March 12, 2013

KCPL Announces Development of a New Strategic Plan

Kent County Public Library is excited to announce the development of a new three-year strategic plan. This plan will identify the priorities of the library based on the needs of current patrons, future patrons, and the entire community.

Libraries are an important part of a thriving and successful community and Kent County Public Library is committed to being an excellent resource and partner in furthering the interests of the County and its citizens.

In order to more fully understand the needs of our community, the library is hosting a series of community conversations. Please consider joining us at any of the Open House events so that we may hear your ideas about the future of your public library. Light refreshments will be served.

Rock Hall Library Open House
Rock Hall Municipal Building
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
2:00 pm

North County Library Open House
111-B1 N. Main St., Galena
Thursday, March 21, 2013
5:30 pm

Chestertown Library Open House
408 High St., Chestertown
Saturday, March 23, 2013
11:00 am

If you are unable to attend, the library will be happy to receive your comments at Additionally, written surveys will be available in each of the library branches.

February 13, 2013

Maryland Transportation Plan Survey

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has asked KCPL to help spread the word about the 2013 Maryland Transportation Plan Survey. The information gathered via this survey will help MDOT update its plan for the future of transportation in Maryland.

What's your vision for Maryland's transportation future? Bike paths? Environmentally-friendly systems? Improved highways? Advanced transportation technology? Better transit system? Share your ideas and opinions, and help identify important transportation issues affecting Maryland residents. The survey will remain open until March 31, 2013.

January 10, 2013

KCPL Board of Trustees Elects Officers

On January 7, 2013, the Kent County Public Library Board of Trustees elected the following officers: President Richard Kalter, Vice-president Barbara Macbeth, Treasurer Beverly Birkmire, and Secretary Wendy Costa. The seven-member board includes Dick Hawkins, Clayton Newell, and Harry Packard.

The public is cordially invited to attend the 2013 board meetings set forth as follows: January 28, February 25, March 25, April 29, June 3, July 1, August 26, September 30, October 28, and November 25. Each meeting will be held at 10 AM in the Chestertown Library Inc. room, a.k.a. the Yellow Building, behind the library's main branch.

December 13, 2012

Rock Hall Branch Late Opening - Monday, December 17th

On Monday, December 17th, the Rock Hall Branch will open at 10:30 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

December 03, 2012

Appointment of New Members to the KCPL Board of Trustees

The Commissioners of Kent County appointed Wendy Costa and Harry Packard as members of the Kent County Board of Library Trustees. The Board's first 2013 meeting is scheduled for January 7 at 10:00 AM in the yellow building at the main branch. In this formative discussion, Costa and Packard will join current board members Beverly Birkmire, Barb Macbeth, Dick Hawkins, Richard Kalter, and Clayton Newell to elect officers, to establish standing committees, and to set a meeting schedule.

The Kent County Public Library thanks both Alice Ritchie and Chris Maxwell for their dedicated service as trustees over the past two years.

October 28, 2012

UPDATED 10/29 5pm: KCPL Hurricane Sandy Closing & Cancellations

Due to the severe weather conditions created by Hurricane Sandy, all locations of Kent County Public Library will be CLOSED on Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th.

The Monday, October 29th meeting of the Library Board of Trustees has been POSTPONED.

It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 31st at 10 a.m.

The Community Meeting that was scheduled for Monday, October 29th at 4 p.m. has been CANCELLED.

Per the Maryland State Board of Elections, Early Voting has been cancelled statewide for Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th. See their website for more information, including the Governor's press release:

Although the library is closed, don't forget you can still access our online resources and download eBooks and audiobooks.

Please be safe during the storm.

September 21, 2012

Mini-Golf Extravaganza: An Out of the Ordinary Day at Your Library

In celebration of Kent County Public Library's 50th Anniversary, YOU are invited to a Mini Golf Extravaganza! Join us at the Chestertown branch of KCPL for the unique opportunity to play a custom-designed 18-hole mini golf course through the library.

This event will be held from 12:30pm to 5pm on Saturday, October 20.

Mini Golf Extravaganza
Who: Everyone
Where: Chestertown Branch of KCPL
Tee time: 12:30pm-5pm
Green fee: FREE

Curious to know how a library can be turned into a mini golf course? This is your chance to find out how it's done! The community-at-large is invited to a Mini Golf Extravaganza. It's a truly unique way to spend an afternoon at the library. All ages are welcome! We hope to have kids, teens, and adults playing and having a great time! Bring your family, your friends and your neighbors to celebrate the library's 50th Anniversary on this out of the ordinary day at Kent County Public Library.

