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Winter 2016/2017


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

All locations of Wicomico Public Libraries will be closed on the following dates: Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 24 Christmas Eve - Saturday, Dec. 24 Christmas Day - Sunday, Dec. 25 & Monday, Dec. 26 New Year’s Day - Sunday, Jan. 1 & Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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

Andrea Berstler


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LOOKING BACK ON 2016 Here we are, the last newsletter of 2016. This year has gone by more quickly than any other. Perhaps that is due to the number of tremendous programs, classes, workshops and events that your Wicomico Public Libraries’ staff and volunteers have created. Between the success of our Friends of the Library events and the continued support demonstrated by this community, we have seen a banner year for library service here in Wicomico County. All that success has opened doors for new possibilities for library service. We bring library services to 20 preschools in the area by delivering a ‘library in a box’ service to them through our Reader Van program. We offer one-on-one coaching for adults who want to improve their literacy skills through Project READ. We support learning at a whole new level through our volunteer tutors who work in our Homework Help Center. All these new programs were added in the last 2 years, and broaden the range of our already wide scope of services such as the Job Search Center, Robotics & STEM, Story Times, and Summer Reading, just to name a few. All of these great programs are due, in large part, to the work of local volunteers and the support of local organizations such as PNC, the United Way, the Henson Foundation, and others. As we approach the close of 2016, perhaps you would consider joining them and offering your support to Wicomico Public Libraries. Whether you chose to become a Friend of the Library or to present Wicomico Public Libraries with an end-of-the-year contribution, you can be sure that your gift will be used to bring quality literacy opportunities to our community. From all of us at Wicomico Public Libraries, we hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and the happiest of New Years. We thank you for your support of literacy, education, economic development, and community through your local, public library.

Andrea Berstler, Executive Director

END-OF-YEAR GIVING! Your support of Wicomico Public Libraries is greatly appreciated. THANK YOU! Our mission is to serve the people of Wicomico County by supporting education, enriching lives and building community. Attached is my gift of $_________ (Please make your tax deductible check payable to Wicomico Public Libraries) Name____________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Address__________________________________________ City ____________________ State ____ Zip_______ ____ I wish to remain anonymous Donations are tax deductible as permitted by the IRS. Wicomico Public Libraries is a 501c(3) entity. Winter 2016/2017


Q&A Alicia Robinson, Planning Coordinator for ShoreUp WHAT IS SHOREUP’S MISSION? SHORE UP! Inc., a private, non-profit Community Action Partnership on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is dedicated to building communities, changing lives, and empowering individuals and families to maintain long-term independence and achieve economic self-sufficiency, through a comprehensive system of services and resources. Whether our client is a pregnant woman, child, teen or senior citizen, we do not have an age restriction on who we will work with.

WHAT, IN YOUR OPINION, ARE THE TOUGHEST ECONOMIC CHALLENGES IN WICOMICO COUNTY? Jobs that pay well or job training for those who do not have the funds to pursue higher education. There are excellent job training programs and scholarships, but not enough to meet the demand. Affordable housing is a huge economic challenge in our area. Also, tied into all of this, is limited transportation for such a large rural area. Shore Transit does the best they can and we provide transportation for our customers, but reliable transportation is tough in our area.


COULD YOU TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO MAY BE IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE? We do not provide cash to our customers, but we do have a lot of programs to help individuals and families with their bills. Different programs help in different ways. Our biggest program is our Energy Assistance, which helps with home heating and electric bills for those who are eligible. It is an income-based program, and we provide a lot of assistance in this area as it becomes colder. Many residents do not make enough to meet the rising heating costs, so we are here to help. Last year we helped between 8,000 and 9,000 people in Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset counties. One thing that we stress to people who may be in need of this assistance is, if you see you are unable to pay your electric or heating bills, apply right now; don’t wait until you get a cutoff notice. Our Headstart program is for children ages 3-5. Our structure is much like a school day. We care for them, they get 2 meals and they have time to play. But most importantly, we help them get ready for kindergarten. We do a lot of reading,

math and developmentally appropriate activities. If a family qualifies, there is no cost to enroll in this program. We not only work with children but we work with the families as well. If the parent is looking for a job or if they are in need of assistance with family support, we can help them. The children receive health and developmental screenings. We make sure they have their immunizations and we keep an eye on them to make sure that they are showing signs of healthy growth. We serve well over 1,000 children and families each year. Our Foster Grandparent program is open to eligible seniors ages 55 and older. They receive a tax-free stipend as they work part-time with children, whether it be working one-on-one with a child needing extra help, helping teachers in pre-school classes, or watching children in day care while parents take job training. It’s a great thing because most of our foster grandparents love children and the kids just warm right up to them. We had one volunteer who worked one-on-one with a little boy who was autistic and wouldn’t say anything in the classroom. Eventually he spoke. Our children and teachers both value our foster grandparents and the assistance they provide in the classroom. A new project that we recently started is for out of school youth. Young adults ages 18-24 receive training in job related skills. Right now we have a Certified Nursing Assistant program. In the future we will be expanding the training opportunities that we offer. While they are in this program, they get a financial stipend to help them with expenses. We also assist with paying for their certification.



