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Talbot County Free Library 90 Years Young by James Dawson

October 15, 2015, marks the ninetieth anniversary of the Talbot County Free Library. Next to its schools, the library is the most used government organization in the county: an astonishing 29,000 county residents have library cards. And for those doomsayers who claim that books and libraries are dinosaurs in this electronic digital age, statistics show that libraries are being used more than ever. And not just for books. The Talbot County Free Library offers high speed Internet connection, access to specialized databases and even computers for those of us who don’t have them at home. And did you know that you can check out e-books now? Not to mention the outstanding and highly popular children’s programs under the excellent direction of the remarkable “Miss Rosemary” Morris. Considering how much a part of daily life our library is, it is hard to believe that we didn’t always have one. Yes, there were small circulating libraries at various times in our history, but never a free county library open to the

Caroline Burnite Walker public, until Caroline Walker arrived to change things. The T.C.F.L. had its beginnings when Caroline Burnite Walker, a librarian of no small abilities who had worked in the Cleveland Public Library and the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, retired and moved back home to Talbot County Living in a county with no library was not acceptable to Mrs. Walker, 45

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