Library Gets Grant for Early Literacy

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The Foundation for the Kent County Public Library has been awarded a $6,500 grant from the PNC Foundation to continue their Early Literacy initiative that focuses on improving school readiness. PNC provided the funding in support of Grow Up Great, its bilingual program in early childhood education.

“Summer Readers Sing” will be the theme for the 2018 Kent County Public Library Summer Reading Program which will encourage children of all ages from birth through teen to engage with reading and music literacy activities throughout the summer. In addition to experiences for children, KCPL will host a continuing education program on incorporating music into the classroom for early childhood educators. For the summer of 2018, KCPL will continue the summer reading game’s online option and further assist the school’s summer program with their participation.

“Thanks to the PNC Grow Up Great Grant, KCPL’s exceptional Children’s Department will continue to be an integral part of early education initiatives in Kent County,” said Jackie Adams, Library Director. “The Library’s goal is to foster and support ongoing interaction for children with reading activities throughout the summer and encourage families and caregivers to promote reading throughout the year.”

The grant from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), will enable the Kent County Public Library to engage professional childcare presenters, fund the purchase of educational supplies to support these programs, and provide core knowledge training and readiness skills for early care providers and parents.

“PNC is committed to providing families with the tools and resources to help children be successful in kindergarten and life,” said Chick Hamm, PNC Executive Vice President and Market Executive in Greater Maryland. “We are thrilled to expand our support of the Kent County Public Library Summer Reading Program as it continues to serve a critical community need – helping more Kent County children arrive at kindergarten with essential skills and ready to learn.”

In FY 2017, nearly 5,600 community members attended children’s library programs offered throughout the year, including weekly story times and other culturally enriching programs.

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence.  The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture.  Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life.

Bring the Kids! Maryland STEM Fest Event at Kent County Library

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STEMWorks at Kent County Public Library — A Maryland STEM Fest Event

Kent County Public Library is pleased to host STEMWorks, an official event of the 2017 Maryland STEM Festival on Wednesday, November 1 from 5-7 pm.

Founded in 2015, the Maryland STEM Festival has become one of the leading STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) events in the State.  Through ten days of community-based events hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses and other local organizations, the Festival celebrates the economic, educational and cultural impact of STEM in Maryland.

The STEMWorks event will take place at the Chestertown Branch of Kent County Public Library, 408 High St. in Chestertown, and will feature hands-on science experiences, provided by a variety of community partners, including Belle Rose Kennels; Kent County Public Schools Judy Center; Kent County Family Center; Kent Soil and Water Conservation District; Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Maryland Extension & 4-H; RiverArts Clay Studio; and Running W Kennel. 

This event is free and open to all. Adults, as well as children preschool through high school, are welcome to participate, explore, and learn through hands-on activities for all ages.

Wednesday, November 1   |   5-7 pm

Kent County Public Library   |   Chestertown Branch, 408 High St.

For more information, visit the library website or call 410.778.3636.

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First Friday: Celebrate International Game Week at the Library

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In Celebration of International Games Week: Join Us for Game Night at the Library!

On First Friday, November 3rd, 5-7 pm, the Kent County Public Library and the Chestertown Recreation Commission are joining forces to celebrate International Games Week.

From familiar favorites to more modern games, there will be something for everyone! Try a round of “Bring Your Own Book” (don’t worry – we’ll have plenty of books on hand!), collaborate with a team of fearless adventures to see if you can survive the “Forbidden Island,” enjoy a familiar favorite family game, play life-sized chess, and more! 

If you’re curious about role-playing games, you’ll have the chance to learn about collaborative storytelling, character creation, and other elements that make narrative games engaging and fun to play.

Bring your friends, drop by, play games, and have fun!

For more information, visit the library’s website or call 410.778.3636.

First Friday, November 3  |  5-7 pm

Kent County Public Library  |  Chestertown Branch, 408 High St.

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Friends of the Library November Book Sale Dates

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Beat the crowds and avoid Black Friday shoppers! The weekend before Thanksgiving, the Friends of the Kent County Public Library will hold their semi-annual book sale. You’ll find great items and a chance to stock up on some holiday gifts.

The Friends’ sale includes books, DVDs, games, audiobooks, music and puzzles. Items are under $2 – except a few special items! It’s an easy way to fill stockings for the whole family and give back to the community.

The sale will be held at Chestertown Branch of the Kent County Public Library on High Street on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, November 16, 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, November 17, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 19, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – $5 Box Day!

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.

Cash or check only. All proceeds benefit the Kent County Public Library by subsidizing the purchase of new items and supporting community outreach programs.

If you’d like more information about the sale, visit www.friendsofthekcpl.org , e-mail saunderscynthia@gmail.com or find us on Facebook!  If you’d like to volunteer or join our board, we’d love to hear from you.

One Maryland One Book at Kent County Public Library

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Kent County Public Library invites you to take part in One Maryland One Book, a program of Maryland Humanities designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book.

The 2017 One Maryland One Book selection, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom. Read the book and join us for book discussions and other programs that tie-in to the book and its themes.  Pick up a copy at any Kent County Public Library location or use your library card to download the ebook through Overdrive.

