Important Library & Community Updates
New Pickup Service Coming to the Easton Branch Beginning June 8
and to the St. Michaels Branch Beginning June 15
At long last, Library patrons will once again be able to reserve and pick up books!
According to Director Dana Newman, what library users tell her they've missed most is being able to check out physical books and DVDs. The virtual resources have served them well during the pandemic, but patrons really want to be able to pick up a physical book again, turn a page, be able to read a picture book to their children again, turn it and show them the illustrations. In answer to these understandable needs, the library is thrilled to be able to offer our community its books-to-go hold service.

Here’s How it Works

  • Each cardholder can reserve up to FIVE items (books, audiobooks, or DVDs) via the catalog on our website. Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots are unavailable at this time.

  • When your materials are ready, you will be contacted to schedule a time for pick-up as early as the next day.

  • Items at the Easton Library can only be picked up in Easton. Items at the St. Michaels Library can only be picked up in St. Michaels.

  • Materials will be bagged and available for contactless pickup in the front vestibule at the Easton branch and at the back entrance of the St. Michaels branch.

  • Bags will be on carts, sorted alphabetically by last name. Thank you for wearing a face covering and following social distancing rules.

  • If possible, please return items to the branch you borrowed them from.

  • Library materials located at other libraries outside of Talbot County are not available through this service. If interested in materials located at another library system, please contact that library directly.

Returns can be made through the outside book drops.
All returned materials will be quarantined for five days before check-in and reshelving.
No donations are being accepted at this time.
Both buildings will remain closed until further notice.
Staff will be available by phone at the Easton branch
10 a.m.—1 p.m. Monday—Thursday.
5th Annual Virtual Chesapeake Children's Book Festival

Next Saturday, June 13 , will mark the 5 th Annual Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival, which will be held virtually this year with children’s authors reading live on Facebook from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Some of the authors on this year’s roster include Susan Montanari, Brian Wray, Syl Sobel, and Jennifer Swanson. Picture books for children up to age eight will be read from 9 a.m. until noon. Middle grade books for ages 8-12 will be read in the afternoon. For a complete listing of the authors and a schedule of their readings, click here .

We hope that you and your family will join us for the Festival and also sign up for the Summer Reading Program starting  June 13. Details below...
Virtual Summer Reading Programs
For Families with Young Children
 
Wednesday, July 1, 10:30 a.m.
Reptile Wonders 
Facebook and TCFL.org
Fun for the whole family!
 
Wednesdays, July 1 – August 26, 3 p.m.
Read Along with Ms. Laura!
Facebook LIVE
Children’s chapter book read aloud. Books available on Hoopla.
Recommended for children ages 6+
 
Thursdays, July 2 – August 27, 10 a.m.
Mindful Start Kids Yoga
Facebook and TCFL.org
Recommended for families with children ages 5 and under
 
Tuesdays, July 7 – August 25, 10 a.m.
Story Time on Facebook LIVE
Stories, songs, and rhymes!
Recommended for families with children ages 5 and under
 
Fridays at Noon in June
Carmen Agra Deedy, Live Stories on Facebook!
Picture book read aloud.
For a sneak peek, click here .
For Tweens and Teens

Find these activities on the Library's Facebook page and TCFL.org
 
Digital Escape Rooms, Reading Fun!
Try out these fun activities when it's good for you.
Recommended for ages 9 and up.
 
Mondays, July 6 – August 24
Music Fun with Mr. Jonathan
Learn and play the ukulele!
Recommended for ages 9 and up
 
Tuesdays, July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18
Afternoon Chess Challenges
Practice your chess moves!
Recommended for ages 6 -16
Chesapeake Music's 2020 Chamber Music Festival
Virtual Young People’s Concert
Wednesday, June 20, 5:30 p.m.

Chesapeake Music will present its first-ever virtual Young People’s concert as part of this year's music festival on  Wednesday, June 10, at 5:30pm.

To participate, young people are invited to complete one or more of the short, creative activities described in the attached file . Responses should be emailed to youth@chesapeakemusic.org  by  Sunday, June 7, for a chance to be featured in the  June 10 th   concert (please include your name and location in your submission). These activities and the concert have been designed primarily for youth between the ages of 9 to 12.

On  June 10 th , beginning at 5:30, you can access the FREE performance by visiting the  Chesapeake Music website , and clicking anywhere on the stage.

The concert will be available on the home page for 24 hours, after which the performance will be archived on the “ Festival Videos and More ” page for later viewing.
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