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 July  2012 


whatsnewWhat's New?

  • Babies 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.   
  • Check out the Stuffed Animal Sleepover photos and photos taken at our other fun summer programs on Flickr.   
  • 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 5.  
  • Do 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 search.
  • TumbleBook Readables, an online collection of read-along titles for older students (elementary, middle, and high school) are available through August 31. 
  • Readers in Russia, Israel, Germany, Canada, and the UK have discovered our Kid's Book Blog ... have you? 
  • 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.    
  • Starting June 29, you will be able to see all eBook titles available to libraries and suggest a title to purchase.  More details.  
  • Help replenish our local food banks by bringing a nonperishable food item when attending a program this summer or visiting the library.    
  • The 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. 
  • Thank you to members of First Saints Community Church who tidied up the outside around the three libraries--trimming bushes, weeding, picking up litter and mulching.   
  • All three branches will be closed on July 4th.   
  • The 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 301-863-6693.             
  • Stop 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.




ChildrensSummer + Libraries = Fun for Everyone! 

Join the fun!  Tell a friend or neighbor about our free, exciting activities and invite them to come with you.   


SuSummer Reading 2012 logommer 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.


All Summer 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. 

Sat, July 7       Fri, July 20       Sat, July 21 



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 required.  
  • 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. 

  • Free family movies  
  • Maryland Animals at Work While You Sleep:  Registration.    
  • Poetry Open Mic 
  • Books, Coffee and Conversation
  • K-9 Demonstrations- August 4, 10 AM, Leonardtown 


Now Available: Summer Learning Fun activity sheet   


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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 more.   
  • 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.  Registration.




neweBookfeatureNew 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   Microphone

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, Leonardtown Library



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, July 9, 1:00 PM, Leonardtown



Talk about a good book! 


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

Covers of three books         


Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II.  

by Michael Zuckoff   

Boston Globe 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 Guinea. 

   Mon, July 9, 6 PM      

   Lexington Park      



Martin Dressler:  The Tale of an American Dreamer         

by Steven Millhauser       

Martin 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 around him.   

   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?   

     Mon, August 6, 7 PM

     Charlotte Hall

Click here for List of 2012 Book Discussion Titles




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kidsbookblogKid'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:
         United States       16,709 times

         Russia                   1,518
         Israel                    1,024          
         Germany                1,016
         Canada                    821
         United Kingdom          667
and the balance from various other countries.  It has even been visited by authors who have sent emails or have left comments on the blog.

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 classes 

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. 

computer graphic 

Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

eReader Workshop 

     July 23, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

Intermediate Genealogy

     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 Hall
Don't have Microsoft Office?  Use Open Office
     August 28, 10 AM-12 noon, Charlotte Hall 

  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   



JobsearchJob 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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Calvert Library hosts traveling exhibit

Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War Poster of Lincoln

July 11-August 24


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.

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