My Place to Learn, Discover, Relax!
- 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.
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.
Friends of the Library raised $2936 at the November Mini Book Sale.
Thank you for your support!
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
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.
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
- Library closings in December: Staff
Development and Volunteer Day, December 2; Christmas,
December 23-26; and Monday, January 2. Remember our Internet
branch, www.stmalib.org will be open.
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
Sat, December 3, 1:30 PM
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.
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.
of her recently released book, Thema
and the Wonderful Black Gourd, follows with copies
available for purchase. It would make a perfect holiday gift.
NOOK Color or Kindle
Ask 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
Libraries have new Kindle Fire and other
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
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
fun for children
Fall storytimes will end December 15.
Winter/Spring storytimes will resume January 9. Click here for
the spring brochure.
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
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
Mon, Dec. 19, 2 PM, Winnie the Poo
Tues, Dec. 20, 2 PM, Winnie
Park Thurs, Dec. 22, 6 PM, The Muppet Christmas Carol
Talk about a
Join us for
any of these book discussions. Books available at hosting
Comfort and Joy
by Kristin Hannah
Mon, December 5, 7 PM
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human
Monday, December 12, 6 PM
Thurs, December 15, 7 PM
Basic classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and
offered at Lexington Park in January.
is available at Charlotte Hall
and Leonardtown. Call the library for an appointment.
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
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
Cemeteries in Maryland:
A Discussion on Preservation in our Community and the
Value of Cemeteries in Understanding our History
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
- 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
Tues, Dec. 6, 7 PM,
The Library Book Cart Drill Team and Book Guard dazzled
the crowd in the Leonardtown Veterans' Day Parade.
(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
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 http://www.stmalib.org/kids/internet-on-ramp/.
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 http://www.legalmatch.com/government-agency-pages-kids.html
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 :)
We did add the suggested link to our list.
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