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.
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St. Michaels Library Branch Manager
Shauna Beulah Honored

Out of all the hundreds of people working for libraries in the state of Maryland, the private, non-profit Citizens for Maryland Libraries has named St. Michaels Library Branch Manager Shauna Beulah its Outstanding Library Employee of 2020. Quoting from the organization’s website, “The award is presented to a library employee or team who has made exceptional contributions to the library, particularly in the areas of customer service or community outreach.” 

In nominating Beulah for the award, Talbot County Free Library Director Dana Newman wrote, “It is with great pleasure that I nominate Shauna Beulah, Branch Manager at the St. Michaels Library for consideration for the 2020 CML Outstanding Employee Award in recognition of her strong commitment and passion toward inclusion, partnerships, excellent customer service and collaboration with the community. Every library has a story and a hero, a staff member or volunteer who empowers people through their passion and compassion, to help individuals to succeed and to uplift the community in which they work. This year (and for many other years) for the Talbot County Free Library, that hero is Shauna Beulah. Her leadership has been consistently characterized by a strong caring attitude for library patrons, staff, and the community; her advocacy and vision to put service before self; devotion and a penchant to go above and beyond. She is always actively looking for ways to assist those in the St. Michaels and Bay Hundred areas to address individual and community challenges while also inspiring staff to look for their own ways to support the community.”

Joining in the nomination, a patron wrote, “Shauna is truly one of the most kind, caring, generous people I have ever met, and she has created a warm and welcoming space for everyone that walks in the door of the St. Michaels Library.” 

In explaining her organization’s decision to recognize Beulah with this award, Citizens for Maryland Libraries Executive Director Lynn Wheeler wrote to Beulah, “… you have made personal connections to customers over your 34-year career, including hand delivery of materials to customers who are ill.”

Beulah is known throughout Talbot County for her gracious smile, her eternally upbeat attitude, and her dedication to service. Generations of children have grown up in St. Michaels knowing they can trust and depend upon the nice lady who runs the local branch of the library. Board President Susan Sherman put it best when she said “When people think of the St. Michaels Library, they think of Shauna.” She has touched untold hundreds of lives. It is people like Shauna Beulah that make living in Talbot County such a delight.
ADULT PROGRAMMING
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.
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.
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 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
Story time
Tuesday, Dec. 15 – 10 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 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.
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.
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.
Oxford Community Shred Day
Friday Dec. 11, 9 -11 a.m.
Oxford Community Center
(back parking lot)

Bring your boxes of old paperwork and start fresh in 2021. 
Free of charge. No Limits. Documents only.
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.
Last Chance to Donate!

Talbot Young Professionals, on behalf of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, 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. Help make the holiday season memorable for children in our community!

Drive-Through Drop Off Event
Bring your new, unwrapped toys to this location for touch-free donation:
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