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               August 2011


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What's New?

  • Summer Reading Programs continue through August 13.     
  • You can now renew your library card online using this form.  Be sure to check the renewal box on the application.   
  • Lexington Park has a new Active Learning Center.  All three libraries have Learning Spots.  (See below.)
  • When purchasing your child's back to school supplies, don't forget the most important school supply--a library card....and this school supply is free!
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is the featured title of this year's statewide community read,  One Maryland One Book.  Watch for displays mid-August. 
  • Visit us at Leonardtown's Beach Party or St. Clement's Island Children's Day, both on Aug. 6.     
  • Local artist Dhyana Mackenzie has her artwork on display at Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through Aug. 15.  From Aug. 16 through Sept. 30, Ursula Sherree Wolfman will have her photography on exhibit.  Her opening reception will be Aug. 25, 5-8 PM.    
  • Check out Flickr to see photos taken at our summer programs.     

Lexington Park has new Active Learning Center

Look for Learning Spots at your branch 


Customers using Active Learning Center 












Our summer Intern, Lindsay Alvey, created a new Active Learning Center for Lexington Park's Children's area.  Children will be able to "set the table" using placemats that have colored pictures of a place setting and matching plates, silverware and cups.  All three branches provide active learning centers for children and adults to explore together and to help children develop early reading skills.   


Using a Learning Spot

Look for the new Learning Spots located around the branches. They can be identified by the picture of a lighthouse with the words, Learning Spot.  These fun activities will provide another opportunity for you to interact with your child and share a learning experience together.  Have fun searching for the activities at the three branches. 




Summer Fun Continues! 


girl on globeSummer Reading Programs end Aug. 13  

Babies through teens can still register and earn prizes by completing fun reading activities.  All participants who complete their game boards earn a book.  More details.   One participant will receive a family packet of 4 tickets to Maryland Science Center in a random drawing.   



Children:  Click on program title for more details.Hippo with bird graphic

  • Professional Performances  "Legend of Sleepy Hallow" on Aug. 8
  • LEGO Travel Fun  Leonardtown, Aug. 5 
  • Archaeology Program   See below.
  • Flat Sneaks.  Take him on an adventure.  
  • One World Many Stories Scavenger Hunt.  Pick up a game sheet and try to find the photos hidden around the library. 


  •  Free Family Movies   
  • Friday Movie Matinee for Grown-ups at Lexington Park 
    • August 5, 1 PM, True Grit 



 Archaeologist Program Poster 



Talk about a good book! 


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


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Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson  

by Peter C. Mancall    

      Monday, August 8, 6 PM

      Lexington Park





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by Paul Auster 

      Thursday, August 18, 7 PM






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The Year of the Flood  

by Margaret Atwood  

     Monday, September 12, 7 PM  

     Charlotte Hall  



Part-Time Indian book coverEntire state reading Sherman Alexie's book,

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is the 2011 selection for One Maryland One Book, Maryland's statewide community read scheduled for September and October. 


True Diary is a semi-autobiographical work of fiction that details the life of Arnold Spirit (a.k.a. Junior), a 14-year-old budding cartoonist living on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington State. With humor and grace, Alexie's book - a 2007 National Book Award winner - tackles poverty, bullying, and family struggle.   


Multiple copies of the book and audiobook are available.  Pick up a copy ...then join us at one of these book discussions:

Sept. 15, 7 PM, Leonardtown

Sept. 21, 7 PM, Lexington Park

Oct. 3, 7 PM, Charlotte Hall 




Free Computer Classes

Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet and Email
 will be offered at Lexington Park during September.  Introduction to Email at Leonardtown.  One-on-one instruction available at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown.  Call the library for an appointment.


Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Introduction to Digital Photo Editing, Aug 11, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park

Introduction to Word, Sept 7, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall   

Introduction to PowerPoint, Sept 15, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall

Back to School Research Basics (Adult), Sept 22, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park  

Introduction to Excel, Sept. 26, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

Click here for complete class schedule and to register.  



Art Gallery showcases artwork of local artists


Are you an artist and wish you had a place to display your artwork with others?  The Lexington Park Library Art Gallery might be that place.  Since it opened in 2005, many amateur, student and even professional artists have displayed theArt Gallery Signir artwork.   


Contact local artist Candice Cummings at 301-863-6693 if interested in displaying your work.  She recruits the artists to display their work and to curate the shows. The exhibits change every 4-6 weeks and a reception is held to recognize each artist.


The Art Gallery has been funded by a generous donation from local businessman Tom Daugherty and the Friends of St. Mary's County Library.      



Marilyn Lash, Publicity Specialist
St. Mary's County Library
301-475-2846 x1007



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