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               May 2011


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  • Several special programs are being offered this month:  Fins & Claws, Robot Invasion, Book Character Bonanza and eBooks Workshop.  Details below.    
  • "Faces of Shanghai" by Gary Howard will be on display in Lexington Park Library Art Gallery May 16  through June 30.  His opening reception will be held Wednesday, May 18, from 5-8 PM.   
  • Plant clinics conducted by the Master Gardeners have resumed at Lexington Park on 1st/3rd Tuesdays, 11 AM-1 PM; at Leonardtown on 2nd/4th Tuesdays, 11 AM-1 PM; and at Charlotte Hall on 1st/3rd Saturdays, 10 AM-noon.  Stop by and get your gardening questions answered.   
  •  Join us on Facebook.  We have 834 fans.
  •  All three libraries will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.  Charlotte Hall only will be closed Friday morning, May 20, from 9-1, for staff training.

Fins & Claws

Jack Russell with kids kissing fish 


Learn about our local fish 'n crabs from Captain Jack Russell at this entertaining program complete with "live show and tell."   


Mon, May 23, 7 PM Lexington Park  




Robot Invasionrobot


Watch demonstrations of amazing robots by local robotic teams plus a scrimmage match!  See "Crusader," the world-champion robot, shoot wiffleballs.  Try driving a

robot yourself.


Sat, May 28, 1-4 PM

Lexington Park



E-Books Workshop


Are you e-ready?  Want to know more about  eBooks, what the library offers, how to download our free downloadable books?  Register for this free workshop.  Bring your laptop and/or reading device if you have them.

Mon, May 16, 5:30-7:30 PM



Friends of the Library donate thousands of hours this past year


FOL volunteers have given a total of 2,488 hours (April 1, 2010 - March 31, 2011.  That is equivalent to 62+ forty-hour work weeks.  Based on 2009 Independent Sector's monetary value for an hour of volunteer work in Maryland ($20.85/hr), these volunteer hours would equal $50,387. The Friends raised $26,000 in March at their annual Book Sale.  WOW!  Thanks, Friends!! 


Friends Board Members

Friends of the Library Board members shown above include (back row left to right) Trish Parkinson, Lillie Himmelheber, Connie Stoker, President Louise Snell and Annette Madel.  Seated from left to right are Sara Fisher, Vice President Joe Mattingly and Joan Marsh.   Not pictured:  Secretary Sue Gibbs, Treasurer Phyllis Krasnokutsky and John Madel.


Friends Annual Dinner

May 9, 6 PM,  Cafe des Artistes in Leonardtown


Guest speaker David Roberts will discuss the history of Friends.  Dinner is $35 per person.  Reservations are due by May 4.  Call 301-769-4633.


Horse visits Leonardtown Library

     Presentation of books 

It's not everyday a horse comes to the library.  Michalea, a Nowegian Fjord horse, and members of St. Mary's Riding Club Kathy Glockner (left) and Jackie White (right) presented Lois Coryell, Reference Librarian at Leonardtown, with a collection of horse related  books donated by the Riding Club. 


Children's Programs 


SUMMER FUN begins June 6

Summer brochures available at the libraries and online.  

 girl on globe

Join us for summer fun....

Read-to-Me & One World, Many Stories Reading Programs begin June 6

Storytimes for babies and toddlers

Professional Performances begin June 27 

Crafternoons for ages 4 - 12

Free Family Movies


Story of St. Clement's Island



Summer t-shirts go on sale May 16.  $5 for children's and $6 for adults.  Get one while supplies last.






TAG (Teen Advisory Group) Meetings

     Tuesday, May 10, 5:30-7 PM, Lexington Park

    Thursday, May 12, 5-6 PM, Charlotte Hall

    Thursday, May12, 6-7 PM, Leonardtown


Summer Volunteers Needed

Entering 6th grade this fall?  Be a summer reading volunteer. Help with registration, craft programs, and more.  Applications due by May 22.  You must attend a training session.

Charlotte Hall: May 31, 5-6 PM or June 1, 5-6 PM

Leonardtown:  May 19,6-7 PM or May 26, 6-7 PM

Lexington Park: May 24, 5:30-7 PM or June 1, 5:30-7 PM  


Summer Fun starts June 6 ...

  • You are Here Reading Program starts on June 6 
  • "The Keeper's Daughter" Alternate Reality Games & Party
  • Google Plex!
  • Minute to Win It!




Free Computer Classes
Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet and Email.

Upcoming Classes: 
Introduction to Excel, May  9, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
Introduction to Publisher, May 12, 2-4 PM, Lexington Park
eBooks Workshop, May 16, 5:30-7:30 PM, Leonardtown

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

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

Click here for complete class schedule and to register. 



Join us for these book discussions


March by Geraldine Brooks

     Monday, May 9, 6 PM, Lexington Park

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel barbery

     Thursday, May 12, 7 PM, Leonardtown


Cutting for Stone by Abraham Vergehese

     Monday, June 6, 7 PM, Charlotte Hall


Jim Downs wins Medals

Jim Downs displaying his medalsJim Downs who shelves books at Leonardtown and Lexington Park stopped by the library wearing his medals he earned at Special Olympics games. 


Gold in 100-meter Dash

Silver in Shot Put

Silver in Running Long Jump


He heads to Towson University for state competition.  Good luck and congratulations, Jim!


Looking Ahead

  • Aviation Centennial Program presented by Commander David Kindley, June 15, 7 PM, Leonardtown  
  • Under Our Skin: Lyme Disease, June 2 at Hall; June 7 at Leonardtown; June 13 at Lexington Park.  All start at 6:30 PM.   
  • Exploring Native Ways, June 16, 2-4 PM, Lexington Park



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