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               June 2011


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What's New?

  • Summer reading programs for babies through teens begin June 6. Register your children and help them maintain their reading skills and discover the joy of reading. 
  • Celebrate Naval Aviation 100th Anniversary with us at "Naval Aviation: Then & Now" presented by Commander David Kindley June 15 at 7 PM at Leonardtown.  Details below.      
  • The libraries now accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, & Discover). $5 minimum charge.
  • Effective July 1, all overdue fines currently 15 cents will increase to 25 cents per day.  Other daily fines will remain the same.    
  • Thank you to the members of First Saints Community Church who spent a Sunday morning weeding the beds at each library. Our libraries look fantastic! 
  • "Faces of Shanghai" by Gary Howard is on display in Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through June 30.
  • Photos taken at library programs are posted on Flickr See anyone you know?   
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Naval Aviation: Then & Now  

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation!  


Naval Aviation 100th Anniversary LogoWed, June 15, 7 PM, Leonardtown Library


Commander David Kindley will take you from the first days of Naval Aviation through the pivotal days of WWII and into modern Naval Aviation as he discusses the history of Naval Aviation, NAS PAX and US Navy Test Pilot School. 


He will also share his personal experiences of more than 20 years as a combat test carrier pilot and test pilot.  A graduate of USNTPS in 1998, Commander Kindley recently returned to NAS PAX following his tour as Squadron Commanding Oficer of a Super Hornet Squadron in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.



Summer Reading Programs begin June 6  

Summer Reading Programs for babies through teens begin June 6. Help your kids maintain their reading skills and discover the fun of reading by having them participate in one of these they earn prizes and even a book.


Hippo with bird graphicRead-to-Me--birth to age 2

Pick up an activity sheet and return after completing 5 activities with your little one to collect a prize for your baby.  Complete the sheet and receive a book. 


 girl on globe


One World, Many Stories--preschoolers to 5th grade  

Complete a circle of fun activities on a game board and receive a prize.  Complete the entire game board and choose a book.


compass  You are here!--grade 6 and up  Cross off a compass on a game card each time you read  or listen to a book for 20 minutes, attend a library program or write and turn in a book review.  Complete a row and choose a prize and be entered in a drawing.  Complete the entire card and earn a book as well as be entered in the grand prize drawings for a digital camera, flip video camera, karaoke machine, Scene IT game, or $25 iTune gift card.

Free tickets for reading participants!

  • Southern Maryland Blue Crabs July 22 fireworks game.  Every child participating in Summer Reading Club receives a free ticket.  It can be upgraded at discounted rates plus additional discounted tickets can be purchased.  Click here for details. 
  • Baltimore Orioles:  120 participants will receive Orioles tickets in a random drawing.
  • One participant selected in a random drawing will receive a family membership to the National Aquarium, B&O Railroad, or Port Discovery.
  • One participant per branch will be will receive a family packet of 4 tickets in a random drawing. 



Summer + Libraries = Fun for Everyone! 

Join us for some summer fun.  Tell a friend or neighbor about our free activities and invite them to come with you.   Click on the name of the program for more information or to register.   






Friends donated $18,000 to the libraries at their Annual Dinner


Branch Managers receiving certificates from Louise Snell

Friends President Louise Snell, 2nd from right, presented branch managers (left to right) Mary Anne Bowman, Terri Tresp and Marylee Russell each with a certificate worth $6,000
from the Friends.

Friends of the Library logo 

2011-2012 Officers


President: Louise Snell

Vice President: Joe Mattingly

Secretary:  Sue Gibbs

Treasurer:  Phyllis Krasnokutsky   



Free Computer Classes
Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet and Email.
      Also one-on-one instruction available.  Call library for an appointment. 


Upcoming Classes: 
Intermediate Excel Part 1, June 6, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

Introduction to Excel 2007, June 21, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park 

Introduction to Online Genealogy, July 12, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park

Click here for complete class schedule and to register. 



Talk about a good book! 


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


Wolf: The Lives of Jack London by James Haley 

      Monday, June 13, 6 PM, Lexington Park

Passage to India by E.M. Forster 

      Thursday, June 16, 7 PM, Leonardtown


Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert 

     Monday, July 11, 7 PM, Charlotte Hall



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