My Place to Learn, Discover, Relax!
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.
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.
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
three branches will be closed for Labor Day on
Monday, September 2.
hours resume September 8
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.
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
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."
Butterfly Garden Created by
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.
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.
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.
created a new learning center at the Leonardtown branch. She
crafted a Mr. Potato Head felt board.
Lexington Park Library to host King Peggy
of 2013 One Maryland One Book
Saturday, September 14, 2 pm
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
"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.
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
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.
programs for pre-schoolers, 3-5 years old, presented by
growingSTEMS. Register for these & other STEM
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
students and parents, learn how to get the most from your library's
resources and services.
Leonardtown Thurs, September 26, 2 pm
Summer 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
Guy wins Summer Teen Writing Contest
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.
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
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.
available at all
three branches. Contact the library for an appointment.
Classes other than Basic:
to Photo Editing
Mon, Aug. 26, 5:30-7:30 pm,
to PowerPoint 2010
Mon, Aug. 26, 2-4 pm, Leonardown
Tues, Sept. 24, 2-4 pm,
to Word 2010
Mon, Sept. 16, 2-4 pm, Charlotte
Tues, Sept. 24, 2-4 pm,
Introduction to Excel 2010
Mon, Sept. 23, 2-4 pm, Charlotte
Click here for complete class schedule and to
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Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center Visits
for a job? Visit the Mobile Career Center and let the JobSource
Coordinator help you get registered with and use the Maryland
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
Tues, September 10, 1 - 4 pm
Carrie 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
Artists interested in displaying their artwork are asked to contact
Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.
Marilyn Lash, Publicity Specialist
St. Mary's County Library