THE LIBRARY OFFERS ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES FOR ALL AGE GROUPS AT NO COST. ARE THERE ANY PROGRAMS, ONLINE RESOURCES, OR SERVICES WE OFFER THAT YOU RECOMMEND TO YOUR CLIENTS? Any library happenings we hear about are passed along to our staff. We have a lot of caseworkers who work with families. We also have staff members who work directly with our customers. I recently discovered that the Library offers Gale Courses which are free online educational courses and a great resource for our staff. So many library resources are not only for our customers but for our staff as well. A lot of children from our Head Start classes visit the library for story times and they love that. The library has so many wonderful things; I don’t think people understand how much it really has to offer, and what you can do there. TO VIEW A FULL LIST OF PROGRAMS SHOREUP OFFERS PLEASE VISIT: SHOREUP.ORG/EASTERN-SHORE-MDSERVICES-PROGRAMS Winter 2016/2017


Downtown Library

Adult | Downtown Library

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: Tue & Thu: Sun (9/11/16 - 5/28/17):

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

TUESDAY MOVIE NIGHT Weekly movie for ages 18 and older. Popcorn and soda provided, but members are free to bring their own snacks.

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. This program is open to all ages.

Tuesday nights - 5:30 pm

6 pm Tuesday | Dec. 6 Jan. 3 Feb. 7

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. Please join us for Express Yourself with Yarn, the first Tuesday of each month, if you are interested in learning how to crochet or knit. 2 pm Sunday | Dec. 4 Jan. 15 Feb. 5, 19


CHATTY CRAFTERS Bring in your crochet, knitting, quilting or other small craft project and chat with others about your favorite (or not so favorite!) books. 2 pm Wed. | Dec. 7 Jan. 4 Feb. 1

Downtown Library

Children & all ages | Downtown Library 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 pm Saturday | Dec. 10 Jan 14, 28 Feb. 11, 25

Join us as kids get to take part in hands-on projects, crafts and activities focusing on science, technology, arts and more. Sundays afternoons - 2 pm 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. 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month - 2:00 pm 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month - 6:30 pm


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 all kids ages birth-5.

10:30 am Wednesday | Dec. 21

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: Tue & Thu: Sun (9/11/16 - 5/28/17):

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


Wow! Our baby brains are developing so fast! Join us for finger plays, songs, stories and fun for ages 0-23 months with a caregiver. 10:30 & 11:15 am Tuesday | Dec. 6, 13 Jan. 3, 10 Feb. 7, 14

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. 2, 9 Jan. 6, 13 Feb. 3, 10


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. 15 Jan. 19 Feb. 16

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. 7, 14 Jan. 4, 11, 18 Feb. 1, 8, 15

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. This story time is for those who seek to discover traditional folktales and fairy tales. Ages 6 and older! 11:00 am Saturday | Dec. 17 Jan. 21 Feb. 18

Winter 2016/2017


Downtown Library Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: Tue & Thu: Sun (9/11/16 - 5/28/17):

Teen | Downtown Library ROBOTICS CLUB Explore the world of robotics and coding!, Learn how C++, Labview, Mindstorms, and Java are used to program robots built with LEGOs, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, and 3D Printers! How do motors, 3D Printers, and drones work anyway? You’ll find out and in the process become the ultimate robot overlord! 6 pm Thursday | Dec. 1, 15 Jan 5, 19 Feb. 2, 16 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.


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.

movies, ebooks, music

TEEN RETRO MOVIE NIGHT Each month we will be watching a movie chosen by our Teen Advisory Council from the book Reel Culture: 50 Classic Movies You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends) by Mimi O’Connor. Ages 12-18. 5:45 pm Tuesday | Jan. 24 Psycho (1960) 8

5:45 pm Tuesday | Feb. 28 Bringing Up Baby (1938)

10 am - 5 pm 10 am - 8 pm 1 pm - 5 pm


6 pm Tuesday | Dec. 13 Jan. 10 Feb. 14

6 pm Tuesday | Dec. 20 Jan. 17 Feb. 21


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Adult | Centre Branch Library

SAVE MONEY AND REDUCE STRESS this season CLIP AND SAVE Are you aware of the coupon policies of your favorite stores? Are you able to price match effectively? In this class you’ll learn tips on how to shop smart and save money.


