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February 19, 2014 


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  Martin Luther King, Jr. to be portrayedBlackHistory    


You won't want to miss Gregg Riley's portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at our Black History Month program.   Because Riley looks and sounds like Dr. King, you will feel you are witnessing Dr. King speak.  Riley will discuss the key passages of King's most heralded speeches and their impact today.  The program is free.  Light refreshments.

Co-sponsors:  Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC), NAACP of St. Mary's County, and the Minority Outreach Coalition. 
          Saturday, Feb. 22
          1:00 pm
           Lexington Park Library          




booksaleFriends MEGA Book Sale
March 14-16 at County Fairgrounds 

     Fri, Mar. 14, 1-8 pm  Members of Friends only.  Membership available at the door.
     Sat, Mar. 15, 10 am-5 pm     Open to the public
     Sun, Mar. 16, 12-3 pm   Open to the public
Friends of the Library logo

Volunteers needed:  Volunteers are needed to help move the books from the storage room at the Leonardtown Library to the fairgrounds on Sat, Mar. 8.  Volunteers are also needed the week before the sale, during the sale, and the day after the sale. If you can help, contact 301-863-9368 or



allageprogramsExciting programs--Zombies, H-appy Kids, Dogs, Racing   


Zombies vs Humans

Join us for an evening of fun.  Become a zombie or survivor, participate in Zombie Fear Factor, get survival tips and a part of a flash mob.  Costumes are encouraged.
          Charlotte Hall       Mon, Feb. 24, 6 pm
          Lexington Park     Thurs, Mar. 27, 6 pm

H-Appy Kids

Parents/caregivers, come and have fun learning about educational apps for the iPad and other tablets and how they can be used with your little ones to promote early learning.  Register.

          Lexington Park      Mon, Feb. 24, 6 pm

K-9 Search and Recovery DemonstrationsBloodhound searching  

Watch Millie and Edgar, two K-9 blood hounds, demonstrate their search and recovery skills. Learn about Search and Recovery.  Presented by Bay K-9 Search and Recovery Team. 
Lexington Park    Sat, Mar. 8, 10 am

BMX Racing

Find out about the basics of BMX racing: what it is, where to go, and how to get started.  Presented by Mike's Bikes. 

           Lexington Park     Sat, Mar. 15, 10 am-12 noon




eccr2Childcare Providers Training in Math & Science

Childcare providers, learn simple math and science activities to help the children in your care get ready to learn to read.  This is the first time this class has been offered.  2 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of the 2-hour course.  Free.  Register.           

          Leonardtown      Mon, Mar. 10, 6-8 pm



grantIntroduction to Grant Seeking & Writing Workshop

Lexington Park Library    Thurs, Mar. 6, 9:30-11:30 am

Presented by Lexington Park Library and College of Southern Maryland Nonprofit Institute staff.  Free. Register.

  • an overview of researching grant opportunities  
  • the grant writing process
  • hands-on demonstration of the Foundation Center database to find sources for grants

(only available at Lexington Park Library)    

  • review of the strategy for applying for grants. 

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staffMeet a few of our newer staff members

Eric VarizEric Variz began working as a page at Charlotte Hall in July 2013.  In August he was hired as a circulation assistant at Lexington Park and then switched to Leonardtown in October. Eric, a Chopticon High School graduate, earned a history degree from St. Mary's College and is currently working on his Master of Library Science degree from University of Maryland.

Cassie KoldewynCassondra Koldewyn started working at the Leonardtown branch in December as a part-time circulation assistant at the check out desk.  Cassie moved here from Whidbey Island, WA in August with her husband who is in the Navy.  She has a BS in Applied Psychology from the City University of Seattle. 

Marissa LewisMarissa Lewis was hired in December as a part-time circulation assistant at Leonardtown Library.  She graduated from Great Mills High School and is a full time online student at Central Texas College studying Medical Assisting.  Marissa is also in the Army Reserves.



wowWoW! Storytime  

WoW Van and driverTammy Farrell, the driver of the WoW! Van, visits childcare providers each month leaving a supply of books for the providers to use with the children in their care.  During her visit, she provides a storytime and a craft for the children. 

The families of these children are invited to meet Ms Tammy, or the Library Lady as she is affectionately called by the children, at a special evening storytime.  A fun craft is also planned.

          Lexington Park     Tues, Mar. 4, 6:30 pm

          Leonardtown        Wed, Mar. 5, 6:30 pm

          Charlotte Hall       Thurs, Mar. 6, 6:30 pm



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How to Train a Robot

Kids, ages 9-13, will learn how to control the Finch robot and solve challenges using SNAP! programming language.  Presented by Great Mills High School and AP Computer Science students.  Register.

