Kent County Public Library Book Sale November 15 to 18


Beat the crowds and avoid Black Friday shoppers! The Friends of the Kent County Public Library will hold their semi-annual book sale November 15-18. Find great deals and opportunities to stock up on holiday gifts, many in new condition and under $2.

Items donated for this sale include a special collection of music (including sheet music) and Civil War books in addition to the expected books, DVDs, games, audiobooks and puzzles!

The sale will be held at Chestertown Branch of the Kent County Public Library (408 High Street) on:

Thursday, November 15, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Members’ Night
Non-members may join the FOL at the door for $10 per person / $20 per family.
Snacks and beverages will be served.
Friday, November 16, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – $5 Box Day!
You bring the box and fill it up with books so we don’t have to pack them all away. Special 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, e-mail or find us on Facebook!  If you’d like to volunteer or join our board, we’d love to hear from you.

Upcoming Events at KCPL November 7 to 10


Maryland STEM Festival

Wednesday, November 7 | 5-7pm | Chestertown Branch

The Maryland STEM Festival is coming to Kent County!

The Festival provides inspirational, educational, and accessible programming in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) throughout Maryland.

Through collaborative, interactive, and dynamic events and activities throughout the state, the Festival features science of all sorts and connects current and future leaders in STEM. The Festival provides STEM opportunities to all of Maryland without requiring them to travel significant distances

Kent County Public Library will be hosting an evening of hands-on science for children ages 5-12. This drop-in program is a partnership with many local organizations and will include activities related to a variety of different areas of science, including building basic circuits, science-inspired art, 3 Doodler pens, dairy-butter making, dog therapy, world-wide food origins, and so much more!

International Games Week Celebration

Friday, November 9 | 5-7pm | Chestertown Branch

Are screens taking over your life? Has it been a while since you’ve had a good laugh? Kent County Public Library is here to help!

Join us to celebrate International Games Week with an all-ages Board Game Night.

How does Board Game Night work? It’s pretty simple – you choose a game, find some players, and play!

Bring a favorite game to share or choose one from KCPL’s collection, which includes games for all ages from preschoolers through adults.

In addition to playing board games, we’d love to talk about gaming, too! If you’re curious about role playing games or interested in gaming mechanics, this is the place to strike up a conversation with other gamers.

All ages are welcome – kids, teens, and adults!

Co-hosted by Chestertown Recreation Commission and Kent County Public Library.

Practice Makes Published: Getting Your Poems into Print

Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 11am | Chestertown Branch

Award-winning poets and editors James Allen Hall and Lindsay Lusby will visit Kent County Public Library to share their substantial knowledge of the process of getting poetry published in literary magazines and journals.

As practiced writers, they will share advice for how to navigate this sometimes mysterious journey—from discovering the publications that fit your writing style to sending poems out to editors to seeing your work finally in print.

As editors and publishers, they will describe the general dos and don’ts for writers seeking to publish—what they look for in poetry submissions when sifting through the slush pile, and also what they don’t.

Bring your burning poetry publishing questions to this interactive discussion! Writers of all levels and focuses are welcome at this FREE program.

Lindsay Lusby is the author of the poetry collection Catechesis: a post pastoral (The University of Utah Press, forthcoming 2019), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, judged by Kimiko Hahn. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Blackbird Whitetail Redhand (Porkbelly Press, 2018) and Imago (dancing girl press, 2014), and the winner of the 2015 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Contest. She is the Assistant Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College, where she serves as assistant editor for the Literary House Press and managing editor for Cherry Tree.

Dr. James Allen Hall’s first book of poems, Now You’re the Enemy, published as a winner in the 2008 University of Arkansas Poetry Series, won awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His collection of personal lyric essays, I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, was published in 2017 by Cleveland State University Poetry Center Press after winning their Essay Collection Award, selected by Chris Krauss.

Dr. Hall is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. He currently serves as editor in chief and poetry editor for Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal at Washington College, which has received two Best American Poetry selections. He directs the Rose O’Neill Literary House and teaches creative writing and literature at Washington College.

For more information, visit or call 410.778.3636

Fall Break Programs for Kids & Teens at the Library


Looking for things to do while Kent County Public Schools are on fall break? Come to the library!

Tie-Dye T-Shirts
Thursday, October 18 | 11a | Chestertown
What’s old is new again! Bring an old shirt you want to brighten up and we’ll provide all the other supplies. For best results, bring a shirt that is light in color (white is best) and made of at least 50% cotton (100% is best). Tie-dyed items will remain at the library overnight and will be unveiled for pickup on Friday, October 19th at 3pm.
Registration required! Ages 5+

LEGO Build
Thursday, October 18 | 3p | Chestertown
Friday, October 19 | 3p | North County
You bring the BIG ideas! We’ll bring the LEGO blocks.

Beading Bonanza!
Friday, October 19 | 1:30p | Chestertown
Come create with us! We’ll have pony beads, crystal beads, wooden beads, and more.
Ages 5+

For more information or to register for Tie-Dye T-Shirts, visit or call 410.778.3636.

