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 June  2012 


whatsnewWhat's New?

  • Uncle Pete kicks off the Professional Performance series on June 25.  
  • Storytimes and other programs begin the week of June 25. 
  • Calling all teens!  Showcase your talent at the Teen Talent Show at Lexington Park on June 21.
  • Please bring a nonperishable food item for the local food pantry when attending a program this summer.    
  • Thinking about buying an eReader?  Stop by any branch and test-drive the various ones.  We have Kindles, Nooks, iPads and other popular ones that you can check out and use in the library. 
  • Thank you to Friends of the Library for their donation of $45,000 to the libraries at their annual dinner. 
  • Selected from thousands of chat sessions by other Maryland librarians, Lexington Park's Reference Librarian Sara Stephenson was named an AskUsNow!  Rockstar with her exceptional and thorough online chat session.   
  • 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.          
  • The artwork of local artists Tammy Vitale and Mary Ida Rolape will be on display at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through June 15.  Suzanne Sheldon will display her artwork starting June 16 through July 31.   Artists interested in displaying artwork at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.      



FOLFriends Donate $45,000 to libraries

Branch Managers receiving their certificates

Friends President Louise Snell (left) presented branch managers (left to right) Marylee Russell, Mary Anne Bowman, and Neil Derksen each with a certificate worth $15,000 from the Friends at the Annual Dinner. These funds are used to purchase materials and furniture at the branches.

Thank you, Friends, for your generous donation!

2012-2013 Friends OfficersFriends of the Library logo

President:  Louise Snell

Vice President:  Trish Parkinson 

Secretary:  Sue Gibbs 

Treasurer:  Phyllis Krasnokutsky





RockstarSara Stephenson is a Rockstar!  


Sara Stephenson working at the computerCongratulations to Sara Stephenson, a reference librarian at Lexington Park, who was named a Rockstar Librarian for her terrific work answering questions online for the statewide AskUsNow! reference service.   


Sara's answer was one of only a handful of answers from all over the state to be nominated for the Rockstar Award out of many thousands of answers provided by Maryland librarians.  The AskUsNow! coordinators nominate those librarians who really connect with the customer, have creative solutions to problems, go above and beyond for the answer, and educate the customer.   That's our Sara! 

Get an answer from a real librarian 24/7 with AskUsNow!AskUsNow! logo  




ChildrensSummer Fun

Download summer brochure  


Summer Reading Programs begin June 4    

Summer Reading 2012 logoHelp your kids maintain their reading skills and discover the fun of reading by having them participate in one of our Summer Reading they earn prizes and even a book.  Register online or at any branch.


Read-to-Me:  Birth to age 2

Complete a row of activities on your game board with your little one and choose a prize for your child.  Choose a book when your sheet is completed.


Dream Big, READ!:  Preschoolers to 5th grade

Complete the fun activities on your gameboard to the prize square and receive a prize.  Complete the entire gameboard and choose a book.


Own the Night!:  Grade 6 and up 

More details below.  


Free tickets for reading participants  

  • Southern Maryland Blue Crabs:  Every child receives a stadium ticket to a game on either July 7, 20, or 21.   
  • Baltimore Orioles:  120 participants will receive tickets for the August 6th game.
  • National Aquarium, B&O Railroad Museum or Port Discovery:  One Dream Big, READ! participant will receive a family pass to one of these attractions.
  • Maryland Science Center:  One Dream Big, READ! pariticipant per branch will receive a family packet of 4 tickets in a random drawing.   

Professional Performances on Mondays, June 25-July 30. Free.  

10:00 AM White Marsh Elementary School (Charlotte Hall's) 

12:30 PM  Leonard Hall Recreation Center (Leonardtown's)

     except on July 9 which will be at Leonardtown Elementary 

 3:00 PM Lexington Park Library

Click here for a complete list of performers. 


June 25 --Uncle Pete kicks off the performance with his lively concert.   Funds provided by St. Mary's County Arts Council and Friends of St. Mary's County Library.    


Storytimes June 25-August 4.    


Crafternoons June 26-August 2   

Kids ages 4-12 can drop in and make a weekly craft.  Supplies furnished.   


Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover   

Kids can bring their stuffed animal for storytime, leave them for a sleepover and then pick them up the next day and watch a slide show of their adventures.

