Important Library & Community Resources
LIBRARY HOURS
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
Check Out These Back-to-School Resources!
Brainfuse Tutoring Resource

Brainfuse ensures that students, adult learners, and job-seekers have access to a personalized, all-in-one learning experience. They work with live tutors, collaborate with peers, and study on their own. Users decide how they want to acquire a skill or grasp a concept, and Brainfuse gives them the tools to master it. They also have online homework help every day from 2 – 11 p.m., all accessible with your library card. Parents and college students can even get help filling out the FAFSA form!

To access, click here, scroll down to A-Z, and look for Brainfuse.
BookFlix

BookFlix is an exciting online literacy resource that pairs interactive, fictional video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. BookFlix engages young students, reinforces reading skills, and introduces early readers to a world of knowledge and exploration. Using interactive, animated versions of classic storybooks, BookFlix motivates beginning readers, reluctant readers, and English language learners. Each video storybook is paired with a related nonfiction eBook which introduces real-world facts, builds subject-area knowledge, and a curiosity about the world. Mouse-over definitions increase students’ vocabularies by defining key subject-area words. Children can read the eBook independently or listen to a narrated version while each word is displayed on the screen. Each book pair includes engaging activities to reinforce skills and resources to support implementation. Interactive games provide the opportunity to practice new reading skills like vocabulary and comprehension. Detailed lesson plans with learning objectives, web links, and activities make implementation easy in any setting.

To access, click here, scroll down to A-Z, and look for BookFlix.
Fine Free Library Cards for Teachers

The Talbot County Free Library is an essential resource for area teachers. Without fear of fines, teachers can create temporary classroom collections and encourage the reading skills that are so necessary to be successful in today’s world. 

Only educators who work in Talbot County are eligible for the Talbot County Free Library’s fine-free teacher cards including public and private school teachers, media specialists/librarians, licensed child care providers, and home-school parents and guardians residing in Talbot County. 

Applicants for a teacher’s card must provide a driver’s license or other valid form of identification that verifies their current home address, as well as proof of their current teaching assignment. Acceptable proof of a current teaching assignment will include: a teacher’s work ID with a pay stub issued in the last 60-days; a letter on school or daycare letterhead (signed by the principal of the school or the owner of the daycare) that lists dates and details of the teacher’s assignment; a current State of Maryland Child Care Certificate (for licensed daycare providers); or written verification from Talbot County Public Schools of home-schooling status. 
September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

In recognition of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, we'd like to hear your stories of how the library has helped you (during quarantine or before) in a particular time of need or made a difference in your life. Email your story to contactpublicrelations@tcfl.org and let us know if we can share your story on Facebook and in our next eblast (anonymously or not). Thanks for sharing your love for libraries and encouraging everyone in our community to get their own card.
Message From a Library Patron:

My 95 year old mother, Roberta, is a proud owner of the Talbot County Free Library card. When she moved to Easton several years ago she said it didn’t feel like home until she got one! She is a prolific reader now, after working forty years on her feet as a Labor and Delivery nurse when time wouldn’t allow her to read.

Roberta has read various genres in her younger years. Macular degeneration has her reading in large print and the subjects of choice are now more mysteries and romance. "With romance," Roberta says, “ you just know those kind of stories are going to turn out right in the end!”

I, her daughter and fellow card holder, request twelve books every two weeks that come from various branches of our library system. Roberta “inhales them” as I like to say, and enjoys them thoroughly.

Kudos to the Free Talbot Library for making my mother’s quality of life flourish and reading wishes come true.
EHS Interactive Media Pathway Exhibit on Display at Library

The Easton High School Interactive Media Production Career and Technology Pathway will be showcasing student animations, films, illustrations, and design work at the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library through the end of December.

