Important Library & Community Resources
Monday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – noon & 3 – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 a.m. - noon & 2 – 5 p.m.
Closed mid-day for cleaning
Easton: 410-822-1626 | St. Michaels: 410-745-5877
Talbot County Free Library | www.tcfl.org
EASTON BRANCH TO REOPEN MONDAY, APRIL 5
ST. MICHAELS TO REOPEN MONDAY, APRIL 12
To celebrate reopening and National Library Week, the staff will offer free books
and will take entries for several gift cards to be drawn at 4 p.m. on
Wednesday, April 7, which is National Library Outreach Day.
Just in time for National Library Week, the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library has reopened its doors to the public with limited hours and services and at a reduced occupancy limit. The St. Michaels branch will open Monday, April 12.
 
Patrons are invited to pick out items, use the self-checkout stations, access public computers, and ask quick account and information questions. New books and DVD displays are located near the entrance so that patrons can easily grab something and be on their way. To provide the best visiting experience for everyone, library patrons are asked to read the reopening FAQ which can be found here.
 
  • Visits are limited to a maximum of one hour a day.
  • Public computer use is limited to a maximum of two hours a day.
  • Maximum occupancy for the Easton branch is 27 and for St. Michaels is 8.
  • Wi-Fi is available both inside and outside the buildings with no time limits for use.
  • Masks and social distancing are required.
Dear Library Patron,
 
We need your help now with advocacy for the renovation and expansion of the St. Michaels Library which is a treasure to its community.
The County Council is currently deliberating over the budget for the county, INCLUDING THE PLANNED EXPANSION AND
RENOVATION OF THE ST. MICHAELS LIBRARY.
Click here for more information and to learn how you can help!
Friends to Hold Online Auction May 1 - 8
to Benefit St. Michaels Expansion
Proudly Sponsored by Shore United Bank

A bushel of crabs …a New England clam bake…..a Miles River cruise …an original Mary Ford painting to reflect love of our library! All these items, and dozens more will be up for bid as the Council of the Friends of the Talbot County Free Library launches its first-ever online auction to raise funds for new furniture and library materials for the St. Michaels branch expansion and renovation.
Thanks to sponsorship by Shore United Bank, the Friends auction will feature a wide range of items to tempt even the most discriminating bidder! Merchants, restaurants, clubs, and individuals have donated everything from a round of golf (with carts) at Hog Neck to fantastic gift baskets from local merchants.
  
The auction begins May 1 at 10 a.m., the first day of the month-long Friends Membership drive. In fact, new and renewing members will be able to add their membership dues and donations on the auction site. An auction preview and instructions on how to pre-register will be announced April 25 via email and the tcfl.org website, as well as the Friends Facebook page. The auction will close Saturday May 8 at noon. Auction items will be available for pick-up at the Easton Library Monday, May 10, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Shipping is available through Pixel Print & Post.

If you're interested in donating an item for the auction,
click here to download a donation form.
Spring Art Sale

Come check out the library's spring art sale! Affordable art for your home or as a gift available for $5, $10, and $15.
On display in the lobby at the Easton branch.
ADULT PROGRAMMING
Do You Know Who Has an Eye on Your Money? 
Tuesday, April 6, 6 p.m.
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program
Learn how to protect yourself from consumer scams, identity thefts and learn smart consumer purchasing decision. This virtual program is presented in partnership with the Annapolis/Anne Arundel Financial Education Coalition.
Recent Archaeological Discoveries at Maryland’s Colonial Capital
Thursday, April 8, 1 p.m.
An Enoch Pratt Free Library Event

Join us for the presentation, "Recent Archaeological Discoveries at Maryland's Colonial Capital" by Dr. Travis G. Parno, Director of Research and Collections at Historic St. Mary's City, Maryland. Presented in partnership with The Maryland State Archives and The Maryland Four Centuries Project. The presentation will also be broadcast on the Enoch Pratt Free Library Facebook page. It can be watched after the broadcast on Facebook Live.
Introduction to Safe Drone Flying 
Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m. 
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program
 
Description: Have you ever wondered if you're operating your drone legally? The world of remote piloting is still very new, and the regulations are developing all the time. Join Tim Tumelty “The AACC Drone Guy” for a free webinar to learn important basics like where to fly your drone, how to register, and other rules you need to know to be a confident recreational drone pilot. 
Coffee with a Cop! 
Friday, April 9, 8 a.m.

