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June 19, 2014 


NewsataGlanceNews at a Glance

  • All three libraries are rocking! Lexington Park had 1,333 visitors one day and 1,426 another this past week. Leonardtown has had more than 1,000 walk through the doors and Hall had more than 850 daily visitors.    
  • Just a reminder that our new mobile printing service allows you to print remotely from anywhere using your smartphone, tablet, or computer and then pick up your printouts at the library.
  • Adult programs:  Trivia Quiz Night, Genealogy, Oscar Movie Series 
  • All three branches will be closed Friday, July 4. 



Sign up for Summer Reading Programs and win prizessummerreading

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Babies through teens can sign up to participate in our Summer Reading programs either online or at any branch.  It's a fun way to keep kids reading during the summer.  They earn prizes and if they complete their game sheet, they receive a free book and are entered in grand prize drawings. They have until Aug. 9 to complete the activities.

Fizz Boom Read-to-Me       Birth to age 5 

Complete a section on the activity sheet to collect a prize for your child.  Choose a book for your little one to keep when the activity sheet is completed.

Fizz Boom Read       K to 5th grade 

Complete fun activities on your gameboard and receive a prize. Complete the entire gameboard and choose a book to keep, plus be entered in a grand prize drawing for Leap Pad, Kindle, table, iPod and noise canceling headphones.

Spark a Reaction       Teens 6th grade and up

 Read or listen to books, attend library programs or submit book reviews and record these on your game card.  Earn weekly prizes and be automatically entered in the grand prize drawing for Kindles, ChromeCast, Kindle Fire and more!   

Free Tickets for Summer Reading participants:

  • Southern Maryland Blue Crabs:  Every child participating in a Summer Reading program receives a voucher for a  July 11, 12 or 26 game ticket.
  • Baltimore Orioles:  40 participants per branch will receive Orioles tickets for an August game (First come, first served).
  • Maryland Science Center:  One Fizz Boom Read (K-5th grade) participant per branch will receive 4 tickets in a random drawing.


Adults Summer Reading Program  


St. Mary's College of Maryland's is offering a summer reading program for the residents of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties. The program, hosted by the college's Library Reading Circle, will end Aug. 15.   Any book found in our catalog (COSMOS) or the college library catalog is eligible for the program.


To participate, post a review of the book you read to the College's Library Reading Circle Blog. Your first review serves as your registration. The more books you review, the more prizes you win.  A list of prizes and more information about the program are posted on their reading blog. 




Kids library cardSummer Fun for Kidskids 


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


Uncle Pete kicks off Professional Performances June 23

The Professional Performances are free and are held every Monday, June 23- 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 
  • STEM @ your library: Science of Flight   
  • 500 By Five Celebration 
  • Kids Lab-- science experiments 
  • Imagination Station--create artwork  
  • Lights, Lenses, & Lighthouses
  • Ukulele Jamboree
  • Kindergarten Here We Come
  • Family Movies 
  • Chess Basics and Fundamentals

More to Explore Passports Passport

Pick up your free 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! 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.   


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!

Rocketed 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.

       Leonardtown      Sat, June 28, 2:30-4 pm
       Charlotte Hall      Sat, July 19, 2-3:30 pm
       Lexington Park    Fri, Aug. 1, 10-11:30 am

Explore a Fire Services Career: Meet fire fighters and explore what it takes to become a fire fighter.
        Lexington Park     Wed, July 9, 2 pm

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 




Test your knowledge at Trivia Quiz Night  Adultread

Adults and teens, come and have fun answering trivia questions to win prizes.  Register.

          Leonardtown       Wed, June 25, 5:30 pm 

Genealogy Open Lab 

Library staff will help you access free websites and the library online resources as well as answer questions that come up in your genealogy search.  Register 

          Lexington Park      Thurs, June 26, 5:30-7:30 pm


Oscar Movie Series

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


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.

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Talk about a good book bookdiscussion 


Join us for any of these book discussions.  Books are available at the hosting library.

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff 

The life story of Cleopatra VII, the last Egyptian pharaoh and one of the most influential women of the age.  

       Charlotte Hall        Mon, July 7, 7 pm


How It All Began by Penelope Lively 

When a retired school teacher is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of friends and strangers alike.   

       Lexington Park   Mon, July 14, 6 pm


Someone by Alice McDermott 

The story of an ordinary woman from childhood to old age whose uncomplicated life becomes fascinating.    

       Leonardtown       Thurs, July 17, 7 pm



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

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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: 

Genealogy Open Lab:

     Thurs, June 26, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park
Resume Basics in Word 2010

     Wed, July 16, 5:30-7:30 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, June 25, 9 am-1 pm
Charlotte Hall      Thurs, July 3, 9 am - 1 pm
Leonardtown       Tues, July 8, 1 - 4 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 SignArt Gallery features Lonnie Hartkins' photographs artgallery

Photographs by Lonnie Hartkins  are on display during June at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery.  His photographs consist of landscapes, seascapes, flowers, insects and animals.  He is not averse to using the computer to enhance and alter his photographs.



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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