My Place to Learn, Discover,
is Library Card Sign-up Month.
More than 75,000 cardholders enjoy St. Mary's
County Libraries. Tell
someone about the great services you enjoy and
encourage them to get a card. You can also obtain a library card for College of Southern Maryland and/or St. Mary's College at any branch from Sept.
12-24. A photo ID and proof of residence will be required.
staff is in demand around the state and across the country. Find
- Just a reminder you can now
renew your library card online using
Be sure to check the renewal box on the application.
us in the statewide community read, One Maryland One Book, by reading The Absolutely True
Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, and
then discussing it. More details.
- Visit us at the College Fair, Sept. 20, at Hollywood Fire Dept. and the County Fair on
Sept. 23 & 24.
- Local artist Ursula Sherree Wolfman has her photography on exhibit at the Lexington
Park Library Art Gallery through Sept. 30. Her show,
"The Water Gave Me Life," is a collection of digital
photography focusing on water and various elements of nature.
out Flickr to see photos taken at our
us on Facebook! Less than 60 fans
until we hit 1,000!
Entire 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.
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
Multiple copies of the book and audiobook are
available. Pick up a copy ...then join us at one of these book
Sept. 15, 7 PM, Leonardtown
Sept. 21, 7 PM, Lexington Park
Oct. 3, 7 PM, Charlotte Hall
Fabulous Fall Fun
the week of September 12. Complete fall schedule.
Learn about weather
by creating tornadoes, rainbows and more. Two sessions are
offered at each branch. Kids ages 7-12 can register for either
three branches, Fri, Sept. 23, 10:30 AM or 2:00 PM
Kids ages 4-12 can
drop in and make an All About Me craft. Supplies provided.
Hall & Lexington Park, Tues, Sept. 27, 1-4 PM
parents, learn about the resources and services your library offers.
Park, Fri, Sept 16, 2:00 PM
Hall, Mon, Sept. 26, 10:00 AM
Tues, Sept. 27, 2:00 PM
Yourself Teen Art Contest
out your pencils, paints, cameras, whatever... and get to it! Express
yourself and enter the art contest.
Submit entries Sept. 1 - Oct.
15 at any branch. Entries must be flat, no larger
than 8 1/2 x 11 and original. Can be pencil, pen, charcoal,
pastel, water color, oil, photography, computer-generated, collage,
or mixed media.
Supplies. One winner per branch will be
announced at the Express Yourself Gallery Showcase on Monday, Oct.
24, at Lexington Park.
Join other teens in these fun activities. Snacks
various paper-folding techniques.
Leonardtown, Thurs, Sept. 8, 5:30 PM
Crime Solving: Solve a
crime using your detective skills.
Lexington Park, Tues, Sept. 13, 5:30 PM
Talk about a good book!
Join us for any of these book discussions. Books
available at hosting library.
The Year of the Flood
by Margaret Atwood
Monday, September 12, 7 PM
The White Tiger: a novel
by Aravind Adiga
Monday, September 12, 7 PM
Lexington Park Library
Free Computer Classes
Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and
offered at Lexington Park in September and at Charlotte Hall in
October. Introduction to Email will be offered at Leonardtown
in September. One-on-one instruction is available at Charlotte
Hall and Leonardtown. Call the library for an appointment.
Upcoming Classes other than
Introduction to PowerPoint, Sept 15, 2-4 PM,
Back to School Research Basics
(Adult), Sept 22, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
Introduction to Excel, Sept. 26, 2-4 PM,
eBooks Workshop, Oct. 12, 5:30-730
PM, Lexington Park
Introduction to PowerPoint, Oct 17, 2-4 PM,
Introduction to Publisher, Oct. 24, 2-4 PM,
Click here for complete class schedule and to
student finds grandmother
Karen Jordan was moved to
tears when she found her grandmother on 1930 Census.
During a recent genealogy class at Lexington Park,
Librarian Diann Thompson was surprised to see a student crying. When
approached, student Karen Jordan explained that she was so excited
and happy that she had found her grandmother on the 1930 Census.
Karen didn't know her grandmother and to actually "find"
her was a moving experience for her.
"It was very, very touching and makes me happy that
we are offering a service to the community that touches their
lives. I believe we have a new genealogist in the making,"
Librarian Diann Thompson stated.
Staff share their expertise around the state and
County Library staff are recognized across the state and even the country
for their knowledge and expertise. They have been asked to present
programs at various conferences around the state and as far away as
Portland OR and New Orleans.
row: Jill Hutchison, Melissa Racine, Amanda Ellington. Bottom
row: Catherine DiCristofaro, Janis Cooker, Tess Goldwasser
Ellington presented a program on Active Learning
Centers at the American Library Conference in New Orleans and was
asked to present it again at the Public Library Conference in
Philadelphia in March. Children's librarian Jill Hutchison
shared her experience with Wiggle Giggle Storytimes and including
children with special needs in library programs at the Public Library
Conference in Portland, OR.
Catherine DiCristofaro, Tess Goldwasser, Melissa Racine
Cooker as well as Amanda and Jill have conducted
training sessions or presentations at conferences around the state on
topics such as Large Group Storytime Techniques, Using LEGOs and
Incorporating Puppets and Props into Programs.
Our children's librarians aren't the only ones being
asked to share their knowledge. Reference Librarian Amy Ford
conducted a session on research skills for museum professionals in
the spring at Historic St. Mary's City Museum Workshop.
Our Director Kathleen Reif presented a program at the
American Library Conference in New Orleans on the revised Every Child Ready to Read
@ Your Library Toolkit. This parent education
toolkit is the culmination of 3 years of work as a member of a Public
Library Association task force. Click here for more information about the toolkit
or to purchase it.
Back to School Resources
HelpNow! Free online homework
Got homework? Need help? Use HelpNow!
live tutors available 2-11 PM daily in both English &
core subjects (grades 3-12 including AP): math, science, social
studies, language arts
Adult help also available including resume assistance
and Microsoft training.
Online Information Resources available 24/7
of free online information resources perfect for assignments and
homework: encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and other
databases. These resources are NOT considered internet
sources. Includes LearnATest--interactive, online practice exams
for SAT, PSAT, AP, ACT, Reading & Math Skills, and
Middle/High School Improvements. Check out these
College Fair--Tues, Sept, 20,
5-7:30 PM, Hollywood Fire Dept.
Back to School for Adults: Thurs, Sept. 22, 5:30-7:30 PM,
adults returning to school this class will cover the basics of online
research, locating print sources,using the library catalog, the
difference between plagiarism, citing sources and formatting using
Word. To register.
Mark your calendars!
Friends' Fall Book Sale: November 6,
11 AM-3 PM, Leonardtown Library
Lord Baltimore, Rebels, and an
Irish Wench: Unearthing the Past Along the Wicomico: Julie King
of St. Mary's College reports on discoveries made in cornfields
bordering Wicomico. Oct. 4, 7 PM, Lexington Park
Storytelling and Book Signing
with Janice the Griot: Saturday, Dec. 3, 1:30 PM, Lexington Park
Marilyn Lash, Publicity Specialist
St. Mary's County Library