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February 5, 2014 


NewsataGlanceNews at a Glance

  • Friends donated $1,500 to each branch at the annual brunch which brings the total amount of donations since 1991 to almost $325,000. 
  • New website pages:   Tots & Tech, Local History, Resources for Seniors, Video Branch Tours    
  • Lexington Park has a listening center so you can listen to a portion of an audio book to see if you like the narrator before checking the audio book out.
  • Our Facebook page hit the 1500 mark.  Are you a fan?   
  • All three libraries will be closed February 17  for Presidents' Day. 



BlackHistoryI have a dream...Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to be portrayed


Actor and promotional speaker Gregg Riley with his uncanny resemblance to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will bring King to life before your very eyes and discuss the key passages of King's most heralded speeches and their impact today. 

Co-sponsors:  Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC), NAACP of St. Mary's County, and the Minority Outreach Coalition. 
          Saturday, Feb. 22
          1:00 pm
           Lexington Park Library          





Friends donate $1,500 to each branch

Branch managers accepting donation certificate
Friends of St. Mary's County Library (FOL) donated $1,500 to each branch at the FOL Annual Brunch.  Receiving the donation from FOL President Mary Kukla (right) are branch managers (left to right) Mary Anne Bowman from Lexington Park, Amy Ford from Charlotte Hall and Marylee Russell from Leonardtown.

FOL has donated almost $325,000 to the libraries since 1991.  Thank you, Friends!

booksaleFriends MEGA Book Sale will be March 14-16

 It's almost time for the Mega Book Sale at the County Fairgrounds.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend.
     Fri, Mar. 14, 1-8 pm  Members of Friends only.  Membership available at the door.
     Sat, Mar. 15, 10 am-5 pm     Open to the public
     Sun, Mar. 16, 12-3 pm   Open to the public

Volunteers needed:  Volunteers are needed to help move the books from the storage room at the Leonardtown Library to the fairgrounds on Sat, Mar. 8.  Volunteers are also needed the week before the sale, during the sale and the day after the sale. If you can help, contact 301-863-9368 or



TechnewsInternet Branch Improvements

  • We've added a Tots & Tech page to provide tips on how to make technology educational for tots.
  • Our new Local Info tab contains a page of  local links and a Local History page.  The Local History page contains Family File Index, an alphabetical list of all family files in the St. Mary's County Historical Research Center, and the St. Mary's County Historical Preservation Commission's Cemetery Database.
  • We've added a Resources for Seniors page which contains local and state resources as well as a list of other useful links for Seniors.  
  • The new version of LearningExpress Library, our online test preparation, offers easier navigation, new interactive tutorials, and recommendations for additional study.  If you had an account in LearningExpress Library 2.0, you will need to create a new personal account in version 3.0.  Old log-ins will not work in the new version.   
  • Video tours of the branches are available on our website.  

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grantIntroduction to Grant Seeking & Writing Workshop

          Lexington Park Library    Thurs, Feb. 13, 5-7 pm
          Lexington Park Library    Thurs, Mar. 6, 9:30-11:30 am

Lexington Park Library and College of Southern Maryland Nonprofit Institute staff will present:

  • an overview of researching grant opportunities  
  • the grant writing process
  • hands-on demonstration of the Foundation Center database to find sources for grants

(only available at Lexington Park Library)    

  • review of the strategy for applying for grants.

Free.  Register   


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robotLearn How to Train a Robot

finch robotYouth, ages 9-13, learn how to control the Finch robot and solve challenges using SNAP! programming language. Presented by Great Mills High School and AP Computer Science students.  Register           

          Leonardtown     Thurs, Feb. 6, 6-7 pm 

          Charlotte Hall    Thurs, Feb. 13, 6-7 pm
          Lexington Park  Thurs, Feb. 20, 6-7 pm     

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happyH-appy Kids

Parents/caregivers, come and have fun learning about educational apps  for the iPad and other tablets and how they can be used with your little one to promote early learning.  Register. 
          Lexington Park      Mon, Feb. 24, 6 pm



Kids library card


New WoW Bags focus on social and emotional learning

WoW bags are backpacks filled with several books, hands-on materials and usually a music CD based on a theme that can be checked out for families to use at home.  Recently we added SEFEL (Social and Emotional Foundation of Early Learning) WoW bags that cover themes such as getting angry, being scared, going away, and other feelings.   SEFEL provides many resources for families and caregivers. 


Angry Birds 

Like Angry Birds?  Drop in and build towers and catapults, then play life-sized Angry Birds.  Learn physic concepts in the process.

       Lexington Park   Fri, Feb. 21, 1-4:30 pm for all ages     


Kids Can Cook

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

          Lexington Park  Tues, Feb.11, 4:30-5 pm   


Ready to Read, Ready to Rock!

Parents/caregivers, join us for some hands-on fun with your little ones.  Learn a new story, make a craft, and enjoy activities that will help your child get ready to learn to read.

