St. Mary's County Library


2011 at Your Library 

2011 Highlights

Library Board members

Dear Library Customer,


            On behalf of the Library Board and staff, I am pleased to present the Library's 2011 Annual Report.


            Our county residents continue to make the library an essential part of their lives.  There were 75,400 registered borrowers who checked out 1,483,368 items.   St. Mary's County Library continues to rank #4 in the state for the number of items checked out per resident.   We also have the two busiest libraries in all of Southern Maryland:  Lexington Park and Leonardtown check out more items than the other 8 library branches. 


       Your library staff took the initiative to seek out other funding sources.  They secured a $90,000 grant which allowed us to upgrade the sound system and to install video and audio teleconferencing in the Lexington Park meeting rooms.   The staff also secured a state capital grant of $875,000 and we continue to work with the Board of County Commissioners to ensure that these funds will be spent to improve our library facilities.


       Thank you to the elected officials who support their county library system, our very active Friends of the Library Board members, and the many local residents who made donations to purchase more materials or for special projects such as Dr. Julia King's donation for the Midge Cannetti collection.


       Finally, and most importantly, THANKS to you, our valued library customers.  It is you who make the library your community hub for learning, discovering and relaxing!           


Alan E. Dillingham, President

St. Mary's County Board of Library Trustees


Pictured above are Board Members (seated left to right) Vice President Joan Springer, President Alan Dillingham, Treasurer Carole Romary; (Standing left to right) Lynn Newkirk, Everlyn Holland, Carolyn Guy and Dan Burris. 

Improved Services

* Video/audio teleconferencing and an improved sound system were installed in Lexington Park's meeting rooms.  This was made possible through a $90,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services with Library Services and Technology Act funds through the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Library Development and Services.

* A new website was designed and launched, improving access to the library's many online resources.  The website averages 10,000 hits per month.    

* More Active Learning Centers were  installed at all three branches, providing opportunities for parents to enjoy meaningful play with their children while also helping them develop early reading skills.  


Family enjoying active learning center


* The eReader went viral at your library:   a variety of different eReaders were purchased for customers to try in the library, eBook workshops were conducted, and individual eReader instruction was provided.    


* Credit card payment was made available.  Online credit card payments are planned for next year.


* Online registration for new library cards and renewal of current cards was started.


* Use of the meeting rooms by businesses for a fee of $25 per hour was introduced.  Use by non-profit organizations and individuals continues to be free. 


Fiscally Responsible 


* Our operating cost for each item checked out continues to be the lowest in Southern Maryland, at $2.37 per item checked out.


* The fee schedule was revised for the first time in more than 10 years to encourage the return of materials and to raise revenue to purchase more materials.


* 264 volunteers provided 5,526 hours of service to help staff with a variety of  tasks and special projects.  


volunteers working at the library



Dr. Julia King made a donation in honor of her mother-in-law Midge Cannetti who was a Reference Librarian at Lexington Park from 1959 to 1984.  The donation provided sufficient funds to create The Midge Cannetti Reference and Grant Seeker Resource Center.  


The Friends of the Library (FOL) had another banner year raising funds.  They introduced the Fall Mini Book Sale which raised $3,000.  The March Mega Book Sale  at the County Fairgrounds raised $29,000.   

Members of the Friends Board
Friends of the Library Board Members
Seated (left to right) Connie Stoker, Alice Dougherty, Mary Kukla. Standing (left to right) Trish Parkinson, Dave Roberts, President Louise Snell, Secretary Sue Gibbs and Jill Zitnick.  Not pictured:   Sara Fisher, Annette Madel, Joan Marsh, Vice President Joe Mattingly and Treasurer Phyllis Krasnokutsky.

School Spirit Days were held this summer to combat the "summer reading gap" with 7 schools participating.  A total of 329 students and 76 teachers enjoyed library tours, scavenger hunts, and crafts.  All elementary and middle schools will be invited to participate next summer.  


*The children who attend the 3 Head Start Centers experienced the joy of owning their very own book!  Twice a year, the library staff give a book to each of the 150 children. 

 Children in Head Start

*  Lexington Park Library hosted an archaeological exhibit featuring artifacts found throughout the county and stored at Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab.  The exhibit was developed by Maryland Historical Trust and Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum.


* Many of the staff participate in local organizations:  Commission for People with Disabilities, Early Childhood Team, Highway Safety Program, Homeless Prevention Board, Judy Center, Leonardtown Business Association, Lexington Park Business Association, Local Management Board, and more.   

Busiest Year Ever!  

Items checked out               1,483,368       

     We continue to be #4 in the state in number of items checked out per resident!   

Visitors                                    665,962        

Cardholders                               75,400       

Programs                                   37,000 attended 1,300 programs

Volunteers                                      264 provided 5,526 hours      

Facebook Fans                            1,035  


        Income                                               Expenses

County        $2,281,038                         Staff              75%

State                623,940                         Technology     5%

Fines/Fees      265,450                         Materials       15%

Total           $3,170,428                         Other             10%

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 


Kathleen Reif, Director

301-475-2846 x1013


January 2012