Important Library & Community Resources
Monday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – noon * 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 a.m. - noon * 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
*Closed mid-day for cleaning
At this time, the library is closed on Saturdays
One Maryland One Book Author Lisa See
The Island of Sea Women
October 5, 7 p.m.

It's finally here! Best-selling author Lisa See will make a virtual tour stop to visit with Eastern Shore patrons October 5th to discuss her book The Island of Sea Women, this year's One Maryland One Book selection. If you haven't registered, there's still time and space. Click here to receive the virtual event link, and tune in Monday night at 7 p.m. As a special bonus, participants will be entered into a drawing to win a set of teas and snacks from Jeju Island.
Banned Books Week
September 27 - October 3, 2020

Below are the answers to last week's Banned Books Week Trivia Challenge. How many were you able to answer correctly?

1. This author won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Novel Prize for Literature for his works. However, his Pulitzer prize-winning book was banned in 1939 for being vulgar. 
John Steinbeck. The banned book was Grapes of Wrath.

2. This book has been banned for a number of reasons but mostly because of its focus on magic. It had "the dubious distinction of being the most challenged book of 1999."
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

3. This book was challenged in the early 1980s for being pro-communist.  
1984 by George Orwell

4.  This book was removed from required reading lists and library shelves in one county after a parent complained that passages from the book are "filthy and inappropriate."
Toni Morrison's Song of Soloman

5. This author's books were burned outside a church in 2001 because they were said to be satanic.
J.R.R. Tolkien

6. What is the title of a famous 1953 novel about book burning and thought control?
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

7. What picture book about a bull was challenged for promoting a pacifist agenda?
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

8. A classic picture book written by which author has been challenged for being "too dark," having witchcraft, and supernatural elements.
Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are
The Maryland STEM Festival Highlights Manufacturing and Design During
Sixth Annual Celebration
October 2 - November 1

The 2020 Maryland STEM Festival has announced their annual statewide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics which begins Friday, Oct. 2 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 1. The Festival will highlight Manufacturing and Design and feature nearly 200 virtual events. All Festival events will be conducted on either Zoom or Facebook and encourage direct interaction with the host. A compete list of events is available at

Several exciting Festival events include:
STEM Comedy Show Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.: Kasha Patel, Comedian and NASA Digital Storyteller takes us though a humorous night about our relationships with Robots.
STEM College Careers (Bilingual), Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. and STEM Post High School Careers (Bilingual) Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.: Spanish/English discussion on careers in STEM, Manufacturing and more to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Rocket to Venus Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 pm. Learn about a Baltimore man who tried to launch a rocket to Venus in the 1920’s and the effort to find the actual rocket.
STEM of Many Colors, Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.: A diverse panel of professionals will discuss why STEM is key to economic success.
Middle School Girl STEM Empowerment Program Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.: A contingent of STEM Women discuss their careers and encourage Middle Schools to follow a STEM path.
Maryland Manufacturers against COVID 19 Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.: Hear stories highlighting ways Maryland manufacturing stakeholders are working to provide products, services or resources for healthcare workers, hospitals, manufacturing facilities and others in the fight against COVID-19.
Virtual STEM Parade, Sunday, Nov 1 at 11 a.m.: Show your love of STEM with a 10-second video and email it to event organizers; watch the parade on our Facebook page.

The Maryland STEM Festival encourages all students, regardless of age, background and experience to take a greater interest in STEM with the hope they will pursue a STEM related/focused career. Maryland is one the few states in the nation to have a state-wide STEM or Science Festival. Events are open to the public, free of charge, family oriented, and FUN!
Fall Reading Challenge
October 1 - 31
Ages birth to 18
  • Register at or use the free app Beanstack Tracker.
  • Read or listen to a book every day in October.
  • Log the days you read in Beanstack.
  • Enter to win a gift certificate for Amazon or Crackerjacks!
Young Adult Writer's Live with Tehlor Kay Mejia (Hispanic Heritage Month)
Friday, Oct 2, 5 p.m.
An Enoch Pratt Free Library Program

This Hispanic Heritage edition of Young Adult Writers Live! features Tehlor Kay Mejia, author of We Set the Dark on Fire, her debut novel. It received six starred reviews and was chosen as an Indie’s Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection, as well as being an IndieBound bestseller in the Pacific Northwest region. It was featured in Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and Oprah Magazine’s best books of 2019 lists, as well as being a book of the year selection by Kirkus and School Library Journal. Register here.
His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope
Tuesday, October 6, 7 p.m.
An Enoch Pratt Free Library Event

