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
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
The library will be closed Monday, October 12, for staff training.
Test Your STEM Skills With a Mini STEM Kit

The Talbot County Free Library is celebrating the Maryland STEM Festival by offering free Mini STEM Kits created by Future Makers of Baltimore. Kits are available for pick-up in the children's area of the Easton branch on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

Choose from one of five mini STEM Kits:

Monster Mouth (grades 2-8) – Operate an imagined creature by using forces and air pressure

Straw Structures ( grades preK-8) - Connect a series of line segments with flexible rubber parts, turn lines into shapes, and expand shapes into forms.  

Art Machine – Design a system of moving parts to bring your sculpture to life.

Flying Machine (grades K-8) – Construct an invention that transfers energy into flight.

Wigglebot (grades 2-8) – Assemble a circuit with a motor to get your robot body moving.

Instructions are included with each kit. Video instructions can be found here. For more information or to have the online video instructions sent to your inbox, please email Youth Services Librarian Laura Powell at lpowell@tcfl.org.
New STEM Books for All Ages @ the Library


The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution by Susan Hockfield.



Cece Loves Science and Adventure by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes.

The Big One: The Cascadia Earthquakes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch.
Check Out These Maryland STEM Festival Events

STEM Comedy Show Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.: Kasha Patel, Comedian and NASA Digital Storyteller takes us though a humorous night about our relationships with Robots.

STEM Post High School Careers (Bilingual) Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.: Spanish/English discussion on careers in STEM, Manufacturing and more to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

STEM of Many Colors, Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.: A diverse panel of professionals will discuss why STEM is key to economic success.

Maryland Manufacturers against COVID 19 Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.: Hear stories highlighting ways Maryland manufacturing stakeholders are working to provide products, services or resources for healthcare workers, hospitals, manufacturing facilities and others in the fight against COVID-19.

Virtual STEM Parade, Sunday, Nov 1 at 11 a.m.: Show your love of STEM with a 10-second video and email it to event organizers; watch the parade on our Facebook page.

The Maryland STEM Festival encourages all students, regardless of age, background and experience to take a greater interest in STEM with the hope they will pursue a STEM related/focused career. Maryland is one the few states in the nation to have a state-wide STEM or Science Festival. Events are open to the public, free of charge, family oriented, and FUN!
An Evening with Christine A. Platt: Exploring the Black Experience Through Her Work as Historian, Activist, and Author
October 13, 6 p.m.
A Caroline County Public Library Event in partnership
with Caroline County Council of Arts

Join us for a discussion and Q&A with author Christine A. Platt (aka The Afrominimalist). This program is sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) of Caroline County and Shore United Bank.  Registration is required and can be made at https://carolib.libcal.com/event/7090488. Attendees will receive a Zoom invitation at least 24 hours prior to the program. For more information, please call 410-479-1343, Ext. 106 or visit carolib.org.
FOR CHILDREN & TEENS

Preschool Story Time
Tuesdays, October 13, 20, & 27
Thursdays, October 15, 22, & 29
TCFL Facebook LIVE, 10 a.m.
Stories, Songs and Rhymes for families with children ages birth to 5

Be a Smart User of Smart Technology!
Wednesday, October 14, 7 - 8 p.m.
Talbot County Free Library is partnering with Howard County Library System to offer a three-part Digital Wellness Series presented by Denise DeRosa, founder of Cyber Sensible. This session is for ages 11 - 17 (middle and high school)Learn more and register.

Teen Journaling
Thursday, October 15, 1 - 1:30 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.
Academy Art Museum Virtual Craft Show
October 16 - 18, 2020

The Academy Art Museum is holding its 23nd annual Craft Show for more than 40 artists from across the United States. The Craft Show will be a virtual event this year in the format of an online auction.

Click here to learn more about free Zoom demos, studio visits, and classes or to visit the online auction.
Horn Point Lab Virtual Fall Seminar Series
Assessing Coastal Risk and Enhancing Resilience
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
 
Horn Point Lab is hosting 12 free virtual seminars with speakers from around the world sharing their knowledge about risks to our coastal communities and ecosystems and ways to enhance resilience. 

View the series and register here to receive the zoom webinar link.
Talbot County to Celebrate
Economic Development Week
October 19 - 23

The Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism, in partnership with the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), will celebrate the ninth annual economic development week in Maryland, October 19-23. The weeklong event showcases how economic development transforms lives through initiatives to improve business retention, job growth, and quality of life for Maryland residents.

This year has proven to be especially challenging for businesses across the state, making economic development, business retention, and workforce development even more critical to the health and vitality of Talbot County. “Talbot County businesses have shown resiliency in the face of adversity and have continued to provide products and services during the COVID-19 public health crisis,” says Cassandra Vanhooser, director of economic development and tourism for Talbot County. “We salute our businesses and their employees and the community that continues to support them.”

To learn more about Talbot County’s efforts to support the business community and grow the County’s economy, visit TalbotWorks.org.
Save the Date!
November 14-15

On the weekend of November 14-15, ten Easton-based nonprofits have come together, along with local restaurants and businesses, to create Community Day An Easton Arts & Culture Celebration. This new event for Talbot County intends to give local residents a way to be outside, enjoy each other’s company, support local businesses and celebrate the fall season. 

Most activities are being held outdoors, and every participating organization is following agree-upon COVID-related safety protocols including wearing a mask in indoor spaces, limiting family groups to 6 people and ensuring groups or individuals are safely six feet apart. 

The library and the Friends of the Library will host a free, self-directed story walk on library grounds from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Families can read through an interactive picture book as they move through the panels. Craft projects will be available at the end of the story walk, and free books will be available while supplies last.

Other community programs range from family art activities, learning about feeding birds and bird watching, educational lectures, a drive-through art gallery, conservation activities, music, and many more. Stay tuned for more details to come!
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