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Events By Category: Discussion


Ocean Pines Book of the Month
Friday, February 12 - 2:00 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline: the author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask. Join us for a lively discussion facilitated by Kelley Rouse or Nancy Mitchell of Salisbury University. Copies of books are available in advance at the Ocean Pines Library.

Great Books Discussion
Monday, February 15 - 2:30- 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
The Great Books Discussion group meets twice a month to discuss both classic and modern reading selections recommended by the Great Books Foundation. For more information please contact Lisa Harrison at 410-632-3970


Foreign Policy Key Issues: Discussion Group
Wednesday, February 17 - 10 am- 12 noon
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets bi-monthly, February through May, to discuss major foreign policy issues. Study guide is provided. Reserve study guide by registering at Ocean Pines Branch. Call 410-208-4014. Jim Young is the facilitator.

Berlin Book of the Month - The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Reviewers at Booklist say that The Round House is “a stunning and devastating tale of hate crimes and vengeance…Erdrich covers a vast spectrum of history, cruel loss, and bracing realizations. A preeminent tale in an essential American saga.”
Join us each month for a lively book discussion facilitated by Cynthia Hanagud and Gail Samis of Salisbury University. Copies of books are available in advance at the Berlin Branch.

Women Talking About Women
Friday, February 19 - 2:00 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Join us, on the third Friday of each month for reading selections based on women, their accomplishments, attitudes, challenges, etc. The February selection, Neverhome by Laird Hunt, is available at the Ocean Pines Branch in advance. This series is led by Dana Rosenfeld.

Fireside Chat
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 3:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Want to explore new authors and genres but don’t know where to start? Join us for a lively chat about our favorite good reads and get some great ideas!

The Big Read:  The Poetry of Emily Dickinson
March and April 2016
The Worcester County Library received a BIG READ grant from The National Endowment of the Arts and Arts Midwest to develop programs to inspire people to read the poetry of Emily Dickinson. The Library was one of only 75 recipients of this national grant. We are grateful to provide this opportunity to our customers and hope you enjoy the programming which takes place during the months of March and April. Big Read programs are sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts and Arts Midwest.

Foreign Policy Key Issues: Discussion Group
Wednesday, March 2 - 10 am- 12 noon
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets bi-monthly, February through May, to discuss major foreign policy issues. Study guide is provided. Reserve study guide by registering at Ocean Pines Branch. Call 410-208-4014. Jim Young is the facilitator.

Write it! Creative Writing Forum
Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Novice and established writers gather to share their fiction, non-fiction, and creative writing projects. Program includes critiques and appreciation as well as market leads and writing exercises.

Great Books Discussion
Monday, March 7 - 2:30- 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
The Great Books Discussion group meets twice a month to discuss both classic and modern reading selections recommended by the Great Books Foundation. For more information please contact Lisa Harrison at 410-632-3970


Book of the Month- Every Last One
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Join us for our lively book discussion of Every Last One by Anna Quindlen. Facilitated by Cher Grazier. Copies of the book are available at the Ocean City Branch.

Early Literacy Begins at Home
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 3 PM
Location: Ocean City Branch
Come learn how to start improving your child's literacy education starting at birth! Using methods from the Every Child Ready to Read initiative, we will give you tools and tips on helping your child at home.

Ocean Pines Book of the Month
Friday, March 11 - 2:00 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
The Life We Bury by Allan Eskens: college student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Join us for a lively book discussion facilitated by Kelley Rouse or Nancy Mitchell of Salisbury University. Copies of books are available in advance at the Ocean Pines Library.

Berlin Book of the Month - A BIG READ EVENT - The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Final Harvest
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Many early editions of Emily Dickinson’s poetry were re-punctuated by the editor. To re-punctuate Dickinson is often to re-interpret her poems. In 1955, Thomas H. Johnson edited from all known manuscripts The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Including Variant Readings. This edition, known as the Johnson text, attempted to report the manuscripts with complete accuracy. He later published Final Harvest a compilation of 575 of Emily’s best works of poetry.

Women Talking About Women
Friday, March 18 - 2:00 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Join us, on the third Friday of each month for reading selections based on women, their accomplishments, attitudes, challenges, etc. The selection for this month, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths & Stories of the Wild Women Archtype by Clarissa Pinkola, PhD, is available at the Ocean Pines Branch in advance. This series is led by Dana Rosenfeld.

A BIG READ Event: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson Book Discussion Final Harvest
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 2 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Many early editions of Emily Dickinson's poetry were re-punctuated by the editor. To re-punctuate Dickinson is often to re-interpret her poems. In 1955, Thomas H. Johnson edited from all known manuscripts The Poems of Emily Dickinson, including Variant Readings. This edition, known as the Johnson text, attempted to report the manuscripts with complete accuracy. He later published Final Harvest, a compilation of 575 of Emily's best works of poetry.

