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
Talbot County Free Library |
Due to the rise in COVID cases across the Eastern Shore, both branches of the library will temporarily close to inside visits and return to the Books-to-Go Service beginning Monday, November 30, 2020.

According to Executive Director Dana Newman the Library is changing its service model temporarily to keep patrons and staff safe during the current COVID-19 surge. “We are working closely with the Talbot County Health Department and following guidance on safe practices,” said Newman.

Book drops will stay open at both locations and returned items will continue to be quarantined for seven days and will remain on the patron’s library card until checked-in. No fines will be charged while items are in quarantine. The library is not taking any book donations until further notice.

Through Books-to-Go, patrons will be able to reserve materials through the online catalog and will be able to reserve a time to pick them up. Chromebooks or WiFi hotspots are not available for checkout at this time. Patrons will be notified via email or phone when their items are ready to be picked up. Once notified that holds are available for pickup, patrons should call or email the library to make arrangements to pick up their holds. “Although, for the safety of the community, we have to close our buildings to visits again, we are pleased to still be able to offer books and DVDs for our patrons’ enjoyment,” said Newman. Specific details on how the program will work are available on the library’s website. Staff will answer the phone at both branches during limited hours Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-noon and 2-5 p.m. and on Monday and Thursday from 10-noon and 3-7 p.m. Wi-Fi is available around the clock outside both the Easton and St. Michaels branches.
“We plan to reopen the buildings to inside visits to the public as soon as it is deemed safe for both our patrons and staff,” said Newman. “In the meantime, there continues to be a host of free eResources and virtual programs available for everyone to enjoy on the library’s website. If you don’t already have a library card, you can easily get a temporary card online at”

For more information, email or call 410-822-1626.
View Update on COVID-19 with Dr. Fredia Wadley,
Talbot County Health Officer

With the recent uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases in Maryland and other states, Dr. Fredia Wadley, Health Officer for Talbot County, talked via Zoom with "Library Guy" Bill Peak on November 19 to relay the latest information about the coronavirus and the progress on vaccine development. Learn what it means to “flatten the curve,” recommendations for holiday and travel safety, how to protect yourself and others, and what is being done locally to combat the virus and prepare for vaccine distribution. 
Check out Interview with National Book Award-Winner
Alice McDermott
Bill Peak, Talbot County’s “library guy,” recently interviewed Alice McDermott, who has been called “the Virginia Woolf of American letters.” Alice McDermott’s eighth and most recent novel, The Ninth Hour, made it to the Best Books of 2017 lists of The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine, among others. Her seventh novel, Someone, was long-listed for the National Book Award. Three of her previous novels, After ThisAt Weddings and Wakes, and That Night were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.  Charming Billy won the National Book Award.  That Night was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Peak’s interview is part of a partnership between the Talbot County Free Library and The Talbot Spy to introduce area readers to the poets and writers behind some of our country’s best literature. Watch this and other engaging Bill Peak author interviews here.
Entertaining on a Budget
December 2, 6-7p.m.
A Worcester County Library Event 

Entertaining at its finest does not mean spending a lot of money. We will review entertaining and cooking tips that will elevate your festivities. Though this year might look different, and events may be smaller, we can still find ways to celebrate all the upcoming holidays and a new year. Please note that registration ends 3 hours before the program begins.
Denise Williams & How to Fail at Flirting
December 3, 7 p.m.
A Howard County Library System Program
Register here.

Author Denise Williams discusses her highly anticipated debut novel, How to Fail at Flirting, the story of how one daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.  Williams also discusses the importance of representation in romance, her approach to writing, and why romance is a genre with endless opportunities to inspire hope.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 7, 6 p.m.
A Worcester County Library Event
Register here.

Professor of History at Salisbury University Dr. Dean Kotlowski leads a lecture and discussion about Pearl Harbor as we commemorate and honor the men and women lost in this attack.
Build your LinkedIn and Social Media Profile
December 9, 3 p.m.
A Howard County Library System Program
Register here.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 80% of jobs are never posted anywhere, but instead come from connections between people. LinkedIn can give you an advantage. Learn how to build your profile, use the advanced features of the site, and build a professional network and online image. Presented by Rachel Bachman, M.Ed. - Rachel has over six years of career counseling and coaching experience in higher education. She currently serves as a Career Specialist in the Career Center at UMBC.
WW IITunes
December 9, 7 p.m.
A Worcester County Library Event
Register here.

Frank Nanna and the WW IIunes will celebrate America of the 1940s. Join us for a swinging good time! Registration ends three hours before the program begins.
Ukelele Serenade
December 14, 10 a.m. – noon

Suzanne Sanders and Jonathan Williams welcome the holidays, playing festive seasonal tunes in the library lobby. 
Wine Making 101
December 15, 6 p.m.
A Worcester County Library Event
Register here.

Brews Up wine making experience, with a holiday twist. Explore the ease of making your own personalized wine in the comfort of your home. The complete process of making, fermenting, and bottling will be conducted live for hands on questions. Brews Up supports wine Expert Kits and we will pour a few of our favorites to discuss.
It's a Wonderful Lecture with Dustin Pari
December 16, 7 p.m.
A Worcester County Library Event
Register here.

Taking a look at the beloved classic It’s a Wonderful Life, Dustin uses quotes, scenes, and characters from the movie as he weaves a tale of commonality and humanity that brings us all together in love, kindness, and harmony. Hear the tale and feel the struggle of George Bailey, because his issues are our issues. We all walk through this human experience together, feeling the ripple of the lives of those around us.
Cabin Fever Film Festival

The Chesapeake Film Festival and the Talbot County Free Library are co-sponsoring the Cabin Fever Film Festival starting in December 2020. When you’re stuck at home due to the pandemic and you have the winter blahs, take a break and enjoy a rare cinematic gem and Zoom discussion afterward.

