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November 6, 2013 


NewsataglanceNews at a Glance

  • Teen Video Contest entries are due November 13. Showcase will be November 16 at Lexington Park. 
  • Local artist Nell Elder's artwork is on display at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through the end of November.     
  • Sales at the Friends of the Library mini book sale totaled around $4,200. Thank you for supporting it!   
  • All three branches will be closed Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans' Day. 



defyingCommunity Dialogue on Practicing Democracy:   

What does "liberty and justice for all" mean to me? 

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Wednesday, November 13

5:30 - 8pm

Leonardtown Library

Join in this Defying Definitions Community Conversation.  Reflect on how you perceive others, how you are perceived, and what you understand about yourself.  The goal of this community dialogue is to break down stereotypes, reduce conflict, and model civil and meaningful discussion.

Light refreshments served until 6:15pm.  Register

Defying Definitions is the 2013 Southern Maryland Public Dialogue Project produced as a partnership program of the Maryland Humanities Council and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, in collaboration with local community partners.




event posterinstantcityFrom Instant City to Boomtown 


Wednesday, November 20


Lexington Park Library

Dr. Julia King will discuss the impact of the 1960s and 1970s on the development of Lexington Park and St. Mary's County.  She will especially address the art, culture, and concerns of Lexington Park as it grew to a boomtown.

Dr. King is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at St. Mary's College and is the Director of the SlackWater project.



hungergamesCatching Fire set for Hunger Games fans

Attention Hunger Games fans!  Tick, tock, tick, tock.  It's time for the Quarter Quell.  Come to Catching Fire and see if you have the skills and knowledge to survive the arena.

Lexington Park   Thurs, Nov. 14, 6-7:30pm
Charlotte Hall     Thurs, Nov. 21, 6-7:30pm



ECRRtrainingFree Training for Childcare Providers 

Learn simple activities to help the children in your care get ready to learn to read at the Every Child Ready to Read training.  Two CEUs will be awarded upon completion of this free workshop.  Registration required. 

Lexington Park      Wed, Nov. 13, 6-8pm

Charlotte Hall        Thurs, Nov. 14, 6-8pm



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kidsSTEM @your library: Fishy Magnets 

Kids, 3-5 years old,  will go fishing to see what they can catch with an unusually "attractive hook" at this fun science program presented by growingSTEMS.  Register.   

Charlotte Hall      Mon, November 25, 10-11am

 Leonardtown       Fri, November 8, 10-11am

Lexington Park    Thurs, Dec. 5, 10-11am 



Complete a fall craft with supplies provided.  Ages 4+.
          Leonardtown    Wed, Nov. 27, 11:30am-4pm
          Lexington Park  Wed, Nov.27, 1-4pm 


Kids Can Cook

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

          Lexington Park  Tues, Nov. 12, 4:30-5pm 


Fall program schedule including storytimes

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teenTeen Video Contest


Entries due:  Wed, November 13


Make a 3-minute or less book trailer about your favorite book.  You can create it with a friend(s).  Post it on YouTube tagging it "STMA Video Contest 2013".  Fill out the entry form found on the Teen Webpage.

A Grand Prize and Viewer's Choice will be awarded at the Video Showcase. The videos submitted will be viewed and those attending will vote for the Viewer's Choice award.

          Sat, November 16, 2-4pm, Lexington Park 




JinkensComputer classes making a difference for worker

Donna Jinkens reentered the workforce about 10 years ago. When she first worked on base, not every worker had their own computer.  It was a struggle to catch up with the advances in technology.  She read about the library's introductory Microsoft classes in our newsletter and quickly signed up.  She took leave and attended all four  classes (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint) earning a Certificate of Attendance. 

Ms Jinkens stated that she "learned something from each class that I can now use in my day to day tasks....and I feel more confident that when either a supervisor or customer asks me to complete something, I have the background knowledge that I can do it. I'm very appreciative of these classes."

Students who received Certificates of Attendance
Kathy Faubion, (back left) the librarian who taught the classes, issued a Certificate of Attendance for the Microsoft Office series to (left to right) Donna Jinkens, Stephanie Smith, Teresa Wood, and Janina Serafin. 



computerComputer Classes 


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

is being offered at Lexington Park in November and January.


One-on-one instruction:   

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


computer graphicUpcoming Classes other than Basic:   

Introduction to Publisher 2010

     Tues, Nov. 12, 5:30-7:30pm, Lexington Park

Try Before You Buy: eReaders & Tablets

     Fri, Nov. 8, 2-4pm, Charlotte Hall
eReader Shopping
Wed, Nov. 20, 5:30-7:30pm, Leonardtown
eBooks for Smartphones and Tablets
Wed, Dec. 18, 5:30-7:30pm, Lexington Park

Click here for complete class schedule and to register  


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bookdiscTalk about a good book

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

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
This historical novel which charts the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful minister in King Henry VIII court, delves into the downfall of Anne Boleyn and follows her trial.
     Mon, Nov. 18, 6pm, Lexington Park

Wild Decembers by Edna O'Brien
This is the story of two siblings, a brother and sister, and a newcomer who would try to steal everything they have.
     Thurs, Nov. 21, 7pm, Leonardtown

Faithful Place by Tana French
Detective Frank Mackey returns to his hometown to investigate the murder of his childhood sweetheart, 20 years after he last saw her.
     Mon, Dec. 2, 7pm, Charlotte Hall




 warExhibitWar of 1812 Traveling Exhibit at Lexington Park 

Traveling exhibit

Lexington Park is hosting the War of 1812 Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit during the month of November. The two 10 foot panels with displays on both sides reflect the people, places and events of the War in our area.  Stop by and take a look at it.



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 240-925-4806 to find out if visit is cancelled.

Charlotte Hall      Fri, November 8, 9am - 1pm

Leonardtown      Tues, November 12, 1 - 4pm
Lexington Park   Wed, November 27, 9am - 1pm



zinioDownloadable magazines now available
More than 50 popular magazines are available for you to download for free and view on your computer or your mobile device.   A free app (available from your device's app store) is required for mobile devices.

The digital magazines are recreated page by page and includes full color pictures, ability to keyword search, and interactive audio and video components.  The magazines can be downloaded for off-line reading as well.  New issues are released simultaneously as the print editions. 

There are unlimited checkouts which means no waiting lists.  You can check out as many magazines as you like and keep them as long as you like as there are no late fees or check-in dates. 

To access these digital magazines, click on Downloadable eContent in the Quick Links box on our homepage and then the Zinio link.  Directions and a tutorial video are posted to help you get started.  Note that you will need to create an account for RBdigital Gateway (the library's Zinio Collection) first.  After creating that account, you will have to sign in twice--once for the RBdigital Gateway account and once for your account in order to download a magazine.  Our staff will gladly assist you if you need additional help.

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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

Tues, November 5, 1-5pm  

Thurs, November 14, 1-5pm 

Leonardtown Library

Wed, November 6, 1-5pm

Fri, November 15, 10am-2pm  

Lexington Park Library

Sat, November 9, 9am-1pm
Tues, November 12, 1-5pm


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artNell Elder, November's Artist 


Nell Elder will display her artwork at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery during November.  She works in oil, pastel, watercolor and mixed media.  Her favorite subjects include flowers of all kinds and landscapes from the region.

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


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