To see a complete listing of programs and events, check the calendar.


Adult and Family Programs


One Maryland One Book—The Distance Between Us: A Memoir

This year’s selected title for  Maryland Humanities Council’s One Maryland One BookExternal Link the statewide community read, is The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande.  It is the author’s compelling story of her childhood before and after entering the US as an undocumented immigrant.  At age nine the author left Mexico and the overburdened household of her grandmother and entered the US to live with her father.  She quickly realized that life in America and with her father was far from perfect.  Copies of the book are available at the branches or can be downloaded.   Programs planned include book discussions, author visit, and a writing contest/stories collection project.

What’s Your Story?:  Writing contest
The Southern Maryland libraries are hosting  a writing contest and then will be publishing a book of all the accepted stories submitted.  To enter teens and adults submit a story (fiction or non-fiction) related to a theme  in The Distance Between Us.  The teen winner and the adult winner will each receive a $100 gift card, signed copy of The Distance Between Us, and a copy of the published book of collected stories.  The first runner up will receive a $25 gift card, the signed copy of The Distance Between Us,  and the published book of stories.  For contest details or to submit an entry, go to External Link
          Deadline to enter        Friday, Oct. 17

Meet the Author:  Reyna Grande
Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us, will speak, answer questions, and sign copies of her book.
          Wed, Oct. 1, 7:30 pm     Waldorf West Branch Library, 10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf


Childcare Provider Training:  Fun with Math and Science

Childcare providers, learn simple math and science activities to help the children in your care get ready to learn to read.  Upon completion of this training, you will receive 2 Clock Hours in Curriculum, MSDE Office of Child Care Training Approval #CKO-5123.  Free.

         Register          Leonardtown          Mon, Oct. 8, 6-8 pm


Family History–Where do I start?

This introductory course will cover where to look for information, filling out charts, organizing information, using the library databases, and exploring useful websites.  Basic computer skills and an email account are required. 

          Register        Charlotte Hall       Wed, Oct. 15, 2-4 pm   


Introduction to Genealogy

Learn about free websites to start your genealogy search.  The class also covers the library’s databases, US Census, Social Security Death index and more.  Knowledge of the Internet required. 

          Register       Leonardtown          Mon, Oct. 20, 2-4 pm


MockingJay/Hunger Games

Be the MockingJay and lead the rebels to victory over President Snow and the Capitol.  Participate in a rescue mission to save Peeta, design your strategy for defeating Snow, take part in a trivia challenge, and more.

          Lexington Park           Thurs, Nov. 20      6-8 pm