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October 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
Science Fair Resources
Tween and Teen Activities @ the Library
Spine Chilling Stories and Bloodcurding Books!
Five and Fabulous
Fifth Anniversary Celebration
Keep in Touch
with MS. JENNI
Pow Wow Boogie Woogie
 Special Halloween
Show at Urbana
11:30 am Oct. 31
For details, click here



Do you have a science fair project due but you haven't found the right one yet? Having trouble getting started? Don't understand exactly what to do? Don't fret--we've got you covered. Check out these great websites for help!


Getting Started

FCPL Databases and Suggested Websites
Discovery Channel School:
Science Fair Central
Experimental Science Projects:
An Introductory Level Guide
Science Fair
Science Fair
Project Ideas
Neuroscience for Kids:
Successful Science Fair Projects
Why Should I Do a Science Fair Project?

Keeping the Science in the Science Fair Project 

Science Fair Observation
Science Fair Projects
Resource Guide for Parents and Students 

Science Project Guidelines
Internet Public Library 


General Science Fair Projects

Cool Science Projects
Science Club Kids' Science Projects

Super Science
Math Ideas for Science Fair Projects 

All Types of Science Fair Projects 

Environmental Science Fair Projects and Experiments


Submitted by Karin Tome and Kris Buker
Children's Services, C. Burr Artz Public Library


Is there anyone in your house that's outgrown storytimes, but still wants to come to programs at the library? There are lots of great opportunities for children in upper elementary grades, as well as middle and high school. All Frederick County Public Library branches offer programs for older children as well as teenagers. These include book discussions, craft programs, and special events. Your fourth-grader could participate in the Daring Club for Girls at Walkersville or Reading in Action at C. Burr Artz. Teens might be interested in becoming a member of a teen advisory group. There are also teen programs like the Read Anything Book Club at Emmitsburg or the Not-So-Haunted Movie Night at Middletown. Homeschoolers can also participate in these programs, or at events like Brunswick's Learn @ the Library.


The FCPL Events Calendar lists all the events offered by the library at every branch. You can also read the bi-monthly Teen Newsletter to find out more about events for teenagers. You can read past issues or sign up for the Teen Newsletter to be emailed to you.


Submitted by Melissa Rabey

Teen Librarian, C. Burr Artz Public Library


October always puts me in the mood to read a good, scary book. Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's Halloween, or maybe I just like being scared! Does your child enjoy spooky stories? Try some of these titles for a shivery good time:


For Younger Readers (Preschool - 2nd grade)

Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler

Ghost tries hard to help Skeleton get rid of the hiccups.


There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer

A little boy prepares for a nightmare while waiting for it to appear from his closet.


The Teeny-Tiny Woman by Paul Galdone

An old English ghost story-a teeny-tiny woman finds a teeny-tiny bone in the teeny-tiny churchyard. What could possibly happen next?


by Eve Bunting

In the middle of the night, the gargoyles on the museum walls come to life and frighten the night watchman.


Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall

Nobody pays attention to substitute teachers, but maybe they should! 


For Older Readers (3rd - 5th grades)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

A perennial favorite!


The Secret of the Painted House by Marion Dane Bauer

Nine-year-old Emily is drawn to a mysterious playhouse she finds in the woods and soon meets its sad, lonely inhabitant.


All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

Two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the distant past who refuse to "rest in peace."


The Black Heart Crypt by Chris Grabenstein

A 200-year-old ghost inhabits a living ancestor in order to take revenge on eleven-year-old Zack and his family.


It's the First Day of School--Forever!  by R. L. Stine

Everything goes wrong for 11-year-old Artie from the moment his alarm goes off until the next morning, when everything is repeated exactly the same way.


Submitted by Tara Lebherz

Children's Services, Brunswick Public Library


The Gruffalo Puppet Show

The Urbana Regional Library has planned some fun family activities the first weekend in November to celebrate our fifth birthday. On Saturday November 5 at 11 am a puppet show based on Julia Donaldson's book The Gruffalo will be performed in the Community Room. Some patrons may remember this show from our first year. Also, at 10:45 am, noon, and 2 pm everybody's favorite monkey, Curious George will greet kids and be available for photos. At 2 pm, the whole family will enjoy local musicians, The Main Line Gravy Soppers Band. Birthday cake will be served.


Mr. Jon and George

On Sunday, Curious George will be back at 2:15 pm, followed by another family concert at 2:30 pm featuring Mr. Jon from the C Burr Artz children's department with his puppets and guitar.


The friends of Urbana Regional Library recently presented the Urbana Children's Department with a new puppet theatre for our birthday that children can play with in our play room. You're invited to come and join in the fun!


Submitted by Kim Gessner

Children's Services, Thurmont Regional Library

Edward F. Fry Memorial Library: Children dance...

Saturday, September 10th was a very special day for the Edward F. Fry Memorial Library in Point of Rocks, when the community celebrated the fifth Anniversary of the founding of the library.


After welcoming remarks and speech-making (for mostly "big" people) and, after a yummy light buffet, lively, folksy tunes from local acoustic group "The Main Line Gravy Soppers" got adults and kids up to dance. While the band played "Happy Birthday," lovely hostesses in Civil War era dresses over fashionable hoops served delicious cakes.


Among the special guests were: Gertrude Fry, founder of the library;  Michael Kurtianyk, president of FCPL Board of Trustees; Michael Hough, Maryland House of Delegates; and Darrell Batson, Director of Frederick County Public Libraries.


Approximately 125 guests enjoyed a featured display of Civil War artifacts, presented by local collector, Mark Murranto. The Maryland Room of the C. Burr Artz Public Library provided reproductions of newspaper clippings from The Frederick Examiner, a paper of that era. The red, white and blue display informed guests of war news and other occurrences from the 1861-1865 in Frederick County and made for some colorful reading. As the American Civil War was a special interest of Mr. Fry, such historical touches were an especially fitting tribute to the library's namesake and to his collection, which forms the core of the Fry Library's collection, some of which is housed in the Maryland Room at the C. Burr Artz Public Library, Downtown Frederick.


Conceived and founded in 2006, by Frederick County resident, Gertrude Fry, widow of Edward, the library has become a community hub with circulation numbers doubling since its launch. Children's books account for a large amount of that number, while programs for children comprise all of the library's events. Storytimes are tremendously popular. For the older set, popular programs include Wii games and Duct tape night.


Coming up, we are looking forward to hosting our annual Fall Festival "A Very Harry (Potter) Halloween" on Monday, October 31 at 6 pm.


Submitted by Linda Thern-Smith, L.A. II, Children's Services, Point of Rocks

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