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February 1, 2013 


WhatsNewWhat's New?

  • 4 new languages added to Mango Language, one of our free online resources: Swahili, Romanian, Egyptian, and Modern Standard Arabic.
  • St. Mary's Camera Club members' photography on display in Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through the end of February. Opening Reception: February 6, 5-8 pm      



MCCSouthern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center resume visits

Mobile Career Center providing services to job seekers!

 Leonardtown     Tues, Feb. 12, 1-4 pm
                          Tues, Feb. 19, 1-4 pm
 Lexington Park   Fri, Feb. 15, 1-4 pm
 Charlotte Hall     Thurs, Feb. 21, 9-11 am 




TeensExpress Yourself Teen Art Contest


Hey, teens in grades 6 -12!  Earn some cool art supplies plus bragging rights in our awesome art contest.  Grab your pencils, pens, charcoal, water colors, oils, camera, computer, whatever... and get creative.

Entries are due March 1.  Drop off at any branch.  Entries must be flat, no larger than 8 1/2 x 11, and original.  You can even enter more than once.

Winners announced April 15.  More details

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BoardmembersMeet our new Library Board Members

Janice Walthour & Jim Hanley

We are pleased to welcome our new Library Board members, Janice Walthour and Jim Hanley.

Dr. Walthour is from Lexington Park and is retired from the St. Mary's County Public Schools.  She is a very active community leader serving on numerous committees and boards.  Over the years she has presented several programs for the library and has been instrumental in making our Black History Month celebrations a huge success. 

Mr. Hanley is a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander from Leonardtown and also has a background in education. He is a Human Resources professional and a fiction writer.  He has served  on many boards and committees in the community.

Library Board elects officers for 2013

President:  Joan Springer

Vice President:  Alan Dillingham
Treasurer:  Carole Romary
SMRLA Liaison:  Carolyn Guy



FOLFriends of the Library donate $3,000 to each branch  

Branch heads receiving donation

FOL Vice President Trish Parkinson presented branch managers Amy Ford (Charlotte Hall), Mary Anne Bowman (Lexington Park), and Marylee Russell (Leonardtown) with a  $3,000 donation at the Friends Annual Brunch. The Friends have donated almost $290,000 to the libraries since 1991.


Thank you, Friends, for your continued support!


March 15-17   FOL Mega Book Sale at the County Fairgrounds

Fri, March 15, 1-8 pm  Friends members only!  
      Membership available at door
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Sat, March 16, 10 am - 5 pm  Open to the public

Sun, March 17, 12 noon-3 pm   Open to the public

Volunteers are needed to help before, during and after the sale.  To volunteer email




TubmanHarriet Tubman Live! 

Harriet Tubman
Saturday, February 23, 10:30 am
Lexington Park Library


Entertaining...educational...and inspiring for all ages!

Travel back in time and meet Harriet Tubman as portrayed by Joyce Harris. Find out what Tubman endured not only as a slave but as she helped slaves escape. Hear Michael Eley sing historical Negro Spirituals and talk about their hidden messages. 

Ms. Harris and Mr. Eley mesmerized a record crowd of 250 when they performed in 2007.  We are excited to have them back. 

Free family program.  Light refreshments served.

Co-sponsored by St. Mary's County Branch of NAACP, Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions, and the Minority Outreach Coalition.



Kids library card


fivehundredxfive500 By Five  

Help your child become a  500 By Five reader ...  by reading 500 books by age 5.  The 500 total can be easily reached in less than 2 years by reading one book a day.  The benefits are priceless: 

  • Help your child get ready to learn to read
  • Help your child develop a love for reading and learning  
  • Create fond moments and lasting memories reading together
  • Earn a certificate and crown for your child plus be featured on our Readers' Frame of Fame. 

Pick up a 500 By Five packet at any branch and get started today.


Who Done It?  STEM program

Kids ages 7-12 will explore forensic science while trying to solve a crime.  Free.  Register. 