All films are free and can be found on YouTube. You can watch the film whenever is convenient and then join us in a Zoom discussion about the movie.
The Magic of Belle Isle
Rob Reiner’s The Magic of Belle Isle is a warmly funny drama that the whole family can enjoy. Morgan Freeman plays an author whose drinking has sapped his will to write. Beaten down, he moves to a remote village in an effort to regain his strength and rediscover his passion for words. There, he meets a single mother with three children who becomes his muse, inspiring him to rejuvenate his life and his work.
Watch the film for FREE here:
Wednesday, December 16, 7 p.m. Zoom discussion:
This Beautiful Fantastic
Set against the backdrop of a beautiful London garden, this contemporary fairy tale centers on the unlikely friendship between a reclusive young woman who dreams of writing children’s books and a cranky widower. Facing eviction over her neglected garden, Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay) meets her grumpy, loveless, next-door neighbor (Tom Wilkinson), who happens to be an amazing horticulturalist. You can watch the film for FREE here:
Wednesday, January 13, 7 p.m. Zoom Discussion:
Mr. Church
Mr. Church, starring Eddie Murphy, tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook – Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six-month arrangement instead spans fifteen years and creates a family bond that lasts forever. You can watch the film for FREE here:
Wednesday, March 24, 7 p.m. Zoom discussion:
The Zoom discussions will be led by the Chesapeake Film Festival Director Cid Collins Walker and Executive Director Nancy Tabor. Come prepared to have a fun and insightful time! For more information about the Cabin Fever Film Festival, contact Executive Director of the CFF, Nancy Tabor, at
Story time
Tuesdays, Dec. 8, 15, 22 – 10 a.m.
Thursdays, Dec. 10, 17 – 10 a.m.
Stories, songs and rhymes for families with young children.

Mindful Start Kids Yoga
Thursday, December 3, 10 a.m.
Check out past programs here.
Mindful movement for young children.

Teen Journaling via Zoom
Wednesdays, December 2 and 16, 1 p.m.
Register here.
Aesop's Fables
December 5, 10 a.m.
A Prince George’s Community College Center for Performing Arts Program
Register here.

These fables from the legendary Greek storyteller, Aesop, have been delighting young and old alike for thousands of years, and they still have a message for us today. Perfect for younger audiences (pre-K – grade 5), these classic tales entertain but also share a strong message about treating others fairly. 
Latinx KidLit Book Festival
December 4-5 via Facebook LIVE

The Latinx KidLit Book Festival is a virtual celebration of Latinx KidLit authors, illustrators, and books for all readers and educators. The festival will open its virtual doors from December 4-5, 2020, and present two free days of keynote sessions, Q&A events, and panels with your favorite Latinx authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novel, and poetry. The sessions are geared towards readers and educators everywhere. To learn more, click here.
Fall Art Sale

Come check out the library's fall art sale! Affordable art for your home or as a holiday gift available for $5, $10, and $15. On display in the lobby at the Easton branch.
Since 2003, the Talbot Young Professionals have partnered with the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program to help make the holiday season memorable for children in our community. TYP is accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys from now until
December 14 at more than 60 locations throughout Talbot County, including the library.

Drive-Through Drop Off Events
Bring your new, unwrapped toys to these locations for touch-free donations:
Saturday, November 28, noon - 2 p.m.
HobbyTown USA
106 Marlboro Avenue, Easton

Saturday, December 5, noon - 2 p.m.
Easton Utilities
201 N. Washington St., Easton

Saturday, December 12, 2 - 4 p.m
Koons Toyota Easton
6730 Ocean Gateway, Easton
Easton Rotary Holds Food Drive
in Memory of Lord Scott

During the months of November and December, the Rotary Club of Easton will be collecting non-perishable food items in memory of Lord Scott who did so much for our community with "Operation Christmas Spirit" at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department beginning in the 1970s. The Easton branch of TCFL has a bin for convenient drop-off of non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Neighborhood Service Center. Other drop-off locations include Easton Family YMCA, Mid-Atlantic Tire Pros, Provident State Bank, Shore United Bank, Easton Fit4Life, and the Star Democrat Offices. The list of non-perishable items includes:
Canned fish, such as salmon, tuna and sardines
Canned meats, such as chicken and turkey
Whole grains, such as quinoa and spelt
Rice (brown, wild)
Steel-cut or rolled oats
Whole grain dry cereals with at least 5 grams fiber/serving
Whole grain pastas, such as whole wheat, brown rice flour or quinoa
Fruits in natural juice with no sugar added
Canned vegetables, low salt or no added salt
Canned fruit packed in water
Canned or boxed low-sodium soups and stews
Dried or canned legumes, such as peas, lentils, peanuts and beans
Pureed foods, such as sweet potato, pumpkin and applesauce
Low-fat dry or shelf-stable milk
Nut butters including peanut, almond, walnut
Click here to access the CARES Individual Assistance Program Application.
Non or limited English speaking individuals or immigrant families in need of
application support can contact the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center
at 1-877-77-AYUDA (1-877-772-9832) for assistance.
Click here to download the CARES Childcare Verification form
to be completed by a licensed child care provider.
Non or limited English speaking individuals or immigrant families in need of
application support can contact the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center
at 1-877-77-AYUDA (1-877-772-9832) for assistance.