My Place to Learn, Discover, Relax!
All three libraries will be closed May 15 as we complete the
transition to the new online catalog. However, staff will be
answering the phone, 9 am-5 pm, if you need help with the new
catalog. You will be able to access the catalog and your
account online that day.
During the final transition, May 9-14, interruption to services will
occur. We ask your help in making it a smooth transition.
- The catalog &
your account information will not be accessible to staff or to
- You must present your
library card to check out items or to renew items. Items
to be renewed must be brought in.
- Phone and online
renewals won't be possible.
- No holds can be
placed May 7-14 including Marina.
- No delivery of
materials between libraries.
- To avoid having items
returned during the final transition period, we have extended
the due dates so no items will be due May 9-14. We ask
that you return items before May 9 or keep them until after May
14. No fines will accrue from May 9-14.
reading lists on My Account will not transfer and will be lost.
Save them now. Staff can help with this process.
All three libraries will be closed
May 15 to complete the transition.
Cooker, Youth Coordinator, retires
Janis Cooker, our Youth Coordinator, retired May 2 after providing 16
years of dedicated service to the children of this county and their
Under her leadership many innovative services were created: My
First Library Card, baby storytimes, Every Child Ready to Read
workshops for parents and childcare providers, STEM programs, Spanish
storytimes, WoW! Van Service and bags, active learning centers at
each branch, and incorporation of new technology in the children's
Janis was instrumental in the development of Lindsey Paul Rudolph
summer intern position and the Partnership Plan between the Board of
Library Trustees and the Board of Education. She collaborated
with many community organizations.
Thank you, Janis, and best wishes as you start the next
chapter of your life.
Friends of the Library Annual Dinner
Cafe des Artistes
cost of the dinner is $36. Reservations with
payment are due by May 12.
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War of 1812 Raiders & Invaders
Finish-the-Story Contest for Kids
Ming Diaz has started a War of 1812-themed story set in St. Mary's
County and the story needs an ending. Kids, ages 6-12, can watch him tell the
beginning of the story or they can read it. They then
write the ending and submit it at any branch.
Entry forms are available at the libraries. Entry deadline:
* Bruster's Ice Cream coupon for every one who submits a
* War of 1812 "Don't Give Up the Ship" flag for
* Grand Prize: Story performed at event and $20
gift certificate to Fenwick Street Used Books and Music in
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for babies, toddlers and preschoolers have ended. Summer
storytimes will begin the week of June 2 at all three branches.
begins June 2. Sale of Summer Reading t-shirts
start May 19.
Ready to Read,
Ready to Rock!
join us for some hands-on fun with your little ones: learn a
new story, make a craft, and enjoy activities that encourage fun with
Hall Wed, May 7, 9:45 am
Lexington Park Tues, May 6, 10:30 am
Kids Can Cook
Kids ages 8-12 will make and sample
Lexington Park Tues, May 13, 4:30-5 pm
Time Traveling Kids
Patterson Park staff will present a special story hour about
pirates. Kids will learn to talk, act and dress like
pirates. Ages 3-5. Register.
Park Tues, May 13, 10:30-11:30 am
can drop in and enjoy fun crafts and activities to celebrate
Children's Book Week.
All three branches Sat, May 17, 9
Chess Basics and Fundamentals
The Maryland Education Chess Association will conduct
weekly classes for 2nd graders and older.
Leonardtown Mondays, May 12-Aug. 25,
Reading Volunteers Needed
entering the 6th grade and older who are interested in working at the
Summer Reading table can apply online to be
a Summer Reading Volunteer. Applications are due by May 10.
Summer Reading begins June 2.
Teen summer brochures are available.
Talk about a good book
Join us for any of these book discussions. Books are available
at the hosting library.
Here If You Need
Me: A True Story by Kate Braestrup
The story of Braestrup's uplifting account of finding God through
helping others as she pursued her husband's dream of becoming a
Park Mon, May 12, 6 pm
Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban
misfit dreams of becoming the next JRR Tolkien and believes that a
long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and
Leonardtown Thurs, May 22, 7 pm
Circus by Erin Morganstern
A fierce competition is underway between two young magicians in which
only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, they
fall in love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences
and leaving the lives of everyone hanging.
Hall Mon, June 2, 7 pm
Dates and book titles of
Basic computer classes:
Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email
will be offered at Lexington Park in May.
Available at all
three branches. Contact the library for an appointment.
Get More From Google
Mon, May 19, 2-4 pm, Lexington Park
to PowerPoint 2010
Wed, May 28, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
to Word 2010
Mon, June 9, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
to Publisher 2010
Mon, June 16, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
Beginning Genealogy: Where Do
Mon, May 19, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
Thurs,June 26, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park
in Word 2010
Wed, July 16, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park
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JobSource Mobile Career Center
for a job? Visit the Mobile Career Center and let the JobSource
Coordinator help you get registered with and use the Maryland
Tues, May 13, 1 - 4 pm
Park Wed, May 28, 9 am - 1 pm
Art Gallery features Yellow Door Kids' artwork
Artwork by the students who take classes at Yellow Door Art Studios
in Leonardtown is on display during May at the Lexington Park Library
Art Gallery. Students range from 6-16 years of age. The artwork
includes examples from private lessons and from Draw+ Paint
for the artists: Monday,
May 12, 5-7 pm
Pride in the Park Parade
Those watching the Pride in the Park Parade in Lexington Park were
treated to a little Cat
in the Hat when our staff and customers marched wearing
colorful striped hats, bow ties, and Lorax mustaches. The
parade honored the members of the Sheriff's Office. Our library
staff and customers truly appreciate the support we receive from the
Why they came to the library?
During the month
of April, we asked our customers to tell us why they came to the
library. Here are a few of their responses:
- I came to the library
to find some awesome new books to read when my little ones are
- I came to catch up on
my reading and get some peace and quiet.
- I love the
library. There are so many things to do.
- For books to read
when I'm bored at school.
- To sing and dance
with other babies at storytime.
- I was bored at home
and I like it better here.
- To have fun with
friends, the library is a fun place to chill.
Marilyn Lash, Publicity Specialist
St. Mary's County Library