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 December 2012 


Happy Holidays!

Your Library Board and staff send their warmest wishes for a happy and safe holiday season filled with good books, movies, and music from your Library!

 Library staff

Some of the Library staff gathered at Charlotte Hall and the County's Public Information Office taped a holiday greeting which is being aired on Channel 95.



whatsnewWhat's New?

  • All three libraries will be closed on Friday, December 14, for Staff Development and Volunteer Appreciation Day.  The libraries will also be closed on December 24 & 25 and will be closing at 5 PM on December 31 and be closed on January 1.   
  • Help us determine the library's budget priorities by completing this quick 3-question survey by December 21. 
  • All three libraries are now equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) unit.
  • The Friends of the Library netted $3302.17 on their Mini Book Sale.
  • Plan to attend these special programs:  "Zombies vs Humans: Will you survive?" on Dec. 6; St. Maries Musica Minstrels on Dec. 10, and Holiday Musical Showcase on Dec. 22, all at Lexington Park. 
  • Each branch has a MEEP! tablet and a LeapPad2 for you to use in the Library.  
  • Bring new or gently used scarves, mittens, and hats to any branch for our Tree of Warmth project.  These items will be donated to local charities to distribute.   
  • All three libraries are collection sites for Toys for Tots again this year.  Drop off your donations of new toys at any branch.  Food items are also being accepted for local food banks.   
  • Having difficulty accessing My Account? Try these solutions.  We are sorry for the inconvenience but the problem is out of our control. The vendor for the Southern Maryland region is working to correct it.   
  • Candy Cummings' artwork will be on display at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through February 28.  An opening reception will be held Wed, December 12, 5-8 PM in the Library's Art Gallery.   Artists interested in displaying artwork at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.             



Complete survey to help determine Library's Budget Priorities 


Take a minute to complete our customer survey.  It's short--only 3 questions--and easy....but your input is very important!  The responses will be used to help determine the Library's budget priorities for the Fiscal Year 2014.  A summary of the responses will be posted in the January newsletter. 


Please complete the survey by Friday, December 21.




Zombies vs Humans:  Will you survive?


Teens and adults! Looking for some fun and excitement?  Here's your chance to become a zombie or survivor, get survival tips, and participate in Zombie Fear Factor ... and maybe even a flash mob!  Costumes are encouraged but not necessary. 

Thurs, December 6

6-8 PM

Lexington Park Library





St. Maries Musica Minstrels to present Holiday Concert  


St. Maries Musica Minstrels     

Mon, December 10 

7 PM

Lexington Park Library


Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening of music.  Dressed in Renaissance costumes, St. Maries Musica Minstrels will sing carols and seasonal music from several time periods.  Free.



Libraries equipped with Automated External Defibrillators

staff looking at AED equipment

Leonardtown staff members Amy Kirchofer, Marylee Russell and Allana Huffman check out the new AED unit. 

The Library teamed up with the Department of Emergency Services and Technology to purchase and install Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at each branch.  The county's Human Resources Department provided the 5-hour training for 23 library staff members.




Meet two of our newer staff 


Cecelia ThomasCecelia Thomas was hired in April as a part time circulation assistant at the Leonardtown Library.  Besides working the checkout desk, she manages the paperback books plus verifies and records customer registration counts.  She also is a substitute at all three libraries.



Jenell SteisJenell Steis began working at Charlotte Hall Library in October part time as a circulation assistant working at the checkout desk.   She also pulls requested items to send to other branches.  Besides working at the library, she is a Sales Associate/Religion Specialist at Books-A-Million.



Free Family Movies   

Snacks provided.


The Search for Santa Paws.  When Santa loses his memory, it's up to Paws, Quinn, and a group of magical talking dogs to save Santa and show the world what Christmas is all about. 
          Lexington Park     Tues, December 18, 2 PM

The Rescuers. Two mice set out to save a kidnapped orphan from the clutches of the villainous Madame Medusa. 

          Leonardtown     Thurs, December 27, 2 PM          


The Muppet Christmas Carol. The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve. 
          Charlotte Hall      Fri, December 28, 2 PM



Foundation Center Logo

Looking for a grant? 


Register to attend, Grantseeking Basics which provides an overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations and grant making public charities. 


Mon, December 17, 2 PM 

Lexington Park Library


Lexington Park Library's Grant Seeker Resource Center is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center.  It contains resources for both individual researchers and nonprofit organizations.




Kids library card

Storytimes for all ages   

Fall storytimes will end on December 6. 
Winter/Spring Storytimes begin January 2.   

