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 October 2012 


whatsnewWhat's New?

  • Congratulations to Joan Bauk, Kathy Faubion, and Amy Kirchofer on their recent promotions.       
  • 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.  
  • Entries for the Teen Video Contest are due October 10.  Winners will be announced at the Showcase, October 13.  
  • We have created a Voter's Guide on our website to help you with your voting needs and decisions.   
  • Mark your calendar!  The Friends of the Library will hold their Mini Book Sale at the Leonardtown Library on Sunday, November 4, 11 AM - 3 PM.  Raindate is Sunday, November 11.    
  • All three libraries will serve as collection sites for Toys for Tots again this year.  You can drop off your donations starting October 22.  Toys must be new. 
  • Steven Galloway, the author of  The Cellist of Sarajevo, One Maryland One Book, will speak at Huntingtown High School in Calvert County on October 2.     
  • All three libraries will be closed on Monday, October 8, in observance of Columbus Day.      
  • 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.   
  • Walden Sierra's "Air It Out: The Clothesline Project," is on display at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through October 31.  The display was created by women who have survived violence or by those who wish to honor women victimized by violence. An opening reception will be held on Wed, October 10, 5-8 PM at the Library. Artists interested in displaying artwork at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.             
  • The Master Gardener's Plant Clinics will end this month with the last one being Tues, October 2, 11 AM-1 PM at Lexington Park; Sat, October 6, 10 am -12 noon at Charlotte Hall; and Tues, October 9, 11 AM-1 PM  at Leonardtown.  




Lexington Park Library turns 10 on October 16

Lexington Park Library

The current Lexington Park Library opened its doors on October 16, 2002.  During the week of October 15, we will celebrate its tenth anniversary! 


Stop by the library and take a photographic journey down memory lane.


Lexington Park is the busiest library in Southern Maryland.  These ten-year totals will give you a glimpse of the volume of its business:

Items checked out:  5,022,000

Visitors:                  2,385,000

Programs:                    4,900

Attendance:               161,000

      Smiles and Aha's:    Billions & billions!



StaffPromoStaff members receive promotions  


   Joan BaukJoan Bauk started as a substitute in 2010, then became a Circulation Assistant at Leonardtown in August 2011.  This past July, she was promoted to Library Associate working at the Information Desk at Leonardtown.  Joan also serves on the Program & Outreach Team. 



Kathy FaubionKathy Faubion began working for the library as a substitute at all three branches in 2011.  In April she accepted a part-time Library Associate position at Leonardtown working at the Information Desk.  Kathy coordinates Leonardtown's monthly book discussion group and computer classes, many of which she teaches.  


Amy KirchoferAmy Kirchofer started working as a substitute in 2008 and was hired as a Circulation Assistant at Lexington Park that same year.  In July 2010 she was hired as a part-time Library Associate at Charlotte Hall.  This August she moved to Leonardtown to work at the Information Desk and to be the Young Adult librarian.  She soon will be taking AskUsNow! training.  She served on the Optimistic Realism 12 Strategic Planning Team.

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The Cellist of Sarajevo author to speak     


 Author Steven Galloway Join us for An Evening with the Author and meet Steven Galloway, author of this year's One Maryland One Book, The Cellist of Sarajevo.  Also performing will be a cellist and the Eye of the Storm Productions who will perform an excerpt of the Readers' Theater of the novel.  Free.

Tues, October 2
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Huntingtown High School (Calvert County)

Readers' Theater   
Eye of the Storm Productions will perform The Cellist of Sarajevo.  Free.

Tuesday, October 16 

 7-8:30 PM 

Huntingtown High School Auditorium

     Book cover
Find a "
  Wandering Book" and you could win an iPod Touch.    
  Copies of The Cellist of Sarajevo have been left in public places around the county to be picked up, read, and then given to someone else to read or left at ano  ther public place.  Finders of these books will be entered in the drawing for an iPod Touch donated by Southern Maryland Regional Library or a Barnes& Noble gift certificate donated by Maryland Humanities Council.  Instructions to enter can be found on the book. 

One Maryland One Book is a program of the Maryland Humanities Council.

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Child care providers! Earn 2 CEUs at free workshops 


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. 


