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June 19, 2013 


whatsnewNews at a Glance

  • The library introduces a new music blog--Hipster in the Bookdrop!    
  • MetCom is digging the sewer line by Lexington Park in preparation for the construction of  FDR Blvd.  
  • Master Gardeners are holding plant clinics at each branch to answer your gardening questions.  
  • All three libraries will be closed July 4th.



SmokefreeLibraries are now Smoking and Tobacco Free Zones

The library has joined other St. Mary's County businesses and organizations in an effort to create a healthier St. Mary's County by becoming smoking and tobacco free areas.  The Library Board approved on May 29 to make the libraries smoking and tobacco free campuses, effective June 17.  This means that smoking or tobacco use are not permitted in the libraries, on the library grounds or parking lots. 

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Foundation Center LogoproposalwritingFree Grant Proposal Writing Webinar

The live webinar is being conducted by the Foundation Center and is free.  Register.  The class will cover:

  • How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process
  • What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
  • Tips for making each section of the proposal stronger
  • What funders expect to see in the proposal and attachments
  • Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Additional resources on proposal writing,including sample proposals.

Tuesday, June 25, 1-2 pm

Lexington Park Library 


Lexington Park has a Grant Seekers Resource Center that provides  information for nonprofits and individuals seeking grants and provides free access to the  Foundation Center's three databases:

  • Foundation Directory Online Professional provides the most accurate details available on U.S. funders and their grants.
  • Grants to Individuals Online lists more than 6,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers and other individual grantseekers.
  • Philanthropy In/Sight is an interactive mapping tool to reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships.  

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fdrconstructionDigging going on inside and outside at Lexington Park 

construction photos
Kids participating in our Summer Reading Program are "digging into reading" (this year's Summer Reading theme) inside Lexington Park branch, while outside, MetCom construction workers are busy digging and installing the sewer line in preparation for the construction of FDR Blvd.  The road construction work will take approximately 5 months to complete with the connection to MD 246 (Great Mills Road) projected to be finished in late November.   


hipsterHipster in the Book Drop

Do you like music?  Check out our new music blog, If you are unfamiliar with Tumblr, it allows users to share favorite videos, pictures, links and quotes.

The blog name came from a comment a library customer posted on our Facebook page about a year ago.  The customer wrote,

"St. Mary's County Library, are you hiding a 20-something hipster in your Lexington Park bookdrop?  The new additions to your CD collection have been amazing!  I picked up music from The Antlers, The Head and the Heart, We Were Promised Jet Packs, and Wilco the last time I was in.  Thanks for adding the new tunes.  Keep 'em coming!"

If you haven't checked out our music collection, do so.  We have spent the past year cultivating it and turning it into a remarkable collection.  You can also make suggestions to add to our collection.

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Civil War artifactsCivilWarCivil War artifacts on display

Lexington Park is hosting a special Civil War exhibit through mid-August.  The display contains Civil War military items, relics and memorabilia from a private collection.  Among the items on display are a musket, canteens, binoculars, hats, and medals.

The display case is located across from the check-out desk. 

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Summer Fun

Join the fun!  Tell a friend or neighbor about our free, exciting activities and invite them to come with you. 


Summer Reading Programs Underway 

Help your kids, babies through teens, discover the joy of reading by participating in our Summer Reading Programs.  For more details or sign up online.

All Summer Reading participants receive a voucher for a ticket to one of the following Southern Maryland Library Nights with the Blue Crabs at Regency Furniture Stadium:  July 19, July 20 or August 10.

More exciting programs

Details about these programs can be found on Kids Page.

  • Storytimes  
  • Ready to Read, Ready to Rock!  
  • 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 
  • professionalperformProfessional 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 Archaeology--presented in July 
    • 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 
    • 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
    • Oakville Elementary, July 10, 10 am-12 pm, Charlotte Hall 
    • 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 sheet lists activities to do with your little one to help them get ready to read.... and they are fun!  


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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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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
     Mon, July 22, 2-4 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
Introduction to Excel 2010
     Mon, July 29, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown

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.


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. 

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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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