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HomeSchoolers' Bulletin

September 2011

With a new school year starting, we want you to know we are here to help you.  In addition to our great staff, we also have many online resources at your fingertips--homework help, virtual reference service, online information resources (databases)--all available to you in your classroom--your home.


Homeschoolers' Workshop

Learn about the resources and services the library offers. Meet other families who homeschool.

Lexington Park  Fri, Sept. 16, 2:00 PM
Charlotte Hall
   Mon, Sept. 26, 10:00 AM Leonardtown      Fri, Sept. 27, 2:00 PM



Children's Programs 

 Click here for more details and to register for the following programs.

Wacky Weather

Ages 7-12 will create tornadoes, rainbows and more while learning about the weather.  Register for either session.  Free.

Friday, Sept. 23, 10:30 AM or 2 PM  

All three branches


Fall Crafternoon

Drop in and complete a fun craft.  Supplies provided.  Ages 4-12.

Tues, Sept. 27, 1-4 PM 

Lexington Park & Charlotte Hall


Wed, Nov. 23, 1-4 PM



Read. Learn. Grow.

Drop in with your child & enjoy fun activities you can use everyday to help your little ones get ready to learn to read.


Leonardtown, Sat, Oct. 15, 10 AM-noon  

Charlotte Hall, Mon, Oct. 17, 10 AM--noon  

Lexington Park, Tues, Oct. 18, 10AM-noon


More fun programs:
Halloween Party
National Gaming Day  
Holiday Surprise
Family Movies 



HelpNow!--Free Online Homework Help!

Got Homework? Need Help?  Use HelpNow!

Free, online homework help available  2 PM-11 PM daily in English and Spanish.

  • Real, expert tutors
  • All core subjects (grades 3-12 including AP)--math, science, social studies, language arts
  • Foreign language labs 
  • Writing Labs
  • Skill-building
  • No session limits
  • Library card required

HelpNow button


Teen Activities

Click here for details for the following programs.

Express Yourself Art Contest

Pull out your pencils, paints, cameras or whatever and express yourself.  Enter the teen art contest.


Entries due Oct. 15 at any branch.  Entries must be flat, original, and no larger than 8 1/2 x 11.  Can be pencil, pen, charcoal, pastel, water color, oil, photography, computer-generated, collage, or mixed media.   


Prizes:  Art Supplies.  One winner per branch.  Winners announced at Express Yourself Gallery Showcase on Oct. 24, 5:30 PM, at Lexington Park.


TAG (Teen Advisory Group)


Leonardtown:  2nd Thurs, 5:30-6:30 PM

Sept. 8  Learn Origami

Oct. 13  Mini Photo Editing Workshop--explore free online tools


Lexington Park:  2nd Tues, 5:30-7 PM

Sept. 13  Solve a crime using your detective skills

Oct. 11 (Starts at 5 PM)  Tie Dye Extravaganza

Bring 100% cotton shirt.  Mike & Virginia Richardson of Yes Virginia Creations will teach and provide the other supplies.  Limited space. 


Mark your calendars

Friends Fall Book Sale,  

Sunday, Nov 6, 11-3, Leonardtown Library


Storytelling and book signing with Janice the Griot

Saturday, Dec. 3, 1:30 PM, Lexington Park


Helpful Online Information Resources

These are collections of reliable sources of information, many previously in print.  They are not considered Internet sources.  They are free and available 24/7.

They include encyclopedias, magazines, and databases of information covering topics such as

  • literature
  • history
  • biographies
  • science
  • language
  • practice exams
  • and more.


AskUsNow! logo

This is a 24/7 live, online interactive service. 

Trained librarians provide answers to questions, research guidance, and help navigating the Internet. 

Chances are you will probably not "chat" with a local librarian as the service is provided by librarians from across the state.

Ask us now! 


Southern Maryland College Fair

Tues, Sept. 20
5:00-7:30 PM
Hollywood Firehouse

Free Shuttle Service available from St Mary's County Airport.


Statewide Community Read

Join in the statewide community read, One Maryland One Book, by reading  Sherman Alexie's book,
The Absolute True Diary
of a Part-Time Indian

Books, audio books narrated by the author, and reader's/teacher's guides are available at the library.


Discuss the book with us.


Sept. 15, 7 PM  

Leonardtown Library


Sept. 21, 7 PM  

Lexington Park Library


Oct. 3, 7 PM  

Charlotte Hall Library



2011 Homeschool Science Fair

Mark your calendar!

Tues, January 17
Leonardtown Library

Information & application will be posted on our Homeschooling page.

 Cari Morrison


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Contact Information

Marilyn Lash

St. Mary's County Library

301-475-2846 x1007




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