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Turtle Dance Music
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
We spark children's curiosity and imaginations through interactive, inclusive musical performances that use a wide range of instruments, comedy and music technology. Our 45-60 minute sensory-friendly performances are geared for Pre-K, grades K-5 and students on the Autism Spectrum.

Delmarva Shorebirds
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Come “Play Ball” with Sherman!

Snow Hill Book of the Month - “The Distance Between Us” by Reyna Grande
Wednesday, July 26 - 5:30 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Join us for monthly book discussion from a rousing range of genres ranging from science fiction to historical, classics to YA -- facilitated by Cassandra Dasher, Snow Hill library staff. Copies of the book are available at the Snow Hill branch in advance.

Turtle Dance Music
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 10:30 am
Location: Snow Hill Branch
We spark children's curiosity and imaginations through interactive, inclusive musical performances that use a wide range of instruments, comedy and music technology. Our 45-60 minute sensory-friendly performances are geared for Pre-K, grades K-5 and students on the Autism Spectrum.

Turtle Dance Music
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
We spark children's curiosity and imaginations through interactive, inclusive musical performances that use a wide range of instruments, comedy and music technology. Our 45-60 minute sensory-friendly performances are geared for Pre-K, grades K-5 and students on the Autism Spectrum.

Ballycastle Knits
Friday, July 28 - 10 am - 12 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Victoria Christie-Healy, the club organizer has been knitting since childhood. Victoria and her husband and business partner Mike Healy relocated to Ocean Pines in March of 2015. Her career as a knitting teacher started at the Reston Community Center in 2009 and grew over the next four years to several other community centers in Northern Virginia. She has taught several hundred women (and some men) how to knit. She conducts several knitting retreats a year in Ireland.

Water Olympics (weather permitting)
Friday, July 28, 2017 - 2 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Cool off with some fun water games and relays. For ages 6 & up.

FOPL Annual Book Sale!
Friday, July 28 - 6-8 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Friends of the Ocean Pines Library (FOPL) Members, you get first crack at this amazing book sale! If you'd like to be amongst the first individuals to purchase your books, you can become a FOPL member at the door!

FOPL Annual Book Sale!
Saturday, July 29 - 9 am- 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Come and shop at the FOPL Book Sale! There's a great selection of gently used books.

FOPL Annual Book Sale!
Monday, July 31 - 10 am- 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Last day of the FOPL Book Sale! Enjoy half-off your selections--a great way to stock up on good reads for the summer!

Ed Stivender
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 10:30 am
Location: Berlin Branch
Ed Stivender has been referred to as “the Robin Williams of storytelling." -- Miami Herald. Ed has fabulated his way around the globe -- he has been a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, the Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival in Ireland, Graz Festival, Austria and our own Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Ed Stivender
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Ed Stivender has been referred to as “the Robin Williams of storytelling." -- Miami Herald. Ed has fabulated his way around the globe -- he has been a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, the Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival in Ireland, Graz Festival, Austria and our own Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Ed Stivender
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
Ed Stivender has been referred to as “the Robin Williams of storytelling." -- Miami Herald. Ed has fabulated his way around the globe -- he has been a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, the Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival in Ireland, Graz Festival, Austria and our own Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Sit-N-Stitch
Wednesday, August 2 - 5 - 7 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Drop in and join others for an evening of knitting, crocheting, and other needle arts. Sit, stitch, share ideas, meet new friends and connect with old ones! Please bring your own materials.

Ed Stivender
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:30 am
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Ed Stivender has been referred to as “the Robin Williams of storytelling." -- Miami Herald. Ed has fabulated his way around the globe -- he has been a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, the Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival in Ireland, Graz Festival, Austria and our own Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Ed Stivender
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 2 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Ed Stivender has been referred to as “the Robin Williams of storytelling." -- Miami Herald. Ed has fabulated his way around the globe -- he has been a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, the Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival in Ireland, Graz Festival, Austria and our own Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Ballycastle Knits
Friday, August 4 - 10 am - 12 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Victoria Christie-Healy, the club organizer has been knitting since childhood. Victoria and her husband and business partner Mike Healy relocated to Ocean Pines in March of 2015. Her career as a knitting teacher started at the Reston Community Center in 2009 and grew over the next four years to several other community centers in Northern Virginia. She has taught several hundred women (and some men) how to knit. She conducts several knitting retreats a year in Ireland.

