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Veterans Book Group

2024-02-03 14:00:00 2024-02-03 16:45:00 America/New_York Veterans Book Group A book discussion series for veterans led by Vietnam veteran Wayne Karlin. Registration required; space is limited. For more information contact Kimberlé Fields at 301-863-8188 or kfields@stmalib.org. Lexington Park Library - Longfellow Room

Saturday, February 03
2:00pm - 4:45pm

Add to Calendar 2024-02-03 14:00:00 2024-02-03 16:45:00 America/New_York Veterans Book Group A book discussion series for veterans led by Vietnam veteran Wayne Karlin. Registration required; space is limited. For more information contact Kimberlé Fields at 301-863-8188 or kfields@stmalib.org. Lexington Park Library - Longfellow Room

Lexington Park Library

Longfellow Room

A book discussion series for veterans led by Vietnam veteran Wayne Karlin. Registration required; space is limited. For more information contact Kimberlé Fields at 301-863-8188 or kfields@stmalib.org.

This book discussion series is tailored for veterans and their families. Service members of all eras, their spouses, and adult children are welcome. We will read and discuss three books written in very different styles but connected by themes of war, courage, honor, and trauma. Meetings will be held the first Saturday of the month 2-4 p.m. at Lexington Park library. Participants should plan to attend all sessions. Materials provided. Book descriptions are from Barnes & Nobles unless otherwise noted.
The Veterans Book Group is coordinated statewide by Maryland Humanities and is presented locally in partnership with St. Mary’s County Library. It is supported in part by Lockheed Martin, David Bruce Smith, and the Wawa Foundation.

If you need special accommodations for any Library event or program, please submit our Accommodations Request form as soon as possible.

Reading List
March 02:The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • A “heart-stopping account of the events leading up to 9/11” (The New York Times Book Review), this definitive history explains in gripping detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective, The Looming Tower is a sweeping, unprecedented history of the long road to September 11.

Len Deighton — one of the masters of twentieth-century espionage fiction — combines his expertise as both historian and novelist in Bomber, the classic World War II novel that relates, in devastating detail, the twenty-four-hour story of an allied bombing raid. Told through the eyes of protag­onists on all sides and astonishingly precise in its depictions of planes, weapons, and behind-the-scenes war strategy, this is Len Deighton at his best. An unforgettable portrait of war, both in the air and on the ground.

and
The moving story of how a small group of people—including two Vietnam veterans—forced the U.S. government to take responsibility for the ongoing horrors—agent orange and unexploded munitions—inflicted on the Vietnamese. George Black recounts the inspirational story of the small cast of characters—veterans, scientists, and Quaker-inspired pacifists, and their Vietnamese partners—who used their moral authority, scientific and political ingenuity, and sheer persistence to attempt to heal the horrors that were left in the wake of the military engagement in Southeast Asia. Their intersecting story is one of reconciliation and personal redemption, embedded in a vivid portrait of Vietnam today, with all its startling collisions between past and present, in which one-time mortal enemies, in the endless shape-shifting of geopolitics, have been transformed into close allies and partners. 

The Long Reckoning is being published on the fiftieth anniversary of the day the last American combat soldier left Vietnam.

AGE GROUP: | Adult |

EVENT TYPE: | Books & Reading |

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Lexington Park Library

Phone: 301-863-8188

Hours
Mon, Jul 15 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Jul 16 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Jul 17 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Jul 18 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Jul 19 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Jul 20 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Jul 21 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

If you need special accommodations for any Library event or program, please submit our Accommodations Request form as soon as possible.

Upcoming events

Sun, Jul 21, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Computer Lab
Have you ever wanted something 3D printed at the library, but weren't sure how? Now is your chance to learn!
This event is full

Mon, Jul 22, 10:00am - 11:30am
Meeting Rooms A&B
Do you have what it takes to engineer strong bridges, tall towers, and giant domes? Using only drinking straws, rolled-up newspaper, and teamwork?

Tue, Jul 23, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, bounces, songs, and playtime for children birth-2 years with their adult caregivers.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Tue, Jul 23, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room B
Join us for learning-based crafts, games, and activities as we play our way to developing valuable school readiness skills such as fine motor control, following directions, and group participation.

Tue, Jul 23, 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Meeting Room B
Whether you have been stitching for years, or you just want to learn, join fellow crafters who love all things fabric and fiber.

