My Place to Learn, Discover, Relax!
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!
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.
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.
us determine the library's budget priorities by
completing this quick 3-question survey by December 21.
three libraries are now equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator
Friends of the Library netted $3302.17 on
their Mini Book Sale.
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.
branch has a MEEP! tablet and a LeapPad2 for
you to use in the Library.
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
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.
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
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
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
Please complete the survey by Friday, December 21.
Zombies vs Humans: Will you survive?
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.
St. Maries Musica
Minstrels to present Holiday Concert
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
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
Meet two of our newer
Cecelia 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 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
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.
Park Tues, December 18, 2 PM
The Rescuers. Two mice set
out to save a kidnapped orphan from the clutches of the villainous
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
Charlotte Hall Fri, December 28, 2 PM
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
Storytimes for all
Fall storytimes will end on December 6.
Winter/Spring Storytimes begin January 2.
Times/days can be
found on the Kids Page
Evening Storytime &
Lexington Park, Wednesday, December 5
6 PM, Storytime only
Charlotte Hall & Leonardtown, Thursday, December 6
6 PM Storytime
6:30 PM LEGO Fun
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
Bring your children ages 5 and under for holiday stories,
crafts and fun.
Hall Mon, December 10, 6 PM
Park Thurs, December 13, 6 PM
December 13, 6 PM
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
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 &
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
Join us for any of these book discussions. Books
are available at the hosting library.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
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
This is the story of Martha Carrier, the first woman
accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, told by her daughter
Mon, January 7, 7 PM
The Better Angel: Walt Whitman
in the Civil War
by Roy Morris, Jr.
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
Mon, January 14, 6 PM
Computer Classes--Registration required for all
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.
Upcoming Classes other than Basic:
Using your Kindle
Fire to check out eBooks (No registration)
December 6, 1-2 PM, Leonardtown
December 7, 2:30-4:40 PM, Charlotte Hall
to the Nook
January 14, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall
to the Kindle
January 17, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall
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
to Excel 2010
January 7, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
to PowerPoint 2010
January 15, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
Click here for complete class schedule and to
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
clicks needed when searching for items
redirects you back to COSMOS if item is available locally
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
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.
Chesapeake Building (County
Commissioners Meeting Room)
St. Mary's Government Complex
a last minute gift idea?
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.
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
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.
Marilyn Lash, Publicity Specialist
St. Mary's County Library