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West: Hyattsville | New Carrollton Bladensburg | Mount Rainier

January 2019

Interim Co-CEOs Message


The Library is ringing in the new this New Year! We’re excited about our new Chief Executive Officer, Roberta Phillips starting on January 15. As she starts her new position, keep in mind that the Library has free resources to help you get the job you’ve always wanted, advance in your career or start your own business.

JobNow (Brainfuse), Career Transitions (Gale),, PGCMLS Academy and Gale Small Business Builder are free library resources to help you create your 2019 success story. These videos show you how.




Ring in the new YOU @ your library!


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

Scholastic GO! is perfect for K-12 school projects. The simple search bar and result filters makes it easier than ever to find the information you're looking for. You'll find more than 115,000 articles covering every core-curriculum subject. The content comes from Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, Amazing Animals of the World, and The New Book of Popular Science.

Language Learning


New Carrollton Branch

Monday, January 7, 3:30 pm

Drop-in and learn about Rosetta Stone, a self-paced, free, language-learning library resource. You may bring your own tablet, laptop, or smartphone to use this service. Adults.

West Area Events

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Hyattsville | New Carrollton | Bladensburg

Pop-Up Locations

STEM for Families

Fairy-tale Engineering

Interior of fairy-tale house

Share your innovative fairy-tale creations from this Hyattsville Branch event on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.

Library News

Winter Reading Challenge 2019


Win Big Apple Circus prizes during the 2019 Winter Reading Challenge! For the month of January, the Library will participate in Beanstack’s Second Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Mark Cuban. Photo courtesy of Zoobean.

We challenge each customer to log at least 200 reading minutes on Beanstack. Our Library's goal is to collectively log 100,000 minutes.


Hundreds of libraries and schools across the nation will also encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. If we reach the national goal, Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban will donate $35,000 to top participating libraries to expand access to the resources they offer within their communities.

Sign up to earn a $10 off coupon for the Big Apple Circus at National Harbor from February 14 to March 24, 2019. Five grand prize family ticket packs will be raffled among customers who complete the challenge.

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