
Story time
Tuesdays, Dec. 8, 15 – 10 a.m.
Thursdays, Dec. 10, 17 – 10 a.m.
Stories, songs and rhymes for families with young children.

Teen Journaling via Zoom
Wednesday, December 16, 1 p.m.
Register here.
Latinx KidLit Book Festival
December 4-5 via Facebook LIVE

The Latinx KidLit Book Festival is a virtual celebration of Latinx KidLit authors, illustrators, and books for all readers and educators. The festival will open its virtual doors from December 4-5, 2020, and present two free days of keynote sessions, Q&A events, and panels with your favorite Latinx authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novel, and poetry. The sessions are geared towards readers and educators everywhere. To learn more, click here.
Last Chance to Apply!

Talbot County has allocated $250,000 in additional funding for a fourth round of CARES small business grants. Those businesses and nonprofit organizations that have not already already received a grant of up to $10,000 from this program have one last chance to apply. Deadline is December 11.
Businesses must be in good standing with the State of Maryland, and they must not owe any taxes. In addition, businesses must submit the following:
  • a completed application;
  • comparative monthly profit and loss statement for 2019 and 2020;
  • most recent business tax returns;
  • a signed W-9 IRS Form.
For more information, visit TalbotWorks.org or call Cassandra Vanhooser at 410-770-8000.
Since 2003, the Talbot Young Professionals have partnered with the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program to help make the holiday season memorable for children in our community. TYP is accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys from now until
December 14 at more than 60 locations throughout Talbot County, including the vestibule of the library during Books-to-Go hours.

Drive-Through Drop Off Events
Bring your new, unwrapped toys to these locations for touch-free donations:
Saturday, December 5, noon - 2 p.m.
Easton Utilities
201 N. Washington St., Easton

Saturday, December 12, 2 - 4 p.m
Koons Toyota Easton
6730 Ocean Gateway, Easton
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
Click here to access the CARES Individual Assistance Program Application.
Non or limited English speaking individuals or immigrant families in need of
application support can contact the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center
at 1-877-77-AYUDA (1-877-772-9832) for assistance.
Click here to download the CARES Childcare Verification form
to be completed by a licensed child care provider.
Non or limited English speaking individuals or immigrant families in need of
application support can contact the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center
at 1-877-77-AYUDA (1-877-772-9832) for assistance.