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
During the month of March, we recognize the accomplishments and vital contributions of women in history. Join us in celebrating Women's History Month with one or more of these recommended titles:
ADULT NON-FICTION
ADULT HISTORICAL FICTION
A Purely Private Matter by Darcie Wilde
Letters from Paris by Juliet Blackwell
The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
YOUNG ADULTS

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Ms. Marvel Vol 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona 
ADULT PROGRAMMING
Author Works: Brandon Hobson &"The Removed"
March 10, 7 - 8 pm
A Howard County Public Library Program
 
In the fifteen years since their teenage son, Ray-Ray, was killed in a police shooting, the Echota family has been suspended in private grief. With the family’s annual bonfire approaching - an occasion marking both the Cherokee National Holiday and Ray-Ray’s death, and a rare moment in which they openly talk about his memory - the mother, Maria, attempts to call the family together from their physical and emotional distances once more. Drawing deeply on Cherokee folklore, The Removed seamlessly blends the real and spiritual to excavate the deep reverberations of trauma - a meditation on family, grief, home, and the power of stories on both a personal and ancestral level.
 
Brandon Hobson is the author of the novel Where the Dead Sit Talking, which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction and winner of the Reading the West Book Award. His other books include Desolation of Avenues Untold and the novella Deep Ellum. His work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology, The Believer, the Paris Review Daily, Conjunctions, NOON, and McSweeney’s, among other places. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at New Mexico State University and teaches in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Hobson is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma.
Sharing the Burden: Women Coders of World War II 
Wednesday, March 10, 7 p.m.
For teens and adults
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program 

Women played a large, but rarely told, role in WWII cryptology. College women were recruited from math departments at colleges around the country to learn cryptanalysis. Thousands of other women joining the Army and Navy were assigned to code work operating machines that broke enemy codes or transmitting coded messages to Washington. This is their story. This virtual program is presented in partnership with the National Cryptologic Museum.
Tell Me What the Doctor Said
Thursday, March 11, 10 a.m.
A Kent County Public Library Event
 
Learn about the art of partnering with your doctor and your medical team so that you understand your medical situation and receive the best care possible. This virtual event is presented by AARP Maryland Speakers' Bureau.
Beginner Seed Starting
Friday, March 12, 10 a.m.
A University of Maryland Extension Office - Master Gardeners Program
Register here.

Winter blues have you dreaming about the summer garden? Join UME faculty for this free program to discuss the basics of getting a jump start planting seeds indoors.
Book Discussion: The Plague by Albert Camus
Monday, March 15, 6: 30 p.m.

The Easton Book Group (open to all) discusses The Plague by Albert Camus via Zoom. To participate, email Susan Sherman at ssherman@tcfl.org.
Loving Kindness Meditation (for teens & adults)
Monday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.
A Howard County Library System Program

Join Amy Rutledge a certified meditation instructor to learn how to cultivate self-love, self-worth, confidence, compassion, focus, concentration, stress, anxiety relief, and help with navigating difficult emotions and change. Promote connection, community, and peace to all. Classes are 30 minutes with an intro, guided practice, then time for Q&A. Open to all levels and beginners welcome! 
Bedtime Brain Yoga Break
Tuesday, March 16, 7 p.m.
A Kent County Public Library Event
 
Feeling stressed? Has anxiety got you in its grip? All of these feelings can wreak havoc on our brains, but with wellness strategies and targeted brain breaks you can reclaim your thoughts once more. Join us for an evening wellness chat with tips for your brain, followed by a relaxing yoga session for teens and adults.
Brain Knowledge!
Ask a Neuroscientist & Family-Friendly Trivia
Wednesday, March 17, 5:30 p.m.
A Kent County Public Library Event
 
Test your knowledge of the brain with a family-friendly trivia session and ask a real live neuroscientist your biggest questions about the brain! This virtual event is family-friendly. All ages are welcome.
Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State 
Thursday, March 18, 1 p.m.
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program 

Daring women of Maryland made their mark on history as spies, would-be queens, and fiery suffragettes. Sarah Wilson escaped indentured servitude in Frederick by impersonating the queen's sister. Baltimorean Virginia Hall spied against the Nazis, while having just one leg. From famous figures like Harriet Tubman to unsung heroines like "Lady Law" Violet Hill Whyte, author Lauren R. Silberman introduces Maryland's most tenacious and adventurous women in this virtual program presented through Zoom webinar. This virtual program is presented in partnership with Historic London Town and Gardens.
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. 
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
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
Ukulele for Youngsters
March 1 - 20
Sponsored by Shore Community Music Center
Register here.

