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May 22, 2014 


NewsataGlanceNews at a Glance

  • New catalog features highlighted.  Transition went smoothly but a few glitches have occurred.  Notice alert: reminder notices of items coming due are not yet being sent in our new system, but should start shortly.     
  • Summer Reading kicks off June 2 with programs for babies, children and teens.  T-shirts being sold: child's $5 and adult's $6.  
  • The local Farm Bureau Women's Committee is collecting items for our deployed military at all three branches through June 2.    
  • All three libraries will be closed Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day.




Notice Alert:  Reminder notices of items coming due are not yet being sent in our new system but should start shortly. 

The catalog has many new features and we'll start off exploring My Account.

New Features of My Account: 

Messages:  Staff may post special messages for you.  For example, if you leave your library card at the desk, they can place a message here to let you know it was found.

Change Logon:  You can create a username for logging in rather than using your library card number.  This is also where you can change your password or PIN. 

Contact Information and Preferences:  (When making changes, be sure to click on "Submit Change Request" after making any changes.)  You can 

  • Update your contact information.   
  • Select or change your preference for receiving library notices.  You can now sign up to be notified by text but be aware that you will receive a text for each individual  item.  
  • Sign up to receive e-receipts by email or text.
  • Check the "Maintain reading list" box to keep an ongoing list of items you have checked out.  This list which appears as Reading History  can be stopped and restarted at any time. Once the list is cleared or stopped, that information is permanently deleted.  You can click on the title in the list to go to the full record in the catalog.  Titles may not appear on your list till the next day.

Fines and Fees:  An estimate of fines is now provided.  Online payment continues to be offered.  


Also from My Account you can create and save title lists which you name and manage.  You can access "saved searches" as well.  These will be covered in more detail next issue.  


A few glitches:

Although the transition went smoothly, a few glitches or issues have and are occurring.  Southern Maryland Regional Library (SMRLA) is working to correct them 

  • Reminder notices of items coming due are not yet being sent.  In the meantime, consider signing up for Library Elf which sends out reminder notices. 
  • You can place Marina holds but SMRLA is unable to receive them. Thus, there may be an extra wait for these items.
  • If you have a Marina item on the hold shelf, you can't log in to Marina.  Only you check out the held item, you can resume placing Marina holds.  


Staff are happy to help you with any aspect of  the new catalog.  Just ask.  You can also refer to the Help section of the catalog.   




Friends of the Library Donate $16,000
at Annual Dinnerfol
  Branch managers receiving donations

FOL donated $5,000 to each branch and $1,000 to the WoW Van Service at the Annual Dinner.  Accepting the donation from outgoing President Mary Kukla (far right) were (left to right) WoW Van staff member Tammy Farrell, Leonardtown's Branch Manager Marylee Russell, Lexington Park's Branch Manager Amy Ford, and Charlotte Hall 's Branch Manager Catherine DiCristofaro.  This brings the total FOL donation since 1991 to almost $341,000.  


2014-2015 Officers elected 

Co-Presidents:  Sue Gibbs and Trish Parkinson
Vice President:  Rebecca Vanecko
Secretary:  Lynn Williamson
Treasurer:  Phyllis Krasnokutsky 


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War of 1812 Raiders & Invaders
Finish-the-Story Contest winning ending to be performed raiders


Raiders Invaders log

Storyteller Ming Diaz started a War of 1812-themed story set in St. Mary's County and the story needed an ending.  Kids wrote an ending and entered it in the Finish-the-Story Contest.  The stories were judged and a winner selected.  Ming Diaz will perform that ending at the event on Sat, June 7.  Winners will be announced at the event.  


Check out what else is planned at Raiders & Invaders Weekend

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Kids library card

Summer Funkids 

 Summer Reading  June 2 - Aug 9 

Help your kids maintain their reading skills this summer and discover the joy of reading by signing them up to participate in one of our Summer Reading Programs.  They also earn prizes and can even earn a book.  Register online or at any branch starting June 2.

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. 


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.

 More fun summer programs:

  • Professional Performances on Mondays, June 23-July 28
  • Storytimes begin June 3
  • STEM @ your library:  Fizzy Fun, Tower Takedown & Science of Flight 
  • Minecraft Club  
  • Kids Lab June 24-Aug 7
  • Lights, Lenses and Lighthouses
  • Ukulele Jamborees
  • Kindergarten Here We Come
  • On Your Own Typing
  • Movies
  • More to Explore passport
  • Chess Basics and Fundamentals 






Spark a Reaction  

Summer Reading Program 

Win Kindles, ChromeCast, Kindle fire and more!  It's easy and fun.  Just read or listen to books, attend library programs or submit book reviews and record these on the game card.  Earn weekly prizes and be automatically entered in the grand prize drawing.  Sign up online or at any branch.  

Receive a voucher good for a ticket to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs July 11, 12 or 26 game for participating.

Awesome Summer Programs:

  • Teen Writing Contest
  • STEM @ your library--Coding Academy, Digital Bling , Rocketed Race Cars, & Life-sized Angry Birds
  • Explore a Fire Service Career 

Download the teen summer brochure or check teen page for details 




The Dinner:  Sustainable Farming dinner
Frank & Christine Allen
Christine and Frank Allen of Allen Heirloom Homestead will discuss various aspects of sustainable farming including gardening, composting, raising and butchering free range chickens, making soap, spinning, weaving, and more.  View The Dinner, a documentary featuring the Allens.

          Lexington Park     Thurs, May 29, 6:30 pm



Workshops for Grant Seekersgrant

Introduction to Corporate Giving

Learn to effectively use the Foundation Center's resources.  Discover what motivates corporate giving, how companies support nonprofit organizations, how to match your organization's needs to interests of a corporation and how to locate corporate funders.  Webinar.  Free.  Register. 
          Lexington Park  Tues, June 17, 2-3 pm

Introduction to Grant Seeking & Writing

Learn strategies for applying for grants and gain some hands-on practice in writing a needs statement and an evalutation/sustainability section.  Leave with enough information to begin your grant seeking and writing work.  Presented by staff from the library and from College of Southern Maryland Nonprofit Institute. Free.  Register. 

          Lexington Park     Thurs, June 19, 10 am - 12 pm

Other upcoming classes: 

Proposal Budget Basics  Lexington Park, July 22, 2-3 pm
How to Approach a Foundation   Lexington Park, Aug 19, 2-3 pm

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bookDiiscTalk about a good book

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

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

A Distanct Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
by Barbara Tuchman
The 14th century's two contradictory images, the great crusades, castles and cathedrals and the grain and texture of domestic life, are revealed.
     Lexington Park   Mon, June 9, 6 pm

Nostromo  by Joseph Conrad
This story of revolution, deception, and self-betrayal centers on a handsome Italian sailor who is being consumed by secret guilt and corruption.
     Leonardtown       Thurs, June 19, 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 and Leonardtown in July.


One-on-one instruction:

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


Other classes: 

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

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. 


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

Charlotte Hall      Thurs, June 5, 9 am - 1 pm
Leonardtown        Tues, June 10, 1 - 4 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.



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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