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October 2011 


What's New?

  • Lexington Park now has teleconferencing capabilities in the meeting rooms.  More details.
  • Got a Kindle!  At last you can download the library's free eBooks! Get started.
  • Win a NOOK Color or a Kindle!  Beginning October 11, the libraries will have various eReaders for you to try.  Stop by and try one to be entered in the drawing.  Find out more! 
  • Leonardtown is now hosting the Archaeology Exhibit that was at Lexington Park this summer.    
  • October 15!  That's the last day teens can submit artwork for the Express Yourself Art ContestDetails. 
  • All three libraries are collection sites for Toys for Tots again this year.  New toys can be dropped off any time after Oct. 11 and before Dec. 15.  Toys should not be gift wrapped.  All donations will be given to children in St. Mary's County. 
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie continues to be read for the One Maryland One Book statewide community read.   Our last book discussion is Oct. 3 at Charlotte Hall. 
  • Walden Sierra's "Air It Out: the Clothesline Project," is on display in the Lexington Park Art Gallery until Oct. 31.  The display was created by women who have survived violence or by those who wish to honor women victimized by violence.  An opening reception will be held on Oct. 5 from 5-8 PM.
  • Visit us at the Health Fair on Oct. 21 at Hollywood Fire Department.  
  • The libraries will be closed Oct. 10 for Columbus Day.  Don't forget our Internet branch is always open.   
  • Follow us on Facebook!  Less than 25 fans until we hit 1,000!   Will you be our 1,000th fan? 



Friends of the Library logoFriends of the Library Mini Book Sale

Sunday, November 6

11 AM- 3 PM

Leonardtown Library


Lots of gently used books and items that will make great holiday gifts.  Unbelievable prices.   

Rain date: Sun, Nov. 13




LexiAVAudio & Video Teleconferencing now at Lexington Park
Lexington Park Meeting RoomThe Library was awarded a federal grant for $89,000 to upgrade the audio/video equipment in the meeting rooms. Teleconferencing is available only in Room A but can be simultaneously displayed in Room B as well.

Upgrades include:

  • Audio Teleconferencing
  • Video Teleconferencing:  Tandberg Video Conference System with multiple site capability
  • HD Projection System on oversized screens
  • Integrated AV control for easy self-service with sound and projector
  • Microphone options:  stationary, handheld and lavalier

Businesses can rent our meeting rooms for $25/hour per room.  No fees for nonprofits.

The AV system upgrade was funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds through the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Library Development and Services (MSDE/DLDS).



eReadereReaders are coming!

Beginning October 11, stop by any branch and try out one of our new eReaders, made available through a grant provided by the Maryland Division of Library Development and Services.  All three branches will have the NOOK Color, iPad, and Kindle.  Lexington Park and Charlotte Hall also will have the NOOK Touch and Charlotte Hall will have the Kobo Reader and the Pandigital Novel.  Check out an eReader to use inside the library and see how easy it is to download titles from the library's eBook collection or let staff demonstrate how to use one. 


Explore eBooks at workshops

eBooks! eReaders!  Want to learn more about these?  Register for the eBook Workshop and get an overview of eBooks and eReader technology and how to download the library's free downloadable books. Staff will demonstrate downloading to the NOOK and other ePub compatible devices, the Kindle, and use of the iPad/iPhone  and Android apps.  Bring your laptop and eReader if you them.

Wed, Oct. 12, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park

Mon, Nov. 21, 5:30-7:30 PM, Leonardtown

Fri, Dec. 16, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall 


Win a NOOK Color or Kindle 

NookcolorStarting October 11, ask staff about downloadable eBooks, try out one of our new eReaders, or attend an eBooks Workshop and you will be entered in a drawing for a NOOK Color or Kindle to be given away on December 17. Each branch will give away a NOOK Color and one winner will be drawn from all the entries to receive a Kindle.  The eReaders were donated by Southern Maryland Regional Library Association (SMRLA). 




Fabulous Fall Fun  pumpkin 

  Storytimes   Complete fall schedule


Spanish Storytime

Enjoy a storytime in both Spanish and English.   

Lexington Park, Wed, Oct. 5, 6:00 PM


Read. Learn. Grow. 

