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

A Celebration of Children’s Books at KCPL June 13


Just in time for summer, the children’s and young adult collections at Kent County Public Library’s Rock Hall Branch are being refreshed, rejuvenated, and filled with brand new books!

Maryland State Education Association president Betty Weller will be the guest of honor at this celebration of books and education.

Join us for light refreshments and be the first to checkout the new books.

The purchase of these books has been made possible by a generous donation from the Maryland State Education Association given in honor of Betty Weller, outgoing president of the Maryland State Education Association, to celebrate her retirement and ongoing dedication to Maryland’s students and educators.

Wednesday, June 13 | 6-7pm
Rock Hall Branch

Chestertown RiverArts Photo Club Exhibit at KCPL


At the Chestertown RiverArts Photo Club novice, enthusiast and professional photographers alike have been meeting monthly for several years to show their latest images for comments, praise, and suggestions for improvement. This exhibit is a selection of some of their finest photographs that have been brought to the group over the years.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Wednesday, June 6 from 5-7pm at Kent County Public Library’s Chestertown Branch. The exhibit will remain on display through the month of June and can be viewed whenever the library is open.

These images span many styles and genres of photography. Portraiture, street scenes, cityscapes, architecture, wildlife, abstract, black and white and nature images are all represented here. No matter what the subject, each photographer demonstrates a unique vision and engaging composition, a way of seeing and ability to convey that vision that combined with technical proficiency is what all our members strive to achieve in their work.

The Photo Club meets at 7PM every 4th Thursday at the RiverArts Education Center, 200 High St. The public is encouraged to attend and share their photos. For more information contact Steve Kane at

For more information about the reception, visit or call 410.778.3636.

Wednesday, June 6 | 5-7pm
Kent County Public Library | Chestertown Branch

An Evening with Critically Acclaimed Author Kate Clifford Larson


Kent County Public Library is thrilled to announce that noted Harriet Tubman biographer, Kate Clifford Larson, will present “The Geographies of Harriet Tubman’s Life and Legacy” on Friday, May 11th.

This program will explore how the core of Harriet Tubman’s life experiences are rooted in the geography of the fields, forests, paths, and waterways of the Eastern Shore and beyond. The landscapes are physical and material, on the one hand, and intangible and nonphysical on the other: the geography of community, of family, of slavery and freedom, faith, communication, and memory. These geographies extend to the remarkable resilience of her legacy in state and national parks and more around the country. Ms. Larson will share insights on Tubman’s complex life, with new details based on the latest research, and share in celebrating her enduring spirit.

The talk will be followed by a catered reception and book signing. A limited number of copies of Ms. Larson’s book, Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero, will be available for purchase.

This event is made possible due to the generosity of the Friends of Kent County Public Library. For more information about the Friends, visit

Space is limited. To reserve your virtual ticket for this FREE event, visit or call 410.778.3636.

Friday, May 11 | 5:30pm
Kent County Public Library | Chestertown Branch

Celebrate Star Wars Day at Kent County Public Library


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 amazing paint-stick Wookies, the ever-popular pool noodle light sabers, and more!

May the Fourth be with you as you get creative and enjoy the company of other Star Wars fans. Costumes optional, but very welcome. This program is free and open to all.

Kent County Public Library | Chestertown Branch
Wednesday, May 4 | 4pm

Graham Ramsay Presents the History & Future of the World Cup


Every four years, over 200 countries compete to win soccer’s greatest prize: the FIFA World Cup. In preparation for the 2018 competition, join Graham Ramsay, executive director of The Soccer School(and self-described “soccer nut”), for an evening jam-packed with information and enthusiasm.

Whether you’re already a fan or simply curious to know more about the sport, you’ll leave this informative and interactive program pumped up with energy, full of knowledge, and ready for the games to begin!

All are welcome and questions are encouraged at this FREE program for teens and adults.

For more information, visit or call 410.778.3636.

Wednesday, May 2 | 6pm
Kent County Public Library | Chestertown Branch

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