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January 2018

 Interim Co-CEOs Message



Kudos to our Laurel Branch Hackathon MAGIC’s Fourth Capture the Flag, Cybersecurity Competition third place winners: Leonid Burlachuk, Paul Chilcote, Jared Perdue and Andrew Valliere of UMUC Team-1. They discovered the clues, solved all the puzzles even with technical difficulties that slowed them down and beat the clock! More


Our Laurel Branch is also known for its  “green" features: solar energy, storm water management, charging stations for electric vehicles, living plant wall, recycling, green cleaning supplies, filtered water and energy efficient lighting. Check out our Hard Hat Librarian- Episode 5 video below.  




Go "Green" this Year!


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




PGCMLS has tools that will help you build a"greener" home. 
Save energy, lower your bills, 
be more comfortable.


Check out our FLIR smartphone (iOS and Android) thermal camera to audit your home for energy leaks. Button it up to save money on heating and cooling.

The Home Improvement Reference Center has easy instructions on insulating and repair. offers environmental skills training.

Check your appliances for energy efficiency by borrowing a Kill A Watt P4400 electricity usage monitor.

Read books on eco-friendly homes and green building.

Attend water conservation and energy efficiency library events

 Tell Them We Are Rising 

Produced by Stanley Nelson, Emmy Winning Filmmaker; directed by The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2017)


IndieLens Pop-up 

Bowie Branch

Wednesday, January 17, 7 pm  

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities is a part of a film series sponsored by Maryland Public Television. Join us for the film and post- viewing discussion. Click here  or image above to view official trailer. Teens/Adults.


North Area Events


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


Bowie | Beltsville | Greenbelt | Laurel



Crafternoon: Snow Globes 


Post selfies with your animal snow globes crafted during our Laurel Branch event on Facebook & Instagram

Library News


Winter Reading Challenge 2018


The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System in collaboration with almost 100 libraries in the United States and South Korea have taken on Mark Cuban’s challenge of reading at least one million minutes and 50,000 books in January 2018.


If the goal is met during Beanstack’s Winter Reading Challenge, Cuban will donate $25,000 to First Book and $10,000 to top performing libraries and their communities. (Photo: Courtesy of Zoobean)  More