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February 2011

Frederick County Public Libraries



Frederick County families love their libraries!  It's no wonder why they visit so often: where else can one find high-quality, educational programs, a large collection of books, dvd's, cd's, educational software, and so much more?


For families and caregivers, a visit to the library is an opportunity to learn, grow, and celebrate. And you don't need to open your wallet, except to pull out your ticket to visit the world -- your library card.


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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Storyland: A Sensory Storytime for Little Ones
eBooks are for Kids Too!
Homework Help is Just a Click Away
Homework Help Tip
Valentine Celebrations!
Keep in Touch
The Storytime Show with
Ms. Jenni
Storytelling with a twist-- using puppets, acting, games, music, and more to explore the world of books and music.
For a list of scheduled events,
click here
Storytime Show

Sensory Storytime


Feather flowers scented with essential oils, knobby rubber balls, colorful musical shakers, and oversized books-these are a few of the sensory treats featured Frederick County Public Libraries' "Storyland" story times for children with developmental delays.


As parents have discovered, story times at the library are a great way to meet other parents and teach babies and preschoolers important literacy and numeracy skills. These popular programs regularly require registration and have wait lists.


But some families may stay away because their children are "different". They might be loud or very active. They might have a hard time focusing or participating in group settings. Or they might look different from other children because of a handicap. Storyland is a great bridge for these families.


Storyland was developed especially for children from birth to age three who are identified by the Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program (FCITP) as having developmental delays. These could be sensory and motor skill issues, speech delays, or autism spectrum disorders among other things.


In addition to reading books to the children, the librarians also sing songs with movements, use felt boards, rhythm instruments, and tactile tools like textured blocks and balls. They work not only to stimulate and teach the Sensory Storytime2children, but also to give the parents confidence and skills to become literacy coaches for their own kids.


A generous grant from the Women's Giving Circle of Frederick County has allowed Storyland to be available at three FCPL locations. Storyland is open to all families with children ages birth-three years old, not just those involved with FCITP. To register or find more information, call the C. Burr Artz Public Library, the Urbana Regional Library, or the Thurmont Regional Library or visit fcpl.org.


Did you receive a Nook, iPad, or other e-reader for Christmas? Whether you have children or are just a child at heart, you should check out - literally - the many children's books available for free through our eBooks for Kids page. Frederick County Public Library provides access to over 3,000 titles in eBook format through our participation in Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium's OverDrive Digital Library. From the Magic Tree House series to Junie B. Jones, our collection includes popular titles to children's classics and more.


So, if you're trying to find a chapter book for a last minute school report or are just looking for a great read-aloud to share with your family, be rest assured that we have it covered! With a variety of titles readily available, our eBooks can be enjoyed even when the library is closed. Without leaving the comfort of your home, you can download and enjoy eBooks on your computer or compatible device.


But what if your child is just learning to read? We have that covered too! Check out our kid-friendly premium websites TumbleBook Library and Bookflix!  The TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books designed to teach kids the joy of reading by using an engaging interactive format they're sure to love. And Bookflix is an online literacy program for children that pairs classic video storybooks with nonfiction e-books. Your child can enjoy both websites from home using a Frederick County Public Library card.


So check out the eBooks for Kids page to get started and see just how fun reading can be!


Writing a book report? Searching for science project ideas? Practicing for the SAT? Let FCPL's free online resources help you find what you're looking for, 24/7. Go to the General Information page at fcpl.org, then click on Homework Helpers under Children's Services or Teen Zone.


A popular question during the school year is "How do I find books appropriate for my (or my child's) Lexile reading level?"


One way to find books within a certain Lexile range is to use FCPL's NoveList K-8 database. (If you're not in a FCPL branch, you will want to have your library card handy!) Under "Advanced Search," there is the option to limit your search by reading, grade, and Lexile ranges (amongst other cool options).


Once you have found a book that sounds great using NoveList K-8, be sure to check FCPL's catalog to find a copy.

Join the fun as we celebrate Valentine's Day

Make a Special Valentine
(all ages, with adult)
Middletown - Wednesday, February 9, 1:30 pm*


"Tweet" Treats (all ages, with adult)
Emmitsburg - Saturday, February 12, all day


Bring the One You Love Dance (ages 3 and up, with adult)

Feel free to dress to the nines for this special Valentine event.

Urbana - Saturday, February 12, 11 am*Caroline & Bookworms_BR


Valentine's Day Tea Party (ages 2-8, with adult)
Put on your fanciest clothes and bring your sweetheart: a family member or your favorite stuffed animal. Snacks, games, and crafts.
Thurmont - Monday, February 14, 4 pm*


Be My Valentine Storytime (all ages, with adult)
C. Burr Artz - Monday, February 14, 6:30 pm


Valentino II, an Olde-fashioned Valentine Celebration (all ages, with adult)
Special stories and songs -- make-n-take valentines for special someone -- treats!
Point of Rocks - Monday, February 14, 6:30 pm

* Registration is required

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