Books in the Belfry: Happy National Poetry Month from the Dorchester County Public Library

By Carolina Rodriguez
Posted 4/9/24

CAMBRIDGE – Before we get to sharing our exciting upcoming events schedule with you, here’s a quick reminder about our updated hours of operation at the Cambridge Branch …

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Books in the Belfry: Happy National Poetry Month from the Dorchester County Public Library


CAMBRIDGE – Before we get to sharing our exciting upcoming events schedule with you, here’s a quick reminder about our updated hours of operation at the Cambridge Branch that began in March. The Central Branch will be open Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Hurlock Branch hours of operation remain the same, operating Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We would love it if you joined us for our upcoming events at both of our branches. See our schedule of events below. 

Happenings at both Cambridge and Hurlock Libraries:

  • Craft To-Go: Tissue Paper Flower - Stop in to pick up a free craft to-go kit containing all you need to create your own uniquely beautiful tissue paper flowers to welcome spring. These flowers don't need water and they won't activate your pollen allergies. Colors will vary. Available while supplies last. (For all ages)
  • Storytime - Every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Catch the storytime fun with your kiddos every week at either our Cambridge or Hurlock branch every week! (For ages 0 to 6)

Happenings at the Cambridge Library:

  • Anime Club - Every Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. Cambridge Meeting Room - Meet up with fellow anime lovers weekly for games, episodes and so much more! (For ages 13+) 
  • Spoken Word Open Mic on April 11 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cambridge Meeting Room - Do you have the heart of a poet? Do you write your own song lyrics? Do you have a favorite poem that just needs to be read aloud to be fully appreciated? Then come by our Spoken Word Open Mic afternoon! First come, first signed up. Every performer will be allotted three minutes in the spotlight. Poems and prose may not use profanity or curse words. Acoustic instruments welcome, but no amps or electric guitars. Mark your calendars and invite friends to join this unforgettable celebration of language, community and expression. (For ages 13+)
  • Stitch & Knit on April 18 at 4 p.m. Cambridge Meeting Room - Calling all crafters: Bring your knitting needles or crochet hooks and come craft with us! Don't have a project? Small weaving looms will be available for you to try! (Adult program)
  • Black Out Poetry Night on April 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cambridge Meeting Room - Do you find beauty and profound language all around you? Come practice your poet's eye at our Black Out Poetry Night! You'll be set with a marker to block out unnecessary words in the text to allow the poetry to come through. No experience or extra supplies needed to join us. Supplies will be provided. Once completed, you are free to share your art with the group (but no curse words allowed if sharing). (Open to13+)
  • Local Poet Visit from Hiram Larew on April 27 at 1 p.m. Cambridge Meeting Room - Join us during April's Poetry Month as we celebrate poetry in our lives. Very special guest poet, Hiram Larew from Churchton, will facilitate our circle as we discuss poetry's power to amaze. Feel free to bring a cherished poem to share. And bring a pencil - in case we have time to write a line or two. Copies of his books and poems will be available for purchase with all sale proceeds going to the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank. (Adult program)
  • Lobby Event: Shore Legal Access on April 19 from 2-5 p.m. - Walk into the Cambridge Library's lobby this afternoon to meet with a representative from Shore Legal Access who will be hosting an information table about their services. Please note, the representative can only offer information on how to access legal help, but not give legal advice at the table. 

Happenings at the Hurlock Library:

  • STEM Night on April 18 at 5:30 p.m. - Experience the excitement of STEM at the Hurlock Public Library! Our STEM Night Program has hands-on activities, demos and presentations on science, technology, engineering and math. (For all ages)
  • Historical Fiction Book Club on April 25 at 5 p.m. - The first of many for this bimonthly club! April's Book Club Pick: “Trust” by Hernan Diaz. Stop by the library to request a copy or borrow through Libby! Enjoy discussions and light refreshments as we delve into this prize-winning novel. (Adult program)
  • Drop-in Craft: "April Showers" until April 14 - Stop by the Hurlock branch to create. (For all ages)
  • Drop-in Craft: "Bugs" April 18-28 - Stop by the Hurlock branch to create. (For all ages)

Do you know the Dewey Decimal number for poetry? 811 is the call number you're searching for the next time you're in the library stacks. Stop in at either branch to take a look at our poetry collection.

Can't find the title you're looking for? Don't forget that we can request it for free from another library on the Eastern Shore by using your Dorchester County Public Library card. 

Spring means summertime is right around the corner! If you or your local business would like to support us by becoming a Summer Reading Sponsor and have your name listed in our Summer Reading booklet and more, please visit for more information on how to become a Paperback Patron, Hardcover Hero, Bookworm Benefactor, Literary Legend or a Library Luminary. Donations will be incredibly appreciated and those donors can also look forward to receiving a shout-out on our social media pages.

For all these events and more, be sure to visit our website - - for our calendar of events. If you are on social media, be sure to give us a like on Facebook at and a follow on Instagram at

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