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
Banned Books Week
September 27 - October 3, 2020

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular." - From Banned and Challenged Books, a website of the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom. Read more about Banned Books Week at

CELEBRATE BANNED BOOKS WEEK with a little bit of trivia centered around censorship. Check out next Friday's eblast and Facebook for the answers!

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. 

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."

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

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."

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

6. What is the title of a famous 1953 novel about book burning and thought control?

7. What picture book about a bull was challenged for promoting a pacifist agenda?

8. A classic picture book written by which author has been challenged for being "too dark," having witchcraft, and supernatural elements.
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!
Frederick Douglass Day
September 26, 2020, 10 a.m.

The Frederick Douglass Honor Society together with the Talbot County Free Library, the Town of Easton, and the Talbot County Government, present a virtual celebration of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass on Saturday, September 26, 2020.

For a schedule of the day's events click here.
The entire presentation will be live streamed on Facebook or at
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:
Preschool Story Time
Tuesdays, Sept. 29, October 13, 20, & 27
Thursdays, October 8, 15, 22, & 29
TCFL Facebook LIVE, 10 a.m.
Stories, Songs and Rhymes for families with children ages birth to 5
Mindful Start Kids Yoga
Thursday, Oct 1, 10 a.m.  
Mindful movement for young children. Recommended for families with children under age 5.

Teen Journaling
Thursday, Oct 1, 1 - 1:30 p.m., via Zoom
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 at
When Dating Hurts by Bill Mitchell
October 1, 7-8 p.m.
A Howard County Library System Program

In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, hear author Bill Mitchell speak passionately about the need to educate young adults and parents about the warning signs and dangerous consequences of dating violence. Click here to learn more about this program and to register.
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.
One Maryland One Book Author Lisa See
The Island of Sea Women
October 5, 7 p.m.

Best-selling author Lisa See will make a virtual tour stop on October 5th to discuss her book The Island of Sea Women, this year's One Maryland One Book selection. Register here to receive the virtual event link. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a set of teas and snacks from Jeju Island.

If you haven't had a chance to read the book, there's still time. Reserve your copy now!
Digital Wellness Series

Talbot County Public Library is partnering with Howard County Library System to offer a three-part Digital Wellness Series presented by Denise DeRosa, founder of Cyber Sensible. One session is for parents, one is for kids, and one for tweens and teens. Click on the titles below for more information and to register.

Halloween Activities

Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading COVID-19. There are lots of safer, alternative ways to participate in the festivities of the season. As you plan ahead for the upcoming kids favorite holiday, check out this CDC list of low, moderate, and high risk Halloween activities to keep your family safe this Halloween.

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