Li­brary users now have ac­cess to two new DIY re­sources

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Two new do-it-your­self (DIY) re­sources have been added to the on­line li­brary col­lec­tion serv­ing res­i­dents in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s coun­ties. The “Hob­bies and Crafts” and “Home Im­prove­ment” ref­er­ence cen­ters were added to the COS­MOS web­site last week, pro­vid­ing free, down­load­able in­struc­tions to any­one in the tri-county area.

The Hob­bies and Crafts Ref­er­ence Cen­ter fea­tures cre­ative ideas and di­rec­tions for a broad range of craft cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing arts and crafts; col­lect­ing; home and gar­den; in­door recre­ation; kids’ crafts; model build­ing; needle­crafts and textiles; out­door recre­ation; per­form­ing arts; sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy; scrap­book­ing and pa­per crafts.

“Hob­by­ists can eas­ily spend hun­dreds of dol­lars on mag­a­zines and books per­tain­ing to their crafts,” said Jen­nifer Falkowski, in­for­ma­tion ser­vices man­ager with the South­ern Mary­land Re­gional Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion, in a press re­lease. “This re­source now makes those pro­fes­sional pe­ri­od­i­cals avail­able for free.”

The Home Im­prove­ment Ref­er­ence Cen­ter is a col­lec­tion of home im­prove­ment ti­tles cov­er­ing thou­sands of re­pairs in the ar­eas of out­door, elec­tri­cal, re­mod­el­ing, wood, dec­o­rat­ing and main­te­nance projects. Users can search the site for how-to videos as well as ar­ti­cles and stepby-step in­struc­tions.

The en­tire col­lec­tion of COS­MOS on­line re­sources can be found at cos­mos. or by link from any of the three county li­brary sys­tems: Calvert Li­brary (calvertli­; Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary (cc­plon­line. org); and St. Mary’s County Li­brary (

For more in­for­ma­tion about the col­lec­tion of on­line re­sources or the two new DIY ref­er­ence cen­ters, talk to a li­brar­ian at a lo­cal li­brary lo­ca­tion.

Luau for hospice

Hospice of Charles County will host Luau Party 5-10 p.m. June 25 at Mid­dle­ton Cedar Hill Farm, 13070 Legacy Farm Place, Wal­dorf. There will be food, drinks, danc­ing, en­ter­tain­ment and a silent auc­tion. Tick­ets $40. Event ben­e­fits Hospice of Charles County, Inc. For spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties or more in­for­ma­tion, call Melissa Matthews, 301-609-1652, or email mmatthews@ hos­pice­ofcharle­scounty. org, or go to www.hos­pice­ofcharle­ fundraiser. is sched­uled for 7 p.m. on Thurs­day, June 2. The school will be closed for all North Point stu­dents, as well for chil­dren who at­tend the child­care cen­ter at North Point, on June 2.

The sched­ule for Fri­day, June 3 is West­lake at 9 a.m.; Lackey at 2 p.m.; and McDonough at 7 p.m.

The sched­ule for Satur­day, June 4 is St. Charles at 9 a.m.; La Plata at 2 p.m.; and Thomas Stone at 7 p.m.

All Charles County pub­lic high schools will be closed on Fri­day, June 3. The child­care cen­ter at North Point will be closed June 3. The Robert D. Stethem Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­ter will also be closed on June 3 for stu­dents.

Ad­di­tion­ally, stu­dents who at­tend Wil­liam A. Diggs El­e­men­tary School and Theodore G. Davis Mid­dle School will not have school on Fri­day, June 3. This is to ac­com­mo­date ex­pected grad­u­a­tion traf­fic on the Davis, Diggs and North Point cam­puses.

All grad­u­a­tion ceremonies will be streamed live on the Charles County Pub­lic Schools web­site, North Point is lo­cated at 2500 Davis Road, Wal­dorf. Par­ents with ques­tions about a spe­cific school’s planned grad­u­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties should con­tact the of­fice at their child’s school.

Dept. of Health an­nounces Zika Aware­ness Week

The Charles County De­part­ment of Health in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Charles County Govern­ment, and the Mary­land State De­part­ment of Health and Men­tal Hy­giene an­nounce the week of April 25-30 as Zika Aware­ness Week. Dur­ing this time look for Zika Virus in­for­ma­tion through­out the com­mu­nity.

Zika Virus dis­ease is pri­mar­ily trans­mit­ted through the bite of in­fected Aedes mos­qui­toes. While none of th­ese lo­cal mos­qui­toes are presently in­fected, res­i­dents trav­el­ing to the af­fected ar­eas may be­come in­fected with the virus. The con­cern is that Zika virus can cause

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