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 August  2012 


whatsnewWhat's New?

  • Congratulations to Amy Ford on her promotion to Branch Manager at Charlotte Hall and to Amanda Ellington who graduated from Maryland Library Leadership Institute.   
  • Our Summer Reading Programs will end August 11.  All participants who complete their game sheet will receive a book.  
  • new mobile website is being developed.  If you have a mobile device, here's your chance to test the site and offer feedback. 
  • Have 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 guidelines.    
  • The 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.
  • You are now able to see all eBook titles available 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. 
  • Members 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 301-863-6693.             
  • Stop 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.



MobileWebsiteDo 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.


You can help.  Use our test Mobile Website and provide feedback by completing this short survey.




Amy FordAmyFAmy Ford 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 leadership."

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 library." 

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.



amandaAmanda Ellington graduates from Maryland Library Leadership Institute

Amanda Ellington

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 seminar. 


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.





ChildrensSummer Fun Continues! 


SuSummer Reading 2012 logommer Reading Programs    

 Summer Reading programs end August 11.  Visit your branch and pick up your prizes.  If you completed your game board, a book awaits you.  More details. 


Children's Programs  

  • Storytimes through August 4.  Storytimes will resume Sept.10
  • Crafternoons--drop in craft session through August 2
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover--August 2 at Leonardtown 
  • Read. Learn. Grow.--August 15 at Leonardtown 
  • LEGO Fun--August 7 at Lexington Park 

Watch for Fall Program flyer and  Fall Learning Fun activity sheet   


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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.  

Teen Video Contest coming in October!  Watch for details. 



 K-9 Demonstrations
Bloodhound searching

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   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!            
      Wed, August 15, 6:30 PM, Leonardtown Library



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.    

    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.    

covers of discussion books


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      

   Lexington Park      


Winesburg, Ohio        

by Sherwood Anderson        

Anderson looks into the lives of the inhabitants of a small town in the American heartland through 23 connected short stories.   

   Thurs, August 16, 7 PM



The Weird Sisters     

              by Eleanor Brown
This family drama is gracefully costumed in academic garb and lit with warm comedy.  

     Mon, September 10, 7 PM  (2nd Monday)

     Charlotte Hall

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 September.


One-on-one instruction is available at all three branches. Contact the library for an appointment. 

computer graphic 

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 

     August 15, 5-7 PM, Charlotte Hall
Don't have Microsoft Office?  Use Open Office
     August 28, 10 AM-12 noon, Charlotte Hall
Research Papers 101
     September 13, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
Introduction to Word 2010
     September 17, 2-4 Pm, Leonardtown
     September 18, 5:30-7:30 PM, Charlotte Hall 
Introduction to Excel 2010
     September 26, 5:30-7:30 PM, Charlotte Hall
Family History:  Basic Genealogy
     September 27, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall    

  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   



JobsearchJob Searching?  Visit Mobile Career Center 

The Southern 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.

Lexington Park    August 22 

Charlotte Hall       August 23 

            Leonardtown        August 24

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The Cellist of Sarajevo
2012 One Maryland One Book  


Book cover 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. One Maryland One Book Logo

Author Steven Galloway will speak at Huntingtown High School in Calvert County on October 2.  More details will be posted next month.   

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neweBookfeatureChanges 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.

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Calvert Library hosts traveling exhibit

Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War Poster of Lincoln

Through August 24


The 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.

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