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 January 2013 


whatsnewWhat's New?

  • Thank you for completing our customer survey. The survey results indicate that the top 3 priorities for our FY 14 budget request are: provide more materials to check out, resume Sunday hours, and improve facilities.    
  • Congratulations to Jim Handley and Janice Walthour on their appointment to the Board of Library Trustees and to Carole Romary on her reappointment to the Board.  Carole has been quite active during her first term, serving as Board treasurer and also as liaison to the Southern Maryland Regional Library (SMRLA). Thank you to the Board of County Commissioners on their excellent selections. 
  • Our new mobile website was launched on December 14.  Let us know if you have any suggestions to make it better. 
  • Lois Coryell, Marylee Russell and Rose Sivak were recognized at Staff Day for their 40+ years of service to the library. 
  • Teens, grab your art supplies, camera or computer and enter our teen art contest.  Entries due March 1. 
  • Storytime days at Leonardtown have been changed to Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Evening storytimes and LEGO Fun will be on the 1st Tuesday.  The Winter/Spring Kids flyer contains a complete listing of all children's activities.
  • Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center will be at Lexington Park 9-11 AM on January 8.   
  • All three libraries will be closed January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. 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.   
  • Candy Cummings' artwork will be on display at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through February 28.  Artists interested in displaying artwork at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.             



Friends of the Library Annual Brunch  
Kindles and Nooks and Tablets...oh, my! 

Friends of the Library logo

Saturday, January 9, 11 AM
St. George's Episcopal Parish Hall in Valley Lee 


"Kindles and Nooks and Tablets, oh, my!"  will be presented by Sara Stephenson, Assistant Branch Manager at Lexington Park.  She will share her insights on the differences of various eReaders and tablets as well as information and tips on downloading eBooks from the library's collection. 

Buffet brunch:  $20 per person.  Reservations and payment due by Thursday, January  10, to Phyllis Krasnokutsky, 301-475-2846 x1012.  Public welcome.



Job searching?  Visit the 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 Mobile Career Center to provide an array of services for job seekers.

Lexington Park, Tuesday, January 8, 9-11 AM

Leonardtown, Monday, February 14, 9-11 AM
Charlotte Hall, Monday, March 11, 9-11 AM




Three staff recognized for 40+ years of service  

Lois Coryell, Marylee Russell and Rose Sivak were recognized and presented plaques by the Board of Library Trustees at Staff Day for their 40+ years of service to the library.  Lois has worked 43 years and both Marylee and Rose have worked 40 years.  They have welcomed in numerous changes and have assisted many, many customers during those 4 decades.  Thank you, ladies, for all your hard work!

Staff with awards

Left to right in the back are Board members Carole Romary and Alan Dillingham, Leonardtown's Branch Manager Marylee Russell and Board member Carolyn Guy.  Lois Coryell, Reference Supervisor at Leonardtown  and Rose Sivak, Assistant Branch Manager at Lexington Park, are in front.

Board thanks out-going members 

Everlyn Holland & Dan Burris receiving award
The Board of Library Trustees bid farewell to members Everlyn Holland and Dan Burris at the December Board meeting, their final meeting, and presented them with a plaque in appreciation for their service.  Everlyn served two 5-year terms and Dan served one 5-year term.  Jim Handley and Janice Walthour, appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, will begin their terms this month.




Kids library card

Winter/Spring storytime flyer is now available 


Storytimes for all ages     

Times/days can be found on the  Kids Page


Leonardtown's storytimes have changed

Baby Steps: Thursdays, 9:30

Toddler:  Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10:00

Preschool:  Wednesdays, 11:00  

Wiggle-Giggle:  Thursdays, 11:00  

Evening Storytime & LEGO Fun:  First Tuesdays except this month.  It will be January 8. 


