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March 2012 


What's New?

  • The Friends of the Library Annual Spring Book Sale is March 16-18 at the county fairgrounds.  More details. 
  • Take a virtual tour of The Reginald F. Lewis Museum located in Baltimore on March 31 at Lexington Park.   More details. 
  • Lexington Park Library has undergone a "make-over" --inside and out. Read more. 
  • Teens, celebrate the release of The Hunger Games movie with us. More info. 
  • Join us for Books, Coffee, and Conversation at Leonardtown on March 12 at 1 PM, at Lexington Park on March 20 at 10:30 AM, and at Charlotte Hall on March 29 at 10:30 AM.  
  • Each branch will soon have the new Sony eReader with wi-fi for you to try.
  • Thank you to Cub Scout Pack 420 Den 8 for picking up the debris around the Leonardtown Library.  
  • Take a look at the Archaeology Exhibit, a project of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab at Jefferson Patterson and Museum and the Maryland Historical Trust on display at Charlotte Hall Library.   
  • Local artist Willy Yowaiski's artwork is on display at the  Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through March 15.  His paintings which include acrylic on canvas, collage and spray paint on glass and canvas.  Jane Rowe will display her artwork starting March 15 through April 30.  Artists interested in displaying artwork at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.  



Friends of the Library logoFOLBookSaleFriends of the Library

Annual Spring Book Sale

County Fairgrounds

Fri, March 16, 1-8 PM   Members of Friends only with memberships available at door.

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 





Inside view of Reginald F. Lewis Museum

 Take a virtual journey to Baltimore and tour  

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum  

Sat, March 31, 2:00 PM  

Lexington Park Library


Tour the largest African American museum on the East Coast without leaving the county.  Delve into the exhibits, collections, and programs including exhibits from St. Mary's County with museum staff member Lisa Crawley.

Deanna Mingo, Assistant Principal at George Washington Carver Elementary, will share the state curriculum on teaching African American history and its connection to the museum. 

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



LexiMakeoverLexington Park Library gets a make-over


The bio-retention ponds at Lexington Park Library have undergone an amazing transformation.  The drainage pipes have been re-worked and the vegetation cleared.  The ponds will be replanted in the near future.  Thanks to the hard work of the staff at the Community Development Corporation and the St. Mary's County Department of Public Works for this "make-over."  


before and after photos of LexingtonPark LIbrary 


Inside, shelf units have been moved and rearranged to make better use of the available space.  The Young Adult area has been expanded. Collections have been relocated: the magazines were moved next to the Art Gallery and the audiobooks were relocated to where the magazines were. Additional shelving is coming for the audiobooks and DVDs.




Children's Programs    

   Click here for the current program brochure and storytimes. 


Read Across America Read 30 minutes for 30 days sign
Join us and read at least 30 minutes for 30 days during the month of March to celebrate  Read Across Maryland Month.  Download a reading calendar and get started.  


Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

Enjoy Dr. Seuss stories, songs and activities.  Only a few spaces still available.   Register. 

Charlotte Hall, Sat, March 3, 10:30 AM  



Spring Break Fun

Kids' Karaoke  

Kids, ages 8-14, can come and enjoy karaoke fun.   

        Leonardtown, Tues, April 3, 2:30 PM    



Lexington Park, Thurs, April 5

     1-2 PM for ages 3-6 and 2-3 PM for ages 6+


Drop in and complete a spring craft.  Ages 4-12.  Supplies provided.

Charlotte Hall, Tues, April 3, 1-4 PM 

Leonardtown, Wed, April 4, 1-4 PM
Lexington Park, Wed, April 4, 1-4 PM 


Family Movies 

Dolphin Tale

Charlotte Hall, Mon, April 2, 2:00  PM 

Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

Lexington Park, Tues, April 3, 11:00 AM 

Puss in Boots

Leonardtown, Thurs, April 5, 2:00 PM 




Spring Learning Fun activity sheet available 

The new Spring Fun Activity Sheet as well as the Fun with your Little One flyers (fun activities to entertain your child while you are on the go in the community) are available at the libraries or download here     





Hungry for Hunger Games?


