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March 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
BookFest 2011
BookFest Video Contest
SRC Art Contest
2011 Spelling Bee
Frederick Reads
Keep in Touch
The Storytime Show with
Ms. Jenni
Spring 2011
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


Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13

 Want to meet out of this world characters like Darth Vader? See out of this world films like Wall-E or Star Wars? Learn about topics like science fiction, astronomy, paranormal research, costume making, and fan fiction? Then don't miss out on BookFest, a free, local festival featuring a variety of exciting activities, lectures and entertainment for the entire family. 

Liz Bowen, Library Associate at the C. Burr Artz Public Library, says, "BookFest has always been an incredible event, providing both free entertainment and educational programs. Last year, we had a 'superhero' theme, from promoting everyday heroes to comic book heroes. This year, BookFest is leaping terrestrial bounds with an 'out of this world' theme with anything from outer space and fantasy to exploring the unknown."

BookFest aims to promote literacy and reading through informational programs for all ages to enjoy. Free lectures, hands-on activities and family oriented programs allow for fun and an engaging weekend for the whole family.

BookFest happens only once a year, so mark your calendars and get set to have an out this world weekend, full of free, family activities all around Frederick County!

To find out what's happening at your local library branch, please call 301-600-1630 or visit us at www.fcpl.org

New This Year!


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."


Calling Young ArtistsSRC 2011 Art

Kids and 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 children in preschool through fifth grade is "One World, Many Stories." For middle and high school students, the theme 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.

Spelling Bee Logo Year 4


For the first time, some Frederick County public and private schools will be sending a school representative 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 at

Penies for Peace logoFREDERICK READS 

Children's Events

Author Greg Mortenson is visiting Frederick in April as part of Frederick Reads this year. Did you know that Mortenson founded the Central Asia Institute, which builds schools in rural areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan? And did you also know that he founded Pennies for Peace so that kids in America can help kids all around the world? In Afghanistan or Pakistan, a penny buys a pencil and is the first piece of a child's literacy toolkit.


Here at Frederick County Public Libraries, the Urbana Regional Library, Thurmont Regional Library and the Emmitsburg Library will be collecting Pennies for Peace throughout the month of March. Bring your penny and provide a pencil for a child!


Many libraries are hosting special programs just for children throughout the month of March.  Make a Peace Flag at Urbana all month long, or at a few special programs at Thurmont on March 26, March 30, and April 2. Teens can also make a Peace Flag at Emmitsburg on April 2.

 Listen to the Wind

Special storytimes encourage children to "Listen to the Wind" and learn about the world around them.Join librarians at the Emmitsburg library on April 2 at 11 and at the Thurmont Library on March 31 at 10:30 for special storytimes celebrating world cultures and learning more about Mortenson's work through his book, Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea.


Click here for a complete list of Frederick Reads events outside the library and here for a list of events hosted by Frederick County Public LIbraries.

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