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September 2011

Frederick County Public Libraries

As we head into the fall season and our youngsters return to school, don't forget the library is here to help with homework, research, and special projects. Whether you stop by one of our eight locations or visit our busiest branch on the web, you'll find a wealth of services that directly benefit your child, no matter what age.


And for our future students, the fall is a great time to discover storytimes, high-quality educational programs and special events. Of course, all of these services and programs are free.


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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Library of Congress Free Traveling Exhibition
FCPL Celebrates OMOB
Summer Reading Wrap Up
Mr. Jon & Friends
Let's Go To the Fair!
True Books...Come to Life!
New Book Club for Gr. 2-4
Picnic on the Deck
Life in the Brunswick Lane
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September 16 and 17
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Frederick County Public Libraries will celebrate One Maryland One Book this year with Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. We are very excited to announce that Alexie himself will speak at the Weinberg Center for the Arts on September 23 at 7 pm. Mark your calendars now for this exciting, free event - no tickets required. Alexie is a dynamic and humorous speaker and a "must see" for high school students and adults alike.


We have preprared a number of child-friendly programs to complement the event, check out all of the ways that FCPL is celebrating One Maryland One Book this fall. Events run from September through the beginning of November. A complete list of programs for children and teens can be found here.


Miss Jenni will present a very special Native American themed Storytime show at Thurmont, Urbana, and C. Burr Artz this fall. Join us for her Pow Wow Boogie Woogie as she celebrates Native American culture and traditions.


We are also excited to offer onsite and offsite programs presented by other county agencies as well. Head on out to the Fountain Rock Nature Center in Walkersville for "Little Shining Star and the Butterfly" on September 24 at 11 am. This program for all ages celebrates Native Americans and the natural world. You will also learn about monarch butterflies as they leave Maryland and journey south.


The Rose Hill Manor Park and Museum will also present programs at Urbana, Brunswick, Thurmont, and C. Burr Artz this fall. Join us for an exploration of Native American art and history at these programs geared for elementary aged children. Everyone will create a piece of art to take home! Thurmont: October 6 at 4:15 pm; Urbana, October 19 at 4:15 pm; C. Burr Artz, October 20 at 4 pm; Brunswick, November 7 at 4:30 pm.


One Maryland One Book is a program of the Maryland Humanities Council. Our programs are funded by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council.


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


Summer was a busy time at Frederick County Public Libraries. The Summer Reading Club officially kicked off in June with programs at every branch. Between May 1 and August 31 9,449 children in the 'One World, Many Stories' programs and teens in the 'You Are Here' program logged over 1,041,343 minutes of reading and submitted 9,364 book reviews on the Summer Reading Club webpage.


The Frederick Keys generously donated tickets for all summer reading participants for the August 16 and August 17 Keys games. Our grand prize winner, Morgan Etzler, and her family attended the August 16 game. Morgan won a Great Wolf Lodge gift card and spending money provided courtesy of the Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries and box seating at the August 16 Frederick Keys game. Morgan also participated in the Summer Reader parade at the beginning of the game and was presented with her prize on the field before the game.


Remember to register next year, and you could be one of our Summer Reading Club prize winners. Look for next year's Frederick County Public Libraries Summer Reading Club beginning May 1, 2012 - kids can 'Dream Big - Read' and teens will 'Own the Night.'


Thanks again to our sponsors, PNC Bank and the Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries.


Submitted by Robin Goetz and Janet Vogel

Carroll Creek Linear Park Amphitheater - September 23

This year, on its tenth anniversary, Music on the Terrace is bigger and better than ever--with a new location and five Fridays of free live concerts.


We are moving across the creek from the C. Burr Artz Public Library to the Carroll Creek Linear Park Amphitheater. Concerts begin at 11:30 am with Rita's serving complimentary sweet treats. Brewer's Alley will be on-site selling lunches to concert-goers. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own picnic and a blanket.


Enjoy fantastic music every Friday in September, but on Fair Day when Frederick County Public Schools are closed, Mr. Jon and friends will be performing lively, kid-pleasing music. His expansive range makes him a large draw for families. So bring your kids Downtown September 23 to party, sing, dance, and have fun with Mr. Jon and friends.