Times/days can be found on the  Kids Page


Evening Storytime & LEGO Fun        

         Lexington Park, Wednesday, December 5  

               6 PM, Storytime only          

         Charlotte Hall & Leonardtown, Thursday, December 6   

              6 PM Storytime

              6:30 PM LEGO Fun


Read. Learn. Grow.--Drop in with your child & enjoy fun activities you can use everyday to help your little ones get ready to read. 

         Lexington Park    Tues, December 11, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 


Holiday Surprise 

Bring your children ages 5 and under for holiday stories, crafts and fun. 
       Charlotte Hall       Mon, December 10, 6 PM
       Lexington Park     Thurs, December 13, 6 PM

       Leonardtown        Thurs, December 13, 6 PM  





Teen Win-a-Book Contest


Hey, teens!  Want to win a book?  We are giving away a different teen book each week this month. 

Every Monday we will post a teen question on Facebook.  If you respond, your name will be entered for that week's drawing.  There are no right or wrong answers to the questions.  The winner will be announced each Friday on Facebook. 

The first question has been posted.  The winner will receive two books:  Night World No. 1 and Night World No. 2 by L. J. Smith.   Will you be the lucky winner?



MEEP! Tablet and LeapPad2 now available for kids

Each branch has both a MEEP! tablet and a LeapPad2 to use in the library.  A parent/adult can check these out in the children's department for their children to use. 

The MEEP! has apps, games, eBooks, and music and is suitable for ages 6 and older.  The LeapPad2 has 5 apps and is geared for ages 3 and up.



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, December 10, 1:00 PM



Talk about a good book! 


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


The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster  cover of book  

A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.   

   Thurs, December 18, 7 PM       




The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent  book cover 

This is the story of Martha Carrier, the first woman accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, told by her daughter who survived. 

       Mon, January 7, 7 PM
       Charlotte Hall

The Better Angel: Walt Whitman in the Civil War
by Roy Morris, Jr.
book cover

This book provides an account of Whitman's transformative Civil War years and an examination of the Union's treatment of its sick and wounded through the eyes of one of the greatest poets.

     Mon, January 14, 6 PM
     Lexington Park




Computer Classes--Registration required for all classes 

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


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

computer graphic   


Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Using your Kindle Fire to check out eBooks (No registration)
     December 6, 1-2 PM, Leonardtown
eReader Workshops
     December 7, 2:30-4:40 PM, Charlotte Hall
Introduction to the Nook
     January 14, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall
Introduction to the Kindle
     January 17, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall 
Introduction to Word 2010

     January 10, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall
     January 16, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
     January 28, 2-4 PM, Leonadtown
Introduction to Excel 2010
     January 7, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
Introduction to PowerPoint 2010
     January 15, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown


  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   



Searching and requesting items from other Maryland libraries


Materials not found on COSMOS (owned by Southern Maryland libraries)  can be requested from other Maryland public libraries through Marina, the state-wide interlibrary loan service.  Starting December 17, you will notice some changes to this service when searching and requesting items.  Some of the changes include: 

  • Fewer clicks needed when searching for items
  • Automatically redirects you back to COSMOS if item is available locally
  • Emails sent directly to you with your confirmation and request number plus an update when the item is shipped. 

For a short period of time, both the old and new search methods will be available.  If you need help, staff will gladly assist you.

Unfamiliar with Marina, ask staff about it.  To quickly access this service, click on  Search MD Libraries in the Quick Link box on our homepage.



Lost Towns Project
10,000 years of Prehistory at Pig Point

Dr. Al Luckenbach, Archaeologist & Director of the Lost Towns Project, will

give an illustrated presentation on the Pig Point archaeological site in Anne Arundel County.  Long term excavations at this site reveal evidence of almost continuous Native American occupation for more than 10,000 years.

Wed, December 5 

6:30 PM 

Chesapeake Building (County Commissioners Meeting Room) 

St. Mary's Government Complex 




Need a last minute gift idea?

license plate holder
Look no further than your library.  Book bags, kids backpacks, 300 Years of Black Cooking in St. Mary's County, and license plate holders can be purchased at any branch. 

Cookbook cover
Books make great gifts, no matter what age.  Need help determining what book to buy.  Check out the December issue of BookPage.  It contains book suggestions in every genre and for all ages. 



Pay your library fines online!

You can now pay your library fines online with any major credit card using PayPal.  Minimum payment is $5.  To pay online, click on "My Account" and then the "Fines" tab.  




Not too late to sign up for McKay's Community Rewards program to earn money for the library


 Register your Gold Card online or at any McKay's Food Store and designate St. Mary's County Library as your non-profit.  Each time you shop at McKay's and use your Gold Card, your purchases will be credited to our account.  In May, McKay's will donate $60,000 to the participating non-profits based on the percentage of Gold Card purchases credited to them.    

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