My Place to Learn, Discover, Relax!
is National Library Month. Tell at least
one person about the great library services you enjoy.
Friends of the Library Annual Spring Book Sale was
another huge success, taking in more than
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.
us for a virtual tour of The Reginald
F. Lewis Museum located in Baltimore on March 31 at
Lexington Park. More details.
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.
Potter eBooks are now available to download from the library.
a free musical concert by the students of
Bella Music School at Leonardtown on Sat, April 14, at 2
Ellington, Children's Librarian at Lexington Park, was named a Mover &
Shaker by the Library
Journal...one of only 53 nation-wide to be
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.
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
in $31,000 at Book Sale
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.
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
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.
Journal names our Youth Librarian a National Mover &
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
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
Creative re-use of county equipment
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.
Click here for the current program brochure
Spring Break Fun
8-14, can come and enjoy karaoke fun.
Leonardtown, Tues, April 3, 2:30 PM
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
Drop in and complete a spring craft. Ages 4-12.
Charlotte Hall, Tues, April 3, 1-4 PM
Leonardtown, Wed, April 4, 1-4 PM
Lexington Park, Wed, April 4, 1-4 PM
Charlotte Hall, Mon, April 2, 2:00 PM
Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
Lexington Park, Tues, April 3, 11:00 AM
Puss in Boots
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
Thurs, April 19, 2-3:30 PM
Fun with Your Little One flyers provide activity
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
to What's New
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.
Return to What's New?
Enjoy a free family concert featuring an
orchestra, solos, ensembles and more by Bella Music School
Poetry Open Mic
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.
11, 6:30 PM, Leonardtown Library
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.
24, 6:30 PM, Lexington Park
Books, Coffee & Conversation
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
Learn about starting a
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
Join us for
any of these book discussions. Books are available at hosting
The School of Night
by Louis Bayard
Mon, April 2, 7 PM
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius
Mon, April 9, 6 PM
The Portrait of a Lady
Thurs, April 19, 7 PM
Click here for List of
2012 Book Discussion Titles
Computer Classes--Registration required for all
Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and
offered at Lexington Park in May.
One-on-one instruction is available at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown.
Call the library for an appointment.
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 pictures...now what? Part 2
April 12, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall
Open Computer Lab
April 17, 5:30-7:30 PM,
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 pictures...now 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
Library Board member Everlyn Holland receives 2012
Lifetime Achievement Award
St. 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
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
What can you do to
help save energy?
Tell us with art....and receive a prize!
to enter is April 7!
SMECO 75th Anniversary Art Event
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.
HelpNow! Free online homework help
homework? Need help? Use HelpNow!
live tutors available 2-11 PM daily in both English &
core subjects (grades 3-12 including AP): math, science, social
studies, language arts
also available including resume assistance and Microsoft training.
Online Information Resources available 24/7
of free online information resources perfect for assignments and
homework: encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and other
databases. These resources are NOT considered internet
sources. Includes LearningExpress Library--interactive, online
practice exams for SAT, PSAT, AP, ACT, Reading & Math
Skills, and Middle/High School Improvements. Check out these
Shop for Groceries--Earn Money for the Library
library by designating the Library as your nonprofit in the McKay's
Community Rewards Program. Register online, at any McKay's
store, or at your library. Last year we received
$2,320. Thank you for your support. Register here.
Marilyn Lash, Publicity Specialist
St. Mary's County Library