The 2011 Great Frederick Fair is happening September 16th-24th and we are celebrating with lots of good reads! From pigs to tractors to carnival rides, check your local branch for these fun titles. And don't forget to join us for the Storytime Show with Miss Jenni in September! She'll be exploring the sights and sounds of the Fair with great music, a puppet show, and fun stories for the entire family!


Angelina at the Fair by Katharine Holabird

Country Fair by Elisha Cooper

County Fair by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Dooby Dooby Moo By Doreen Cronin

Fair Cow by Leslie Helakoski

Fair! By Ted Lewin

Hurry Down to Derry Fair by Dori Chaconas

It's Fair Day, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger

Maisy at the Fair by Lucy Cousins

Minerva Louise at the Fair by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Molly Who Flew Away by Valeri Gorbachev

Night at the Fair by Donald Crews

The Pumpkin Fair by Eve Bunting

Submitted by Robyn Monaco

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


TrueFlix is an online complement to Scholastic's nonfiction True Books series. This exciting new literacy resource provides access to the eBook versions of over 50 True Book titles covering several common social studies and science categories, lesson plans are included.


Students can improve their reading skills and build their knowledge on a variety of subjects, such as the Oregon Trail, Tsunamis or the Titanic disaster through a built-in eReader. They can access additional resources for each title, including videos, project ideas, activities and related links.


Take a look at TrueFlix by going to eBooks for Kids on the FCPL website.


Submitted by Leslie Gincley and Teresa Vorce

Materials Management


Thurmont Regional Library

If your child is in grades 2-4 and enjoys reading, we may have a new book club just for them. The First Read Book Club begins Wednesday, October 12 at 4 pm at the Thurmont Regional Library. This is a monthly club where children read, rate, and give a brief review of newly published books. Book talks, tips, and examples of reviews will be shared. Be among the first to see new titles and give your opinion! A light snack will be provided. Join us for a fun look at new books!


Register online here or at the Thurmont Children's Desk.


Submitted by Shelba Bollinger

Thurmont Regional Library


Thurmont Regional Library

Eating at public libraries is normally discouraged but at the Thurmont Regional Library it's something we encourage people to do all the time. The library has a beautiful covered deck overlooking the forest and it's open whenever the weather is warm. There are comfortable tables and chairs and we invite you to take the kids out to enjoy our special informational signage about the wetlands and enjoy a snack.


Families often come to storytime programs with a packed cooler and after the final finger play, they head outside to enjoy lunch or snack together. When your play group is deciding where to go the fall, suggest the Thurmont Regional Library for storytime and a deck picnic. 


Submitted by Erin Dingle

Administrator, Thurmont Regional Library 

Brunswick Public Library

We've had a very busy summer at the Brunswick library! Our children's program attendance for the month of July was nearly 1,000 (well...852, which is nearly 1,000), which is just amazing if you think back to Baby Brunswick and try to imagine squeezing in that many bodies into such a tiny space. The community is really starting to take advantage of our resources and the space we have to offer. Kids love coming to our library and playing with the puppet theater and the train table, and we're always glad to see them.


We host such a wide range of programs for kids of all ages, if you have a child, we have a program for you! This fall we've some wonderful programs. I'll be continuing with the Magic Tree House Bookclub, for kids in grades K-2. We always have a great time during our meetings.


Robin is starting up a new program for homeschoolers this fall-it's called Learn @ the Library, and it meets once a month. This fall kids will be learning about where things are in the library as well as what kind of electronic resources we offer.


Caroline will be hosting Acting Up again in October; this is a 6-week drama group for kids in grades 1-5, and it culminates with a performance for the community at the end of the 6-week session.


We are offering LEGO programs in September and October, and beginning October 1 we're having a pumpkin decorating contest. Bring in an uncut pumpkin that's decorated like your favorite book character. We'll judge the pumpkins and announce the winners during our Fall Festival on Halloween!


Please come out and visit us in Brunswick, the newest addition to Frederick County Public Libraries. We've always got something fun happening, and we've a beautiful new building for you to see.


We hope to see you soon!


Submitted by Tara Lebherz, Brunswick Public Library 

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