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May 16, 2013 


whatsnewNews at a Glance

  • Summer Reading t-shirts go on sale May 20.  
  • Charlotte Hall is still in need of Summer Reading teen volunteers. Inquire at the branch.    
  • The last two sessions of Maker Mondays at Lexington Park will be on May 20.
  • Master Gardeners are holding plant clinics at each branch to answer your gardening questions.  
  • All three branches will be closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.    




Friends of the Library donate $31,000 to libraries

Branch Heads receiving donations
At the Friends of the Library Annual Dinner, FOL gave a $10,000 donation to each branch and $1,000 donation to our WoW! Van Service.  Accepting the donations from FOL President Louise Snell (center) were (left to right) Leonardtown Branch Manager Marylee Russell, WoW! Van Service librarian Tammy Joy, Lexington Park Branch Manager Mary Anne Bowman, and Charlotte Hall Branch Manager Amy Ford.

Thank you, Friends, for your generous donations!

officers2013-2014 Officers electedFriends of the Library logo

President:  Mary Kukla

Vice President:  Trish Parkinson
Secretary:  Sue Gibbs
Treasurer:  Phyllis Krasnokutsky

Louise Snell recognized 
Library Board members and Louise Snell
The Library Board of Trustees presented outgoing Friends President Louise Snell with a gift in appreciation of her leadership the past three years as  President.   Shown with Louise (2nd from left) are Library Board members (left to right), Janice Walthour, Lynn Newkirk, Carolyn Guy, Board President Joan Springer and Director Kathleen Reif. 



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childrensSummer Fun 


Summer Reading Programs June 3-August 10 

Help your kids maintain their reading skills and discover the joy of reading by participating in one of our Summer Reading they earn prizes and even a book.  Register online or at any branch starting June 3.

Read-to-Me:  Babies to age 2 

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

Dig into Reading:  Preschoolers to 5th grade 

Complete the fun activities on your gameboard 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.

Other exciting programs being offered:

  • Professional Performances on Mondays, June 24-July 29
  • Storytime and Stuffed Animal Sleepovers
  • Ready to Read, Ready to Rock.
  • LEGO Fun
  • Where is St. Clement's Island going?
  • Crafternoons June 5-August 1
  • Camp Green Lake--Dig into Louis Sachar's Book Holes
  • Family movies
  • Computer Fun
  • Kids Can Cook

schoolspiritSchool Spirit Days: 

  • Leonardtown Elementary, May 16, 5-6:30 pm, Leonardtown
  • Benjamin Banneker, May 20, 5-6:30 pm, Leonardtown
  • Town Creek, June 3, 5-6:30 pm, Leonardtown
  • Hollywood Elementary, June 5, 5-6:30 pm, Leonardtown
  • Piney Point Elementary, June 26, 5-6:30 pm, Leonardtown

    Continue to check the Kids Page for more School Spirit dates.   




The word teens with teen faces

teensSummer Reading  


Beneath the Surface:  Teens-Grade 6 and up 

Register online or at any branch starting June 3.

Fill in 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.

Summer programs planned:

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

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Pew Study confirms importance of libraries

In a report released May 1 by the Pew Research Center a survey conducted in 2012 concluded that parents/guardians of minor children believe that  libraries and reading play an important role in their children's lives:

  • 94% of parents say libraries are important for their children and 79% describe libraries as "very important." That is especially true of parents of young children (those under 6), some 84% of whom describe libraries as very important.
  • 84% of these parents who say libraries are important say a major reason they want their children to have access to libraries is that libraries help inculcate their children's love of reading and books.
  • 81% say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries provide their children with information and resources not available at home.

Click here to view the entire report.     


LexileaderSheila Gibbons Hiebert wrote an excellent article in LexiLeader incorporating the findings of this report and including quotes from Director Kathleen Reif.    


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MayKerLearn a new skill or share your talent 


Only two sessions of Maker Mondays left.  They are offered in the cafe area at Lexington Park Library.  All skill levels and ages are welcome. 

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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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 Digital Photo Editing
     Tues, May 7, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park
     Mon, June 10, 5:30-7:30 pm, Leonardtown
I Took These Pictures, Now What? Park 2
     Mon, May 20, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
Introduction to Genealogy
     Thurs, May 30, 5:30-7:30 pm, Leonardtown
Introduction to Publisher
     Mon, June 3, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
     Mon, June 3, 5:30-7:30 pm Lexington Park
Introduction to Word 2010
     Thurs, June 13, 5:30-7:30 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.


Fri, May 29, & Tues, June 4, 1-4 pm, Leonardtown Library

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




Art Gallery Signartgallery

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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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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