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
After a six-month hiatus, we are pleased to announce that patrons can once again place requests on library materials from other Eastern Shore public libraries. Interlibrary loans from other libraries in Maryland may also be requested through Marina. Start searching for your next read here, and enjoy!
Chromebooks and Kajeet WiFi hotspots are also now available to borrow. The equipment can be borrowed for one week at a time. Because of the popularity of these items, they cannot be renewed. Patrons can return the following day to check out the equipment again, if it is available. Please do not return Chromebooks or WiFi hotspots to the book drop. Please return these items to the greeter at each branch.
Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist
Thursday, September 24, 7 p.m. via Zoom

Local author Anne Farris Rosen will discuss the book she co-authored with her father, John N. Herbers, in the years before his death, Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist. Born in the South during a time of Jim Crow segregation, Herbers reported on a succession of seminal civil rights events that rocked the country, 
the world, and his own conscience. Herbers reported for United Press International (UPI) and The New York Times.

Denice Lombard, a local racial justice activist, will interview Farris Rosen, with a Q&A discussion following. Farris Rosen is an award-winning freelance journalist who splits her time between Washington, D.C. and Tilghman Island. She has worked for The New York Times, The Washington Post and the BBC. She teaches at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.  

Registration is limited and required for this program. Please register by sending your name, phone number, and email address to Participants will receive a confirmation email including a Zoom invitation which will allow access to the program. 
Author Nancy Pearl On Her New Book The Writer’s Library
September 21, 1 p.m.
Presented by HarperCollins, A Likely Story Bookstore, and Carroll County Public Library

Nancy Pearl, bestselling author, librarian, and literary critic, will be in conversation with Ted Zaleski, Carroll's own avid reader. Nancy's latest book, The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books that Changed Their Lives, is a revelatory exploration of the studies, libraries, and bookstores of today’s favorite authors—the creative artists whose imagination and sublime talent make America's literary scene the wonderful, dynamic world it is.  Watch live on
A Toast to Romance
September 22, 5 p.m.
Presented by A Likely Story Bookstore and Carroll County Public Library

Book Lovers Week continues with a panel of bestselling romance authors including, Eliza Knight (The Rebel Wears Plaid), Tessa Bailey (Tools of Engagement), Alexandra Bellefleur (Written in the Stars), Olivia Dade (Spoiler Alert), and Jenny Holiday (A Princess for Christmas). The Rebel Wears Plaid is out now and we'll be celebrating the 9/22 release of Tools of Engagement and the upcoming releases of Written in the Stars (11/10), Spoiler Alert (10/6), and A Princess for Christmas (10/13). Streamed live on with the video available the next day on YouTube. 
The Historical Geographies of Lisa See’s
The Island of Sea Women
September 28, 2 – 3 p.m.
A Worcester County Public Library Program

This talk explores the historical places and events that serve as the backdrop of Lisa See’s The Island of Sea Women. It will provide a brief overview of 20th-century Korean history, with particular focus on the Japanese colonization of Korea (1910-1945), the Jeju Uprising (1948-1949), and the Korean War (1950-1953). In doing so, it will highlight the centrality of war and memory in See’s work and, more broadly, modern Korean society. Registration closes 24 hours before the event begins. Register here:
Getting Started with Homeschooling
Links & Resources

“Getting Started With Homeschooling” was a live virtual program presented on August 20, 2020, by St. Mary’s County Library. Librarians Jill Hutchison and Catherine DiCristofaro gave a short presentation of recommended resources for families starting their first year or homeschooling, followed by a panel discussion with experienced homeschooling parents and an audience Q&A. View a recording of the event on YouTube:

Below are links shared during the librarians’ presentation:

Links to resources mentioned by the panelists:

For parents or caregivers interested in homeschooling in Talbot County, please check out:
Help TCFL Celebrate National Voter's Registration Day
on September 22, 2020

Check out one of these recommended reads on voting.

