Talbot County Celebrates National Library Week with Proclamation from County Council 

April 27, 2023

The Talbot County Free Library (TCFL), first established in 1925, has been serving citizens for nearly 100 years. With two branches and a wealth of online resources, the library continues to be an important asset for all citizens.  

During their April 25, 2023 council meeting, the council presented Library Board President Susan Sherman, Assistant Director Scotti Oliver, Board Treasurer Mary Pellicano, and Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Sabine Simonson, with an official proclamation to officially designate National Library Week and recognize the service of the Talbot County Library. 

Council Member Pete Lesher, who serves on the Board of Trustees for TCFL, commented on the recognition “I get an up close and personal look of how hard the volunteers and staff work, and we look forward to even greater things with the projects and programs that are coming up.” 

“Truly appreciate all that the library does and has to offer for the community, including the speaker series at the St. Michaels branch and Easton. Thank you for all your dedication and hard work,” mentioned Council Member Keasha Haythe. 
From left, Sabine Simonson,  Pete Lesher, Scotti Oliver, Mary Pellicano, Susan Sherman 

As National Library Week wraps up, the County has a lot to celebrate within our own public library system. 

The library aims to consistently improve current resources and create new ones. Most recently, the library announced patrons can check out iPads for a 14 day period. The iPads will be available at both branches for check out.  

“In the future, the library hopes to expand its collection with more digital devices so that our patrons can have options when it comes to doing their daily tasks,” said Dana K. Newman, TCFL Director. 

“The library is the one place where individuals in the community can come to work together, communicate, learn, and explore,” said Newman. “We are proud that TCFL bustles with patrons who find resources and programs that are free and accessible to all.”

Talbot County Free Library in Numbers 2022

In their annual report, TCFL was able to quantify the impact they have made in the community.  

  • 84,608 (about 15.4 people per hour) Physical Library Visits
  • 14,179 Reference questions answered by Librarians
  • 39 Computers for public use
  • 13,982 Wi-Fi Users
  • 383,411 Virtual Library Visits
  • 970 Meeting & Study Room Use by Outside Organizations 

The full 2022 Annual Report can be found here

National Library Week comes at a special time for the library. On May 4th at 6PM, the St. Michaels Branch will host a community input session to discuss the branch’s expansion and renovation project.   

The new library will feature an expanded teen and children's areas, a larger meeting room, the addition of two study rooms, and added space for new library materials. The project will also correct the deteriorating infrastructure and outdated mechanical and lighting systems. 

The Friends of the Talbot County Free Library and the Talbot County Free Library Foundation are both currently raising funds for new library materials, furnishings, and technology upgrades for the expansion of the St. Michaels Branch. 

All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on the St. Michaels branch expansion or library information, visit www.tcfl.org

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