More Than You Can Imagine
I’m so pleased to be part of this community and this terrific library system. Calvert Library strives to offer something for everyone. We want to be your destination for Imagination, Information and Inspiration. Visit our locations – the main library in Prince Frederick, and three branches, Fairview in Owings, Southern in Solomons, and Twin Beaches in Chesapeake Beach. We also have an outreach service which visits the homebound and licensed day cares.
At each of our libraries you will be welcome and appreciated. Our customers are very important to us. The library provides materials, information, computers, and special events throughout the year. Reference librarians are always available to assist with a question. We answer questions in person, by phone, by e-mail, and by live online chat reference. Last year, staff answered over 135,000 questions and we would love to answer a question from you! Each library has computers for public use. In FY12, there were about 151,000 uses of our computers. Each library location also has a wireless network and you are welcome to bring your laptop or mobile device to use in the library in one of our comfortable seating areas.
Storytime classes for children (from newborn through five years old) introduce young children to wonderful children's books and stories. Children enjoy books, music, finger plays, flannel boards, and crafts during story time. The classes teach elements of early literacy, such as letter recognition and vocabulary. The librarians model an engaging way to read a book for the parents. Children learn group behavior skills. Attendance at storytime helps children enter preschool or kindergarten ready to learn. Children and parents alike make new friends while attending these popular classes. Check out a Storytime-to-Go backpack which contains several books, a DVD, and a thematic craft sheet. Early literacy stations with learning games are loved by children and are available with English and Spanish language programs. Each library recently added an Afterschool Edge computer for elementary school-age children. Spend some time in the library and watch your children learn!
The library invites young people to the library with special events planned just for them. Events for older children on a variety of topics from book discussions to gaming to building robots are conducted throughout the year.
A wide variety of informative, entertaining and educational classes that appeal to adults and families are scheduled year-round. A monthly book discussion is held at each library location. You can also expect music, film, traveling exhibits, Creative Memoirs and much more. It is always worthwhile to bring your friends and family to an event at the library.
Calvert librarians visit first, fourth, sixth, and seventh grade classes as part of the CLASS Partnership (Calvert Library Assists School Success.) Children learn about the library and how we can help with their homework, research, and recreational needs. Special attention is given to helping students with History Fair projects. Summer reading programs are offered for all children from babies through teens. Research has shown that children who do not read over the summer fall three months behind their reading peers. Library summer reading programs inspire children to maintain their skills while enjoying summer vacation.
Books, movies, audio books, music cd's and video games for all ages and interests are available to check out. (In fact, customers may choose from about 325,000 items owned by Calvert Library!) Public libraries in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties share materials requested by customers via a daily delivery. The three counties share a database of all items owned, thereby increasing the number of titles available to all. MARINA is the interlibrary loan system currently used to locate materials beyond the libraries in Southern Maryland. Calvert Library’s circulation in FY 2012 was over a million – 1,142,301, to be exact!
Each year, more and more digital items are available. You can download digital e-book or e-audio books, all for free, from the library website. You can also check out a Kindle or a Nook pre-loaded with a wide variety of titles.
Last year, our 59 staff members assisted over 609,000 customers. About 62,000 Calvert County residents have library cards. Everyone is welcome in the library.
Enjoy the library!