Wed, Jul 24, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Job seekers can stop by to get job counseling and resume help,search for jobs, and get registered with the Maryland Workforce Exchange.

Wed, Jul 24, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
Join us for stories, rhymes, songs, and activities in Spanish and English! You don't need to know Spanish to enjoy this storytime!

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Wed, Jul 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lobby
Come say hello to a Master Gardener. Bring your gardening, lawn, plants and insect questions to the for the start of the new growing season.

Wed, Jul 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room B
We supply the “bricks,” you bring the imagination. Come build something amazing with our LEGO and Duplo pieces!

Thu, Jul 25, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, bounces, songs, and playtime for children birth-2 years with their adult caregivers.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Thu, Jul 25, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room B
Teens and tweens are invited to come vibe with us for weekly-themed hangouts! Games, art, music and more in store.

Fri, Jul 26, 9:30am - 10:30am
Meeting Room B
Do you love picture books? Then join the club! Read adventurously in a community of young readers and share your favorite picture book on the theme of the month!

Fri, Jul 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Sat, Jul 27, 10:00am - 11:00am
Meeting Rooms A&B
Tackle challenging STEAM activities while laughing, learning and discovering the joy in every scientific twist and turn.

Sun, Jul 28, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meeting Room B
Have a great garden harvest in store? Learn the best practices to keep your food safe and fresh for longer!

Mon, Jul 29, 10:30am - 11:15am
Meeting Rooms A&B
Join Wolf Trap teaching artist Elias Schutzman for an interactive musical storytelling experience. Learn to use rhythm, melody, tempo, & movement to explore emotions and bring storybooks to life.

Tue, Jul 30, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, bounces, songs, and playtime for children birth-2 years with their adult caregivers.

Tue, Jul 30, 10:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Tue, Jul 30, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room B
Join us for learning-based crafts, games, and activities as we play our way to developing valuable school readiness skills such as fine motor control, following directions, and group participation.

Tue, Jul 30, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Computer Lab
Did you know you can access everything available on LinkedIn Learning (previously Lynda.com) for FREE with your library card?

Wed, Jul 31, 10:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Wed, Jul 31, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room B
Drop in for open-ended crafting fun. Try one of our sample crafts, or create your own design! All materials provided.

Wed, Jul 31, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Longfellow Room
The St. Mary’s County Circuit Court offers a free Family Law Self Help Legal Clinic to provide legal assistance/advice regarding family law.

Thu, Aug 01, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, bounces, songs, and playtime for children birth-2 years with their adult caregivers.

Thu, Aug 01, 10:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Thu, Aug 01, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Thu, Aug 01, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lobby
Community health advocates will be in the lobby to talk about health and wellness services through the hospital.

Thu, Aug 01, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room B
Teens and tweens are invited to come vibe with us for weekly-themed hangouts! Games, art, music and more in store.

Fri, Aug 02, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Fri, Aug 02, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Sat, Aug 03, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Get excited for the Summer Olympics and go for the gold! Enjoy Olympic themed crafts, activities and minute -to-win-it style games at the library.

Sat, Aug 03, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A
Join us to Practice your English speaking skills in a group. This is a fun, casual atmosphere to practice and improve your English. Speakers of all levels are welcome.

Mon, Aug 05, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Mon, Aug 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Finishing up that summer reading list? Camp out in the library and get ready to read s'more! Join us in building a fort, crafting a constellation, and enjoying the great indoors!
Registration opens Monday, July 22 2024 at 9:00am

Tue, Aug 06, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, bounces, songs, and playtime for children birth-2 years with their adult caregivers.

Tue, Aug 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Tue, Aug 06, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Tue, Aug 06, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meeting Room A
We don't always get along with everyone.

Tue, Aug 06, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room B
Join us for learning-based crafts, games, and activities as we play our way to developing valuable school readiness skills such as fine motor control, following directions, and group participation.

Wed, Aug 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Wed, Aug 07, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Wed, Aug 07, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room B
We supply the “bricks,” you bring the imagination. Come build something amazing with our LEGO and Duplo pieces!

Thu, Aug 08, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, bounces, songs, and playtime for children birth-2 years with their adult caregivers.

Thu, Aug 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Thu, Aug 08, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Thu, Aug 08, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room B
Teens and tweens are invited to come vibe with us for weekly-themed hangouts! Games, art, music and more in store.

