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Message from the Interim CEOs


We are excited about the success of our summer reading program this year! With 37,237 attendees at 1,973 events, we would like to thank all the Library staff, Friends groups, community sponsors and County officials that help make this year’s program one to remember. Our 2017 Summer @ your Library program reduces the typical summer slide, and students return back to school equipped for another academic year. Our student LINK accounts assure every public school student access to valuable library resources for the school year.


Unleash Your Story and celebrate Teen Read Week 2017 with us from October 8-14. Teens are encouraged to:


  • Download books on OverDrive
  • Enjoy a Virtual Reality Field Trip with Google Expeditions VR tours
  • Check out Techno Z: Teens and Tech and learn about our DREAM lab software and create different projects
  • Participate in One Maryland One Book (OMOB) Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie book discussions (See Library News)
  • Join writing, chess, manga and anime clubs
  • Develop leadership skills and earn community service hours in our TAG (Teen Action Groups) and our Local Strength groups
  • Check out our Teen Read Week Celebration where teens may share a favorite title, give a book review, design a book jacket, participate in Teen Trivia and win a prize for completing a Librarian Challenge.
  • Learn more 


Enrich, Engage, Educate @ your library, 


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






Thermal Cameras & Energy Saving Home Improvements



Environmental literacy is important to maintaining our quality of life at home, school, work or play. The Library offers resources to enhance your home environment. PGCMLS is adding thermal cameras to its circulating collection this October. Our new thermal mobile accessory FLIR ONE for Android or FLIR ONE for iOS adds infrared camera functionality to your mobile device. Learn whether or not heat or cool air is escaping from your home, increasing utility cost.

Adult library customers (one per household) with a valid library card in good standing and photo ID, may place a hold on a thermal camera and have it available for pick up from any PGCMLS branch. The borrowing period is for 7 days, after which fees apply.


Are you looking to make your home more energy efficient? Check out the Library’s digital resource: EBSCO's Home Improvement Reference Center. This database is designed to help homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance and remodeling projects. 

 Techno Z: Teens and Tech

Garage Band being used in DREAM lab

Fairmount Heights Branch

Wednesday, October 4, 4:30 pm

Teens will have the opportunity to learn about the DREAM Lab software and create different projects. Click play button to view video.


Applications in DREAM Lab:


GarageBand | DVD Player
Final Cut Pro | iMovie
Image Capture | iPhoto
iTunes | Logic Pro X
Pro Tools | Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Photoshop | Adobe Flash builder
Adobe InDesign | Adobe Acrobat
Mbox | Adobe Dreamweaver
Adobe Fireworks | Adobe Audition
Toast II Titanium | iLok License Manager
Automator | Comic | Life Safari


Central Area Events


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


Spauldings | Fairmount Heights
Glenarden | Hillcrest Heights



Say NO to Bullying


Parents and students! Share highlights from the discussion at our Fairmount Heights Branch event on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram


Library News 


Join the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at your Library with Latin Dance Nights, ¡1, 2, 3 Andrés!, Huichol-inspired Mexican Yarn painting, Hispanic Heritage Story Explorers about the artwork of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Celebrate Hispanic Leaders, Readers Theater: Roberto Clemente, Create Ecuadorian Migajón Clay!, InterAct Story Theatre: La Cucaracha Martina and more.

One Maryland One Book logo

One Maryland One Book 2017


One Maryland One Book (OMOB) is a statewide community read with meet the author events and / or book discussions throughout Maryland. This year’s selected book is Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. OMOB book discussions will be held at the following PGCMLS branch libraries: Bowie, Hyattsville, Laurel, Oxon Hill and Surratts-Clinton; visit for details. For more details about the OMOB program, click on Maryland Humanities. 


Hoopla is on board with providing quality digital offerings to our customers. Therefore, services will resume starting October 1, 2017. Visit, or click here for the latest updates on our hoopla offerings.