This is the fourth year the library has partnered with Easton High School to host an exhibition of student work from the Interactive Media Pathway, which focuses on the skills of graphic design, illustration, film, animation, and web media. This year’s showcase will feature the diverse talents of the following thirteen students who completed the rigorous Interactive Media Pathway this year:

Katelyn Allen, Brianna Friedman, David Gardner, Julia Hammons, Nicholas Hanes, Matthew Herron, Riley Jones, Natalie Joseph, Gary Magill, Analee Maldonado Cruz, Galen Marquess, Sarah Mooney, and Toni’sia Seth. The image above, AMP 2020, is the work of Sarah Mooney.

According to EHS teacher Garnette Hines, much of the work on display was created during the challenge of the 2020 spring semester and is a testament to the student’s dedication, resiliency, and creative spirit.
Congratulations to the winners of our Summer Reading Program: Imagine Your Story, and thank you to all who participated!

You'll get another chance to participate in the upcoming Fall Reading Challenge: Stack 'Em Up beginning October 1 - 31. Register on Beanstack or download the Beanstack app to your device. Read or listen to a book every day for chances to win a gift certificate of your choice for either Amazon or Crackerjacks Toys & Children's Books!
Find Us On Instagram!

Intern Maya Rogalski, a junior English major at St. Mary's College of Maryland, is helping beef up the library's social media presence by creating and maintaining an Instagram account. Follow us at #talbotcountyfreelibrary!

Maya is a native of Talbot County, is president of the Creative Writing Club, and a member of the women's rugby team. She will be working with us through the fall semester.

Welcome, Maya, and thanks for sharing your time and talents with us!
Deep South Dispatch Discussion
September 24, 7 p.m.

Local author Anne Farris Rosen will discuss via Zoom 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” on September 24.

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.
After a three-minute video about the book, Denice Lombard, a local racial justice activist, will interview Farris Rosen, with a Q&A discussion following. 

Through the experiences of her father, Farris Rosen will draw out lessons from the civil rights movement and the role of the press relevant to the movement for racial justice today. She will also tell the story of her father’s poignant reunion with John Lewis in Washington, D.C. 50 years after the Selma march.  

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 celebratereading@tcfl.org. Participants will receive a confirmation email including a Zoom invitation which will allow access to the program. 
Friends of the Library at Farmer's Market

Friends of the Talbot County Free Library will be at the Farmer's Market Saturday, September 12, handing out free books! Stop by and say hello and pick up a book. If you miss them this weekend, they'll be back September 26 and again in October and November on dates to be announced.

The Friends of the Talbot County Free Library are our #1 ambassadors and an important source of funding for the library. They help provide materials and programming such as the Chesapeake Children's Book Festival, books, and so much more through their annual book sale and other fundraisers. For more information about the Friends of the Talbot County Free Library and how to join or support their efforts, click here.
National Voter Registration Day September 22

On September 22, 2020, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a massive cross-country effort to register voters in advance of Election Day this November. With a historic presidential election approaching, every eligible American voter should exercise his or her right to be heard at the ballot box, and National Voter Registration Day is the right day to start by getting registered. 

Don't procrastinate and find yourself unable to vote because you miss a registration deadline, didn't update your registration, or aren’t sure how to register. Everyone should take advantage of the opportunity to vote, so act now!

Maryland voters can register online by clicking here.
Talbot County Continues to Accept Applications for CARES
Individual Assistance Program, Cash Assistance, and Food Assistance

Talbot County Department of Social Services continues to accept applications for the county’s CARES Individual Assistance Program. These funds are available to anyone living in Talbot County who has experienced a loss of wages due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and needs help with rent, mortgage, or other housing costs, utilities, or other emergency needs. The Department also provides emergency Cash Assistance and Food Assistance to eligible individuals and families.

Applications for all three programs are available by calling 410-770-4848. Press 1 for services in Spanish. Press 4 for Emergency Cash Assistance. Press 5 for CARES Individual Assistance. Press 6 for Food Assistance. Individuals can also visit talbotcovid19.org for information about how to apply.
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