       Lexington Park    Thurs, Feb. 20, 6-7 pm 


Angry Birds 

Like Angry Birds?  Drop in and build towers and catapults, then play life-sized Angry Birds.   

       Lexington Park   Fri, Feb. 21, 1-4:30 pm for all ages     


More Mo

Kids will enjoy games, stories, crafts and more as we celebrate the books and characters of Mo Willems.   

          Charlotte Hall     Sat, Mar. 1, 11 am-12 noon

          Lexington Park   Sat, Mar. 1, 10 -11 am

          Leonardtown      Sat, Mar. 22, 10:30-11:30 am    


Kids Can Cook

Kids ages 8-12 will make and sample new recipes.   

          Lexington Park  Tues, Mar. 11, 4:30-5 pm   


Storytime schedule for babies through preschool 


 2014 Winter/Spring Program Brochure 




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STEM:  Angry Birds 

Like Angry Birds?  Drop in and build towers and catapults, then play life-sized Angry Birds.  

       Lexington Park    Fri, Feb. 21, 1-4:30 pm



Coverflip Teen Art Contest

Have you read a great book with a horrible cover?  Well, now's your chance to coverflip!  Design a new cover for your favorite young adult book and submit it.  

Entries:  Due March 1. Must be flat, no larger than 81/2x11, and original.  Can be pencil, pen, charcoal, pastel, water color, oil, photography, computer-generated, collage, or mixed media.  Title and author of the book must be included.

Entries displayed:  Lexington Park Library Art Gallery  March 1-March 31

Prizes:  Art Supplies for Library Choice and Viewer's Choice winners

Winners announced: Mon, March 31 at 6 pm, Lexington Park Library    





Computer Classes

computer graphic 

Basic computer classes:

Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email

will be offered at Charlotte Hall and Lexington Park in March.


One-on-one instruction:

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


Other classes: 

Introduction to Genealogy
Wed, Feb. 26, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
Thurs, Mar. 27, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park
Introduction to Word 2010
     Mon, Mar. 10, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown

Introduction to Excel 2010

     Wed, Mar. 12, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
     Mon, Mar. 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, Leonardtown
Introduction to PowerPoint 2010
      Mon, Mar. 24, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

Certificate of Attendance
will be issued to those who attend the basic computer series or the Microsoft 2010 series. 


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Help for job seekers

Southern 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. Call 240-925-4806 to find out if the visit is cancelled.


           Lexington Park    Wed, Feb. 26, 9 am - 1 pm

           Charlotte Hall     Thurs, Mar. 6, 9 am - 1 pm

           Leonardtown      Tues, Mar.11, 1 - 4 pm




ARTCandy Cummings' artwork on display 

Tiger with cub in mouth
Local artist Candy Cummings has her artwork on display through the end of February at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery.  Her artwork chronicles her very early years through the present and represents her numerous "collections."

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




taxTax Help available at libraries

Lifestyles of Maryland Foundation, Inc. will provide free IRS-certified  tax return preparation assistance for households with incomes of $52,000 or less.  Contact 1-866-293-0623 to schedule an appointment.

Charlotte Hall Library

Wed, Feb. 26, 1 pm-5 pm

Mon, Mar. 17, 9 am- 6 pm

Mon, Mar. 31, 9 am - 8 pm

Wed, Apr. 9, 1 pm -6 pm

Leonardtown Library

Thurs, Mar. 13, 1 pm -4 pm

 Wed, Mar. 19, 2 pm-6 pm

 Fri, Apr. 4, 9 am -5 pm

Lexington Park Library

 Mon, Mar. 3, 4 pm - 7 pm

         Mon, Apr. 7, 4 pm- 7 pm


healthConfused about new health care insurance options?

Maryland Health Connections is the state's health insurance marketplace that will make it easier for you to:

  • Shop, compare, and enroll in a health insurance plan
  • Check eligibility for federal tax credits and subsidies to help cover your insurance costs
  • Check your eligibility for public health programs, such as Medicaid and Maryland Children's Health program (MCHP)  

Free information sessions and one-on-one enrollment help conducted by Walden Sierra:

Charlotte Hall Library

Thurs, Feb. 20, 1-5 pm

Tues, Feb. 25, 2-6 pm 


Leonardtown Library

Sat, Feb. 22, 10 am-2 pm

Wed, Feb. 26, 4-8 pm 


Lexington Park Library

Wed, Feb. 19, 4-8 pm

Fri, Feb. 28, 1-5 pm    


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