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June 2011

Frederick County Public Libraries

Frederick County Public Libraries' summer reading club is well underway, and thousands of kids and teens are keeping our libraries buzzing.  And why shouldn't they - with a huge variety of free events and special programs, your children will be asking for a trip to the library all summer.

We'd like to take our hats off to PNC Bank and the Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries, whose tremendous financial support makes the summer reading club such a success.  If you happen to know anyone involved with these groups, please let them know how much you appreciate their steadfast support for this beloved and valuable summer tradition. 

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Stay cool - visit your library today!

Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Free Urbana Music Festival
One World Many Stories
Books on CD
New Children's Staff
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
FREE urbana music festival OFFERS FAMILY FUN

Musical performances for all ages

12-6 pm, Saturday, June 25 at the Urbana Regional Library

The event coincides with the kickoff of Frederick County Public Libraries' Summer Reading Club, so families have the opportunity to spend time enjoying visiting the library and celebrating on the plaza outside.


This year's lineup includes:


12-1:30 pm Performance by the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours (kid-friendly pop/rock)


1:30-2 pm The Frederick Keys mascot, Keyote, will be on-hand to give away free tickets to the Keys home game that evening and pose for your photos.


2-3:30 pm Performance by the Tommy Lepson Band (funk, blues, rock)


3:30-4 pm Deputy First Class Sedat Caliskan and K-9 Narco will present a demonstration designed to portray the skill involved and the work performed by the K-9 teams on a daily basis, plus give both children and adults an opportunity to gain knowledge and ask questions about the K9 Unit.


4-6 pm Performance by the Freddie Long Band (pop/rock/soul with full horn section)

In addition to the performances, the festival will feature moon bounces, a train ride, and mascot appearances by Sesame Street character, Cookie Monster. Don't miss the special performance by storyteller Kathy MacMillan at 10:30 am.

A craft show will feature artwork from local artists. Food and beverages will be available from a variety of vendors.

The Urbana Regional Library is located at 9020 Amelung Street in Urbana. In the event of rain, performances and activities will move inside the library as much as possible. For further information, visit fcpl.org or call the Urbana Regional Library at 301-600-7000. 


at Brunswick Public Library

by Robin Goetz & Caroline O'Connell, Brunswick Public Library
You won't have to travel far this summer to learn a little more about your world. Even in our own little corner of Frederick County, we have many people from other cultures with unique stories to share. This summer in conjunction with our summer reading club theme, four Brunswick Library families will share some of their family's cultural backgrounds with us. Through food, music, history and traditions, we'll learn a little more about our one world and its many stories. Registration is required, click here to register.


Bavaria: Knights and Castles with Volker Fessmann

June 14 at 6:30 pm

Learn about the history of the medieval knights, their culture and castles. Enjoy a virtual tour of the fairy tale castles of King Ludwig II of Bavaria - Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, Herrenchiemsee, and others.

Japan with John Nishimoto

July 12 at 6:30 pm

Food and dance from Peru with Carmen Rosa

July 26 at 6:30 pm

Korean Martial Arts with John Nishimoto

August 2 at 6:30 pm

Italy with Elizabeth and Adolfo Riitano.

August 9 at 6:30 pm

Explore the land of pizza and pasta! You will hear Italian music, learn a little Italian history, learn about the day in the life of an Italian and of course, discuss the food of Italy


by Kris Buker, Children's Services, C. Burr Artz

Taking a trip this summer and looking for something the whole family can listen to? Look no further! We've compiled a great list right here for you. Make sure to stop by your local branch to see if they have a copy on the shelves or you might need to place a hold  a few days before you leave.


