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You can rent St. Mary's County Library meeting rooms for private parties? 

Are you looking for a great location for your next private party - such as a birthday, bridal, wedding, or baby shower, luncheon, bridge group, etc.? You can now reserve the meeting rooms at the three St. Mary's County Library branches for your private event!

There is a fee for private parties of $50/hour or portion thereof for one meeting room (use of both meeting rooms (A & B) at Lexington Park is considered two meeting rooms) plus a $100 refundable security deposit for each reservation.

For more information on reserving a meeting room for your private party, Click Here
    
Holiday Closings  Closing

All three branches of the St. Mary's County Library will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

Don't forget, our internet branch is always open!
Author Fair Accepting Applications From Local Authors   author
Join us for St. Mary's County Library's Author Fair!
Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library

Come together and learn with local and aspiring authors. There will be presentations from local authors, a writing workshop, and an information session on self-publishing. Spend the day discovering new authors and learning how to get started in the writing industry.

Interested in participating in the local author presentations? We invite local authors to apply to participate. A completed application must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Space is limited. There will be room for 10 authors. The Library reserves the right to limit participation by selecting authors that represent a variety of genres and intended audiences. There is no cost. All applicants will be notified of their status by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Kids Programs
Kids
Storytimes 
January 1 - April 30
Check www.stmalib.org for times

Preschool Music Explorers 
Join us as we explore music and interpretive dance by playing simple instruments, moving our bodies, and creating art inspired by classical pieces! For ages 3-5.
Charlotte Hall         Friday, January 27           10:30 a.m.     Register

Minecraft Challenges!
Can you think on your feet, team up, use creativity, and complete the challenge? Come play Minecraft with us and find out! We'll be taking on a new challenge for each session. Must be able to use a mouse and keyboard commands, and be familiar with how to play Minecraft (we will not use the tutorial). Ages 7-11.       
Lexington Park     Friday, January 27              2 - 3 p.m.       Register

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! You can also make some Pokémon buttons to take home, take turns playing a retro Pokémon game, and maybe make some friends (or rivals....) along the way. All ages.
Leonardtown        Tuesday, January 31              5- 6 p.m.

Teen Programs Teens

Teen Tech Space
Open computer lab use for Teens and Tweens ages 11 - 18. Play Minecraft, Wii, games, computers, and make crafts. Hang out and bring your friends!
Lexington Park           1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays     4 - 6 p.m.

Conflict Resolution for Teens
These 2 hour workshops will explore different conflict styles, understanding and managing anger, listening and speaking skills, and how to create "win-win" situations. Recommended for youth in 6th through 12th grade. Refreshments provided. Registration required.
Lexington Park            2nd and 4th Tuesdays        4 - 6 p.m.
January 10               Register
January 24               Register

Southern Maryland Math Circle
The Southern Maryland Math Circle provides fun, fascinating math activities to middle- and high-school students (and their families!) Run by the faculty at St. Mary's College of Maryland, this monthly gathering is sure to inspire a love of mathematical exploration to everyone who comes. Snacks will be provided.ed some light on any of your questions surrounding higher education. No registration required.
Lexington Park            2nd Saturdays      10 a.m. - 12 noon


Adult Programs adult
 
Mobile Career Center
Leonardtown        Tuesday, January 10               1 - 4 p.m.
Lexington Park     Wednesday, January 25         9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Charlotte Hall       Thursday, February 2             9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Handmade at Your Library
A craft program for beginner and experienced do-it-yourselfers. Join us at Lexington Park this month to make dip ornaments. We'll supply the instructions and materials, and you bring the creativity. This is an adults only program. Registration required.
Lexington Park        Saturday, February 4         10 - 11 a.m.         Register

DLLR Workshop
Maryland Workforce Exchange Job Searching
Participants will create and account on the Maryland Workforce Exchange website and learn how to successfully search for job openings. Registration required.
Lexington Park        Tuesday, January 10        2 - 4 p.m.           Register

Crochet Clique
Crochet with others and learn from community crocheters.Bring your yarn and hook or borrow one of ours. This is the program for you if you're new to crochet, looking to pick up some new tips, or hoping to socialize with other people interested in crochet. All skill levels welcome. Ages 18-100. Registration required.
Leonardtown             Tuesday, January 24        5:30 - 7:30 p.m.         Register


One-on-One Help available -call your branch to make an appointment.

