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This year’s One Maryland One Book selection, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande contains themes that relate to emigration, the immigrant experience, cultural diversity, and the idea of home. In addition to being a shared reading experience, One Maryland One Book is designed to use literature to spur community conversations by bringing people together to discuss the book and explore its themes. Kent County Public Library is pleased to be offering five programs designed to do just that.

Wednesday, September 17, 5:30pm, Chestertown Branch

I’m Not From Around Here

Making the choice to leave your country of birth is never easy. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s lonely, sometimes it’s heartbreaking.  If you’d like to know what it really means to emigrate and what the foreigner experience is like, you won’t find it here. Why? Because “everyone’s story is different and this one is only mine.” Presented by KCPL Children & Youth Services Librarian Natalie Lane. Teens and adults welcome.

Book discussions of The Distance Between Us will be held at all KCPL locations:

Thursday, September 25 – 1pm – Chestertown

Monday, September 29 – 6:30pm – North County

Tuesday, October 7 – 1pm – Rock Hall

Saturday, October 18, time TBA, Chestertown Branch

Radio Jaracho

Coming to us from New York City, the band Radio Jaracho will bring a blend of music, dance, and traditions from several regions of Mexico.  All ages welcome.

One Maryland One Book is a program of the Maryland Humanities Council. For more information about any of these events, please call KCPL at 410-778-3636.




The Board of Trustees of the Kent County Public Library is seeking citizens interested in filling position of trustees whose terms will be ending on December 31, 2014.

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 on the Board of Trustees. The form is available on the Library’s website at http://www.kentcountylibrary.org/documents/BoardApplication.pdf or at any Kent County Public Library location.

Completed forms can be sent to kcpltrusteesearch@kent.lib.md.us or mailed to:

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

Interest forms must be submitted by September 30, 2014. All submissions will be considered by the Trustees.

Children’s Program At Kent County Public Library

December 19, 6:30 P.M.

Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Climb aboard and drink some hot chocolate while listening to the classic story about the magic of Christmas! There will be a special visitor from the North Pole and a craft activity. Bring your cameras! Wear your P.J.’s This event is by train ticket only. Call 410-778-3636 to reserve your train ticket.

November Children’s Programs From Kent County Public Library

Chestertown Branch
Wednesday, November 27

2:00 P.M.- 3:00 P.M.

Listen to gingerbread friend stories and create a gingerbread house of your very own!!! This is a family program for young and old. Basic house material will be provided but each participant is asked to bring either a bag of candy to share for decorating the houses. Please call, email or stop by the library to register. 410-778-3636

October Family Programs At The Library

Haunted Tabletop Houses
Friday, October 18th 11:00 A.M.
Listen to a spooky story and make a mini “haunted house”. Basic house materials will be provided but you will need to bring a bag of Halloween candy to share for decorating. Ages 3 and up
Space is limited so please call the library to register. 410-778-3636



Parent Café and Baby Story Time
Tuesday, October 22 11:00 A.M.
Parents and children birth through age 2 can experience a rollicking story time packed with fun and easy tips for helping children to learn. Explore library materials that support early learning. Before you go, enjoy a healthy snack and coffee while chatting with other parents. Go home with a book and activities to share with little ones. Please call or stop by the Chestertown Branch to register. 410-778-3636

Professional Development Opportunity at Kent County Public Library, Chestertown Branch

Great Musical Adaptations! Songs for Memorable Teaching and Smooth Transitions. Participants will explore strategies for using music as a tool for teaching and classroom management in preschool settings. Please call to register as space is limited. Earn 3 hours of Core Knowledge. This free workshop is funded through a PNC Grow Up Great Grant.

Saturday, September 28
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Foundation for the Kent County Public Library Receives $6,600 Grant From PNC to Create Early Literacy Center

Richard Kalter, Chairman of the Foundation for the Kent County Public Library, and Jackie Adams, Library Director, are pleased to announce that the Foundation, on behalf of the Library, has been awarded a $6,600 grant from the PNC Foundation to create an Early Literacy Center for parents and early child care providers for Kent County Title I families to improve school readiness. PNC provided the funding in support of Grow Up Great, its bilingual program in early childhood education.

