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St. Mary's County Library has Mango Languages AND Rosetta Stone!

St. Mary's County Library customers have access to two great language learning programs FREE with a library card! 

Mango Languages has instruction for 72 foreign languages, including Arabic, Chinese, ESL, French, German, Greek, Italian, Jap anese, Russian, Spanish and many more. An easy to use and fun learning experience! Library cardholders can access Mango Languages through any computer with speakers or from a mobile device. To go to Mango Languages, Click Her e

Rosetta Stone Library Solution, the popular and fun language learning 
so ftware offers  courses are offered in 30 languages, including English. All levels of Rosetta Stone courses are offered through this program. Library cardholders can access Rosetta Stone through any computer with speakers and a  microphone, or from a mobile device.  To learn how to use Rosetta Stone Library Solution, Click Here
Summer Reading at St. Mary's County Library!  SummerReading
Summer Reading for all ages starts June 1, 2017! 

Help us 'Build a Better World' and win prizes while helping kids maintain their reading skills through the summer. This year's theme is 'Build a Better World.' We have programs for all ages, starting with the 'Read to Me' for all children who prefer to be read to, next we have the 'Build a Better World' program for all children up to teens who read independently, and finally an adult program for all the adults out there. All programs will start on Thursday, June 1 and end August 26. Everyone can participate and earn prizes by completing fun reading activities. 

More information on the summer reading programs will be posted on  

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. 

Do you want to be a Summer Reading Volunteer?    SummerVolunteer
Apply today to be a teen summer reading volunteer!

Are you going into 6th grade or above next fall? Are you interested in being a summer reading volunteer at the library? Apply now! Applications will be accepted April 15 - May 17. If you are selected to be a volunteer, you will be notified after May 17. Please note that, if selected to volunteer, you will be asked to complete an online training module before your first day volunteering. A link to the training will be provided to all volunteers.

Click Here to apply. 
Friends of the Library Annual Dinner    FOL
Buy your tickets today to attend the Annual Dinner on May 7. 

The Friends of the St. Mary's County Library Annual Dinner will be held at Elements Eatery and Mixology in Lexington Park on Sunday, May 7. 

Cocktails and socializing will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner service at 6 p.m. The guest speaker will be Lloyd Timberlake, who will be speaking on the "Past, Present, and Future of Chocolate." 

The cost is $35 per person. Reservations must be made by May 1.

Click Here for more information. 
Charlotte Hall 'Above and Beyond Award'   Charlotte
The Charlotte Hall Veterans Home awarded Charlotte Hall Library with an 'Above and Beyond' award 

The Charlotte Hall Veterans Home awarded the St. Mary's County Library with the Above and Beyond Award recognizing the outstanding service and contributions that the Charlotte Hall Library has provided to their residents.This award is in appreciation of all the great programs that have been held at the Veterans Home including holiday cards and caroling and many storytimes. 

Chris Keogler and Tess Goldwasser, pictured above holding the award, have been working to create excellent programs to enrich both the families and veterans who attend the programs. 

Tess told about the most recent storytime at the Veterans Home. She said  "We had a lovely storytime outdoors in the spring weather. The residents were talkative and in high spirits. After storytime I had brought chalk over for the children to color on their sidewalk with, and lots of bubbles for the children to chase! The highlight was when one of the families who came, who had a very young baby, let some of the Veterans hold the baby. You could tell they really liked that! After most of the residents had gone back inside, most of the families had left, and we were packing up to go back the library, the family with the young baby said they were going to stay and hang out with their "new friends" - some of the Veterans they had met that morning. When we drove by to go back to the library, they were still out there socializing with the residents. It was very special. And unexpected! The library changes people's lives for the better every day!"

To see a list of upcoming Veterans Home programs, click here
Kids Programs
No storytimes in May! 
June 1 - August 31
Check for times

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, May 15             5- 6 p.m.

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.

July 10 Mr. Jon & Friends
Join musician Mr. Jon and his friend George the Monkey for a high-energy concert, and come ready to DANCE!

July 17 Taiko: The Art of Japanese Drumming
Japanese-American performer Mark Rooney will perform traditional and modern songs on the massive Taiko drums, and teach members of the audience to drum too! Note- Taiko drums can be very loud, so this performance is best for children 5 and older, and who enjoy loud music.

July 24 Chris Fascione, Storyteller
Chris Fascione tells amazing, interactive stories based on world folktales. He'll need the help of everyone in the audience, so come ready to clap, stomp, yell, whisper, and laugh along.

July 31 Tall Tales of the Wild West
Saddle up for this hilarious romp through American folklore and meet heroes like Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, and the fearless Annie Christmas as they overcome impossible obstacles in their own unique and silly ways.

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 (except 2nd)      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 Tuesdays            4 - 6 p.m.
May 9              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. No registration required.
Lexington Park            2nd Saturdays      10 a.m. - 12 noon

Adult Programs adult
Mobile Career Center
Charlotte Hall       Thursday, May 4               9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Leonardtown        Tuesday, May 9                 1 - 4 p.m.
Lexington Park     Wednesday, May 24          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. 

