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April 2012 


whatsnewWhat's New?

  • April is National Library Month.  Tell at least one person about the great library services you enjoy.  
  • The Friends of the Library Annual Spring Book Sale was another huge success, taking in more than $31,000.   
  • Are you looking for something to do with your children during spring recess?  We have lots of fun activities planned ...or come and enjoy some special time together at your library. 
  • Join us for a  virtual tour of The Reginald F. Lewis Museum located in Baltimore on March 31 at Lexington Park.  More details. 
  • Have you noticed our new big screens in the branches broadcasting upcoming programs and services?  The County donated them to us when they upgraded to larger screens.  
  • Harry Potter eBooks are now available to download from the library.
  • Enjoy a free musical concert by the students of Bella Music School at Leonardtown on Sat, April 14, at 2 PM. 
  • Amanda Ellington, Children's Librarian at Lexington Park, was named a Mover & Shaker by the Library of only 53 nation-wide to be selected.  
  • Local artist M. Jane Rowe's paintings are on display at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through April 30.  Artists interested in displaying artwork at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.    
  • All three libraries will be closed Good Friday, April 6.  The libraries will be closed until 1 PM on the following Fridays for staff training:  Lexington Park on April 20, Leonardtown on April 27 and Charlotte Hall on May 4.  



 Friends take in $31,000 at Book Sale 

Friends of the Library logo
The Friends of the Library (FOL) collected more than $31,000 in book sales and membership at their annual spring sale.  Thank you to Friends President Louise Snell and all the Friends and volunteers who helped make this year's sale so successful.  Thanks to those of you who shopped.

Unsold books donated to B.I.G.

Volunteers packing up books after saleAlthough a tremendous number of books were sold at the sale, thousands remained.  This year FOL partnered with the Rotary Club of Lexington Park to donate the unsold books to Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.) in Annapolis, to be shipped overseas to literacy programs in many developing countries. In less than 2 hours volunteers packed the 28,000 books in boxes and loaded them on trucks.  

FOL makes a young girl's wish
come true! 

Claire Broadhead looks forward to the book sale every year as much as most kids look forward to going to an amusement park. But Claire would not be able to attend this year's sale due to her leukemia treatments  ...  or at least so she thought. When FOL heard her story, they granted the family early shopping privileges and surprised them by giving them the books they had selected.       




movershakerLibrary Journal names our Youth Librarian a National Mover & Shaker 


Amanda Ellington


Amanda Ellington, Youth Department Manager at Lexington Park, has been named a "Mover & Shaker" in the library industry by Library Journal, the oldest and most respected  publication covering the library field.  She is one of only 53 outstanding professionals nation-wide to be selected from hundreds to receive this prestigious award.


Ellington received the award based on her commitment to the profession and her cost-effective creation of active learning spaces in the children's area of the Lexington Park Library.

Click here to view the article.      



  Creative re-use of county equipment


Picture of TV screen at Leonardtown Library 


When the County replaced the TV screens in the County Commissioners meeting room with larger ones, IT Department Director Bob Kelly thought of the library and how they could be utilized as a marketing tool.  Each library now has one to display upcoming programs and library services.  Thank you to Building Services staff who worked with the Library's IT staff to make this happen.





childrensChildren's Programs    

   Click here for the current program brochure and storytimes. 


Spring Break Funyoung boy reading book

Kids' Karaoke  

Kids, ages 8-14, can come and enjoy karaoke fun.   

        Leonardtown, Tues, April 3, 2:30 PM    


Evening Storytimes

     Lexington Park, Wed, April 4 

     Charlotte Hall & Leonardtown, Thurs, April 5, 6 PM


Lexington Park, Thurs, April 5

     1-2 PM for ages 3-6 and 2-3 PM for ages 6+
Charlotte Hall & Leonardtown, Thurs, April 5, 6:30 PM for all ages


Drop in and complete a spring craft.  Ages 4-12.  Supplies provided.

Charlotte Hall, Tues, April 3, 1-4 PM 

Leonardtown, Wed, April 4, 1-4 PM
Lexington Park, Wed, April 4, 1-4 PM 


Family Movies 

Dolphin Tale

Charlotte Hall, Mon, April 2, 2:00  PM 

Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

Lexington Park, Tues, April 3, 11:00 AM 

Puss in Boots

        Leonardtown, Thurs, April 5, 2:00 PM


Zoom into Action!  Read with your Child 

Have fun reading to your child and playing together as we celebrate the Month of the Military Child.  No registration required.
         Lexington Park, Thurs, April 19, 2-3:30 PM 



Fun with Your Little One flyers provide activity suggestions  

These flyers contain fun activities to entertain your child while you are on the go in the community.  Perfect to use during the upcoming spring recess.  They are available at the libraries or download here      


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Inside view of Reginald F. Lewis Museum

 Take a virtual journey to Baltimore and tour  

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum  

Sat, March 31, 2:00 PM  

Lexington Park Library


Tour the largest African American museum on the East Coast without leaving the county.  Delve into the exhibits, collections, and programs including exhibits from St. Mary's County with museum staff member Lisa Crawley.

