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WINTER 2018 WICOMICOLIBRARY.ORG


MISSION

To serve the people of Wicomico County by supporting learning, enriching lives, and building community. UPCOMING CLOSINGS

All locations of Wicomico Public Libraries will be closed on the following dates: Christmas Eve - Sunday, December 24 Christmas Day - Monday, December 25 New Year’s Eve - Sunday, December 31 New Year’s Day - Monday, January 1 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Maida Finch, Ph.D. - Chairperson Michele Canopii, Ph.D. - Vice Chairperson H. Scott Duncan, Ph.D. - Treasurer Audrey Orr - Secretary Richard Duvall, Esq. George Demko, Ph.D. James L. Otway, Esq. Richard Keenan, Ph.D. Susan M. Bounds Marc Kilmer - County Council Representative Jim Ireton - City Council Liaison EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Book Shelf B O OKSTORE

VISIT THE FRIENDS OF THE WICOMICO PUBLIC LIBRARIES USED BOOKSTORE, FIND USED FICTION AND NON-FICTION BOOKS, DVDS, CDS AND MORE. SIGN-UP TO BECOME A FRIENDS MEMBER AND RECEIVE COUPONS TO USE TOWARDS YOUR NEXT PURCHASE. THE BOOK SHELF IS LOCATED IN THE DOWNTOWN LIBRARY LOBBY!

Andrea Berstler, MLS, MLIS

OPEN TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY

2018 BOARD MEETINGS

10 AM - 2 PM

December 12, 2017 February 13, 2018 April 10, 2018 June 12, 2018 August 14, 2018 October 9, 2018 December 11, 2018

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THOUGHTS FROM OUR DIRECTOR

THE NEW WICOMICO PUBLIC LIBRARIES Five years ago, Wicomico Public Libraries began a new plan: build a new, modern library using the old library spaces. With the efforts of the staff, board, volunteers and Friends, and the support of the public and the County, the library created a new strategic plan and assessed almost every operational function of our organization. Here we are, five years later and that new library has emerged. Each quarter, as you read our newsletters, you see a library dedicated to service, a library that is innovative and accessible, a library whose impact reaches far beyond the walls of any building. We are proud of the services the public library brings to this community, many of which are the first in Maryland. These include our Cyber Civil Clinic, our new Student Virtual Card, and our upgraded Project READ. This is the modern Library, with services and resources available 24/7 through our robust online access. You can borrow eBooks, eMagazines, digital audiobooks, stream online movies and music as well as access over 45 databases. No longer defined by a building, Wicomico Public Libraries provide quality resources and information, and user-defined services that support learning, enrich lives, and build communities. We hope that you will invite your neighbors and friends to rediscover their library and why you belong at Wicomico Public Libraries. Andrea Berstler, Executive Director

Did you know your local library has thousands of eBooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using your phone or tablet. •

Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space.

All your loans and holds are consolidated on a single shelf.

Positions, bookmarks, and notes are kept in sync across your devices.

If you prefer reading on your Kindle, Libby can send your library books to it.

Sample any book with a tap — nothing to download or delete.

Try a zoomable graphic novel, or a picture book with readalong audio.


Downtown Library Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: Tue & Thu: Sun (9/10/17 - 5/27/18):

Adult | Downtown Library

410-749-3612 10 am - 5 pm 10 am - 8 pm 1 - 5 pm

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP A new monthly book club for adults is coming to the Downtown Library. We will read and discuss a new book each month.

LEARNING THE LIBRARY’S NEW PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOG - POLARIS Come learn how to take full advantage of the library’s new catalog system - Polaris. Topics include (but are not limited to):

The Autumn by Ali Smith 2:00 pm Saturday | Dec. 2

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 2:00 pm Saturday | Jan. 6 Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi 2:00 pm Saturday | Feb. 3 SUNDAY YARNS This program is for experienced crocheters and knitters of all levels. Bring a project and join us for an afternoon of crochet or knitting. 2:00 pm Sunday | Dec. 3 Jan. 7 Feb. 4 ZUMBA WITH DEE! Join Zumba instructor Deatrice Livingston for weekly exercise in Meeting Room 1. Children under 16 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Tuesday nights - 5:30 pm EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH YARN Do you like to knit or crochet? Would you like to learn? Come join us for an evening of creativity! We’ll provide knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn to use for the evening. Or bring your own. Open to all ages. 6:00 pm Tuesday | Dec. 5 Jan. 2 Feb. 6

