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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
Kid's in Motion
Mind Your Manners
Too Old for Babies, but Not Ready for Twos
Frederick County Spelling Bee
Middle Readers Book Clubs
Holiday Music for the Whole Family
Keep in Touch
with MS. JENNI
Thank Goodness for Books
Mother Goose and her friends lead a tribute to the wonderful world of books with music, stories, and a new puppet show.
For details, click here



Did you know that MOVEMENT is not only good for a child's physical health, but is also an important part of a child's neural development? Research indicates that children learn through interaction with their environment - or by "doing". That probably sounds very obvious. But you may not be aware that movement activities actually help develop the "wiring" in the brain that is needed for learning.


KIDS IN MOTION is a new program being developed at Thurmont Regional Library for children ages 3-5 years old. It combines literacy activities with pre-sport movement activities, such as crawling through a tunnel, walking across a "balance beam", rolling, throwing and catching balls, playing with hoops, doing parachute activities and etc. Children, with their caregivers to assist, are presented with many fun ways to move and explore - and learn at their own pace.


Class sizes are very limited so that children have room to move safely and time to explore the activity stations.


Watch for upcoming sessions of Kids in Motion starting in January 2012.


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


(AGES 6-11)

The holidays are almost here which means special events and parties galore! During this fun and festive time, it is important to remember that politeness really does count. Let us help you get ready to shine.


We'll learn some basic rules for eating with elegance, gracious greetings and introductions, proper phone etiquette and acknowledging gifts. We'll answer questions such as...Is it "really" impolite to put your elbows on the table? What is all of that silverware for?  What should you do if you have to use the restroom during dinner?


Join us at the Emmitsburg Library on Saturday, November 5th at 11 am as we enjoy some fun activities and laughs while learning basic etiquette guidelines. Registration is required, register here now.


Submitted by Cheryl Dillman
Emmitsburg Branch Library


If you have been bringing your little one to the library for a Babies with Books story time you may be wondering when your child will be ready for the length and complexity of those stories that are shared during a Time for Twos story time.


A special story time Transition to Twos for children between 18 and 30 months has be

en designed with those children in mind!


Ms. Lanie sings hello.

Reminiscent of the Babies with Books story time, the librarian will address your child by name when rolling a ball and singing hello with a familiar puppet friend. Children are given plenty of opportunity to stand up and move their bodies. They also experiment with many fun items such as a parachute, shakers, and scarves.


The Transition to Twos story time introduces your child to concepts that will assist them in other library story times. For instance, learning to wait for the librarian to hand out scarves introduces the concept of self-restraint while participating in a group. Children will be given a chance to learn how to follow directions and take turns when being instructed to place items on the flannel board. When your toddler is given a chance to participate in the telling of a story by putting flannel pieces on the board it is a very exciting way to build his or her confidence. You can hold your child's hand and guide him or her in successfully completing the task.


During this 30 minute story time two or three stories are shared using flannel pieces, props, or picture books. These stories have been specially chosen and their length and plot line are appropriate for children between the ages of 18-30 months. You can help your child remain focused by encouraging him or her to return to your lap for the quiet moments that involve active listening during storytelling.

It's a frog!


You will see the librarian use a variety of props to capture your child's imagination; puppets, flannel pieces, and picture books. Did you know that when the librarian assumes voices while using puppets and recites silly rhymes she is actually helping to build your child's literacy skills?


Many of the toddlers who attend a Transition to Twos story time are new to running and fast walking. Don't be afraid to bring your active toddler to the story times at the library! The librarians are not at all offended if your little one strays from the group temporarily and then wants to return. Also, if your little one becomes distressed for some reason and needs to take a moment to refocus away from the group - that is just fine! Some children need to attend a story time regularly for several months before they begin to feel comfortable, understand the expectations, and are able to become active participants.


Transition to Twos is currently being offered at the Walkersville Library on Mondays at 11:15 and at the Urbana Library on Thursdays at 11:15.


