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 |
In observance of the new year holiday, the library will be closed
at noon New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
A Fond Farewell to Library Clerk Ann Gould

Ann Gould, library clerk at the Easton branch, retired this week after 33 years of service. Ann has been an exemplary staff member and library ambassador. According to Executive Director Dana Newman, she is a "go-to" employee for special tasks that require speed and effectiveness. Whether it is working at circulation, making special library cards for the children in the Raising a Reader program, preparing donation material for the collection, or finding that hard to locate treasure in the shelves of the children's collection and beyond, Ann has an unparalleled history and expertise in our library. Her calm, knowledgeable, and courteous manner make her a natural born library representative both with patrons and with her coworkers. We will miss Ann and wish her much happiness in her retirement.  
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.
Cabin Fever Film Festival

The Chesapeake Film Festival and the Talbot County Free Library are co-sponsoring the Cabin Fever Film Festival which started in December 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:
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
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. 
Library Guy Interviews Donald Hall Prize
for Poetry Winner Joy Priest

The Library Guy, Bill Peak, has just recorded an interview for The Talbot Spy with Joy Priest, a young poet with a complicated past. Priest won the prestigious Donald Hall Prize for Poetry in 2019 with her very first book of poems, Horsepower. This year she won the equally prestigious Stanley Kunitz Poetry Prize for her poem A Personal History of Breathing

Priest’s poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry Northwest, Poets & Writers, ESPN, The Louisville Anthology, Best New Poets 2014, 2016, & 2019, and A Measure of Belonging: Writers of Color on the New American South, among other publications. She has received support from the Fine Arts Work Center, The Frost Place, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Priest is currently a doctoral student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

Peak’s interview with the poet can be watched at:
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, 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, email, or call 410-822-1626.
ABCs of Black History Story Time with Rio Cortez
January 21, 7 p.m.
Carroll County Public Library Event
Join us for a special story time with author Rio Cortez. Letter by letter, The ABCs of Black History celebrates a story that spans continents and centuries, triumph and heartbreak, creativity and joy. Watch live on Facebook or YouTube:
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!
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