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December 4, 2013  


Happy Holidays!

Your Library Board and library staff send their warmest wishes for a happy and safe holiday season filled with good books, movies, and music from your Library!
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NewsataglanceNews at a Glance
  • All three libraries will be closed Friday, December 6, for Staff Development and Volunteer Appreciation Day.  The libraries will also be closed on December 24 and 25 for Christmas and will be closing at 5 pm on December 31 and remain closed on January 1.   
  • The WoW! Van which is used to provide services to childcare providers has a new look.   
  • More than 1000 items have been checked out in one day on several Sundays at Lexington Park.  Thank you to the Board of County Commissioners for providing the funds to resume Sunday hours. 
  • Donations of new or gently used scarves, mittens, and hats are being accepted at each branch for our Tree of Warmth project.  These items are donated to local charities to distribute.   
  • All three libraries are collection sites for Toys for Tots again this year.  Drop off your donations of new toys at any branch.  Food items are also being accepted for local food banks. 
  • Registration forms for the Homeschool Science Fair scheduled at Leonardtown on January 22 are due by January 15.
MusicaEnjoy a holiday concert by St. Maries Musica Minstrels

St. Maries Musica Minstrels
Take an evening out of your hectic holiday schedule and spend it with us, relaxing and enjoying the wonderful music by the Minstrels, St. Maries Musica's ambassador choir.   They will sing sacred and secular seasonal and holiday selections. 
        Monday, December 9
        7 PM
        Lexington Park
WoWWoW Van gets a new look
WoW Van with new wrap

Have you seen the new wrap on the WoW Van as it travels around the county? The design of the wrap created by Hilltop Graphics was based on our library card.

Tammy Farrell, the WoW (Words on Wheels) Van driver, delivers books and items monthly to nearly 50 childcare providers, 16 childcare centers and 6 infant and toddler programs around the county, servicing almost 800 children.  The children look forward to Ms Tammy's visit each month and the delightful storytime she provides.

Kids library card





kidsSTEM:  Silly Shapes

Kids, 3-5 years old, will use shapes to create an art project that also teaches basic geometry.  Presented by growingSTEMS.   Register

       Charlotte Hall      Mon, Dec. 16, 10-11 am

Leonardtown       Fri, Dec. 13, 10-11 am  

Lexington Park    Thurs, Dec. 12, 10-11am   

Kids Can Cook

Kids ages 8-12 will make and sample new recipes.   

          Lexington Park  Tues, Dec. 10, 4:30-5 pm 


Un-Birthday Party--A very merry un-birthday to you!  Yes, You! 
Join us for a celebration of everyone's un-birthday.
         Lexington Park  Tues, Dec. 10,  10 am  

Holiday Celebrations
Celebrate this festive time of year with books, songs and crafts.  All ages.
          Charlotte Hall      Tues, Dec. 10, 6 pm

          Leonardtown       Tues, Dec. 17, 6 pm
          Lexington Park    Thurs, Dec. 19, 6 pm     


Free Family Movies:    Friday, Dec. 27, 2 pm at each branch 

Charlotte Hall--Despicable Me 2   
In this sequel to the 2010 animated picture,  Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.   


In this PG movie a crop dusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race. 

Lexington Park--Jumanji

Two kids find and play a magical board game, releasing a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers.  


Storytimes for babies through preschool will resume January 2.  Storytime schedule. 


2014 Winter/Spring Program Brochure 


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computerComputer Classes 


Basic computer classes: Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email
will be offered at Lexington Park in January.  Register

One-on-one instruction:  Available at all three branches.  Contact the library for an appointment. 


computer graphic

Upcoming Classes other than Basic:   

eBooks for Smartphones and Tablets

    Wed, Dec. 18, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park 

Using your Kindle (Fire) to check out eBooks    

    Mon, Jan. 6, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown

Using the Overdrive App to check out eBooks

     Mon, Jan. 13, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown 

Appy Hour--explore apps 

     Mon, Jan. 13, 6-7 pm, Charlotte Hall

     Thurs, Jan. 16, 6-7 pm, Lexington Park 

Intermediate Excel

     Tues, Jan. 14, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown 

Certificate of Attendance
will be issued to those who attend the basic computer series or the Microsoft 2010 series. 


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bookdiscussionTalk about a Good Book
Join us for any of these book discussions.  Books are available at the hosting library.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
This book makes the case for introverts--those who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion and who prefer to work on their own than on a team. 
     Monday, Dec.9, 6 pm,  Lexington Park

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
The story of Wilbur the pig and how, through his friendship with Charlotte the spider, he became famous and learned about life and death.
     Thursday, Dec. 19, 7 pm, Leonardtown

The Letters
by Luanne Rice & Joseph Monninger
The heartfelt, intimate, and often unflinchingly candid correspondence between two parents in the aftermath of the death of their son.
     Monday, Jan. 6, 7 pm,  Charlotte Hall

healthConfused about new health care insurance options?

Maryland Health Connections is the state's new health insurance marketplace that will make it easier for you to:

  • 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

Mon, December 9, 10am-2pm  

Fri, December 20, 1-5pm 

Sat, January 4, 1-5pm


Leonardtown Library

Sat, December 14, 10am-2pm

Wed, December 18, 1-5pm  

Fri, January 3, 12-4pm


Lexington Park Library

Sat, December 7, 1-5pm
Wed, December 11, 1-5pm

Mon, December 16, 10 am-2pm

Thurs, January 2, 4-8pm

Sun, January 5, 1-5pm 

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moblecenterSouthern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center Visits

Mobile Career Center
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. Call 240-925-4806 to find out if the visit is cancelled.

Charlotte Hall     Thurs, Dec. 5, & January 2, 9 am - 1 pm
Leonardtown      Tues, Dec. 10, 1 - 4 pm
Lexington Park    Fri, Dec. 13, 9 am - 1 pm

Art Gallery Sign
artNell Elder's artwork on display 

Local artist Nell Elder's artwork is on display at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery through December 15.  She works in oil, pastel, watercolor and mixed media.  Her favorite subjects include flowers of all kinds and landscapes from the region.

Candy  Cummings will display her artwork from Dec. 15 through the end of January.  Her artwork chronicles her very early years through the present and represents her numerous "collections."

Artists interested in displaying their artwork are asked to contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.

giftGreat gift ideas from your library 


license plate holder Look no further than your library.  Book bags, backpacks for kids, 300 Years of Black Cooking in St. Mary's County cookbook, and license plate holders can be purchased at any branch.   

Books make great gifts, no matter what age.  Need help determining what book to buy.  Ask staff for suggestions or check out the December issue of BookPage.  It contains book suggestions in every genre and for all ages. 

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