My Place to Learn, Discover, Relax!
Feb. 13, the online library catalog will
have a new look and many new features. Learn
Jones Jr. will present our Black History Month
this year portraying Frederick Douglass on Feb. 18 at Lexington
Park at 1:30 PM. More details.
libraries are providing free childcare provider
on Every Child Ready to Read at each branch. Find out
- Learning Fun for your Little
activity sheets are now available in the children's area. They
contain a list of fun activities to do with your little ones to
help them get ready to learn to read.
are invited to Books, Coffee and Conversation at
Leonardtown on Feb. 13 at 1 PM, at Lexington Park on Feb. 21 at
10:30 AM, and at Charlotte Hall on Feb. 23 at 10:30
- The Friends of the Library donated $6,000 to the
library. The Friends are busy preparing for the MEGA Book
Sale in March. More details.
- Tess Goldwasser is serving on the American
Library Association's Stonewall Book
Award Committee. Another example of your library
staff helping to select award winning books for the national
library association. Find out more
Archaeology Exhibit that previously had
been on display at Lexington Park and Leonardtown is now on
display at Charlotte Hall. The exhibit, a project of the
Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab at Jefferson Patterson
and Museum and the Maryland Historical Trust, contains local
artifacts from three important St. Mary's County archaeological
Park Library's Tree of Warmth
collected 8 large bags of mittens, scarves and hats. These
donations were given to community organizations for
tax forms are available at the libraries but Maryland no longer
provides libraries with the printed forms and booklets.
The libraries have created a binder of basic Maryland tax forms
and instructions for you to use to copy. Click here for links to helpful tax
opening reception will be held for local artist Willy Yowaiski
on February 9 from 5-8 PM at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery
. His paintings which include acrylic on canvas, collage
and spray paint on glass and canvas will be on display until
March 15. Artists interested in displaying artwork at the
library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at
- The libraries will be closed February 20 in observance of Presidents' Day. Our Internet
www.stmalib.org will be open.
Meet Frederick Douglass!
Sat, February 18
1:30 PM, Lexington Park
Entertaining ... educational .... and inspiring for
Travel back in time and discover how this motherless slave child
taught himself to read and write and then as a daring young man
risked his life and limb as he plotted his escape to freedom.
Portrayed by Professional storyteller Walter Jones,
Free family program.
Co-sponsored by St. Mary's County Branch of NAACP,
Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions, and the Minority
Changes coming to online library catalog
February 13, the online library catalog will have a brand new look
and many new features. Here are a few:
- Searches can be easily
narrowed by material type, author, publication dates, and even
by library. Search results are returned based on
- Auto-complete and
"Did you mean?" search features. Like Google, it
will complete or suggest possible search terms as you begin
typing your search or ask "Did you mean?" when
- Ability to search both
library items and magazines simultaneously.
- Library number/PIN are
retained once logged in.
- Ability to select a
library as your default pick-up location and not have to
continually re-enter it.
- Ability to place
multiple holds at once.
- Your own personal
reading lists can be created and maintained in Personal
Preferences under My Account. Perfect location to keep
track of those books you want to read and have read. Books
can be added from the catalog with a click of the mouse, placed
on hold from your list, or shared with friends via email.
- Other fun features
include user-generated book reviews to which you can contribute,
external ratings, and Facebook connection.
it is user-friendly. If you do have trouble navigating it, stop
by any branch and our staff will gladly help you. As with any
new product, some "fixes" might be discovered and need to
Click here for the current program brochure
8-14, can come and enjoy karaoke fun. No registration
Lexington Park, Thurs, February 2, 2:00 PM
Charlotte Hall, Fri, February 17
10-11 AM for ages 3-6 and
2-3 PM for ages 6+
Leonardtown, Fri, February 17
1-2 PM for ages 3-6 and 2-3 PM for ages 6+
Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
Leonardtown, Sat, February 25, 10:30 AM
Charlotte Hall, Sat, March 3, 10:30 AM
Lexington Park, Sat, March 3, 2:00 PM
to Word -- Kids/Parent Class
Learn to open,
create, format, print, and save documents in Word 2010. Ages 7-12.
