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September 4, 2013 


NewsataglanceNews at a Glance

  • Sunday hours are back!  Lexington Park will be open once again on Sundays, 1-5 pm, starting September 8.  Join us for a short ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:45 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 title. 
  • You can obtain a library card from St. Mary's College of Maryland or College of Southern Maryland at any branch September 9-24. 
  • Kathy Faubion, librarian at Leonardtown, recently graduated from Library Associates Training Institute.  
  •  Wireless printing is available for Mac computers.      
  • Allen Price's photography is on display at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through the end of September.  An opening reception will be held September 5, 5-8 pm.   



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 12:45 p.m. to mark the return of this library service. Following a few short remarks, St. Mary's County Board of Library Trustees and St. Mary's County Board of County Commissioners will officially re-open the doors at 1:00 p.m.

Lexington Park is the only library in Southern Maryland to offer Sunday hours.



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 bring change to the fishing village.   King Peggy is Peggielene Bartels, the co-author of this year's One Maryland One Book (OMOB) title. 

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. Book discussions are scheduled in October at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown. 


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. 




collegecardsCollege library cards available at branches
From September 9-24 you can obtain a library card for St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) and/or College of Southern Maryland (CSM) at any of the three branches. 

The benefit of having these cards:

  • Late evening hours Sunday-Wednesday until 1 a.m. at SMCM
  • DVDs including lots of foreign films
  • Academic books and journals including many online
  • Southern Maryland Studies Center Research Collection at the CSM La Plata Campus. 

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KathylatiKathy Faubion graduates from LATI

Joan Springer presenting Kathy Faubion a certificate

Board of Library Trustees President Joan Springer (right)congratulates Kathy Faubion. 

Congratulations to Kathy Faubion, librarian at Leonardtown who recently graduated from Library Associates Training Institute (LATI).

LATI requires the students to create and work on a project.  Kathy developed the Certificate of Attendance for the adult computer class series and will be overseeing it.  Adults who attend all four basic computer classes or the four basic Microsoft classes will be issued a Certificate of Attendance.




food655 pounds of food collected
This summer we asked families attending library programs to bring a food item for the Southern Maryland Food Bank.  A total of 655 pounds of food was donated from June through mid-August.  Due to the need in our community, the libraries will continue to serve as collection sites and you are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items.

Thank you for helping those in need!



grantGrant seeking basics for non-profits

Representatives from non-profits will learn the basics of grant seeking:  what needs to be in place before a grant is sought, the world of grantmakers, the grantseeking process, and the tools and resources available to them.  Register.

     Tues, September 17, 2-4 pm
     Lexington Park Library

Grant Seekers Resource Center
Lexington Park has a Grant Seekers Resource Center which is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center.  This collection contains resources that individual researchers and nonprofit organizations can use to research funding opportunities from foundations and corporations.  Lexington Park Library also provides free access to the Foundation's online databases:  Foundation Directory Online; Grants to Individuals Online; and Philanthropy In/Sight.




Kids library card

 Fall storytimes have begun.  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






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. A 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 Word 2010

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

     Tues, Sept. 24, 2-4 pm, Lexington Park
     Thurs, Oct. 3, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown

Introduction to PowerPoint 2010

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

    Thurs, Oct. 10, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown  

Introduction to Excel 2010

     Mon, Sept. 23, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
Wed, Oct. 9, 10 am- 12 noon, Lexington Park
     Thurs, Oct. 17, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
Introduction to Publisher 2010
     Thurs, Oct. 24, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
I Took These Pictures, Now What?

     Fri, Oct. 18, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall
Family History:  Where Do I Start?
Mo, Oct. 28, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall

Click here for complete class schedule and to register. 


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

Midnight in Peking by Paul French
Historian and China expert Paul French uncovers the truth behind the notorious murder of Pamela Werner, and offers a rare glimpse of the last days of colonial Peking.
     Monday, September 9, 7 PM
     Charlotte Hall

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
The author remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity.  She stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.
     Monday, September 9, 6 PM
     Lexington Park

The Round House by Louise Erdrich
When his mother slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.
     Thursday, September 19, 7 PM



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.

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

Leonardtown      Tues, September 10, 1 - 4 pm
Lexington Park    Mon, September 23, 9 am - 1 pm


Art Gallery Sign

artAllen Price's photography on display

Opening Reception:  Thursday, September 5, 5-8 pm

Allen Price's artwork is on display through the end of the month in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery.  His photography features landscape and wildlife.

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


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