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August 20, 2013 


NewsataglanceNews at a Glance

  • Sunday hours are returning!  Lexington Park will be open once again on Sundays, 1-5 pm, starting September 8.  A short ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 12:50 pm.
  •  King Peggy will speak at Lexington Park Library on September 14 at 2 pm.  Her book, King Peggy, is this year's One Maryland One Book.
  • July was a very busy month at the libraries:  76,145 visitors (28% increase), 143,791 items checked out (11% increase), and 259 programs offered (9% increase).  We continue to be the busiest library system in Southern Maryland and continue to rank 4th in the state based on the number of items checked out per resident.   
  •  Winners of the Summer Reading drawings: Jolie Lombardi, Kelsey Lynn, and Sierra Waxman each won 4 tickets to the Maryland Science Center; Jena Sidell won the Orioles Summer Reading tickets and Leanna Knopp won a family pass to the National Aquarium.     
  • All three branches will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 2.



SundayhoursSunday hours resume September 8


Starting September 8, the Lexington Park Library will once again be open on Sundays from 1-5 pm. A special celebration will take place at 12:50 p.m. to mark the return of this library service. Following a few short remarks, St. Mary's County Library Board of Trustees and St. Mary's County Board of County Commissioners will officially re-open the doors at 1:00 p.m.


Sunday hours were eliminated in July, 2011 due to budget restraints. This spring the Board of County Commissioners approved an additional $50,000 requested by the Board of Library Trustees to resume Sunday hours at Lexington Park Library.


The Lexington Park branch was selected because it is the largest facility, it offers three meeting rooms with audio/video teleconferencing capabilities, and it has the Grant Seekers Resource Center and the Art Gallery which showcases local artists. Staff from all three branches will be providing the customer service which enables the Library Board to provide this service at such a reasonable cost to the taxpayers.


"The Library Board and staff recognize that our county residents lead very busy lives and one of the few days they might have as a family to enjoy their library is on a Sunday," states Library Board President Joan Springer. "We are very pleased that the County Commissioners approved our request for additional funding to renew this valuable library service."



rachelButterfly Garden Created by Summer Intern 


Rachel Adler in front of butterfly gardenRachel Adler, our Lindsay Paul Rudolph summer intern, created a native butterfly garden outside the windows of the children's area at the Lexington Park Library as her intern project. The native plants were donated from the ELM Environmental Center's Native Plant Nursery.   


Paper butterflies with fun facts decorate the inside windows, and a nearby felt board with butterfly life cycle pieces was installed.   Children can learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, pollination, native plants, and gardening.


Butterflies were raised from caterpillars in the children's area and then released at a program Rachel planned.  Children made a tissue-paper butterfly craft and painted a rock to either take home or leave to decorate the garden.    


Rachel also created a new learning center at the Leonardtown branch.  She crafted a Mr. Potato Head felt board. 



OMOBLexington Park Library to host King Peggy 

Co-author of 2013 One Maryland One Book


Saturday, September 14, 2 pm 

Lexington Park Library


King Peggy book coverKing Peggy will share her inspiring story of how she, an American secretary, suddenly found herself king to a  town of 7,000 in Ghana and the many challenges she faced to change the fishing village.   King Peggy is Peggielene Bartels, the co-author of this year's One Maryland One Book (OMOB). 

Copies of the book, books on CDs, and Playaways are available at the libraries.  The book can also be downloaded as an eBook and an audio book. Pick up a copy and join us for a book discussion in October. 


Find a "Wandering Book" and you could win a Kindle

About 2 dozen copies of King Peggy have been left in public places around the county.  If you find one, pick it up, read it, and then pass it on or leave it in another public place for someone else to find.  If you register the book (instructions on the book), you will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle donated by Southern Maryland Regional Library Association as well as a drawing for a $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate donated by Maryland Humanities Council.  The drawing will be October 25, 2013.


OMOB is a program of the Maryland Humanities Council and takes place annually in September and October. 