Accessing the catalog Managing your account online Changing your password Doing a general item search Creating a reading list Creating a saved list(s) and adding new titles to them Placing requests Renewing items Requesting items through our system’s inter-library loan program - MARINA

11:00 am Tuesday | Dec. 5 LEGAL CLINIC AT YOUR LIBRARY Join us at the library to get free legal advice from lawyers in the field. Some of the issues the legal experts can address: • • • • • • • • •

Bankruptcy—Chapter 7 Expungements & Shielding Birth Certificates Debt and Consumer Disputes Foreclosures Deed Changes Name Changes Income Tax Disputes Divorce & Custody

Please come in to the Downtown Branch or call (410) 749-3612 ext. 127 to sign-up. 2:00 pm Wednesday | Dec. 13 Feb. 14 MOVIE MATINÉES AT YOUR LIBRARY No more waiting in long lines at the theater or waiting on long hold lists at the library to see a new movie. Come enjoy a matinée with a rotating selection of some of the titles that are in high demand. No one younger than age 18 will be admitted to an R-rated movie without a parent or guardian.

GENEALOGY 101 Join librarian and genealogist Karen Marks and learn the basics of searching for your family’s history.

Spider-Man Homecoming (PG-13) 2:00 pm Saturday | Jan. 27

1:00 pm Saturday | Jan. 13

The Big Sick (R) 2:00 pm Saturday | Feb. 24

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Children & all ages | Downtown Library

Holiday

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: Tue & Thu: Sun (9/10/17 - 5/27/18):

410-749-3612 10 am - 5 pm 10 am - 8 pm 1 - 5 pm

3 - 5’S STORY TIME All 3, 4, and 5 year olds and their caregivers are welcome to join us for stories, fingerplays, songs and a take-home craft during our 1/2 hour program. 10:30 am Wednesday | Dec. 6, 20 Jan. 3, 10, 17 Feb. 7, 14, 21 BETH OHLSSON-OUR LOCAL STORYTELLER AND OUR LOCAL TREASURE Local Storyteller Beth Ohlsson takes us to that “Once Upon a Time” place with her words. Ages 6 and older. 11:00 am Saturday | Dec. 16 Jan. 20 Feb. 17

Ho Ho Ho! Join the Children’s staff at the Downtown Library for songs, fingerplays, stories and fun as we anticipate jolly old St. Nick. The library elves may be leaving us a surprise as well! For kids ages birth-5. 10:30 am Wednesday | Dec. 13

LAPTIME FOR BABIES Wow! Our baby’s brains are developing so fast! Join us for finger plays, songs, stories and fun for ages 0-23 months with a caregiver. 10:30 am & 11:15 am Tuesday | Dec. 5, 12 Jan. 2, 9 Feb. 6, 13

DOG DAYS - PAWS TO READ This program allows your child to read aloud to a dog for 5-7 minutes. Children must be 4-12 years old, must be accompanied by an adult, and not have any allergies to dogs. Permission slip must be signed by parent/guardian and presented at the program. 2:00 pm 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month

6:30 pm 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month

Join us every Sunday as kids get to take part in hands on projects, crafts and activities focusing on science, technology, arts and more. Sunday afternoons - 2:00 pm

TIME 4 TWOS Storytime for 2 year olds. Stories, music, singing, fingerplays, simple crafts and much more. Designed to introduce young children to the joys of reading, and to encourage reading at home. 10:30 am Friday | Dec. 1, 8 Jan. 5, 12 Feb. 2, 9 READ-A-LONG WITH ROSIE For ages 5 -11 and their parents & caregivers. Make a theme-related craft, enjoy singing with guitar and cd accompaniment, interactive stories, and light refreshments. 6:30 pm Thursday | Dec. 21 Jan. 18 Feb. 15

LEGO CHALLENGE! The LEGO Challenge is open! Children ages 5-11 are constructing with LEGOs, learning about their community and world, and building skills and confidence. Thursday afternoons - 3:30 pm 2:00 pm Saturday | Dec. 9, 23 Jan. 13, 27 Feb. 10, 24 Winter 2018

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Teen | Downtown Library

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: Tue & Thu: Sun (9/10/17 - 5/27/18):