          Leonardtown     Sat, Feb. 8, 10-11 am 

Storytime schedule for babies through preschool 


 2014 Winter/Spring Program Brochure 




Teens teen

STEM:  Angry Birds 

Like Angry Birds?  Drop in and build towers and catapults, then play life-sized Angry Birds.  Learn physic concepts in the process.

       Lexington Park    Fri, Feb. 21, 1-4:30 pm



Coverflip Teen Art Contest

Have you read a great book with a horrible cover?  Well, now's your chance to coverflip!  Design a new cover for your favorite young adult book and submit it.  

Entries:  Due March 1. Must be flat, no larger than 81/2x11, and original.  Can be pencil, pen, charcoal, pastel, water color, oil, photography, computer-generated, collage, or mixed media.  Title and author of the book must be included.

Entries displayed:  Lexington Park Library Art Gallery  March 1-March 31

Prizes:  Art Supplies for Library Choice and Viewer's Choice winners

Winners announced: Mon, March 31 at 6 pm, Lexington Park Library    





Computer Classes

computer graphic 

Basic computer classes:

Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email

will be offered at Leonardtown in February and at Charlotte Hall and Lexington Park in March.


One-on-one instruction:

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


Other classes: 

Resume Basics   
     Wed, Feb. 12, 10 am-12 noon, Lexington Park
Family History:  Where Do I Start?
Wed, Feb 12, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
Wed, Feb. 26, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
Introduction to Word 2010
     Mon, Mar. 10, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown

Introduction to Excel 2010

     Wed, Mar. 12, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
     Mon, Mar. 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, Leonardtown

Certificate of Attendance
will be issued to those who attend the basic computer series or the Microsoft 2010 series. 


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bookdiscussionTalk about a Good Book
Join us for any of these book discussions.  Books are available at the hosting library.

Liar's Poker: Rising through the Wreckage on Wall Street by Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis describes his experiences as a bond salesman on Wall Street during the late 1980s in this semi-autobiographical book. 
     Monday, Feb. 10, 6 pm, Lexington Park

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
An unusual fire in a forested valley causes a stir in the scientific and local communities and leads the farm wife who discovers it to question everything she thought she believed in.
     Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 pm. Leonardtown  

The Princess Bride by  William Goldman
This modern storytelling classic is a tale of what happens when the most beautiful girl marries the handsomest prince but he turns out to be less than the man of her dreams.
     Monday, Mar. 3, 7 pm, Charlotte Hall




Help for job seekers

Southern 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. Call 240-925-4806 to find out if the visit is canceled.

           Charlotte Hall     Thurs, February 6, 9 am - 1 pm

           Leonardtown      Tues, February 11, 1 - 4 pm
           Lexington Park    Wed, February 26, 9 am - 1 pm

Resume Class

Learn the basics of writing a successful resume, the different types of resumes, and how to use Word 2010 template for your resume.  Ability to use the mouse needed.  Free.  Register.
           Lexington Park    Wed, Feb. 12, 10-12 noon



ARTCandy Cummings' artwork on display 

Tiger with cub in mouth
Local artist Candy Cummings has her artwork on display through the end of February at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery.  Her artwork chronicles her very early years through the present and represents her numerous "collections."

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





Tax 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.

Charlotte Hall Library

Thurs, Feb. 13, 2 pm-5 pm

Wed, Feb. 26, 1 pm-5 pm

Mon, Mar. 17, 9 am- 6 pm

Mon, Mar. 31, 9 am - 8 pm

Wed, Apr. 9, 1 pm -6 pm

Leonardtown Library

Wed, Feb. 19, 2 pm- 5 pm

Thurs, Mar. 13, 1 pm -4 pm

Wed, Mar. 19, 2 pm-6 pm

Fri, Apr. 4, 9 am -5 pm

Lexington Park Library

       Mon, Feb. 10, 4 pm -7 pm

Mon, Mar. 3, 4 pm - 7 pm

        Mon, Apr. 7, 4 pm- 7 pm


healthConfused about new health care insurance options?

Maryland Health Connections is the state's new health insurance marketplace that will make it easier for you to:

  • Shop, compare, and enroll in a health insurance plan
  • Check eligibility for federal tax credits and subsidies to help cover your insurance costs
  • Check your eligibility for public health programs, such as Medicaid and Maryland Children's Health program (MCHP)  

Free information sessions and one-on-one enrollment help conducted by Walden Sierra:

Charlotte Hall Library

Thurs, Feb. 6, 10 am- 2 pm   

Sat, Feb. 15, 1-5 pm  

Thurs, Feb. 20, 1-5 pm

Tues, Feb. 25, 2-6 pm 


Leonardtown Library

Fri, Feb. 7, 10 am- 2 pm 

Tues, Feb. 11, 1-5 pm   

Sat, Feb. 22, 10 am-2 pm

Wed, Feb. 26, 4-8 pm 


Lexington Park Library

Mon, Feb 3, 10 am-2 pm  

Sun, Feb. 9, 1-5 pm 

Wed, Feb. 19, 4-8 pm

Fri, Feb. 28, 1-5 pm    


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