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August 20, 2014 


NewsataGlanceNews at a Glance

  • Congratulations to all those who participated in our Summer Reading Programs and the grand prize winnerskids and teens
  • Local artist Ruth Collins has her artwork on display at  Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through the end of August.  Her reception will be 5-8 pm on August 21.    
  • All three branches will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for Labor Day.  



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zinioMore downloadable magazine titles

Thirty-four additional magazine titles will be available to download starting September 1, bringing the total magazine subscriptions available to 87. 

The downloadable magazines contain the full articles, color photos, and interactive elements such as hot links to other articles, audio and video. Stories can be found quickly and easily using a keyword search.

The magazines, including current issues, can be downloaded free to your computer or on your mobile device.  Apps are available for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android, Blackberry Playbook.  Please bring your device to any library and staff will help you get it set up. 

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Jill Hutchison earns Master of Library Science degree JillMLS

JIll Hutchison with Library Board Members

Jill Hutchison, Assistant Branch Manager at Leonardtown, was recognized at a recent Board of Library Trustees' meeting for completion of her Master of Library Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University.  Not only did she graduate summa cum laude but also was awarded the distinguished Nolan Lushington Award for Excellence in the Public Library Track.  Congratulations, Jill!



2014 One Maryland One Book omob

The Distance Between Us:  A Memoir by Reyna Grande One Maryland One Book Logo 


This year's selection for the One Maryland One Book (OMOB), the state-wide community read sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, is The Distance Between Us: a Memoir by Reyna Grande.

Cover of bookThe Distance Between Us is the author's compelling story of her childhood before and after entering the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant. At age nine the author left Mexico and the overburdened household of her stern grandmother and entered the U.S. to live with her father.  She quickly realized that life in America and with her father was far from perfect. 

Copies of the book are available at the branches and also can be downloaded as an audio or eBook from the library's website.  A few copies have been left in public places around the tri-county to be picked up, read, and passed on. 

A book discussion is scheduled at both Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown in October.  The author will be appearing at Waldorf West library in Charles County on Oct. 1. 

What's your story? Tell it... get published... win $100 gift card

The libraries in Charles,Calvert, and St. Mary's counties along with Southern Maryland Regional Library and College of Southern Maryland Diversity Institute are hosting a story writing contest for teens and adults as part of the OMOB.  All acceptable entries will be published in a book.

The teen and adult winners will each receive a $100 gift card and a signed copy of the The Distance Between Us.  The first runner-up in each category will receive a $25 gift card and also a signed copy of the OMOB.  All winners will receive a copy of the published book of collected stories.

If you have a story to tell, we want to hear it.  Submit your story (fiction or nonfiction) related to one of the themes of The Distance Between Us by midnight October 17.  The rules and guidelines will be posted on Sept. 2 when the contest begins.



HomeschoolHomeschoolers--Learn how your library can help!  student with backpack

Students and parents, start your school year off right by attending our Homeschoolers' Workshop.  You will learn about the library's resources and services and how to get the most from them.  You will be able to meet other homeschoolers and your friendly library staff. 
     Leonadtown          Tues, Sept. 16     2-3:30 pm




Kids library cardFall Fun for kids kids


Fall Schedule

now available online and in branches. 


Build It!

Kids of all ages can bring their imaginations and build something amazing with the recycled materials provided. 
     Lexington Park     Fri, Sept. 19, 10-11 am

Fall story times begin Sept. 2
NEW!  Charlotte Hall will offer Saturday morning storytime at 10:30 am each week. 
Fall story time schedule.


Kids Summer Reading Grand Prize Winners: 

Leap Pad: Cole Bowser, Allison Hart
Kindle: Tiara Mann
iPod Nano:  Abigail Boyd
Noise Canceling Headphones: Ryan Kelly




Teen Summer Reading
Grand Prize Winners:

Kindles: Tyrell Douglas, Jenna Modrzejewski
Kindle Fire: Dana Cameron
ChromeCast: Andrew Fan
Noise Canceling Headphones: Faith Warren

Teen Writing Contest

Due to the number and the length of the entries, the judging has not been completed. The winner will be posted in our next issue.

Hunger Games Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Brady Correll.

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Free Workshops for Grant Seekersgrant 

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Proposal Writing Basics 

This free webinar covers how the proposal fits into the grant seeking process, what to include in a standard proposal and more. It is especially geared for those new to proposal writing.   Register.

            Lexington Park, Sept 18, 2-3 pm

Introduction to Grant Seeking and Writing

Use the Foundation Center databases to find sources for grants and review the strategy for applying for grants.  Leave with enough information to begin your grant seeking and writing work.  Presented by staff from the Library and from the Nonprofit Institute of the College of Southern Maryland. Free.   Register.
            Lexington Park, Sept. 25, 10 am-12 noon




Get help from Social Security representative socialsecurity

Eventually Social Security benefit verifications will no longer be sent, but will have to be obtained online.  A Social Security representative will demonstrate and help teach you how to obtain these needed verifications online and sign up for your "my Social Security account."   Register for one of the following sessions:
my Social Security logo         Lexington Park Library     Wed, Aug. 27
               11 am-12 noon
               12 noon-1 pm
                 1 pm-2 pm
                 2 pm-3 pm



computerComputer Classes

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Basic computer classes:

Lexington Park will offer all 4 basic classes in September.


One-on-one instruction:

Available at all three branches.  Contact the library to schedule an hour appointment. 


Other classes: 

Introduction to Word 2010
     Mon, Sept. 8, 2 -4 pm, Leonardtown
     Wed, Sept. 17, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
Introduction to Excel 2010
Mon, Sept. 15, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown


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moblecenterHelp for Job Seekers

Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center 

Mobile Career Center
Looking for a job?  Visit the Mobile Career Center to get job counseling and resume help, search for jobs, and get registered with the Maryland Workforce Exchange.



Lexington Park   Wed, Aug. 27, 9 am - 1 pm    

Charlotte Hall     Thurs, Sept. 4, 9 am - 1 pm
Leonardtown      Tues, Sept. 9, 1 - 4 pm   




Art Gallery Sign

Art Gallery features artwork by Ruth Collins art

Ruth Collins is displaying her artwork during August at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery.  She work mainly consists of drawings, paintings, portraits and landscapes in acrylics.

Artist Reception    Thurs, Aug. 21, 5-8 PM



Master Gardener LogoMaster Gardeners conduct plant clinics

If you have a gardening question or need some plant advice, stop by one of these plant clinics conducted by our local 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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St. Mary's County Library
301-475-2846 x1007




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