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May 1, 2013 


whatsnewNews at a Glance

  • Dr. Robin Bates will be the featured speaker at the  Friends Annual Dinner on May 13 at Cafe des Artistes.   Reservations due by May 7. 
  • Come to the Maker Mondays at Lexington Park and  learn a new skill or share your talent with others.
  • Master Gardeners have resumed their plant clinics at each branch.  
  • Kids' programs this month include Read.Learn.Grow., Parachute Play, and Now You're Cooking.  
  • Poets can share their poems at Poetry Open Mic at Leonardtown on May 8 at 6:30 pm. 
  • Charlotte Hall Library will be closed until 1 pm for staff training on Friday, May 3.   



MayKerLearn new skill or share your talent at Maker Mondays 


The following Maker Mondays will be offered in the cafe area at Lexington Park Library.  All skill levels and ages are welcome. 

May 6

2-4 pm Making a Quilt:  Watch demonstrations of the basic steps of creating a quilt. 

5-7 pm Making Recycled Crafts:  Make recycled crafts.  Learn how to make something new out of recycled materials. 

May 13

10 am - 12 noon Making Jewelry:  Basic bead stringing, kumihimo, and micro-macrame will be demonstrated.  Make a pair of simple beaded earrings from supplies provided. 

4-6 pm  Making a Move--Chess:  Meet others and practice Blitz or Speed Chess.  Chess boards and clocks provided.  Conducted by Southern Maryland Chess Association.

May 20

10 am-12 noon  Making a Stitch:  Join others to knit and crochet. Materials provided.  Conducted by Twisted Stitchers.

4-6 pm  Making Music: Bring your instrument and join this jam session or just come to listen. 

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newstaffNew faces around our libraries

Micah Calloway, a new PTA (Public Technology Assistant) at Lexington Park, is a graduate of Leonardtown High School and the College of Southern Maryland (CSM).  He holds several certifications, including Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator and Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician. 

Zechariah WeaverZechariah Weaver, also a new PTA at Lexington Park, is a Leonardtown High School graduate and is currently attending CSM.  He completed the Cisco Networking Academy program at the Forrest Technology Center, interned with the school system's IT department, and has experience in customer service.

Lida EmoryLida Emory started as a substitute at all three branches in April, 2012.  In February she was hired as a part time circulation assistant at Leonardtown Library.  Lida is from Virginia and has a BS in Psychology/History from Virginia Tech. 



folDr. Robin Bates featured speaker at
Friends of the Library Annual Dinner
Friends of the Library logo

Monday, May 13, 6 pm

Cafe des Artistes in Leonardtown

Dr. Robin Bates, English professor at St. Mary's College and author of How Beowulf Can Save America: An Epic Hero's Guide to Defeating the Politics of Rage, will be the featured speaker presenting "How Great Literature Can Change Your Life." 

The cost of the dinner is $36 and reservations are due by May 7. 



jobseekersJob Seekers Workshops planned 

If you are looking for a job and need assistance with your resume, online job searching, or online applications, stop by one of these Job Seekers Workshops.  Library staff will be on hand to help you and answer your questions. 
     Monday, May 6, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown     
     Tuesday, May 14, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park




summervolunteersSummer Reading Volunteers needed

Applications for Summer Reading volunteers are being accepted online this year.  Students entering the 6th grade in the fall or older can apply.  Applications are due by May 11.  More details and the application are located on the Teen Page.




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



bookDiscussionTalk about a good book!

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

The Portrait of a Lady
by Henry James
This is the classic story about Isabel Archer, who is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt, but has plans of her own. 
     Monday, May 13, 6 pm
     Lexington Park

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
As Harold delivers a letter to an old love in order to save her, he meets various characters and reminisces about the events of the past and people he has known. 
     Thursday, May 16, 7 pm

The Sight of the Stars by Belva Plain
The son of an Irish immigrant and a Jewish peddler heads West and lays the foundations of what will become one of the country's greatest retail companies, but love and war intervene, testing the ties that bind him to his brothers and to his trusting wife.
     Monday, June 3, 7 pm
     Charlotte Hall



Kids library card

kidssectionSpring storytimes for babies, toddler and preschool have ended.  Summer storytimes will begin June 3 at all three branches.


Read. Learn. Grow. 

Parents and children, join us for some hands-on fun:  learn a new story, complete a craft, and enjoy activities that encourage fun with books.   

Lexington Park, Mon, May 6, 10:30 am 

Leonardtown, Tues, May 14, 5:00 pm 

Charlotte Hall, Thurs, May 16, 10:30 am  

Parachute Play for ages 3-6.   

     Lexington Park, Mon, May 14, 11:00 am

Now You're Cooking!

Kids ages 8-12 can drop in and enjoy a hands-on activity to help them learn to make healthy food choices.
     Tuesday, May 14
     3-4:15 pm or 4:15-5 pm
     Lexington Park Library Cafe area 




computerComputer Classes

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

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


computer graphicUpcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Job Seeker Workshop

    Mon, May 6, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
    Tues, May 14, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park
Introduction to Digital Photo Editing
    Tues, May 7, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park
I Took These Pictures, Now What? Park 2
    Mon, May 20, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
Introduction to Genealogy
    Wed, May 15, 5:30-7:30 pm, Charlotte Hall
    Thurs, May 30, 5:30-7:30 pm, Leonardtown

Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   


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Artists' exhibit is tribute to mothers

The multi-medium exhibit on display at Lexington Park Library Art Gallery was developed by three generations of women as a tribute to mothers during this month when we celebrate and recognize mothers. It is by, for, and about mothers. The three artists include Lee Anne Shontere, a digital and craft artist, her daughter Cristal Toribio, a painter, and her granddaughter Zoe Toribio, a third generation up-and-coming artist. All three artists bring their personal perspective on motherhood and creative talents to this particular exhibit. 

An opening reception will be held Thursday, May 16, 5-8 pm.


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InsuranceInsurance Help for Consumers

Confused about rate increases or billing notices?  Policy cancelled or non-renewed and you don't understand why?  Concerned about the handling of a claim? 

The Maryland Insurance Administration is a state agency that can help you with these concerns and more.  A representative will be at each library to answer your questions.
     Mon, May 13, 11 am- 4 pm, Lexington Park
     Tues, May 14, 11 am-4 pm, Leonardtown
     Wed, May 15, 10 am-3 pm, Charlotte Hall


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