Kent County Public Library Seeking Teens with Ideas

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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

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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

Creative Time for Grown-Ups: Happiness Hour Returns to KCPL

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201703_happinesshourWhether 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, our featured project is Bookmark Collages. We’ll create tiny collages and turn them in to one-of-a-kind bookmarks.

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 will be held at the Chestertown and North County branches. Please register for your preferred session online at kentcountylibrary.org or by calling 410.778.3636.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 6pm | Chestertown Branch
Saturday, March 18, 2017 | 11am | North County Branch

March Programs for Kids & Families at KCPL

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20170301_seussIn addition to weekly Storytime programs, March Kent County Public Library will be offering three special programs for kids and families.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 5:30pm
Chestertown Branch

Join us for a party like no other. Cake, crafts, and books, oh my! Let’s read stories, sing songs, and celebrate all things Dr. Seuss.

Come one, come all, and join the fun! We’ll jump, skip, bounce, sing and run! Whether it rains, or “weather” it’s sunny, we’ll have lots of good fun that is funny! You should not, would not want to miss, a celebration quite like this! Ages 2 to 6

LEGO Day
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 4pm
Chestertown Branch

Build, create, repeat! It’s LEGO time at the library where only your imagination is the limit. All ages welcome.

20170329_smashSuper Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 |3 – 5pm
Chestertown Branch

Are you a fan of Super Smash Bros.? Can you melee with the best of them? Join us for a Smash Bros. tournament and show off your moves! Practice a few rounds and then face off to decide the winner of the coveted Smash trophy! Tournament play will be divided into Beginner and Advanced sections. Trophies will be awarded to the top player from each group. Kids (ages 5+) and teens welcome.REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

For more information or to register for the Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Kent County Public Library Board of Trustees Elect Officers

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The 2017 Board of Trustees for the Kent County Public Library are Barb Macbeth, Sara Schut, Charles Lerner, Wendy Costa, Sarah Schut, Joe Harding, Elisabeth Tully, and Earl Runde. The Board met on Thursday, January 12th to elect officers for 2017—Barb Macbeth, President; Sara Schut, Vice-President; Charles Lerner, Treasurer; Wendy Costa, Secretary.

Board of Trustee monthly business meetings are open to the public. The scheduled meetings for the first quarter of 2017 are:

Thursday, January 26 – 9am Finance Committee; 10am Board Meeting
Thursday, February 23 – 9am Finance Committee; 10am Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 7 – 9am Finance Committee; 10am Board Meeting

The meeting dates and times for all Board meetings and its committees are publicly announced on the KCPL website – kentcountylibrary.org.

Happiness Hour: Creative Time for Grown-Ups at KCPL

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Whether you haven’t attempted art since elementary school or describe yourself as an artist, 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.

Supplies will be provided for coloring and card-making. You are also welcome to bring your own easily-portable creative projects (knitting, drawing, etc.) to Happiness Hour. Come willing to swap ideas, give encouragement, and leave a little happier than you arrived.

Register for one or both Happiness Hour sessions online at kentcountylibrary.org or by calling 410.778.3636.

Wednesday, January 18 | 6pm
Saturday, January 28 | 11am
Chestertown Branch

Start the New Year Feeling Calm and Comfortable with Technology

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Have you received a piece of technology as a gift, but don’t know how to start using it? Is your New Year’s resolution to learn more about computers? Kent County Public Library can help!

Digital Drop-In
Digital Drop-In is an opportunity to ask technology questions in a casual and supportive small group setting. Bring your technology (laptop, tablet, or other device) and your questions! We’ll help you find answers. Digital Drop-In is a regular monthly program held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 3-4:30pm at the Chestertown branch.

One-on-One Tech Help
Make an appointment for individual attention and assistance with technology topics that YOU want to learn! We can teach you how to troubleshoot, provide tutorials, and generally help you become comfortable and confident using technology.

For more information about Kent County Public Library technology programs or to make a tech help appointment, please call 410.778.3636.

Photographer Arslan Augustine Exhibits at KCPL

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During the month of January, the Chestertown Branch of Kent County Public Library will host an exhibit created by photographer Arslan Augustine.

In describing his approach to photography, Mr. Augustine writes: “I intend on bringing viewers perspective anew about the things most splendid and most ordinary in life. As I progress in photography, my goal is to bring forth the feeling in viewers of not just being alive, but powerfully alive.”

The exhibit, which features photographs life in all its variations, will be on display during January 2017 whenever the Chestertown Branch is open.  For more information, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Winter Break Programs for Kids at Kent County Public Library

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If your kids or grandkids are on winter break the last week of December, bring them to Kent County Public Library! All three branches are holding a variety of programs for kids of all ages.

201612_winterbreakMinecraft
Wednesday, December 28 | 3pm | Chestertown Branch
*Space is limited. Please register!*

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. Ages 8+

Make-and-Take Winter Crafts
Wednesday, December 28 | 10am | Rock Hall Branch
Thursday, December 29 | 4pm | Chestertown Branch
Friday, December 30 | 1pm | North County Branch

All ages are welcome at this creative and crafty program.

LEGO Day
Wednesday, December 28 | 10am | Rock Hall Branch
Thursday, December 29 | 1pm | North County Branch
Friday, December 30 | 11am | Chestertown Branch

Bring your imagination and build something dazzling! All ages welcome.

Family Film: FINDING DORY
Friday, December 30 | 2pm | Chestertown Branch

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