Mon, Wed, Fri: Tue & Thu: Sat: Sun:

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

IPAD FOR BEGINNERS Learn the basic features of your iPad, iCloud, and the App Store. 10:30 am Saturday | Jan. 14 CENTRE WRITING CLUB Meet fellow writers while working on your current project. Writers of all experience levels are welcome! 6:30 pm Monday | Jan. 16 Feb. 20 GETTING STARTED WITH EXCEL Learn basic spreadsheets and formulas using Microsoft Excel.

10:30 am Saturday | Dec. 3, 10 REDUCE STRESS WITH JOURNALING Come discuss how journaling can improve our lives and help us better connect with ourselves. We will also learn the basics of the new trend ‘Bullet Journaling’, which can be used to both de-stress and increase productivity. Bring your notebook/ journal! 10:30 am Monday | Dec. 5 Jan. 16 Feb. 6 COFFEE AND BOOKS Enjoy a cup of coffee, meet new friends, and discuss your favorite books, genres, authors and adaptations. HOLIDAY TREATS 10:30 am Monday | Dec. 12

Centre Branch

TROPICAL DESTINATIONS 10:30 am Monday | Jan. 9

HAPPILY EVER AFTER 10:30 am Monday | Feb. 13 STITCH FOR A BIT Knitters, crocheters, and others who enjoy related crafts are welcome to bring their projects and join our new craft group. All skill levels welcome! Come share your projects, get some advice, and make some new friends.

6:30 pm Wednesday | Feb. 1 FACEBOOK FOR BEGINNERS New to Facebook? Learn features and privacy settings available on this popular social network. 10:30 am Saturday | Feb. 4 GETTING STARTED WITH WORD Learn basic editing and formatting using Microsoft Word. 6:30 pm Wednesday | Jan. 4 ONE-ON-ONE COMPUTER HELP! Have questions about how to use your computer, tablet or e-reader? We can help. Questions on email, social networks, internet searching, and using library resources are our specialty. Call to book an appointment for a personal session: 410-546-5397

6:30 pm Monday | Jan. 9 Feb. 13 * Registration required for all finance, computer & social media classes. Please call 410-546-5397 or register online at Winter 2016/2017


Children & all ages | Centre Branch Library

Centre Branch


Mon, Wed, Fri: Tue & Thu: Sat: Sun:

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

PAJAMA STORY TIME Join us for relaxing stories for kids of all ages. Pajamas welcome! 6:30 pm Friday | Dec. 2 Jan. 6 Feb. 3


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.

We will read a fun story, practice high-frequency sight words, learn vocabulary, and complete learning activities related to the story! For ages 5-8, Beginning English Language Learners (Native Speakers are also welcome)!

Saturday mornings - 10:30 am

10:30 am Saturday | Jan. 28 Feb. 25

Join us as kids get to take part in handson projects, crafts and activities focusing on science, technology, arts and more. Saturday afternoons - 4:00 pm

KIDS CRAFTS Fun projects for kids of any age! Holiday Lanterns 2:00 pm Saturday | Dec. 17

Winter Bird Feeder 10:30 am Saturday | Jan. 21

Snowflakes 10:30 am Saturday | Feb. 18


Little ones ages 2-5 are welcome to join us as we use a simple craft time to focus on developmental skills appropriate for the “Wee” ones! LACED PAPER DECORATIONS 10:30 am Saturday | Dec. 17


THREADED BIRD FEEDER 10:30 am Saturday | Jan. 21

SNOW GLOBE 10:30 am Saturday | Feb. 18

Teen | Centre Branch Library

Centre Branch


Mon, Wed, Fri: Tue & Thu: Sat: Sun:

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


Come express your love for books through crafts! We will incorporate various aspects of books, including quotes and physical pages, in order to create a literature themed keepsake. The finished projects make great decorations for your home or can be used as thoughtful gifts! Ages 13 and older. 4:00 pm Saturday | Dec. 10

ROBOTICS CLUB Explore the world of robotics and coding! Learn how C++, Labview, Mindstorms, and Java are used to program robots built with LEGOs, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, and 3D Printers. How do motors, 3D Printers, and drones work anyway? You’ll find out and in the process become the ultimate robot overlord. 6:00 pm Wednesday | Dec. 14, 28 Jan. 11, 25 Feb. 8, 22 ANIME CLUB Have an interest in manga and anime? Join the Anime Club! For ages 13 and older.

