September 30, 2017
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OverDrive has a STEAM collection for all ages! 

Overdrive now has a S.T.E.A.M collection for all ages! 
Find hundreds of e books
and digital 
audio books on topics including science, technology, engineering, art and math. Categories such as 'Get Artsy' and 'Makers and Inventors' help you find just what you want to read.  

You can access the ebooks and digital audiobooks from Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium, powered by Overdrive. Thousands of ebook and digital audiobooks are available for checkout with your library card. 

For more information about using Overdrive to access library materials, click here
LexiCon Returns in One Week!  LexiCon
LexiCon is Saturday, October 7 from 12 - 4 p.m.

Celebrate your fandom by participating in LexiCon - the St. Mary's County Library Comic Con. There will be a variety of events for people of all ages to enjoy ranging from comic book trivia to button making! Comic book artist, Sophie Campbell, best known for her work on the comic series "Jem and the Holograms", will have a Skype interview to answer all your questions about working in the industry. 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." All of this and much more will be going on so visit our website for a full schedule of events. 

Read Between the Wines   ReadBetweenWines
St. Mary's County Library Foundation Fundraising Event

The newly formed St. Mary's County Library Foundation invites you to a fundraising event
"Read Between the Wines" on Friday, November 3 at the lovely and his
to ric Tudor Hall in Leonardtown from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. during First Friday. Join us for delicious c atering from Bailey's, a range of fine wines to taste from Port of Leonardtown Winery, and smooth jazz from a live jazz group.  All proceeds will go to the building of the new Leonardtown Library. 

Tickets are $32.50 per person or $60 per couple. A limited number of tickets a re available. For tickets, send a check to St. Mary's County Library Foundation (23250 Hollywood Rd, Leonardtown, Md. 20650) or pay online . Sponsorships are available for this event, please email for details. 

We thank Community Bank of the Chesapeake for the generous support making this event possible, and Bailey's Catering and Port of Leonardtown Winery for their kindness and help.   

Share the Warmth  Share
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 starting October 2 and going through November 30. All donations will be distributed to local organizations that help individuals in need. 
NaNoWriMo  NaNo
Write 50,000 words with us in November!

November is National Novel Writers' Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo (Check out 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! First, join us for a presentation from Christine Trent (please register), then stay and start planning your novel!

A Kickoff Party will be held at Lexington Park branch on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A workshop, 'Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Choose Wisely', presented by Christine Trent, a local author, will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Ms. Trent will talk about her publishing journey and answer your questions. She is the author of the Lady of Ashes historical mystery series, about a Victorian-era undertaker, as well as the author of three other historical novels. This workshop requires registration. 

After the workshop, join us for a Plan-A-Thon! Bring your laptop, notebook or flash drive. We will provide refreshments and a place to plan. Drop in or stay the whole time,12 noon - 4 p.m.

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.
More to Explore  MTE
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
One Maryland One Book  OMOB
The 2017 One Maryland One Book is 'Purple Hibiscus' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Maryland Humanities created One Maryland One Book (OMOB) to bring together diverse people in communities across Maryland through the shared experience of reading the same book. We invite you to participate in book-centered discussions! We have three discussions for you to choose from:
Charlotte Hall branch on Monday, October 2, 6:45 p.m.
Leonardtown branch on Thursday, October 19, 7 p.m.
St. Mary's County Library GoodReads page in the month of October. 

Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.

Kids Programs

Minecraft Challenges!
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.
Lexington Park          Friday, October 20           2 - 3:30 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               Monday, October 2           5 - 6 p.m.

BINGO for Kids!
Try your luck in our kid-friendly version of BINGO. Match letters, numbers, and symbols to win fun prizes! Siblings welcome. Registration opens 2 weeks before each program.
Lexington Park              
Ages 3 - 6                       Monday, October 9              10:30 - 11 a.m.      Register
Ages 7 - 10                    Monday, October 9               3 - 3:30 p.m.        Register

Art Explorers: Clay Charms
Come learn how to make tiny charms out of polymer clay! Perfect for jewelry, decorating, or just for collecting! We'll show you a few designs, or you can get totally creative. Ages 8 - 12. Registration opens 2 weeks before the program.
Lexington  Park                 Thursday, October 5              2:30 - 4 p.m.             Register

Halloween Spooktacular
Enjoy not-so-scary stories, awesome activities, and more. Trick-or-treat through the library! Activities are planned with ages 3 - 6 in mind, but kids of all ages are welcome!
Lexington Park               Thursday, October 26                 6 - 7 p.m. 

