New Rock Hall location opens Dec. 1; December events at Kent County Public Library

The Rock Hall branch of the Kent County Public Library will reopen Dec. 1 at its new location, 5746 N. Main St.

ROCK HALL — On Wednesday, Dec. 1, the Kent County Public Library will be opening the doors of its new Rock Hall location at 5746 N. Main St.

After an extended period of time only being able to offer limited services in Rock Hall due to a combination of the pandemic and closure of the Rock Hall municipal building, KCPL is thrilled to be restoring full services in Rock Hall and to be welcoming the community to its new space.

Whether you’ve been using the limited services, eagerly awaiting the return of in-building services or have not visited the library in years, you are invited to stop by, reconnect and discover all the library has to offer.

Beginning Dec. 1, the Rock Hall Branch will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

The KCPL system also has locations in Chestertown and Galena.

The North County Branch in Galena will be moving to a new, larger location in early 2022.

For the health and safety of members of the community and library staff, masks are required for everyone ages 5 and up, regardless of vaccine status, when visiting any KCPL location.

To contact the library or learn more about its services, call 410-778-3636 or visit kentcountylibrary.org.

KCPL is pleased to announce a full calendar of in-person events in December.

All events are free and open to the community. Registration is required for some events, according to a news release.

Celebrate the Holiday Party for All Ages 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Chestertown Branch.

Start the month with a festive party for all ages at the library. We’ll read Chris Van Allsburg’s classic “The Polar Express,” followed by activities that include a gift wrapping station (you bring the gifts we provide supplies for wrapping), the Silver Bell Scavenger Hunt, card and ornament making, Holiday Mad-Libs and more.

Festive decorations drop-in crafts are available during open hours Dec. 2 through Dec. 17 at the North County Branch.

When you visit the North County Branch during the first few weeks of December, be sure you have time to stop by the festive decorations table to make something to brighten your hope this season.

All ages are welcome.

KCPL Cares: winter gear giveaway will happen Friday, Dec. 3 at the North County Branch, Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Chestertown Branch and Monday, Dec. 6 at the Rock Hall Branch.

KCPL Cares is a monthly free giveaway initiative that lets us connect with and support the community in a variety of ways.

This month, the giveaway features hats and gloves for all sizes of heads and hands. Available for pickup during normal hours of operation. First-come, first-served, while supplies last.

The 8th annual Toy Train and Model Railroad Expo will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Chestertown Branch.

KCPL is pleased to welcome back the incredible collection of toy trains and model railroad layouts curated by Bob and David Singer.

Train enthusiasts of all ages are welcome.

Make a hot chocolate board at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Chestertown Branch.

The latest is KCPL’s “Pizza and Make a Thing” series for teens.

Join us for pizza and to make a mini hot chocolate board to share with friends and family.

All supplies will be provided and treats will include chocolates, candies, marshmallows, cookies and more.

This event is for teens only. Space is limited, so be sure to register.

Create a gingerbread house 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the Rock Hall Branch and 5 p.m. Thursday Dec. 16 at the Chestertown and North County branches.

Gumdrops, candy canes, frosting and more will be on hand for building your very own graham cracker “gingerbread” house.

This event is for all ages. Space is limited, so be sure to register.

Take home bingo Wednesday Dec. 1 through Thursday, Dec. 16.

Pick up a bingo card at any KCPL location starting Wednesday, Dec. 1. One card per person per visit, but you can visit multiple days to pick up and play multiple cards.

Visit KCPL in-person each day from Dec. 1 through Dec. 15 to see the day’s numbers.

Numbers will be posted at all KCPL locations every day the branch is open. Numbers will be drawn separately for each branch, so you can increase your chance of winning by visiting multiple locations for more numbers.

If you get bingo, bring your winning card to any KCPL location by Thursday, Dec. 16 to be entered into a raffle drawing for fabulous prizes, including: an ice cream maker, an underwater fishing camera, a drone and an airbed inflatable mattress.

Celebrate the Holiday Bingo Big Hurrah 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 at the Chestertown Branch.

Adults, this one’s just for you, so bring your sense of fun to the Holiday Bingo Big Hurrah. Ugly sweaters and holiday apparel encourages — you might even win a prize for your festive spirit.

The prizes are fabulous — including a hydroponic garden, a karaoke machine, a cordless 20-volt tool kid and a Cricut — and the company will be grand at this evening of joyful celebration and friendly competition.

This event is made possible by support from the Friends of the Kent County Public Library.

The event is for adults only. Space is limited, so be sure to register.

For more information, or to register for events, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410-778-3636.

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