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November 2011 


What's New?

  • Win a NOOK Color or a Kindle! The libraries now have various eReaders for you to try.  Stop by and ask about eBooks or try one to be entered in the drawing on December 17.  Find out more! 
  • Got a Kindle!  You can now download the library's free eBooks! Get started. 
  • The library staff not only wore pink and jeans for a week in October to support breast cancer awareness, but they also donated a record-breaking $1017 to Susan G. Komen's Passionately Pink for the Cure.    
  • All three libraries are collection sites for Toys for Tots again this year.  New toys can be dropped off any time before December 15.  Toys should not be gift wrapped.  All donations will be given to children in St. Mary's County.  
  • Each branch will be collecting non-perishable food during November for Southern Maryland Food Bank as part of Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week.   
  • The Library's infamous Book Cart Drill Team and Book Guard will once again be in the Veterans' Day Parade in Leonardtown.  Be sure to cheer us on! 
  • Lexington Park is offering two Grant Webinars on November 30 for nonprofits.  More details 
  • The teen art contest drew 49 entries from 31 teen artists.  Winners. 
  • 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.  Artists interested in displaying artwork at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693. 
  • Library closings in November:  Veterans' Day November 11; Thanksgiving -- closing at 5 PM Wed, November 23, and Thanksgiving Day, November 24.  Remember our Internet branch, will be open.   
  • Follow us on Facebook!  We did it!  We hit the 1,000 fans mark on October 19!    



Friends of the Library logoMini Book Sale

Sunday, November 6

11 AM - 3 PM

Leonardtown Library


Lots of gently used books and items that will make great holiday gifts.  Unbelievable prices.   

Rain date: Sun, November 13




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.

eReaders are here!

Stop by any branch and try out one of our new eReaders made available through a grant provided by the Maryland Division of Library Development and Services.  All three branches have 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.  Check out an eReader to use inside the library and see how easy it is to download titles from the library's eBook collection or let staff demonstrate how to use one.  


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.

Mon, November 21, 5:30-7:30 PM, Leonardtown

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




Storytelling at its Best! Janice Curtis Greene Returns! Janice Curtis Greene


We invite you to take time out from your hectic holiday schedule to enjoy holiday and Kwanzaa stories told by professional storyteller Janice Curtis Greene, known as Janice the Griot.  She was our 2011 Black History Month performer.   


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.


Sat, December 3, 1:30 PM

Lexington Park  




grantwebinarsGrant Webinars offered for nonprofits

Learn to create more effective proposals 

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Wed, November 30, Lexington Park  
Two webinars offered back to back. 
Register for one or both.  Welcome to bring lunch.

Proposal Writing Basics:  45 minutes - 12-12:45 PM

Get an overview of the proposal writing process and learn the basics of what to include.


Proposal Budgeting Basics: 1 hour - 1-2 PM

Learn how to prepare and present a budget for proposal.  Geared for the novice grantseeker.  Find out:

  • What kinds of expenses are covered under "personnel"
  • What level of detail is needed to include for non-personnel expenses
  • What types of expenses can be included in "overhead" category
  • What the relationship is between budget for the project and your overall budget.    



Fabulous Fall Fun     

  Storytimes   Complete fall schedule


Charlotte Hall adds another storytime

Preschool storytimes on Wednesdays are now at 9:45 and at 10:15.

Spanish Storytime

Enjoy a storytime in both Spanish and English.   

Charlotte Hall, Mon, November 14, 10:00 AM


Fall Crafternoon

Drop in and make a fall craft.  Supplies provided.  Ages 4-12.

    Leonardtown,Wed, November 23, 1-4 PM


National Gaming Day Family Fun

Enjoy an afternoon of playing Wii and board games.  Everyone welcome.  Snacks provided.  

    All three branches, Tues, November 1, 2-4 PM   




ArtContestExpress Yourself Teen Art Contest


The Teen Art contest drew 49 entries by 31 teen artists.  The winners' artwork will be on display at their respective branches till November 23.  All other artwork will be on display till November 7.   



  • Charlotte Hall - Kelly McGown
  • Leonardtown - Andrea Woodland
  • Lexington Park - Adrianna Kamosa
  • Viewer's Choice - Jordan "J.R." Riggin



Save money with coupons.  Learn how!

Kimberly Pepper-Hoctor will explain the basics of couponing and how to save using them.  This 30-year coupon veteran has been featured in The Washington Post, The Enterprise and The County Times.

Mon, November 7, 6:30 PM, Lexington Park    



Shop for Groceries--Earn Money for the Library

Support the library by designating the Library as your nonprofit in the McKay's Community Rewards Program.  Register online, at any McKay's store, or at your library.  Last year we received $2,320. Thank you for your support. Register here.




Talk about a good book! 


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

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Sacred Hearts

by Sarah Dunant


   Mon, November 7, 7 PM
   Charlotte Hall

The Egyptian 

by Mika Waltari    

     Monday, November 14, 6 PM  

     Lexington Park     


City of Thieves 

by David Benioff  

   Thurs, November 17, 7 PM





Computer Classes

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

One-on-one instruction

is available at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown.  Call the library for an appointment. 

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Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Introduction to Word

      November 15, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park  

Introduction to Excel

      November 17, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall  &

     December 8, 5:30-7:30 PM, Lexington Park 

eBooks Workshop

      November 21, 5:30-730 PM, Leonardtown &

     December 16, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall 


  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   



Calling all poets!  Poetry Open Mic

Poets and fans of any age,

Bring a poem and take the stage.

Share a favorite or one you have written,

Or grab a friend and have a listen!
        Tues, November 29, 6:30 PM,Leonardtown



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  



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.


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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!  



More programs   

"Money Smart"--educational sessions by four panels emphasizing real estate/mortgages, personal banking, taxes/insurance and financial planning.
More information.

Nov. 12, 9 PM,  CSM LaPlata Campus


Quick Links

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




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