Teen Programs Teens

Teen Tech Space
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.
Special Events
    Thursday, October 12: Teen Read Week Celebration
     Thursday, October 19: Escape Room

Paying for College
FAFSA? MDCAPS? Loans, grants, scholarships, and "expected family contributions?" Paying for college can be complicated, but the Maryland Higher Education Commission can help. Learn about sources of financial aid, how to find them, and how and when to apply. No registration.
Leonardtown             Wednesday, October 4          6 - 7:30 p.m.

Stop-Motion Workshop
School's out early, so join us to learn all about the process of making cool videos using the stop-motion process, and get started making videos using figurines and props provided by the library! Recommended for ages 12- 18. Registration required.
Leonardtown           Tuesday, October 17       4:30 - 7 p.m.        Register

Adult Programs adult
Mobile Career Center
Charlotte Hall       Thursday, October 5             9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Leonardtown        Tuesday, October 10             1 - 4 p.m.
Lexington Park     Wednesday, October 25       9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Master Gardeners Plant Clinics - Through October 10
Have questions about growing vegetables, soil conditions, mystery insects, invasive weeds, or heirloom plants? Ask a Master Gardener at this free plant clinic. Stop by the table in the library lobby with your plant samples and questions.
Lexington Park Library          Tuesday, October 3       
  11 a.m. -1 p.m. 
Leonardtown Library             Tuesday, October 10       11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Charlotte Hall Library            Saturday, October 7        10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

St. Mary's Financial Classes: 
Spending Plans
Families who have a spending plan say it is a crucial tool to help them get a grip on their money. A spending plan is a different take on the traditional budget and can help you spend your hard earned dollars more effectively thus reducing debt and increasing savings. Presented by Patricia Maynard from the University of Maryland Extension. Free. Registration required. 
Lexington Park         Saturday, October 28        10 a.m. - 12 noon      

Paying for College
FAFSA? MDCAPS? Loans, grants, scholarships, and "expected family contributions?" Paying for college can be complicated, but the Maryland Higher Education Commission can help. Learn about sources of financial aid, how to find them, and how and when to apply. No registration.
Lexington Park           Wednesday, October 4           6 - 7:30 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.
Charlotte Hall               Thursday, October 19             2 - 4 p.m.              Register

Ready, Set, Go! Starting Your Own Business
Presented by the Small Business Development Center. This FREE workshop is for those who are interested in  starting their first business. SBDC staff will share what to anticipate when starting a new business including resources to help you navigate information about legal and licensing requirements, the business plan, different financing options, preparing a marketing strategy and the perks and drawbacks of life as an entrepreneur. Registration Recommended.
Lexington Park             Monday, October 23              6 - 8 p.m.           Register

Adult Computer Classes Computer
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. 

Introduction to Word 2013
Learn how to open, create, format, print, and save documents using Microsoft Word 2013. Prerequisite: Basic skills in using the mouse & keyboard. 
Lexington Park                   Monday, October 2         2 p.m.         Register

Introduction to PowerPoint 2013
Learn the basics of creating multimedia presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. Explore how to animate presentations using various effects. Prerequisite: Basic skills in using the mouse & keyboard. 
Lexington Park                   Monday, October 9         2 p.m.          Register

Introduction to Excel 2013
This class is recommended for individuals who are new to Microsoft Excel or have limited spreadsheet experience. Providing an introduction to spreadsheets and the practical uses and versatility of Excel. Students will learn time saving features and tips for using Excel effectively. Prerequisite: Basic skills in using the mouse & keyboard.
Leonardtown                     Monday, October 16         2 p.m.          Register
Lexington Park                 Monday, October 23          2 p.m.         Register

Introduction to Publisher 2013
Learn to create flyers, cards, certificates and more! Basic computer skills required, ability to use a mouse, and familiarity with Microsoft Word. 
Lexington Park                  Monday, October 16         2 p.m.          Register

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.
Lexington Park                   Monday, October 30         2 p.m.         Register

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.  
One Maryland One Book
'Purple Hibiscus' by by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.

Charlotte Hall              Monday, October 2           6:45 p.m.
Leonardtown              Thursday, October 19        7 p.m. 

  When Breath Becomes Air   by Paul Kalanithi
An Amazon Best Book of January 2016: When Breath Becomes Air is a powerful look at a stage IV lung cancer diagnosis through the eyes of a neurosurgeon. When Paul Kalanithi is given his diagnosis he is forced to see this disease, and the process of being sick, as a patient rather than a doctor--the result of his experience is not just a look at what living is and how it works from a scientific perspective, but the ins and outs of what makes life matter. This heart-wrenching book will capture you from page one and still have you thinking long after the final sentence. -Penny Mann

Lexington Park            Monday, October 9            6 p.m.

Laura Boonchaisri | St. Mary's County Library | 301-475-2846 ext. 1007 |