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November 6, 2013
|News 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.
Community Dialogue on Practicing Democracy:
What does "liberty and justice for all" mean to me?
Wednesday, November 13
5:30 - 8pm
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.
From 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.
| Catching 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
|Free 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
STEM @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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Teen 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
|Computer 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."
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.
Basic computer classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email
is being offered at Lexington Park in November and January.
Available at all three branches. Contact the library for an appointment.
Upcoming 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
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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|Talk 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
| War of 1812 Traveling Exhibit at Lexington Park
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.
Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center Visits
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
|Downloadable 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 Zinio.com account in order to download a magazine. Our staff will gladly assist you if you need additional help.
Confused about new health care insurance options?
- 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
Wed, November 6, 1-5pm
Fri, November 15, 10am-2pm
Lexington Park Library
Sat, November 9, 9am-1pm
Tues, November 12, 1-5pm
|Nell 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.
Marilyn Lash, Publicity Specialist
St. Mary's County Library