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April 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
Brunswick Library Grand Opening
BookFest 2011
Library Tots "Jive" Monthly
Clowning Around the Library
Wormy Fun
Science Resources
Keep in Touch
The Storytime Show with
Ms. Jenni
Summer 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, April 16

The Grand Opening of the Brunswick Public Library is just around the corner on April 16. Opening Day will start at 9:15 am with a performance by the Rohrersville Band followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 am. The doors officially open at 10 am.

Wildlife Ambassadors will present "Amazing Animals" at 11 am in the Community Room. Meet animals from around the world and find out what "amazing" adaptations they have to survive in their unique habitats. Miss Jenni will perform the Fairytale Fun Show at 1 pm in the Community Room.  Nationally touring band, The Beachley-Scott Band, featuring Brunswick's own Darren Beachley, will give a concert in the lounge area at 2 pm. All day on Opening Day children are invited to Plant-a-Seed to take home.

 Discovery Zone BR

Opening Week includes our regularly scheduled programs:

Babies with Books, Monday at 10:05 am (new time)

Time for Twos, Monday at 10:45 am (new time)

Magic Tree House Book Club, Monday at 4:45 pm

Preschool Storytime, Wednesday at 10:30 am

Explorer's Book Club, Wednesday at 4:45 pm

Starlight Storytime, Thursday at 6:30 pm


Special Opening Week programs include:

Organ Grinder Lola, Tuesday, April 19 at 10:30 am

Bob the Builder, Thursday, April 21 at 10:30 am & 6:30 pm and Saturday, April 23 at 11 am.

Make & Take Craft, Monday-Thursday (April 18-21) all day each day


Later in April fancy children can attend a Fancy Nancy Fashion Show April 30 at 11 am. Register now to reserve your spot on the runway. Register here


The Discovery Zone at the Brunswick Library is full of all kinds of new materials for children and families to enjoy. We have a puppet theater for impromptu puppet shows, plenty of places to sit and read, and several early literacy game computers. No library in Brunswick would be complete without a train. The Discovery Zone includes a train table for hours of creative play.

Submitted by Robin Goetz 

Bookfest 2011 was "out of this world"

Winners of the "Out of This World" Video Contest were:

Grand Prize: "War of the Worlds" by Tyler Ecker, Alex Moran and Chris Dold.

Grade 6-8 Category: "Gilda Joyce: The Ghost Sonata" by Emma Hartlaub, Hannah Schipper and Guinevere Schipper.

Special Mention:
"Beware the Purple Peanut Butter" by Omar Ahmed, Bryce Buckley and Jesse Schwab

"1984" by Ben Jeffs, Katherine Portillo and Jake Wilson.


What a great day of fun!  Over 2,000 people attended BookFest at libraries around Frederick County. To view more photos taken at various libraries click here.
Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear visits

Thurmont Regional Library

Star Wars
Members of the 501st Garrison Legion explain their mission at Urbana Regional Library 


Once a month on the first Friday, TRL hosts two programs focused on getting kids moving to music. Tiny Tots n' Tunes (ages 12-36 months) and Tots n' Tunes (ages 3-5) are faster-paced programs that give the energetic child a fun way to enjoy storytime.


Besides being loads of fun, studies show that music can reduce a child's stress, and less stress enhances their brain's ability to learn. In these programs the music, movement, shakers, scarves, rhythm sticks and beanbags are interspersed with a flannel story and big book allowing for active practice in listening and muscle coordination skills.


Furthermore, clapping and using shakers or sticks tapping to a traditional song help children understand that words are made of sounds and syllables which aids in speech, and later, reading development.

Tots n' Tunes at TRLSo while the tots (and parents) just think they are having fun, these programs are actually building developmental skills that pave the way for all types of learning! Sign up soon and experience the magic of the music and movement firsthand.
Tiny Tots n' Tunes

Tots n' Tunes


Submitted by Shelba Bollinger

Cecil the Clown
Cecil the Clown

Everyone's favorite, Cecil the Clown, will be visiting the Walkersville and Thurmont Libraries on April 30. See balloon tricks at Walkersville at 10:30 am or laugh along at Thurmont at 2 pm.


Stick around after his Thurmont show for a celebration of El día de los niños (International Children's Book Day), which begins at 3:30 pm. We will be celebrating books and reading from around the world, just in time to begin the Summer Reading Club on May 1 with an around the world theme! It will be a spectacularly fun spring day to visit your local libraries!

Submitted by Janet Vogel


Come have some wormy fun at the C. Burr Artz Public Library on April 18 from 3-4 pm!  The Children's Department will be hosting a program for 8-12 year olds (and tCompostingheir parents) about vermicomposting (using Red Wriggler worms to make wonderful compost for your garden!)  Participants will be able to take a portion of worms home in a small container that will act as a temporary compost bin.

In addition, a Frederick County Master Gardener will be here to show us how to make easy, odor-free "compost in a bag."  So, if you like to garden, but don't have any nutritional compost to feed your plants, sign up for this program by registering here.

Submitted by Karin Tome


Find books about science fair projects at your local library here. Need information now? Check out our science databases, which are always available 24/7. And check out these websites for more ideas:


National Science Digital Library: NSDL is the Nation's online library for education and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

US NSF - Classroom Resources: A collection of lessons and web resources for teachers, students and families complied by the National Science Foundation.


IPL Kidspace: Science Fair Project Resource Guide - Tools and Research: Resources specifically for students who need more information to beef up their science projects. Links to "Ask an Expert" are also provided.fcpl.org science page


Science Buddies Science Fair Project Ideas, Answers and Tools: This site provides many science projects and allows you to narrow by general area of science or take a quiz to determine what experiments will interest you.


Discovery's Science Fair CentralA comprehensive guide to creating your science fair project from the Discovery Channel.


Good luck and have fun! Robyn Monaco

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