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April 2, 2014 


NewsataGlanceNews at a Glance

  • The following promotions are effective April 7:  Mary Anne Bowman to Deputy Director; Amy Ford to Lexington Park Branch Manager; and Catherine DiCristofaro to Charlotte Hall Branch Manager.    
  • Program offered by Dept. of Aging & Human Services explains their services and how they can benefit you at Leonardtown Library on April 24 at 6:30 pm.  
  • Tax help  available at libraries.  
  • All three libraries will be closed Friday, April 18.  Lexington Park will be closed Sunday, April 20. 



Mary Anne Bowman promoted to Deputy Director  staffnews
Mary Anne Bowman has been promoted to Deputy Director, effective April 7. She inulls currently the branch manager of Lexington Park Library.   


Bowman has a Master of Library Science degree from Simmons College in Boston. She began in 1998 as Reference Supervisor at  Charlotte Hall,  later was system Library Coordinator, and was promoted to Branch Manager at Charlotte Hall in 2004 and at Lexington Park in 2011.  She is a graduate of the Maryland Library Leadership Institute and Leadership Southern Maryland.


Bowman is the Staff Development Coordinator for the Library system. She was appointed to serve on the State Library Associate  Training Institute Oversight Committee and is an active member of Maryland Library Association and American Library Association.    

Amy Ford 

Amy Ford has been promoted to Lexington Park Branch Manager  replacing Bowman.  Ford has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Alabama.  She was hired in 2003 as Adult Librarian/Supervisor at Lexington Park and became Charlotte Hall Branch Manager in 2012.  She is a graduate of the Maryland Library Leadership Institute. Since 2003 she has been reviewing literary fiction for Library Journal.


Catherine DiCristofaro has been promoted to Charlotte Hall Branch Manager.   

Catherine DiCristofaro She earned a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Alabama.  She started as a substitute in 2008. Shortly afterwards, she was hired as the Young Adult Specialist at Lexington Park. In 2009 she was transferred to Charlotte Hall to manage the children's department. She has been nominated to attend Maryland Library Leadership Institute in 2014.    




The public library systems in Southern Maryland are transitioning to a new online catalog which will go live May 15.  The transition will add new features for you and provide much needed improvements to the staff side of the catalog.

This change-over will affect you May 9-14.  During that time some of the services, especially those related to the catalog, will be affected.  Watch for more information  in our mid-April newsletter or view here.



Want to be in a parade?  parade  

Would you like to march with us in the Lexington Park's
Pride in the Park Parade on Saturday, May 3?  You can.  All you have to do is sign up  by April 25 at any branch and be in the Lexingtn Park Library parking lot by 9:30 am that morning.  Look for this banner. 

We love our library banner

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War of 1812 Raiders & Invaders
Finish-the-Story Contest for Kidsraiders


Raiders Invaders logStoryteller Ming Diaz has started a War of 1812-themed story set in St. Mary's County.  Kids, ages 6-12, can watch him tell the beginning of the story or they can read it. They then write the ending and submit it at any branch. Entry deadline:  May 16


* Bruster's Ice Cream coupon for every one who submits a story ending 

* War of 1812 "Don't Give Up the Ship" flag for 6 finalists 

* Grand Prize:  Story performed at event and $20 gift certificate to Fenwick Street Used Books and Music in Leonardtown

Entry Form and Contest Rules are also available at the branches.  

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Why do you come to your library?  natlibweekflyer

About 2000 library customers walk through our doors each day plus many of you use our Internet branch.  During the month of April,  National Library Month, we are asking you to share why you came to the Library.  A special display has been set up in each branch to post your responses.  Or you can share your answer by posting on social media.

Are you following us on Facebook?



Kids library card

 Kids Can CookKids

Kids ages 8-12 will make and sample new recipes.   

          Lexington Park  Tues, Apr. 8, 4:30-5 pm     


Spring Break Funspring 

Crafternoons:  Drop in and make a craft.  Supplies provided.

          Charlotte Hall     Wed, Apr. 16, 1-4 pm

          Leonardtown      Tues, Apr. 15, 1-4 pm

          Lexington Park   Wed, Apr. 16, 1-4 pm


KaraokeBe a star and sing your favorites.  Ages 6-12.

          Lexington Park    Mon, Apr. 14, 3-4 pm


Free Family Movies: 

Frozen-- Charlotte Hall  Tues, Apr. 15, 2-4 pm   

After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa, her sister Anna teams up with a mountaineer and his trusty reindeer to break the icy spell.