For Adults

by Mikki Kendall
A bold and gripping graphic history of the fight for women's rights. The ongoing struggle for women's rights has spanned human history, touched nearly every culture on Earth, and encompassed a wide range of issues, such as the right to vote, work, get an education, own property, exercise bodily autonomy, and beyond. Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists is a fun and fascinating graphic novel-style primer that covers the key figures and events that have advanced women's rights from antiquity to the modern era. -- Provided by the publisher.

According to conventional wisdom, American women's campaign for the vote began with the Seneca Falls convention of 1848 and ended with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. The movement was led by storied figures such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. But this women's movement was an overwhelmingly white one, and it secured the constitutional right to vote for white women, not for all women. In Vanguard, acclaimed historian Martha Jones offers a sweeping history of African American women's political lives in America, recounting how they fought for, won, and used the right to the ballot and how they fought against both racism and sexism. From 1830s Boston to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and beyond to Shirley Chisholm, Stacey Abrams, and Kamala Harris, Jones excavates the lives and work of Black women who, although in many cases suffragists, were never single-issue activists. She recounts the lives of Maria Stewart, the first American woman to speak about politics before a mixed audience of men and women; African Methodist Episcopal preacher Jarena Lee; Reconstruction-era advocate for female suffrage Frances Ellen Watkins Harper; Boston abolitionist, religious leader, and women's club organizer Eliza Ann Gardner; and other hidden figures who were pioneers for both gender and racial equality.
-- Provided by the publisher.

Relates the story of the 19th Amendment and the nearly eighty-year fight for voting rights for women, covering not only the suffragists' achievements and politics, but also the private journeys that led them to become women's champions.
For Youth

In April 1916, Nell Richardson and Alice Burke set out from New York City in a little yellow car, embarking on a bumpy, muddy, unmapped journey ten thousand miles long. They took with them a teeny typewriter, a tiny sewing machine, a wee black kitten, and a message for Americans all across the country: Votes for Women! The women's suffrage movement was in full swing, and Nell and Alice would not let anything keep them from spreading the word about equal voting rights for women. Braving blizzards, deserts, and naysayers--not to mention a whole lot of tires stuck in the mud--the two courageous friends made their way through the cities and towns of America to further their cause. One hundred years after Nell and Alice set off on their trip, Mara Rockliff revives their spirit in a lively and whimsical picture book, with exuberant illustrations by Hadley Hooper bringing their inspiring historical trek to life.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newbery Medalist Freedman presents a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights.

Why it Matters series introduces young readers to the branches of the US government, the constitution and more, while engaging them to become productive citizens. This series includes an age appropriate (grades 3-5) introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects and a robust resource section that encourages independent study. Elections are part of the foundation of our democracy. Readers learn how elections work, whether its voting on local rules or electing the President of the United States. The book also highlights why voting is so very important and how kids can become involved, even when they're still years from casting their first vote.

An updated version of an introduction to American government originally available in 1932 covers public services, local and state governments, legislation, Congress, the president, the cabinet, taxes, courts, and voting.
Resources to Prepare for the Upcoming
2020 Presidential Election

Talbot County Election Board – Information on important dates and deadlines, voter registration, polling place locator, mail-in voting, and early voting information.
Maryland State Board of Elections – Voter registration, vote by mail information, absentee ballot information. 
Thursday, October 1—Sunday, October 4, 2020
Four Days. 46 Films. FREE!
Stock up on the popcorn! The 2020 Virtual Chesapeake Film Festival is coming to you Oct. 1 (9 am EDT) – Oct. 4 (12 pm EDT), wherever you may be.

There is NO registration for this free event, just go to and click on the button to enter the festival on October 1. While participation is free, donations are appreciated.

Now in its 13th year, the Chesapeake Film Festival invites you once again to savor an explosion of cinematic flavors, including dramas, comedies, documentaries and animations. From 5-minute shorts to 90-minute features, the Festival offers something for every cinematic taste.

A full program and trailers are available at
Generous and hopeful citizens of Talbot County, in partnership with Mid-Shore Community Foundation and Dock Street Foundation, are supporting local organizations to provide food and shelter and to meet the healthcare needs of our neighbors. Please send your message of hope by donating to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation's Covid-19 Response Fund. To learn more about the Hopeful initiative and how to participate, visit
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