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
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
  • 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
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
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. 
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
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.
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 8th at 7 pm 
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. 
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
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.
Preschool Story Time via Zoom - New Format!
Tuesday, March 16, 23, 30 - 10 a.m.
Thursday, March 18, 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.
Ukulele for Youngsters
April 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. For more information, or to be put on a wait list in case of cancellation, email lpowell@tcfl.org.
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!
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. 
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.
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.
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.