410-749-3612 10 am - 5 pm 10 am - 8 pm 1 - 5 pm

TEEN OTAKU CLUB Teen Otaku Club members meet the second Tuesday of each month to talk about manga, and watch a member-selected anime movie/show. Open to ages 12-18 only. 6:00 pm Tuesday | Dec. 12 Jan. 9 Feb. 13 TAC (TEEN ADVISORY COUNCIL) Want to help choose the books, movies and music we buy for the Teen Lounge? Have ideas about the programs we schedule for teens? Come have some PIZZA while we talk about what you’d like to see, and earn 1.5 service hours. Ages 12-18. 6:00 pm Tuesday | Jan. 16 Feb. 20 ROBOTICS CLUB Explore the world of robotics and coding! For ages 10 and older. 6:00 pm Thursday | Dec. 7, 21 Jan. 4, 18 Feb. 1, 15

Check out complete digital editions of popular magazines and keep them as long as you want! TEEN ART CLUB Come join us at Teen Art Club and get creative! Each month we’ll feature a project and have numerous art and craft supplies available. Ages 12-18. 6:00 pm Tuesday | Jan. 23 Feb. 27

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Centre Branch

Adult | Centre Branch Library

Mon - Fri: Sat: Sun:

410-546-5397

10 am - 9 pm 10 am - 6 pm 11 am - 6 pm

CRAFTY HOLIDAY CREATIONS Come join us in crafting something a little extra special for the holidays, whether as a gift or just to bring a little seasonal cheer to your home or work. We will feature a different craft each session - don’t miss out, sign up today! Owls 6:30 pm Thursday | Dec. 7 Wineglass Snowglobes 6:30 pm Thursday | Dec. 14 GAME NIGHT Learn how to play our Featured Game of the Night, or choose from games available. We offer a selection of games including Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, Chess & Checkers and many more. Ages 13 and older. 6:30 pm Monday | Dec. 11 Thursday | Dec. 28 Jan. 4 Feb. 1 STITCH FOR A BIT Knitters, crocheters, and others who enjoy related crafts are welcome to bring their projects and join our craft group. All skill levels welcome! Come share your projects, get some advice, and make new friends!

Winter Reading Challenge DECEMBER 26 - FEBRUARY 10

6:30 pm Monday | Dec. 18 Jan. 22 Feb. 19 INTRO TO ANDROID PHONES AND TABLETS The perfect place for anyone unfamiliar with Android devices and operating systems to come ask questions and learn something new. Registration is required. 10:30 am Tuesday | Jan. 9, 16 INTRO TO IPHONES AND IPADS The perfect place for anyone unfamiliar with Apple devices and operating systems to come ask questions and learn something new. Registration is required. 10:30 am Thursday | Jan. 11, 18 8

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COZY UP WITH A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS THIS WINTER! SIGN UP FOR THE ADULT WINTER READING CHALLANGE AND BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN PRIZES.

VISIT WICOMICOLIBRARY.BEANSTACK.ORG TO SIGN-UP


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Children & all ages | Centre Branch Library

Mon - Fri: Sat: Sun:

410-546-5397

10 am - 9 pm 10 am - 6 pm 11 am - 6 pm

LEGO CHALLENGE! The LEGO Challenge is open! Children ages 5-11 are constructing with LEGOs, learning about their community and world, and building skills and confidence. Saturday mornings - 10:30 am

Join us as kids get to take part in hands-on projects, crafts and activities focusing on science, technology, arts and more. Saturday afternoons - 4:00 pm ROBOTICS CLUB Explore the world of robotics and coding! For ages 10 and older. 6:00 pm Wednesday | Dec. 13, 27 Jan. 10, 24 Feb. 14, 28 WEE CRAFT - FINGER PAINTING Come join us for a morning of finger-painting… MESS FREE! Discover how your little ones can mix and match different colors, make brilliant designs on a canvas, and stay clean all in one! Recommended for ages 2 and older.

10:30 am Saturday | Dec. 2 Jan. 6 Feb. 3

A Virtual Tour of Outer Space Space may indeed be the final frontier in our “normal” reality, but what about in VIRTUAL reality? Using “Google Expeditions” and virtual reality technology, students will see a virtual tour through space, including our planets, the moon, the sun... and beyond! How did the universe form? How did our solar system, as we know it, come to be? Strap on, because while no space shuttles are needed, this tour of the galaxy will be a fast and intense ride, where students can have an actual out of this world experience without ever leaving the comfort of their own library! 2:00 pm Saturday | Feb. 3 KIDS CRAFT Drop in for a fun and engaging craft. Ages 5 and older. Polar Bears 10:30 am Saturday | Dec. 16

Snowflakes 10:30 am Saturday | Jan. 20

Olympic Torch 10:30 am Saturday | Feb. 17

FAMILY GAME TIME Play the classic games from your childhood! Enjoy board games and card games that are fun for the entire family! All ages. 10:30 am Saturday | Jan. 13 Feb. 10 HOLIDAY PAJAMA STORYTIME All aboard the storytime train! Join us for a reading of The Polar Express and a fun jingle bell craft.

