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Thank you Commissioners of St. Mary's County and Southern Maryland Delegation!  presDay

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County and the Southern Maryland Delegation, made up of Senator Steve Waugh, Delegate Deb Rey, Delegate Gerald (Jerry) Clark and Delegate Matt Morgan, worked together to compromise and find a solution so the public facility bond bill (SB736) could move forward. Because of this productive dialogue, St. Mary's County will be able to advance planned projects, including the new Leonardtown Library.

The library thanks our elected officials for working together and putting the needs of St. Mary's County residents first!

Library users, if you wrote a letter in support of this bond bill, please take a moment to let the Southern Maryland Delegation and County Commissioners know how much we appreciate their work! For addresses, phone numbers and emails of our elected officials, please click here

Did you know... DidYouKnow
St. Mary's County Library now has access to Literature Resource Center

St. Mary's County Library customers now have access to the Literature Resource Center, a current, comprehensive, and reliable online resource for research on literary topics, authors, and their works. Coverage includes all genres and disciplines, all time periods, and all regions of the world. Content includes Literature Criticism, Biographies, Topic and Work Overviews, Reviews, News, Primary Sources, and Literary Works, images, and links to audio interviews and reviews. 

To use the Literature Resource Center, you just need your St. Mary's County Library card number! To start exploring, click here
    
Library Closed for Good Friday and Easter  Easter

All three branches of the St. Mary's County Library will be closed on Friday, April 14 in observance of Good Friday. All three branches will be open for regular business hours on Saturday, April 15. 

The Lexington Park Library will be closed on Sunday, April 16 in observance of Easter. All three branches of will be open for regular business hours on Monday, April 17. 
Friends of the Library Book Sale    FOL
Join us today at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds! 

The Friends of the St. Mary's County Library annual Spring Booksale is this weekend (March 24 - March 26). Today, March 24 is for members only - join at the door! Come see over 100,000 books for great prices. 

March 24, 12 - 8 p.m. (Friends only)
March 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
March 26, 12 - 4 p.m.
Author Fair    author
Join us for St. Mary's County Library's Author Fair!
Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library

Come together and learn with local and aspiring authors. There will be presentations from local authors, a writing workshop, and an information session on self-publishing. Spend the day discovering new authors and learning how to get started in the writing industry.

Click Here for more information. 
Kids Programs
Kids
Storytimes 
January 1 - April 30
Check www.stmalib.org for times

Preschool Astronomy Explorers
Let's learn about outer space! We'll explore orbiting planets and twinkling stars with fun books and hands-on activities. For ages 3-5, register. 
Charlotte Hall        Monday, April 10        10:30 a.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        Tuesday, April 11             5- 6 p.m.

Preschool Music Explorers 
Join us as we explore music and interpretive dance by playing simple instruments, moving our bodies, and creating art inspired by classical pieces! For ages 3-5.
Lexington Park     Wednesday, April 12           10:30 a.m.      Register

Minecraft Challenge!
Can you think on your feet, team up, use creativity, and complete the challenge? Come play Minecraft with us and find out! We'll be taking on a new challenge for each session. 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 7-11. 
Lexington Park       Wednesday, April 12          3:30 - 4:30 p.m.                Register

Storytime at Greenwell State Park
This program takes place at Greenwell State Park. Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities for children ages 2-5 with their adult caregivers, at Greenwell State Park! Feel free to bring a picnic lunch for afterwards! Siblings welcome; no registration required.
Greenwell State Park (25420 Rosedale Manor Ln, Hollywood, MD 20636)
Saturday, April 15    10 a.m.

Haiku Button Making
Celebrate national poetry month by making some Haiku poetry buttons to take home! Using pages from old books, colorful images from magazines, and your imagination, you can make a piece of wearable art. We'll supply all the materials, you just write the poetry! Recommended for children ages 7 and up, please register.
Lexington Park         Monday, April 17                 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.       Register
Leonardtown              Friday, April 28                      2 - 3 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 (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.
April 11               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, April 6             9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Leonardtown        Tuesday, April 11              1 - 4 p.m.
Lexington Park     Wednesday, April 26        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. (starts April 18)
Leonardtown Library              2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (starts April 11)
Charlotte Hall Library             1st and 3rd Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (starts April 15)

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, April 25         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 (starting April 25, 2017)     6 - 7:30 p.m.



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

Microsoft Office: Introduction to Word
Learn how to open, create, format, print, and save documents using Microsoft Word 2013. Prerequisite: Basic skills in using the mouse & keyboard. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Charlotte Hall                     Tuesday, April 4                 2 p.m.      Register

Microsoft Office: Introduction to Word
Learn how to open, create, format, print, and save documents using Microsoft Word 2013. Prerequisite: Basic skills in using the mouse & keyboard. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Lexington Park                    Wednesday, April 5            10 a.m.      Register

Microsoft Office: Introduction to PowerPoint
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. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Lexington Park                    Wednesday, April 12           10 a.m.      Register

Intermediate Excel for Business
Learn to create & use an Excel spreadsheet with applications for business, including subtotals and data analysis. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Leonardtown                        Wednesday, April 12          5:30 p.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                     Tuesday, April 18                2 p.m.          Register

Microsoft Office: Introduction to Publisher
Learn to create flyers, cards, certificates and more! Basic computer skills required, ability to use a mouse, and familiarity with Microsoft Word. Adult computer classes are for ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Lexington Park                    Wednesday, April 19          10 a.m.       Register

Microsoft Office: Introduction to Excel
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. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Lexington Park                     Wednesday, April 26          10 a.m.        Register

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.
Leonardtown                       Wednesday, April 26           5:30 p.m.     Register

Microsoft Office: Introduction to Powerpoint
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. Adult computer classes are limited to ages 16 and up. Registration required.
Charlotte Hall                     Thursday, April 27                 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.  
   
The Rosie Project   by Graeme Simison

The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is "quite intelligent for a barmaid"). But Don is intrigued by Rosie's own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don't find love, it finds you. 

Charlotte Hall         Monday, April 3         6:45 p.m.


The Good Lord Bird  James McBride

From the bestselling author of The Color of Water, Song Yet Sung, and Kill 'Em and Leave, comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown's antislavery crusade-and who must pass as a girl to survive. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride's meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.

Lexington Park           Monday, April 10           6 p.m. 



Uncle Tom's Cabin  by Harriet Beecher Stowe

This novel follows the life of Tom, a slave as he is sold multiple times and his impact on the lives of other slaves and his owners.

Leonardtown            Thursday, April 20            7 p.m.





Laura Boonchaisri | St. Mary's County Library | 301-475-2846 ext. 1007 | stmaps@stmalib.org   www.stmalib.org
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