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Submitted photoA mother and daughter American Girl Tea Party was held Feb. 12 at the La Plata library in honor of the book American Girl book "Felicity's World." The story tells of a girl living around the year 1774. The event was sponsored by the Charles County Arts Alliance and the Maryland State Arts Council. Suzanne Kuch, children's librarian for the La Plata branch, along with Karla Brown, Suzanne Lee, Patricia Bowie and Andrea Traynham planned the event.
Learn the do's and don'ts of safety around our animal friends 11 a.m. March 12 at the La Plata branch. Learn to recognize the body language of dogs and cats and how to respond in various situations.
For the teens
Tween gaming night will be 6 p.m. March 10 at the Potomac branch and 6:30 p.m. March 18 at the P.D. Brown branch.
The Anime Club, for kids 12 to 18, will meet 2 p.m. March 12 at the P.D. Brown branch.
A computer class will be 9:30 p.m. March 25 at the P.D. Brown branch.
How the west was built
Go to www.waldorfwest.blogspot.com to view the progress of the new library construction near O'Donnell Lake in Waldorf.
Celebrate libraries and early learning
Preschool storytimes for ages 2 to 5 are at all branch locations. Look for storytimes at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Potomac branch.
Wednesday storytimes at the P.D. Brown branch in Waldorf are at 10, 10:30 and 11 a.m. and Thursday storytimes at the La Plata branch are at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Additional storytime, Cuddle Time, is at 9:15 a.m. at P.D. Brown.
More storytimes with Raising Readers at 10 a.m. at the Waldorf branch is on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the La Plata branch.
Specials and Spanish classes
Saturday Specials will be 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the P.D. Brown branch and includes events for the family that include stories, songs, crafts and fun.
Spanish classes will be 10 a.m. March 19 at P.D. Brown.
Book store open Saturdays
Check out the used book store operated by the Citizens for the Charles County Public Library Inc.
The book store is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Saturday, except holidays.
The store is on the lower level of the La Plata branch. Book donations are welcome and there are volunteers to help on Saturdays. Call 301-934-9001, ext. 22.
Book discussions for adults
Book discussions are scheduled at the branches. At La Plata, Pat Conroy's "South of Broad" will be discussed at 7 p.m. March 10. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
"Waiting to Exhale" by Terry McMillian will be discussed at the Better than Therapy book club at the P.D. Brown branch 2 p.m. March 12.
The Jane Austen book club will meet 6:30 p.m. March 30 at the P.D. Brown library, where F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic "The Great Gatsby" will be discussed.
Read to your child, it makes a difference
Visit your public library regularly as you get started in — or continue — the read-aloud routine. Your public library is the place to go to get a variety of books to read aloud. The librarians can help you make selections of books suited to your child's wants and needs. Borrowing books is easy. All you need is a library card — and it is free.
Establish a routine time to read — perhaps at lunch time, before a nap or at bedtime.
Cuddle close to your child while reading aloud; make sure both of you can see the pictures.
Board to meet
The next board meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. March 17 at the La Plata library at 2 Garrett Ave.
Support the library
Support your local Charles County Public Library system. Consider making a memorial gift to honor a loved one or to mark a holiday, special birthday, anniversary, or graduation.
E-mail Emily Ferren, at email@example.com or call 301-934-9001, ext. 20.
The writer is the executive director of the Charles County Library.