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Libraries to be closed for staff day

All three libraries will be closed Friday, Dec. 14, for an annual staff development and volunteer appreciation day. Customers can use the Internet branch to manage their accounts, pay fines, search the catalog, download books and do research using the library’s online resources.

Survey under way to help determine budget priorities

The library is conducting an online customer survey through Dec. 21. The responses will be used to help determine the library’s budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2014. The survey is only three questions and can be accessed from the library’s homepage at www.stmalib.org.

Basics to seeking grants to be presented

Those seeking grants from foundations, corporations and grant-making public charities can register to attend Grantseeking Basics at the Lexington Park branch on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. to get an overview of the funding research process. Registration is required.

Family movies to be shown

The Lexington Park library will show a movie about Paws, Quinn and a group of talking dogs who save Santa and show the world what Christmas is all about on Dec. 18. The Leonardtown library will show a movie in which two mice set out to save a kidnapped orphan from the clutches of the villainous Madame Medusa on Dec. 27. The Charlotte Hall library will show the Muppet version of the classic tale of an old miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve on Dec. 28. All three movie presentations will start at 2 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

Music students to present program

The public is invited to a holiday musical showcase on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Lexington Park library, which will be performed by the students of the Bella Music School. The program is free.

Libraries now have MEEP! and LeapPad2

Each branch has both a MEEP! tablet and a LeapPad2 to use in the library. The MEEP!, which is suitable for ages 6 and older, has apps, games, e-books and music. The LeapPad2 has five apps and is geared for ages 3 and older.

Donations accepted

Donations of new or gently used gloves, hats and scarves are being collected at each branch through Jan. 4. The donations will be given to local charities to distribute.

Tomorrow, Dec. 13, is the last day to donate a new toy for Toys for Tots at the library branches.

In addition, the libraries are continuing to collect food for the local food pantries.