The Page Turners Book Group Hosts a Cozy Book Social at KCPL


The Page Turners are starting 2019 with a very special get-together!

Drink hot cocoa, enjoy lively Book Talks given by a special guest librarian, and
discuss the eternal question, “What should we read next?!” A list of books that will be featured at this casual and interactive program is available through KCPL’s website if you’d like to peruse the possibilities ahead of time and add your thoughts to the discussion.

At the end of the afternoon, we’ll take a vote that will determine which books The Page Turners will read and discuss at monthly get-togethers in 2019.

The Page Turners book group meets monthly on 2nd Fridays at Kent County Public Library’s Rock Hall branch. Whether you’re interested in coming every month or just occasionally, new participants are always welcome.

For more information visit or call 410-639-7162. A link to the list of featured books can be found in KCPL’s online calendar entry for this event.

NewseumED Presents E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News at KCPL January 9


We live in an information age, but not all information is created equal. Having the skills to evaluate information and understand its purpose is crucial to navigating today’s sometimes confusing media environment.

On Wednesday, January 9, join us to tackle buzzwords, bots, and more under the expert guidance of a NewseumED community educator. This free 90-minute program will give you clear definitions of current media terms, practical tools for dissecting information, and hands-on practice with real life examples. You’ll take away the ability to identify what’s fake, what’s flawed, and what’s trustworthy.

Adults & teens welcome. Registration is required for this free program.

To register, visit or call 410-778-3636.

NewseumED provides free tools on media literacy and the First Amendment to help citizens get connected, informed, and engaged at all stages of life. For more information, visit

Wednesday, January 9 | 6pm
Kent County Public Library | Chestertown Branch

Milk & Cookies Reading Club at KCPL January and February


On Friday afternoons in January and February, kids will be gathering at Kent County Public Library for a cozy reading club!

There’s no homework and nothing to read ahead of time, just show up and listen each week as we read through chapter books together while enjoying tasty snacks.

We will be reading:

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

The first meeting of the Milk & Cookies Reading Club is Friday, January 4th. Please register early to reserve your seat!

For more information or to register, visit or call 410-778-3636.

Fridays January 4 through February 22 | 4pm
Kent County Public Library | Chestertown Branch

Tech Savvy Librarians Are Here to Help!


Did you know that librarians are available to help you with questions about technology? Whether you received a new device as a gift and aren’t sure how to get started or you want to learn how to download e-books, tech savvy librarians can provide individualized assistance.

If you’re ready to start the new year feeling calm and comfortable using technology, bring your device (laptop, smart phone, or tablet) and your questions to Kent County Public Library!

We’re hosting two drop-in technology help sessions at the Chestertown Branch in early January.

Thursday, January 3 | 3pm
Saturday, January 5 | 10am

If you’re not able to make these dates, you can schedule a 30 minute one-on-one technology help session at a time that works better for you! Give us a call at 410-778-3636 or stop by any KCPL location for more details about setting up an appointment.

Information about all of KCPL’s upcoming programs can be found at

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.

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