2012 at Your
of the Library Board and staff, I am pleased to present the Library's
2012 Annual Report.
Our county residents have
made their public library an essential part of their lives! More
than 80,000 residents have a library card and last year they checked out
1.4 million items. Our library system checks out the 4th highest
number of items per capita in the entire stare of Maryland.
The Library Board is
especially proud of our staff. The staff continues to keep up with
their increasing workload and the introduction of many new technology
enhancements. During the past year, the staff has made a special
effort to learn about eReaders and eBooks and to present this information
to our customers. The increasing number of eBooks being downloaded
from the library's collection demonstrates the effectiveness of this
I want to take this
opportunity to thank the elected officials who continue to support their
county library system and our very active and successful Friends of the
Library Board members.
Finally, THANKS to you,
our valued library customers. It is you who make the library your
E. Dillingham, President
Mary's County Board of Library Trustees
above are Board Members (seated left to right) Vice President Joan
Springer, President Alan Dillingham, Treasurer Carole Romary; (Standing
left to right) Lynn Newkirk, Everlyn Holland, Carolyn Guy and Dan Burris.
* Electronic services continue to be enhanced to make
your library more convenient:
classes and demonstrations
classes on a variety of topics, including genealogy
improvements to the website for customers with disabilities
* STEM programs and science bags were introduced to help
our youngest engage in meaningful and fun science activities.
* Lexington Park celebrated ten years of service in its
current building. During those ten years, the library staff
checked out 5,022,000 items, greeted 2,385,000 visitors, and conducted
* The ever-popular WoW bags were expanded to include some
for babies and toddlers.
* A Community Information handout was created for each
branch to inform residents of their local community services.
Childcare providers received free certification credit by attending Every Child Ready to Read
training conducted by library staff at each branch.
Our WoW! (Words on Wheels) Childcare Van Service made
monthly visits to 56 different childcare providers and centers, sharing
stories and songs, and leaving a supply of materials for the provider
to use until the next visit.
Our Book Cart Drill Team and Book Guard participated in the 1st annual
Pride in the Park Parade in Lexington Park.
Many of the staff participate in local organizations: Commission for
People with Disabilities, Early Childhood Team, Highway Safety Program,
Homeless Prevention Board, Judy Center, Leonardtown Business
Association, Lexington Park Business Association, Local
Management Board, St. Mary's County Historical Society,
St. Mary's County Literacy Council, SMCPS Diversity & Equity
Advisory Committee and College Fair.
* The Library Board and the Board of Education approved a
Library-School Partnership Plan to help students become college and
career ready by introducing them to the library's resources available
both online and in the branches.
* County Emergency Management Services (EMS) Department
installed an automated external defibrillator (AED) at all three
libraries. The county's Human Resources staff trained 23 library
staff who volunteered to learn CPR and to use the AED equipment.
* Library Family Councils and Family Information Centers were
the Lexington Park Library to reach families with young children.
This pilot program is part of Maryland State Department of Education's
Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant.
* Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center visited
the libraries to serve job seekers and has added the libraries to their
The Small Business Administration conducted small business workshops at
The Board of County Commissioner's 2013 Capital Budget includes $1.8
million for the renovation of the Leonardtown Library.
Friends of the Library continue to provide extraordinary support.
They raised $28,000 at the book sale in March and $3,800 at the
mini-sale in November. In 2012, they contributed $20,000 to each
branch which staff used to purchase more materials as well as
The Committee for People with Disabilities and the Board of County
Commissioners recognized the Leonardtown Library with the Facility
* The Lexington Park
Library Art Gallery continues to thrive due to the hard work of Candy
Cummings and the generous donations from Tom Daugherty, which support
the artist receptions.
continues to be our most valuable investment! Support is provided
for staff to attend Library Associate Institute, professional conferences
and workshops and to earn a Master of Library Science degree.
Branch management teams were reorganized to provide more promotional
opportunities and greater staff flexibility.
* Payment of fines and fees can be done by credit card online
and in the branches.
Busiest Year Ever!
We continue to be #4 in the
state in number of items checked out per resident!
43,269 attended 2,129 programs
277 provided 7,538 hours
Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd, Charlotte
Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd,
Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd, Lexington
Monday-Thursday 9 AM - 8 PM; Friday-Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM
WoW! Childcare Van Service,
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