Family Retro Movie Night “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?“
Friday, August 4, 2017 - 7 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Light refreshments served For all ages.

End of Summer @ Your Library Party
Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 11 am
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Join us for an ice cream party! Play games, make an ice cream sundae, and celebrate Summer @ Your Library. Caregivers and children up to age 18 are welcome.

2nd Annual Iron Chef Competition
Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Thanks to success of last year’s program, we are having our 2nd Annual Ocean City Iron Chef Competition. Come compete for prizes (first place and runner up) by making a gourmet dish with the provided ingredients. All supplies provided, for ages 8 and up.

Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 11 am
Location: Berlin Branch
Summer Reading prizes will be awarded during the event.

Library Staff Training
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
The Berlin, Ocean Pines, and Pocomoke Branch Libraries will be closed to the public on Wednesday, August 9 so library staff may participate in new catalog training. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Two Worcester County Library branches, Ocean City and Snow Hill will be open from 1 - 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9 and book drops at all five library locations will be available.

Super Hero Day
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 2pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Come dressed as your favorite super hero. Take your picture at our Photo-op wall. Enjoy some super hero snacks. For children ages 3 and up.

Ballycastle Knits
Friday, August 11 - 10 am - 12 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Victoria Christie-Healy, the club organizer has been knitting since childhood. Victoria and her husband and business partner Mike Healy relocated to Ocean Pines in March of 2015. Her career as a knitting teacher started at the Reston Community Center in 2009 and grew over the next four years to several other community centers in Northern Virginia. She has taught several hundred women (and some men) how to knit. She conducts several knitting retreats a year in Ireland.

End of Summer @ Worcester County Library Party
Friday, August 11, 2017 - 11 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Celebrate all of your hard work this summer and enjoy the party! We will have refreshments and will be awarding prizes to the top participants!

Writing for Wellness
Monday, August 14 - 1:30-3 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Research has shown that writing about stressful experiences, like illness, may boost health & psychological well-being. Group uses exercise to stimulate the process for creative expression. No prior writing experience needed. This program is facilitated by Andrea Schlottman.

“POSITIVE-ly-fun Rock Concert” starring Kidsinger Jim
Tuesday Aug 15, 2017 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
Features original rock, pop, and country songs. Bring the entire family for a fun time!

Fun Finger Foods for Kids
Wednesday August 16, 2017 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
Come learn how to make fun finger foods and enjoy eating your creations. All ages welcome.

“Cork Crafts”
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 9:30 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
We’ll supply the corks, come and be creative. For 2 to 5 year old children.

Ballycastle Knits
Friday, August 18 - 10 am - 12 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Victoria Christie-Healy, the club organizer has been knitting since childhood. Victoria and her husband and business partner Mike Healy relocated to Ocean Pines in March of 2015. Her career as a knitting teacher started at the Reston Community Center in 2009 and grew over the next four years to several other community centers in Northern Virginia. She has taught several hundred women (and some men) how to knit. She conducts several knitting retreats a year in Ireland.

Children’s Dance 101
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
Learn some circle, line, and partner dances with instructor Mary McCormick. Ages 5 and up.

“Turtle Tales”
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 9:30 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Come meet Luke, a diamondback terrapin who is Ocean Pines Library Mascot, and enjoy turtle stories. For 2 to 5 year old children.

Ballycastle Knits
Friday, August 25 - 10 am - 12 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Victoria Christie-Healy, the club organizer has been knitting since childhood. Victoria and her husband and business partner Mike Healy relocated to Ocean Pines in March of 2015. Her career as a knitting teacher started at the Reston Community Center in 2009 and grew over the next four years to several other community centers in Northern Virginia. She has taught several hundred women (and some men) how to knit. She conducts several knitting retreats a year in Ireland.

Writing for Wellness
Monday, August 28 - 1:30-3 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Research has shown that writing about stressful experiences, like illness, may boost health & psychological well-being. Group uses exercise to stimulate the process for creative expression. No prior writing experience needed. This program is facilitated by Andrea Schlottman.

Woodworking Workshop
Wednesday,August 30, 2017 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
Make crafts from wooden kits supplied by Home Depot. Take them home and paint them. For ages 7 and over.

