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January 2012 


What's New?

  • Mary Anne Bowman has been promoted to Branch Manager at Lexington Park replacing Terri Tresp who relocated to Virginia Beach.   
  • Congratulations to our eReader winners:  More details. 
    • Kindle-Christina Henderson 
    • NOOK Color at Charlotte Hall-June Stanley 
    • NOOK Color at Leonardtown-Julie Vass 
    • NOOK Color at Lexington Park-Dorothy Lee   
  • In response to the holiday demand for eBooks, a set of always-available Disney eBooks have been added.  TumbleBooks, an online collection of animated, talking picturebooks for kids, now has iPad compatible titles.    
  • The children's spring flyer which lists the programs scheduled through May is now available online or at any branch.  Kids, ages 8-14, won't want to miss the Kids' Karaoke Fun on January 12 at Charlotte Hall.  Lexington Park's will be February 2 and Leonardtown's in April. 
  • Charlotte Hall introduces Books, Coffee and Conversation on Jan. 26.  Adults can share books that they have read and enjoy coffee and conversation with other adults. The program will also be offered at the other two branches.      
  • Christina Allen will be the featured speaker at the Friends of the Library Annual Brunch on January 21.  More details.  
  • The Library staff donated $7,462.60 to United Way, demonstrating an amazing commitment to our community by our limited number of staff.
  • The response to Toys for Tots and the Southern Maryland Food Bank was exceptional.  More than 10 collection boxes of toys and  425 pounds of food were donated. 
  • Donations of new or gently used hats, scarves, and gloves are being accepted for Lexington Park Library's Tree of Warmth until January 9.  These donations will be given to community organizations for distribution. 
  • Tax forms:  The federal and state governments will not be mailing tax packets and forms this year.  The libraries received federal forms but Maryland no longer provides libraries with the forms and booklets.  The libraries have created a binder of basic Maryland tax forms and instructions.  Please ask for assistance at the Information Desk. 
  • Candy Cummings has her "Collections" on display in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery until January 31.  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. 
  • The libraries will be closed January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Our Internet branch, will be open.   



eReaderCongratulations to our NOOK and Kindle Winners!   

Kindle-Christina Henderson  

NOOK Color at Charlotte Hall-June Stanley 

NOOK Color at Lexington Park-Dorothy Lee  

NOOK Color at Leonardtown-Julie Vass 


Winners of eReaders 

Demand for eBooks has sky-rocketed 

Disney Digital Books addede  

The eReaders were a hot item this past holiday season creating a high demand for our collection of eBooks.  At the end of December 2010, approximately 300 eBooks were being checked out.  At the end of December 2011, the total climbed to more than 1200.  Thank you for your patience as we add titles to meet the demand. 


In response to the high demand, nearly 700 new and classic Disney books that are always available have been added to the library's eBook collection.  


Explore eBooks at workshops

eBooks! eReaders!  Want to learn more about these?  Register for the eBook Workshop to get an overview of eBooks and eReader technology and to learn 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, January 13,  2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall

Mon, January 30, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown   



Fun for children     

   Click here for the current program brochure.



Storytimes resume January 9 at each branch. 

Stories and More will start January 27. These storytimes are conducted by St. Mary's College students on Friday mornings at Lexington Park only.

Kids' Karaoke  

Kids, ages 8-14, can come and enjoy karaoke fun.  No registration required. 

      Charlotte Hall, Thurs, January 12, 6:30 PM    

      Lexington Park, Thurs, February 2, 2:00 PM  




Talk about a good book! 


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

Book covers     

Oryx and Crake 

by Margaret Atwood 

     Mon, January 9, 6 PM  

     Lexington Park     


The Infinities    

by John Banville    

   Thurs, January 19, 7 PM



A Visit from the Goon Squad  

by Jennifer Egan
     Mon, February 6, 7 PM
     Charlotte Hall

Click here for List of 2012 Book Discussion Titles




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 Photo Editing 

      January 9, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown   

     January 19, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall   

eBooks Workshop

      January 13, 2-4 PM, Charlotte Hall 

     January 30, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

     February 21, 5:30-730 PM, Lexington Park   

Introduction to PowerPoint 2010 

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

Introduction to Excel 2010 

     February 6, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

Intermediate to Excel 2010

     February 27, 2-4 PM, Leonardtown

Introduction to Word--Parent/Child Class

     February 23, 6-7:30 PM, Lexington Park


  Click here for complete class schedule and to register.   



Paying for College 

Presented by Dr. Caroline Bright, Financial Aid Director at St. Mary's College, and Chopticon High School Career Counselor Chris White.   


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

 Wed, January 11, 7 PM, Charlotte Hall    



Save with Coupons.  Learn the basics.

Presented by Kimberly Pepper-Hoctor, a 30-year coupon user.  Free.  Register.  

          Tues, January 24, 6:30 PM, Charlotte Hall  


NEW!!   Books, Coffee & Conversation 

Share a book you have read and find out what others are reading while enjoying light refreshments and conversation.   

Thurs, January 26, 10:30 a.m.  Charlotte Hall



FriendsofLibraryFriends Annual Brunch      Friends of the Library logo

 Saturday, January 21, 11 AM

       St. George's Episcopal Parish Hall in Valley Lee

Guest speaker:  Local author Christina Allen will talk about heritage turkeys and her recently published children's book, A Micro-chip on My Shoulder: A True Story of a Little Poult.

Buffet brunch $15 per person.  Reservations due by January 16 to Annette Madel, 301-769-4633.  Public welcome.



Mary Anne Bowman promoted to Branch Manager at Lexington Park 

Mary Anne Bowman
Mary Anne Bowman was promoted to Branch Manager at Lexington Park Library as of Dec. 19, replacing Terri Tresp who has relocated to Virginia Beach. 

Ms. Bowman joined St. Mary's County Library in 1998 as Reference Supervisor at Charlotte Hall and became Branch Manager in 2004.  She has a Master of Library Science Degree from Simmons College in Boston and is a graduate of Maryland Library Leadership Institute.



Mark Your Calendar!

Meet Frederick Douglass

Sat, February 18, 1:30 PM, Lexington Park 

Travel back in time with us and meet Frederick Douglass, portrayed by professional storyteller Walter Jones Jr. at this free family program.   More details next month.  



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