WEE WORDS AND PLAY Join us for a fun story and story-themed playtime! Playtime could include anything from a wee dance party to simple games. For ages 0-5.

7:00 pm Friday | Dec. 22

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Centre Branch Mon - Fri: Sat: Sun:

Teen | Centre Branch Library

410-546-5397

10 am - 9 pm 10 am - 6 pm 11 am - 6 pm

3D SNOWFLAKES Use design software and 3D printers to make your own Fractal Snowflake. Ages 11 and older. Registration is required. 2:00 pm Thursday | Dec. 28

INTRODUCTION TO ARDUINO Arduino? What’s an Arduino? Come in and learn about these little electronics boards that can be programmed to blink lights, run motors and read sensors. You can use them to make projects like robots, cosplay lighting effects, and other ‘smart’ projects. This class will get you started with the basics. No experience needed, just a desire to learn something new. You will need to bring your own laptop to install the Arduino programming software. Registration is required. 6:00 pm Tuesday | Dec. 5 Jan. 2 Feb. 6 THE ARDUINO HOBBYIST GROUP Come join us as we learn how to make Arduino projects work. See how to use lights, motors, sensors and other peripherals with your Arduino and make awesome projects! We will also take time to discuss projects that group members are making and help make them successful. Participation in this group assumes a basic knowledge of how Arduinos work, either from prior knowledge or through our Introduction to Arduino class. Please bring a laptop with the Arduino software installed. Registration is required. 6:00 pm Tuesday | Dec. 12 Jan. 9, 23 Feb. 13, 27

JOB INTERVIEW PREP FOR TEENS Teens aged 15-19 are welcome to come experience one-onone employment interviews, be a part of a “Group Interview” setting, and learn what employers are looking for in today’s job market. For this workshop, teens are encouraged to dress as if they were going to a real interview, and also to bring their résumé if available. 6:30 pm Thursday | Jan. 11

ANIME CLUB Have an interest in manga and anime? Join the Anime Club! For ages 13 and older. 6:30 pm Thursday | Jan. 25 Feb. 22 STORYTELLERS - D&D CHARACTER CHALLENGE Challenge your creative writing skills! Explore your individual writing style in a pressure-free environment. In this 3-part series, use the world of D&D to build your characters and see what their stories hold! For ages 13 and older. 6:30 pm Friday | Feb. 2, 9, 16

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Pittsville Branch

Adult | Pittsville Branch Library HAND PAINTED WOODEN SIGNS Join us as we welcome back Janelle Willey who will be teaching us how to make a shabby chic wooden sign for your home or as a gift. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. 4:00 pm Friday | Dec. 1

Mon - Sat Sun:

410-835-2353

10 am - 6 pm Closed

INDOOR CORNHOLE AT THE BRANCH Have you ever wanted to try cornhole? At the library now you can, no matter what the weather is. Leagues will be forming in the spring. Drop-ins welcome! 4:00 pm Tuesday | Jan. 23 GETTING STARTED WITH ONLINE GENEALOGY Learn how to use the internet, including library databases to begin your genealogical search. Registration is required. 4:00 pm Wednesday | Jan. 24 PUB QUIZ NIGHT Come have fun on a cold evening with our very own Pub Quiz. Cheap prizes will be awarded and refreshments served. Registration is required. Must sign up with at least 3 people for a team.

LOCAL HOME BREWING - TIPS FROM THE PROS Join us as we welcome local brewer Michael Piorunski of Evolution Craft Brewing who will be speaking about local home brewing including infusing flavor into brewing water to influence beer flavor while featuring Eastern Shore ingredients and how to use them in beer. Open for brewers of all skill levels. Registration is required.