Three short lessons open the doors to hundreds of songs by using Celtic tuned ukuleles! This adaptive music program of Shore Community Music Center is recommended for children ages 6-16 and features instructors Suzanne Sanders and Jonathan Williams. Sign up to receive the links to the video lessons and the kit-to-go which includes the instrument, songbook, and more! Available while supplies last. Once the March session is full, you can register for the next session, April 1 - 20, through the same link. For more information, or to be put on a wait list in case of cancellation, email lpowell@tcfl.org.
Preschool Story Time via Zoom - New Format!
Tuesday, March 9, 16, 23, 30 - 10 a.m.
Thursday, March 11, 18, 25 - 10 a.m.
Register here.

Stories, songs, and rhymes for families with young children.
Teen Journaling via Zoom
Wednesday, March 17 - 1 p.m.
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.
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.
Mindful Start Kids Yoga
1st Thursday of the month

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!
TCFL Chess Academy: Pawn Structure

Join Mr. Labala for this next lesson in the series of chess tutorials on YouTube. For prior lessons, click here.
Saint Patrick’s Day Art Collage Kits-to-Go Available!

Looking for a fun family activity for St. Patrick's Day? Stop by and pick up an Art Collage Kit-to-Go during Books-to-Go hours. Available while supplies last at both Easton and St. Michaels.

Included in each kit are items to be collaged (paper to make cards and bookmarks, large felt & foam shapes), along with materials to be glued (various tissue papers, fiber yarns, pom-poms, small foam shapes, & stickers). A glue stick, pencils, & crayons are also included. Please use adult supervision with young children. Includes enough materials for the entire family, so one per family please.
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.
Coffee with a Cop! 
FridayMarch 5, 8 a.m.

Join St. Michaels Police Chief Smith and fellow officers for coffee and discussion of public safety and other citizen concerns. This and future meetings will be held virtually using Zoom. So grab a cup of coffee and join in by computer or smart phone here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3264261778 
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778
Join meeting by telephone: +1 301 715 8592
US Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

You can follow the St. Michaels Police Department on Facebook and on the Town of St. Michaels website.
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. 
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.
The Talbot County Health Department continues to receive 300 doses of Moderna vaccine each week for Talbot County Health Department's first-dose clinics. Additionally, we have scheduled vaccine clinics throughout the county, beginning with St. Michaels and to be continued in Cordova, Trappe, Oxford, and Tilghman.

The Talbot County Health Department is currently reaching out to the highest risk individuals within Maryland's 1B eligibility category, including individuals aged 80 years and older, to schedule limited appointments at our upcoming vaccine clinics.
When demand for Phase 1B has been met, we will proceed to Phase 1C. The timing of this is dependent upon the supply of vaccines received each week by Talbot County Health Department, which is highly variable, and the number of eligible recipients interested in being vaccinated. 

As a reminder, the health department is required to prioritize and continues to provide vaccinations to the following groups in Phase 1B:

  • Individuals 75-years and Older - vaccinations at outreach and mass clinics continue. First doses received to date: 1,500 individuals aged 75-84, or 43% of Talbot's 75-84-year-old population of 3,500; 756 individuals aged 85+, or 50.4% of Talbot's 85+-year-old population of 1,500

  • Residents of Group Homes - Completed

  • Individuals in the Education Sector (K-12 Teachers and Support Staff in Schools) - vaccinations at mass clinics continue

  • Child Care Providers - vaccinations at mass clinics continue, coordinating through MSDE

  • Continuity of Government - vaccinations at mass clinics continue

We are administering the second dose of the vaccination to those individuals who received their first doses with us four weeks ago. If you received your first vaccine dose from a provider other than the health department, that provider is responsible for administering your second dose.

The Talbot County Health Department is working with community partners to provide transportation for vaccinations to seniors in need. We are hosting clinics in municipalities throughout the county to increase accessibility for all county residents. 

Other providers in Talbot County and elsewhere are also hosting vaccine clinics. You may sign up or pre-register with these providers as well. More information is available at https://bit.ly/marylandvaccines

We understand your frustration with our current, limited vaccine supply, and thank you for your patience and vigilance as we navigate through the vaccination process together. 

Updates are also available at our website at https://bit.ly/talbotvaccines