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This year's Summer Reading Club certainly lived up to its themes of "Make a Splash" and "Make Waves" by breaking all participation records in the history of Frederick County Public Libraries.

We have received so many calls asking about the summer and the results of the prize drawings we thought we'd provide an update.
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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
A Splashing Success
Grand Prize Winners
Our Partners
Summer Reading Club 2011
Keep in Touch
The fun keeps going!
Summer is over, but the fun
continues at your library.
Some upcoming fall events:
Strega Nona Sneak Peek
Puppet Shows
Board Game Bonanza
Frederick Wildlife Show
For details, visit fcpl.org
Elmo visits Brunswick
Elmo Visit
History Making Summer Reading Club
Participants started diving into reading as soon as the program was announced. "We could tell immediately when schools got out that the library was this summer's destination point," says Robyn Monaco, Children's Services Supervisor at C. Burr Artz. By early July, the number of teen SRC registrants had passed the previous year's total by 15 percent. By early August, total participation was close to topping 10,000 - an all-time high for the SRC program in Frederick County.
Increased participation can be credited in part to FCPL's growing partnership with Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS). "Library staff from FCPL work with FCPS media specialists to create new collaborative summer booklists that we think kids will really enjoy," explains Janet Vogel, Children's Services Supervisor at Thurmont. "Many kids come in looking for something to read during the summer, and these lists are a big hit." FCPL staff also increased visits to schools to promote SRC while school was still in session.
A larger-than-ever selection of prizes for SRC participants also played a significant role in the increased participation. "I think families were thrilled by our prizes this summer, which were made available only through the gracious support of our sponsors," Monaco says. "Never before had we been able to offer two grand prizes, but this double incentive really captured everyone's interest. And then of course there was the enthusiastic response to our Silly Bandz prizes!" she continues. "It's funny to say, but kids saw the library as being 'trendy' because we had these-and that is a public perception we are happy to embrace!"
Back row: Ted Gregory, The Frederick News-Post; Michael Kurtianyk, FCPL Board of Trustees; Darrell Batson, Director, FCPL; Gordon Cooley, PNC Bank; Candy Greenway, Friends of FCPL. Front: Isabelle Vetter, Skyler Jagt, Kayla Ellsworth
Prize winners at Keys Game

Winners from the system-wide random drawings were announced mid-August. Kayla Ellsworth, age 10 won the grand prize to Great Wolf Lodge, Pocono Mountains, PA and Isabelle Vetter, age 5, the grand prize to Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg, VA. Both families were thrilled and excited when they received the good news. They were joined by the family of Skyler Jagt, winner of the "Name the Frog" contest, at a special presentation at the Frederick Keys game on August 17. The Keys donated a Skybox and Friends of FCPL provided catering for the evening.


Each of FCPL's eight branches also distributed elementary age prizes of $100 Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts certificates. System-wide elementary prizes of one Samsung 10.2 Megapixel camera and two 2 GB iPod Shuffles were awarded. Each branch also distributed prizes of a Samsung 10.2 Megapixel camera and a 2 GB iPod Shuffle to sixteen lucky teens.

We could not have done it without them.
Director Darrell Batson expresses his gratitude to PNC Bank, The Frederick News-Post, Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers for their dedication to Frederick County families this summer. "Some counties suspended summer reading clubs completely this year due to funding shortfalls," he says. "Although the library's overall budget has declined, our summer reading club budget remained robust because our partners came through with flying colors. We are very grateful for their support."
Next summer we will be traveling all around the world, visiting exciting destinations, learning about new cultures, and also having lots of fun!

              Children: One World, Many Stories           Teens: You Are Here
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National Aquarium Show: Sharks
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We have enjoyed this spectacular summer with you and your children and look forward to seeing you in and around Frederick County Public Libraries in the near future.  We have lots of wonderful programs planned - some for adults and lots for children and teens.  If you would like to receive updates from time to time about events at your library, make sure to subscribe to this email newsletter.

Thanks, See you around the library!

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