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March 14, 2013 


NewsBoxNews at a Glance

  • View the Teen Art Contest entries displayed in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery and cast your vote for the Viewer's Choice Award.  
  • Need help finding a grant for yourself or an organization?  Use our Grant Seekers Resource Center at Lexington Park Library to access three directory databases. 
  • Watch Millie and Edgar, two K9 blood hounds, demonstrate their search and recovery skills at Lexington Park on Saturday, March 23, at 10:00 am.
  • Register for Saving with Coupons, March 20 at Lexington Park, March 27 at Leonardtown, or March 28 at Charlotte Hall, and learn coupon basics from Kimberly Hoctor.
  • Introduction to both Excel and Prezi and other computer classes are being offered. 
  • Nationally known award-winning children's musician and author Jim Gill will perform at Lexington Park on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 pm.   
  • Dr. Julia King will present The Instant City on Wednesday, April 10, at Leonardtown at 6:30 pm.
  • Meet our Pages who reshelve the numerous items you check out and return.  
  • All three libraries will be closed Friday, March 29.



booksaleFriends of the Library MEGA Book Sale

Members only!  Memberships available at the door for $15

           Friday, March 15, 1-8 pm

Open to the PFriends of the Library logoublic:  

     Saturday, March 16, 10 am- 5 pm    

     Sunday, March 17, 12 noon - 3 pm

Lots of books, audiobooks, DVDs, puzzles, games, LPs.   Unbelievable prices.  



Jim GilljimgillJim Gill Family Concert

Nationally known award-winning children's musician and author, Jim Gill, will present a high-energy concert, geared for pre-school and early elementary children and their families.  It's free!

          Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 pm
           Lexington Park

Take a peek at the fun that awaits you.

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Kids library card 

Spring Recess Fun  

  • Family Movies   
  • Build It
  • Crafternoon



Our first 500 By Five Reader

Little girl with certificate
This little girl is our first 500  By Five reader.  She has had 500 books read to her before her 5th birthday.

Help your child become a 500 By Five reader by reading 500 books to him/her by age five.  At the same time you will helping them to get ready to learn to read.  Pick up a packet at any branch and get started today. 

Find book suggestions on The Kid's Book Blog, reading lists, or ask staff.



JobSourceSouthern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center

    Tuesday, 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

Job Seeker's Workshop, March 20, 12 noon-2 pm, Lexington Park Library

  Get help with resumes, online searching, online applications, & more.



Teen Art Contest Entries

Sampling of Teen Art Contest entriesThis is a sampling of the 71 entries submitted by teens in the Art Contest.  The artwork will be on display in the Art Gallery through April 15. 

Stop by and cast your vote for the Viewer's Choice Award. 

A winner is being selected by a panel of judges for the Library Choice Award.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held on April 15 at 6 pm at Lexington Park.  Artwork should be picked up at that time.




questionsSampling of questions asked of our information staff

  • Does the weather affect Cicada sounds?
  • What does it mean when sheep paw at the earth?
  • What is the definition of "mystical poetry" and who are some poets besides Rumi whose work fit into this category?  
  • What does the phrase "life in stone" mean?
  • I'm looking for St. Mary's County marriage license from 1793.  

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Computer Classes

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

will be offered at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown in April.   

One-on-one instruction: 

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


computer graphicUpcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Introduction to Excel 2010 

  Mon, March 18, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown

  Thurs, April 11, 5:30-7:30 pm, Charlotte Hall

Job Seekers Workshop 

  Wed, March 20, 12 noon-2 pm, Lexington Park

Introduction to Prezi

  Mon, April 1, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park


 Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   


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pagesMeet our Pages

With 1,441,000 items checked out last year, we ranked #4 in the state based on the number of items checked out per resident.  Those 1,441,000 items had to be reshelved.  Who does it?  Our hard-working Pages!

pages at Lexington Park library

Lexington Park Pages: (left to right)  Jim Downs, Esther Baldacchino, Jabrena Milburn and Mirian Calloway.


Leonardtown Pages

Leonardtown's Pages:  Andrew Hackney and Colin McDevitt shown above and Jim Downs.



pages at Charlotte Hall

Charlotte Hall Pages: Angela Spendal and Matt Goodson.


Save these Dates:

The Instant City!  Dr.  Julia King, Associate Professor of Anthropology for St. Mary's College, will discuss the impact NAS PAX River has had on St. Mary's County from its inception in 1942 to present.
    Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 pm, Leonardtown

Starting your own Business?

   Friday, April 12, 9:30-11:30 am, Charlotte Hall

   Monday, April 15, 9:30-11:30 am, Leonardtown

   Friday, April 26, 9:30-11:30 am, Lexington Park

BMX Demos

  by Mike Schwartz of Mike's Bikes and his BMX Racing Team.  

   Saturday, April 13, 10 am, Lexington Park



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