Drop in with your child & enjoy fun activities you can use everyday to help your little ones get ready to learn to read.  

Leonardtown, Sat, Oct. 15, 10 AM-12 noon

Charlotte Hall, Mon, Oct. 17, 10 AM-12 noon

Lexington Park, Tues, Oct. 18, 10 AM- 12 noon


Hauntingly Happy Halloween 

 Enjoy not-so-scary stories, creepy crafts, and more.  Trick-or-treat through the library!  All ages.  Register   

Charlotte  Hall, Sat, Oct. 29, 10:00 AM

Lexington Park, Mon, Oct. 31, 6:00 PM

Leonardtown, Mon, Oct. 31, 6:00 PM


National Gaming Day Family Fun

Enjoy an afternoon of playing Wii and board games.  Everyone welcome.  Snacks provided.  

    All three branches, Tues, Nov. 1, 2-4 PM   




ArtContestExpress Yourself Teen Art Contest

Teens, ages 12-18, pull out your pencils, paints, cameras, whatever... and get to it!  Express yourself and enter the art contest.


Submit entries through Oct. 15 at any branch.  Entries must be flat, no larger than 8 1/2 x 11, and original.  They can be pencil, pen, charcoal, pastel, water color, oil, photography, computer-generated, collage, or mixed media. 


Prize:  Art Supplies.  One winner per branch.


Express Yourself Gallery Showcase

Entries on display and announcement of winners. Register 

Monday, Oct. 24, 5:30-7:30 PM at Lexington Park.  



Tie Dye Extravaganza

Bring your own 100% cotton shirt and try your hand at tie dying.  Mike and Virginia Richardson of "Yes Virginia Creations" will teach the event and provide the other supplies.  Limited space so come early.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 5-7 PM, Lexington Park  



money graphicPaying for College


Presented by Dr. Caroline Bright, St. Mary's College Financial Aid Director and local high school career counselors.


Topics include:  Options available to finance college; FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) and local scholarships


Wednesday, October 12, 7 PM, Lexington Park

Wednesday, October 26, 7 PM, Leonardtown    




OneMarylandOneBookEntire state reading Sherman Alexie's book,

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianPart-Time Indian book cover


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is the 2011 selection for One Maryland One Book, Maryland's statewide community read.  In this semi-autobiographical work of fiction that details the life of a 14-year-old guy living on an Indian Reservation in Washington, Sherman Alexie tackles poverty, bullying, and family struggle.   


Multiple copies of the book and audiobook are available.  Join us at this book discussion: 

Oct. 3, 7 PM, Charlotte Hall 




Talk about a good book! 


Join us for any of these book discussions.  Books available at hosting library.    

book covers     

Too Close to the Falls  

by Catherine Gildiner   

     Monday, October 17, 6 PM  

     Lexington Park     


The Informers

by Juan Gabriel Vasquez 

   Thurs, October 20, 7 PM



Sacred Hearts

by Sarah Dunant
   Mon, November 7, 7 PM
   Charlotte Hall



Computer Classes

Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email
will be offered at Charlotte Hall in October.  

One-on-one instruction

is available at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown.  Call the library for an appointment. 

computer graphic 

Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

eBooks Workshop, Oct. 12, 5:30-730 PM, Lexington Park 

Introduction to PowerPoint, Oct 17, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

Introduction to Publisher, Oct. 24, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown


  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.  




Archaeology Exhibit moves to Leonardtown 

The Archaeology Exhibit that resided at Lexington Park this summer is now on display at Leonardtown.  The exhibit, a project of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab at Jefferson Patterson and Museum and the Maryland Historical Trust, contains local artifacts from three important St. Mary's County archaeological sites. The exhibit will travel to Charlotte Hall in January.

Archaeology Exhibit



Lord Baltimore, Rebels, and an Irish Wench: Unearthing the Past along the Wicomico

Julie King of St. Mary's College reports on discoveries made in cornfields bordering Wicomico.

Tues, October 4, 7 PM, Lexington Park 



Shop for Groceries--Earn Money for the Library

Support the library by designating the Library as your nonprofit in the McKay's Community Rewards Program, beginning October 1.  Register online, at any McKay's store, or at your library.  Last year we received $2,320.  Thank you for your support. 
Register here.



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