St. Mary's County Library

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September 2011 


What's New?

  • September is Library Card Sign-up MonthMore 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.  
  • Your staff is in demand around the state and across the country.  Find out who!
  • Just a reminder you can now renew your library card online using this form.  Be sure to check the renewal box on the application.   
  • Join 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.
  • Check out Flickr to see photos taken at our summer programs.     
  • Follow us on Facebook!  Less than 60 fans until we hit 1,000!   



OneMarylandOneBookEntire state reading Sherman Alexie's book,

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianPart-Time Indian book cover


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 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 




Fabulous Fall Fun  


 Storytimes resume the week of September 12. Complete fall schedule.


Wacky Weathertornado

Learn about weather by creating tornadoes, rainbows and more.  Two sessions are offered at each branch.  Kids ages 7-12 can register for either session.

All three branches, Fri, Sept. 23, 10:30 AM or 2:00 PM


Fall Crafternoon

Kids ages 4-12 can drop in and make an All About Me craft. Supplies provided.  

Charlotte Hall & Lexington Park, Tues, Sept. 27, 1-4 PM 


student with backpackHomeschoolers' Workshop

Students and parents, learn about the resources and services your library offers. 

Lexington Park, Fri, Sept 16, 2:00 PM

Charlotte  Hall, Mon, Sept. 26, 10:00 AM

Leonardtown, Tues, Sept. 27, 2:00 PM  



Totally TeensGroup of teens

Express Yourself Teen Art Contest
Teens, pull 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. 


Prize:  Art Supplies.  One winner per branch will be announced at the Express Yourself Gallery Showcase on Monday, Oct. 24, at Lexington Park. 


Origami and Crime solving  

Join other teens in these fun activities.  Snacks provided.



Learn 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.   


Book Cover 

The Year of the Flood  

by Margaret Atwood  

     Monday, September 12, 7 PM  

     Charlotte Hall    




Book cover of White Tiger 

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 Email
will be 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.

computer graphic 

Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

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

eBooks Workshop, Oct. 12, 5:30-730 PM, Lexington Park 

Introduction to PowerPoint, Oct 17, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

Introduction to Publisher, Oct. 24, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown


  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.  



Genealogy student finds grandmother

Karen Jordan at the computer

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 country  


St. Mary's 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.


photos of children's librarians

L-r top row:  Jill Hutchison, Melissa Racine, Amanda Ellington. Bottom row: Catherine DiCristofaro, Janis Cooker, Tess Goldwasser

Children's librarian Amanda 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 and Janis 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.


Amy FordOur 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.  


Director Kathleen ReifOur 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 help

Got homework?  Need help?  Use HelpNow!  

  • Real, live tutors available 2-11 PM daily in both English & Spanish
  • All core subjects (grades 3-12 including AP): math, science, social studies, language arts
  • Foreign language labs
  • Writing labs
  • Skill-building
  • No session limits
  • Library card required.   

Adult help also available including resume assistance and Microsoft training.


HelpNow button

Online Information Resources available 24/7 

Collections 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 resources!  

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, Lexington Park

Designed for 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  

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




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