My Place to Learn, Discover, Relax!
to Amy Ford on her promotion to Branch
Manager at Charlotte Hall and to Amanda Ellington
who graduated from Maryland Library Leadership Institute.
Summer Reading Programs will
end August 11. All participants who complete their game
sheet will receive a book.
- A new mobile website is
being developed. If you have a mobile device, here's your
chance to test the site and offer feedback.
you noticed the little icons identifying a PDF and another icon
indicating an external link (or that a new window will open) on
our webpages? Do you wonder why we have added these?
We have begun to use these because we are in the process of making our website accessible
according to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
selected title for the 2012 statewide community read One
Maryland One Book is The Cellist of Sarajevo by
Steven Galloway. Books are available at each branch.
Book discussions will be held in September and October.
are now able to see all eBook titles
to libraries and suggest a title to purchase. More details.
- TumbleBook Readables, an online
collection of read-along titles for older students (elementary,
middle, and high school), are available through August 31. Look
under Children's Resources to find them.
of Calvert Artist Guild will have their artwork on display at
the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery
through August 31. Come meet them and discuss their
artwork at the Opening Reception, 5-8 PM, on August 9.
Artists interested in displaying artwork at the library gallery
should contact Candy Cummings at
by the Master Gardener's Plant Clinics to
get your gardening questions answered from 11 AM-1 PM on 1st
& 3rd Tuesdays at Lexington Park; 10 am -12 noon on 1st
& 3rd Saturdays at Charlotte Hall and 11 AM-1 PM on 2nd
& 4th Tuesdays at Leonardtown.
Do you have a mobile device?
Test our new Mobile
Website & give us feedback
We recognize that those of you
who use mobile devices have different needs than those who access
websites from desktops. We also realize that usage of these
devices are on the rise. To meet that need, we are in the
process of developing a new mobile Website to provide you with good
mobile user experience.
promoted to Branch Manager at Charlotte Hall
Amy Ford, previously an Adult
Services Supervisor at Lexington Park Library, has been promoted to
Branch Manager at Charlotte Hall.
"Amy has the very rare combination of excellent
technical skills and people skills," stated Reif. "We are
very fortunate to have such a superb professional develop within our
own library system. I am absolutely certain that the customer
services at Charlotte Hall will continue to excel under her
Ford will receive her Master of Library and
Information Science degree from the University of Alabama in
December. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a
double major in English and philosophy and a graduate of the Maryland
Library Leadership Institute. Before joining St. Mary's County
Library in 2003, she worked for Charles County Public Library.
Ford serves as the library's liaison for two state
teams, AskUsNow and Maryland Digital eLibrary Consortium. Since 2003
she has been reviewing literary fiction for Library Journal.
"I'm excited to have a new
role in providing exceptional library experiences for St. Mary's
County citizens," states Ford. "I look forward to this new
challenge and to working with the great staff at Charlotte Hall
Not only is
Ford looking forward to her new role as branch manager, but also to
her new role as a mother. She and her husband, Bill Connelly, are
expecting their first child in October.
Ellington graduates from Maryland Library Leadership Institute
Amanda Ellington, Youth
Services Supervisor at Lexington Park, recently graduated from the
Maryland Library Leadership Institute (MLLI). She was one of 24
students from around the state to be accepted in the week-long
The goals of the MLLI are to
identify emerging leaders within the Maryland library community and
to help develop their leadership skills to prepare them to assume
positions of greater responsibility.
Other graduates from St. Mary's
County include Mary Anne Bowman, Jill Hutchison and Amy Ford.
programs end August 11. Visit your branch and pick up your
prizes. If you completed your game board, a book awaits
you. More details.
through August 4. Storytimes will resume Sept.10
in craft session through August 2
Animal Sleepover--August 2 at Leonardtown
Learn. Grow.--August 15 at Leonardtown
Fun--August 7 at Lexington Park
Watch for Fall Program flyer and Fall Learning
Fun activity sheet
Return to What's New
Teen Programs: For more information or to register, click here.
