Kids Programs

Reading Recommendations and More from Beanstack

Register with Beanstack and discover books and activities matched by age group for all ages! Receive weekly book recommendations, follow learning tips for children to make the most out of your reading experience, learn about library programs matched to your child’s age and your local library location, and keep track of progress and achievements. Hint: If you participated in the summer reading program, you probably already have a Beanstack account. You can continue to use it to find book recommendations, log reading, and more!

LexiCON Fanfiction Writing Contest

Do you have a favorite character from a movie, t.v. show, or book? Do you wish that their adventure could continue on? Well, who is better to write their next adventure than YOU?! Write the first chapter of your fanfiction involving any character of your choice. Three age categories will be judged: birth to 10 years old, 11 to 17 years old, and 18+. Prizes will be awarded to 1st through 3rd place winners in each age group, and the 1st place winners will be honored by having their chapter read in front of a live audience at LexiCON (October 1). All entries are due by September 25 and must be 3000 characters or less and family friendly. Enter the writing contest.

 
Storytimes September 1 – November 30
Baby Storytimes
Ages birth-2
Charlotte Hall
Lexington Park
Leonardtown
Tuesdays
Tuesdays
Thursdays
10 a.m.
10 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
Toddler Storytimes
Ages 1-3
Charlotte Hall
Leonardtown
Leonardtown
Lexington Park
Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Thursdays
Thursdays
10:30 a.m.
10 a.m.
10 a.m.
11 a.m.
Preschool Storytimes
Ages 3-5
Lexington Park
Charlotte Hall
Leonardtown
Lexington Park
Tuesdays
Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Thursdays
10:30 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
11 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Wiggle Giggle Storytimes
Ages 1-5, with extra energy
Lexington Park
Charlotte Hall
Leonardtown
Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Thursdays
11 a.m.
10 a.m.
11 a.m.
Creative Coloring
Ages 1-5, with coloring time after storytime
Charlotte Hall Wednesdays 2 p.m.

Saturday Storytime
Ages 1-5
Charlotte Hall Saturdays 10:30 a.m.

ACTIVITIES

Learning in Action!
A partnership between the Greenwell Foundation and the St. Mary’s County Library to encourage children to read and be outdoors.
Storytime at Greenwell State Park (25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood, Maryland 20636)
Enjoy the scenery of Greenwell while also attending a library run storytime! Enjoy a fun mix of stories, songs and activities, and afterwards be sure to check out the open barn which stays open until noon. Ages 6-10 recommended, but all are welcome!
Saturday, September 10 10 – 11 a.m.
Greenwell Animal Visit at Leonardtown Library
Representatives from Greenwell State Park will bring some of their animals to the Leonardtown Library for a special visit!  If you love animals then this is something you won’t want to miss! Ages 6-10 recommended, but all are welcome!
Saturday, September 24 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Homeschoolers’ Workshop
Homeschool students and parents, start your school year off right by learning how to get the most from your library’s resources and services. Meet fellow homeschoolers and your friendly library staff!
Leonardtown Monday, September 12, 2 -3 p.m.
Pokémon Trainers Club
Do you have what it takes to be the very best?  Bring your games and/or your cards and prepare to battle against other Pokémon trainers! Participate in Pokémon trivia and button making, and maybe make some friends along the way. Complete the pokedex challenges beforehand (Found in the Teen Zone!) and bring in your completed pokedex to receive Gym badges! All Ages.
Leonardtown Monday, September 19, 5 – 6 p.m.
Minecraft Mania
Share strategies with other Minecrafters, explore new terrain, gather raw materials and create amazing structures!  Registration opens 2 weeks before each program.
Ages 6 – 9
Register         Lexington Park Friday, September 23, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Register         Lexington Park Friday, October 21, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Register         Lexington Park Wednesday, November 2, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Register         Charlotte Hall Friday, December 30, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Ages 10 – 17
Register         Lexington Park Friday, September 23, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Register         Lexington Park Friday, October 21, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Register         Lexington Park Tuesday, November 1, 4 – 6 p.m.
Register         Charlotte Hall Friday, December 30, 2 – 4 p.m.
Library Programs at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
Please sign in at the front desk at the Veterans Home (29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622). If you or your child are sick, please do not attend programs at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home for the safety of our veteran friends.
Storytime: Join us for stories and songs with our friends at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. No registration required.
Friday, September 23 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Halloween Party: Dress up and join us for a festive good time with our friends at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. No registration required.
Friday, October 28 5 – 7 p.m.
Patriotic Craft: Make a patriotic craft with our friends at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Supplies provided. Registration required. Registration opens 2 weeks before this event.
Register        Tuesday, November 8 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Holiday Caroling and Card Delivery: Celebrate the season with our friends at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. No registration required.
Thursday, December 22 2 – 3 p.m.
LexiCON
Activities for all ages! Ever been interested in how to get into the comics industry? Learn from a panel of two comic book artists! Come dressed as your favorite movie, anime, or comic book character and participate in our cosplay contest to earn prizes from the secret “library vault.” See more information about LexiCON, including the schedule for the day.
Lexington Park Saturday, October 1, 12 noon – 4 p.m.
UKEtoberFest: Songwriting Workshop
Song writing expert and music educator Nathan Earley guides you through the process of expressing yourself through music. No experience needed. Instruments for the class provided by the library. Free. Ages 6-10. Registration opens 2 weeks before this event. See more UKEtoberFest events.
Register        Lexington Park Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Halloween Spooktacular
Enjoy not-so-scary stories, awesome activities, & more. Trick-or-treat through the library! Kids of all ages are welcome!
Leonardtown Tuesday, October 25, 6 – 7 p.m.
Lexington Park Wednesday, October 26, 6 – 7 p.m.
Read for the Record
Thursday, October 27
Help libraries world-wide break the record for the most people reading a single book on the same day. Kids of all ages, enjoy a reading of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Leonardtown 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. during storytime
Lexington Park 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. during storytime
Charlotte Hall 3 p.m.
UKEtoberFest: Family Jam and Open Mic
Sing and strum along to some of your favorite songs at our all ages celebration of music. Bring an instrument, or play one provided by the library. No registration required. See more UKEtoberFest events.
Charlotte Hall Saturday, October 29, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
School-Age STEM: Splashy Science
A Maryland STEM Festival Event. Explore wet and watery science concepts like surface tension, water quality, pH, and buoyancy. Dress to get a little wet and a little messy, because our these are hands-on experiments! Ages 7-12. Registration required. Registration opens 2 weeks before each program.
Register         Lexington Park Tuesday, November 8, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Preschool Time Traveling Kids’ Storytime
A special storytime by Jefferson Patterson Park features opportunities for young learners to experience everyday life of children at different points in history. Participants are transported to new settings and times through historical fiction picture books and hands-on crafts and activities related to the books’ settings. Ages 3-6. Registration required. 
Register          Leonardtown  Wednesday, November 9, 10 a.m.
Register          Leonardtown Wednesday, November 9, 11 a.m.
LEGO Fun
Need something to do this Winter Break? We supply the “bricks,” you bring the imagination! Come and build something amazing with our thousands of LEGO and Duplo pieces. All ages.
Leonardtown Wednesday, December 21, 2 – 4 p.m.
Lexington Park Tuesday, December 27, 2 – 4 p.m.
Charlotte Hall Tuesday, Deecmber 27, 2 – 4 p.m.
Noon Year’s Eve
All the fun of a new year’s party for our young friends with early bed times! Count down to a happy NOON year with stories, songs, and fun activities.
Leonardtown Wednesday, December 28, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lexington Park Friday, December 30, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Learning Fun – Activity Sheets
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