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April 2018

 Interim Co-CEOs Message


Please join us as libraries nationwide observe National Library Week: April 8-14. This annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries that lead their communities with the transformative services, programs and expertise was first sponsored in 1958, by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. In fact, PGCMLS celebrates the entire month of April as I Love My Library Month.


Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study; they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions. Resources such as

e-books, technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers and regular storytime events to prepare children for kindergarten are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities.


“Here at PGCMLS, we level the playing field for persons of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life. We hope you will celebrate with us and attend one or more of the engaging programs our branches are hosting this month,” said the Library’s Co-Chief Executive Officer Michael Gannon.


Prince George’s County also recognizes the value of its Library System as stated in the National Library Week 2018 Proclamation below that was presented to PGCMLS by the County Council. The Library is committed to transforming the trajectory of achievement, leadership and fulfillment of our customers in Prince George's County and beyond.


Leading by Transformation @ your library!


Michelle H. Hamiel  |  Michael B. Gannon 
Interim Co-Chief Executive Officers  


WHEREAS, libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people;


WHEREAS, libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions, and library workers and librarians fuel efforts to better their communities;


WHEREAS, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) has offered our County excellent service for more than seventy-two years, now at nineteen locations and growing every year;


WHEREAS, libraries lead in working with diverse communities, including people of color, immigrants and people with disabilities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity;


WHEREAS, libraries support democracy, with a commitment to providing equitable access to information for all library users regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status;


WHEREAS, librarians continue to lead the way in leveling the playing field for all who seek information and access to technologies;


WHEREAS, PGCMLS and librarians look beyond their traditional roles and provide transformative opportunities for education, employment, entrepreneurship, empowerment and engagement, as well new services that connect closely with patrons’ needs;


WHEREAS, PGCMLS leads their community in innovation, providing STEAM programing, Makerspaces and access and training for new technologies;


WHEREAS, libraries, librarians, library workers and supporters across America are celebrating National Library Week.


NOW, THEREFORE, Be it Proclaimed by the Prince George’s County Council, that the week of April 8-14, 2018, is declared “Library Week” as part of “Love Your Library Month” in Prince George’s County, and that all residents are encouraged to visit your local library branch this week at your library.



Dannielle M. Glaros, Council Chair

Todd M. Turner, Council Vice Chair

  The Human Library 


Bowie Branch

Saturday, April 14, noon-4 pm

Ages 13 and up 

The Human Library invites community members to speak with other community members to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. 



North Area Events


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


Bowie | Beltsville | Greenbelt | Laurel  


Young Women in STEM Fair 

Participants share your takeaways from our Bowie Branch STEM Fair on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram


Library News


Mobile Printing is Here!


Eventually expanding to all 19 branches, EnvisionWare Mobile Print in partnership with PrinterOn is now available at these PGCMLS branches:


  • Largo-Kettering
  • Laurel
  • Oxon Hill
  • South Bowie
  • Spauldings 

Customers may now print remotely from any computer or mobile device for pickup at the library. Print jobs will stay in the queue for

2 hours from the time of submission.


Documents submitted will be printed on 8” by 11” paper at a per page cost of 15 cents for black and white and 30 cents for color. Click here for these mobile print instructions: computers/laptops, mobile devices and email to printer.   


Freegal Music Hits!


Say Something by Justin Timberlake, featuring Chris Stapleton


Havana by Camila Cabello,

featuring Young Thug


Filthy by Justin Timberlake


Midnight Summer Jam by Justin Timberlake


Morning Light by Justin Timberlake, featuring Alicia Keys


The Freegal Music website and app for iOS and Android are getting a face-lift on April 4, to become more user friendly. Your account information will not change. With the upgrade, 100 plus playlists will be added and published weekly. You may also create and share your favorite playlists. With more than 15 million songs to choose from and new content added daily, library cardholders may stream 3 hours daily and download five songs weekly for free!


Current Connections

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