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St. Mary's County Library has Summer Reading for All Ages! 

Sign up TODAY (June 1) for summer reading with St. Mary's County Library! 

Come to any branch of the St. Mary's County Library or go online to sign up! 

Read to Me is for children who aren't quite ready to read alone, Build a Better World is for children and teens who are independent readers, and an adult program just for adults. 

Every child or teen who signs up gets to choose a free book to start reading right away! Those who finish the program will receive a finisher medal and be entered to win a grand prize kindle fire.

To learn more or sign up, click here
Lunch at the Library  lunch
St. Mary's County Library is partnering with St. Mary's County Public Schools and other local organizations to offer Lunch at the Library this summer. 

Students and their families will be able to access a free and nutritious meal for 12 weeks Monday-Friday during the summer. 

During the weeks of June 12 - 16 and June 19 - 23 (Monday through Friday) students and families may visit the Lexington Park Library for Lunch at the Library from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. to receive a box lunch. 

During the weeks from June 26 through August 17 (Monday through Thursday), students and families may visit either Lexington Park Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or George Washington Carver Elementary School from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. to receive a hot lunch and participate in a fun learning activity. On Fridays from June 30 through August 18, students and families may receive a box lunch at the Lexington Park Library. 

For the final weeks of summer break, August 21 - 25 and August 28 - September 1 (Monday through Friday), families may again visit the Lexington Park Library for Lunch at the Library from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. 

To read the press release about Lunch at the Library, Click Here

Support the St. Mary's County Library Foundation at a Blue Crabs Game   BlueCrabs
Come for a fun-filled evening and support our Foundation!  

Support the St. Mary's County Library Foundation by attending a Southern Maryland Blue Crabs game! To buy tickets, visit the SOMD Blue Crabs website and click on "Fundraising" in the "Tickets" section, then select "St. Mary's Library Association." The promo code will be pre-entered (if it is not, enter "newlibrary"). Select "Login," choose your seats, and complete your order!

The Blue Crabs game will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Tickets are $13, and $5 of each ticket will be donated to the Foundation. 

The Olde Town Pub in Leonardtown is holding a fundraiser on Thursday, June 29 for the St. Mary's County Library Foundation. 10% of all proceeds, including carryout, will go to the Foundation! 

Chickens at Lexington Park Library!   Chickens
Follow along as we hatch our new baby chicks

Stop by the children's area at Lexington Park Library to see our incubator with chicken eggs on loan from Bramble Berry Hill Farm. 

Watch for updates on our Facebook page, and when it's nearly time to hatch watch for live coverage on our YouTube page! 

Kids Programs
Storytimes are back! 
June 1 - August 31
Check for times

Summer Professional Performances
Join us on Mondays, June 26 - July 31, for performances and fun for all ages!
Charlotte Hall
10 a.m. at Margaret Brent Middle School, 29675 Point Lookout Rd., Helen, MD 20635

12:30 p.m. at Leonardtown Elementary School, 22885 Duke St., Leonardtown, MD 20650

Lexington Park
3 p.m. at Lexington Park Library

June 26 Stories to Stage: Where the Wild Things Are & Other Stories
Join the artists of RC Dance Discovery in a musical romp through beloved children's stories by Maurice Sendak.

July 3 Scales and Tales
Meet real, live birds of prey, snakes, turtles, and other native animals of Maryland, and the rangers from the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary who care for them.

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         Thursday, June 15                2 - 3:30 p.m.       Register
Lexington Park         Thursday, June 29                2 - 3:30 p.m.       Register

Caring Through Crafting
Calling all crafters! Use your time and talents to make a difference in your community. Join us in making Independence Day cards to be given to our friends at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. All supplies provided. All ages welcome. No registration.
Lexington Park           Saturday, June 3                   10 a.m. 

Storytime at Greenwell State Park
This program takes place at Greenwell State Park (25420 Rosedale Manor Ln., Hollywood, MD 20636).
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities for children ages 2 - 5 with their adult caregivers (and siblings)! Since the barn will be open to guests, be sure to check out all the friendly horses and goats after the program. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch in case you get hungry!  No registration.
Greenwell State Park         Saturday, June 3           10 a.m.

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, June 5           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! No registration.
Charlotte Hall              Wednesday, June 21
10:30 - 11 a.m. recommended for ages 3 - 6
11 - 11:30 a.m. recommended for ages 7 - 10

Drop in for open-ended crafting fun. Try one of our sample crafts, or create your own design! All supplies provided. Recommended for children ages 3+. No registration.
Leonardtown                 Tuesday, June 27              1 - 4 p.m.
Lexington Park              Wednesday, June 28         2 - 4 p.m.
Charlotte Hall                Thursdays, June 29           2 - 4 p.m.

Kindness Rocks! 
It's time to spread  the love! Paint inspirational messages of your own on small rocks that can be placed around town. Imagine when a stranger looks down to see your cheerful message staring up at them; it's going to make their day just that much better! Paint supplies provided. Ages 5 and up. Registration begins 2 weeks before each program.
Leonardtown                 Thursday, June 22              2 p.m.            Register

Mini Monet
Come join us on a messy adventure as we explore the world of art in its various forms. A new experience at your library for our youngest customers and their caregivers. Please expect and prepare for a messy good time! Ages 6 months - 4 years. Registration begins 2 weeks before each program.
Lexington Park               Friday, June 23                  9:30 a.m.         Register

Preschool Patriotic Explorers
This land was made for you and me! Celebrate the US of A with stories, songs, crafts, and activities for ages 3 - 6. Registration begins 2 weeks before each program.
Lexington Park               Tuesday, June 27               2 p.m.             Register

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           Tuesdays      4 - 6 p.m.

