St. Mary's County Library


  2014 at Your Library   


family enjoying program
80,975 library card holders

710,401 visitors

1.4 million
items checked out
120,000 computer sessions

2,081 programs and computer classes
attended by  
31,951 people.

" active member of the community through  
collaboration and participation in community events."
volunteer reading to child

St. Mary's Reads partnership reaches children in the St. Mary's County Department of Social Services' Lexington Park waiting room


College of Southern Maryland Nonprofit Institute
partnership expanded the reach of the Library's Foundation Center's resources and workshops. Hans Welch greeting job seeker

Job Search
services improved
and expanded: workshops and training conducted by staff as well as visits to all three branches by the Southern Maryland JobSource Mobile Career Center. 

Participant working at library  


Senior Community Service Employment Service   

provides an experienced and diligent staff member at Leonardtown and Lexington Park libraries. 
"...provides opportunities to pursue personal interests
and to discover the joy of learning."

playing minecraft

a collaborative computer game, helps young children work together.

kids in front of bus
Photo courtesy of Reid Silverman/The Enterprise

Kindergarten Here We Come

program, which included a real school bus visit, helping kindergartners (and their families) get ready for the big day. 


child using iPad

Tots & Tech

flyer and webpage were created to help make screen time fun and educational for young children.

kids racing cars

partnership provided engaging, hands-on STEM activities for all ages.

playing with WoW bags

WoW bags

were created focusing on STEM and social and emotional topics for young children and their parents or caregivers.

"... provide meaningful staff development and
cost effective services."

mini book sale

Friends of the Library

continue to support the library and raise funds by conducting a fall mini book sale and the March mega book sale.

Accomplished Staff
  • Catherine DiCristofaro, Charlotte Hall Branch Manager, and Jill Hutchison, Assistant Branch Manager at Leonardtown, earned their Master of Library & Information Science degrees. 
  • Deputy Director Mary Anne Bowman is a proud graduate of Leadership Southern Maryland 2014 Class.


New online catalog

was introduced, improving the online experience for customers and staff. 


Leonardtown Library renovation plans

were started by the architect hired by the County Commissioners.   


E-volving  into the digital age


Microfilm cutting reception


Digitization of the local newspapers microfilm collection 

was accomplished through a partnership with The Enterprise and Post Community Media, LLC; the St. Mary's County Board of Library Trustees including the Midge Cannetti Fund; St. Mary's College of Maryland Library, St. Mary's County Historical Society, St. Mary's County Genealogical Society, and Balance Imaging Solutions, LLC.

Mobile print service
provides remote printing from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or computer.

iPads  Customer using iPad
with appropriate apps were made available for use in the library.

Zinio downloadable magazine
collection increased to 87 popular titles which can be downloaded to a tablet or computer.  
customer receiving help

ne-on-one training
continued to be provided for digital devices and e-resources.  

Fiscally Responsible


Items checked out       1,441,000        

We are #4 in the state in number of items checked out per resident!   

Visitors                            710,401 (2,000 per day)         

Cardholders                       80,975          

Programs                           31,951 attended 2,081 programs

Volunteers                              245 provided 6,510 hours      

Facebook Fans                    1,788         


          FY14 Income                           FY14  Expenses

County        $2,476,564           Staff               70%

State                600,853           Technology       5%

Fines/Fees       261,389           Materials        15%

Total            $3,338,806           Other              10%

Board of Library Trustees
St. Mary's County Board of Library Trustees
(left to right) Front row:  Treasurer Carole Romary, Alan Dillingham, President Joan Springer.
Back row:  Vice President Carolyn Guy, James Hanley, Lynn Newkirk, Janice Walthour

Our Libraries

Charlotte Hall Library

37600 New Market Rd, Charlotte Hall     301-884-2211


Leonardtown Library 

23250 Hollywood Rd, Leonardtown         301-475-2846

Lexington Park Library

21677 FDR Blvd, Lexington Park             301-863-8188    

Hours:  Monday-Thursday 9 AM - 8 PM;
            Friday-Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM  
            Sunday (at Lexington Park only) 1 - 5 PM

WoW! Childcare Van Service     301-475-2846 x1011


Kathleen Reif, Director

301-475-2846 x1013


January 2015