Join St. Michaels Police Chief Smith and fellow officers for coffee and discussion of public safety and other citizen concerns. This and future meetings will be held virtually using Zoom. So grab a cup of coffee and join in by computer or smart phone here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3264261778 
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778
Join meeting by telephone: +1 301 715 8592
US Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

You can follow the St. Michaels Police Department on Facebook and on the Town of St. Michaels website.
Meadow in the Making
Friday, April 9, 10 a.m.
A University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Program

Starting a meadow is complicated. Spring is a great time to evaluate your needs and create a plan. In this presentation, you will learn the steps required for the first year of a meadow project. Registration is free but required.
Artmaking Workshop
Sunday, April 11, 1 p.m.
A National Gallery of Art Program

Join award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Oge Mora for a collage workshop designed for all ages and abilities. Experiment with collage techniques and transform scrap paper into art. Please join the workshop with the following art supplies: various household scrap paper (like newspaper, magazines, pattern paper, colored construction paper, wrapping paper, candy wrappers, or painted paper), 2 sheets of plain paper, scissors, and a glue stick.
 
Oge Mora is a collage artist and storyteller. Her picture book Thank You, Omu! received a Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, and an Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Her second book, Saturday, won the 2020 Boston Globe—Horn Book Picture Book Award. Oge’s artwork has been applauded by the Washington PostNew York TimesWall Street Journal, and Boston Globe. She also recently made the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the arts and style category.
Writers Live - Andrew Morton
Tuesday, April 13, 7 p.m.
An Enoch Pratt Free Library Event

Andrew Morton will be in conversation with Lauren R. Silberman about his new book, Elizabeth & Margaret. Perfect for fans of The Crown, this captivating biography from a New York Times bestselling author follows Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Margaret as they navigate life in the royal spotlight.
What Is Your Plan?
Thursday, April 15, 2 p.m.
A Mid-Shore Pro Bono & TCFL Program
Join here. Passcode: 735381

Only about a quarter of Americans have completed their estate plan. Have you been putting off this important task? Well, there is no time to waste! Mid-Shore Pro Bono can provide these documents through their Life Planning For All Initiative. Join Muriel Tinkler managing owner of Tinkler Law LLC, and volunteer attorney for Mid Shore Pro Bono, to learn how to get these documents and the importance of planning ahead. Do not miss this great opportunity to have your questions answered!

Download MSPB's life planning flyer hereClick here to hear Mid-Shore Pro Bono's Managing Attorney, Meredith Girard talk about the importance of preparing for the future. View the Spanish version hereMSPB Iniciativa de Planificación de Vida.
Book Discussion: Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift
Monday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.

The Easton Book Group (open to all) discusses Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift via Zoom. To participate, please email Susan Sherman at ssherman@tcfl.org.
From Mountains to Seas 
Wednesday, April 21, 10 a.m.
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program
 
From the ancient peatlands in the western part of the state to globally rare serpentine savanna at Soldier’s Delight, Maryland is a small state with a lot to offer. Learn about 31 unique natural areas open to the public. This virtual program is presented in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 
Friends of Library at Easton Farmer's Market
Saturday, April 24, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Friends of the Talbot County Free Library will be at the Farmer's Market on the 4th Saturdays, April - June, handing out free books! Stop by and say hello and pick up a book. If you miss them in April, they'll be back May 22 and June 26.

The Friends of the Talbot County Free Library are our #1 ambassadors and an important source of funding for the library. They help provide funding for 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.
The Words We Live By
Wednesday, April 28, 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 29, 3 p.m.
Join here. (Passcode: 382949)
 
In honor of National Poetry Month, library guy Bill Peak will host a Zoom session in which participants will have the opportunity to read aloud a poem that changed, or helped guide, their lives. So that as many people as possible will have the chance to read, Bill asks that you limit your selection to a poem of no more than 400 words. 
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
Baby Beats (ages 0-5)
Friday, April 9, 10:30 am
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program
 
The Beatbox Dads are Mr. Root and Mr. Max, two Human Beatboxers from Baltimore, MD. Their Baby Beats! show features music, language, and movement, designed to engage, and elicit kinesthetic and linguistic response from young audiences and the adults that love them. 
Introduction to Safe Drone Flying for Teens (ages 11+)
Saturday, April 10, 2 p.m.
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program
 
Did you know there are rules for flying your drone outside, even on your own property? Flying a drone is fun, but there are FAA regulations you should know, and they apply to everyone. Join Tim Tumelty “The AACC Drone Guy” for a free webinar to learn important drone basics. Where can I fly my drone, how do I register a drone, and other things you need to know to be a safe recreational drone pilot. 
Preschool Story Time via Zoom - New Format!
Tuesday, April 13, 20, 27 - 10 a.m.
Thursday, April 8, 15, 22, 29 - 10 a.m.
Register here.

