Programs

Ongoing Programs

Book Discussions
Computer Classes

Summer Reading

Summer Reading for all ages runs June 1 – August 26. See more information, register, and get started!

Common Thread

Whether you have been stitching for years, or you just want to learn, join fellow crafters who love all things fabric and fiber. Open to knitters, crocheters, quilters, embroiderers, cross-stitchers, and any other kind of needleworkers. Bring your current project, mingle with like-minded makers, and swap patterns, ideas, and tips. Basic supplies available, if needed. All skill levels welcome. No registration required.

Lexington Park         2nd & 4th Tuesdays           6:00-7:30pm

Staying Safe Online

Learn how to stay safe online by protecting your personal information and avoiding common Internet scams. Registration recommended.

Lexington Park         Thursday, August 17       5:30 – 7:30 p.m.                            Register

Protecting Your Privacy Online

Learn about tools you can use to limit what’s shared about you online. Find out how browser plug-ins, the Tor browser, and VPNs can help keep your information private. Attendees should be proficient computer users. Registration recommended.

Lexington Park        Thursday, August 24      5:30 – 7:30 p.m.                            Register

Introduction to Genealogy

Learn about free websites to start your genealogy search. Also covers the library’s databases, US Census, Social Security Death Index, and more. Knowledge of internet required. Limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.

Leonardtown                                     Monday, August 14, 2 – 4 p.m.                       Register

St. Mary’s Financial Classes

Presented by the University of Maryland Extension. Registration required.

Your Money Your Goals
Lexington Park                               Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m. – 12 noon                    Register

Spending Plans
Lexington Park                               Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m. – 12 noon                         Register

Meet the Media

Promoting your nonprofit or community organization can be a challenge. Find out how to bring your organization’s news, events, and accomplishments to the attention of local media outlets at ‘Meet the Media.’ A panel of representatives from local print, broadcast, and online media will discuss how to get the word out more effectively and get the attention you deserve. Presented by the Nonprofit Institute at CSM, the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland and St. Mary’s County Library. Registration recommended.

Lexington Park                             Thursday, September 28, 1 – 3 p.m.                                 Register

Share the Warmth

All three branches of the St. Mary’s County Library will be accepting donations of new and gently used hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves for distribution to local organizations that serve individuals in need.

Monday, October 2 – Thursday, November 30

Paying for College

FAFSA? MDCAPS? Loans, grants, scholarships, and “expected family contributions?” Paying for college can be complicated, but the Maryland Higher Education Commission can help. Learn about sources of financial aid, how to find them, and how and when to apply. No registration.

Leonardtown                                Wednesday, October 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

LexiCon!

Celebrate your fandom at our library comic con, October 7 at Lexington Park! Meet local artists and podcasters, win prizes, make crafts, and join in a scavenger hunt, trivia match, and costume contest. Events for all ages. See more information about LexiCon.

Introduction to Genealogy 101

Learn the best methods of gathering, researching, organizing and evaluating information on your ancestors using websites, censuses and databases. Basic computer skills & email account required. Ages 16+. Registration required.

Charlotte Hall                             Thursday, October 19, 2 p.m.                                          Register
Lexington Park                           Friday, November 17, 10 a.m.                                         Register

Introduction to Genealogy 102

Explore additional places to locate genealogical information using books, libraries, websites, censuses, government sources and more. Basic computer skills & email account required. Ages 16+. Registration required.

Charlotte Hall                            Thursday, November 2, 2 p.m.                                       Register

Ready Set Go! Starting Your Own Business

Presented by the Small Business Development Center. This FREE workshop is for those who are interested in  starting their first business. SBDC staff will share what to anticipate when starting a new business including resources to help you navigate information about legal and licensing requirements, the business plan, different financing options, preparing a marketing strategy and the perks and drawbacks of life as an entrepreneur. Registration Recommended.

Lexington Park                         Monday, October 23, 6 – 8 p.m.                                    Register

NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party

November is National Novel Writers’ Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo (Check out nanowrimo.org). This is a nationwide challenge for writers to write 50,000 words in the month of November. That’s 1,667 words per day, so let’s get started! First, join us for a presentation from Christine Trent (please register), then stay for the Write-A-Thon!

‘Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Choose Wisely’
Christine Trent, a local author, will talk about her publishing journey and answer your questions. She is the author of the Lady of Ashes historical mystery series, about a Victorian-era undertaker, as well as the author of three other historical novels. Learn more about Christine at www.ChristineTrent.com.
Lexington Park                       Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m. – 12 noon                       Register

Write-A-Thon
Bring your laptop, notebook or flash drive. We will provide refreshments and a place to write. Drop in or stay the whole time.
Lexington Park                      Saturday, October 28, 12 noon – 4 p.m.

NaNoWriMo Come Write In

Bring your dinner, snacks and your notebook or laptop and join us for some write-ins. Enjoy free Wi-Fi and a collaborative atmosphere.

Lexington Park                            Tuesdays in November, 6 p.m.

Other Programs

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

Please note that library staff may be taking photos of any or all events to use for future library publications. Program participants’ photos may be used without notification or compensation. If you do not feel comfortable having your photo taken, please inform library staff when you arrive to a program.