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July 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
Summer Reading Memories
Thurmont Regional Library Turns 3!
Lego Drop-in Play
Checkout Creative Art Ideas
A World of Fun & Games
Special Summer Visitors
Keep in Touch
Cecil the Cycling Clown
11 am, July 29
at Urbana
3 pm August 9
at C. Burr Artz


Storytime Show

with Ms. Jenni
For details, visit fcpl.org
summer reading memories 

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

When I was growing up my parents made visiting the library a weekly summer ritual. Back then I was living in Michigan and we had the summer reading club 'Book It' program where you could win a personal pan pizza for reading five books. Nearly 25 years later I still have my certificate from completing the program! It just goes to show how important the Summer Reading Club can be for kids. For them it is more than just the prizes - it is about the satisfaction of reaching a goal. And it is also about their parent's support of their accomplishment. Now that I work in the library I see everyday how proud kids are of reading all the books they have recorded on their reading log. They are so excited that they run up to the desk with their log in hand! We love to see that!


Parents who make that extra effort to bring their kids to the library during the summer are not only cool, but they are helping prevent summer learning loss. Studies show that all young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Participating in the Summer Reading Club is a great way to build reading skills and retain academic knowledge between the school years. Early and sustained summer learning opportunities lead to higher graduation rates and better preparation for college. Summer programs have also been shown to positively affect children's self-esteem, confidence, and motivation.


If you haven't signed your child up for the Summer Reading Club yet, you can do so now online or at your local library. We have entertaining, educational, and exciting programs happening all summer long - and best of all, they are FREE! Maybe you know a friend who hasn't signed their kids up yet - let them know what they are missing! Kids will remember participating in the Summer Reading Club for years to come, and you can be part of making that memory happen.


by Janet Vogel, Children's Services Supervisor, Thurmont Regional Library

Celebrate the library's third birthday with us on Saturday, July 30. It's hard to believe that the Thurmont Regional Library opened three years ago on August 2, 2008. We continue to see many new faces. If you haven't visited us, please stop by. We'd love to meet you! The children's department has plenty of programs for all ages this summer. To see a complete list, visit fcpl.org.


Be sure to visit us on July 30, though, for a fun-filled day of birthday activities. We start the party at noon with crafts and games. Bring your camera and meet Winnie the Pooh at 12:45 and 3 pm. At 1 pm, join professional baker Amy Hunt and learn how to decorate your own cupcake at our Happy Cakes Cupcake Celebration! (You'll get to eat it, too!)


At 2 pm, everyone's favorite, Kathy MacMillan will present Signs Around the World, an all ages show with stories, songs and games that teach basic American Sign Language. Put on your traveling shoes and learn about sign languages in different countries with Kathy MacMillan. This will be a "can't miss" day of fun and excitement at the Thurmont Library. Hope to see you there!


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

Legos are awesome. They were awesome when I was a kid and they still are lots of fun now that I am an adult! The C. Burr Artz library has a slew of Legos that they are putting out for kids and families to build with during this summer. And while we're hoping everyone has lots of fun playing, we have an ulterior motive with this new program! Promoting play contributes to early literacy development by increasing attention span, memory, creativity, and language and vocabulary skills. It also lays the foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving-things that kids will carry with them throughout their school years. It's hard to imagine that all this can be developed from playing with little blocks but it is true! So drop-in this summer and test out your building skills with other fans of Legos. We'll provide the Legos, you provide the know-how!


Lego Drop-in play takes place in the Trust Room of the C. Burr Artz Library on Tuesdays 1-4 pm from June 21 to August 9, 2011. No sign up is required, and families are encouraged to stop by anytime between 1-4 pm.


by Shelba Bollinger, Children's Services, Thurmont Regional Library

Parents, it may not be long before you are hearing the dreaded words-"I'm bored". Never fear, help is as close as your nearest library! Summer is the perfect time to cultivate your child's creative side no matter their age and do some fun art projects. It doesn't require lots of money as you probably have many items around the house that can be transformed into works of art. The mess can also be limited by setting up an outdoor workspace and make cleanup enjoyable by playing music and assigning specific tasks.


Research shows that the mere process of creating allows children to explore materials and make better sense of the world around them. Soothe the boredom beast with an exploration of art!


Come visit the library for fantastic books on helping little hands get creative! Here are some suggested titles to help get you started:


Crafty Kids: Fun Projects for You and Your Toddler by Rosie Hankin

The little Hands Art Book: Exploring Arts & Crafts with 2-to-6 Year Olds by Judy Press

Little Hands Create!: Art & Activities for Kids Ages 3 to 6 by Mary Doerfler Dall

Crafts to Make in the Summer by Kathy Ross

FamilyFun magazines at your library or visit online here.


(ages 6-11, with an adult)

by Lesa Zuke, Children's Services, Thurmont Regional Library

No matter where we live or what language we speak, we all love to play games and have fun! Over the centuries people around the world have invented wonderful games that have been enjoyed by generations of children and adults. Your Frederick County Public Libraries are pleased to bring some of these games from around the world right to your doorstep.


You've probably played Bingo, Jacks or Monopoly - but have you ever tried your hand at Kudoda? or Ulu Maika?  Can you guess what popular musical party game comes from Jamaica?


You'll find out when you join us for  "A WORLD OF FUN AND GAMES" at your local library!  Registration is required. Register at your local library or online.


Brunswick: 1 pm, Monday, July 25

C. Burr Artz: 3 pm, Thursday, July 21

Emmitsburg: 11 am, Saturday, July 9

Middletown: 2 pm, Wednesday, July 13

Urbana: 3 pm, Wednesday, July 27


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

You might have seen Cookie Monster at the library recently, and boy do we have more special visitors coming our way this summer! In July and August families can stop by the library to see favorite Disney characters Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh. Make sure you bring your camera for this perfect photo opportunity!



C. Burr Artz: 3 pm, Friday, July 8; 11:30 am, Saturday, July 9; 11:30 am, Friday, July 22

Urbana: 2 pm and 7 pm, Tuesday, July 12

Thurmont: 10:30 am, Saturday, July 16*

   *Fancy Nancy Fashion Show registration required

                  2:30 pm, Saturday, July 16; 2 pm, Sunday, July 17

Walkersville: 6:15 pm, Tuesday, July 19

Middletown:11 am, Wednesday, July 20



Brunswick: 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm, Saturday, July 23;

   10:45 am, Monday, July 25

Walkersville: 6:15 pm, Tuesday, July 26

Middletown: 11 am, Wednesday, July 27

Emmitsburg: 10:30 am, Thursday, July 28

Thurmont: 12:45 and 3 pm, Saturday, July 30; 2 pm,

   Sunday, July 31

Point of Rocks: 6:30 pm, Monday, August 1

Urbana: 11 am and 2 pm, Tuesday, August 2

C. Burr Artz: 11 am, Thursday, August 4; 11 am, Friday, August 5
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