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TEEN NEWS              

                                                                              November 2011

Frederick County Public Libraries


It seems like just yesterday we were helping you prepare for the start of the school year - and now we're already heading into chilly weather. Whether you're working on school assignments or looking for a fun, inexpensive afternoon with your friends, make sure to stop by your local library or sign up for our clubs and activities through our website.

It's always bright inside your local library, even when they day is gloomy and dark.  We warmly welcome you to pull up a comfortable chair with us anytime. 

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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
SAT Test Prep
Book Clubs for Tweens & Teens
Usin e-Books and e-Readers
2011 Fabulous Films for Young Adults
Keep in Touch



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The SATs are fast approaching for many juniors and seniors and the library has a plethora of great resources to help students prepare for the big day. Whether you need help with the math, critical reading, or writing we've got you covered.


If you're not sure where to start try one of these comprehensive workbooks:

  • Cracking the SAT 2012 by Adam Robinson
  • McGraw-Hill's SAT Workbook by Christopher Black
  • Peterson's Master the SAT 2012 by Phil Pine

If books aren't your thing, don't fret! Your Frederick County Library card gets you access to the online Testing and Education Reference Center where you can take up to three free online practice tests, and you can access the Testing and Education Reference Center from home by following the link above and entering your library card number when prompted. If you create an account you can even save your results so you can analyze your scores and find out where you need to focus your efforts.


If you need help with the essay writing and multiple-choice grammar questions don't limit yourself to only books with SAT in the title. We've got a wonderful selection of writing and grammar books: 

  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
  • Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again by Mignon Fogarty
  • Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty
  • English Grammar for Dummies by Geraldine Woods
  • Painless Grammarby Rebecca Elliott

For additional titles and to find out more about all the wonderful SAT test prep resources available via your Frederick County Public Libraries please call or visit us. We'd love to help you!


Submitted by Tracey Carter

Library Associate II - Teen Services, Walkersville Branch 


If you're the kind of person who reads all the time, you might want a chance to talk about the books you're reading. Frederick County Public Libraries can help with that! We offer book clubs and discussion groups, specially designed for both tweens and teens.


For tweens, which we mean as kids between the ages of nine and twelve, there are options like Book Buddies at the C. Burr Artz Public Library and the Guys Book Club of Supersonic Awesomeness that meet at C. Burr Artz and Thurmont Regional Library. There is also a Daring Club for Girls that meets at Middletown Branch and Thurmont Regional Library.


Busy teens can easily find the time for book clubs at their local branch. You can do a traditional book club, like the Teen Book Club at Brunswick Public Library or Book Chatter at C. Burr Artz. Or you could join the fun at the Emmittsburg Branch Read Anything Book Club or Action, Adventure, Reading at the Middletown Branch.


To find out more, visit the Events Calendar. Did you know you can search for specific kinds of programs, like Book Club - Children's or Book Club - Teen? Explore and register for one of these great programs!


Submitted by Melissa Rabey, Teen Librarian, C. Burr Artz Public Library


Many teens have experience explaining new technologies to adults. But that doesn't mean teens know everything about new gadgets. Teens and parents are invited to attend an informative session on using e-books and e-readers. Held on Saturday, November 5 at 2:30 pm in the C. Burr Artz Public Library, this program will offer hands-on help in using the Maryland Digital E-Library Consortium, a statewide cooperative that offers electronic books and audiobooks. A variety of devices, such as tablet computers and e-readers, will be available for attendees to try.


Registration is required for this program. You can register by calling the C. Burr Artz Library at 301-600-1630, option 4, or you can register online through the Events Calendar.


Submitted by Melissa Rabey

Teen Librarian, C. Burr Artz Public Library


The 2011 Fabulous Films for Young Adults offers 40 titles based on the theme "Other Times/Other Places." The list includes films, both fiction and nonfiction, that display teens (ages 12-18) reacting to the society around them. More information can be found here. The top ten films are listed below.


Alice in Wonderland. Walt Disney, 108 min. DVD. PG. Alice falls down the rabbit hole again and meets unusual creatures and the evil Red Queen in this Tim Burton directed adaptation of this classic story.


American Graffiti.Universal, 110 min. DVD Collector's Edition. PG. In George Lucas's classic coming of age film a group of teens prepare their future on graduation night.


Back to the Future.Universal, 116 min. DVD Special Edition. PG. Marty McFly travels in a DeLorean from1985 to 1955 to save his friend Doc Brown.


Becoming Jane.Miramax, 120 min. DVD. PG. The story of young Jane Austen finding love and inspiration.


Chicago.Miramax, 113 min. DVD. PG-13. A musical set in 1920s Chicago about two women who are convicted of murder and their flamboyant media manipulating lawyer who fights for their freedom.


Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. WaldenMedia, 143 min. DVD. PG-13 Four siblings discover the world of Narnia by going through a wardrobe and they must gather the creatures that live there together and fight the White Witch.


Chronicles of Riddick.Universal, 143 min. DVD Widescreen. PG-13. In this sci-fi thriller, Riddick is thrown into prison. He escapes only to go from the frying pan into the fire.


Dark Knight.Warner Bros, 152 min. DVD Widescreen. PG-13. Batman has to fight the Joker, organized crime and corrupt cops all while resisting going from crusader to vigilante.


Dazed and Confused.Universal, 162 min. DVD Widescreen. R. It's 1976 in Texas and the last day of high school before the hazy days of summer commence.


An Education.Sony Pictures, 100 min. DVD Widescreen. PG-13. Sixteen year-old Jenny is ready to be an adult. She meets an older man who introduces her to the colorful world of Britain in the 1960s. As she becomes more entranced with the adult world her future is jeopardized.


Submitted by Clare Bush

Teen Services, Thurmont Regional Library

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