Enter the Arena, partake in a Capital Feast, and compete with other Districts through multiple challenges to include trivia and Archery.  Come sporting your districts' wear, show your pride and be prepared to battle to the death.  Are you worthy enough to be pinned the "Mocking Jay" ?  Come and find out.  Register.


Leonardtown, Tues, March 20, 5:30 PM

Lexington Park, Thurs, March 22, 5:30 PM

Charlotte Hall, Fri, March 23, 3:00 PM    



Talk about a good book! 


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

Covers of selected titles     

Threading the Needle 

by Marie Bostwick


     Mon, March 5, 7 PM
     Charlotte Hall


Founding Gardeners 

by Andrea Wulf   

     Mon, March 12, 6 PM  

     Lexington Park     


Jamrach's Menagerie     

by Carol Birch      

   Thurs, March 22, 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 Online Genealogy

     March 19, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park

Open Computer Lab  

     March 26, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

I took these what? 

     April 12, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall 

Intermediate to PowerPoint 

     April 10, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall

     April 16, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown 

Introduction to Excel 2010 

     April 19, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall 

Kindle Workshop

     April 26, 4-6 PM, Charlotte Hall   


  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   


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, March 7, 6:30 PM, Leonardtown Library



NEW!!   Books, Coffee & Conversation 

coffe cup on stack of books
Calling 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, March 12, 1:00 PM, Leonardtown

    Tues, March 20, 10:30 AM, Lexington Park
    Thurs, March 29, 10:30 AM, Charlotte Hall 



Coming soon--the new Sony eReader with wi-fi photo of sony reader


Each branch will soon have the new Sony eReader with wi-fi for you to try.  With this Sony Reader you are able to browse the downloadable titles right on the screen and check the books out directly to it with no computer needed.  The libraries also have NOOKs, Kindles including the Kindle Fire, and iPads. 


Due to the huge demand for eBooks and the reduction of titles available from publishers, 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.   



What can you do to help save energy? 

Tell us with art....and receive a prize!   


SMECO 75th Anniversary Art Event

SMECO 75th Anniversary logo
Students ages 6-18!  Express your view on what you can do to help save energy through either digital or hand-drawn art on 8.5 x11 paper.  Drop off your artwork and complete an entry form at your library.   Three entries allowed per student.  

Deadline for entries is April 7.    

This is not a contest.  All participants will receive a prize from SMECO by mail and their artwork will be displayed at SMECO locations, events and online via SMECO website and Facebook. 



St. Mary's County Cemetery Project needs your help!


The St. Mary's County Historic Preservation Commission has been compiling a database of cemeteries in St. Mary's County to document the sites.  Each library has a copy of the cemetery database for the public can view.  The public is asked to contribute  information on cemeteries or burial yards not included and/or to correct information listed in the database using forms available at the library. 



School Resources 


HelpNow!  Free online homework help

Got homework?  Need help?  Use HelpNow!  

  • Real, live tutors available 2-11 PM daily in both English & Spanish
  • All core subjects (grades 3-12 including AP): math, science, social studies, language arts
  • Foreign language labs
  • Writing labs
  • Skill-building
  • No session limits
  • Library card required.   

Adult help also available including resume assistance and Microsoft training.


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Online Information Resources available 24/7 

Collections of free online information resources perfect for assignments and homework:  encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and other databases.  These resources are NOT considered internet sources.  Includes LearningExpress Library--interactive, online practice exams for SAT, PSAT,  AP, ACT, Reading & Math Skills, and Middle/High School Improvements. Check out these resources!  



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Marilyn Lash, Publicity Specialist
St. Mary's County Library
301-475-2846 x1007




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