  Charlotte Hall        Thurs, Oct.18, 6-8 PM

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




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  

       Lexington Park,  1st Wednesday, October 3, 6 PM, storytime only

       Charlotte Hall & Leonardtown, 1st Thursday, October 4,  

              6 PM Storytime

              6:30 PM LEGO Fun 


Storytime Dance Party--dance to favorite storytime tunes

         Charlotte Hall     Mon, October 15, 10 AM

         Leonardtown       Fri, November 9, 10 AM

         Lexington Park    Fri, November 16, 2 PM 


Read. Learn. Grow.

Drop in with your child & enjoy fun activities you can use everyday to help your little ones get ready to read.

       Leonardtown       Fri, October 19, 10-12

       Charlotte Hall      Mon, October 22, 10-12

       Lexington Park    Tues, Dec. 11, 10:30-12:30         


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.

       Charlotte Hall      Fri, October 19, 10 AM 

       Lexington Park     Tues, November 6, 2 PM 

       Leonardtown         Fri, November 23, 2:30 PM   


Hauntingly Happy Halloween   

Children 5 years and younger will enjoy not-so-scary stories, awesome activities, trick-or-treating through the library.  Free.     

       Charlotte Hall     Sat, October 27, 10 AM 

       Leonardtown       Wed, October 31, 5:30 PM

       Lexington Park    Wed, October 31, 6:00 PM     







Teen Video Contest


Grand Prize:  Digital Camera 

Viewer's Choice:  Trophy  


Entry deadline:  Wed, October 10  

  1. Create a 3-minute book trailer or a music video featuring some sort of gadget (anything "techie"--computer, phone, app, game, Kindle, iPod)     
  2. Post the video to YouTube tagging it "STMALIB Video Contest 2012"   
  3. Submit your entry form

Videos will be judged on October 11-12. Winners will be announced at the Video Showcase.


Video Showcase


View the videos.  Vote for your favorite.  Find out which video won!
         Saturday, October 13

        2-4 PM

        Lexington Park  


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collegePaying for College

How will you pay those college expenses?  Come and find out what options are available to you from Dr. Caroline Bright, Director of Financial Aid at St. Mary's College.  She will also discuss FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid).  The career counselors from the local high schools will be present scholarship opportunities.   


     Leonardtown        Mon, October 15, 6:30 PM 

     Lexington Park     Wed, October 24, 6:30 PM 

     Charlotte Hall        Mon, October 29, 6:30 PM  



Learn how to save with coupons

Coupon veteran, Kimberly Pepper-Hoctor, will explain how to save money using coupons and provide strategies to make the most of coupons. Come and learn how to make them work for you.   Register

Charlotte Hall     Wed, October 17        6:30 PM
     Tues, November 6      6:30 PM     

The following will focus on how to save on your holiday shopping sprees.  Register.
           Lexington Park      Tues, October 23        6:45 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, October 9, 1:00 PM



Talk about a good book! 


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



State of Wonder Book CoverThe State of Wonder  by Ann Patchett  

   A pharmaceutical company's researcher journeys into the Amazon delta to check on a field team--a dangerous assignment that forces her to confront ghosts of her past. 

     Mon, October 15 (3rd Monday), 6 PM
     Lexington Park


book coverTinkers by Paul Harding 

On his deathbed, George Washington Crosby's thoughts drift back to his childhood and the father who abandoned him when he was twelve.  

   Thurs, October 18, 7 PM       




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 



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 Charlotte Hall in October and at Lexington Park in November.


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

computer graphic 

Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Open Lab with staff available for assistance   

     October 23, 12-2 PM, Charlotte Hall
Introduction to Excel 2010
     October 15, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
     October 23, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
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:  No registration unless noted. 

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

     November 15, 3-4 PM     Register.
Filling out an online application         
     November 20, 2:30-3:30 PM
eReader Try-out      
     November 24, 4-5 PM  

  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   



 CareercenterJob 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.

Leonardtown      Tues, October 16   10 AM-2 PM  

Charlotte Hall      Thurs, October 18  10 AM-2 PM  

            Lexington Park    Fri, October 19      10 AM-2 PM

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MobileWebsiteDo you have a mobile device? 

Test our new Mobile Website & give us feedback 


We recognize that those of you who use mobile devices have different needs than those who access websites from desktops.  We also realize that usage of these devices are on the rise.  To meet that need, we are in the process of developing a new mobile Website to provide you with good mobile user experience.


You can help.  Use our test Mobile Website and provide feedback by completing this short survey.





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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