Deanna Mingo, Assistant Principal at George Washington Carver Elementary, will share the state curriculum on teaching African American history and its connection to the museum.  

Co-sponsored by St. Mary's County Branch of NAACP, Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions, and the Minority Outreach Coalition.

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Musical Showcase 

Enjoy a free family concert  featuring an orchestra, solos, ensembles and more by Bella Music School students. 

       Sat, April 14, 2-4 PM 

       Leonardtown Library


Poetry Open Mic   Microphone

Poets and fans of any age,

Bring a poem and take the stage.

Share a favorite or one you have written,

Or grab a friend and have a listen!

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, published poet Gwendolyn Lowe will open reading several of her poems.

Wed, April 11, 6:30 PM, Leonardtown Library



Hungry for Hunger Games? 

Adults and teens, enter the Arena, partake in a Capital Feast, and compete with other Districts through multiple challenges to include trivia and Archery.  Come sporting your districts' wear, show your pride and be prepared to battle to the death.  Are you worthy enough to be pinned the "Mocking Jay"?  Come and find out.   Register.

Tues, April 24, 6:30 PM, Lexington Park 


NEW!!   Books, Coffee & Conversation

coffe cup on stack of books
Calling all adults!  Come and enjoy coffee and engaging conversation with other adults as well as share books you have read or listened to.    

    Tues, April 10, 1:00 PM, Leonardtown

    Tues, April 17, 10:30 AM, Lexington Park



Learn about starting a small business    

business interview
Receive information on starting and financing a business at this free workshop conducted by the Small Business Administration. Learn about the programs and services they offer; the process of developing a business plan; financing credit; and available tools to help you get started.  No registration required.
      Lexington Park, Wed, April 25, 9:30-11:30 AM

      Leonardtown, Fri, May 4, 9:30-11:30 AM
      Charlotte Hall, Wed, May 9, 9:30-11:30 AM  



Talk about a good book! 


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

book covers of discussion titles      

The School of Night  

by Louis Bayard
     Mon, April 2, 7 PM
     Charlotte Hall


The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt  

by T.J. Stiles    

     Mon, April 9, 6 PM  

     Lexington Park     


The Portrait of a Lady     

by Henry James       

   Thurs, April 19, 7 PM




Click here for List of 2012 Book Discussion Titles




Computer Classes--Registration required for all classes 

Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email
will be offered at Lexington Park in May.  


One-on-one instruction is available at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown.  Call the library for an appointment. 

computer graphic 

Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Introduction to PowerPoint 2010

     April 10, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall

     April 16, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown  

I took these what? Part 2 

     April 12, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall 

Open Computer Lab  

     April 17, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park

Introduction to Excel 2010 

     April 19, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall 

Kindle eReader Workshop

     April 26, 4-6 PM, Charlotte Hall    

Introduction to Publisher 2010

     May 7, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

     May 23, 5:30-7:30 PM  Lexington Park     

I took these what?

     May 17, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall

Intermediate Publisher 2010

     June 4, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

Get More From Google

     June 5, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park 


  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   



lifetimeawardLibrary Board member Everlyn Holland receives 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award  

Everlyn Holland holding her awardSt. Mary's County Commission for Women (CFW) recognized Everlyn Holland with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, an award honoring women for their dedication and service to the community. 

Holland was a founding member of CFW and has been an active community volunteer most of her adult life. She is currently serving her 4th 5-year appointment to Board of Library Trustees. 

Holland credits her mother and husband for inspiring her to become active in her community.

Mrs. Holland is shown here with Library Board President Alan Dillingham.



What can you do to help save energy? 

Tell us with art....and receive a prize! 

Deadline to enter is April 7!  


SMECO 75th Anniversary Art Event

SMECO 75th Anniversary logo
Students ages 6-18!  Express your view on what you can do to help save energy through either digital or hand-drawn art on 8.5 x11 paper.  Drop off your artwork and complete an entry form at your library.   Three entries allowed per student.    

This is not a contest.  All participants will receive a prize from SMECO by mail and their artwork will be displayed at SMECO locations, events and online via SMECO website and Facebook. 



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