Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library

William-Oktavec-painting-screenUpcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library during the week of 3/9-15/14: 

Easton Library 

Children’s Programs Family Crafts Saturday, March 15, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Adult Programs 

Stitching Time: Monday, March 10, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Bring your needlecraft projects to work on in a group.  Limited instruction for beginners.  All ages welcome.

The Painted Screens of Baltimore—a 300-Year Journey: Thursday, March 13, 6:00 p.m.  Author Elaine Eff talks about her new book, The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed.  Eff’s work is the first to document and describe this original form of Maryland folk art.   Baltimore’s famous painted screens are the product of self-taught artists who insured the privacy of their homes while beautifying the downtown streets of East Baltimore with these hand-painted works.  One of the artists explained the advantages of painted screens as: “You see out.  No one sees in.”  Baltimore icon John Waters called Eff’s 256-page labor of love “an un-ironic treasure trove of amazingly researched information that elevates the most Balto-centric one time rowhouse kitsch to its proper place in art history.” 

Elaine Eff is the authority on landscape painted screens.  Her book is the result of four decades of research.  Eff served as folklorist for the city of Baltimore and Maryland at the Historical Trust and State Arts Council. The exhibition that accompanies her book, Picture Windows, is on display at the Maryland Institute College of Art through March 16.  She founded and directs the Painted Screen Society of Baltimore, Inc.

St. Michaels Library 

Children’s Programs Family Crafts Tuesday, March 11, 4:00 p.m.  Seasonal crafts for the whole family.

Adult Programs

Movies @ noon: (bring your lunch or a snack and watch a film)Tuesday, March 11, noon.  A free screening of the 2012 release: “Forty-Two.”

Memoir writing Thursdays (always excepting the first Thursday of the month), March 13 – May 29, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly, like-minded people.  Participants are invited to bring their lunch.  Patrons are asked to pre-register for this program.

Book Discussion: Wendell Berry’s Fidelity Thursday, March 13, 2:00 p.m.  Bill Peak hosts a discussion of Wendell Berry’s short story collection, Fidelity.