Library users now have access to two new DIY resources
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. somd.lib.md.us or by link from any of the three county library systems: Calvert Library (calvertlibrary.info); Charles County Public Library (ccplonline. org); and St. Mary’s County Library (stmalib.org).
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.hospiceofcharlescounty.org/ 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, www.ccboe.com. 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