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December 2011 


What's New?

  • Your Library Board and staff send their warmest wishes for a happy and safe season filled with good books, movies and music from your Library.
  • eReader updates: 

         The libraries now have the new Kindle Fire.  Stop by and try it as well as the other eReaders owned by the library--NOOK Color, Kindle, iPad, Kobo, and Pandigital Reader.

         Win an eReader! Everyone inquiring about eReaders will be entered in a drawing for a NOOK Color (one per branch) and a Kindle (one county-wide) to be given away on December 17.    Find out more!

         If you are thinking of a giving an eReader as a holiday gift, stop by and try our eReaders or attend the eBooks Workshop at Charlotte Hall on December 16, 2-4 PM.  Register. 

  • The Friends of the Library raised $2936 at the November Mini Book Sale.  Thank you for your support! 
  • Donations for Toys for Tots will be accepted until December 15.  Drop off new toys (but do not gift wrap) at any branch.  Lexington Park is accepting donations of new or gently used hats, scarves, and gloves for their Tree of Warmth until January 9.  These donations will be given to community organizations for distribution. 
  • Give a book this holiday.  Need suggestions?  Ask library staff or check out this publication: BookPage Holiday Catalog.  Don't forget we have book bags, kids backpacks and even cookbooks that make super gifts.  Our cookbook, 300 Years of Cooking in St. Mary's County, contains two stuffed ham recipes plus the history of this local dish. 
  • Photography by Allen Price is on display in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery until December 15.  His photography ranges from wildlife to waterfalls to gardens.  Candy Cummings will display her "Collections" from December 15 through February 28.  Her artwork with the exception of her paintings consist of found objects and/or de-constructed materials.  Artists interested in displaying artwork at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693. 
  • Library closings in December: Staff Development and Volunteer Day, December 2; Christmas,  December 23-26; and Monday, January 2. Remember our Internet branch, will be open.   
  • Take a minute to enjoy this delightful rendition of Pete the Cat: Rocking in My Shoes" by children's librarian Amanda Ellington posted on our Kid's Book Blog.  This blog contains picture book summaries by our staff.  



Storytelling at its Best! Janice Curtis Greene Returns! 

Janice Curtis Greene 


Sat, December 3, 1:30 PM

Lexington Park  


We invite you to take time from your hectic holiday schedule to enjoy holiday and Kwanzaa stories told by professional storyteller Janice Curtis Greene.  This family program is free.


Janice the Griot, as she is known, presented our 2011 Black History Month program.   She has performed across the country and as far away as Zambia and Egypt. 


Book signing of her recently released book, Thema and the Wonderful Black Gourd, follows with copies available for purchase. It would make a perfect holiday gift.  




eReaderWin a NOOK Color or Kindle 

NookcolorAsk staff about downloadable eBooks, try out one of our new eReaders, or attend an eBooks Workshop and you will be entered in a drawing for a NOOK Color or Kindle to be given away on December 17. Each branch will give away a NOOK Color and one winner will be drawn from all the entries to receive a Kindle.  These eReaders were donated by Southern Maryland Regional Library Association.

Libraries have new Kindle Fire and other eReaders 

Each library now has the new Kindle Fire as well as the NOOK Color, iPad, and Kindle.  Lexington Park and Charlotte Hall also have the NOOK Touch and Charlotte Hall has the Kobo Reader and the Pandigital Novel.  Stop by any branch and try using them.  They can be checked out to use inside the library or staff will demonstrate how to use them and download from the library's eBook collection.   


Explore eBooks at workshops

eBooks! eReaders!  Want to learn more about these?  Register for the eBook Workshop and get an overview of eBooks and eReader technology and how to download the library's free downloadable books. Staff will demonstrate downloading to the NOOK and other ePub compatible devices, the Kindle, and use of the iPad/iPhone  and Android apps.  Bring your laptop and eReader if you them.

Fri, December 16, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall  



Holiday fun for children     



Fall storytimes will end December 15. 
Winter/Spring storytimes will resume January 9.  Click here for the spring brochure.

Kids' Art Lesson

St. Mary's College student Shannon Rafferty will conduct an art lesson for children of all ages.  Free.  All supplies provided.

      Leonardtown, Thurs, Dec. 1, 6:30 PM   (Replaces the LEGO program)


Holiday Surprise 

Children of all ages will enjoy holiday stories, crafts and fun.  Register. 

    Charlotte Hall, Tues, December 13, 6 PM

      Lexington Park, Thurs, December 15, 6 PM

      Leonardtown, Thurs, December 22, 6 PM

Free Family Movies 

Charlotte Hall    Mon, Dec. 19, 2 PM,  Winnie the Poo

Leonardtown      Tues, Dec. 20, 2 PM, Winnie the Poo

Lexington Park   Thurs, Dec. 22, 6 PM, The Muppet Christmas Carol 




Talk about a good book! 


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

Book covers     

Comfort and Joy 

by Kristin Hannah
   Mon, December 5, 7 PM
   Charlotte Hall

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies 

by Jared Diamond    

     Monday, December 12, 6 PM  

     Lexington Park     


Watership Down  

by Richard Adams   

   Thurs, December 15, 7 PM




Computer Classes

Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email
will be offered at Lexington Park in January.  

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 Word

      January 10, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall   

Introduction to Digital Photography 

      January 9, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown   

     January 19, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall   

eBooks Workshop

      December 16, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall

     January 13, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall 

     January 30, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown  

Introduction to PowerPoint

     January 25, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park 


  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   



Cemeteries in Maryland:  

A Discussion on Preservation in our Community and the Value of Cemeteries in Understanding our History 

This discussion of the archaeology and preservation of burials and cemeteries in Maryland, including St. Mary's County, is sponsored by St. Mary's County Historic  Preservation Commission.  Discoveries from an unusual private family cemetery on Easter Shore will be shared.  Interesting stone styles and restoration efforts by a local specialist will highlight the fragile aspects to our cemeteries.   



  • Scott Lawrence, a restoration professional and President of Grave Concerns
  • Dr. Timothy B. Riordan, Director of Archaeology at Historic St. Mary's City  
  • Ms Ruth M. Mitchell, a Senior Archaeologist in Research Department at Historic St. Mary's City. 

 Tues, Dec. 6, 7 PM, Charlotte Hall  



The Library Book Cart Drill Team and Book Guard dazzled the crowd in the Leonardtown Veterans' Day Parade. 

Veterans' Day Parade participants



California (the state) students use our website

What a thrill it was to receive this email from a teacher in the state of California whose students use our "Internet on Ramp" webpage. 


Hello there,

My name is Arianna and I'm a teacher for some lovely students out in Northern California. I hope I'm not a bother, but I just wanted take the time to send you a quick thank you note on behalf of my class for providing the resources on your page It really has been a great (and safe) reference for many of their assignments/projects, so thank you.


And as a small token of our appreciation, I thought I'd send along another great page that one of my students actually came across. The page is at It has a ton of government agency pages made especially for kids (for science, social studies, environmental studies, etc). They really seemed to enjoy using the pages so I figured I'd pass it along so other students could use it as well.


And if you wouldn't mind adding it to your other resources, I'd love to show my student who went above and beyond to find the site that her work was appreciated. Let me know what you think :)

Arianna Hernandez


Note:  We did add the suggested link to our list.  



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