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We have the results of our Customer Satisfaction Survey!
During the month of October, St. Mary's County Library conducted a survey to better understand how St. Mary's County Library is meeting the needs of our customers. An amazing 969 individuals took part in the survey, and one lucky winner won a Kindle Fire for participating.
Our greatest asset, our staff, was very highly praised throughout the survey with 86.1% of respondents satisfied to very satisfied with staff assistance, and 88.2% of respondents are satisfied to very satisfied with the friendliness of staff. 57% of respondents would 'enthusiastically endorse the Library', and 94.6% of respondents are satisfied to extremely satisfied with the Library.
To read more of the highlights of the survey,
Write 50,000 words with us in November!
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!
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.
Share the Warmth
Donate new and gently used hats, gloves, mittens and scarves
Share the warmth with your local community! Donate new and gently used hats, gloves, mittens and scarves to any branch of the St. Mary's County Library through November 30. All donations will be distributed to local organizations that help individuals in need.
More to Explore
You can still Explore through November 17
Have you finished your More to Explore passport? If not, you have until November 17 to see 12 of the 26 locations to win a prize! To access the online More to Explore portal, click here.
I Didn't Know the Library Had That!
Come and learn about how you can get ebooks, digital audiobooks, digital magazines, streaming music and movies and more through your library!
Explore digital content available with your library card from Overdrive, Hoopla, and RBdigital. Learn how to access eBooks, digital audiobooks, magazines, and streaming movies and music for free. Bring your device if you have one! This is not a device-specific class. We will cover the basics of using Windows, Android, Apple, and Kindle devices to access library content. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Leonardtown Library on
Tuesday, November 14, 5:30 p.m. Register
Can you think on your feet, team up, use creativity, and complete the challenge? Come play Minecraft with us and find out! 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 8 - 11. Registration opens 2 weeks before each program.
Thursday, November 9 2 - 3:30 p.m. Register
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 Monday, November 13 5 - 6 p.m.
Preschool Science Explorers: Light and Shadows!
Shadows are so mysterious! Join us to learn all about how shadows work, why different things have different shadows, and take home a cool outline of your shadow. Ages 4 - 8. Registration opens 2 weeks before each program.
Leonardtown Tuesday, November 7
Lexington Park Monday, November 13 10 - 11 a.m. Register
Preschool Science Explorers: Blood and Bones
Our bodies do amazing things! Join us as we learn all about our skeletal and circulatory systems on a level geared toward your little one. Ages 3 - 6. Registration opens 2 weeks before each program.
Monday, November 13 2 - 3 p.m. Register
Open computer lab use for Teens and Tweens ages 11 - 18. Activities vary, including special events, PC games, board games, Wii, and craft project. Hang out, bring your friends! No registration.
Lexington Park Thursdays 4 - 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 2: International Games Week
Charlotte Hall Thursday, November 2 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Leonardtown Tuesday, November 14 1 - 4 p.m.
Lexington Park Wednesday, November 22 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
St. Mary's Financial Classes:
Small Steps to Health and Wealth
Small Steps to Health and Wealth is a program designed to motivate participants to make positive behavior changes to simultaneously improve their health and personal finances. Free. Registration required.
Leonardtown Thursday, November 2 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Understanding Credit Reports
Your credit report offers a snapshot of your financial life and may be accessed by lenders and potential employers. The information contained in your credit report will determine your credit score. By understanding how to read your credit report, and how to monitor it, you'll be better equipped to handle your finances. Free. Registration required.
Leonardtown Monday, November 6 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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.
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.
Lexington Park Friday, November 17 10 a.m. Register
Adult Computer Classes
One-on-One Help available -call your branch to make an appointment.
Microsoft Office Classes
Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up, registration is required.
Intermediate Excel 2013
Students with a basic knowledge of Excel will learn how to use the sort and filter functions in Excel and how to insert and manipulate graphs and pivot tables.
Charlotte Hall Friday, November 17 2 p.m. Register
Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up, registration is required.
Buying and Selling Online
Trying to sell your old dining room table, or go into business selling handmade scarves? Learn which online selling venue is right for you, Craigslist, eBay, Amazon, or Etsy. Understand how to stay safe, when buying and selling online. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Lexington Park Wednesday, November 8 10 a.m. Register
I Didn't Know the Library Had That! Overdrive, Hoopla, RBdigital
Explore digital content available with your library card from Overdrive, Hoopla, and RBdigital. Learn how to access eBooks, digital audiobooks, magazines, and streaming movies and music for free. Bring your device if you have one! This is not a device-specific class. We will cover the basics of using Windows, Android, Apple, and Kindle devices to access library content. Adult Leonardtown
Tuesday, November 14 5:30 p.m.
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.
Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life-from cheating and crime to parenting and sports-and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head. Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They set out to explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the truth about real estate agents, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, and much more. Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, they show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives-how people get what they want or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.
Charlotte Hall Monday, November 6 6:45 p.m.
Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is the story of three young, gifted anthropologists of the 1930s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.
Leonardtown Thursday, November 16 7 p.m.
"Winston Churchill kept nothing from Clementine. "You know,"he informed FDR, "I tell Clemmie everything." Purnell has delivered an astute, pacey account of a woman who hardly ever emerged from the shadows. It is a sharp analysis of what it meant to be a politician's wife. . . [and] shows how much we can learn about Winston Churchill from his wife and marriage."
-The Wall Street Journal
Lexington Park Monday, November 13 6 p.m.