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July 9, 2014 


NewsataGlanceNews at a Glance

  • New records are set: Lexington Park had 1,565 visitors on June 23; Charlotte Hall had 1008 visitors on June 30; and Leonardtown had 1374 visitors on July 7.
  • Fun programs for kids and teens.   Kids, 10 & 11 years old, can now register for the Rocketed Race Cars program.  
  • Help for Job Seekers:  Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center and Resume Basics Class    



Alexis Rosenbery is 2014 Lindsey Paul Rudolph Summer InternlindseyPaul

Alexis RosenberyAlexis Rosenbery is our 2014 Lindsey Paul Rudolph summer intern and is assisting in the Children's Department at each branch this summer.

Alexis is an Elementary and Special Education major at the University of North Carolina.  She is a graduate from Great Mills High School and gained experience working with children as a daycare aide and babysitter in the area.

The Lindsey Rudolph Fund was created in 2009 to honor the life of Lindsey Paul Rudolph, a library employee killed in a tragic auto accident.  Spearheaded by Dr. Laraine Glidden of St. Mary's College, the Lindsey Fund was established to create a student summer work opportunity in the children's department  to provide early literacy activities for preschoolers, one of Lindsey's passion.



Staff news  staffnews

Tess GoldwasserTess Goldwasser has been transferred to Charlotte Hall to be the youth services librarian at that branch.  She brings several years of experience as a youth librarian at Lexington Park. Tess is the creator of our popular Kids Book Blog.

Amy Kirchofer

Amy Kirchofer has become the full-time teen librarian at Lexington Park.  She worked part time at Leonardtown at the information desk and provided teen services.  She orders the young adult materials for the system.

Wendy BriggsWendy Briggs was hired in May as the new youth services librarian at Lexington Park. She was a 2nd grade teacher with Calvert County Schools and an interpreter for St. Mary's City.  Besides a Masters degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County, she has a post-graduate certification in Library and Media Science from the College of Notre Dame of MD.

Eric Variz
Eric Variz
has been promoted to part time Library Associate and will provide the teen services at Leonardtown starting July 15. He currently is a part time Circulation Assistant at Leonardtown.  



Kids library cardSummer Fun for Kidskids 


Summer Reading programs run through Aug. 9.
Register at any branch or online


Free Professional Performances on Mondays 

The Professional Performances are free and are held every Monday through July 28, at the following times/locations. List of performers  


10:00 am   Lexington Park at Lexington Park Library  

12:30 pm   Leonardtown at Leonardtown Elementary, 22850 Duke St.

  3:00 pm   Charlotte Hall at White Marsh Elementary, 29090 Thompson Corner Rd.  


More fun programs: Visit the Kids page for details 

  • Storytimes  & Story Stretchers 
  • 500 By Five Celebration 
  • Kids Lab-- science experiments 
  • Imagination Station--create artwork  
  • Lights, Lenses, & Lighthouses
  • Ukulele Jamborees
  • Kindergarten Here We Come
  • Family Movies 
  • Chess Basics and Fundamentals

More to Explore Passports Passport

Pick up a More to Explore Passport at any branch and have fun exploring our county.  Find the trail markers at each of the 22 sites listed in the Passport and rub the name of the site on the corresponding page in the Passport. Bring the completed Passport Prize Page to any branch to claim your prize and to be entered in additional larger prize drawings at the end of the summer! Be sure to include your child's name and contact information on the prize page.  Program runs through August 15.

Download Children's Summer Brochure





Win Kindles, ChromeCast, Kindle fire and more! teens

by participating in the Teen Summer Reading program.  Sign up online or at any branch any time. Program ends Aug. 9.   


Hunger Games Hunt & Raffle

Tributes, ages 12-18, start your challenge at the fishbowl.  Finish your hunt and turn in your final answer to be entered in the August 15th drawing for Hunger Game prizes.
     Leonardtown        July 15-August 15

Teen Writing Contest---Win a Kindle

Write an original story or poem that will "spark a reaction."  Submit it to by Aug. 9.   Who knows. You just might win the grand prize--a Kindle!

RacecarsRocketed Race Cars: Test your racing skills by constructing your own dragster propelled using an air powered  launcher and then competing against other participants. Presented by growingSTEMS. Register.

       Charlotte Hall      Sat, July 19, 2-3:30 pm
       Lexington Park    Fri, Aug. 1, 10-11:30 am

Digital Bling:  Create blinged out accessories of wearable circuits while at the same time learn to make and fix basic circuits.  Supplies provided. Register.

        Leonardtown        Wed, July 16, 2-4 pm


Download the teen summer brochure or check teen page for details 




Oscar Movie SeriesAdultread


Lexington Park          Fridays, July 11-Aug. 1    2-4 pm   Free. Popcorn provided.


movie jackets

July 11:  Captain Phillips.  The true story of Captain Rich Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maesk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years. Rated PG-13. Best picture nominee.

July 18:  Gravity.  A  medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.  Rated PG-13.  Oscar winner for Best Director.


July 25:  The Great Gatsby.  A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor. Rated PG13. Oscar winner for Costume Design.


August 1:  American Hustle.  A con man along with his seductive partner  is forced to work for a wild FBI agent who pushes them into a world of Jersey power brokers and mafia. Rated R. Best picture nominee.

Test your knowledge at Trivia Quiz Night  

Adults and teens, come and have fun answering trivia questions.  Win prizes. 
          Lexington Park       Wed, July 23, 5:30 pm 
          Charlotte Hall         Thurs, Aug. 7, 6:30 pm

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Workshops for Grant Seekersgrant

Proposal Budget Basics

A free webinar, geared to the novice grantseeker, will address questions concerning expenses:  personel, non-personal, and overhead expenses, and the relationship between the project budget and the overall budget of the organization. Register.

          Lexington Park Library     Tues, July 22, 2-3 pm  


How to Approach a Foundation  

This free webinar covers strategies for effective communications with grantmakers from initial contact to what happens after receiving funding.  Learn how to initiate contact with potential funders, plan calls and meetings, communicate during and after a grant decision, and how to build lasting partnerships with grantmakers.  Register. 

            Lexington Park, Aug 19, 2-3 pm




computerComputer Classes

computer graphic 

Basic computer classes:

Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email

will be offered at Lexington Park and Leonardtown in July.


One-on-one instruction:

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


Other classes: 

Resume Basics in Word 2010
     Wed, July 16, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park
Blogging for Beginners
     Mon, Aug. 18, 2 -4 pm, Lexington Park


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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 and let the JobSource Coordinator help you get registered with and use the Maryland Workforce Exchange. 


 Lexington Park    Wed, July 23, 9 am - 1 pm

Resume Basics in Word 2010 

Learn the basics of writing a resume, different resume types, and how to use templates in Word.  Free. Register.
       Lexington Park     Wed, July 16, 5:30-7:30 pm 




Art Gallery Sign

Art Gallery features artwork by Color & Light Group


Members of Color & Light Society are displaying their artwork during July at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery.  Their artwork consists of oils, watercolors, sculpture, photography and more multi-media art.

Opening Reception:
Thurs, July 10, 5-8 pm, Lexington Park Library Art Gallery



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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