My Place to Learn, Discover, Relax!
to Neil Derksen, Charlotte Hall's new branch
reference librarian Karen Boyd has
after 26 years of service. We wish her well in her next
- Lexington Park Library parking lot will be closed on
Sat, May 5, until noon due to the Pride in the Park Parade, but
the library will be open. The parking areas of the library
and fire department are being used for the parade staging.
Come to the parade and watch the Library's Book Cart Drill Team
and Book Guard as well as the WoW! van. The parade starts at 10
AM. Cheer us on!
- The Master Gardener's Plant Clinics have
resumed. Stop by with your plant questions 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.
your summer plans? Don't forget to include our Summer Reading programs and
activities. The reading programs are for babies through
teens and begin June 4. Watch for more details next
Reading t-shirts go on sale May 14. Be
sure to get yours before they are sold out. $5 for
children's and adults $6.
opening reception will be held on 5-8 PM on Wed, May 9, for
local artists Tammy Vitale and Mary Ida Rolape whose artwork is
on display at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery
through June 14. Artists interested in displaying artwork
at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at
three libraries will be closed
Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day. Charlotte Hall will be
closed until 1 PM on Friday, May 4, for staff training.
Friends Annual Dinner
features author J. Carlton Sharp
Monday, May 14, 6 PM
Cafe des Artistes in Leonardtown
J. Carlton Sharp, author of The Barns of Southern
Maryland, will be the guest speaker at Friends of St.
Mary's County Library annual dinner. Dinner is $35 per person
and reservations are due by May 8. Click here for
has a new branch manager
Neil Derksen is Charlotte Hall's new branch manager,
filling the vacancy created when former Branch Manager Mary Anne
Bowman accepted the branch manager position at Lexington Park in
"After a nationwide search and a thorough interview
process, I am certain we have selected another dynamic branch manager
for our library system," states Library Director Kathleen
Derksen has a Masters in Library Science from Indiana
University. Upon graduation, he spent 3 years in northern Japan
as an assistant language teacher. The past 5 years he worked in
Gwinnett County Public Library system in the metro Atlanta
He also writes reviews of musical and culinary nonfiction as well as
graphic novels for Library
Stop in and give him a warm St. Mary's County welcome.
Karen Boyd Begins a New
Karen Boyd, Reference Librarian at Leonardtown, has retired after 26
years of service. She began her library career as a children's
librarian at Leonardtown and eventually became a reference
librarian. The Board of Library Trustees presented her with an
engraved travel clock which can be set to show the time in 12
different countries which should be quite handy as she pursues her
goal to travel.
will end May 4. Summer storytimes will begin June 25.
Lexington Park, Wed, May 2, 6 PM
Charlotte Hall &
Leonardtown, Thurs, May 3, 6 PM
Charlotte Hall & Leonardtown, Thurs, May 3, 6:30 PM
for all ages
Read. Learn. Grow.
Drop in & enjoy fun, interactive reading activities
with your child. All ages.
Lexington Park, Mon,
May 7, 10 AM
Tues, May 8, 10 AM
May 12, 10:30 AM
3-6 can enjoy a variety of parachute games.
Charlotte Hall, Mon,
May 7, 10 AM
May 7, 10 AM
Lexington Park, Mon, May 14, 10:30 AM
SUMMER FUN begins June 4.
Summer Reading programs begin June 4. Professional
Performances kick off June 25. Summer activities start the week
of June 25. View summer schedule.
Fun with Your Little One flyers provide activity
contain fun activities to entertain your child while you are on the
go in the community. Perfect to use during the upcoming spring
recess. They are available at the libraries or download here
Reading Volunteers Needed
Would you like to work at the summer reading table
registering participants and handing out prizes? If you are
entering 6th grade this fall, you can apply. Applications are
available at the branches or download here. Applications are due by May 12.
Note: The selection of summer volunteers has changed. Due to
the number of applications received, we might not accept all
applicants. Those selected will be notified by May 16 and will
need to attend a training session.
Register...read ... and earn chances to win great
prizes in Own the Night Summer Reading program. Other
summer activities that are planned include Teen Talent Show, Minute
to Win It, Video Editing and a Virtual Scavenger Hunt. Watch
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, May 9, 6:30 PM,
Coffee & Conversation
Calling all adults! Come and enjoy coffee and
engaging conversation with other adults as
well as share books you have read or listened
Tues, May 14, 1:00 PM, Leonardtown
Tues, May 15, 10:30 AM, Lexington
Starting a Small
Receive information on starting and financing a
business at this free workshop conducted by the Small Business
Administration. Learn about the programs and services they offer; the
process of developing a business plan; financing credit; and
available tools to help you get started. No registration
Leonardtown, Fri, May 4,
Charlotte Hall, Wed, May 9,
Talk about a good book!
Join us for
any of these book discussions. Books are available at hosting
Life as We Knew It
Three Men in a Boat
by Jerome K.
Mon, May 14, 6 PM
The Tiger's Wife
Thurs, May 24, 7 PM
Click here for List of
2012 Book Discussion Titles
Computer Classes--Registration required for all
Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and
email will be offered at Lexington Park in May.
One-on-one instruction is available at all three branches. Call the library
for an appointment.
Upcoming Classes other than Basic:
Introduction to Publisher 2010
May 7, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
May 23, 5:30-7:30 PM Lexington Park
I took these pictures...now what?
May 17, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall
Intermediate Publisher 2010
June 4, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
Get More From Google
June 5, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
Click here for complete class schedule and to
Mark your calendars
Fest, Fridays at 2 PM at Lexington Park
June 22, The Artist
Musical Showcase by Bella Music School Students
June 2, 2-4 PM, Lexington Park
MOU with St. Mary's County Public School
New Student Resource Page created
The Library and St. Mary's County Public Schools
formalized their partnership with a Memorandum of Understanding
outlining the planned activities and responsibilities of each
organization to help students succeed in school and be college and
One of the new
initiatives is the creation of an online Student Resources page
available on our website and the individual school's.
St. Mary's County Public School Board members and
Library Board members and staff at the recent signing of the MOU.
Free online homework help
homework? Need help? Use HelpNow! Available 2-11 PM daily.
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Marilyn Lash, Publicity Specialist
St. Mary's County Library