The Early Literacy Center will include new books, materials, a new shelving unit, an updated early literacy computer and quality programming to enhance and increase school readiness for Kent County children.

“PNC is committed to providing families with the tools and resources to help children be successful in kindergarten and life,” said Jennifer Joseph, PNC Market Executive on the Eastern Shore. “The Early Literacy Center will serve a critical community need – helping more Kent County children arrive at kindergarten with essential skills and ready to learn.”

Kent County Public Library (KCPL) also will offer two interactive, hands on, parent/caregiver and child events that promote the development of school readiness skills for young children and raise awareness of the library’s “Early Care” resources. Transportation will be provided for these events and each family will receive a children’s book to take home.

In 2012, a total of 5,522 community members attended a variety of programs offered throughout the year, including weekly story times. The library has early literacy computers at all the branches and provides take home learning backpacks that support the Maryland Model for School Readiness. The library also offers annual summer reading programs.

“Thanks to the PNC Foundation, KCPL’s exceptional Children’s Department will be an integral part of an early education initiative that will benefit underserved families by providing direct services for children and family engagement in the community,” said Jackie Adams, Library Director.

About the Organizations
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life. For more information, please visit www.pncgrowupgreat.com, www.facebook.com/pncgrowupgreat and www.youtube.com/PNC or follow @PNCGrowUpGreat on Twitter.

The Foundation for the Kent County Public Library, Inc. is registered with the I.R.S. as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the mission of the Kent County Public Library.

Family Programs at Kent County Public Library in August

First Friday Toddler Drive-In Movie at Kent County Public Library
Join us for a Toddler Drive-In Movie! Design your very own car out of a box and then park it for the short 30 minute flick! All craft supplies and popcorn will be provided. Bring your own box drink or water bottle. Ages 2-6 & their families. Please register. 410-778-3636
Friday, August 2
Chestertown Branch 6 P.M.


The Bubble Lady
She’s back! Pop into the library and make bubbles with the Bubble Lady. Register please.
Monday, August 5
Rock Hall Branch 1 P.M.


Uncle Pete Kids Concert
Uncle Pete is back! Kids and adults are invited to sing and dance at this energetic and interactive musical celebration. Don’t miss it!
Wednesday, August 7
Chestertown Branch 12:30

Children’s Programs at Kent County Public Library

Books in Motion
Stimulate your senses at this delightful program jam-packed with books and movement. Ages 3+
Wednesday, July 24
Rock Hall Branch 10:30 A.M.

Dig Into Owl Pellets
“Ewww, gross! Owl poop!!” No, no, no—owl pellets are NOT poop! Want to learn more? Join us to dissect owl pellets and learn about the barn owl’s diet and habits. Ages 7+ *Registration Required*
Thursday, July 25
Chestertown Branch 3 P.M.


Giant dinosaur puppets from the Maryland Science Center teach about prehistoric times and how scientists interpret clues about the behavior of dinosaurs.
Tuesday, July 30
Chestertown Branch 3 P.M.

Fairy Tales and Music
Miss Rachael returns with her autoharp and a delightful interactive storytelling program. Ages 4 – 8
Wednesday, July 31
Chestertown Branch 3 P.M.


Drop-In Story Time

Interact with your preschooler to nurture a love of reading by enjoying stories, songs, puppets and a craft. Ages 2+
Every Tuesday
Chestertown Branch 10:00 A.M.
Every Thursday
North County Branch 10:30 A.M


Childcare Provider Certification Opportunity at Kent County Public Library

Saturday, June 15

9:30 A.M.

Learn strategies for building language & literacy skills through creative drama such as the Story Can Theatre. This 3 hour class presented by Interact Theatre is certified through MSDE Office of Child Care and offers 3 curriculum clock hours of Core Knowledge. Please call 410-778-3636 to reserve your space.