Parents learn along with kids! Please sign up with the child's name
and include the parent name alongside. Register.
Thurs, February 23, 6-7:30 PM Lexington Park
for Little Ones activity sheets
Look for the
new quarterly handouts containing a list of fun activities you can do
with your little ones to help them get ready to read. Also available
are Fun with your Little One flyers which have fun activities to
entertain your child while you are on the go in the
Talk about a
Join us for
any of these book discussions. Books are available at hosting
A Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan
Mon, February 6, 7 PM
A Passage to India
by E. M.
Mon, February 13, 6 PM
A Tale of Two Cities
Thurs, February 16, 7 PM
Click here for List of
2012 Book Discussion Titles
Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and
offered at Charlotte Hall and Lexington Park in March.
is available at Charlotte Hall
and Leonardtown. Call the library for an appointment.
Upcoming Classes other than Basic:
Introduction to Excel 2010
February 6, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
February 21, 5:30-730 PM, Lexington Park
Introduction to Word--Parent/Child Class
February 23, 6-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
Intermediate to Excel 2010
February 27, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
Introduction to Online Genealogy
March 19, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
Open Computer Lab
March 26, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
Click here for complete class schedule and to
Poets and fans of any
Bring a poem and take
Share a favorite or
one you have written,
Or grab a friend and
have a listen!
Wed, February 8, 6:30 PM,
NEW!! Books, Coffee & Conversation
all adults! Come and enjoy light refreshments and engaging
conversation with other adults as well as share books
you have read or listened to.
13, 1:00 PM, Leonardtown
Tues, February 21, 10:30
AM, Lexington Park
Thurs, February 23, 10:30
AM, Charlotte Hall
eReaders! Want to learn more about these? Register for the eBook Workshop to get
an overview of eBooks and eReader technology and to learn how to
download the library's free downloadable books. Staff will
demonstrate downloading to the NOOK and other ePub compatible
devices, the Kindle, and use of the iPad/iPhone and Android
apps. Bring your laptop and eReader if you them.
Tues, February 21, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
Or stop by
any branch to test drive one of the various eReaders and to see how
simple the download process is.
Due to the
huge demand for eBooks, you might have to place a hold on some of the
the titles. Your staff is continually working with the
statewide consortium to purchase sufficient copies so there are no
more than 3 holds per title. Be sure to log in first before
browsing to see additional titles available only to Southern Maryland
Friends of the Library, for the $6,000 donation. Each branch
Friends Mega Book Sale
Fri, March 16, 1-8 PM
Members of Friends only
Childcare Provider Training:
Every Child Ready to Read
Childcare providers! Earn
2 CEUs by attending this training and learn
simple activities you can use every day to help the children in your
care get ready to read. Register.
Thurs, February 9, 6 PM
Charlotte Hall, Thurs, February
16, 6 PM
Lexington Park, Thurs, February
23, 6 PM
Librarian serves on Stonewall Book Awards Committee
Goldwasser, children's librarian at Lexington Park, was selected for
and is serving on the 2012-13 Stonewall Book Awards Committee of the
American Library Association (ALA). This committee selects the
winners of the Stonewall Book Awards which honor English language
books of exceptional merit relating to the
She and the other committee members read numerous
books before selecting these 2012
Stonewall Book Award winners which were announced on
January 23 at the ALA Conference in Dallas:
Like Sugar by Wayne Hoffman
Non-fiction Award--(awarded to 2 books due to a tie)
Difference and Desire in American Portraiture by
Jonathan D. Katz and David C. Ward and A Queer History of the United
States (Revisioning American History) by Michael Bronski
& Young Adult Award--Putting Makeup
on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright
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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 LearnATest--interactive, online practice
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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