April 2012
Library News and Events

Big Read Author Tim O'Brien Visits the Eastern Shore!


Author Tim O'Brien will talk about his book "The Things They Carried" at two public appearances; April 18 at 7 pm at the Avalon Theater in Easton, MD and on April 19 at 7 pm, at Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin, MD.  Both events are free and no tickets are required.  Copies of the book are available at your local library.

"The Things They Carried" is this year's Big Read selection.  The Big Read challenges community members to read, discuss, and celebrate the same book.  O'Brien's visit is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Somerset County Library, Worcester County Library, and Worcester County Arts Council. 


The Big Read is an initiative designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.

April Program Listings

BIG READ Event: The History and Legacy of the Vietnam War 
Dr. Samuel B. Hoff examines the legacy of the Vietnam war for both the American and Vietnamese soldiers, citizens, and governments. Dr. Hoff is George Washington Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science and Law Studies Director at Delaware State University.  In 2004, he traveled to Vietnam as part of a Council for International Educational Exchange delegation, receiving an Exxon-Mobil Faculty Fellowship to do so.  He is a member of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Monday, April 2 at 1 pm * Princess Anne Library 
Monday, April 9 at 1 pm * Crisfield Library

BIG READ Film: Platoon 
Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential and he is considered insignificant to the other soldiers. As he struggles for survival, he soon realizes that he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon.
Thursday, April 5 at 1 pm * Crisfield Library

Celebrate National Library Week:
April 9 - 14 

Complete a library scavenger hunt for your chance to win a Kindle, stop by the library to enter.

BIG READ Film and Discussion: Regret to Inform with Kelley Rouse 
In this film made over ten years, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed. She and translator, Xuan Ngoc Nguyen explore the meaning of war and loss on a human level. The film weaves interviews with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the legacy of war.  Kelley Rouse will lead discussions at the conclusion of the film.
April 10 at 1 pm * Princess Anne Library

Scrabble Game & Movie
Play a game or two of scrabble and watch a fun flick!
Wednesday, April 11 at 11 am 

Genealogy Workshop

The workshop will include an introduction to getting started with genealogy and some hands-on practice with the library's free genealogy-related databases.  Come prepared with the names of your parents, grandparents, and if possible, great-grandparents to use while searching the online databases.  Workshop is limited to 20 participants, please register at circulation desk or by calling 410-651-0852.

Saturday, April 14 from 11 - 1 pm * Princess Anne Library

BIG READ Book Discussion: The Things They Carried 
Join us as we discuss Tim O'Brien's Book The Things They Carried.  Share your perspectives and insights on the subject of war and the issues addressed in this award winning book.  Pick up a copy at your library branch.
April 16 at 1pm * Crisfield Library
Wednesday, April 18 at 1 pm * Princess Anne Library

BIG READ Special Guest Appearance: Author, Tim O'Brien

Author, Tim O'Brien, will host two guest appearances in honor of our BIG READ based on his novel, The Things They Carried.  Mr. O'Brien is an award winning, nationally known author and his works are taught in high schools and universities across the country.  He is a fascinating speaker who will engage audiences of all ages!
  Free, no ticket required.
Wednesday, April 18 at 7 pm * Avalon Theater, Easton, MD 
Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm * Stephen Decatur High, Berlin, MD

BIG READ Film: Born on the Fourth of July 
Born on the Fourth of July is the biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam War, Ron becomes an anti-war and human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he defended.
April 25 at 1 pm * Princess Anne Library
Family, Children, and Teen Programs

Story Times 
Storybooks, finger plays, songs and fun for pre-school children ages 3 - 6 with accompanying adult.  Free, no registration required.
Tuesday, April 3 & 10 from 11:15 - 11:45 am * Princess Anne Library 
Thursdays, April 5 & 12 from 11:15 - 11:45 pm * Crisfield Library
Saturday Story Time
- "Easter Time"
Stories, songs, games, craft, and fun!  For all ages, accompanied by a parent/caregiver.
Sat., April 7 from 2 - 3 pm * Crisfield Library
Sat., April 7 from 2 - 3 pm * Princess Anne Library

Family Night @ the Library - "Storybook Favorites"
Stories, songs, games, craft, and fun!  For all ages, accompanied by a parent/caregiver.
Mon., April. 16, 5:30 - 6:30 * Princess Anne Library
Tues., April 17, 5:30 - 6:30 pm * Crisfield Library  

Family Movie Matinee

Sat., April 21, 2 pm * Crisfield Library 
Sat., April 21, 2 pm * Princess Anne Library 

Family Board Games 
Sat., April 28, 2 pm * Crisfield Library
Sat., April 28, 2 pm * Princess Anne Library

Teen Movie (rated PG-13)
Monday, April 9, 2:00 pm * Princess Anne Library

Teen - Duct Tape Crafts  
Friday, April 13, 3:30 * Princess Anne Library

Teen - Board Games  
Friday, April 13, 3 - 5 pm * Crisfield Library

Wii Gaming
Friday, April 27, 3:30 pm * Crisfield Library 
Friday, April 27, 3:30 pm * Princess Anne Library  
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