The Great Mouse Detective--Leonardtown  Wed, Apr. 16, 2:30-4:30 pm

Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan. 


Hop--Lexington Park  Thurs, Apr. 17, 2-4 pm

Hop tells the comic tale of Fred who takes the Easter Bunny in after he accidentally injures him only to find out the Easter Bunny is the world's worst house guest.

Finish-the-Story Contest 


 Storytime schedule for babies through preschool.  Spring storytimes end April 30. 





teenCoverflip Teen Art Contest Winners


Library Choice:  Alana White   

Viewer's Choice:  Mary Kessler

View their winning artwork 




bookDiiscTalk about a good book

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

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
This haunting, unforgettable story gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated.  Yet it gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.
     Charlotte Hall        Mon, Apr. 7, 7 pm

And the Mountains Echoed
by Khalid Hossein.
A story of a multi-generational Afghanistan family that explores the many ways in which they nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often they are surprised by the actions of those closest to them when it matters.
     Lexington Park   Mon, Apr. 14, 6 pm

The Marriage Plot  by Jeffrey Eugenides
After enrolling in a semiotics course, Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold  and falls in love with a charismatic loner, which is complicated by the resurfacing of a man who is obsessed that she is his destiny. 
     Leonardtown       Thurs, Apr. 17, 7 pm

Dates and book titles of monthly discussions



computerComputer Classes

computer graphic 

Basic computer classes:

Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email

will be offered at Lexington Park in May.


One-on-one instruction:

Available at all three branches.  Contact the library for an appointment. 


Other classes: 

Introduction to Word 2010  
     Wed, Apr. 9, 2-4 pm, Lexington Park
Intermediate Excel 2010
     Mon, Apr. 7, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
Introduction to PowerPoint 2010
      Wed, Apr. 16, 2-4 pm, Lexington Park
      Mon, Apr. 28, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
Introduction to Publisher 2010
     Thurs, Apr. 17, 1-3 pm, Charlotte Hall
     Wed, Apr. 30, 2-4 pm, Lexington Park

Intermediate PowerPoint 2010
     Mon, Apr. 28, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
Introduction to Excel 2010
     Wed, Apr. 23, 2-4 pm, Lexington Park 
Introduction to Digital Photo Editing

      Thurs, Apr. 17, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
Resume Basics
Wed, Apr. 23, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park


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Help for Job Seekers

Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Centermoblecenter 

Mobile Career Center Looking for a job?  Visit the Mobile Career Center and let the JobSource Coordinator help you get registered with and use the Maryland Workforce Exchange.  

Charlotte Hall     Thurs, Apr. 3, 9 am - 1 pm

Leonardtown      Tues, Apr. 8, 1 - 4 pm

Lexington Park   Wed, Apr. 23, 9 am - 1 pm

Resume Basics 

Learn the basics of writing a resume, the different types of resumes, and how to use the resume templates in Word 2010.  Must be able to use a mouse. Register.
Leonardtown         Wed, Apr. 23, 5:30-7:30 pm  




Art Gallery SignArt Gallery features Yellow Door Kids' artwork artgallery

Artwork by the students who take classes at Yellow Door Art Studios in Leonardtown is on display during April at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery.  Students range from 6-16 years of age. The artwork includes examples from private lessons and from Draw+ Paint Studio. 

Reception for the artists:  Thurs, Apr. 24, 5-7 pm



taxTax help available at libraries

Lifestyles of Maryland Foundation, Inc. will provide free IRS-certified  tax return preparation assistance for households with incomes of $52,000 or less.  Contact 1-866-293-0623 to schedule an appointment.  An appointment is required.

       Fri, Apr. 4, 9 am -5 pm, Leonardtown
       Mon, Apr. 7, 4-7 pm, Lexington Park

       Wed, Apr. 9, 1 pm -6 pm, Charlotte Hall  


Author to speak at St. Mary's Collegemarktwain 

Sarah Vowell, author of six humorous nonfiction books on American history and culture and a regular guest on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," is this year's featured speaker for the Twain Lecture Series.  It's free and open to the public.

Her most recent book, Unfamiliar Fishes examines the role of American imperialism by tracing the significance of missionaries in the history of Hawaii.

Fri, Apr. 11, 7:30 pm
O'Brien Athletic and Recreation Center
St. Mary's College of Maryland


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