Stories, songs, and rhymes for families with young children.
Kids Writers Live - Carole and Jeff Boston Weatherford 
Tuesday, April 20 – 6 p.m.
An Enoch Pratt Free Library Event
 
Carole and Jeffery Boston Weatherford, the award-winning mother-son/author-illustrator team behind You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, will celebrate heroes, history, and hip hop through poetry and spoken word.
Tree Songs Puppet Show (ages 0-5)
Saturday, April 24, 10:30 a.m.
An Anne Arundel County Public Library Program
 
Jasper and his puppet friends take you on an interactive, musical adventure. Sing and dance to your favorite tree songs, while exploring preschool science. 
Teen Journaling
April 7, 1 p.m.
NO SESSION 21st
May 5 and 19, 1 p.m.
Meets via Zoom every 1st & 3rd Wednesday - 1 p.m.

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 here.
Mindful Start Kids Yoga
1st Thursday of the month: May 6, 10 a.m.

Mindful movement for young children on Facebook. Recommended for families with children under age 5. Click here for the latest (March) video! Past programs can be found here!
Earth Day Paint & Create Art Kits-to-Go Available!

Celebrate Earth Day April April 22 with a Paint & Create Kit-to-Go! Kits are available at both the Easton and St. Michaels locations while supplies last. Each kit includes enough materials for the entire family, so one per family please.

Included in each kit are non-toxic washable paints of earth colors – blue, green & brown; 2 paint brushes; 2 white plastic palettes for mixing your paints; paper plates and paper for earth paintings. You can use the paint cup rims for dipping into the paint to create circles in your painting. What else can you use to create other shapes and designs? Have fun exploring with the colors & shapes! Please use adult supervision with young children.
TCFL Chess Academy: Your Opponent's Move

Join Mr. Labala for this next lesson in the series of chess tutorials on YouTube. For prior lessons, click here.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Display

Come see what kept Friends Council Member Suzanne Sanders busy during quarantine - building a replica of the Globe Theatre...out of Legos! Macbeth is in progress on stage, Queen Elizabeth I is in the balcony, and hundreds of spectators are caught up in the show. You can peek backstage and see Shakespeare and friends. The replica is on display in the children’s section of the Easton Library. 

Suzanne also donated a collection of Shakespeare graphic novels in memory of her mother, Gloria Sanders. “Mom got me started with Shakespeare, and I wanted to thank her,” Suzanne says. “When she gave me the chance to enjoy Shakespeare, she gave me a gift that will last my whole life long."
Feedback Needed for Seed Library

If you're a Seed Library participant, we'd like to get your feedback about the program and how you use the seeds. As an incentive to complete the evaluation, 25 free seed starting kits will be offered to individuals who complete the survey (and live in Talbot County). Winners will be randomly chosen after April 23rd. Click here to complete the survey.
Free Shred Event
Wednesday, May 12, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
8694 Commerce Drive, Easton
Hosted by Eglseder Retirement Specialists
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join the Talbot County COVID19 private sector conference call on the
second and fourth Tuesday of each month at noon to get the latest
COVID-19 updates for business.
Call: 415-655-0002
Code: 471 585 551
Free Tax Prep Services Available!

IRS Free File is available online anytime. To see what Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services are available in your area click here!
Tax season has been extended to May 17th but don’t wait to file! Use IRS-sponsored Free File to file your taxes FAST and FREE. Keep your entire refund by preparing your taxes with easy to use, name-brand tax software. See if you qualify at http://irs.gov/freefile.
Get your tax refund quicker by filing online with Free File and using direct deposit. Check to make sure your account info is up-to-date and then visit the IRS for next steps: https://www.irs.gov/refunds/get-your-refund-faster-tell-irs-to-direct-deposit-your-refund-to-one-two-or-three-accounts
Tax Forms are now available
at the entrance of both branches.
Forms 1040 & 1040SR and instructions and Maryland tax books are available in the library’s vestibule Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For frequent updates from AARP Tax Aide, visit tcfl.org, call 410-822-1626, or email askus@tcfl.org.
AARP TAX-AIDE TAX PREPARATION UPDATE

No in-person appointments for AARP Tax-Aide tax preparation are currently being offered at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. The Covid-19 pandemic status in Talbot and surrounding counties prevents offering the normal in-person tax preparation service for both current and prior tax years.

Free online tax preparation options are available nationally through the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide here and the Internal Revenue Service website here.

The following AARP online tax preparation options are offered at www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide:
Option 1: Prepare your own individual tax return by downloading one of the tax software applications to a personal computer. OR
Option 2: Computer-scan your tax information for a tax-aide volunteer to prepare your returns virtually.  

There may be a separate charge for the Maryland return. For general information, call the toll-free number at 877-434-7598.

The Internal Revenue Service offers free tax preparation through its website at www.irs.gov/freefile. Software will need to downloaded from the website to prepare a return.