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May 2011

Frederick County Public Libraries

Put on your traveling shoes and stop by your local library this summer! Readers of all ages will explore the globe as Frederick County Public Libraries present "One World, Many Stories" for children and "You Are Here" for teens during its free summer reading program.

We have lots of great events planned this year. In addition to some favorite performers like KayDee Puppets and Critter Caravans, we'll have science demonstrations, crafts from around the world, movies and visits from favorite characters like Cookie Monster and Minnie Mouse. 

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See you this summer!

Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Calling All World Travellers
Summer Reading Suggestions
Summer Movies
Keep in Touch
Summer Rocks!
A Kids Concert
with Mr. Jon and Friends
Tuesday, June 21
6:30 pm
on the terrace at
C. Burr Artz Public Library 
For details, visit fcpl.org

Storytime Show
with Ms. Jenni
For details, visit fcpl.org


2011 Summer Reading Club "One World, Many Stories"

Wildlife Adventures


The summer reading club is free and open to children and teens from birth through high school seniors. Participants can sign up at their local branch to receive a reading log to keep track of their summer reading, or they can register and log their minutes online at fcpl.org/src.  Most of the events are designed for elementary school-age children, but many are intended for younger children and teens. We have something for everyone! Even if people don't join the summer reading club, they can still come to the events. With the cost of everything on the rise, free entertainment is definitely a bargain!


Children receive a prize from our treasure chest for each of their first four visits to the library. They can even take the challenge of logging an additional 600 minutes of reading online for one extra prize. When teens sign up they are automatically entered in a prize drawing to win an eReader or Flip camera. And after reading 12 hours they can visit their local branch for coupons from Rita's Italian Ice and Taco Bell.


Science at Middletown Branch Library

Those who join the club may read any book they choose. They can read books they own or books from the library. They can listen to audio books or playaways. Magazines, graphic novels, or the newspaper are great too. The goal of the summer reading club is to encourage young people to enjoy reading and books. Participants don't have to take tests on the books they read, and they don't have to read books they don't like. We want them to read exactly what they want to, because we want them to keep reading - not just during the summer but always. The club also reinforces reading skills that could be lost. Studies have shown that students who don't read during the summer can drop two grade levels by the fall in terms of reading comprehension. Participating in a summer reading club can prevent that from happening.

Nearly 10,000 children and teens joined last year, so the summer reading club is a busy time for the library staff. We spend all year planning, and we always have something new. This summer we have created a passport activity that kids and teens can complete by visiting each branch. Participants who receive a stamp from all eight branches by July 31st are eligible for a special prize drawing. The brand new Brunswick library will be an especially fun destination for families this summer!

Participants may join anytime between May 1st and August 13th. If children sign up by July 31st they will be eligible for a grand prize drawing. The summer reading program is completely funded by sponsors. Our sponsors PNC and the Friends of the Frederick County Public Libraries have provided for great program this summer. We could not
have this program without them!

Natural Wonders of the Sea

Frederick County Public Libraries has eight branches throughout the county. In addition to the summer reading club, the library provides computers for use by the public, databases for research and plenty of books for reading. For more information, visit the website at fcpl.org.


Robyn Monaco

Children's Services Supervisor
C. Burr Artz Public Library


A Collaborative Partnership Between FCPS and FCPL

For the past several years, Frederick County Public Libraries partner with Frederick County Public Schools to create the Collaborative Summer Reading Book Lists in an effort to promote reading beyond the classroom and ignite a love for reading over the summer months. This year, media specialists from North Frederick, Walkersville, New Market, Thurmont, and Woodsboro Elementary schools, New Market and Walkersville Middle Schools, and Gov. Thomas Johnson High School joined librarians and library staff from Frederick County Public Libraries to create four amazing book lists, each with the 100 most exciting books to inspire kids in Kindergarten through High School.

Students have free access to all of the titles on the Collaborative Summer Reading Lists in addition to countless other reading materials throughout the year at every Frederick County Public Library. The full 2011 Collaborative Summer Reading Lists, divided into grade levels, are available in print through both the schools and the public library and online at.fcps.org and.fcpl.org.


Preview of some titles that made it on this year's lists.

K-2nd Grade
Grades 3-5

by Kari Kelly, Children's Services, Thurmont Regional Library


Want to read more about the topic in the movie? 

It's May and the summer blockbuster movie season has already begun! While the most anticipated movie this summer was inspired by a children's book, sometimes movies inspire us to want to read more about that topic or books like them.


Our local pirate queen, Grania O'Malley, (aka Kris Buker, Children Services, C. Burr Artz) has compiled a list of titles for the movies she and her family are looking forward to this summer and she thinks you will be too!

For a full listing with links to the library's page, click here.


Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

If you're sailing the high seas this summer, float through the pages of these swash-buckling tales!


Picture Books:

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae

Henry and the Crazed Chicken Pirates by Carolyn Crimi

The Pirate Meets the Queen by Matt Faulkner

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

A Pirate's Guide to 1st Grade by James Preller


Sea Queens by Jane Yolen

Pirates by Neil Morris

Discovering Pirates by Richard Platt

Space Pirates: a Map Reading Adventure by Scoular Anderson

The Pirate's Handbook by Margarette Lincoln


Juvenile Fiction:

How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell

Jack Sparrow Series by Rob Kidd

Pirate School Series by Brian James

Jack Plank Tells Tales by Natalie Babbitt

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry


Green Lantern, X-Men: Origins, Kung Fu Panda 2

If it's some action you be seeking, try turning the pages of these high-flying adventures!


Picture Books:

Superdog: the Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner

Batman: the Story of the Dark Knight by Ralph Cosentino

Superman: the Story of the Man of Steel by Ralph Cosentino

Superhero School by Aaron Reynolds

Atomic Ace and the Robot Rampage by Jeff Weigel



The Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc Taylor Nobleman

Heroes: Draw Your Own Superheroes, Gadget Geeks and Other Do-Gooders by Jay Stephens

Juvenile Fiction:

The Adventure of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future
by Dav Pilkey (Graphic Novels)

Little Vampire Does Kung Fu! by Joann Sfar

Amazing Adventures from Zoom's Academy by Jason Lethcoe

The Great Cape Rescue by Phyllis Shalant

Magic Pickle and the Garden of Evil by Scott Morse (Graphic Novel)

Mr. Popper's Penguins

If you find the summer days are getting too hot for you, try some of these cool reads!


Picture Books:

Penguins by Liz Pichon

The Pirate and the Penguin by Patricia Storms

Bath Time by Eileen Spinelli

Here is Antarctica by Madeleine Dunphy

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester



Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! by Bob Barner

Penguins and Antarctica: a Non-Fiction Companion to Eve of the Emperor Penguin

by Marie Pope Osborne

My Season with Penguins: an Antarctic Journalby Sophie Webb

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