Author Jon Meacham will be talking about his new biography about John Lewis. Meacham calls Lewis “as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first-century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the Republic itself in the eighteenth century.” Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer. The author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Franklin and Winston, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, and The Soul of America. He is a contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, a contributing editor to Time, and a fellow of the Society of American Historians. Register here.
Brown Lecture Series: Kenyatta Berry in conversation with Jackie Copeland
Thursday, October 8, 7 p.m.
An Enoch Pratt Free Library Event

Kenyatta Berry will be in conversation with David Taft Terry, assistant professor of history at Morgan State University, about her work and contributions to the groundbreaking 1619 Project published by the New York Times. She was the 2019 Honorary Chair for Preservation Week and named a “Newsmaker” in American Libraries magazine. Her knowledge in the areas of African American Genealogy, Enslaved Ancestral Research and DNA has made her an invaluable “go to” source for information from all parts of the world. Berry's TV host job on Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) generated enormous buzz surrounding her insight, understanding and expertise by colleagues, genealogy organizations, media and supporters alike. Learn more and register here.

Power Up with Online Safety
Wednesday, Oct 7, 7 p.m.

Talbot County Free Library is partnering with Howard County Library System to offer a three-part Digital Wellness Series presented by Denise DeRosa, founder of Cyber Sensible. This session is for ages 6-11. Learn more and register.

Preschool Story Time
Thursdays, October 8, 15, 22, & 29
Tuesdays, October 13, 20, & 27
TCFL Facebook LIVE, 10 a.m.
Stories, Songs and Rhymes for families with children ages birth to 5
The Library Guy Interviews Celeste-Marie Bernier on Frederick Douglass’s Family

In honor of Frederick Douglass Day, Library Guy Bill Peak, in partnership with The Talbot Spy, interviewed Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier, Professor of United States and Atlantic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and a world-renowned Frederick Douglass scholar. Peak speaks with her about her latest book, If I Survive, and the remarkable Walter O. Evans archive of Frederick Douglass Family correspondence and art it chronicles, including letters home from Lewis Henry Douglass, who fought with the illustrious 54th Massachusetts at Fort Wagner. View their discussion at The Talbot Spy.
hoopla Book Club Hub
Quarterly Picks & Resources
Each quarter, Hoopla Book Club Hub releases a new Spotlight Selection title, along with materials including a discussion guide and exclusive author interview to help you get the most out of your book club. They also curate an additional eight recommended titles to meet the diverse interests of any group. Your next great book club pick is here...

Q4 Spotlight Selection
The Fixed Stars: A Memoir
by Molly Wizenberg

From a bestselling memoirist, a thoughtful and provocative story of changing identity, complex sexuality, and enduring family relationships. At age 36, while serving on a jury, author Molly Wizenberg found herself drawn to a female attorney she hardly knew. Married to a man for nearly a decade and mother to a toddler, Wizenberg tried to return to her life as she knew it, but something inside her had changed irredeemably. Instead, she would discover that the trajectory of our lives is rarely as smooth or as logical as we'd like to believe.
Click here to read more and to reserve the book for your next book club read.

No holds. No waiting. No kidding!
With every title on hoopla available instantly, with no holds, no waiting, and no late fees, book clubs of all sizes will love being able to access their title on hoopla all at the same time. Everyone can start reading or listening right away, simultaneously, with their choice of eBook or audiobook!
Book Discussion Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens
Mon, Oct 19, 6:30 p.m.

Mark your calendar and join the Easton Book Group (open to all) to discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens via Zoom. To participate, please see the event listing on our website calendar at
Vote for "Edgar Allen Crow"
in Discover Easton's Scarecrow Decorating Contest

The Easton branch of the library is participating in Discover Easton's Scarecrow Decorating Contest with our very original Edgar Allen Crow. Voting begins October 2nd and runs through November 15. For more details, a scarecrow map, and to vote for the library, click here!
Thursday, October 1 - Sunday, October 4, 2020
Four Days. 46 Films. FREE!

Don’t miss this year’s Chesapeake Film Festival coming to you 24/7, wherever you may be! There is NO registration for this free event, just go to and click on the button to enter the festival.
Your Vote Counts!
Monday, Oct. 5th &Tuesday, Oct. 6th
9 a.m. - noon

Talbot County Board of Elections volunteers will have a table at the front entrance of the Easton library to answer questions about voter registration and the upcoming Presidential election.

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