My Place to Learn, Discover, Relax!
through teens can still sign up to participate in our Summer Reading Programs and
win prizes by completing fun reading activities. Sign up
today at any branch or register online. Those who
complete their game sheets receive a book.
out the Stuffed Animal Sleepover photos and photos taken at our
other fun summer programs on Flickr.
- A new mobile website is being developed ...
and we need a few customers to test drive it and provide
feedback. If interested, please stop by the information
desk at any branch with your mobile device starting July
you know anyone who is job searching?
Tell them the Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center
will be at each branch this summer to help them with their job
- TumbleBook Readables, an online
collection of read-along titles for older students (elementary,
middle, and high school) are available through August 31.
in Russia, Israel, Germany, Canada, and the UK have discovered
our Kid's Book Blog ...
- Sign up for Library Elf, a free
service to help you keep track your checked out and requested
items plus those of other family members. You receive
email notices of what's due, overdue, and requested. You
customize what information to receive, how often, and how--email,
text or RSS alerts.
June 29, you will be able to see all eBook titles available to libraries and
suggest a title to purchase. More details.
replenish our local food banks by bringing a nonperishable food item when attending a
program this summer or visiting the library.
Library earned $2855 dollars in the McKay's Rewards Program, coming in 7th out of
105 organizations. Be sure to sign up this fall and
designate the library as your non-profit organization.
you to members of First Saints
Community Church who tidied up the outside around the
three libraries--trimming bushes, weeding, picking up litter and
three branches will be closed on July 4th.
Suzanne Shelden's paintings including those from "Route
4" and "Along the Trail" series are on display at
the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery
through July 31. Artists interested in displaying artwork
at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at
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.
+ Libraries = Fun for Everyone!
Join the fun!
Tell a friend or neighbor about our free, exciting activities and
invite them to come with you.
Summer Reading Programs
Help your kids,
babies through teens, discover the fun of reading by having them
participate in one of our Summer Reading Programs. Register online or at any branch. More details.
Reading participants receive a ticket to one of the following
Southern Maryland Library Nights with the Blue Crabs
at Regency Furniture Stadium. Parade is at 6:30 PM. Game
starts at 7:05 PM. Fireworks follow the game.
7 Fri, July 20 Sat,
For more details about
these programs click here.
- Professional Performances: Mondays
through July 30
- Crafternoons: Drop in craft sessions
through August 2
- Computer Fun for Kids: Registration
- Read. Learn. Grow.: Fun reading
activities to enjoy with your child.
- COSMIC Adventures Traveling Planetarium
: Tickets required.
- LEGO Fun
- Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover
- Storytimes through August 4
- School Spirit Days
Teens: See below or click here
For more information about
these programs click here.
Animals at Work While You Sleep: Registration.
Coffee and Conversation
Demonstrations- August 4, 10 AM, Leonardtown
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
- Own the Night! Virtual Scavenger
Hunt. Can you solve the
clues? Ends August 4.
- Minute to Win It! Charlotte Hall, July 16, 2-4 PM. Registration.
- Video Editing. Leonardtown, July 20, 2:30-4:30 PM.
New eBook feature added
Starting June 29, you will be 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 wanted by our customers. All
requested titles will be reviewed and you should have a response
about 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 considering buying an eReader, visit any
branch. Each branch has the most popular eReaders available for
you to use and staff can help you.
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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, July 11, 6:30 PM,
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, July 9, 1:00 PM, Leonardtown
Talk about a good book!
Join us for
any of these book discussions. Books are available at hosting
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival,
Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II.
reporter chronicles the untold story of an extraordinary World War II
rescue mission in which a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a
trio of US military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New
Mon, July 9, 6 PM
Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
Dressler is climbing the corporate ladder to become the Donald Trump
of his day--at the close of the 19th Century in New York City.
One man's unbridled ambition changes his life, and the lives of those
Thurs, July 26, 7 PM
The Dive From Clausen's Pier
by Ann Packer
How much do we owe the people we love? Is it a sign of strength
or weakness to walk away from someone in need?
Click here for List of
2012 Book Discussion Titles
Kid's Book Blog Goes Global
Have you visited our Kid's Book Blog? Apparently
not only has it been visited many times by our customers, but it has
had visitors from around the world. Since December 2008 when it
was created by Tess Goldwasser, a children's librarian at Lexington
Park, through May 2012, it had been visited 27,797 times from
computers in the following countries:
States 16,709 times
and the balance from various other countries. It has even been
visited by authors who have sent emails or have left comments on the
Our Kid's Book Blog, if you are not familiar with it, contains
children's picture book summaries by our librarians. This is a
great way to find books for your little ones. Currently there
are more than 600 entries and more summaries are continually being
added. Check it out. Kid's Book Blog
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Computer Classes--Registration required for all
Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and
email will be offered at Lexington Park in July.
One-on-one instruction is available at all three branches. Contact the
library for an appointment.
Upcoming Classes other than Basic:
July 23, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
July 30, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
Computer Tutoring Session
July 30, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
August 8, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
How to buy a computer
August 15, 5-7 PM, Charlotte
Microsoft Office? Use Open Office
August 28, 10 AM-12 noon, Charlotte
Click here for complete class schedule and to
Job 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 July 18 & August 22
Charlotte Hall July 19 & August 23
Leonardtown July 20 & August 24
A teen specialist will be available on July 18 and
July 20 to specifically help teens.
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Library hosts traveling exhibit
the Constitution and the Civil War
The traveling exhibit, Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War, will
open at Calvert Library in Prince Frederick on July 11. Docent-led
tours and a variety of programs are planned through August 24. 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.
Marilyn Lash, Publicity Specialist
St. Mary's County Library