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Events By Category: Guest Speaker


Australia: A Serendipitous Trip “Down Under” - Presentation by Harry Deitch
Monday, September 25 - 3:00 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Harry Deitch presents highlights from a five week trip to Australia. His mother was an “Aussie War Bride” who left Perth, West Australia in 1946 and traveled to Chincoteague Island, VA. At age 68, Harry traveled alone on a five week adventure to meet his relatives in Australia for the first time. He will describe his adventures in Tasmania, Sydney, Perth, and a tiny outback wheat-belt town called Mukinbudin, and a train ride across the continent on the Indian-Pacific Railroad. Come learn about Harry’s incredible trip, and gain an insight into a fascinating country.

Local Genealogy with M.K. Miles
Monday, October 2 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Renowned genealogist M.K. Miles will join us to showcase his “Miles Files” and do demos of Ancestry Live. Miles, who has researched the genealogy of many of the families of the Eastern Shore for more than 30 years, is the author of the “Miles Files” which is housed online at the Eastern Shore Public Library, boasts a list of 60,000 names.

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.

Feel Good Friday: Pink Party!
Friday, October 6 - 4 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Join us for a very special Feel Good Friday as we come together as a community to celebrate breast cancer survivors, remember loved ones, and support women and families currently fighting. Wear your best pink attire! Refreshments and guest speakers will be attendance. Please RSVP at 410-524-1818.

Arm Knitting
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Learn how to knit using nothing but your arms. No tools or knitting needles are used to create fabulous crafted pieces using just . . . yarn!
Participants should bring two skeins of number 6 bulk yarn.

Gourd Ornaments
Thursday,October 12 - 2:00 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
We will design and make ornaments from small gourds. This program is presented by Dawn Manyfeathers.

Teddy Roosevelt: from Rough Rider to President
Tuesday, October 17 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Meet Teddy Roosevelt! He will share stories full of great adventure, humor, & a positive message. This program is presented by Historian & TV actor Brian Patrick Mulligan. He has performed around the country portraying Teddy Roosevelt for over 15 years. As an actor he has guest starred on Scandal, The Office, Castle, Hannah Montana, & more.

Pine Needle Basket Weaving
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Learn the ancient art of pine needle basket weaving with Native American artist Dawn Manyfeathers, All materials will be supplied; please register by calling the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650.

Gluten Free Cooking
Monday, October 30 - 2:00 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Learn some recipes to make tasty and delicious foods. Our presenter Dawn Manyfeathers will make Lotus Flower Cookies and talk about the benefits of eating gluten free foods.

One Maryland One Book Program: Music of the West African Kora
Wednesday, November 1 - 1 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Presenter Sean Gaskell will play music on the West African Kora and talks about its origins. The West African Kora is a 21 string harp that is native to the Mandinka people of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. It dates back 300 years, although some of the music comes from the middle 13th century around the founding of the Mandinka empire. Sean studied with master Kora players Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh from the Gambia over the course of multiple visits.


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.


STEM FEST: Star Gazing @ the Library
Saturday, November 4 - 7 pm
Location: Pocomoke Branch
Come to the Pocomoke Branch for an evening of star gazing with NASA/Wallops and the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation.
Fun for the whole family!

Worcester’s 275th Anniversary Discussion
Monday, November 6 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Dr. Creston Long, Director of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University, will be joining us to discuss the founding of Worcester County.

Shore Trends and Forecast with Dr. Memo Diriker
Wednesday, November 8 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Dr. Memo Diriker, Founder of BEACON, Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network, and Professor of Economics at Salisbury University, will discuss the trends of the Eastern Shore and look at the probabilities
of events for us in the coming decade.


STEM FEST 4H Program “Making Butter”
Saturday, November 11 - 1:30 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Come milk a pretend cow and learn how to make butter with Cindy, 4-H Agent, University of Maryland Extension Office 4-H Worcester County.

Gluten Free Cooking
Tuesday, November 14 - 2 pm
Location: Ocean City Branch
Learn some recipes to make tasty and delicious foods. Our presenter Dawn Manyfeathers will make Lotus Flower Cookies and talk about the benefits of eating gluten free.

Painting on Glass
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Learn the techniques of painting on glass with artist Michael Carmean. Supplies will be provided, but class size is limited to fifteen participants. Please register by calling the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650.

Gourd Ornaments
Monday, November 20 - 2:00 pm
Location: Snow Hill Branch
We will design and make ornaments from small gourds. This program is presented by Dawn Manyfeathers.