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East: South Bowie | Largo-Kettering
Upper Marlboro
APRIL 2017
Message from the CEO

Celebrate National Library Week, April 9-15 with us! This year's theme is Libraries Transform. The Local Strength program for teens at our Hillcrest Heights Branch illustrates one way in which the Library is positively impacting area teens and their communities. 




Local Strength

PGCMLS staff member Jamyel Jenifer, Founder of Local Strength, has this to say about the program.


Teens in Local Strength are not just talk; they are all about taking action. Currently, members are in the process of learning how to code in HTML. In a few months, they will be able to create a website for a local domestic violence nonprofit. The teens are also in the process of writing a grant to implement an awareness campaign to combat youth homelessness.


Upcoming events include: CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) training, HIV/AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus / acquired immune deficiency syndrome) discussion and a session on education with Aaron Gilchrist from NBC 4 News. Also, the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO and PGCMLS management staff will address the teens with respect to business plan development. Jenifer plans to add a second weekly meeting date for Local Strength members in response to their demand. More


We are educating teens to engage with their communities and enrich their lives and those they serve.

Enrich, Engage, Educate!
Kathleen A. Teaze, Chief Executive Officer

Graduating Soon?


Graduation hats in mid air


Check out Gale's Career Transitions and Brainfuse's JobNow to assess which path is best for you. Career Transitions offers step-by-step guidance to discovering your interest, choosing a career, preparing a resume and searching for job openings. JobNow allows you to complete a career assessment, search for jobs, create a resume and get feedback. It also provides interview tips and live coaching.



New PGCMLS Branch Hours Infographic


Wax Art: Stained Glass Windows      

Stained glass window


Upper Marlboro Branch


Saturday, April 15, 2 pm 


Create your own stained glass window inspired art piece! Ages 5-12.

East Area Events


Click on branch links below to view a printable monthly event flyer.


South Bowie | Largo-Kettering
Upper Marlboro


3D Print Optical Illusions

 Do You See What I See?


3D Optical Illusion Cube


Share the spectacular 3D optical illusions you created at our Largo-Kettering Branch event on our FacebookFlickrPinterest, Instagram or Twitter.

Library News

More Library Branch Hours


We have listened to you! The Library will be extending hours to serve you better. Effective the week of April 2, 2017, the following branches will have additional hours as indicated below:


Baden Branch:  Fridays 10 am-6 pm  


Greenbelt Branch: Thursdays 10 am-9 pm 


South Bowie Branch: Mondays 10 am-9 pm


Spauldings Branch: Wednesdays 10 am-9 pm 

Optelec CCTV, New @ Your Library


The Library announces the installation of Optelec® CCTV (close circuit television) at 11 of its 19 library branches during the first week of April 2017. PGCMLS branches that will have this assistive technology include: Accokeek, Beltsville, Bowie (upon reopening), Fairmount Heights, Glenarden, Greenbelt, Laurel, Largo-Kettering, Oxon Hill, Spauldings and Surratts-Clinton. 


The County Library would like to thank the Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) for meeting the special needs of some of our library customers. Funding for this project was provided through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Training for library staff on how to use the equipment will be provided by the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), a branch of DLDS. Learn more here


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Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request. Please contact the branch at least two weeks in advance.