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 September 2012 


whatsnewWhat's New?

  • September is Library Card Sign-up Month.  About 78% of our county's population (more than 78,000) are cardholders and enjoy St. Mary's County libraries, well above the state's average of 58%.     
  • We have partnered with the College of Southern Maryland and St. Mary's College so that you can obtain their library cards at any of our branches from September 10-23.  A photo ID and proof of residency is required.   
  • It was another record-breaking summer.  More than 4,250 children participated in our Summer Reading Programs and more than 14,500 attended our summer programs.  
  • Congratulations to the winners of the Summer Reading drawings:   Maryland Science Center passes went to Abigail Maguire at Charlotte Hall, Madison Lane at Leonardtown, and Alexis Pope at Lexington Park; Tessa Knott won the National Aquarium tickets; and Benjamin Carrigg won the Orioles tickets.    
  • Teens can win a digital camera in the  Teen Video Contest currently underway.
    Entries are due by October 10. 
  • Help us meet your music needs.  Take our Music Survey and tell us what you like to listen to and want kind of music you want to check out.  Survey ends September 30. 
  • The 2012 statewide community read, One Maryland One Book, has started.  Join us by reading The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway.    
  • Southern Maryland College Fair is September 18 at Hollywood Fire House.  In October we will be offering our Paying for College programs. 
  • The libraries collected 276 pounds of food for the Southern Maryland Food Bank this summer.  Since the food bank continues to be low on donations, each branch will continue to collect non-perishable food items.    
  • 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.   
  • Local artist Ruth Collins will have her artwork on display at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through September 30.  Come meet her and discuss her artwork at her Opening Reception, 5-8 PM, on September 6.  Artists interested in displaying artwork at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.             
  • 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 plant clinics will end in October. 



StaffPromoStaff members receive promotions  


Sara StephensonSara Stephenson recently was promoted to the position of Assistant Branch Manager at Lexington Park. Sara started working for the library in 2007 as a Circulation Assistant and later was promoted to Library Associate working at the Information Desk.  Some of her accomplishments include development of our e-government page, assisting with re-design of our website, leading the eReader project, and most current, the creating and testing of our Mobile Website. She is a graduate of Library Associate Training Institute.


Kimberle FieldsKimberle Fields' recent promotion to full time Library Associate also meant a move to the Lexington Park Library.  She has worked part time since 2005 at Leonardtown, starting out as a Circulation Assistant.  She was promoted in December to Library Associate working part time at Leonardtown's Information Desk.  She is currently attending Library Associate Training Institute and will graduate in January.




The Cellist of Sarajevo 

2012 One Maryland One Book  


Book cover The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway is the selected title for this year's One Maryland One Book statewide community read, a program of the Maryland Humanities Council.

Steven Galloway based his novel on the true story of a cellist who played Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor at the site of a mortar attack, once a day for 22 days, to honor the 22 victims who died while waiting in a bread line.  The novel explores how war can change one's definition of humanity, how music affects our emotional endurance, and how a romance with the rituals of daily life can itself be a form of resistance.  Copies of the book and audiobook are available at each branch.  Pick up a copy ... then join us at one of these book discussions:

Thurs, September 20, 7 PM, Leonardtown 

Fri, September 28, 2 PM, Lexington Park 

Mon, October 1, 7 PM, Charlotte Hall

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 another public place.  Finders of these books will be entered in the drawing for an iPod Touch donated by Southern Maryland Regional Library and a Barnes& Noble gift certificate donated by Maryland Humanities Council.  Instructions to enter are on the book.

An Evening with Author Steven GallowayOne Maryland One Book Logo

Enjoy author Steven Galloway, a live cello performance, and an excerpt of the Readers' Theater by Eye of the Storm Productions.

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

Readers' Theater  Performance 

Eye of the Storm Productions will perform A Cellist of Sarajevo        Tuesday, October 16
        7-8:30 PM
        Huntingtown High School Auditorium (Calvert County)

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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. 


  Lexington Park     Thurs, Sept. 27, 6-8 PM

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

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




Kids library card




Storytimes for all ages   

Join us for storytimes beginning the week of September 10.  

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, September 5, 6 PM, storytime only

       Charlotte Hall & Leonardtown, 1st Thursday, September 6,  

              6 PM Storytime

              6:30 PM LEGO Fun 


Back to School Night  

Kids & parents, come and discover the resources and services your library offers to help you with homework and projects.    

       Lexington Park   Thurs, September 13, 6 PM

       Charlotte Hall    Thurs, September 20, 6 PM


Homeschoolers' Workshop 

Students and parents, learn about your library's resources and services and how to best use them. 

      Leonardtown     Fri, September 28, 2:30 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  




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.  Register.  

Lexington Park    Tues, September 18   6:30 PM   

Charlotte Hall       Wed, October 17        6:30 PM 

            Leonardtown        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 



Research Papers 101

Have you returned to college and need to write a research paper... but don't know where to start?  Research Papers 101 is for you.  The basics of writing a college level research paper will be covered:  online research, print sources, library catalog, plagiarism/paraphrasing, citing sources, and formatting in Word. 


  Lexington Park     Thurs, September 13, 5:30-7:30 PM  



Family History:  Where do I start?

This class will introduce adults to the basics of genealogy:  locating and organizing information, and using charts, library sources, and helpful websites.  Basic computer skills and email account required.  Register.
          Charlotte Hall     Thurs, September 27, 2-4 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.    

    Mon, September 10, 1:00 PM



Talk about a good book! 


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



book coverThe Weird Sisters  by Eleanor Brown 

   This family drama is gracefully costumed in academic garb and lit with warm comedy.  

     Mon, September 10 (2nd Monday), 7 PM
     Charlotte Hall


book coverUnbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Lt. Louis Zamperini captured by the Japanese after his bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 1943, was driven to his limits of endurance but answered with ingenuity, hope, resolve and humor. 

   Mon, September 10, 6 PM      

   Lexington Park      



Book cover The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway     

One Maryland One Book.  

   Thurs, September 20, 7 PM



   Friday, September 28, 2 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 September and at Charlotte Hall in October.


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   

     September 24, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
     October 23, 12-2 PM, Charlotte Hall
Research Papers 101
     September 13, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
Introduction to Excel 2010
     September 26, 5:30-7:30 PM, Charlotte Hall
     October 15, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
     October 23, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
Family History:  Basic Genealogy
     September 27, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall    

  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.

Lexington Park    September 19   10 AM-2 PM  

Charlotte Hall      September 20   10 AM-2 PM  

            Leonardtown       September 21   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.





Leonardtown Library receives award

Group receiving award

Photo courtesy St. Mary's County Public Information Office.

Lois Coryell (far left, front row) and Kathleen Reif (far right, front row) accepted the Facility Accessibility Award for the Leonardtown Library at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on July 31.  The library was presented the award for having barrier-free optimum accessibility for persons with disabilities.
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Earn money for the library when you shop for groceries


Starting October 1, McKay's Community Rewards Giveaway program will begin.  Register your Gold Card online or at any McKay's Food Store after October 1 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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