- Own the Night! Summer Reading Program.
Ends Aug. 11. You could win a digital or video camera,
karaoke machine, entertainment projector or
more. Get your game cards in!
- Own the Night! Virtual Scavenger
Hunt. Can you solve the
clues? Ends August 4.
Contest coming in October! Watch for details.
Come and watch demonstrations by two amazing
bloodhounds, 4-year Edgar and 2-year old Millie. Learn
about Search and Recovery from BAY K9 Search and Recovery Team.
Leonardtown August 4 10 AM
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!
Wed, August 15, 6:30
PM, Leonardtown Library
Books, Coffee &
Calling all adults! Come and enjoy coffee and
engaging conversation with other adults as well as share books you
have read or listened to.
Mon, August 13, 1:00 PM, Leonardtown
Talk about a good book!
Join us for any of these book discussions. Books
are available at hosting library.
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
by David McCullough
McCullough chronicles the lives of American artists
and scientists who studied in Paris between 1830 and 1900, ultimately
changing America because of their experiences.
Mon, August 13, 6 PM
by Sherwood Anderson
Anderson looks into the lives of the inhabitants of a
small town in the American heartland through 23 connected short
Thurs, August 16, 7 PM
The Weird Sisters
by Eleanor Brown
drama is gracefully costumed in academic garb and lit with warm
September 10, 7 PM (2nd Monday)
Click here for List of
2012 Book Discussion Titles
Computer Classes--Registration required for all
Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and
email will be offered at Lexington Park in September.
One-on-one instruction is available at all three branches. Contact the
library for an appointment.
Upcoming Classes other than Basic:
Computer Tutoring Session (Open Lab)
August 8, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
September 24, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
How to buy a computer
15, 5-7 PM, Charlotte Hall
Microsoft Office? Use Open Office
August 28, 10 AM-12 noon, Charlotte Hall
September 13, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
to Word 2010
September 17, 2-4 Pm, Leonardtown
September 18, 5:30-7:30 PM, Charlotte Hall
to Excel 2010
September 26, 5:30-7:30 PM, Charlotte Hall
History: Basic Genealogy
September 27, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall
Click here for complete class schedule and to
Job Searching? Visit Mobile Career Center
Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center, a self-contained vehicle
equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, will be at each branch to
provide an array of services to job seekers and others who have
workforce related needs.
The Cellist of Sarajevo
One Maryland One Book
The Cellist of
Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
is the selected title for this year's One Maryland One Book statewide
community read, a program of the Maryland Humanities Council.
Steven Galloway based his novel
on the true story of a cellist who played Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor at the site of a mortar attack, once a
day for 22 days, to honor the 22 victims who died while waiting in a
bread line. The novel explores how war can change one's
definition of humanity, how music affects our emotional endurance,
and how a romance with the rituals of daily life can itself be a form
of resistance. Multiple copies of the book and audiobook are
available. Pick up a copy ... then join us at a book discussion
in September or October.
Steven Galloway will speak at Huntingtown High School in Calvert
County on October 2. More details will be posted next
to What's New!
Changes to eBook search
You are now able to search
through all the titles that can be purchased by Overdrive, the
library's eBooks vendor, whether the library owns the book or
not. From that list you can suggest titles to purchase.
This allows the library to purchase titles you want. All
requested titles will be reviewed and you should have a response to
your request within a week.
You will also be able to see very quickly which
authors and publishers do not make their books available for the
libraries to purchase.
If you need
help or are considering buying an eReader, visit any branch.
Each branch has the most popular eReaders available for you to use
and staff will gladly help you.
to What's New!
Library hosts traveling exhibit
the Constitution and the Civil War
traveling exhibit, Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War, is at Calvert Library in
Prince Frederick through August 24. Docent-led tours and a variety of
programs are planned. Click here for more information and a schedule.
The traveling exhibit was
organized for libraries by the National Constitution Center and the
American Library Association and made possible by a grant from the
National Endowment for the Humanities.
Marilyn Lash, Publicity Specialist
St. Mary's County Library