Book Group Discussions of Purple Hibiscus

Tuesday, September 19          1 p.m.                 North County Branch

Thursday, September 28        noon                   Chestertown Branch

Monday, October 2                   6:30 p.m.         North County Branch

Wednesday, October 4            5 p.m.                Chestertown Branch

Monday, October 23                2 p.m.                Rock Hall Branch

Take Care of YOU

Purple Hibiscus’s main character Kambili finds hope and new perspectives when she has the opportunity to spend time outside of her silent and suffocating home.  To build on this theme, we invite you to join us and learn ways to encourage mental flexibility, develop emotional stamina, and add joy to your own life!

While inspired by the challenges and changes experienced by the main character in Purple Hibiscus, you are welcome and will find plenty to take away from these programs whether or not you’ve read the book!

Build Your Self-Care Toolkit

Wednesday, September 20   |   6 p.m.  |  Chestertown Branch

Wendy Eckel, LCSW, leads a conversation about developing tools to build resilience and empower yourself to weather life’s difficult situations.

Laugh Easily & Often 

Saturday, October 21  |  10 a.m.   |   Chestertown Branch

Add laughter to your life by joining the irrepressibly joyful Denny Doyle to explore how laughter can lift your spirits, boost your wellbeing, and change your perspective. Learn a little about the science of laughter and be prepared to experience its effects first-hand!

For more information about One Maryland One Book or any of the related programs, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410-778-3636.

Kent County Public Library Bids Fond Farewell to Assistant Director

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Chris Roseberry

With great appreciation for her many years of service to the community, Kent County Public Library announces that Chris Roseberry will be retiring from her position as assistant director.

Starting in 1980, Roseberry began her career at Kent County Public Library as a graphic artist creating promotional materials for the library.  During her tenure at KCPL, she has worn many hats as she has risen to her current position of Assistant Director.  Over the years, she has been involved in a wide variety of initiatives that include the expansion of library services, several library renovation projects, and the development of the library’s collection.  She has consistently played an integral role in ensuring that Kent County residents have access to library services that have evolved to meet current needs while never losing sight of the importance of keeping patrons at the heart of all the library does.

To celebrate Roseberry’’s accomplishments and wish her well in her retirement, please visit the Chestertown Branch over the next few weeks where a small display showcasing several of her accomplishments and roles at KCPL will be exhibited for the next few weeks.  Ms. Roseberry’s last day will be Friday, September 8..

 

 

Kent County Public Library Exhibit on Anniversary of ADA

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Kent County Public Library front entrance – Chestertown Branch

In celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) has been hosting a traveling disAbility History Tour throughout Maryland.  The tour wraps up with a final exhibit at Kent County Public Library’s Chestertown Branch August 22-26.

Advocacy: A History of People Speaking Up for Themselves is on loan from the Museum of disAbility History, which is dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance, and independence of people with disabilities. The Advocacy display traces the advocacy movement from early educational facilities to the development of organizations established for and by individuals with disabilities. In addition to the loaned panels, the MDOD will add a fifth display designed by the Maryland Association of Centers for Independent Living outlining disability history in Maryland.

On Wednesday, August 23, the public is invited to a reception and resource fair at Kent County Public Library where they can view the exhibit, learn about local organizations that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and enjoy light snacks, including cookies provided by Kent House Kitchen.  The reception begins at 5:30 pm and will be followed by a special film showing at 6:45 pm.

For more information about the event, visit the Kent County Library website or call 410-778-3636.

For more information about the exhibit or to view images of the panels, ASL translation, audio files, text only, text image descriptions, and large print versions of the displays, visit the Maryland Department of Disabilities website ADA 27 event page.

Kent County Public Library Board of Trustees Seeks New Members

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The Board of Trustees of the Kent County Public Library is seeking potential nominees to replace two trustees whose terms will be ending on December 31, 2017.

By Maryland Law, the Board of Trustees consists of seven members appointed by the county governing body (the Kent County Commissioners) from nominees submitted by the Board of Trustees. Members are chosen on the basis of character, ability, and a demonstrated interest in library matters. Members of the board must be representative of the area the library serves and residents of Kent County. Trustees are appointed for an initial term of five years.

Interest forms are now being accepted by the Kent County Public Library Board of Trustees from citizens who wish to serve as a member of the board. The form is available on the library’s website or at any Kent County Public Library location.

Completed forms can be sent to kcpltrusteesearch@kent.lib.md.us or mailed to:

Kent County Public Library Board of Trustees, 408 High St., Chestertown, MD 21620

Interest forms must be submitted by September 15, 2017.  All submissions will be considered by the Trustees.

Kent County Public Library front entrance – Chestertown Branch

Essential Oils 101 at Kent County Public Library

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From rose to rosemary and lavender to lemon, essential oils can enhance life in a wide variety of ways.

Hilary Chubb is an essential oil lover on a mission to remove toxins from her home and live above the wellness line. Her goal is to educate others on the benefits of utilizing essential oils in all aspects of their lives including wellness, cleaning, personal care, animal care, cooking, and more.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, she visits Kent County Public Library’s Chestertown Branch to deliver an information-packed talk designed to introduce you to the basics of integrating essential oils into your life.  Learn about the distillation process that creates essential oils and explore how they can be used topically, incorporated in aromatherapy, and even ingested.  Enjoy a “scent sampling” of several popular fragrances and learn simple ways to safely experiment with using essential oils.

Questions are welcome at this free program.