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Libraries closed for holiday

All three library branches will be closed on Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Leonardtown branch to host homeschool science fair

The Southern Maryland Homeschool Science Fair will be held at the Leonardtown library on Jan. 24. Registrations are due this Friday. The registration form and more science fair information can be found on the homeschooling page of the library’s webpage, at, under the kids tab.

Introductory genealogy classes offered

Adults can attend an introductory genealogy class to find out where to begin looking for family history information, filling out charts, organizing information, using the library’s databases and exploring useful websites. The class will be held at the Charlotte Hall branch on Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. Basic computer skills and an email account are necessary. Registration is required.

The Lexington Park branch will also offer an introduction genealogy class with a focus on free Internet websites, the library’s databases, Social Security Death Index, and U.S. Census on Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Knowledge of the Internet is necessary. Registration is required.

Teen art contest is under way

Teens have until March 1 to create and submit artwork for the Express Yourself Teen Art Contest. Entries must be original, flat and 8½-by-11-inches or less. They can be drawings, paintings, photography, computer-generated or mixed media. All entries will be displayed in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery from March 1 through April 15. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony on April 15.

Each branch offers book discussions

A book discussion is held monthly at each branch and is open to public. The discussion at the Charlotte Hall branch is on the first Monday at 7 p.m. and will be discussing “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks on Feb. 4. The Lexington Park branch holds its discussion at 6 p.m. on the second Monday and will discuss “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President” by Candice Millard on Feb. 11. The discussion group at the Leonardtown branch meets on the third Thursday of the month and will discuss “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton on Feb. 21. Copies are available at the hosting library.