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June 4, 2021


Donna Scott-Martin
(301) 699-3500, ext. 6152

Summer Kickoff with Nationals Second Baseman Josh Harrison & Outdoor Events at 18 PGCMLS Locations

Largo, Md. – The Washington Nationals and Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) will host a Summer at Your Library (S@YL) Tails and Tales kickoff event at National Harbor with second baseman Josh Harrison on Saturday, June 12 at 11 am. Harrison will read a story for children and speak to the importance of reading and summer learning. At the Josh Harrison special event, customers can sign up for Summer @ Your Library and/or a PGCMLS library card onsite, pick up S@YL swag, and visit the Nationals Team Store. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. Click here to register.

On June 26 from 1-4 pm, the Library’s S@YL Kickoffs with goodie bags and fun activities for pick up at 18 branch locations will be happening for all ages. The participating branch libraries are Accokeek, Baden, Beltsville, Bladensburg, Bowie, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden, Greenbelt, Hillcrest Heights, Largo-Kettering, Laurel, Mount Rainier, New Carrollton, Oxon Hill, South Bowie, Spauldings, and Upper Marlboro. The pop-up location for the Hyattsville S@YL event is University Church Nursery School in College Park.

More than a traditional summer reading program, Summer @ Your Library encourages children, teens, and adults to read 30 minutes each day, attend a library event or Nationals game (online or in person), use the online library or branches, explore the wide range of streaming movies and music in the 85+ online resources, and participate in interactive social media challenges with the hashtag #SummeratPGCMLS. S@YL participants can track their activity progress throughout the summer and earn badges and prizes with a downloadable S@YL game board or the Library’s Beanstack website and app (iOS/Android).

The midway prize of a tee shirt (10 points) can be picked up beginning June 29. The completer prize (20 points) can be picked up beginning July 17 and includes a free book and entry into the grand prize drawing. Grand prizes are courtesy of PGCMLS and the Washington Nationals (the S@YL 2021 presenting sponsor). Grand prize winners will be notified in late August. Summer @ Your Library is made possible by the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Washington Nationals, and PGCMLS Foundation.

Customers can access PGCMLS resources with a PGCMLS library card number or a LINK card number for Prince George’s County Public Schools students. Virtual library card registration is open to Prince George’s County residents and others throughout the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Participants can explore suggested summer reads on the Library’s Beanstack, NextReads, and Book List platforms.

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About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 915,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike.

PGCMLS’ robust online offerings include curated content collections for kids, teens, educators, Spanish speakers, and more. Virtual events and outreach provide access to the Library from the comfort of home or on the go. Special programs include the D.R.E.A.M. Lab, STEM Pals, and 3D printing, which offer teens and lifelong learners with opportunities to learn cutting-edge technology and STEM skills for job readiness or personal enrichment. The Library also provides drive-up WiFi access at all branches and mobile hotspot devices. The Library’s Laurel Branch Library received the 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Award and was designated the best new public building in Maryland.

As a strong community partner, the Library regularly collaborates with local government agencies and non-profit organizations to provide access to essential community services and programs. Partners include the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission, Employ Prince George’s, Prince George’s County Public Schools, and Prince George’s Community College. Learn more at or by visiting the Largo-Kettering Branch at 9601 Capital Lane, Largo, MD 20774.