Create a Warm Glow with Paper Lanterns at the Library


Happiness Hour is a time for grown-ups to explore their powers of creativity – try your hand at something new, give encouragement to other crafters, and leave a little happier than you arrived!

Light up your autumnal evenings with the warm glow of a tiny lantern! Participants will learn how to craft paper lanterns that can be illuminated with a battery-powered tea light. All supplies will be provided.

Wednesday, October 17 | 6pm | Chestertown Branch
Saturday, October 27 | 11am | North County Branch

Space is limited. Please register.

For more information or to register, visit or call 410.778.3636.

Kent County Public Library Board of Trustees Seeks New Member


The Board of Trustees of the Kent County Public Library is seeking potential nominees to replace a trustee whose term will be ending on December 31, 2018.

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 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 at or at any Kent County Public Library location.

Completed forms can be sent to or mailed to:

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

Interest forms must be submitted by September 14, 2018. All submissions will be considered by the Trustees. Interviews will be scheduled promptly, and the successful applicant will be notified in November.

Brandywine Zoo Live Animal Encounter at KCPL


This summer, all three Kent County Public Library locations have been buzzing with excitement as kids and teens have created instruments, explored the science of sound, enjoyed shows full of magic and music, and many other events during the “Libraries Rock!” summer program. And there is one more big treat in store! Kids of all ages are invited to join us for the Brandywine Zoo’s Live Animal Encounter Experience, which will be taking place at all three KCPL locations.

Friday, August 10
North County Branch

Monday, August 13
Rock Hall Branch

Wednesday, August 15
TWO SHOWS: 5pm AND 6pm
Chestertown Branch

Seating at these programs will be first come, first served and audience size will be limited, as needed, to ensure the safety of all humans and animals involved.

KCPL’s work-at-your-own-pace Summer Reading Game for kids and teens will continue through the end of August. Whether you’ve been playing along all summer or want to sign up and participate for the last few weeks, you can trade points for prizes until Friday, August 31st.

KCPL’s 2018 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 about the Summer Reading Game or upcoming events, visit or call 410.778.3636.

The Magical Illusions of Ran’D Shine at KCPL June 27


Kent County Public Library is kicking off the 2018 Summer Reading program with the incredible magical illusions of Ran’D Shine!

As a new millennium magician, Ran’D Shine melds innovative twists with classic illusion magic for a show that will leave you dazzled. For more than a decade, he has captured the imagination of audiences from Hollywood to New York City.  He has already read your mind and knows that you want to know more. Come see the magic for yourself at one of three performances!

Wednesday, June 27

10:30am North County Branch

2:30pm Rock Hall Branch

5:30 pm Chestertown Branch

All ages are welcome at these free performances!

For more information about Kent County Public Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program, including many other events and a work-at-your-own-pace game where kids and teens can earn points to buy prizes all summer long, visit  Sign up to play the game is open and can be done online or in person at any KCPL branch.  Questions?  Give us a call at 410-778-3636.

Author Doug Norton to Speak at Chestertown Library June 30


As a warship captain during the Cold War, Doug Norton held launch codes for nuclear weapons and was prepared to use them, but he also participated in high-stakes international negotiations to reduce their numbers and the chance of nuclear war.

On Saturday, June 30th, Mr. Norton will visit Kent County Public Library’s Chestertown branch to present “American Presidents, North Korean Dictators, and the Elephants in the Room,” which relates the fictional plots of his international thriller series Code Word to current real world developments in East Asia.

With over thirty years of real world experiences that included nuclear deterrence, tense White House meetings, and high-stakes diplomacy in Geneva, Brussels, London, and Washington, Mr. Norton brings deep knowledge and authenticity to this discussion of the demands and costs of duty and the question of whether evil can be overcome by good without resorting to evil methods.

The talk will be followed by Q&A and a book signing. A limited number of Mr. Norton’s books will be available for sale. Copies of the books can also be purchased before the program at The Book Plate in Chestertown.

For more information about this and other upcoming programs, visit or call 410.778.3636.

Saturday, June 30 | 11am
Kent County Public Library | Chestertown Branch

KCPL & UM Extension Present “Eat More Veggies!”


Make the most of seasonal eating by exploring how to plan meals around local produce, tips for selecting and storing fruits and veggies, and discussion of delicious and nutritious recipe ideas.

Rebecca Meekins, University of Maryland Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, will visit KCPL’s Chestertown Branch to present “Eat More Veggies!” a two-part program designed to delight your taste buds and motivate you to create healthy meals based around the bounty of summer produce available locally.

Saturday, June 23rd
Learn how to plan delicious, nutritious meals based on what’s currently fresh and in season.

Saturday, July 7th
Share tips for selecting, storing, and cooking fresh local produce, including recipe ideas. Bonus experience: Meet us at 9am at the library for a walk to the Chestertown Farmers’ Market where we’ll be selecting the produce that will be featured during the talk.

These programs are free and all are welcome. Feel free to join us for one or both sessions.

University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

For more information, visit or call 410.778.3636.

Saturdays, June 23 & July 7 | 10am
Kent County Public Library | Chestertown Branch