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               April  2011


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  • April is National Library Month and National Poetry MonthTwo special programs are planned--Digging into St. Mary's City's Past on April 13 and Poetry Open Mic on April 6.  Enjoy a visit to your library!
  • Effective May 2, holds not picked up, extended, or cancelled before the hold period expires will be returned and a $.50 fine will be charged per item returned.  Why this fine?  Click here for reasons.
  • The Relationship Tile Project is on display at Lexington Park Library's Art Gallery through May 15. An opening reception will be held on April 13, 5-8 PM. The mosaics were created in workshops held at Walden Sierra in Spring 2010 and depict relationships known to the contributor.  
  • The plant clinics conducted by the Master Gardeners begin on April 19 at Lexington Park (1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 11 AM-1 PM); April 26 at Leonardtown (2nd 7 4th Tuesdays, 11 AM-1 PM) and May 7 at Charlotte Hall (1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10 AM-noon).  Stop by and get your gardening questions answered. 
  •  We have 794  Facebook fans.  Will you be number 800?    
  • Need help downloading eBooks?  Stop by any branch and let us demonstrate how on the library's NOOKcolor...or attend the eBooks Workshop at Leonardtown on May 16.     
  • The libraries will be closed on Friday, April 22, for Good Friday and on Sunday, April 24, for Easter.  The branches will be closed on the following Friday mornings for staff training: 

Leonardtown, Fri, April 15, 9-1  

Lexington Park, Fri, April 29, 9-1

Charlotte Hall, Fri, May 20, 9-1  


Friends of the Library Book Sale 

nets $26,000+Friends of the Library logo 


Thank you to the members of Friends and to the many volunteers who helped make this year's book sale the best ever.  Thank you to the community for shopping. 
Since 1991, the Friends have raised more than $175,000 for the libraries.


Digging Into St. Mary's City's Paststudents digging 

Ruth Mitchell, Senior Staff Archaeologist at Historic St. Mary's City, will discuss her work on St. John's Site Museum and her current project at Anne Arundel Hall in St. Mary's City.   

 Wed, April 13, 7 PM

Leonardtown Library




Calling all poets Poetry Open Mic

Celebrate National Poetry Month by sharing a favorite poem or an original one... or just come and listen. Local poet Wendy Kibler will be the opening reader.    

Wed, April 6, 6 PM  




Commissioners Proclaimed April National Library Month

     Receiving proclamation at BOCC meeting 

The Library Board, Director Kathleen Reif, and the Branch Managers were present for the Proclamation.  Look for the proclamation posted at each branch.


Commissioner Jones speaks at Archaeology Open Reception 


     Lynn Newkirk, Cindy Jones, Kathleen Reif 

County Commissioner Cindy Jones (center) with Library Board member Lynn Newkirk and Director Kathleen Reif was one of the speakers at the Opening Reception for the Archaeology Exhibit currently at the Lexington Park Library.   


Spring Break Fun
Children's Programs

   Splashdown Science sign

Splashdown Science--Register.

    Charlotte Hall, April 18, 10 AM or 2 PM
    Lexington Park, April 19, 1 PM or 3 PM
    Leonardtown,April 21, 10 AM or 2 PM


Leonardtown, April 19, 1-4 PM

Charlotte Hall, April 20, 1-4 PM

Lexington Park, April 21, 1-4 PM   


Family Game Fun
     Lexington Park, Wed, April 20, 2-4 PM
Chapter Chats for ages 8-11.  Discuss Kathryn Lasky's book, The Capture.  Please register.
     Tuesday, April 26, 6-6:45 PM, Lexington Park

Book Character Bonanza --Register.

Leonardtown, April 30, 2:30- 3:30 PM   Eric Carle 

Charlotte Hall, May 2, 10-11 AM    Kevin Henkes 

Lexington Park, May 3, 10-11 AM   Mo Willems 





TAG (Teen Advisory Group) Meetings

     Tuesday, April 12, 5:30-7 PM, Lexington Park

    Thursday, April 14, 5-6 PM, Charlotte Hall

    Thursday, Mar. 14, 6-7 PM, Leonardtown


Teen Tech Week Video Contest Winners


Teen Video winners & participants

LIBRARY's CHOICE:  Reading is Important by Zach Stauffer 

VIEWER's CHOICE:  Thirteen by Sage Burch


Other entries:

 City of Bones by Sage Burch

 Reading is Good for Your Insides by Janos Barrett

 There is a Woket in My Pocket by Mariah Hancock

 Trickster's Choice by Emmeline Jones

Why is Reading Awesome? by Emmeline Jones  



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

Upcoming Classes: 
Introduction to PowerPoint, April 11, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown
Introduction to ValueLine Online, April 19, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
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

Click here for complete class schedule and to register.



Join us to discuss these books   
Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisa by R. A. Scotti
     Monday, April 11, 6 PM, Lexington Park

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
     Thursday, April 28, 7 PM, Leonardtown

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
     Monday, May 2, 7 PM, Charlotte Hall


Looking Ahead

  • Fins & Claws with Capt. Jack Russell, Mon, May 23, 7 PM, Lexington Park 
  • Summer Volunteer Training--check dates here 
  • Robot Invasion, Sat, May 28, 1-4 PM, Lexington Park



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