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                February  2011


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What's New?

  • 2010 was our busiest year to date! We are now #4 in the state in the number of items checked out per resident.  To view more 2010 highlights and our annual report, click here.
  • Lexington Park TAG (Teen Advisory Group) members collected more than 50 hats, scarves and mittens and donated them to Walden Sierra.
  • Each branch has a "Picket Fence" on display as part of the Facing Fences exhibit at Boyden Gallery at St. Mary's College.  The pickets were decorated by area school children. 
  • The libraries will be closed February 21 for  Presidents' Day.  Our internet branch will be open.
  • Want to learn a new language?  Mango Languages, one of our free online resources, recently added more languages for a total of 70 different ones plus 15 ESL (English as a Second Language) courses.  Click here to access. 
  • Stop by any branch and try out a NOOKcolor eReader if you haven't done so yet.  See how easy it is to download titles from the library's eBook collection.
  • Teen video contest is underway.  See details below.


Storytelling at its best!
Folktales, Original Stories, Rap
Janice Curtis Greene

Sunday, February 13, 2 PM, Lexington Park

Our Black History Month Celebration features
Professional Storyteller Janice Curtis Greene.  She will mesmerize you with her lively performance of folktales, original stories and rap with historical facts and life lessons woven in.

Ms Greene is an accomplished storyteller performing for more than 20 years throughout the US and as far away as Zambia, S. Africa.

Free.  Light refreshments will be served.  Co-sponsors:  UCAC (Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions) and NAACP.


Grant Proposal Writing & Budgeting Basics Workshop


     Wed, Feb. 23, 1-3 PM

     Lexington Park Library


Presented by: Caroline Herbert, Manager of Multimedia and On-Demand Training, Foundation Center, Washington D.C.


Topics covered:  Gathering information to prepare proposal; tips for writing & structure; communicating with funder after the decision; and review of the essentials for budget preparation and presentation (personnel section; incorporating overhead costs & budget narrative).

Free.  Register.


BAE Systems donate $1,000 & more 
  Donation photo

 Besides monetary donations, BAE Systems has provided the library with laptops and Wi-Fi  in the past and continues to donate graphic design services.


Thank you, Friends of the Library, for the $4,500 doantion. Each branch received $1,500. 

    Branch Managers receiving donation



Annual Book Sale

March 18-20 at County Fairgrounds.
Become a member and shop from 1-8 on Friday.


Join Friends today! 

Click here for membership form.



Paying for College--Rescheduleddollar sign

     Thursday, February 24, 7:00 PM

     Leonardtown Library

Presented by:
Dr. Caroline Bright, St. Mary's College Financial Aid Director and Robin Willis, Great Mills High School Career Counselor

Topics include: Options available to finance college; FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid); and local scholarships.


LEGOChildren's Programs

Family Game Fun

     Thursday, Feb. 24, 4-6 PM, Leonardtown Library

LEGO Fun--Enjoy a storytime while building LEGO creations. 
     Thursday, Feb. 24, Lexington Park
     3-4:30 PM, recommended for ages 3-6
Chapter Chats for ages 8-11.  Discuss Tom Angleberger's book, "The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda".  Please register.
     Tuesday, Feb. 22, 6-6:45 PM, Lexington Park

Upcoming Programs:

Children's author Christina Allen will read from her book,
"Microchip on My Shoulder," during evening storytime.

    March 2, 6 PM, Lexington Park

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration--Register
    March 5, 10 AM, Charlotte Hall
    March 5, 2 PM, Lexington Park
    March 19, 2:30 PM, Leonardtown

Win circus tickets

    Kids pick up a reading log, read 3 books and turn in their reading logs before March 18 to earn a chance to win 4 tickets to Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus on April 1 in Baltimore. All participants receive 1/2 price voucher.



teens Teens! No camera?  No problem.  Learn to make camera-less videos!

TAG (Teen Advisory Group) Meetings
     Tuesday, Feb. 8, 5:30-7 PM, Lexington Park
     Thursday, Feb. 10, 5-6 PM, Charlotte Hall
     Thursday, Feb. 10, 6-7 PM, Leonardtown

Video Contest Underway!

Grand Prize:  A digital camera

Create a 3 minute or less book trailer or video featuring "the awesomeness of reading."  Post it to YouTube tagging it "STMALIB TTW Video Contest 2011."  After posting it, submit the entry form


Entry Deadline is March 9

Winners announced at Video Showcase, March 12, 2 PM, Lexington Park 



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

Upcoming Classes: 
Resume Basics in Word 2007, Feb. 8, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park
Introduction to Word, Feb. 17, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall
Introduction to Online Genealogy, March 8, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park

Click here for complete class schedule and to register.



Join us to discuss these books

The Color of Water:  A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

     Monday, February 7, 7 PM, Charlotte Hall

American Gothic:  The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family--Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth by Gene Smith
     Monday, February 14, 6 PM, Lexington Park

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
     Thursday, February 17, 7 PM, Leonardtown


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