New Catalog System Coming to Library


Kent County Public Library has entered into a regional library consortium with library systems from Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties, and the Eastern Shore Regional Library.  The Eastern Shore Library Consortium will bring library users better access to library materials throughout the region via a new consolidated library catalog system.

The new catalog is expected to provide streamlined access to library materials from all eight participating systems. Materials requested through the catalog will arrive quickly – often within 24 hours. Digital audiobooks, ebooks, and other online resources will be included in the catalog. The more efficient behind-the-scenes processes will result in better service to the community.

KCPL’s current catalog will go off-line on Friday, August 11 and the new catalog will go live on Thursday, August 17.  In order to help make this a smooth transition, the library encourages users to take advantage of extended borrowing during the switch-over. No items will be due while the catalog is off-line, and no fines will be charged. Users can check out books and other items before August 11 and return them after August 19. Users should bring their library cards. While the staff can usually look up accounts with photo ID, users will need to bring their actual library cards to check out items during the transition. If you’ve lost your card, please request a replacement card before August 11.

KCPL will strive to make the transition to the new catalog system as seamless as possible.  However, several regular services will be temporarily unavailable.  Materials returned during the transition week will remain on your account until the new system goes live. The library asks users not to return items between August 10 and 19. Renewing items, paying fines, updating personal information, and other account edits will not be possible during the transition.  Also, Beginning August 1, the library will be unable to place or process hold requests.  Interlibrary loan services will also be unavailable.  Those services will be resumed as soon as possible once the new catalog is in place. Finally, there is a possibility that some eLibrary resources may be inaccessible during or immediately following the transition.

If you have questions or need help during or after the transition, please stop by or call Kent County Public Library at 410-778-3636. The staff looks forward to implementing the new catalog and appreciates your patience during the process!

Credit and You: Workshop at Library


What does your credit history say about you?  Is it accurate?  How can you make yourself more credit-worthy?

Come to the Chestertown branch of the Kent County Public Library at 10 a.m. Saturday, July  22, to hear Audrey Orr, a Maryland Extension Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator , present an introduction to understanding your credit reports.

This free workshop is an introduction (or refresher!) to how to obtain and read your credit reports, correct any errors on your reports, and take steps to improve your credit score.   Questions are welcome and each participant will receive an information packet designed to help you take control of your relationship with credit.

Please register in advance by visiting the library website or calling 410-778-3636.


“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 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

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

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 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

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, e-mail or find us on Facebook!