Which Way to Publication? Finding the Right Path for Your Manuscript


Writing is just one step on the path to becoming a published author.  Join us for “Which Way to Publication? Finding the Right Path for Your Manuscript,” the second in a three-part series for authors.

Stephanie Fowler, co-owner of indie publishing company Salt Water Media, shares her unique publishing journey and offers advice on the process of choosing a path to publication, including discussion of self-publishing, small and indie presses, and traditional publishers.

Saturday, March 17
Chestertown Branch – Kent County Public Library

For more information about this series of programs, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Board Game Night at Kent County Public Library


Kent County Public Library and the Chestertown Recreation Commission are joining forces to present another Board Game Night!

How does Board Game Night work?

It’s pretty simple – you choose a game, find some players, and play! KCPL’s modern board game collection and the Recreation Commission’s selection of games will be available to play. You’re also welcome to bring a favorite game you’d like to introduce to other players.

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.

KCPL’s collection of games ranges from Pete the Cat Groovy Buttons Game and Snug as a Bug in a Rug for young kids to Dixit, Forbidden Island, and Pandemic for adults and teens. In addition to being featured at game night, these games and the many others in our collection can be checked out to play at home!

All ages are welcome.

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

Friday, March 16
Chestertown Branch

For more information, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Explore the Potential of Life Coaching at Kent County Public Library


Are you struggling to understand what’s holding you back from achieving your goals? Are you facing a transition and need clarity to determine what steps to take? Do you feel there’s something missing from your life?

If your answer is “Yes!” this program is an opportunity to begin to find your way toward a happier, more fulfilling, curiosity-inspired way of living!

Certified Professional Life Coach Santa Barbaro Oldham presents a dynamic introduction to the life coaching process with interactive exercises that incorporate strategic questioning, active goal setting, and identifying your personal barriers. Learn how life coaching can help you live more joyfully, feel more satisfied, and understand yourself better.

For more information, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Wednesday, March 14
Kent County Public Library – Chestertown Branch

Santa Barbaro Oldham is the Principal of Assistance In Action and is a Certified Professional Life Coach and Reiki Master. She is a proud member of the Chester River Wellness Alliance.

As a life coach, Santa draws on 25 years experience as an operations director and management consultant in corporate America to help clients determine what they want to achieve personally or professionally. With her assistance, clients develop and explore a vision, set goals, identify and clear barriers, and complete action steps to achieve their goals.

The National African-American Read-In at Kent County Public Library


Join us for a community celebration of African-American authors!

The National African-American Read-In is the nation’s oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English in order to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.

Kent County Public Library is planning an interactive, multigenerational program that will include readings from a wide variety of authors shared by members of the community. You can come just to listen or plan to step up to the mic and take part as a reader.

Readings may include short essays, passages from novels, poetry, children’s books, or other types of writing. A selection of readings will be available the day of the program, but those interested in reading are encouraged to plan ahead, choose a selection that resonates on a personal level, and practice reading their pieces out loud. To accommodate as many readers as possible, selections should be no more than 2-4 minutes when read aloud.

In order to allow for a wide variety of selections and encourage participation by all ages, the readings will be broken into two sets:

10am – Readings that are family-friendly for all ages
11am – Readings may contain more mature themes

After the readings, stay for a slice of pizza and conversation.

Questions about the program? Please call 410.778.3636.

Saturday, February 10 | 10am
Kent County Public Library | Chestertown Branch

Poet & Playwright Robert Earl Price at Kent County Public Library


On Saturday, February 3rd, Kent County Public Library welcomes African-American poet and playwright Robert Earl Price for a presentation that weaves together readings from his work with insights into the key events that shaped his career as a black cultural worker in America.

Mr. Price is a veteran of the Black Arts Movement that influenced and was influenced by the recent Civil Rights movement. His poetry strives to capture the visceral impact of the heroism of survival in an oppressive society, often incorporating the lyricism and rhythm of Jazz and Blues.

This program is free and all are welcome to attend.

