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June 5, 2013 


whatsnewNews at a Glance

  • Sunday hours will resume September 8 at Lexington Park.  Thank you to the St. Mary's Board of County Commissioners. 
  • Summer Reading is underway for babies through teens.   
  • Picture books have been sorted and arranged into neighborhoods at Lexington Park.  
  • Master Gardeners are holding plant clinics at each branch to answer your gardening questions.  



sundayhoursSunday hours will resume September 8

Thank you to the Board of County Commissioners who approved the FY14 budget which includes sufficient funding to open Lexington Park once again on Sundays, from 1-5 pm.  The Sunday hours will resume September 8.

Thank you to the Board of Library Trustees and the County Commissioners for recognizing the importance of having a library open on Sunday and providing the necessary funding to make it happen. St. Mary's County will once again be the only library in Southern Maryland to provide Sunday hours.


LeonSpruceLeonardtown Library gets spruced up inside and out

information desk at Leonardtown
With a little bit of shifting and some new shelves, Leonardtown Library has a fresh, new look. New, lower book shelves have replaced the old book shelves where the new books were displayed and then moved to the adult-side of the information desk, opening up the space and view.  The Children's Desk was combined with the new Information Desk which freed up more space.


members of church working
Thanks to the Patuxent Presbyterian Church Garden Club, the front beds of the Leonardtown Library are looking better than ever.  Members of the Church weeded and edged the beds and planted new shrubs as part of the Church's Servant Sunday program.  The plants were donated by Wentworth's Nursery and several church members. 

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LexiNeighborLexington Park creates neighborhoods of picture books

To help children and their parents and caregivers find the picture books they are looking for quickly and easily, it was decided to arrange the picture books at Lexington Park into neighborhoods or categories.  These neighborhoods were determined on the most commonly requested topics: favorite characters; classic tales, learning concepts, celebrations, rhymes and songs, things that go, pets/farm; nature, stories, and growing up.  If you need help locating a neighborhood or selecting a book, ask a librarian.  Let us know how you like the new neighborhoods.

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SummerFunSummer Fun 


Summer Reading Programs Underway 

Time to sign up for Summer Reading and help your kids maintain their reading skills during the summer and discover the joy of reading.  They will have fun and earn prizes, even a book,  by completing reading activities. Sign up at the library or online.

Read-to-Me:  Babies to age 2 

Complete a row of activities on the game sheet with your little one and choose a prize for your child.

Dig into Reading:  Preschoolers to 5th grade 

Complete the fun activities on your game board up to the prize square and receive a prize.

Free tickets for Summer Reading participants:

  • Every participant receives a voucher for a Southern Maryland Blue Crabs July 19, July 20 or August 10 game ticket.
  • Baltimore Orioles:  120 reading participants will receive tickets for the August 19 game.
  • Maryland Science Center:  One Dig into Reading participant per branch will receive 4 tickets.
  • National Aquarium, B&O Railroad Museum, or Port Discovery:  One Dig into Reading participant will receive a family pass to one of these in a random drawing.

More programs

More details on the following programs can be found on Kids Page.


  • Storytimes: Daytime for baby and all ages.  Evening storytimes.   
  • Ready to Read, Ready to Rock! Lexington Park, June 6, 10:30 am
  • Camp Green Lake Book Group
    Children, ages 10+, can listen to and read Louis Sachar's book, Holes, along with a librarian, chat about the story, and enjoy activities and crafts.
          Wednesday, June 19-August 14
           2-4 pm
           Lexington Park 
  • Professional Performances   These performances are free and are held on Mondays, June 24-July 29, at these times/locations:
           10:00 AM White Marsh Elementary School (Charlotte Hall's)    
           12:30 PM  Leonardtown Elementary (Leonardtown's) 
             3:00 PM Lexington Park Library
    List of Professional Performances 
  • STEM @ your library  These programs are being presented by Jefferson Patterson Park, growingSTEMS and NAWCAD Education Outreach Office.
    • Science of Archaelolgy
    • Racin' Rovers
    • Rockin' Out
    • Excavating the Ocean Floor
    • Science of Flight 
  • Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover
  • LEGO Fun
  • Where is St. Clement's Island Going?
  • Computer Fun:  Explore TumbleBooks & On Your Own Typing
  • Kids Can Cook
  • schoolspiritSchool Spirit Days 
    • Hollywood Elementary, June 5, 5-6:30 pm, Leonardtown
    • White Marsh Elementary, June 20, 1-3 pm, Charlotte Hall
    • Mechanicsville Elementary, June 24, 1-3 pm, Charlotte Hall
    • Piney Point Elementary, June 26, 5-6:30 pm, Leonardtown
    • Lettie Dent Elementary, July 11, 1-3 pm, Charlotte Hall
    • Dynard Elementary, July 23, 1-3 pm, Charlotte Hall  