Snow Hill Book of the Month - “All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Wednesday, August 30 - 5:30 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Join us for monthly book discussion from a rousing range of genres ranging from science fiction to historical, classics to YA -- facilitated by Cassandra Dasher, Snow Hill library staff. Copies of the book are available at the Snow Hill branch in advance.

“Off to School”
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Starting school this September? Come find out what to expect. For 2 to 5 year old children.

First Saturday Writers
Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 10:00 am
Location: Berlin Branch
Novice and established writers gather to share their fiction, non-fiction, and creative writing projects. Structure includes critiques and appreciation, market leads and writing exercises. Drop-ins welcome!

Labor Day
Monday, September 4, 2017
Location: All Branches
Library Closed

Story Time “Back to School”
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

We Love a Mystery Book Club
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Join us to discuss and compare the many types of mystery novels including the Golden Age of the mystery, British mysteries, international mysteries, cozy mysteries, noir mysteries, and the many American mystery series. Come and share your favorite mystery genres as we compare plots, protagonists, settings, and what we like about each.

The Digital Library and You
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Books and magazines for your e-reader, audiobooks and music for your player, movies and TV for your leisure; and all free to download from the comfort of your own home. Visit the library with your library card and device to get started!

September Board of Trustees Meeting
September 12, 2017 - 9:30 am
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Meetings are open to the public.

Play Time
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:30 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Make new friends and learn new skills while playing with our great educational toys!
For infant to 5 year old children.


Story Time “Owls”
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

Coloring for Calmness and Conversation
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Join us for monthly adult coloring sessions. Research has shown that coloring has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety and create focus or mindfulness. We will explore different patterns such as mandalas, zentangles, paisleys, or patterns suggested by our participants. Bring your own coloring pages or use ours. Colored pencils, gel pens, and felt tips will be available, along with coffee and cookies.

Young and Restless
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Science, Art and Fun! For 3 to 7 year old children.

Fireside Chat
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Want to explore new authors and genres but don’t know where to start? Join our popular and lively chat as we discuss our favorite good reads and get some great ideas!

Family Night “Music”
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 4:30-5:30 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Musical fun for the whole family!

The Digitial Library and You
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Books and magazines for your e-reader, audiobooks and music for your player, movies and TV for your leisure; and all free to download from the comfort of your own home. Visit the library with your library card and device to get started!

Story Time “Birthdays”
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Our Open Mic event is an opportunity for artists of all genres (musicians, poets, comedians, rappers, and others) to gather and share their talents with each other and their audience, and to build an understanding and acceptance of the diversity that is ART. Join us as an artist or an appreciator; all are welcome! (Artists: ground rules will apply.) Please call the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650 for details. Hosted by Ashley Cuffee.

We Love a Mystery Book Club
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Join us to discuss and compare the many types of mystery novels including the Golden Age of the mystery, British mysteries, international mysteries, cozy mysteries, noir mysteries, and the many American mystery series. Come and share your favorite mystery genres as we compare plots, protagonists, settings, and what we like about each.

First Saturday Writers
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Novice and established writers gather to share their fiction, non-fiction, and creative writing projects. Structure includes critiques and appreciation, market leads and writing exercises. Drop-ins welcome!

Columbus Day
Monday, October 9, 2017
Location: All Branches
Library Closed

October Board of Trustees Meeting
October 10, 2017 - 9:30 am
Location: Berlin Branch
Meetings are open to the public.

Play Time
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Make new friends and learn new skills while playing with our great educational toys!
For infant to 5 year old children.


Story Time “Falling Leaves”
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

Coloring for Calmness and Conversation
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Join us for monthly adult coloring sessions. Research has shown that coloring has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety and create focus or mindfulness. We will explore different patterns such as mandalas, zentangles, paisleys, or patterns suggested by our participants. Bring your own coloring pages or use ours. Colored pencils, gel pens, and felt tips will be available, along with coffee and cookies.

Young and Restless
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Science, Art and Fun! For 3 to 7 year old children.

Fireside Chat
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Want to explore new authors and genres but don’t know where to start? Join our popular and lively chat as we discuss our favorite good reads and get some great ideas!

Family Night “At The Movies”
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Join us for an evening at the movies.

International Games Week Kickoff
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
International Games Week is an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning that anyone can join, and costs absolutely nothing to play! Gamers young and old are welcome to join us for a variety of board games.

