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January 9, 2014 


NewsataglanceNews at a Glance

  • Thank you to all who donated toys for Toys for Tots, food for the local food pantries, and warm items for our Tree of Warmth project.  We continue to be collection sites for the food pantry. 
  • Staff News:  Amy Watson and Joan Bauk graduated from Library Associate Training Institute.  
  • Diet and fitness apps will be explored at our Appy Hours
  • Our Black History Month program will feature Gregg Riley who will portray Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on February 22 at Lexington Park. 
  • Youth can learn physics concepts while playing life-sized  Angry Birds. 
  • Great Mills High School and AP Computer Science students will present  How to Train a Robot for youth ages 9-13 in February.   
  • All three branches will be closed Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  



folPete Himmelheber to speak at Friends Annual Brunch  Friends of the Library logo

Saturday, January 18 
11:00 AM
St. George's Episcopal Church in Valley Lee

Cost:  $20   Reservations due January 9

This year's speaker for the  Friends of the Library (FOL) Annual Brunch will be long time St. Mary's County resident Pete Himmelheber who will present "A Chronicle of the Chronicles."  His presentation will focus on the history of the St. Mary's County Historical Society's publication, Chronicles of Saint Mary's.

Pete is a member of the St. Mary's County Historical Society Board and a member of the Editorial Committee for the Chronicles of Saint Mary's.  Pete's interest in history has led to his extensive research of old land records of St. Mary's County.



staffStaff News: Two New Graduates

Graduates holding certificates

Two of our librarians, Amy Watson from Charlotte Hall (left) and Joan Bauk from Leonardtown, are the latest graduates of the Library Associate Training Institute (LATI).  This state training is required for librarians appointed to a Library Associate position.

Amy was a page, PTA (Public Technology Assistant), and circulation assistant before being promoted to a Library Associate in September 2012.

Joan was hired as a substitute then became a part-time circulation assistant.  She was promoted as a Library Associate in July 2012.



appyAppy Hour

Adults, come and enjoy an "appy" hour exploring and sharing new apps focused around diet and fitness.  It's a great way to start the new year.  Register.

          Charlotte Hall     Mon, Jan. 13, 6-7 pm
          Lexington Park   Thurs, Jan. 16, 6-7 pm
          Leonardtown      Mon, Jan. 27, 3-4 pm



BlackHIstoryDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to be portrayed

Gregg RileyActor and promotional speaker Gregg Riley will portray Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and discuss the key passages of his most heralded speeches. 

Co-sponsors:  United 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          



rescueLibrary staff jump into action

Recently a customer at Lexington Park collapsed striking his head hard on the floor as he fell.  Library staff jumped into action. The library's security guard Austin Campbell and another customer immediately determined the man had stopped breathing and began administering CPR.  Moments later Branch Manager Mary Anne Bowman arrived with the AED.  The gentleman began breathing on his own and the AED was not needed.  EMTs arrived and took over transporting him to the hospital.  Staff have been informed that the gentleman has been released from the hospital and is doing fine.

As it turns out, Austin had completed CPR training two weeks prior to the incident and had no idea he would be using his training so soon.  Staff in each branch have taken the initiative to receive CPR training as well as other safety training. 

Thanks to the county for equipping each branch with an AED. 



RobotHow to Train a Robot

Youth ages 9-13 will have the opportunity to learn SNAP! programming language to control the Finch robot and solve challenges at a STEM program presented by Great Mills High School and AP Computer Science students.  Register.
          Charlotte Hall    Thurs, Feb. 13, 6-7 pm
          Leonardtown     Thurs, Feb. 6, 6-7 pm
          Lexington Park  Thurs, Feb. 20, 6-7 pm



Kids library card





kidsSTEM:  Angry Birds 

Like Angry Birds?  Drop in and build towers and catapults, then play life-sized Angry Birds.  Learn physic concepts in the process.

       Charlotte Hall      Fri, Jan. 17, 2-4 pm for all ages

Leonardtown      Fri, Jan. 17, 10 am-12 noon for ages 5-10  

                                                2-4 pm for ages 11+

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


Kids Can Cook

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

          Lexington Park  Tues, Jan. 14, 4:30-5 pm  

Storytime schedule

for babies through pre-school 



2014 Winter/Spring Program Brochure 


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TeensSTEM:  Angry Birds 

Like Angry Birds?  Drop in and build towers and catapults, then play life-sized Angry Birds.  Learn physic concepts in the process.

       Charlotte Hall      Fri, Jan. 17, 2-4 pm  

       Leonardtown       Fri, Jan. 17, 2-4 pm  

       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

  Art Supplies for Library Choice and Viewer's Choice winners

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




HomeschoolThe Library is a proud sponsor of

Southern Maryland Homeschool Science Fair

Tues, January 21
Leonardtown Library
(Snow date  January 22)

Set up:  5:15 pm
Judging:  6 pm
Awards:  7:30 pm

Public viewing:  6-8 pm

Registration due January 15.  Details and registration form.




computerComputer Classes 


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

will be offered at Lexington Park in January and at Leonardtown in February.  Register


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


computer graphicRegister for these upcoming classes:    

Using the Overdrive App to check out eBooks

     Mon, Jan. 13, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown 

Appy Hour--explore & share apps 

     Mon, Jan. 13, 6-7 pm, Charlotte Hall

     Thurs, Jan. 16, 6-7 pm, Lexington Park  

     Mon, Jan. 27, 3-5 pm, Leonardtown 

Intermediate Excel

     Tues, Jan. 14, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown  

     Wed, Jan. 29, 5:30-7:30 pm, Leonardtown

Introduction to Word 2010

     Thurs, Jan. 23, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall


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



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bookdiscussionTalk about a Good Book
Join us for any of these book discussions.  Books are available at the hosting library.

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Stephen Galloway
This novel follows the lives of three fictional citizens of Sarajevo as they struggle to survive the war, including one who seeks to protect the cellist who plays 22 days at the site of a mortar attack where 22 of his friends and neighbors died.
     Monday, Jan. 13, 6 pm,  Lexington Park

That Eye, The Sky by Tim Winton
A ten-year-old tells how his family's kinship begins to crumble after a domestic tragedy, until the mysterious Henry Warburton intercedes and reshapes the family's future.
     Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 pm, Leonardtown

The Soloist
by Steve Lopez
The true story of journalist Steve Lopez's discovery of a former classical bass student living on LA's Skid Row and how the relationship had a profound change on both their lives. 
     Monday, Feb. 3, 7 pm,  Charlotte Hall



healthConfused about new health care insurance options?

Maryland Health Connections is the state's new 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, Jan. 9, 10 am- 2 pm   

Tues, Jan. 14, 2-6 pm  

Thurs, Jan. 23, 9 am-1 pm

Fri, Jan. 31, 1-5 pm 


Leonardtown Library

Fri, Jan. 10, 10 am- 2 pm 

Wed, Jan. 15, 4-8 pm   

Wed, Jan. 22, 1-5 pm

Mon, Jan. 27, 10 am-2 pm 


Lexington Park Library

Fri, Jan. 17, 1-5 pm
Tues, Jan. 21, 10 am-2 pm 

Wed, Jan. 29, 10 am-2 pm


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


Leonardtown      Tues, Jan. 14, 1-4 pm
Lexington Park   Fri, Jan. 26, 9 am-1 pm
Charlotte Hall     Thurs, Feb. 6, 9 am-1 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."

Opening Reception:  Thursday, January 9
                                                5-8 pm

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


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