The new Summer Learning Fun Activity has activities to do with your little one to help them get ready to read.... and they are fun!  


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The word teens with teen faces


Summer Reading: Beneath the Surface


Grades 6 and older.  Register online or at any branch.


Fill in the circles on a game card by reading, attending library programs, or submitting book reviews.  Upon completion of a row, a row prize is awarded and you are automatically entered in the grand prize drawing. Complete the entire game card and receive a book. 
Row Prizes:  Locker gear, restaurant & ice cream coupons, school supplies 

Grand Prizes: Kindles, digital cameras, iPod shuffles, Blu-ray players, noise canceling headphones, sack packs, t-shirts, aluminum water bottles.

Every participant receives a voucher for a Southern Maryland Blue Crabs July 19, July 20 or August 10 game ticket.


Teen Writing Contest 

Write an original story or poem answering the question, "What's beneath the surface?"  Submit your entry by Sat, August 10, to   The winner will receive a Magnetic Poetry kit and a copy of Natalie Goldberg's book, Writing Down the Bones. 


Check out these  summer programs:  

  • Teen Talent Show
  • Get more from Google
  • Video Editing
  • Teen Nights
  • Science of Archaeology
  • Excavating the Ocean Floor
  • Awesome Engineering  

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OverdriveApp update for downloading eBooks

The library's downloadable ebook provider, Overdrive, has updated their mobile app for Apple and Android devices.  The Apple update will require that you re-authorize your device with your Adobe ID and password again. Don't worry!  There is a "forgot password?" link just in case! Remember, the email address that is your Adobe ID should be the same email address you used to register your device.  If you need assistance with your eReader or downloading, stop by any branch.



bookdisTalk about a Good Book

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

Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens
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     Monday, June 19, 6 pm
     Lexington Park

Emily Alone by Steward O'Nan
Newly independent widow Emily Maxwell dreams of visits by grandchildren and mourns changes in her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood before realizing an inner strength to pursue developing opportunities.
     Thursday, June 20, 7 pm

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
A young man leaves his family in search of himself.  His quest takes him from a life of decadence to asceticism, through the illusory joy of sensual love with a courtesan and of wealth and fame to the painful struggles with his son and the ultimate wisdom of renunciation.
     Monday, July 1, 7 pm
     Charlotte Hall Library


computerComputer Classes

Basic classes:

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

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


computer graphicUpcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Introduction to Word 2010
     Thurs, June 13, 5:30-7:30 pm, Leonardtown
Typing Workshop
     Tuesdays, July 9, 16 or 23, 2-3 pm, Leonardtown
Online Genealogy Open Lab
     Tues, July 16, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park

Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   


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MCCSouthern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center   Mobile Career Center


Looking for a job?  Visit the Mobile Career Center and let the JobSource Coordinator  provide assistance and help you get registered with the Maryland Workforce Exchange.


Thurs, June 6, 9 am-1 pm, Charlotte Hall

Thursday, June 20, 10 am-2 pm, Lexington Park



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Volcanoes And So Much More...The Nature Photography of Beverly Wyckoff Jackson.

Beverly Jackson is displaying her photographs at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery during the month of June.  Her photographs range from the large forces of nature to the smallest creatures in our lives.

An opening reception will be held Thursday, June 6, 5-8 pm.


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PlantclinicMaster Gardeners conduct plant clinics Master Gardener Logo

If you have a gardening question or need some plant advice, stop by one of these plant clinics conducted by the Master Gardeners. 
     Lexington Park  1st & 3rd Tuesday, 11 am - 1 pm
     Leonardtown     2nd & 4th Tuesday, 11am - 1 pm
     Charlotte Hall    1st & 3rd Saturday, 10 am -12 noon

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