Thu, Aug 08, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room A
Do you have what it takes to be the SMCL Smash Bros Champion? Can you defeat your foes and win the title? After the contest, free play with everyone, alternating players. ‌ Ages: 8-12 3PM 13-18 4PM

Fri, Aug 09, 10:00am - 11:00am
Meeting Rooms A&B
Is someone in your family about to start school for the very first time? Let's get ready for Kindergarten with a special school-themed storytime, crafts, and fun activities.
Registration opens Thursday, July 25 2024 at 9:00am

Fri, Aug 09, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Sat, Aug 10, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free R.A.D. Self Defense Program for Women & Girls (ages 13-80 yrs. old). Taught by Darlene Gentry. Co-sponsored by Lexington Park Baptist Church.
Register

Sun, Aug 11, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free R.A.D. Self Defense Program for Women & Girls (ages 13-80 yrs. old). Taught by Darlene Gentry. Co-sponsored by Lexington Park Baptist Church.
Register

Mon, Aug 12, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
All children love dinosaurs, but few know we had our own pre-historic creatures right here in Southern Maryland!
Registration opens Monday, July 29 2024 at 9:30am

Mon, Aug 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
Meeting Room B
Explore how fossils are formed by working with real fossils from Southern Maryland!
Registration opens Monday, July 29 2024 at 10:30am

Mon, Aug 12, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Mon, Aug 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room B
Learn how to turn your trash into garden treasure!

Tue, Aug 13, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, bounces, songs, and playtime for children birth-2 years with their adult caregivers.

Tue, Aug 13, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Lobby
SMCHD will be providing community members with a variety of health department resources for programs.

Tue, Aug 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Tue, Aug 13, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Tue, Aug 13, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room B
Join us for learning-based crafts, games, and activities as we play our way to developing valuable school readiness skills such as fine motor control, following directions, and group participation.

Tue, Aug 13, 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Meeting Room B
Whether you have been stitching for years, or you just want to learn, join fellow crafters who love all things fabric and fiber.

Wed, Aug 14, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
Join us for stories, rhymes, songs, and activities in Spanish and English! You don't need to know Spanish to enjoy this storytime!

Wed, Aug 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Wed, Aug 14, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Wed, Aug 14, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lobby
Come say hello to a Master Gardener. Bring your gardening, lawn, plants and insect questions to the for the start of the new growing season.

Wed, Aug 14, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room B
Drop in for open-ended crafting fun. Try one of our sample crafts, or create your own design! All materials provided.

Thu, Aug 15, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, bounces, songs, and playtime for children birth-2 years with their adult caregivers.

Thu, Aug 15, 10:00am - 11:00am
Meeting Room A
Calling all young artists. Step into a world of boundless imagination and unleash your creativity in bold new ways!
Registration opens Wednesday, July 31 2024 at 9:00am

Thu, Aug 15, 10:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Thu, Aug 15, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Thu, Aug 15, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room B
Teens and tweens are invited to come vibe with us for weekly-themed hangouts! Games, art, music and more in store.

Thu, Aug 15, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room B
Do you like anime and manga? Join us for this month’s anime club meeting. We will watch the first episode of two different shows, then have a brief discussion after. Refreshments will be provided.

Fri, Aug 16, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Fri, Aug 16, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Sat, Aug 17, 10:00am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B,Meeting Room A
It’s a family event! All ages can have fun learning Spanish while playing Loteria, a fun Bingo game. Fun prizes for the winners!

Sat, Aug 17, 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Meet real, live reptiles from around the world! From baby tortoises to giant pythons, learn about their habitats, diet, adaptations, & behaviors.

Mon, Aug 19, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Computer Lab
AI is becoming increasingly prevalent in today's technological world. Can you tell the difference between "real" and AI?

Mon, Aug 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Tue, Aug 20, 9:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, bounces, songs, and playtime for children birth-2 years with their adult caregivers.

Tue, Aug 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room B
Stories, rhymes, songs, and activities planned with ages 1-5 in mind; all ages welcome with their adult caregivers.

Tue, Aug 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms A&B
Free, nutritious lunches for kids 0-18 and their accompanying adults. Lunches must be eaten on-site; no carry-outs.

Tue, Aug 20, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room B
Join us for learning-based crafts, games, and activities as we play our way to developing valuable school readiness skills such as fine motor control, following directions, and group participation.