Great Books Discussion
Monday, March 21 - 2:30- 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
The Great Books Discussion group meets twice a month to discuss both classic and modern reading selections recommended by the Great Books Foundation. For more information please contact Lisa Harrison at 410-632-3970


Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs
Tuesday, March 22 - 1-3 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Ginny Rosenkranz, of the University of Maryland Extension Service, will discuss the care and pruning of ornamental trees and shrubs. She will bring shrub and tree samples for everyone to work with. Space is limited, please call Ocean pines Branch 410-208-4014 to register.

Foreign Policy Key Issues: Discussion Group
Wednesday, March 23 - 10am - 12 noon
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets bi-monthly, February through May, to discuss major foreign policy issues. Study guide is provided. Reserve study guide by registering at Ocean Pines Branch. Call 410-208-4014. Jim Young is the facilitator.

Maryland Day
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
In 1890, a local businessman opened a private bank, was elected his town's Mayor, and went on to serve in the House of Delegates. Join us for a fascinating presentation of Berlin’s own, Calvin B. Taylor.

A BIG READ Event: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 2:00 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Book Discussion: Final Harvest, edited by Thomas H. Johnson

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Fireside Chat
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 3:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Want to explore new authors and genres but don’t know where to start? Join us for a lively chat about our favorite good reads and get some great ideas!

Golden Age of Mysteries
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Come join our discussion of the Gold Age of mystery writing (between the World Wars) with Andrea.

Great Books Discussion
Monday, April 4 - 2:30- 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
The Great Books Discussion group meets twice a month to discuss both classic and modern reading selections recommended by the Great Books Foundation. For more information please contact Lisa Harrison at 410-632-3970


A BIG Read Event: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson Book Discussion
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Final Harvest by Thomas H. Johnson is a compilation of 575 of Emily Dickinson's best poetry. Come join our book discussion of these re-punctuated poems.

Foreign Policy Key Issues: Discussion Group
Wednesday, April 6 - 10 am-12 noon
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets bi-monthly, February through May, to discuss major foreign policy issues. Study guide is provided. Reserve study guide by registering at Ocean Pines Branch. Call 410-208-4014. Jim Young is the facilitator.

A BIG READ EVENT - The Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Experience Emily’s Dickinson’s poetry spoken aloud with the passion and soul that brings it to life. Presentation by Salisbury University's Nancy Mitchell.

Ocean Pines Book of the Month
Friday, April 8 - 2:00 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
A BIG READ EVENT: The poetry of Emily Dickinson. Final Harvest by Thomas H. Johnson: Many early editions of Emily Dickinson’s poetry were re-punctuated by the editor. To re-punctuate Dickinson is often to re-interpret her poems. In 1955, Thomas H. Johnson edited from all known manuscripts The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Including Variant Readings. This edition, known as the Johnson text, attempted to report the manuscripts with complete accuracy. He later published Final Harvest a compilation of 575 of Emily’s best works of poetry. Discussion facilitated by Kelley Rouse or Nancy Mitchell of Salisbury University. Copies of books are available in advance at the Ocean Pines Library.

Play Time
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Join us for some good old-fashioned play! For infant to five-year-old children.

Parkinson Support Group
Tuesday, April 12 - 2 to 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month to hear from guest speakers, learn more, discuss resources and share experiences. For more information, contact facilitator Mary Leidner at 410-208-0525.


Book of the Month- The Shawl
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Join us for our discussion of The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick. Copies available at the Ocean City Branch. Led by Cher Grazier.

Berlin Book of the Month - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
A Booklist starred review: “A novel to live in, learn from, and feel bereft over when the last page is turned, Doerr’s magnificently drawn story seems at once spacious and tightly composed. . . . Doerr masterfully and knowledgeably recreates the deprived civilian conditions of war-torn France and the strictly controlled lives of the military occupiers.”
Join us each month for a lively book discussion facilitated by Cynthia Hanagud and Gail Samis of Salisbury University. Copies of books are available in advance at the Berlin Branch.

Women Talking About Women
Friday, April 15 - 2:00 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Join us, on the third Friday of each month for reading selections based on women, their accomplishments, attitudes, challenges, etc. This month’s selection, Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is available at the Ocean Pines Branch in advance. This series is led by Dana Rosenfeld.

Gardening
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 10:30 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
With Ginny Rosenkranz from the University of Maryland.

Great Books Discussion
Monday, April 18 - 2:30- 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
The Great Books Discussion group meets twice a month to discuss both classic and modern reading selections recommended by the Great Books Foundation. For more information please contact Lisa Harrison at 410-632-3970


Parkinson’s Support Group - Caregivers Seminar
Tuesday, April 19 - 2 to 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Caregivers Seminar: The Parkinson’s Support Group, in cooperation with John Hopkins School of Medicine Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center, is offering a special opportunity for those who care for someone with Parkinson’s Disease, or other movement disorders, to learn from expert presenters and to share with other caregivers. The focus of the seminar is to support and improve the physical, mental and emotional health of the caregiver. Lunch is included. Pre-registration is required. Please call Mary Leidner at 410-208-0525 before the registration deadline, April 15, 2016.

Foreign Policy Key Issues: Discussion Group
Wednesday, April 20 - 10 am- 12 noon
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets bi-monthly, February through May, to discuss major foreign policy issues. Study guide is provided. Reserve study guide by registering at Ocean Pines Branch. Call 410-208-4014. Jim Young is the facilitator.