Financial Education Workshops
Increasing Cash Flow and Debt Management
Finding the additional $100, $200, or $300 a month you didn't know you had. Through basic understanding of how money works, turn active spenders into educated savers. Large or small, debt has to have a plan behind it to remove it. Learn concepts such as debt roll up to limit the time line of repayment and helping people save money on interest.
Lexington Park            Saturday, May 6                 2 - 4 p.m.               Register

Building a Strong Financial Foundation
Just like building a house, your financial house must have a strong foundation. You will learn how to properly structure your portfolio to be able to weather any financial storm that comes at you. Learn the basis of any strong financial plan. Security in knowing that your future is protected and the advantages of modern policies with living benefits where you do not need to pass to take full advantage of them. Also learn about all aspects of insurance to provide you with a better understanding of what is right for you and your family.
Lexington Park            Saturday, May 20              2 - 4 p.m.                Register

Smart Medicine- Current Opioid Trends
Presented by Jessica Hartman, Overdose Response Program Administrator, St. Mary's County Health Department. Join in for a Smart Medicine- Opioid Trends talk and open discussion focusing on the impact that opioids have on society today. A brief history of opioids, how they impact our bodies, and the dangers of medication misuse and abuse will be discussed. The talk will feature some of the current opioid use trends as they have impacted Maryland and specifically St. Mary's County. Additionally, the talk will focus on what people can do to get involved in prevention efforts and help those struggling with misuse and abuse issues. For Teens and Adults.
Leonardtown                 Monday, May 8                   6:30 p.m.

Introduction to DNA for Genealogy
Learn how genetic genealogy can benefit research. A review of several testing companies can help you determine which test to purchase. There will be no genetic testing or interpretation of results in this class. Ages 16+. Please register.
Charlotte Hal                Thursday, May 11                  2 - 4 p.m.            Register

Master Gardeners Workshops
Plants That Attract Pollinators
Come and learn about plants that attract pollinators with the Master Gardeners. 
Charlotte Hall              Thursday, May 11                 6:30 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.

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, May 30         5:30 - 7:30 p.m.    Register

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.

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

Microsoft Office: Intermediate Excel
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. Adult computer classes are for ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Lexington Park           Wednesday, May 3           10 a.m.            Register

Computer Basics 1 & 2: Introduction to Computers and Windows 7
Parts one and two of a four part series combined in one class. 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           Monday, May 8                  10 a.m.           Register

Overview of Social Media
Explore a variety of social media platforms and the associated vocabulary as well as some privacy features. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Leonardtown              Tuesday, May 9                 2 p.m.              Register

Computer Basics 3: Introduction to the Internet
Part three 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, May 15               10 a.m.          Register

Intermediate Excel for Business
Learn to create & use an Excel spreadsheet with applications for business, including subtotals and data analysis. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills required, ability to use mouse. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Charlotte Hall              Wednesday, May 17            2 p.m.           Register

Computer Basics 4: Introduction to Email
Part four of a four part series. Set up your personal email account, account settings, and 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, May 22               10 a.m.           Register

Introduction to Facebook
Stumped by social media? Learn to use Facebook; the number one social media website on the internet. Create your own account, find friends, family and social groups, learn the terminology and features of Facebook, and find out how to stay safe while using the site. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Leonardtown                 Tuesday, May 23                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.  
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is a 2012 memoir by the American author Cheryl Strayed, describing her 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995 as a journey of self-discovery. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State-and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her. 

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

Strength in What Remains  by  Tracy Kidder
Strength in What Remains is a wonderfully written, inspiring account of one man's remarkable American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him - a brilliant testament to the power of will and of second chances.
Tracy Kidder, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, and the enduring classic Mountains Beyond Mountains, has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the "master of the non-fiction narrative." In this new book, Kidder gives us the superb story of a hero for our time. Strength in What Remains is a wonderfully written, inspiring account of one man's remarkable American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him - a brilliant testament to the power of will and of second chances.

Lexington Park           Monday, May 8           6 p.m. 

  The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. But he is still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared leaving him a letter he never opened. After Perdu reads the letter, he hauls anchor and departs for France. 

Leonardtown            Thursday, May 18            7 p.m.

Lexington Park Library Art Gallery ArtGallery
See artwork by Bernard Matus until May 15

Bernard Matus moved to Leonardtown in 2009 and was struck with the impact of Naval Air
Station Patuxent River on the whole area. The new Air Museum and public air show in 2016 gave him an opportunity to highlight some of the activities that are open to the public. He started out as a photographer, and has more recently taken on the dimensions of graphic artist. 

Since the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery was created by artist
Candy Cummings in 2005, many amateur, student, and professional artists have displayed their artwork. Contact the St. Mary's County 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 has been funded by a generous donation from local businessman Tom Daugherty and the Friends of the St. Mary's County Library.

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