LEGO Fun        

         Lexington Park, Tues, January 8 

               1-2 PM  for ages 3-6

                3-4 PM for ages 6+          

         Charlotte Hall , Fri, January 18

                10-11 AM for ages 3-6

                 2:30-3:30 PM for ages 6+ 

         Leonardtown, Fri, January 18

                  2-3 PM for ages 3-6

                  3:30-4:30 PM for ages 6+ 






Express Yourself Teen Art Contest 


Hey, teens!   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. 

All entries will be displayed in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery March 1-April 15 with an opening reception planned on Mon, March 11, 5-8 PM.

Prizes will be awarded to the winner of the Library Choice (determined by judges) and the Viewer's Choice (voted on by the public from March 11-April 15) 

            Awards Ceremony
            Mon, April 15, 6 PM 
            Lexington Park




The Library is proud to be a sponsor of

Southern Maryland Homeschool Science Fair


Thursday, January 24
Leonardtown Library
(snow date January 29)

Set up:  5:15 PM

Judging:  6 PM
Awards:  7:30 PM

Public viewing:  6-8 PM

Registration form due January 18For form and details 



Calling all poets! Open Poetry Mic

Poets and fans of any age,
Bring a poem and take the stage.
Share a favorite or one you have written,
Or grab a friend and have a listen!

Thursday, January 10, 6:30 PM, Leonardtown Library



Got an eReader?  Need help?

If you received or purchased an eReader or tablet and need some help with it, visit any branch to get assistance from our knowledgeable staff. 

Or attend one of these classes:

  Using your Kindle Fire to check out eBooks
      Sat, January 12, 9-10 AM, Leonardtown
  Using your iPad to check out eBooks
      Sat, January 12, 1-2 PM, Leonardtown
  Introduction to the Nook
      Mon, January 14, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall
  Introduction to Kindles
      Thurs, January 17, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall



Talk about a good book! 


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


The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent  book cover 

This is the story of Martha Carrier, the first woman accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, told by her daughter who survived. 

       Mon, January 7, 7 PM
       Charlotte Hall

The Better Angel: Walt Whitman in the Civil War    
by Roy Morris, Jr.
book cover

This book provides an account of Whitman's transformative Civil War years and an examination of the Union's treatment of its sick and wounded through the eyes of one of the greatest poets.

     Mon, January 14, 6 PM
     Lexington Park

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel  cover of the book
This historical novel is about Thomas Cromwell the powerful minister in the court of Henry VIII.
      Thurs, January 17, 7 PM



Computer Classes--Registration required for all classes 

Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and email will be offered at Lexington Park in January.


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

computer graphic   


Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Using your Kindle Fire to check out eBooks (No registration)
     January 12, 9-10 AM, Leonardtown
Using your iPad to check out eBooks (No registration)
     January 12, 1-2 PM, Leonardtown
     February 25, 3-4 PM, Leonardtown
Using your Kindle to check out eBooks (No registration)
     February 19, 1:30-2:30 PM, Leonardtown
Introduction to the Nook
     January 14, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall
Introduction to the Kindle
     January 17, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall 
Introduction to Word 2010

     January 10, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall
     January 16, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
     January 28, 2-4 PM, Leonadtown
Introduction to Excel 2010
     January 7, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
Introduction to PowerPoint 2010
     January 15, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
Introduction to Genealogy
     February 6, 5:30-7:30 PM, Leonardtown
     February 11, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
I took these pictures, now what?  Part 1
     February 11, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall 


  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   



eBook site gets new look and upgrades


OverDrive, our online digital elibrary, has a new look!  Also, recent upgrades have made the site more user-friendly and simplified the downloading process of the free audio and eBooks.

Upgrades include:

  • Removal of " Add to Cart" and "Confirm Checkout" steps
  • Addition of OverDrive Reads which allows you to read thousands of EPUB eBooks on your web browser  (no eReader required)  

If you have trouble or need additional assistance, contact your library.



Have your signed up for McKay's Community Rewards program to earn money for the library?


 Register your Gold Card online or at any McKay's Food Store and designate 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.    

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