For Listeners Up to Age 8:

Arthur Chapter Books (Vol 1-5) by Brown, Marc

Lily's Big Day and Other Stories by Henkes, Kevin

Geronimo Stilton series by Stilton, Geronimo

Magic Tree House series by Osborne, Mary Pope

Friend or Fiend: With the Pain and the Great One by Blume, Judy

Mercy Watson series by DiCamillo, Kate

Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken by DiCamillo, Kate

One-handed Catch by Auch, Mary Jane

The One and Only Shrek! by Steig, William


For listeners Ages 8-12

The Report Card by Clements, Andrew

But Not Buddy by Curtis, Christopher Paul

Dragon Rider by Funke, Cornelia

Big-Ten Oh! by Pitchford, Dean

Aurora County All-Stars by Wiles, Deborah


Coraline by Gaiman, Neil (ages 10+)-librarian's choice!!!

Skulduggery Pleasant by Landry, Derek (ages 10+)

The Birthday Ball by Lowry, Lois (ages 10+)

Kingdom Keepers by Pearson, Ridley (ages 10+)

True Meaning of Smekday by Rex, Adam (ages 10+)

The Wednesday Wars by Schmidt,Gary (ages 10+)


Time-honored Classics:


Younger Audiences:

Pippi Longstocking by Lindgren,Astrid

Berenstain Bears' Stores by Berenstain, Stan

Ramona the Pest by Cleary, Beverly

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by MacDonald, Betty Bard

The Cat and the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites by Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham and Other Servings by Dr. Seuss


Older Audiences:

The Wizard of Oz by Baum, Frank

The Indian in the Cupboard by Banks, Lynne Reid

Cricket in Times Squareby Seldon, George


Carly Schilling

by Roby Monaco, Children's Services Supervisor, C. Burr Artz Public Library

Meet Carly Schilling, our new Children's Library Associate at the C. Burr Artz Library! Carly is a Pennsylvania native and loves reading, doing storytimes, and helping families in the library. We sat down with Carly to find out more about her interests, hobbies, and other wacky trivia:


What is your favorite book from childhood?

When I was in Kindergarten, I was absolutely hooked on the Letter People, an early literacy series that my teacher used in the classroom. And my favorite was always the book about Mr. M with the Munching Mouth. I used to read the book several times a day. Occasionally, I would even read it to the Mr. M stuffed toy we had in the classroom.  


If you could live the life of any character from a book, who would you pick?

I would love to be Katie from James Mayhew's art series. In each book, Katie visits the museum with her grandmother and is able to jump into paintings, interact with their subjects, and have all of these fantastic adventures. It would be so neat to do that. Plus, based on the paintings Mayhew has used, Katie must have visited the Louvre, the National Gallery, and the Uffizi Gallery, amongst many others. Clearly, that girl is well-traveled. And I definitely wouldn't mind doing some traveling myself.


Do you have any pets?

Yes, I do!  I have a dark grey chinchilla named Zara. She's absolutely adorable, very soft, and has recently become quite a handful after discovering how to escape her cage during feeding time. If you've never seen a chinchilla before and need a quick smile, I highly recommend YouTube-ing chinchillas or chinchilla dust baths!


If there was an 'American Idol' type show for children's authors, who do you think would win?

I think Dr. Seuss would be unbeatable because of his interesting concepts, out-there rhymes, colorful pictures, and novelty. Everyone just loves his books so much. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't like to see an underdog, like Tomie DePaola, win.


When did you know you wanted to work in a library?

Not soon enough! I graduated last May with every intention of becoming a museum educator. So while I was searching for museum positions, I returned to the Reading Public Library, where I had been working since May 2008. I loved everything about it-- the atmosphere, the programming, the community, and my co-workers. And one day, while I was presenting family night, it was as though that little cartoon light bulb appeared above my head and lit up. I really loved working in a library and couldn't imagine ever wanting to leave. A short while later, I came down to Frederick to visit family. During that visit, I discovered CBA, asked myself why I wasn't working in this library, and applied. And now, here I am!


What is the silliest thing you plan on doing in storytime?

That's a tough one! I love using funny voices, telling ridiculous stories, and dancing to silly songs. But right now, I really love the Mack Chicken Dance!


What puts a smile on your face when working at the library?

To keep it short, I'll put my top three: how excited kids and parents can be for storytime and how involved they get, my co-workers, and observing Babies with Books.


Did you ever have overdue fines for returning a book late?

Yep. J 

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