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May 7, 2014 


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  • All three libraries will close May 15  to complete the transition to our new online catalog which goes live May 15!  Some services will be interrupted May 9-14. 
  •  We said good-bye to Janis Cooker who retired after 16 years of service.   
  • Children's programs:  Ready to Read, Ready to Rock; Time Traveling Kids; May Book Bonanza  
  • Summer Reading kicks off June 2.  Buy your summer t-shirts starting May 19. 
  • The local Farm Bureau Women's Committee is collecting items for our deployed military at all three branches during the month of May.   



Library to close May 15 to complete transition
New online catalog goes live May 15

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.
  • 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.
  • "MyLists," 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.





Janis Cooker, Youth Coordinator, retires  Janis

  Janis Cooker receives Proclamation from Board of County Commissioners
Janis Cooker, our Youth Coordinator, retired May 2 after providing 16 years of dedicated service to the children of this county and their families. 

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 areas.

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 Dinnerfol
Friends of the Library logo

Monday, May 19, 6 pm 

Cafe des Artistes in Leonardtown

The 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 Kidsraiders


Raiders Invaders logStoryteller 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:  May 16


* Bruster's Ice Cream coupon for every one who submits a story ending 

* War of 1812 "Don't Give Up the Ship" flag for 6 finalists 

* Grand Prize:  Story performed at event and $20 gift certificate to Fenwick Street Used Books and Music in Leonardtown 


Check out what else is planned at Raiders & Invaders Weekend

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Kids library card


Spring storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers have ended.  Summer storytimes will begin the week of June 2 at all three branches.    


Summer Reading

begins June 2.  Sale of Summer Reading t-shirts start May 19. 



Ready to Read, Ready to Rock!

Parents/caregivers, 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 books.   

          Charlotte 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 new recipes.   

          Lexington Park  Tues, May 13, 4:30-5 pm     


Time Traveling Kids

Jefferson 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.
          Lexington Park     Tues, May 13, 10:30-11:30 am

May Book Bonanza

Kids can drop in and enjoy fun crafts and activities to celebrate Children's Book Week. 
          All three branches    Sat, May 17, 9 am-5 pm

Chess Basics and Fundamentals

The Maryland Education Chess Association will conduct weekly classes for 2nd graders and older. 

          Leonardtown      Mondays, May 12-Aug. 25, 4:30-5:30 pm





teenSummer Reading Volunteers Needed

 Students 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. 




bookDiiscTalk 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 minister.
     Lexington Park   Mon, May 12, 6 pm

The Brief 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 happiness.
     Leonardtown       Thurs, May 22, 7 pm

The Night 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. 
     Charlotte Hall        Mon, June 2, 7 pm

Dates and book titles of monthly discussions



computerComputer Classes

computer graphic 

Basic computer classes:

Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email

will be offered at Lexington Park in May.


One-on-one instruction:

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


Other classes: 

Get More From Google
    Mon, May 19, 2-4 pm, Lexington Park
Introduction to PowerPoint 2010
     Wed, May 28, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
Introduction to Word 2010  
    Mon, June 9, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
Introduction to Publisher 2010
     Mon, June 16, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown

Beginning Genealogy:  Where Do I Start?

     Mon, May 19, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
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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Help for Job Seekers

Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Centermoblecenter

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.  

Leonardtown      Tues, May 13, 1 - 4 pm

Lexington Park   Wed, May 28, 9 am - 1 pm



Art Gallery SignArt Gallery features Yellow Door Kids' artwork artgallery

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 Studio. 

Reception for the artists: Monday, May 12, 5-7 pm



Pride in the Park Parade 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 sheriff deputies. 

Parade marchers

Photo taken by TheBayNet



Why they came to the library?  natlibweekflyer


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 napping.
  • 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. 


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