Lexington Park Wed, June 20, 6 PM


LEGO Fun    

Charlotte Hall   Wed, June 27

10-11:30 AM  ages 3-6      2-3:30 PM ages 6+ 


Family Movie  Hugo

Leonardtown   Thurs, June 21, 2 PM  


School Spirit Days

Hollywood Elementary- Mon, June 4, 5-7 PM, Leonardtown

Piney Point Elementary- Tues, June 5, 3-5 PM, Leonardtown 

Evergreen Elementary- Wed, June 6, 2-6 PM, Leonardtown

Father Andrew White- Tues, June 19, 5-7 PM, Leonardtown

Green Holly Elementary- Tues, June 19, 5-7 PM, Leonardtown 



Now Available: Summer Learning Fun activity sheet   


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Own the Night!  Summer Reading Program

Begins June 4th, ends August 11.Register. 

Fill in the stars on your game card by reading or listening to books, attending a library program, or submitting a book review.  Fill in a row of stars and receive a "row prize" and be entered in the grand prize drawing.

Row Prizes:  locker gear, restaurant & ice cream coupons, school supplies

Grand Prizes:  sack packs, t-shirts, Ledo's gift certificates, digital cameras, video cameras, karaoke machines, entertainment projectors, noise headphones

Showcase your talent 

Got talent?  Song, dance, magic, poetry, whatever?  Bring it!  Show it! Register if you plan to perform.  No registration is required if you plan to come and watch.

Lexington Park      Thursday, June 21     5-7 PM

Own the Night! Virtual Scavenger Hunt 

Beginning June 25th, daily clues will be posted to our tumblr site. Can you solve them?  Email your answers to win prizes. Access the clues and get started.

Upcoming programs: 

Minute to Win It!  Charlotte Hall, July 16, 2-4 PM
Video Editing  Leonardtown, July 20, 2:30-4:30 PM 



Musical Showcase

Bella Music School students will present free family concert.

Lexington Park Library   Sat, June 2    2-4 PM


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, June 6, 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, June 11, 1:00 PM, Leonardtown

    Tues, June 19, 10:30 AM, Lexington Park      



filmfestOscar Film Fest    

Join us on Friday afternoon at 2 PM at Lexington Park this month

Free.  Snacks provided. 

Hugo DVD coverJune 1  Hugo

Winner of 2012 Oscar for Best Achievement in Cinematography.  The orphaned boy named Hugo who secretly lives in the walls of a Paris train station gets caught up in a mystery adventure when he attempts to repair a mechanical man.  Rated PG.  127 minutes.

June 8  The Help
Help Dvd cover 

The winner of 2012 Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.  When a southern society girl decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families, she turns the small Mississippi town upside down.  Rated PG-13.  146 minutes.


Beginners Dvd coverJune 15  The Beginners

Winner of 2012 Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.  When Oliver meets Anna, he is flooded with memories of his late father who, following 44 years of marriage, came out of the closet at age 75. Rated R.  105 minutes.



June 22  War HorseWar Horse Dvd cover 

Won nominee for 2012 Oscar for Best Picture.  This Steven Spielberg film follows the journey of a horse as he moves through WWI, changing the lives and inspiring all those he meets.   Rated PG-13.  146 minutes. 

Artist Dvd cover
June 29   The Artist

Winner of 5 of the 2012 Oscars including Best Motion Picture of the Year.  This film tells the story of the interlinked destinies of silent movie superstar George Valentin and the young dancer Peppy Miller who lights up the talkies like no one else.  Rated PG-13.  100 minutes.  

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Talk about a good book! 


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

Covers of discussion books      

Please Look After Mom    

by Kyung-Sook Shin 

     Mon, June 4, 7 PM

     Charlotte Hall


The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement   

by David Brooks 

   Mon, June 11, 6 PM      

   Lexington Park     


Rabbit, Run        

by John Updike         

   Thurs, June 21, 7 PM



Click here for List of 2012 Book Discussion Titles




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. Call the library for an appointment. 

computer graphic 

Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Intermediate Publisher 2010

     June 4, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

Get More From Google

     June 5, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park  

Intermediate Genealogy

     July 30, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park 


  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   



Student thanks librarians and shares bookmarks

bookmarks she createdRecently Kaylee Howe, a student at Piney Point Elementary,  dropped off the following note at the Leonardtown Library along with bookmarks she had created which are pictured above.  

Dear Librarians,

Thanks for all you do in our community!  Thanks for letting me check out books to read over the summer.  This is my favorite library.  I love how people are very helpful when I try to find a book. I love the Summer Reading Plans.   


P.S.  I'm always reading.   

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