“Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program at Kent County Public Library


Kent County Public Library’s summer reading game is back with new ways to earn points and prizes! The Kickoff week is Monday, June 26-Saturday, July 1. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World” and will feature programs where kids can construct, create, build their brains, and expand how they understand the world.
For the first-time ever, KCPL’s summer reading game will be available online and on mobile devices through our Beanstack app, as well as the familiar paper gameboard.  Whether they stick with paper or go digital, kids can collect library points for each activity they complete and redeem them for a variety of prizes, including books, art supplies, Orioles and Shorebirds baseball tickets, gift cards, and more.

During the kickoff week, join us for a spectacular martial arts presentation by Dance Warriors, a group specializing in capoeira, on Wednesday, June 28th at 1 pm at our Rock Hall Branch and at 6 pm in Chestertown.  We’ll also be creating Build a Better World summer swag on Thursday, June 29th at 4 pm in Chestertown and Friday, June 30th at 4 pm at our North County Branch.

As part of a special initiative of KCPL’s newly formed Teen Advisory Board, we will be offering writing workshops for teens throughout the month of July, starting on Saturday, July 1st. Registration is required for these free workshops.

The summer reading game is open to children and teens of all age. Registration will begin the week of June 19.  And, back by popular demand, all children’s books and audiobooks that are checked out between June 1st and September 1st will be fine free!

KCPL’s 2017 summer reading program is sponsored in large part by a grant from the PNC Foundation, which is continually supportive of children’s programming in the community.  For more information or to register for the teen writing workshops, please call 410.778.3636 or visit Kent County Library website  and choose “Summer Reading” under the “Events & Classes” tab.


Book Folding Art at KCPL


Whether you describe yourself as an artist or haven’t attempted art since elementary school, Happiness Hour is an invitation for you to explore your powers of creativity. No special talents or previous experience is needed to join us for an hour of dabbling in crafting.

This month, join us to try your hand at Book Folding. We’ll take worn-out paperbacks and give them new life by upcycling their pages into art. Make an adorable hedgehog or attempt a more complex project!

Supplies for coloring will be available, too. As always, you are welcome to bring your own creative project – knitting, drawing, embroidery, and other easily-portable activities all work well at Happiness Hour.

Swap ideas, give encouragement, and leave a little happier than you arrived.

This program is free, but registration is requested. To register, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 6pm
Chestertown Branch

Kent County Public Library: Summer Essay Contest for Rising 5th & 6th Graders


“A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Essay Contest for Rising 5th & 6th Graders

Kent County Public Library encourages rising 5th and 6th graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives by participating in “A Book That Shaped Me” Letters About Literature Summer Writing Contest, which is sponsored by the Library of Congress in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Nearly 300 public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are registered to participate.  Kent County Public Library is proud to be among them!

Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2017 are eligible to participate by writing a letter to their local librarian about a book that shaped their lives. Prizes will be awarded to five finalists and one winner per state.  Three grand prize winners, selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Library of Congress, will receive additional prizes and be invited to present their letters during a special program at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in September 2017.

The deadline for entries is Saturday, July 8, 2017.  For full guidelines and entry forms, stop by any of Kent County Public Library’s three locations or visit www.loc.gov/bookfest/kids-teachers/booksthatshape/

Acclaimed Novelist Roxana Robinson Visits Kent County Public Library


Kent County Public Library is delighted to announce an evening with acclaimed novelist Roxana Robinson whose writing is known for explorations of the complexity of familiar bonds.

Roxana Robinson is the author of nine books: five novels, including Cost; three collections of short stories; and the biography Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Book Forum, Best American Short Stories, Tin House and elsewhere. She teaches in the Hunter MFA Program and divides her time between New York, Connecticut, and Maine. She has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation and is the President of the Authors Guild.

Beginning at 5:30 on Friday, May 19, the general public is invited to meet the author during a catered reception and book signing. A limited number of Ms. Robinson’s books will be available for purchase.

Due to limited seating, tickets are required to attend Ms. Robinson’s talk at 6:45.  Tickets are FREE OF CHARGE and available on a first come, first served basis.

For tickets or more information, call 410.778.3636.

This event is made possible due to the generosity of the Friends of Kent County Public Library.  For more information about the Friends, visit friendsofthekcpl.org.

May 19, 2017 | 5:30pm
Chestertown Branch

A Museum on Main Street Event at KCPL


Tom McHugh, Director Emeritus of The Mainstay in Rock Hall, and Ron Fithian, Rock Hall Town Manager, will show segments of their award-winning project: “Those Were the Days: The Golden Age of Rock Hall Watermen” and share highlights from their interviews and research for the documentary.

“Those Were the Days” features the amazing life of watermen, the Bay’s wondrous ability to sustain economic life, and the folktales and stories that accompanied this valued work, this way of life.  The full documentary contains eighteen interviews conducted with watermen and women who worked the water between 1945 and 1972 when Hurricane Agnes impacted their lives.  “Those Were the Days: The Golden Age of Rock Hall Watermen”was awarded a grant from Eastern Shore Heritage Inc.

Light refreshments will be served.  All are welcome at this free program.  For more information about this and other programs at KCPL, visit kentcountylibrary.org or 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, May 10 | 6pm
Chestertown Branch

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