My Place to Learn, Discover, Relax!
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%.
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.
was another record-breaking summer.
More than 4,250 children participated in our Summer Reading
Programs and more than 14,500 attended our summer
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.
can win a digital camera in the Teen Video Contest currently
Entries are due by October 10.
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.
2012 statewide community read, One Maryland One Book,
has started. Join us by reading The Cellist of
Sarajevo by Steven Galloway.
Maryland College Fair is September 18 at Hollywood
Fire House. In October we will be offering our Paying for
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.
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
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
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
Staff members receive promotions
Sara 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 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
2012 One Maryland One Book
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
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
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 Galloway
Enjoy author Steven Galloway, a live cello
performance, and an excerpt of the Readers' Theater by Eye of the
Tuesday, October 2
Huntingtown High School
Auditorium (Calvert County)
Eye of the Storm Productions will perform A Cellist of
Sarajevo Tuesday, October 16
Huntingtown High School Auditorium
to What's New!
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.
Thurs, Sept. 27, 6-8 PM
Thurs, Oct.18, 6-8 PM
Sat, Nov. 3, 2:30-4:30 PM
for all ages
Join us for storytimes beginning the week of September
Baby Steps for 2-12 months
Toddler for 1-2 1/2 years
Wiggle-Giggle for listeners with extra energy
Stories & More for all ages
Times/days can be
found on the Kids Page
& LEGO Fun
Lexington Park, 1st Wednesday, September 5, 6 PM, storytime
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
Students and parents, learn about your library's
resources and services and how to best use them.
Fri, September 28, 2:30 PM
Teen Video Contest
Grand Prize: Digital Camera
Entry deadline: Wed, October 10
a 3-minute book trailer or a music video featuring some sort of
gadget (anything "techie"--computer, phone, app, game,
the video to YouTube tagging it "STMALIB Video Contest
your entry form.
Videos will be judged on
October 11-12. Winners will be announced at the Video Showcase.
View the videos. Vote for
your favorite. Find out which video won!
Saturday, October 13
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
Lexington Park Tues, September 18
Charlotte Hall Wed, October 17
Leonardtown Tues, November
6 6:30 PM
The following will focus on how to save on your holiday shopping
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.
Hall Thurs, September 27, 2-4 PM
Books, Coffee &
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.
The 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
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival,
Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
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
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
One Maryland One Book.
Thurs, September 20, 7 PM
Friday, September 28, 2 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 September and at Charlotte
Hall in October.
One-on-one instruction is available at all three branches. Contact the
library for an appointment.
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
September 13, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
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
History: Basic Genealogy
September 27, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall
Click here for complete class schedule and to
Job 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
Do 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.
Photo courtesy St. Mary's County Public Information
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.
Marilyn Lash, Publicity Specialist
St. Mary's County Library