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TEEN NEWS              

                                                                              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 high-quality educational programs, storytimes, 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 with OMOB
Fall Programs at Thurmont
Summer Reading Wrap Up
Teen Read Week
Black-Eyed Susan Books 2011/2012
Keep in Touch


FreeTraveling Exhibition



10 AM-6 PM

September 16 & 17

Urbana Regional Library

9020 Amelung Street


go to fcpl.org for details


School tours available through



Frederick County Public Libraries will celebrate One Maryland One Book this year with a teen title, 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 prepred 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 can be found here.


Participate in a Native American beading workshop and learn about the Native American tribes who made decorative pieces. Each registered participant ages 12-18 will create a small beaded work to attach to a barrette, magnet, or leather patch. Please register for this program online at fcpl.org or by contacting your local branch. There will be one session of this program at each library branch.


If beading isn't your style, try a drumming workshop. Teens in middle and high school are invited to participate in creating a circle of rhythm and spirit with Alexandra Windsong of The Healing Way. Drums, rattles, tambourines and rattles will be provided, or bring your own. Please register for this program online at fcpl.org or by contacting your local branch. There will be one session of this event at C. Burr Artz, Urbana, Thurmont, Walkersville, Brunswick, and Middletown.


Book discussions and other programs are also offered throughout the fall, so be sure to see what your local library has to offer - or visit a new one!


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


Teens, and by teens we mean students in middle and high school, the Brunswick Library is ready for your new school year. Our librarians are ready to help with homework and school projects. Get 24/7 homework help with Maryland AskUsNow! where librarians provide answers to questions, research guidance, and help navigating the internet.


Join the monthly Teen Book Club to talk about your favorite books. The book club meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. Brunswick High School students, if you can't make it to the library, you can join the Garnet or Gold Book Club or both, which meet on club days at BHS.


Be sure to sign up for our Native American Beading Program and Book Discussion of Alexie Sherman's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, this year's One Maryland One Book selection, on September 6 at 6:30. Refreshments will be served.


Teen Wii happens the fourth Tuesday of every month after school at 3:30 (September 27, October 25, November 22). Play Wii Sports, Wii Resort, Sega Racing, Monopoly, or Just Dance.


Sign up for Act Your Age - a teen acting group that meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm (September 20, October 18, November 15). Practice your improv and acting skills. A performance is planned for winter.


To celebrate Teen Read Week, sign up for a Native American Drumming Experience with Alexandra Windsong on October 18 at 3:30. Drums, rattles, tambourines and rainsticks will be provided or you can bring your own percussion instrument.


Join us for a Fall Festival for all ages on October 31 at 4 pm. Wear a costume and enjoy Fall activities. Refreshments will be served.


We look forward to seeing you.


Submitted by Robin Goetz

Teen/Children's Services Supervisor, Brunswick Public Library


Thurmont Regional Library welcomes teens (grades 6-12) to attend our fall programs and to bring their friends! This is what we have in store for you:


The Anime Club meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6 pm. Every meeting ends with our fabulous famous fickle raffle. Everyone goes home with a prize of some sort, from a singing Santa cookie jar to a rubber pink flamingo. Members are encouraged to clean their rooms at home and bring in items to be given as treasures to others. Popcorn and drinks are always on tap and each month a movie is shown on our big screen.


Would you like to help out at the library, such as wearing cartoon costumes during the children's programs and help with crafts and face painting? The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meets every month on Monday at 3 pm (September 12, October 17, November 14) to set up teen displays and keep the teen area current. Any hours you work can be used towards school service credits.


Need to unwind after school? "Wii'd" love you to stop in on your way home and have some fun with Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Guitar Hero and more. Thursdays at 3 pm (September 15 and November 17) in the Community Room. Refreshments served.


The following programs are in partnership with One Maryland One Book and funded by the Maryland Humanities Council: 


We are hosting a Native American Beading program for teens Thursday, September 29 at 6 pm. Beadwork is a tradition that has long been an art form in Native American cultures. Make and take your own special piece of jewelry. Supplies provided.


Join us in creating a circle of rhythm and spirit in a Native American Drumming Circle with Alexandra Windsong of The Healing Way on Saturday, October 15 at 2 pm.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie is this year's Maryland Humanities Council choice for the One Maryland One Book program. We will be holding a discussion group on this National Book Award winner on Thursday, October 27 at 6 pm. Reserve your copy of this title now.


Submitted by Clare Bush

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, Brunswick Public Library

and Janet Vogel, Thurmont Regional Library


Teen Read Week October 16-22 - 2011 theme is "Picture It"

Once again this year, the Emmitsburg Branch Library will be doing something special to celebrate this annual YALSA event. To celebrate Teen Read Week, we will be holding a Read-a-Thon at the Emmitsburg Library and we need your help! Join us Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to close and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, as we set out to have at least one teen continuously reading a book during our Read-a-Thon. Any book you choose to read is welcome. We will keep track of who participates and what book they read and compile a 2011 Teen Read Week Booklist to share with the community.


Submitted by Stephanie Long, Emmitsburg Branch Library


October 16-22

Thurmont Regional Library is celebrating Teen Read Week's theme "Picture It" by asking teens to submit a drawing from a favorite book. Bring your drawing in to Thurmont during Teen Read Week and win a prize. Read for the fun of it!


Submitted by Clare Bush

Thurmont Regional Library


For more information on Teen Read Week visit.


I enjoy spending my summer reading the Black-Eyed Susan nominated books for middle and high school students. The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award is a children's choice award for the state of Maryland. Each year since 1992, the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award has been given to authors and/or illustrators of outstanding books chosen for the award by Maryland students. The award seeks to promote literacy and lifelong reading habits by encouraging students to read quality, contemporary literature.


Each list has ten books in a variety of reading genres, a little something for everyone. One of my favorites is Closed for the Season by Maryland author Mary Downing Hahn. Hahn is best known for her suspenseful, well-plotted ghost stories for older kids. She is a master at stretching the suspense, mixing thrills with chills in her fast-paced, riveting, spooky stories rich with memorable, true-to-life characters and creepy descriptions of the settings.

Keep your eyes open. You may get an opportunity to meet Mary Downing Hahn this year at the Urbana Regional Library.


Submitted by Mary Ann Foltz,

Urbana Regional Library

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