Story Time “Pumpkins”
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

Story Time “Pumpkins”
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

Gothic Art and Architecture
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Join us for a look at the innovations of Gothic architecture (c.1137-1500) and tour two of France’s famous cathedrals, Saint-Denis and Chartres. Rib vaults, the exterior (flying) buttress, pointed arches, and highly decorative exteriors represent the major points of this era in cathedral design. As a cultural and intellectual epicenter, our look at medieval Paris will also contemplate a couple of sculptures and images from folios. The so-called ‘dark ages’ were actually filled with light. Though criticized in 1550 by Georgio Vasari, one of the first writers of art history, during the 13th and 14th centuries the Gothic cathedrals were seen as beautiful by those who built and lived with them. They were a modern work reflecting images of the city of God (Jerusalem). The Gothic period lasted from c. 1137-1500 and within this era we see Early, High, and Late styles. Beginning north of the Alps this style existed at a time of great prosperity, peace, economic stability, spirituality and technological advancement. Guilds, or professional associations, were formed as were modern universities. Paris, in particular, became a center of commercial activity, intellectualism, and artistic endeavors of the Gothic world.
This program will begin with a brief look at Romanesque architecture, built at the same time as early Gothic, but with a plain exterior, a horizontal design, and less decorative. By comparing these styles we may investigate the innovations of the Gothic style, such as rib vaults, pointed arches and the flying buttress. Focusing primarily on Saint-Denis and Chartres this lecture will explore both cathedrals in addition to some of their stained glass windows and sculptures. Included in the presentation are two short videos and an online tour of Chartres with 360 degree views. Finally, Paris’ claim as the intellectual center of the Gothic world rests beyond the architects; it was also renowned for its book makers. Ending our presentation with a drawing and two folios offers a glance into the artwork produced in a sketchbook and also two Bibles of the time. Presented by Elena Coelho.


We Love a Mystery Book Club
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Join us to discuss and compare the many types of mystery novels including the Golden Age of the mystery, British mysteries, international mysteries, cozy mysteries, noir mysteries, and the many American mystery series. Come and share your favorite mystery genres as we compare plots, protagonists, settings, and what we like about each.

First Saturday Writers
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Novice and established writers gather to share their fiction, non-fiction, and creative writing projects. Structure includes critiques and appreciation, market leads and writing exercises. Drop-ins welcome!

First Saturday Writers
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Novice and established writers gather to share their fiction, non-fiction, and creative writing projects. Structure includes critiques and appreciation, market leads and writing exercises. Drop-ins welcome!

Digital Library and You
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Books and magazines for your e-reader, audiobooks and music for your player, movies and TV for your leisure; and all free to download from the comfort of your own home. Visit the library with your library card and device to get started!


Story Time “Music”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

Take Things Apart Day
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Take objects such as VCRs, telephones and clocks apart to learn how they operate. A perfect STEAM activity for kids 8 and up!

November Board of Trustees Meeting
November 14, 2017 - 9:30 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
Meetings are open to the public.

Play Time
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For infant to 5 year old children.

Story Time “Giving Thanks”
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
For 2 to 5 year old children.

Coloring for Calmness and Conversation
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Join us for monthly adult coloring sessions. Research has shown that coloring has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety and create focus or mindfulness. We will explore different patterns such as mandalas, zentangles, paisleys, or patterns suggested by our participants. Bring your own coloring pages or use ours. Colored pencils, gel pens, and felt tips will be available, along with coffee and cookies.

Wednesday before Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - All Branches close at 5 pm

Thanksgiving
Thursday, Friday & Saturday - November 23, 24 & 25, 2017
Location: All Branches
Library Closed

Young and Restless
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Science, Art and Fun! For 3 to 7 year old children.

Fireside Chat
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Want to explore new authors and genres but don’t know where to start? Join our popular and lively chat as we discuss our favorite good reads and get some great ideas!

Family Night “Holiday Centerpieces”
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Make a centerpiece for your holiday table. Fun for the whole family.

December Board of Trustees Meetings
December 12, 2017 - 9:30 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Meetings are open to the public.

Saturday before Christmas
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Location: All Branches
Library Closed

Christmas
Monday, December 25, 2017
Location: All Branches
Library Closed

New Year’s Holiday
Saturday, December 30, 2017 - All Branches close at 1 pm

New Year’s Day
Monday, January 1, 2018
Location: All Branches
Library Closed