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TEEN NEWS              

                                                                              January 2012

Frederick County Public Libraries

When the weather turns dreary, there's nothing like a warm reading lamp to whisk you away to brighter places. In any season, Frederick County Public Libraries is a warm, welcoming environment where you can expand your horizons and learn more about your own community and beyond.


We invite you to a variety of programs throughout the winter to keep teens of all ages engaged in learning. If the weather prevents you from travelling to our locations, don't forget our busiest branch is online at www.fcpl.org. You'll find a wealth of information as well as fun, educational eBooks for teens.


In the event that this newsletter was forwarded to you by a friend and you'd like to stay in the loop about library tools for teens to expand their horizons, we invite you to sign up here for our email newsletter.


Best wishes for the New Year, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
New Year: Movie & Pizza
Top Ten Teen Titles for 2011
A Fun Murder Mystery Party
Medieval Event at Thurmont
Minute to Win It
Celebrate the Birth of Sherlock Holmes
Science Fair Resources
Keep in Touch





Friday, January 13

5 pm

Middletown Library


Grades 6-12


Register here


Check out the latest winners from YALSA's (Young Adult Library Services Association) 2011 Teens' Top Ten. More than 9,000 voted for the winners.Elmo Visit

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  6. Matched by Ally Condie
  7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
  8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer 

Submitted by Clare Bush, Thurmont Regional Library

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You are invited to be a part of it...


Monday, January 8, 6 pm

Urbana Regional Library

Sign up NOW....to reserve your spot at Urbana.


You can play a part in this little drama; but there is a guilty person out there and we are going to find out who it is...and won't that be fun! 


Submitted by Mary Ann Foltz, Urbana Regional Library


If you can't make it to Urbana, there's also a Murder Mystery Party at the Emmitsburg library and it's up to you and a cast of characters to solve the crime and bring the murder or murderers to justice! Sign up here for Emmitsburg.


Thursday, January 5, 5 pm

Emmitsburg Branch Library


On January 21, enter a world of enchantment at the Thurmont library's winter medieval ball just for tweens! Come dressed as your favorite knight or princess and enjoy an afternoon of dancing, games, and crafts. After the ball, sit back and relax while watching the feature film Enchanted.

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The fun starts at 2 pm with the enchanted medieval ball. Not into the ball? No problem! There are a variety of medieval themed events for you to enjoy, such as board games, royal jewelry making and a castle-like photo-op station. Light refreshments will also be served.


This event is aimed at tweens ages 9-14. No registration is necessary. The snow date, in case of a wintry weather occasion, is January 28.


Submitted by Elizabeth Bowen, C. Burr Artz Public Library


Are you a game show contestant wannabe? Show off your hidden talents at our library version of Minute to Win It. Challenge your friends, race the clock, and prove you have what it takes!  

Urbana Library Minute to Win It, is a teen program with a teen host, but kids 4th grade and up are welcome. You don't have to be a contestant; you can come just to watch or cheer on a friend. Prizes awarded and refreshments served. Come and have some fun on Monday, January 23rd  at 4 pm. No registration is necessary for Urbana.


Submitted by Mary Ann Foltz, Urbana Regional LibraryElmo Visit


Thurmont Library Minute to Win It for grades 6-12. Are you up for a challenge and have nerves of steel? Join us and bring a friend. Thursday, January 26 at 6 pm. Sign up here.


Brunswick Library Minute to Win It for grades 6-12. Can you win it in a minute? Here's your chance to find out.

Tuesday, February 28 at 6 pm. Sign up here.


January 6th marks the birthday of Sherlock Holmes and what better way to celebrate such a legendary, fictional detective than with a good mystery book. Just because a book might not be labeled a mystery or contain such obvious mystery elements does not mean it is not a mystery. Mysteries can simply involve intrigue and unsolved questions.


Recommended reads:

The Revenant by Sonia Gensler is a new book

You are my Only by Beth Kephart


Submitted by Stephanie Long, Emmitsburg Branch Library 


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 yoElmo Visitu 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 Primer

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

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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, C. Burr Artz Public Library

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