     Leonardtown      Fri, Feb. 22     2:30-3:30 PM  


Evening Storytimes and LEGO Fun

     Leonardtown         Feb. 5, 6 pm storytime & 6:30 pm LEGO Fun

     Lexington Park      Feb. 6, 6 pm storytime

     Charlotte Hall       Feb. 7, 6 pm storytime & 6:30 pm LEGO Fun


NowCookingNow You're Cooking!

Kids ages 8-12 can drop in and enjoy a fun, 30-minute hands-on activity.   Jane Kostenko, University of MD Extension Nutrition Educator, will have the kids making and tasting food, measuring sugar and fat content, and learning to make healthy snack choices.  

Two sessions:  either 3:30-4 or 4-4:30    

2nd Tuesday of the month, February 12 

        Lexington Park Library Cafe area 


Complete list of programs  


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childcareFree childcare providers training offered

Childcare providers, earn 2 CEUs and learn activities you can do every day with the children in your care to help them get ready to learn to read.  This Every Child Ready to Read training is free.  Register.

Leonardtown    Tues, February 12, 6-8 pm

Charlotte Hall    Thurs, February 21, 6-8 pm
Lexington Park  Thurs, February 28, 6-8 pm



Talk about a good book! 

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


book coverCaleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks    

A young girl growing up amid pioneers and Puritans slips away to explore the island and encounters Caleb, a young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret friendship. 

     Monday, February 4, 7 pm   

     Charlotte Hall    


Book coverDestiny of the Republic:  A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

This fascinating true account of President James A. Garfield reveals how he rose from poverty. 

    Monday, February 11, 6 pm  

    Lexington Park


Book coverEthan Frome by Edith Wharton  

This powerful love story explores the triangle between Ethan Frome, his wife, and his wife's vivacious cousin. 

   Thursday, February 21, 7 pm




ProgramsFamily History: Where do I start?

Learn where to start your genealogy search, to locate and organize information, and to use charts, library sources and helpful websites. 
    Charlotte Hall   Wed, February 6, 5:30-7:30 pm 
    Lexington Park  Mon, February 11, 5:30-7:30 pm 

I took these pictures, now what?  Part 1.

Explore the basics of using a digital camera--how to get your digital photos from your camera or memory card onto your computer or uploaded to  Facebook/Craigslist/Shutterfly.  Learn tips for taking good photos, then editing tricks to turn good photos into great ones. Register. 

     Charlotte Hall   Mon, February 11, 2-4 pm

PoetryPoetry Open Mic

Poets of all ages can share their poetry either original or favorite...or just come to listen. No registration required.
     Leonardtown   Wed, February 6, 6:30 pm



Computer Classes

Basic classes:

Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email will be offered at Lexington Park in March.


One-on-one instruction:

Available at all three branches.  Contact the library for an appointment.


computer graphicUpcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Using your Kindle to check out eBooks

   February 19, 1:30-2:30 pm, Leonardtown 

Using your iPad to check out eBooks  

    February 25, 3-4 pm, Leonardtown  


  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.  



TreeWarmthTree of Warmth will warm many!

Sorting the donations

Volunteer Timon Lee helped Lexington Park librarian Melissa Racine sort and box up the 480 items donated to our Tree of Warmth project.  The items were donated locally to Walden Sierra and Project Warm and to People's Pantry for Hurricane Sandy victims. 



RomanceWin a basket of romance 

Each branch is giving away a basket of romance (novels) on Valentine's Day.  Stop by and enter the free drawing.

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HelpNow!  Free online homework help


Got homework?  Need help?  Use HelpNow!  

  • Real, live tutors available 2-11 PM daily in both English & Spanish
  • All core subjects (grades 3-12 including AP): math, science, social studies, language arts
  • Foreign language labs
  • Writing labs
  • Skill-building
  • No session limits
  • Library card required.   

Adult help also available including resume assistance and Microsoft training.


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Collections of free online information resources perfect for assignments and homework:  encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and other databases.  These resources are NOT considered Internet sources.   

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