As yet another school year has come, so has another season of the library's Robotics Club and First LEGO League! It's unbelievable that these programs have been around for 4 years now. The continued success and growth of this program is a testament to the dedication of many highly motivated educators nationwide who all share a common drive to promote hands-on skills and STEM education to students. With the help of numerous community partners, including parents, the Wicomico County Board of Education, and the Friends of Wicomico Public Libraries, our Robotics Club and First LEGO League team have seen tremendous success. In 2014, our team advanced to the state competition at UMBC, where the students got to compete against 72 other teams from across Maryland. This year, the Robotics Club is integrating new and exciting technologies into the program, including Arduinos, Raspberry Pi’s, and 3D Printers. This year, because of the continued interest, the First LEGO League team has their own dedicated meeting time every week to work on their projects at the library. On behalf of all of the students who have taken part in Robotics Club and our FLL teams since 2012, I wanted to thank the entire community for their continued support of what we do, the library and its Board of Directors for their ongoing encouragement of innovation and education, our funders for making sure we have no short supply of LEGO pieces and batteries, and the Friends of the Wicomico Public Libraries for helping us get to another regional tournament this December. Robotics Club meets biweekly at both Downtown and the Centre branch locations year-round. Please see our events calendar or call 410-546-5397 for details. 3...2...1... LEGO! Mark DeMorra Robotics Coach-Wicomico Public Libraries

6:30 pm Monday | Dec. 19 Jan. 30 Feb. 27

Winter 2016/2017


Pittsville Branch Mon & Wed: Tue & Thu: Fri & Sat: Sun:

Adult | Pittsville Branch Library HOLIDAY COOKIE SWAP Bring a plate of your favorite holiday cookies to share and a copy of the recipe. Hot cocoa will be served. No registration required. Drop ins welcome! 7:00 pm Thursday | Dec. 1

410-835-2353 10 am - 6 pm 2 pm - 8 pm 10 am - 4 pm Closed

COMPUTER TUTOR Have you been wondering how to set up an email account? Join Facebook? Search the Internet? Bring your general questions regarding how to use the computer in your daily life and we can help.

CALMING CRAFTS Join us as we learn to do a relaxing hands on craft that will help relieve stress and spark our creativity. All supplies and snacks will be provided. Registration required.

Every Saturday from 1 pm - 3 pm.

6:30 pm Thursday | Dec. 15 Jan. 19 Feb. 16

ZEN AND THE ART OF ADULT COLORING Recent studies show that coloring helps relieve stress and maintain focus. We will supply all materials, plus some relaxing tea and pleasant music to get our creative juices flowing. Registration required.

IPHONE BASICS FOR BEGINNERS Learn the basics on how to use your iPhone. Everything from basics for beginners to tricks and tips to help you get the most out of your phone. Registration required.

6:30 pm Thursday | Dec. 8 Jan. 12 Feb. 9

6:30 pm Tuesday | Jan. 17

Children & all ages | Pittsville Branch Library LEGO CHALLENGE Join us for the LEGO Challenge every Wednesday at the Pittsville Branch. Kids come and let your creativity loose as we build some cool theme-based LEGO projects. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome! Wednesday afternoons - 3 pm Join us every Thursday as kids get to take part in hands-on projects, crafts and activities focusing on science, technology, arts and more. Thursdays afternoons - 3 pm STORY TIME Join us for a special story time for children ages 3-5. 2 pm Thursday | Dec. 1 Jan. 5 Feb. 2 FAMILY BOARD GAME NIGHT Bring the family and play one of our classic board games. Registration required. 6:30 pm Tuesday | Feb. 14 12

HOLIDAY MOVIE COUNTDOWN Join us as we count down to the holidays with a special seasonal favorite every Tuesday evening in December. Bring the whole family and enjoy the movie plus tasty hot chocolate and popcorn. Registration is required. Home Alone (PG) 6 pm Tuesday | Dec. 6 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PG) 6 pm Tuesday | Dec. 13

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer & A Charlie Brown Christmas (PG) 6 pm Tuesday | Dec. 20



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Give the gift of literacy volunteers needed WHAT IS PROJECT READ: Project Read provides one-on-one tutoring for functionally illiterate adults in Wicomico County. It is our goal to have positive impact on literacy rates in the areas of basic literacy (reading), health literacy, financial literacy, technology literacy and family literacy by providing direct one-on-one tutoring.


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| OUR MISSION | Increase and improve basic adult literacy rates in Wicomico County Increase the available job force by improving the literacy and job skills of non-employable adults and improve their opportunities for employment To empower individuals to improve their lives through literacy

| VO LU N T E E R Q UA L I F I C AT I O N S | Proficiency in reading, writing and basic math skills Have the ability to commit 3 hours per week tutoring an adult learner (twice a week; 90 minute sessions) Agree to participate in an interview and intake process Attend an initial training session and bi-monthly staff development meetings Have a mentoring personality Must be prepared to document sessions, attendance and any incidents or concerns Plan literacy lessons and activities tailored for one-on-one sessions with their adult learner Willingness to commit a minimum of 3 months to the program Possess cultural and diversity awareness Have a current photo ID and reliable transportation.

| TO A P P LY C O N TAC T | Rubab Azeem, Volunteer Coordinator 410-749-3612 x140


Wynnette Curtis, Project Read Coordinator 410-749-3612 x159

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44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children source:

If you or someone you know is in need of literacy assistance, please call 410-749-3612 x159 or email

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