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson - A BIG READ EVENT
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Location: Taylor House Museum
Many early editions of Emily Dickinson’s poetry were re-punctuated by the editor. To re-punctuate Dickinson is often to re-interpret her poems. In 1955, Thomas H. Johnson edited from all known manuscripts The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Including Variant Readings. This edition, known as the Johnson text, attempted to report the manuscripts with complete accuracy. He later published Final Harvest a compilation of 575 of Emily’s best works of poetry. Our program will be held in the beautiful Taylor House Museum, located at 208 N. Main St. in historic Berlin.

Fireside Chat
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 3:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Want to explore new authors and genres but don’t know where to start? Join us for a lively chat about our favorite good reads and get some great ideas!

Great Books Discussion
Monday, May 2 - 2:30- 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
The Great Books Discussion group meets twice a month to discuss both classic and modern reading selections recommended by the Great Books Foundation. For more information please contact Lisa Harrison at 410-632-3970


Foreign Policy Key Issues: Discussion Group
Wednesday, May 4 - 10 am- 12 noon
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets bi-monthly, February through May, to discuss major foreign policy issues. Study guide is provided. Reserve study guide by registering at Ocean Pines Branch. Call 410-208-4014. Jim Young is the facilitator.

Write it! Creative Writing Forum
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Novice and established writers gather to share their fiction, non-fiction, and creative writing projects. Program includes critiques and appreciation as well as market leads and writing exercises.



Parkinson Support Group
Tuesday, May 10 - 2 to 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month to hear from guest speakers, learn more, discuss resources and share experiences. For more information, contact facilitator Mary Leidner at 410-208-0525.

Book of the Month- Song Yet Sung
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Join us for our monthly discussion, this month of the novel Song Yet Sung by James McBride. Copies available at the Ocean City Branch. Facilitated by Cher Grazier.

Ocean Pines Book of the Month
Friday, May 13 - 2:00 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman: ten years ago, Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother’s apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at a local museum, have enlisted Izzy’s help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past. Join us for a lively book discussion facilitated by Kelley Rouse or Nancy Mitchell of Salisbury University. Copies of books are available in advance at the Ocean Pines Library.

Great Books Discussion
Monday, May 16 - 2:30- 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
The Great Books Discussion group meets twice a month to discuss both classic and modern reading selections recommended by the Great Books Foundation. For more information please contact Lisa Harrison at 410-632-3970


Foreign Policy Key Issues: Discussion Group
Wednesday, May 18 - 10 am- 12 noon
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets bi-monthly, February through May, to discuss major foreign policy issues. Study guide is provided. Reserve study guide by registering at Ocean Pines Branch. Call 410-208-4014. Jim Young is the facilitator.

Berlin Book of the Month - Take Me with You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Publishers Weekly reviews this month's selection as “Bestseller Hyde’s (Pay it Forward) 24th book digs deeply into the ties of love, between both family and strangers...Hyde gives her characters great internal depth, and the book’s scope gives readers time to savor this memorable, moving journey.” Join us each month for a lively book discussion facilitated by Cynthia Hanagud and Gail Samis of Salisbury University. Copies of books are available in advance at the Berlin Branch.

Women Talking About Women
Tuesday, May 17 - 2:00 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Join us, on the third Friday of each month, for reading selections based on women, their accomplishments, attitudes, challenges, etc. The May selection, Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women by Marie Brenner, is available at the Ocean Pines Branch in advance. This series is led by Dana Rosenfeld.


Fireside Chat
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 3:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Want to explore new authors and genres but don’t know where to start? Join us for a lively chat about our favorite good reads and get some great ideas!


Parkinson Support Group
Tuesday, June 14 - 2 to 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month to hear from guest speakers, learn more, discuss resources and share experiences. For more information, contact facilitator Mary Leidner at 410-208-0525.


Parkinson Support Group
Tuesday, July 12 - 2 to 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month to hear from guest speakers, learn more, discuss resources and share experiences. For more information, contact facilitator Mary Leidner at 410-208-0525.


Parkinson Support Group
Tuesday, August 9 - 2 to 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month to hear from guest speakers, learn more, discuss resources and share experiences. For more information, contact facilitator Mary Leidner at 410-208-0525.

Parkinson Support Group
Tuesday, September 13 - 2 to 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month to hear from guest speakers, learn more, discuss resources and share experiences. For more information, contact facilitator Mary Leidner at 410-208-0525.

Parkinson Support Group
Tuesday, October 11 - 2 to 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month to hear from guest speakers, learn more, discuss resources and share experiences. For more information, contact facilitator Mary Leidner at 410-208-0525.

Parkinson Support Group
Tuesday, November 8 - 2 to 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month to hear from guest speakers, learn more, discuss resources and share experiences. For more information, contact facilitator Mary Leidner at 410-208-0525.

Parkinson Support Group
Tuesday, December 13 - 2 to 4 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month to hear from guest speakers, learn more, discuss resources and share experiences. For more information, contact facilitator Mary Leidner at 410-208-0525.