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TEEN NEWS              

                                                                                  March 2011

Frederick County Public Libraries

In Frederick County, our libraries are popular gathering places for teens. Whether they're here to attend a study group, catch up on homework, or attend a special event, there's always something special going on just for this important age group. Of course, you're receiving this email because you already know that! 


With eight locations in the county, you're never too far from a library with an innovative Teen Zone. We look forward to seeing more teens as the weather brightens up this spring.


In the event that this newsletter was forwarded to you by a friend and you'd like to stay in the loop about library tools for teens to expand their horizons, we invite you to sign up here for our email newsletter.

Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Video Contest Winners Viewing
Teen Tech Week: Mix & Mash @ Your Library
New Library in Brunswick
An Evening with Afghan Teen Students
Three Reads for Jane Austen Fans
2011 Spelling Bee
SRC Art Contest
Keep in Touch
BOOKFEST 2011 is
"Out of This World"
March 12 & 13
For details, click here


video contest winners screening

The entries are in-submitted by Frederick County students in third through twelfth grades. Our distinguished judges-72 FilmFest co-founder Clark Kline and Maryland International Kids FilmFest  co-founder Walter Chalkley-will select the top two book trailer videos in three grade-level categories. The winning videos will be shown on Saturday, March 12 at C. Burr Artz (11:30 am), and Thurmont (12:45 pm).

"Move over James Cameron!" says Jon Lewis, Children Services Library Associate at C. Burr Artz. "Who needs Avatar when we have a bunch of talented and creative Frederick County students? We're very excited about this new addition to BookFest."


March 6-12, 2011

There's all kinds of different technology out there: the Web, apps, e-readers . . . it can be hard to keep up, even if you like gadgets. During the week of March 6-12, the American Library Association celebrates Teen Tech Week. You might think the library is just about books-but there's much more available here!


Did you get an e-reader for Christmas? The library has e-books that you can download for free.You can also download audiobooks to listen on most MP3 players or Apple devices.You can get more info about the library's downloadable formats, just click here.


The library also has tools available to express yourself.You can use a library computer to write a blog, create digital art, and more.If you're in middle school, you can post your creations at the Tween Visionaries site; you can find out about this site, just click here.    


This is just the tip of the iceberg. Talk to the teen specialist or another librarian at your local branch to find out more ways the library can help you use technology!

Teen Zone
Teen Zone


The new Brunswick Community Library
915 North Maple Avenue 
will open
10 am, Saturday, April 16.

The Teen Zone is a space just for teens, with four public access computers and plenty of places to sit, hang out, do homework, or get online. We'll have new books, manga, graphic novels, and magazines, as well as events and programs just for teens.


Teen programming takes off Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 pm with Act Your Age, a monthly improvisational and acting group for teens in grades 6-12. Act Your Age requires registration so sign up now.  Monthly Teen Wii nights begin Tuesday, April 26 at 6 pm in the Community Room on the big screen. Bring a friend and try out our new games. The monthly Teen Book Club begins Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 pm. Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to all teen events.


March 30, 6-7:30 pm - C. Burr Artz Public Library

March 31, 6-7:30 pm - Thurmont Regional Library

What is it like to live in a country that's been in a continuous state of war since the 1970s?

What is it like not to go to school or know how to read or write?

What is a burqa or chadri and why must women wear them?

What if you couldn't leave your home by yourself? And what would happen if you did?

What if you had to worry about roadside bombs in your backyard?


Ask these questions and learn about the country of Afghanistan first hand. Two teen exchange students from Afghanistan will talk about their personal lives and growing up in this war-torn country.


Ages 8 and up. For more information call (301) 600-7212 or visit fcpl.org.

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Euberg  

Lizzie Bennet is a scholarship student at Longbourn, an elite private school where prom is a red carpet event and finding a date is priority one. Her fellow students, with the exception of her roommate, Jane, are pretty mean to Lizzie so she has good reason to distrust them. Will Darcy has just returned from some time abroad after his friendship with scholarship student Wick goes bad. Will is best friends with Jane's brother. Lizzie and Will see each other all the time at school and around town. Can they get over their mutual distrust to become actual friends or even more?

Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

Prada & PrejudiceWhile on a school trip to London, Callie buys an awesome pair of Prada shoes to impress the popular girls. The klutzy Callie trips and falls walking on a cobblestone walk, bumping her head and blacking out. Callie wakes to discover she has been transported to the English countryside 1815! At the nearby home of Emily, Callie takes the place of Rebecca, an American friend expected by Emily's wealthy family. Will Callie be stuck in 1815 as Rebecca forever? Will she fit in with Emily and her friends any better than she did with the popular girls in her own time?  

 P & P & Zombies


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 

by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith 

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains," says Elizabeth Bennet. She and the other Bennet sisters, Jane, Lydia, Kitty and Mary, are warriors trained in the martial arts. They are determined to rid England of the terrible zombie scourge that plagues the countryside. Sparks fly as Elizabeth matches wits with fellow zombie killer Mr. Darcy in this illustrated version of "The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!"

Spelling Bee Logo-Year 42011 SPELLING BEE 

For the first time, some Frederick County public and private schools will be sending school representatives directly to the Championship Bee. To participate in the Bee, students at the following schools must be selected as their school representative: Brunswick and Centerville Elementary Schools, Brunswick, Urbana, Thurmont and Middletown Middle Schools, New Life Christian Academy, St. John's Regional Catholic School, and Visitation Academy.


Two Qualifying Bees are offered for homeschool students and students from schools not sending a representative to the Championship Bee. Those students may register at their local branch or the library's web page fcpl.org for Qualifying Bees at the following locations beginning March 1:

April 2, 11 am at Urbana Regional Library

April 9, 2 pm at C. Burr Artz Public Library 

Participants must be between the ages of 9 and 14 and be in grades 4-8. See Spelling Bee rules for specific eligibility requirements.


Finalists will compete in the Championship Bee on Saturday, April 30, at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Downtown Frederick. Frederick County Bank will provide U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds of $1,000 for grand prize and $500 for second prize.

For more information, contact Caroline O'Connell at the Brunswick Branch Library at 301-834-9065 or 


Calling Young Artists

Teens...It's time to get creative! Our annual art contest for the Summer Reading club is now underway, with all entries due by April 1. The winning artwork will be featured on free bookmarks when the Summer Reading Club launches on May 1.

This year's theme for middle and high school students is "You Are Here."

For an application form and to view previous years winners click here.  Entries can be sumitted any any Frederick County Public Libraries branch.

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