Kids library card     


Fall storytimes  begin September 3.  Click here for the fall schedule.   


Kids Can Cook  

Kids, ages 8-12, can drop in to make and sample new fall recipes.   

     Lexington Park     Tues, September 10, 4:30-5 pm 


Build It!

What can children build with a cardboard box and duct tape?  The possibilities are endless.  They only need to bring their imagination and we supply the rest.

     Charlotte Hall      Fri, September 20, 2-3 pm

     Lexington Park    Fri, September 20, 3-4 pm


STEM @your library  

Fun science programs for pre-schoolers, 3-5 years old, presented by growingSTEMS.  Register for these & other STEM programs. 

     Five Senses--Kids will explore and learn about five senses. 

          Charlotte Hall     Mon,September 23, 10-11 am

          Leonardtown      Fri, September 20, 10-11 am  

     Terriic Towers--Kids use spaghetti and marshmallows to build creations.

          Lexington Park    Mon, September 16, 10-11 am   


Homeschoolers' Workshop

Homeschooled students and parents, learn how to get the most from your library's resources and services. 
          Leonardtown     Thurs, September 26, 2 pm




teenSummer Reading Grand Prize Winners:  


Kindles:  Lauren Battle, McKenna Dean, Jay Jay Meadows, Jared Ruiz, Rebekah Torgesen   

Blu-Ray Player:  Blake Boaz, Taylor Thorsen, Nicholas Zhou

Ipod Shuffle:  Kyle Edwards, Amber Hoover, Cassie Kunz

Noise Canceling Headphones:  Katie Chan, Jacob Dolinar, Adam Ghannam

Digital Camera:  Elizabeth Daniel, Emily Roell, Mahlia Wilkerson

Allison Guy wins Summer Teen Writing Contest  

Allison Guy won the "What's Beneath the Surface?" teen writing contest with her short story, "Look Deeper."   She won bragging rights, Magnetic Poetry and Natalie Goldberg's book,Writing Down the Bones."  Fourteen teens entered the contest.


Doctor Who

Calling all Whovians!  There's no "silence" in our library!  Join us for a wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey good time as we celebrate the doctor's 50th Anniversary. 

     Lexington Park    Thurs,September 26, 6 pm



computerComputer Classes 


Certificate of Attendance now being issued

Starting in September, a Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those adults who attend the basic computer series (Introduction to computers, Windows, Internet and email) or the Microsoft Office 2010 series (Introduction to Word, Excel,  PowerPoint, and Publisher).   Job seekers can use this certificate to show JobSource or potential employers that they have attended the classes. Certificate of Attendance will also be issued for individual computer classes.


Basic computer classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email

will be offered at Leonardtown and Lexington Park in September and at Charlotte Hall in October.


One-on-one instruction:

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


computer graphicUpcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Introduction to Photo Editing

     Mon, Aug. 26, 5:30-7:30 pm, Leonardtown

Introduction to PowerPoint 2010

     Mon, Aug. 26, 2-4 pm, Leonardown

     Tues, Sept. 24, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall

Introduction to Word 2010

     Mon, Sept. 16, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall

     Tues, Sept. 24, 2-4 pm, Lexington Park

Introduction to Excel 2010

     Mon, Sept. 23, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall

 Click here for complete class schedule and to register. 


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moblecenterSouthern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center Visits

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.

Note:  The Mobile Career Center visit will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather (excessive rain or winds over 25 mph). Call 240-412-1528 to find out if visit is cancelled.

Lexington Park   Wed, August 28, 9 am - 1 pm

Charlotte Hall     Thurs, September 5, 9 am - 1 pm

Leonardtown      Tues, September 10, 1 - 4 pm


Art Gallery Sign

artCarrie Patterson's artwork on display


Carrie Patterson's artwork is on display through the end of the month.  Her paintings consider how color, form, and line metaphorically measure the human condition as experienced through the body.

Artists interested in displaying their artwork are asked to contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.


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