Kent County Public Library
Chestertown Branch
Saturday, February 3 at 10am

Project 20/20 Phase II at Kent County Public Library


Over the next few months, when you visit Kent County Public Library’s Chestertown Branch you’ll notice changes in how the library is arranged.  These changes are part of the implementation of Phase II of Project 20/20, a multi-year project to update and reorganize the space to keep up with changing needs and trends of library use.

The exciting changes taking place in the near future are to accommodate the redesign of the children’s department. Some of the changes will be temporary while the redesign process is completed, so there will be multiple shifts in arrangement along the way.We ask for your patience with the process and are excited for you to see the end result–it will be worth it!

During this time, we will keep service interruptions to a minimum. Even though the space will look different, materials will remain available and programming will continue.  As always, don’t hesitate to ask if you have difficulty finding items or need help navigating the new arrangement.  We are here to provide you with a positive library experience throughout the renovation process.

If you have questions about Project 20/20, please contact KCPL’s executive director, Jackie Adams, at 410.778.3636.

Funding for Kent County Public Library’s Project 20/20 is provided by The County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Library; The Kent County Government; The Friends of Kent County Public Library; and The Foundation for the Kent County Library.

January Programs at Kent County Public Library


If your new year’s resolutions include increasing your understanding, experiencing new things, or supporting your community, Kent County Public Library has a program for you! Join us to learn what the opioid crisis looks like in Kent County, celebrate the creations of local students, become a part of KCPL’s newest book group, or (for young inquiring minds!) explore dinosaurs.

As always, KCPL programs are free and open to everyone. For more information about these and other programs or to register for “Dinosaurs Rock!”, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Ask an Addictions Expert
Wednesday, January 10 | 6pm
Chestertown Branch

Join Timothy A. Dove, MHS, LCADC for a discussion of the impact of addiction on Kent County, current drug and alcohol trends, and local resources for those seeking treatment and support.

Presented in partnership with Kent County Behavioral Health. Questions welcomed and encouraged!

Inaugural Meeting: The Page Turners Book Group!
Friday, January 12 | 1pm
Rock Hall Branch

Join us for the inaugural meeting of KCPL’s newest book group, The Page Turners!

The first meeting is a chance to meet other readers, talk about favorite books and genres, and be a part of choosing the group’s first book for the February discussion.

The Page Turners is one of 7 book discussion groups sponsored by Kent County Public Library and will meet monthly on 2nd Fridays at the Rock Hall Branch. New members are always welcome at all groups!

Opening Reception: Kent Coastal Clean-Up Projects “Trash Art” Exhibit
Wednesday, January 17 | 5-7pm
Chestertown Branch

We are pleased to be showcasing the creative environmental work of local students. Drop by to enjoy this combination of art and science!

The “Trash Art” sculptures made by 5th grade students who participated in the Sassafras Environmental Education Center’s Coastal Clean-Up project will be on display at KCPL’s Chestertown Branch January 17th-31st.

All ages are welcome.

Dinosaurs Rock!
Wednesday, January 17 | 5:30pm
Chestertown Branch

Calling young dinosaur lovers for an evening storytime with dinosaur delights. Don’t miss the fun! We’ll hatch dinosaur eggs, make dino art, and share stories featuring daring dinos.

Ages 3-7. Space is limited and registration is required.

Kent County Public Library Out and About – Dec 16


Kent County Public Library provides regular service at its three locations in Chestertown, Rock Hall, and the North County Branch in Galena, but we also like to offer library experiences outside of our buildings! KCPL will be participating in these upcoming community events:

Millington Winter Fest & Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 16th  |  9am-1pm

Pick up FREE children’s books and learn about library programs and services during the Millington Winter Fest at the Millington Volunteer Fire Company.

Gather ‘Round at the Garfield

Saturday, December 16th  |  3:30 pm

Join us at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre for a special storytime full of seasonal stories for children of all ages.

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


Children & Books — They Go
Together — Kent County Public Library

Build a Gingerbread House at the Library! Dec. 13 & 14


To register, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.