Important Note:
There will be no access to the Chestertown branch's public service computers during the Mini Golf Extravaganza. The North County and Rock Hall branches, as well as the Worton Computer Facility, will be open for business as usual that day.

July 19, 2012

KCPL & KCPR Partnership Brings Free Public Computer Access to Worton

Kent County Public Library (KCPL), in partnership with Kent County Parks and Recreation (KCPR), is pleased to announce the establishment of a KCPL Worton Computer Facility located at the Kent County Community Center. The Computer Facility, which was dedicated on July 9, has seven internet-access computers that are available for public use. In addition to providing free and easy access to online library resources and educational games, the Computer Facility houses a shelf of books available to be borrowed on the “trust“ system.

Like all KCPL locations, the Computer Facility is free and open to the public. Those who do not have a Community Center Facility Access Card can request a guest pass for computer use at the Community Center's front desk. Use of the computers is governed by KCPL's computer use policy and the facility is monitored by the Community Center staff.

KCPL is excited to be participating in this new collaboration and sees it as an opportunity to reach members of the community who may not be able to regularly utilize library resources at the branch locations. It is the hope of both KCPL and KCPR that this partnership will enhance access to library and computer resources for all who use the Community Center.

To learn more about the Computer Facility, check out this great write-up about the re-dedication ceremony, courtesy of the Kent County News. As always, KCPL would love to hear any feedback or questions you have about this new partnership.

June 13, 2012

Helping Kids Get Ready to Read

It's long been known that reading to kids early and often can impact their development as readers and thinkers. A recent study, published in the May/June 2012 issue of Child Development, illuminates a simple strategy to help kids make the transition from listening and looking at pictures to becoming readers.

The study's researchers found that most preschoolers who were not yet reading tended to ignore the print in books - no big surprise there. However, when preschool teachers spent a minute or two pointing out the words in a book during circle time, the children began to regularly pay attention to the print as well as the pictures. The researchers tracked these children for several years and found that they learned to read earlier and more easily than children whose preschool teachers had regularly shared books but had not drawn their attention to the printed words. The increased levels of reading success continued through early elementary school.

How does being made aware of the print on a page help children learn to read? The act of pointing out the words in books helps children understand that reading is linked to written words. Kids need to grasp this concept before they can learn to read, so the earlier they start noticing written words, the better. If you want to help a little one become a strong reader, point out letters and words everywhere, especially in the books you read together!

Want more information on early learning?

Talk to a librarian. KCPL's Youth Services staff members regularly attend professional training on early learning and early literacy. Just as importantly, they are enthusiastic advocates for reading with children and do it themselves each week at story time.

Investigate the resources on KCPL's website. We maintain a page for Parents that includes book recommendations, tips for reading with children, and excellent learning and literacy links.

Check out books and early learning kits. KCPL's collection includes resources for parents and early learning kits for kids. Use the My Account feature of the catalog to place a hold and we'll let you know when the item you want is available. (Need help with My Account? All the details are here!)

April 09, 2012

A Post-Apocalypic Reading List

It's been hard to miss the recent buzz surrounding The Hunger Games. The books have been flying off our shelves lately, so if you want to experience the world of Panem, you may need to place a hold. In addition to the trilogy, we also have the brand new movie-companion book The World of the Hunger Games. If you're hungry for other post-apocalyptic worlds to explore, here are some suggestions that range from gritty realism to highly humorous to practical tips for facing the living dead.

If you're looking for a different end of the world scenario (or if you'd rather read something light, fluffy, and full of sunshine), just ask! We're always ready to help find just the right book for you.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s still would be open.
High school sophomore Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, the way “one marble hits another.” The result is catastrophic. How can her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earthquakes are rocking the continents, and volcanic ash is blocking out the sun? As August turns dark and wintry in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Pure by Julianna Baggott
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Epoch by Timothy Carter
In his fourteen years, Vincent Drear has been sure of a few of things. First, the world is going to end. And until it does, he has two jobs: saving souls and protesting movies about boy wizards. But Vincent wonders if there’s more to life than this. His suspicions are confirmed when he finds an elf at his school science fair. Vincent’s excitement fades, though, as the elf informs him that his family’s religion is right about one thing: the end of the world is coming—in forty-eight hours!

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

The Children of Men by P.D. James
The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection for the Living Dead by Max Brooks
The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

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