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March 20, 2014  

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  • Thank you to the Friends of the Library Board, County Fairgrounds Board, and the many volunteers who created yet another very successful FOL Book Sale celebrating books and reading!     
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Staff attend Public Library Association Conference Staff with author Susanna Kearsley
Several staff attended the Public Library Association Conference in Indianapolis bringing back new ideas and inspiration as well as signed copies of books by some of their favorite authors.  Shown here are (left) Mary Anne Bowman, Branch Manager at Lexington Park and (right) Marylee Russell, Branch Manager at Leonardtown with historical fiction author Susanna Kearsley (middle).

Two of our staff were asked to present programs at the Conference: Director Kathleen Reif on the involvement of Maryland libraries  in early learning public policy development and Amanda Roberson, Assistant Branch Manager at Lexington Park, on early learning environments.

BMX Racing--program rescheduled 
Find out about the basics of BMX racing: what it is, where to go, and how to get started.  Watch demonstrations if weather permits.   Presented by Mike's Bikes. 
       Lexington Park     Sat, Mar. 22, 10 am-12 noon

Zombies vs Humans 
Join us for an evening of fun.  Become a zombie or survivor, participate in Zombie Fear Factor, get survival tips and a part of a flash mob.  Costumes are encouraged.        
         Lexington Park     Thurs, Mar. 27, 6 pm

Introduction to Genealogy 
Adults, explore free websites to start your search, the library's online resources, U.S. Census, Social Security Death index, and more.  Knowledge of Internet required.   Register.       
          Lexington Park     Thurs, Mar. 27, 5:30-7:30 pm
Introduction to Grant Writing   grantworkshop
This free workshop, presented by Lexington Park Library and College of Southern Maryland Nonprofit Institute staff, will provide an overview of researching grant opportunities and grant writing process.  It focuses on the strategy for applying for grants and provides hands-on practice in writing a needs statement and an evaluation/sustainability section.  Register
          Lexington Park Library      Sat, Mar.29, 10 am-12 noon 

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Kids library card

 KidsMore Mo

Kids will enjoy games, stories, crafts and more as we celebrate the books and characters of Mo Willems.   

         Leonardtown      Sat, Mar. 22, 10:30-11:30 am    


Kids Can Cook

Kids ages 8-12 will make and sample new recipes.   

          Lexington Park  Tues, Apr.8, 4:30-5 pm     


Spring Break Funspring 

Crafternoons:  Drop in and make a craft.  Supplies provided.

          Charlotte Hall     Wed, Apr. 16, 1-4 pm

          Leonardtown      Tues, Apr. 15, 1-4 pm

          Lexington Park   Wed, Apr. 16, 1-4 pm


KaraokeBe a star and sing your favorites.  Ages 6-12.

          Lexington Park    Mon, Apr. 14, 3-4 pm


Free Family Movies: 

Frozen-- Charlotte Hall  Tues, Apr. 15, 2-4 pm   

After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa, her sister Anna teams up with a mountaineer and his trusty reindeer to break the icy spell.


The Great Mouse Detective--Leonardtown  Wed, Apr. 16, 2:30-4:30 pm
Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan. 


Hop--Lexington Park  Thurs, Apr. 17, 2-4 pm

Hop tells the comic tale of Fred who takes the Easter Bunny in after he accidentally injures him only to find out the Easter Bunny is the world's worst house guest.


Storytime schedule for babies through preschool 


 2014 Winter/Spring Program Brochure 


teenCoverflip Teen Art Contest


Entries are on display  at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery until March 31.  Stop by and vote for your favorite for the Viewer's Choice award.


Winners will be announced  

          Mon, Mar. 31, 6 pm, Lexington Park Library   


bookDiisc Talk about a good book

Join us for any of these book discussions.  Books are available at the hosting library.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
The novel follows the love affair and marriage of Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Mowrer in 1920 in Chicago through the Jazz Age in Paris.
     Leonardtown       Thurs, Mar. 27, 7 pm

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
This haunting, unforgettable story gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated.  Yet it gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.
     Charlotte Hall        Mon, Apr. 7, 7 pm

And the Mountains Echoed
by Khalid Hossein.
A story of a multi-generational Afghanistan family that explores the many ways in which they nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often they are surprised by the actions of those closest to them when it matters.
     Lexington Park   Mon, Apr. 14, 6 pm

Dates and book titles of monthly discussions

computer Computer Classes

computer graphic

Basic computer classes:
Introduction to Computers, Windows, Internet, and Email
is being offered at Charlotte Hall and Lexington Park this month.

One-on-one instruction:

Available at all three branches.  Contact the library for an appointment. 


Other classes: 
Introduction to Genealogy
Thurs, Mar. 27, 5:30-7:30 pm, Lexington Park
Introduction to PowerPoint 2010
      Mon, Mar. 24, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
      Wed, Apr. 16, 2-4 pm, Lexington Park
Introduction to Publisher 2010
      Mon, March 31, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
      Thurs, Apr. 17, 1-3 pm, Charlotte Hall
Introduction to Word 2010
     Wed, Apr. 9, 2-4 pm, Lexington Park
Intermediate Excel 2010
     Mon, Apr. 7, 2-4 pm, Leonardtown
Introduction to Digital Photo Editing
      Thurs, Apr. 17, 2-4 pm, Charlotte Hall

Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who attend all four of the basic computer series or the Microsoft 2010 series. 


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Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center  moblecenter

Mobile Career Center
Looking for a job?  Visit the Mobile Career Center and let the JobSource Coordinator help you get registered with and use the Maryland Workforce Exchange.

Note:  The Mobile Career Center visit will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Call 240-925-4806 to find out if the visit is cancelled. 

Lexington Park   Wed, Mar. 26, 9 am - 1 pm 
Charlotte Hall     Thurs, Apr. 3, 9 am - 1 pm
Leonardtown      Tues, Apr. 8, 1 - 4 pm

taxTax help available at libraries

Lifestyles of Maryland Foundation, Inc. will provide free IRS-certified  tax return preparation assistance for households with incomes of $52,000 or less.  Contact 1-866-293-0623 to schedule an appointment.  An appointment is required.

Charlotte Hall Library
Mon, Mar. 31, 9 am - 8 pm
Wed, Apr. 9, 1 pm -6 pm

Leonardtown Library
 Fri, Apr. 4, 9 am -5 pm

Lexington Park Library
         Mon, Apr. 7, 4 pm- 7 pm

healthConfused about the health care insurance options?

Maryland Health Connections is the state's health insurance marketplace that will make it easier for you to:

  • Shop, compare, and enroll in a health insurance plan
  • Check eligibility for federal tax credits and subsidies to help cover your insurance costs
  • Check your eligibility for public health programs, such as Medicaid and Maryland Children's Health program (MCHP)  

Free information sessions and one-on-one enrollment help conducted by Walden Sierra:

Charlotte Hall Library

      Wed, Mar. 26, 1-5 pm

Leonardtown Library

      Fri, Mar. 28, 1-5 pm


Lexington Park Library

      Sat, Mar. 22, 1-5 pm     
      Mon, Mar. 24, 4-8 pm
      Mon, Mar. 31, 10 am-2 pm


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