6:00 pm Wednesday | Feb. 7

4:00 pm Saturday | Dec. 9 BOARD AT THE BRANCH Come play games with us! Each month we will crack out a board game. Drop-ins welcome! Ticket to Ride 4:00 pm Wednesday | Dec. 13

Clue 4:00 pm Wednesday | Jan. 17

Risk 4:00 pm Wednesday | Feb. 21 CRAFTERNOONS FOR ADULTS Join us each month as we learn to do a fun new craft. Registration is required. 4:00 pm Monday | Jan. 8 Feb. 12

THE ART AND CRAFT OF COFFEE Join us as we welcome Dana Fields from Rise Up Coffee as she discusses the art and craft of coffee. We will learn all about how coffee goes from plant to cup and how local brewers create that perfect beverage. Coffee will be served! Registration is required. 4:00 pm Tuesday | Feb. 20 Winter 2018

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Children & all ages | Pittsville Branch Library HOMEWORK HELP CENTER Skilled and dedicated volunteers will be available to provide homework assistance to students in grades K-8. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this space is dedicated to providing a positive work space where children can successfully complete their homework and thereby increase their potential for success in school. Drop-ins welcome! Tuesday & Thursday afternoons - 3:00 pm

Mon - Sat Sun:

3:00 pm Wednesday | Jan. 10

Join us every Thursday as kids get to take part in hands-on projects, crafts and activities focusing on science, technology, arts and more. Drop-ins welcome! Thursday afternoons - 3:00 pm CRAFTERNOONS FOR KIDS Join us for a fun after-school program making cool crafts and fun stuff. Each month we will focus on a fun and useful and sometimes tasty project! Drop-ins welcome! 3:00 pm Tuesday | Dec. 12 Jan. 16 Feb. 13

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10 am - 6 pm Closed

Wiggles AND Giggles P I T T S V I L L E B R A N C H S TO R Y T I M E Storytime for 0-5 year olds. Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, simple craft activities and much more. This program is designed to introduce young children to the joys of reading, and to encourage parents/caregivers to read with their children at home.

11:00 AM T H U R S DAY | D E C . 1 4 MOVIES AT THE BRANCH AFTER SCHOOL - DESPICABLE ME 3 Join us as we watch Despicable Me 3. Popcorn will be served.

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Reduce your library fines and give back to your community! All donations benefit the Joseph House in Salisbury, MD SUGGESTED LIST OF DONATIONS CANNED VEGETABLES, RICE, PASTA, CAKE MIXES, BREAKFAST CEREAL, CANNED TUNA AND CHICKEN, CANNED OR PACKAGED SOUPS, INSTANT MASHED POTATOES, JELL-O, INSTANT COFFEE, COCOA, AND PEANUT BUTTER. DONATIONS OF HOUSEHOLD ITEMS SUCH AS SOAP, DIAPERS, LAUNDRY SOAP, PAPER TOWELS, ETC. WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTED. DONATED FOOD ITEMS MUST BE IN GOOD SHAPE, NOT EXPIRED AND NOT OPENED.

For each sealed, non-expired foodbank donation brought in, the Library will mark $1 of overdue fines as paid.

How does this work? Visit one of the Library’s locations during normal business hours (Downtown, Pittsville, and Centre). Present your library card at the Circulation Desk. For each $1 of overdue fines, present 1 qualified food bank donation. The staff member at the desk will remove that amount from your account.

**Good for overdue fines only. Accounts with charges for lost, billed, or damaged items cannot use the amnesty program to cover those items. Overdue items that are still checked out must be returned before you can “donate” towards that fine. Library members owing over $25 in fines - bring in 25 items and we will clear all remaining overdue fines. This program will end when the Library closes on Saturday, December 16, 2017.


Introd ucing t he new St udent Virtua l Card! How do I use my Student Virtual Card? Your Student Virtual Card works just like a regular library card. No plastic card is required. Your card number is WCPS plus your lunch number. For example, WCPS12345. When you visit the library and check out a book, just tell the staff member that you are a Wicomico County Public School student and tell them your card number. Or show them your student id.

IF YOU ARE A WICOMICO COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT IN GRADES 1-12 YOU NOW HAVE ACCESS TO THE

What can I do with my student card? • • • •

Check out 5 print materials (no audio-visual) Use any computer at Wicomico Public Libraries Access our professional databases online Access eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, digital movies & music using our online library

INFORMATION AND SERVICES OFFERED AT WICOMICO PUBLIC LIBRARIES! ALL ACCOUNTS ARE FINE-FREE.


Access all of these databases and more with your Student Virtual Card.

eBooks & eAudiobooks

My Virtual Library card number PREFIX

YOUR LUNCH NUMBER

W C P S

Online courses

A partnership between Wicomico Public Libraries and Wicomico County Public Schools

Professional databases for homework help

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Downtown Library Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat Tue & Thu

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10 am - 2 pm

10 am - 8 pm

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410-835-2353

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