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 November 2012 


whatsnewWhat's New?

  • Friends of the Library will hold their Mini Book Sale on Sunday, November 4, at Leonardtown Library from 11 AM - 3 PM.  Rain date is November 11.
  • Vote on November 6!  We have created a Voters Guide to help you with your voting needs and decisions. 
  • Consider becoming a member of your dynamic Library Board.  Applications are now being accepted for two positions and are due Nov. 14.  More details. 
  • You can now pay your library fines online using any credit card through PayPal. To pay online, go to "My Account" and click on "Fines" tab.  Minimum payment is $5.
  • Congratulations to Amanda Ellington, Carrie Munn and Amy Watson on their recent promotions. 
  • Winners of Lexington Park's 10th Anniversary baskets were: Toddler-Athena Biscoe; Youth-Jadyn Dean; Teen-Rina Segesdy; Adult-Allie Fulk. More details. 
  • Lexington Park will offer a free webinar for nonprofits on finding potential funders on November 14.     
  • The library is selling metal license plate holders that say "Libraries are essential.  I love my library."  Stop by any branch and purchase one before they are gone.  Only $15.   
  • All three libraries will serve as collection sites for Toys for Tots again this year.  Drop off your donations of new toys at any branch. Food items are also being accepted at each branch for local food banks. 
  • All three libraries will be closed on Nov. 12 for Veterans' Day and will close at 5 PM on Wed, November 21, and be closed on Thurs, November 22, for Thanksgiving.
  • Having difficulty accessing My Account? Try these solutions.  We are sorry for the inconvenience but the problem is out of our control. The vendor for the Southern Maryland region is working to correct it.   
  • Candy Cummings' artwork will be on display at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through January 31.  An opening reception will be held Thurs, November 15, 5-8 PM in the Library's Art Gallery.   Artists interested in displaying artwork at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.             




Friends Mini Book Sale Friends of the Library logo 

Sunday, November 4

      11 am - 3 pm

      Leonardtown Library


Lots of gently used books and items that will make great holiday gifts.  Unbelievable prices.


Rain date:  Sunday, November 11



BoardvacancyLibrary Board looking for new members

The Board of Library Trustees is looking for dedicated residents with a deep commitment to St. Mary's County Library to serve on the Board.  Two vacancies will exist as Board members Everlyn Holland and Dan Burris terms will end on December 31.  Terms are 5 years.  If interested, click here for information about the Board, the requirements, and how to apply.


Applications and resumes are due by 5 pm on Wed, November 14.  



Pay your library fines online!

You can now pay your library fines online with any major credit card using PayPal.  Minimum payment is $5.  To pay online, click on "My Account" and then the "Fines" tab.  




StaffPromoStaff members receive promotions  


   Amanda EllingtonAmanda Ellington was recently promoted to the position of Assistant Branch Manager at Lexington Park.  Amanda was hired as the Youth Department Manager at Lexington Park in June 2009.  Earlier this year she was named a "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal.  She graduated from Library Associate Training Institute and recently graduated from the Maryland Library Leadership Institute.  She was responsible for the development of the Active Learning Centers and the re-design of the chldren's area.  She has been a speaker at numerous conferences around the country. 



Carrie MunnCarrie Munn began working for the library as a substitute and was promoted to part time Circulation Assistant at Lexington Park in June.  You might recognize her, or at least her name, from reading her  articles in The County Times.  Besides working the checkout desk, she works on Interlibrary Loans, maintains the magazines, and uses her photography skills.


Amy WatsonAmy Watson has worn a lot of hats.  She started working as a Page at Lexington Park in 2010.  In June 2011 she transferred to Charlotte Hall to be the Public Technology Assistant (PTA).  She was promoted to a Circulation Assistant in December 2011 but continued to be the PTA.  In September Amy was promoted to Library Associate I at Charlotte Hall and works at the Information Desk.

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Child care providers! Earn 2 CEUs at free workshop  


Learn simple activities you can do every day with the children in your care to help them get ready to learn to read.  The workshop is free. Register


    Leonardtown     Sat, Nov. 3, 2:30-4:30 PM 



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Grant Seekers' Webinar 

Introduction to Finding Funders


Nonprofits, this webinar will introduce you to the Foundation Center's comprehensive online database. 

  • Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization's funding needs.   
  • Explore Power Search which allows you to search across nine Foundation Center databases--grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and PubHub reports.

Wed, November 14, 1-2 PM

Lexington Park Library



Lexington Park Library's Grant Seeker Resource Center is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center.  It contains resources for both individual researchers and nonprofit organizations.




Kids library card

 Storytimes for all ages   

Baby Steps for 2-12 months 

Toddler for 1-2 1/2 years 

Preschool for 3-5 years 

Wiggle-Giggle for listeners with extra energy 

Stories & More for all ages 

Times/days can be found on the  Kids Page


Evening Storytime & LEGO Fun        

       Charlotte Hall & Leonardtown, 1st Thursday, November 1,  

              6 PM Storytime

              6:30 PM LEGO Fun

       Lexington Park, 1st Wednesday, November 7, 6 PM, Storytime only 


Storytime Dance Party--dance to favorite storytime tunes

         Leonardtown       Fri, November 9, 10 AM

         Lexington Park    Fri, November 16, 2 PM 


Hungry for Science?