Submitted by Stephanie Duncombe, Walkersville Branch Library

Important Changes for 2012

Interested in participating in the 2012 Frederick County Spelling Bee? This year's final is scheduled for March 10 at Frederick Community College. Now is the time to make sure that your school or homeschool co-op is participating!


This year, schools and homeschool co-ops will send representatives to our final. FCPL will NOT offer qualifying bees. So, if you would like to Bee a participant, there are two important steps for you:

  • Make sure that your school or homeschool co-op registers with FCPL by December 9. All registered groups will select one representative and one alternate who will compete should that group's representative not be able to attend.
  • Let someone at your school or homeschool co-op know that you are interested in representing your group. Then, give it your best shot and maybe you'll be chosen as your group's representative! If not, come and cheer on our spellers as they compete in our fifth annual bee.

For groups that have not yet registered, there is still time! The following schools have registered for the 2012 bee:


Private Schools: St. John Regional Catholic School, Visitation Academy

Elementary Schools: Brunswick, Middletown, New Market, Twin Ridge, Urbana

Middle Schools: Brunswick, Oakdale, Thurmont, Urbana, Walkersville


Homeschool co-op bees must have a minimum of fifteen qualified contestants (see 2012 bee rules for specific grade and age requirements). Co-ops may combine to offer bees. Also, homeschool students do not have to be a member of a co-op to be chosen as that group's representative.


Please contact Caroline O'Connell at coconnell@frederickcountymd.gov or 301-600-7255 if you have questions or would like more information.


Submitted by Caroline O'Connell, Brunswick Public Library
See What's Happening @ Your Library

For guys and gals of various ages, who want to bump elbows with each other (or NOT!) and talk about the cool books they've been reading, register online for one of these monthly programs (feel free to call your branch for the current schedule of dates or assistance in registering).


Book Buddiesis held on the third Wednesday of each month for 8-12 year-olds and runs from 4-5 pm in the Children's Program Room at C. Burr Artz Public Library. Ms. Kris and Ms. Karin choose a selection of themed books to discuss while enjoying a light snack and activity. November's Native American theme is based on the "One Maryland, One Book" program and includes any books by Joseph Bruchac.


Reading in Actionis held on the third Tuesday of each month for 8-12 year-olds and runs from 4-5 pm in the Children's Program Room at C. Burr Artz Public Library. Reading makes things happen and that's what Ms. Deb and you will do in this club! Come join her to explore, build, create, play, read, and learn.


Explorer's Book Club For Kidsis Ms. Caroline's fun, themed book club for grades 3-5 at the newly-renovated Brunswick Public Library starting at 4:30 pm and meeting on the third Wednesday of each month. Enjoy chatting with friends about books in between munching on light refreshments! In November, enjoy ART!


For guys only, let's hear it for Mr. Jon's Guys Book Club of Super-Sonic Awesomeness! This club is loaded with cool games, books, snacks, and fun and is held in the Children's Program Room at C. Burr Artz Public Library. It's geared for boys ages 8-12 and is held on the third Thursday of each month from 4-5 pm. In November, try your luck at a Fall Scavenger Hunt!


Girls - are you daring enough to join us for fun and unusual activities? Based on The Daring Book for Girls, this Daring Club For Girls explores new games, crafts, and interesting information that all girls will want to know. Geared for girls grades 2-5, this club meets the first Wednesday and the second Thursday of each month. Enjoy light refreshments, too.


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


Clustered Spires Chapter
of Sweet Adelines


Take a break from the hustle bustle of the season and enjoy some holiday music performed by The Clustered Spires Chapter of the Sweet Adelines. The Friends of the Middletown Library will provide refreshments. Thursday, December 1 from 7 to 7:30 pm.

Middletown Branch  Library,

101 Prospect Street, Middletown

Phone: 301-371-7560.


Submitted by Victoria Breeden,

Middletown Branch Library

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