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March 1, 2013 


What's New?

  • The Friends of the Library annual MEGA Book Sale will be March 15-17 at the County Fairgrounds with 3 buildings full of books, audiobooks, puzzles and games.  Shop early for best selection.  
  • Teen Art Contest entries are on display in Lexington Park Library Art Gallery March 1- April 15.  Opening Reception will be 5-8 pm on March 11.   
  • Poets can share poetry at the Open Mic on March 6, 6:30 pm, at Leonardtown.
  • Expand your computer skillsRegister for a class: Basic, Introduction to Word, Introduction to Excel, or Intermediate Excel.
  • The times of the Now You're Cooking sessions have been changed to 3:30-4:15 and 4:15-5:00.  
  • Register for Saving with Coupons to learn coupon basics from Kimberly Hoctor on March 20 at Lexington Park, March 27 at Leonardtown and March 28 at Charlotte Hall.   
  • Watch K9 Search & Recovery Demonstrations by Millie and Edgar at Lexington Park on March 23 at 10 am.
  • New catalog feature!  If you have Internet access on your phone and use Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, you can text yourself information about an item (title, author, shelf location, and a link to the item) by using the "Text This to Me" button found in the item record. Standard text rates apply.    



Friends of the Library logo

booksaleFriends of the Library Mega Book Sale

at County Fairgrounds


Fri, March 15, 1-8 pm  Friends members only!  
      Membership available at door  Membership application

Sat, March 16, 10 am - 5 pm  Open to the public

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


Volunteers needed:   

Fri, March 8  Clean buildings & set up tables at fairgrounds 

Sat, March 9  9 a.m. Transport books from Leonardtown Library to fairgrounds.  Load and unload vehicles
March 10-14   9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sort books and place on tables 
March 15-17  Assist with sale
Sun, March 17   After 3 p.m.  Help with removal of leftover books
Mon, March 18  Clean up buildings and transport materials back to Leonardtown Library

To volunteer contact Jill Zitnick at 301-863-9368 or




New faces around our libraries 

Brian FreedIf you use Lexington Park Library, you probably have seen Brian Freed patrolling the library and reminding customers of the rules.  Brian started working at the Lexington Park Branch in November as the Security Associate. Before coming to St. Mary's County he worked 11 years in the oilfields of West Texas.


Breanna JeffriesFor many summers Charlotte Hall's newest circulation clerk, Breanna Jeffries, was a summer reading volunteer at the library.  In January she began an employee working at the check out desk.  Breanna is currently a student at CSM.




Kids library card     


Evening Storytimes & LEGO Fun are scheduled March 5-7.  



All ages can enjoy Dr. Seuss related stories, songs and activities as we celebrate his birthday.  

Leonardtown, Sat, March 2, 10:30 a.m. 

Charlotte Hall, Sat, March 2, 11:00 a.m.

Lexington Park, Sat, March 2, 11:00 a.m. 


Programs planned during Spring Recess 

Looking for fun activities for your children during spring break?  Come to the library.  We have these  programs planned:  Build It, Crafternoons, Family Movies, Who Done it?  Enjoy the time browsing the books together.  




Express Yourself Teen Art Contest



Entries on display

in Lexington Park Library Art Gallery, March 1- April 15

Opening Reception 

March 11, 5-8 PM. Voting for Viewer's Choice Award begins

Awards Ceremony

April 15, 6 PM, Lexington Park



bookdiscussionTalk about a good book! 


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


cover of Ford CountyFord County by John Grisham

John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, "A Time to Kill," with this surprising collection of stories. 

     Monday, March 11, 6 PM  

     Lexington Park     



cover of The PearlThe Pearl  by John Steinbeck  

A poor fisherman dreams of wealth and happiness for his family when he finds a priceless pearl.  
   Thurs, March 21, 7 PM



cover of The Kitchen HouseThe Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.  
When a white orphaned girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.

   Mon, April 1, 7 PM

   Charlotte Hall



Computer Classes

Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email

offered at Lexington Park this month and at Charlotte Hall in April.


One-on-one instruction:

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


computer graphic 

Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Introduction to Word 2010

     Mon, March 11, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown

Introduction to Excel 2010

     Mon, March 18, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
Intermediate Excel
     Wed, March 13, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park
Job Seekers Workshop
     Wed, March 20, 12-2 pm, Lexington Park


  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.  



moblecenterSouthern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center Visits

Tues, March 19, 1-4 pm, Leonardtown Library

Friday, March 22, 1-4 pm, Lexington Park Library

Thursday, March 28, 9 am-1 pm, Charlotte Hall Library




Save these Dates:

Wed, April 10, 6:30 pm, Leonardtown.  The Instant City

Dr. Julia King, Associate Professor of Anthropology for St. Mary's College, Maryland, will give a presentation detailing how the PAX River Naval Air Base and a determined group of countians changed life in Lexington Park and in turn, St. Mary's County.

Wed, April 17, 6:30 pm, Lexington Park.   Jim Gill Family Concert

Enjoy a family concert by Jim Gill, nationally known award-winning children's musician and author. The concert, geared toward pre-school and early elementary, will be interactive, fun and educational.


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