Techboomers Together
Work together through the Techboomers Course Tutorial to set up a Techboomers log in and gain access to a whole lot of guided tutorials on everything from how to use the internet to the class choice of many different popular online services.  Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Leonardtown                     Wednesday, January 11           2 p.m.       Register

iPhone/iPad for Beginners
Learn the basics of navigating your iPad and/or iPhone! In this class you will learn how to connect to Wi-Fi, adjust settings, download apps, surf the web, watch videos and borrow eBooks from the library.  Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Charlotte Hall                    Tuesday, January 17                 2 p.m.        Register

Computer Basics 1& 2: Introduction to Computers and Windows 7
Parts one and two of a four part series. Learn the components, terminology, and general use of a computer. Learn how to use a mouse and keyboard. Explore the basics of Microsoft's operating system. Learn how to create, store, and manage files & folders, and run multiple programs. Learn how to use various tools and techniques to make your computer experience more productive. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Lexington Park                  Wednesday, January 18            2 p.m.        Register

Computer Basics 3: Introduction to Internet
Part two of a four part series. Learn terminology, basic features, and how to navigate the Internet. Pick up tips on browsing and evaluating websites in order to make your browsing experience more successful. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Lexington Park                   Monday, January 23                  2 p.m.         Register

Techboomers Together
Work together through the Techboomers Course Tutorial to set up a Techboomers log in and gain access to a whole lot of guided tutorials on everything from how to use the internet to the class choice of many different popular online services.  Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Leonardtown                      Wednesday, January 25            2 p.m.           Register

Computer Basics 4: Introduction to Email
Part four of a four part series. Set up your personal email account and learn how to compose an email. Explore various email providers and the features and tools they offer. Adult classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Lexington Park                  Monday, January 30                   2 p.m.        Register

Social Media Overview
This class will provide an overview of the major social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook etc.  Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Charlotte Hall                    Tuesday, January 31                  2 p.m.         Register


Lexington Park Library Art Gallery art
January 15 - March 1: Adrienne Dixon

Adrienne works in a range of different media such as watercolor, acrylic, and hyper-realistic oil paintings. The artist is also working on a number of conceptual mixed-media works, which are comprised of materials such as glitter, wood, acrylic paint and Resin. These works are playful, colorful, and shiny reflecting on the materialistic culture of western society.

Adrienne Dixon's work has been displayed in numerous art galleries on the East Coast, as well as being in many private collections across the nation.

A reception will be held for Andrienne on Thursday, February 16 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery. 
 
If you are interested in exhibiting your work at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery,  please contact Nell Elder at   info@smcart.org   or 240-309-0686. 

Book Discussions Book
Join a book discussion at your branch to talk about a good book!   

All book discussions are open to the public. Copies of selected titles are available at the hosting library.  
   
Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel   by Fredrick Backman

The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry returns with a heartwarming and hilarious story of a reluctant outsider who transforms a tiny village and a woman who finds love and second chances in the unlikeliest of places. Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and ends up in the backwater town of Borg where she becomes the caretaker of recreation center and the coach of the untalented children's soccer team. Hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realizes and who finds a place, in her new town, where she truly belongs. 

Charlotte Hall         Monday, February 6         6:45 p.m.



The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forrest, and Saved 1,200 Jews  by Peter Duffy
"The Bielski Brothers reads like an action novel. And it is some story. Three macho and street-savvy young men - Tuvia, Zus and Asael Bielski - rise brilliantly to the occasion of extreme crisis by creating not only a viable partisan fighting force in the forests of the Lida-Novogrudek region of Belarus but a 'forest shtetl, a Jewish village [of some 800 inhabitants] in the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe ... a mini-civilization, a small-scale replica of what the Nazis had succeeded in destroying throughout the towns and cities of western Belarus, indeed much of Europe.' ... "Fast-paced and deeply moving ... inspiring in its representation of the heroism of ordinary people."- Washington Post

Lexington Park           Monday, February 13           6 p.m. 

Fun Home   by Allison Bechdel

In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.

Leonardtown            Thursday, February 16            7 p.m.



Laura Boonchaisri | St. Mary's County Library | 301-475-2846 ext. 1007 | stmaps@stmalib.org   www.stmalib.org
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