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St. Mary's County Library now offering charging stations

The St. Mary's County Department of Emergency Services has installed a charging station at each of the three St. Mary's County Library branch locations for public use. The charging stations, originally purchased to support shelter operations, will be located at the three public libraries for use when not needed for sheltering. Each charging station has a variety of tips to fit many devices including phones, tablets, e-readers, and more. Multiple devices can be charged simultaneously.

"Having the charging stations present at our shelters will allow our citizens to remain in contact with family and friends when displaced by a community hazard," said Bob Kelly, St. Mary's Department of Emergency Services Director. "The daily use of this equipment at our three libraries when not in use at a shelter will ensure the operational readiness of the units and offer an additional service to the patrons of our libraries. We appreciate the support that our libraries provide in preparing our community for emergencies." For more information on Emergency Preparedness in St. Mary's County visit

"Many library customers use their own electronic devices in the library and very often they need to replenish its power supply," commented Kathleen Reif, St. Mary's County Library Director. "This new piece of equipment will allow our customers to recharge and keep on working! Thanks to the staff at Emergency Services and Technology for thinking of their library."

The charging stations are currently available for the public to use at the three branches. The library reminds customers to please stay with their device while it charges.

Department of Aging & Human Services to Host Area Plan Discussion

A needs assessment for the Senior Community over the next four years

The St. Mary's County Department of Aging & Human will host an informal discussion about the changing needs of the St. Mary's County Senior Community. If you're age 50 and above, please join the Department of Aging & Human Services' staff to voice your opinion about the needs of the Senior Community over the next four years. The meeting will take place Friday, April 24 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Garvey Senior Activity Center.

If you are not able to attend the meeting, but would still like to provide input, please go to: to fill out the survey. This link can also be found on our website at, and our Facebook page, keyword: St. Mary's County Department of Aging & Human Services.

Knowledge is Power Seminar Coming to Mechanicsville

The St. Mary's County Commission on Aging and the Department of Aging & Human Services will host a "Knowledge is Power" seminar. The session will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph's Community Center, 40610 Kavanagh Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. The seminar is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the seminar is to inform the community about all of the programs and services the Department of Aging & Human Services has to offer. Did you recently retire and now are ready to dive into fitness classes or make new friends? Perhaps you're interested in helping your community by volunteering … or perhaps you are caring for a loved one and need support? We have information related to all of these programs and services and much more! You may never know what we have to offer until you attend the "Knowledge is Power" presentation.

The Department of Aging & Human Services provides a wide variety of programs and services to the county's senior residents as well as other segments of the population in need. The Human Services Division is responsible for the coordination of supportive services to people with mental illness, substance abuse treatment and prevention, supportive services to families and their children and the Teen Court Program.

To register please call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 or visit us online at

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