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
In observance of Labor Day, the Library will be closed Monday, September 7, 2020.
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 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.
As part of our efforts to support the Talbot Goes Purple initiative, the library will offer purple library cards in September to all new applicants while supplies last. As always, there is no charge for getting your first library card. It is absolutely free!
Addiction Awareness Teen Fiction Reads @ TCFL

Clean by Amy Reed
Clean follows Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva - a group of teens with addiction problems living in a rehab facility.

DJ Rising by Love Maia
Marley's dreams of becoming a DJ have always seemed impossible - he's so busy trying to keep up his grades for his scholarship and taking care of his addict mom that he doesn't have time for much else. Then, Marley is given the chance of a lifetime...just as things at home come crashing down around him. Now he'll have to decide between chasing his dream and loyalty to his family... 

Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
All of Mick's dreams center around being star on the football field. So when he discovers steroids that could give him that extra push, he jumps in without thinking of the consequences...

Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich by Alice Childress
Told from the perspective of his family, friends, teachers, and even his dealers, this book follows Benjie, a 13 year old heroin addict who refuses to admit he's addicted and needs help.

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
When Mickey is injured just before softball season, the only thing that can get her back to playing in time is painkillers. But the more she uses her prescription, the more dependent she becomes on the drugs until she struggles to imagine life without them...

Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
Birdie has always worked hard to be the perfect daughter. But when she falls for a boy with a troubled past and starts developing a relationship with her aunt who has been in and out of rehab, she begins to realize that there is no such thing as perfect.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dressen
Sydney has always lived in her perfect older brother's shadow. But when his addictions come to light and he seriously injures another boy while driving drunk, Sydney's whole life is turned upside down.

Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn
Kira's dad is an alcoholic. When he returns from rehab clean and sober, Kira gets to work trying to make everything in her life the same as it was before. But then she starts to realize that maybe her dad's alcoholism isn't the only thing worth leaving in the past...
Keeping Things Clean and Safe

When the library closes at noon, our staff are busy cleaning high touch surfaces to make sure we keep patrons as safe as possible. Following new safety guidelines, all door handles and light switches are wiped down with disinfectant wipes. We wipe down all table surfaces with an alcohol-based cleaner, and all computer keyboards and mice are disinfected. Staff are also cleaning tables, keyboards, and mice frequently throughout patron visitations times. We hope these cleaning efforts will make our patrons feel comfortable visiting the library.
Next Week's Programming


Kids Writers LIVE! with Susan Muaddi Darraj
Saturday, September 12, 2 p.m.
An Enoch Pratt Free Library Program

Meet the author of Farah Rocks, the exciting new book series from Capstone, featuring a Palestinian American character -- the brave, funny, and smart Farah Hajjar. Farah has a large rock collection, so gather some rocks from your yard and some paint, and join author Susan Muaddi Darraj in a rock painting activity while she reads from her book. Register HERE.

Writers LIVE! Ellis Cose, Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America
Wednesday, September 9, 7 p.m.
An Enoch Pratt Free Library Program
Ellis Cose is a former columnist for Newsweek, chairman of the editorial board of the New York Daily News, contributor and critic for Time, and columnist for USA Today. He will talk about the role of the ACLU from World War I to today, chronicling the ACLU’s role through the horrors of 9/11, the saga of Edward Snowden, and the phenomenon of Donald Trump. For more details and to register visit CLICK HERE. Also broadcast live at

Interview with Author Fredrick Backman
A Maryland Humanities Program
Thursday, September 10, 5 p.m.
New York Times best-selling author of A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman, will be live on Zoom to discuss his latest book, Anxious People. In Anxious People, Backman drops us into the world of a failed bank robber and the disparate group of strangers who become unwitting hostages, offering up unforgettable insights into the human condition and a gentle reminder to be compassionate to all the anxious people we encounter every day.
For more information and to register CLICK HERE.
Celebrating Ray Bradbury's 100th Birthday, August 22, 2020

I am a librarian. I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library. Before I fell in love with libraries, I was just a six-year-old boy. The library fueled all of my curiosities, from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt. When I graduated from high school in 1938, I began going to the library three nights a week. I did this every week for almost ten years and finally, in 1947, around the time I got married, I figured I was done. So I graduated from the library when I was twenty-seven. I discovered that the library is the real school. - Ray Bradbury

Help celebrate his 100th birthday by checking out a Bradbury classic.
Articles Available Online to Library Cardholders

Check out these simple instructions to access articles from
The Star Democrat and Consumer Reports:

1.    Go to
2.    Click on Find > eResources.
3.    Click on Newsbank – Local Papers of Delmarva.
4.    Enter your Library Card Number and click Go.
5.    Scroll down toward the bottom of the page and look on the right hand side for a blue button labeled Star Democrat and Sunday Star. Click to search or browse archives of the local paper (2005-Current).
1.    Go to
2.    Click on Find > eResources.
3.    Click on MasterFILE Premier.
4.    Enter your Library Card Number if prompted for Patron ID and click Sign In.
5.    Click Publications in the upper left hand corner.
6.    Skip the search box at the top of the page and enter “Consumer Reports” in the box labeled “Browsing: MasterFILE Premier -- Publications.” Click Browse.
7.    Click on Consumer Reports for full text articles from the monthly magazine (1991-Present), or Consumer Reports Buying Guide for Articles and Ratings from the Annual Buying Guide (1999-Present).
8.    To browse by issue, click the dates and volume numbers of interest under “All Issues” on the right hand side of the page. To search all articles by keyword, regardless of date or issue, click Search Within This Publication on the left hand side of the page.
Parents’ Back to School Backpack

A Parent’s Guide to Virtual Learning: 4 Actions to Improve Your Child’s Experience with Online Learning – designed to help parents with student who are entitled to specialized instructional services.

WideOpenSchool for parents (powered by Common Sense Media) – resources include, but not limited to: Back to school guides, daily schedules, content area activities and lessons, virtual field trips, etc.

Tips for Setting Up an At- Home Learning Environment for Young Children - a list of strategies that support all learners as you set-up an at-home learning environment for your students

How do I best support my child while learning at home – tips for parents to support their student’s learning shared by Baltimore County Public Schools.

Parent Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning – Help parents and caregivers keep focused, interested, and balanced while learning from home.
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 accesible with your library card. Parents and college students can even get help filling out the FAFSA form!

Click here, scroll down to A-Z, and look for Brainfuse.
Click the image above for a list of job opportunities available in Talbot County.
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