Celebrate Star Wars Day at KCPL













Young padawans: join us this day you must! Celebrate Star Wars Day we will.

Children of all ages and their families are invited to an afternoon of Star Wars crafts featuring the ever-popular pool noodle light sabers! May the Fourth be with you as you get creative and enjoy the company of other Star Wars fans. Costumes optional, but welcome.

Kent County Public Library | Chestertown Branch
Wednesday, May 4 |4pm

Book Sale at Chestertown Branch of KCPL


Book lovers and bargain hunters — The Friends of the Kent County Public Library are holding their semi-annual book sale. You’ll find collectible, new, and gently used books, DVDs, audiobooks and more. In addition to our low priced items, we have a new selection of specials which might be just what the mom, dad or grad you’re looking for would love!

You’ll find us at the Chestertown Branch of the Kent County Public Library at 408 High Street at the following dates and times:

• Thursday, April 27, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Members’ Night
Non-members may join the FOL at the door for only $10 per person / $20 per family.
Light snacks and beverages will be served.
• Friday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – First Friday
• Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• Sunday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Box Day!
Take home a box for $5! You bring the box and fill it up so we don’t have to pack the books away! Special books and items are half price.

We accept cash or checks. All proceeds benefit the Kent County Public Library by subsidizing the purchase of new books, helping to make needed upgrades, and supporting community outreach programs.

For more information about the sale, our organization or how to volunteer, visit www.friendsofthekcpl.org, e-mail saunderscynthia@gmail.com or find us on Facebook!

Baltimore-Based Web Developer, Chris Klimas, at KCPL


Kent County Public Library welcomes Baltimore-based web developer, game designer, and writer Chris Klimas to present a quick history of stories where the reader gets to choose the narrative. You might know them simply as Choose Your Own Adventures, but the gamebook format of storytelling, which mixes prose and gameplay mechanics, has a surprisingly vast history — and some unexpected ancestors.

In 2009, Chris Klimas created Twine, an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories, which he now maintains with a group of really smart people all over the world.He finds the intersection of words and interactivity irresistible.

Teens and adults welcome at this free program.

For more information about this or other programs at KCPL, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Saturday, April 22 | 11am
Chestertown Branch

Everywhere, Wonder: A Family Program at Kent County Public Library


Chestertown’s own husband/wife, author/illustrator duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr will visit Kent County Public Library’s Chestertown Branch to read their new picture book Everywhere, Wonder, talk about how they make books together, and run a workshop in which kids will create their own “Books of Wonder,” illustrated journals of the large and small beautiful and interesting things in their world.

They will be joined by flower arranger (and former Chestertonian) Angela Ingram Bryant, whose floral sculpture inspired by Everywhere, Wonder will be on display at KCPL during the week leading up to the event.

Publisher’s Weekly describes Everywhere, Wonder as “a sweeping exploration of imagination, appreciation, and possibility.” Limited copies will be for sale following the program.

Wednesday, April 19 | 5:30pm
Chestertown Branch

Spring Break Programs at Kent County Public Library


Looking for things to do during spring break? Put Kent County Public Library’s free programs for kids on your calendar!

Birds with Beth
Thursday, April 13 | 1:30pm
Chestertown Branch

Flap your wings and fly on over for an afternoon learning about birds with Beth Hill from 4-H. We will look at bird houses, bird food, feathers and a real live bird!

Family Movie – The Secret Life of Pets
Thursday, April 13 | 4pm
North County Branch

Bring a blanket and snuggle up on our carpet as we enjoy a laid-back afternoon movie at the library! Popcorn will be provided.

Monday, April 17 | 11am
Chestertown Branch

Join us for a joint gaming session at the library. Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks in a virtual world where the only limit is your imagination. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned player, join us for a morning edition of multiplayer Minecraft.

Space is very limited and registration is required. Ages 8+

Let’s Get Crafty with Altered Books
Monday, April 17 | 4pm
Chestertown Branch

Altered books can be a great way to turn an old book into a work of art. We will provide books, art supplies, and ideas at this hands-on crafting day. Fun for all ages!

KCPL programs are free of charge. For more information about any of these programs or to register for Minecraft, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Short Story Discussion: “Man of All Work” by Richard Wright


Dr. Alisha Knight, Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Washington College, will facilitate a discussion of the complex themes in Richard Wright’s short story “Man of All Work,” one of eight stories included in Eight Men.  This special meeting of The Book Group is a Museum on Main Street event offered in support of “The Way We Worked” exhibit on display at Sumner Hall March 31-May 18.

Members of The Book Group meet monthly for a continuing exploration and discussion of works by African American authors.  New members are always welcome.

Light refreshments will be served.  For more information or to request a copy of Eight Men, please call 410.778.3636.

The Way We Worked, an exhibition created by the National Archives, is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Maryland Humanities. For more information about Museum on Main Street events taking place in Kent County, visit Sumner Hall at garpost25.org/the-way-we-worked.

Wednesday, April 12 | 5pm
Chestertown Branch

Free Workshop: Privacy, Identity, and Online Security


Your personal information is a valuable commodity. It’s not only a key to your financial identity, but also to your online identity.

Knowing how to protect your information – and your identity – is a must in the 21st century. This program will address various types of identity theft; how to protect your personal information, and what to do if a thief strikes.

Presented by Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator Audrey Orr from the Maryland Extension.

This free workshop is an introduction to making smart choices to protect your personal information. Adults and teens are welcome. Please visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410-778-3636 to register.

Saturday, April 8 | 10am
Chestertown Branch

Kent County Public Library Seeking Teens with Ideas


Kent County Public Library is looking for curious, motivated, creative teens in grades 8-12 to be part of creating a Teen Advisory Board.  TAB members will help create teen programs at the library and have input into how KCPL can better meet the needs of teens in Kent County. Monthly meetings will start in Spring 2017 and teens can earn service learning hours by participating.

Interested teens should call 410.778.3636, email childrens@kent.lib.md.us, or stop by the Chestertown Branch at 408 High Street for more information.

Mary Ball Washington and the Challenges of Writing Women’s History


20170325_maryballwashingtonMary Ball Washington, the Mother of our Founding Father, has received considerable historical attention, but little of it is accurate and much of it is gratuitously hostile. Most of her letters have disappeared, and she left no diary or commonplace book. The stories that have made their way into print about her tell us more about their authors than Mrs. Washington.

In this talk, Martha Saxton, the C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience’s 2017 Patrick Henry Fellow, will share new research about Mrs. Washinton’s life and discuss various difficulties inherent in writing about women in this period of history.

This program is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kent County and Kent County Public Library. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Saturday, March 25 | 11am
Chestertown Branch