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September 18, 2013 


NewsataglanceNews at a Glance

  • You can obtain a library card from St. Mary's College of Maryland or College of Southern Maryland at any branch through September 24.  
  • Homeschooled students and parents, find out how to best use your library resources at Leonardtown at 2 p.m. on September 26.       
  • St. Mary's College Spanish students are conducting help sessions for Spanish speakers at the Lexington Park branch to assist them with reading English documents.  The next session will be September 24 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Lexington Park's landscaping and parking lot got "spruced" up, thanks to employees of Community Bank of Tri-County who were participating in the United Way Day of Caring.  
  • King Peggy packed the meeting room at Lexington Park where she shared her story and signed copies of her book, King Peggy, this year's One Maryland One Book title.
  •  growingSTEMS are presenting STEM programs for preschoolers. 
  • Cathy Padgett won five young adult books by answering a trivia question on Facebook.   Do you follow us? 



SundayhoursLexington Park now open on Sundays, 1-5 pm    


Board members cutting ribbonBoard of Library Trustees, County Commissioners and Library Director Kathleen Reif cut the ribbon on September 8  to re-open the doors of the Lexington Park library once again on Sundays.  Shown cutting the ribbon are (left to right) Library Board Vice President  Alan Dillingham, County Commissioner President Jack Russell, Library Board member Jim Handley, Library Board President Joan Springer, Kathleen Reif, Library Board Treasurer Carole Romary, County Commissioner Cindy Jones, and Library Board members Carolyn Guy and Lynn Newkirk.


The  library had 373 visitors walk through the door checking out 899 items on September 8.  Lexington Park is the only library in Southern Maryland open on Sundays.




OMOBKing Peggy packed the room    


the crowd, book signing & King PeggyKing Peggy, author and subject of this year's selection for the One Maryland One Book state-wide read, packed the meeting room at Lexington Park where she shared her story and signed copies of her book.     


A special thanks goes to Pastor Mitch Watney and the Good Samaritan Lutheran Church for allowing us to borrow additional chairs for the program. 

 King Peggy book cover

Upcoming programs:
Book Discussions: 
     Monday, October 7, 7 pm,   Charlotte Hall
     Thursday, October 17, 7 pm, Leonardtown
Storytelling at its Best! Professional storyteller Janice Curtis Greene will bring the themes of King Peggy to life with her dynamic original stories. 
     Sunday, Oct. 20, 2 pm, Lexington Park

Copies of the book, books on CDs, and Playaways are available at the libraries.  The book can also be downloaded as an eBook and an audio book. Copies have also be left in public places around the county.  If found, read it, then pass it on or leave it for someone else to find.  Follow the instructions on the front cover to be entered in a drawing for a Kindle.


OMOB is a program of the Maryland Humanities Council and takes place annually in September and October. 




UnitedWayLexington Park gets spruced up

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Thanks to these employees of the Community Bank of Tri-County, Lexington Park has a fresh look.  These volunteers spread new mulch in the beds and picked up litter in the parking lot and around the building as part of the United Way Day of Caring.

The volunteers were (left to right) Erin King and Laura Hewitt kneeling; Kirsten Barnaby, Jodie Crabill, Renee Gardiner and Katie Gardiner standing.



collegecardsCollege library cards available at branches
You can obtain a library card for St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) and/or College of Southern Maryland (CSM) at any of the three branches until September 24 as part of the Library Card Exchange program between the colleges and libraries. 

The benefit of having these cards:

  • Late evening hours Sunday-Wednesday until 1 a.m. at SMCM
  • DVDs including lots of foreign films
  • Academic books and journals including many online
  • Southern Maryland Studies Center Research Collection at the CSM La Plata Campus. 

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spanishHelp with English Documents for Spanish speakers

Spanish students from St. Mary's College will be available in the meeting room at Lexington Park to help Spanish speakers read English documents.  The students will help translate forms, applications, school flyers, children's homework assignments and more. 
         Tuesdays, 6-8 PM, Lexington Park
         September 24, October 8 & 22, November 5 & 19, December 3 & 17




Kids library card


Read for the Record

The libraries are participating in Read for the Record on October 3.  The children's book, Otis by Loren Long, will be read by children and adults all across the country on October 3 to support the day when every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.  Last year 2.3 million people participated in the Read for the Record campaign.    


Build It!

What can children build with a cardboard box and duct tape?  The possibilities are endless.  They only need to bring their imagination and we supply the rest.

     Charlotte Hall      Fri, September 20, 2-3 pm

     Lexington Park    Fri, September 20, 3-4 pm


STEM @your library for preschoolers    

Fun science programs for 3-5 years old, presented by growingSTEMS.  Register  

     Five Senses--Kids will explore and learn about five senses. 

          Charlotte Hall     Mon, September 23, 10-11 am

          Leonardtown      Fri, September 20, 10-11 am    

     Future STEM programs:  Terrific Towers, Fishy Magnets, Silly Shapes   


Homeschoolers' Workshop

The library is one of the most important resources for homeschooled students and their parents.  This workshop they will learn how to get the most from their library's resources and services, meet library staff and tour the library. 
          Leonardtown     Thurs, September 26, 2 pm






computerComputer Classes 


Certificate of Attendance now being issued

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those adults who attend the basic computer series (Introduction to computers, Windows, Internet and email) or the Microsoft Office 2010 series (Introduction to Word, Excel,  PowerPoint, and Publisher).   Job seekers can use this certificate to show JobSource or potential employers that they have attended the classes. A Certificate of Attendance will also be issued for individual computer classes.


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

classes are being offered at Leonardtown and Lexington Park this month and at Charlotte Hall in October. 


One-on-one instruction:

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


computer graphicUpcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Introduction to Word 2010    

     Tues, Sept. 24, 2-4 pm, Lexington Park
     Thurs, Oct. 3, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown

Introduction to PowerPoint 2010

    Tues, Sept. 24, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall  

    Thurs, Oct. 10, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown  

Introduction to Excel 2010

     Mon, Sept. 23, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
Wed, Oct. 9, 10 am- 12 noon, Lexington Park
     Thurs, Oct. 17, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
Introduction to Publisher 2010
     Thurs, Oct. 24, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
I Took These Pictures, Now What?

     Fri, Oct. 18, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
Family History:  Where Do I Start?
Mo, Oct. 28, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall

Click here for complete class schedule and to register. 


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moblecenterSouthern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center Visits

Mobile Career Center Looking for a job?  Visit the Mobile Career Center and let the JobSource Coordinator help you get registered with and use the Maryland Workforce Exchange.

Note:  The Mobile Career Center visit will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather (excessive rain or winds over 25 mph). Call 240-412-1528 to find out if visit is cancelled.

Lexington Park    Mon, September 23, 9 am - 1 pm
Charlotte Hall     Thurs, October 3, 9 am - 1 pm
Leonardtown      Tues, October 8, 1 - 4 pm


Art Gallery Sign

artAllen Price's photography on display

Allen Price's artwork is on display through the end of the month in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery.  His photography features landscape and wildlife.  Here is a sampling of his work.

Artists interested in displaying their artwork are asked to contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.


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