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. No registration required.
Lexington Park            2nd Saturdays      10 a.m. - 12 noon

Adult Programs adult
Mobile Career Center
Leonardtown        Tuesday, June 13                 1 - 4 p.m.
Lexington Park     Wednesday, June 28         9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Charlotte Hall       Thursday, July 6               9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Master Gardeners Plant Clinics
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          
1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. 
Leonardtown Library              2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Charlotte Hall Library             1st and 3rd Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Common Thread
Whether you have been stitching for years, or you just want to  learn, join fellow crafters who love all things fabric and fiber. Open to knitters, crocheters, quilters, embroiderers, cross-stitchers, and any other kind of needleworkers. Bring your current project, mingle with like-minded makers, and swap patterns, ideas, and tips. Basic supplies available, if needed. All skill levels welcome. No registration required.
Lexington Park         2nd and 4th Tuesdays        6 - 7:30 p.m.

Gardening Tips for Summer
The Master Gardeners will be giving some great gardening tips for summer during this workshop. 
Lexington Park              Friday, June 9                      11 a.m.

Caring Through Crafting
Calling all crafters! Use your time and talents to make a difference in your community.

Join us in making Independence Day cards to be given to our friends at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. All supplies provided. All ages welcome. No registration required.
Lexington Park           Saturday, June 3         10 - 11 a.m.

Help us make easy cat and dog toys to donate to our furry friends at the Southern Maryland Animal Welfare League. Both new and experienced crafters are welcome. All supplies provided. Adults only. Registration recommended.
Lexington Park          Saturday, July 1           10 - 11 a.m.               Register

Staying Safe Online
Learn how to stay safe online by protecting your personal information and avoiding common Internet scams. Registration recommended.
Leonardtown              Friday, June 9             10 a.m. - 12 noon          Register

Protecting Your Privacy Online
Learn about tools you can use to limit what's shared about you online. Find out how browser plug-ins, the Tor browser, and VPNs can help keep your information private. Attendees should be proficient computer users. Registration recommended.
Leonardtown              Friday, June 16              10 a.m. - 12 noon        Register

Introduction to Finding Grants
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. Learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, then wrap up with 30 minutes of hands-on, guided online grant research. Please note: This orientation is not intended for individuals seeking grants for their own use.
Lexington Park             Monday, June 12             2 - 4 p.m.              Register

Using Newspapers to Research Your Ancestors
Attendees will be introduced to the types of information they will find in newspapers that can help them flesh out the story of their ancestors. Online, database, and microfilm newspaper collections will be discussed. Presented by Caprice, DiLiello, Manager of the Maryland Department, and Meg Gers, Manager of the Periodicals Department, Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center. Limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Lexington Park             Thursday, June 29          10 a.m. - 12 noon     Register

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

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. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills required, ability to use mouse. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Lexington Park                   Monday, June 5            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.  
Fates and Furies   by Lauren Groff
At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart. 

Charlotte Hall         Monday, May 1         6:45 p.m.

A Painted House  by  John Grisham
Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers-and two very dangerous men-came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke's world. A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless baby is born. And someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives-and change his family and his town forever.

Lexington Park           Monday, May 8           6 p.m. 

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien
Vlad has settled in a small Irish village where Fidelma, a local woman, falls under his spell.  When he is arrested as a war criminal, Fidelma is disgraced and flees to England.  In order to rebuild her life, she must confront Vlad at his tribunal.

Leonardtown            Thursday, May 18            7 p.m.

Lexington Park Library Art Gallery ArtGallery
See artwork by Jose Saldana until July 1

Jose Saldana, who lost his hearing at the age of two, is a globe-trotting, mountain-climbing photographer of Puerto Rican descent who lives in Great Mills. His spectacular photography will be on display at the Lexington Park Library Gallery from May 16-July 1.

Since 2005 Jose has managed to climb more than 40 mountains ranging in heights up to 16,500 feet. He has reached the peaks of many of the tallest mountains in the U.S., Canada, Nepal, Argentina, and Chile.

The serene peaks and their overwhelming silence appealed to the young man. With a camera in his hands, The Gallaudet-educated photographer managed to document the extraordinarily tranquil settings like few have been able to do. His breathtaking collection of photos, particularly those of the Himalayas in Nepal and the people who reside there, are truly remarkable and have earned Jose recognition in professional photography circles.

The public is invited to an artist's reception to honor Jose's work on Wednesday, June 7, from 5 - 7 p.m.

The Lexington Park Library Art Gallery was created by artist Candy Cummings in 2005. The  St. Mary's County Arts Council took over the management of the gallery in 2014. Over the years many amateur, student, and professional artists have displayed their artwork. Contact the Arts Council at or 240-309-0686 if interested in displaying your work. Exhibits change every 4-6 weeks and a reception is held to recognize each artist. The Art Gallery is funded by the St. Mary's County Arts Council.

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