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February 2012 


What's New?

  • Starting Feb. 13, the online library catalog will have a new look and many new features.  Learn more...  
  • Walter Jones Jr. will present our Black History Month program this year portraying Frederick Douglass on Feb. 18 at Lexington Park at 1:30 PM. More details. 
  • The libraries are providing free childcare provider training on Every Child Ready to Read at each branch.  Find out more 
  • Learning Fun for your Little Ones 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.
  • Adults 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 AM.   
  • 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 
  • The 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 sites.  
  • Lexington Park Library's Tree of Warmth collected 8 large bags of mittens, scarves and hats.  These donations were given to community organizations for distribution. 
  • Federal 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 information. 
  • An 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 301-863-6693. 
  • The libraries will be closed February 20 in observance of Presidents' Day. Our Internet branch, will be open.   



Frederick DouglassBlackhistoryMeet Frederick Douglass!

Sat, February 18  

1:30 PM, Lexington Park 


Entertaining ... educational .... and inspiring for all ages!

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, Jr. 


Free family program.    Light refreshments served.


Co-sponsored by St. Mary's County Branch of NAACP, Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions, and the Minority Outreach Coalition.



CatalogChangesChanges coming to online library catalog 

  Screen shot of new card catalog

On 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 relevancy.
  • 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 misspellings occur.
  • 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.

Overall, 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 be resolved.      



Fun for children     

   Click here for the current program brochure and storytimes. 


Kids' Karaoke  

Kids, ages 8-14, can come and enjoy karaoke fun.  No registration required. 

        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 Dr. Seuss poster

Leonardtown, Sat, February 25, 10:30 AM
Charlotte Hall, Sat, March 3, 10:30 AM

Lexington Park, Sat, March 3, 2:00 PM  




Introduction 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  



Learning Fun 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 community.       



Talk about a good book! 


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

Book covers     

A Visit from the Goon Squad  

by Jennifer Egan
     Mon, February 6, 7 PM
     Charlotte Hall


A Passage to India  

by E. M. Forster  

     Mon, February 13, 6 PM  

     Lexington Park     


A Tale of Two Cities    

by Charles Dickens     

   Thurs, February 16, 7 PM



Click here for List of 2012 Book Discussion Titles




Computer Classes

Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email
will be offered at Charlotte Hall and Lexington Park in March.  

One-on-one instruction

is available at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown.  Call the library for an appointment. 

computer graphic 

Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Introduction to Excel 2010 

     February 6, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

eBooks Workshop

      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 register.   




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, February 8, 6:30 PM, Leonardtown Library


NEW!!   Books, Coffee & Conversation 

coffe cup on stack of booksCalling all adults!  Come and enjoy light refreshments and engaging conversation with other adults as well as share books you have read or listened to.   

Mon, February 13, 1:00 PM, Leonardtown
Tues, February 21, 10:30 AM, Lexington Park
Thurs, February 23, 10:30 AM, Charlotte Hall 



Explore eBooks  

eBooks! 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.  Librarian showing customer eReader


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 users.   



FolThank you, Friends of the Library, for the $6,000 donation.  Each branch received $2,000.     Friends of the Library logo


Friends Mega Book Sale

County Fairgrounds 

      Fri, March 16, 1-8 PM Members of Friends only

Sat, March 17, 10-5 

      Sun, March 18, 12-3

To volunteer contact Jill Zitnick  or 301-863-9368 

Join Friends today  and shop on Friday from 1-8 PM 




childcaretrainingFree 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.

Leonardtown, Thurs, February 9, 6 PM

Charlotte Hall, Thurs, February 16, 6 PM 

Lexington Park, Thurs, February 23, 6 PM 



StonewallLibrarian serves on Stonewall Book Awards Committee

Tess Goldwasser with winning booksTess 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 gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience. 

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:

Literature Award--Sweet Like Sugar by Wayne Hoffman

Non-fiction Award--(awarded to 2 books due to a tie)
Hide/Seek: 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
Childen's & Young Adult Award
--Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright



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