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April 2, 2013 


whatsnewNews at a Glance

  • April is National Library Month.  To celebrate, nationally known children's musician Jim Gill will present a family concert on April 17 at 6:30 pm at Lexington Park.  
  • The Instant City, presented by Dr. Julia King at Leonardtown on April 10, at 6:30 pm, will reveal the impact of NAS PAX River on our community and the lives of those affected.
  • Expecting and new parents are invited to a Baby Shower at Lexington Park library on April 20 at 2 pm. 
  • Small Business Administration will provide starting a business basics at Charlotte Hall on April 12, Leonardtown on April 19 and Lexington Park on April 26.
  • Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center visits:  April 16 at Lexington Park, April 23 at Leonardtown and April 25 at Charlotte Hall.     
  • Leonardtown will hold a Poetry Open Mic April 3 at 6:30 pm.
  • The libraries will be closed on the following Fridays until 1 pm for staff training:  Lexington Park on April 12, Leonardtown on April 19, and Charlotte Hall on May 3.   



Jim GilljimgillJim Gill Family Concert

Nationally known and award-winning children's musician and author Jim Gill will present a high energy concert geared for pre-school and early elementary children and families.  Fun!  Interactive!  Educational!  Free! Come early to get a seat.

Wednesday, April17, 6:30 pm

Lexington Park Library



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folFriends of the Library MEGA Book Sale
Huge Success  


The total sales and membership topped last year's amount.  Thank you to the FOL Board, the volunteers who helped, and all of you who shopped and supported it.   


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instantcity"The Instant City":  the Impact of NAS PAX River 


In November 1941, the US Government purchased 6412 acres known as Cedar Point.  April 4, 1942 they broke ground for NAS PAX River.  Today, a thriving military installation!  Discover the impact NAS PAX has had on the county from the point of view of those affected, especially during those early years.  

Presented by: 
Dr. Julia King, Associate Professor of Anthropology at St. Mary's College and SlackWater Project Director.  The SlackWater Project now has a new website that houses essays and unreleased oral histories.

NAS PAX 70 Anniversary logo

  Celebrating NAS PAX River 70th Anniversary




teenExpress Yourself Teen Art Contest

Awards Ceremony

Monday, April 15

6-7 pm

Lexington Park

Cast your vote for Viewer's Choice Award before April 15. 

Teens, plan to pick up your artwork after the Awards Ceremony.

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bmxBMX Demo

Find out more about the basics of BMX biking, what it is, where to go, and how to get started from Mike Schwartz of Mike's Bikes and his BMX Racing Team.


Saturday, April 13  

10 am- 12 noon  

Lexington Park Library




babyshowerBaby Shower for new and expecting parents 

If you are a new parent or are expecting a child, join us for some fun and games at our baby shower while learning helpful tips to raise happy and healthy babies and about library programs and resources for you and your baby.  Meet community groups that support mothers and babies as well as other new moms.  Please  register.
     Sat, April 20, 2-4 pm
     Lexington Park



business interviewsbaStarting a small business?

Presented by Small Business Administration 

Learn about a variety of services available to meet your start-up needs including: finding a business counselor, applying for credit, financing, developing a business plan, and tools available to get started.  No registration necessary.  Free.

     Charlotte Hall, Friday, April 12, 9:30-11:30 am
     Leonardtown, Monday, April 15, 9:30-11:30 am
     Lexington Park, Friday, April 26, 9:30-11:30 am



jobSourceSouthern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center

The JobSource Coordinator will provide assistance with job searching using the Maryland Workforce
Mobile Career Center Exchange and help job seekers get registered.

    Tuesday, April 16, 12-3 pm, Lexington Park
    Tuesday, April 23, 1-4 pm, Leonardtown
    Thursday, April 25, 9 am-1 pm, Charlotte Hall




Kids library card

Read Across Maryland 30/30 Reading Challenge

  Completed reading log due by April 3.

Storytime Schedule for babies, toddler and preschool


Evening Storytimes & LEGO Fun 

     Leonardtown     April 2, 6 pm storytime & 6:30 pm LEGO Fun

     Lexington Park   April 3, 6 pm storytime 

     Charlotte Hall     April 4, 6 pm storytime & 6:30 pm LEGO Fun

Now You're Cooking! 

Kids ages 8-12 can drop in and enjoy a hands-on activity to help them learn to make healthy food choices.  

      Tuesday, April 9 

      3-4:15 pm or 4:15-5 pm 

      Lexington Park Library Cafe Area

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catherineCatherine DiCristofaro sets storytime bar HIGH

This was a recent Facebook message left for Catherine DiCristofaro, Children's Librarian at Charlotte Hall.Catherine DiCristofaro with child


Dear Mrs. Catherine, I wanted to let you know that you set the bar INCREDIBLY HIGH as far as storytime goes. While we are enjoying our storytime out here in San Diego, it doesn't come close to your storytime! And I also wanted you to know that Kaelynn, one day before turning 20-months, sat down and red "Blue Hat, Green Hat" to me from beginning to end! Thank you for helping her develop her love of books!"

Sincerely, Crystal and Kaelynn

Catherine's response:  "It means so much that our libraries can provide a positive experience for families."

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bookdiscTalk about a good book! 


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


The Great War and Modern Memory  by Paul Fussell 

This landmark study of World War I describes the effects of the war on the nation. 

     Monday, April 8, 6 PM  

     Lexington Park     


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 

An African-American women in her early 40s tells her life story, which has three major periods corresponding to her 3 marriages.  

     Thurs, April 18, 7 PM



Rules of Civility by Amor Towles  

A young secretary embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.  

     Mon, May 6, 7 PM

     Charlotte Hall

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computerComputer Classes

Basic classes: 
Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email will be offered at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown in April and Lexington Park in May.   

One-on-one instruction:
Available at all three branches.  Call the library for an appointment.


computer graphicUpcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Introduction to Excel 2010

Thurs, April 11, 5:30-730 pm, Charlotte Hall

Introduction to PowerPoint

Mon, April 22, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall

Job Seeker Workshop

Mon, May 6, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
Tues, May 14, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park

Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   


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