Children ages 7and older can discover how food moves through the body, measure the fat and sugar in favorite foods, and experiment with how to keep mealtime safe from nasty germs.  Free.  Register.
       Lexington Park     Tues, November 6, 2 PM 

       Leonardtown         Fri, November 23, 2:30 PM   







Teen Video Contest Winners

Library Choice:  Kaitlyn Callander   Her winning video 

Viewer's Choice:  Sage Burch   Her winning video 



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St. Mary's Riding Club donates equestrian materials  

Lois Coryell receiving donation

It's not everyday that a horse visits the Leonardtown Library.  Everybody's Buddy accompanied Kathy Glockner (right) when she dropped off some of the items donated by the St. Mary's Riding Club to Librarian Lois Coryell.  The St. Mary's Riding Club donated $1200 worth of new equestrian DVDs and books on topics ranging from horse health to cross county riding.



Learn coupon basics and holiday shopping tips

Come and learn how to make the most of using coupons plus tips on how to save on your holiday shopping sprees from coupon veteran, Kimberly Pepper-Hoctor.   Register

     Tues, November 6      6:30 PM     

            Charlotte Hall      Thurs, November 8    6:30 PM  



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.    

    Tues, November 13, 1:00 PM



Talk about a good book! 


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



Book cover The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot  

The cells of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer, were taken without her knowledge, yet became one of the most important tools in medical research. 

     Mon, November 5, 7 PM
     Charlotte Hall


book cover1Q84 by Haruki Murakami  

This ode to George Orwell's 1984 relates the stories of an assassin for a secret organization and a mathematics lecturer and writer.   

   Thurs, November 15, 7 PM       




Book coverAt Home: a Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson 

Bryson takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life.      

   Mon, November 19 (3rd Monday), 6 PM

   Lexington Park 



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 November.

Introduction to Email:   

      December 3, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown   


One-on-one instruction is available at all three branches. Contact the library for an appointment. 

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Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Introduction to PowerPoint
     November 5, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
eReader Workshops

     November 19, 5:30-7:30 PM, Leonardtown
     December 7, 2:30-4:40 PM, Charlotte Hall  

Mini-classes at Leonardtown: 

Managing your online library account & Library Elf   
     November 8, 1:30-2 PM
Create your own Holiday Greeting Newsletter using Word     

     November 13, 3-4 PM    
Filling out an online application         
     November 20, 2:30-3:30 PM
eReader Try-out
(no registration)      
     November 24, 4-5 PM  

Using your iPad to check out eBooks (no registration)
     December 4, 10-11 AM 
Using your Kindle Fire to check out eBooks (No registration)
     December 6, 1-2 PM


  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   




Lexington Park Library celebrates 10th Anniversary

Balloons and gift basketOn October 16, Lexington Park Library celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening in the current building.  Staff handed out balloons and candy.  Baskets were raffled.  Library users posted "happy birthday" messages.  Here are a few of the many messages received:

  • I'm a writer and the Library is like my home away from home.
  • The library is a great learning place.  Read.
  • I love the library because they are kind to me and their books are great.
  • It lets everyone have an education and lets people read books that they love. 
  • I love to read. I love computers and scavenger hunts.  So I love the library.
  • I love the library because you can meet great people.
  • You have such nice and helpful librarians.

The current staff and volunteers who were working when the library opened in 2002 are Karen Alvey, Janis Cooker, Jim Downs, Darlene McCoy, Kathy Roy, Rose Sivak, Diann Thompson, Patrice Ryan, Kathy Weigel, and Terri Wilson.   





New Feature added to Catalog

NoveList Content has been added to the catalog and provides:

  • Ratings & reviews
  • List of books in series (in order) 
  • Suggestions of other books you might like to read by title and author  
  • Discussion guides
  • Awards
  • Related articles 

NoveList Content can be found by clicking on a title and then scrolling through the list of available copies.

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Stuffed ham for the holidays?


Looking for a stuffed ham recipe ... or wondering about its origin? Our cookbook, 300 Years of Black Cooking in St. Mary's County,

contains two recipes plus a brief history of this Southern Maryland favorite. 

Cookbooks are available at each branch for $15.  They make great gifts whether for the holidays ... or for an out-of-town guest.




Earn money for the library when you shop for groceries


McKay's Community Rewards Giveaway program has begun.  Register your Gold Card online or at any McKay's Food Store designating St. Mary's County Library as your non-profit.  Each time you shop at McKay's and use your Gold Card, your purchases will be credited to our account.  In May, McKay's will donate $60,000 to the participating non-profits based on the percentage of Gold Card purchases credited to them.  


The library earned $2855 in last year's program.  Help us top that figure in this year's program. 

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