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TEEN NEWS              

                                                                                  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 "You Are Here" for teens during its free summer reading program. 

We have lots of great events planned all summer. In addition, participants will be entered for some fabulous prizes.

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 this summer.


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
Photography Basics for Teens
Summer Reading Suggestions
Public Speaking Workshop
Summer Superheroes
Pirates of the Carribean
Grzimek;s Animal Life Encyclopedia
SRC Art Contest Winners
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(ages 13-18) 

1 pm,  Saturday

 June 25


(limited to 20 teens)

No cell phone cameras


Register here


2011 Collaborative Summer Reading book lists... are here!

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

Every year since 2008, 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 covering 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:

Middle School
High School


Cassie Lowell

Saturday, June 11

Join Girl Scout Gold Award candidate Cassie Lowell and distinguished Toastmaster and FCC Communications Professor, Michael Boyd in their public speaking workshop, "Slick Spiel!"


"Slick spiel is designed to help Middle and High schoolers overcome the #1 fear-public speaking. Focusing on how to organize and effectively deliver a prepared speech and improvising to speak on the spot, this 1.5 hour session will take you from stage fright to sounding just right. You can sign up now !


Saturday June 11 @ the Urbana Regional Library

1-2:30 p.m.  Middle School Workshop

3-4:30 p.m.   High School Workshop


The summer of 2011 will see several movies based on superhero comic books.  If you don't know these characters, find out more with the library's graphic novel collections!


Thor opens May 6. You can learn about the Norse god who becomes a superhero in The Marvel Comics Encyclopedia. Check out a fairy tale starring Thor that's part of Marvel Fairy Tales.


X-Men: First Class, which reboots the X-Men movie franchise by telling how the X-Men were formed, will be released on June 3. Try reading X-Men: Misfits or some of the Ultimate X-Men series. 


Coming June 17 is Green Lantern: Hal Jordan, a test pilot, gets an alien power ring that can create whatever his mind can imagine.Rebirth and Darkest Night are two recent storylines that feature Hal Jordan. 

Pirates of the Caribbean:
on Stranger Tides

Want to read more about the topic in the movie?

Our local pirate queen, Grania O'Malley, (aka Kris Buker, Children Services, C. Burr Artz) says, "If you're sailing the high seas this summer, float through the pages of these swash-buckling tales! "


Young Adult Fiction:

High Seas Trilogy by Iain Lawrence

Pirates! by Celia Rees

Polly and the Pirates by Ted Naifeh (Graphic Novel)

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Bloody Jack Adventures by Louis A. Meyer


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

Costa Rica - Frogs


Check out this new online database located on both the Science Resource Guide and the Student Resource Guide. It provides unparalleled coverage of more than 4,000 species including evolution, habitat, behavior, range, and more. It is based on the 17 volume Grzimek's Animal Life encyclopedia - however this online resource was rewritten for students, is updated daily, and includes additional information about biomes and multimedia content. Endangered species status is regularly updated.

You will need your library card number to acces this database.


Congratulations to winners

Middle school: Zoe Malisczewskyj, Middletown Middle School

High School: Sarah DeBroeck, Tuscarora High School

To view this year and previous years winners click here

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