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February 2012

Frederick County Public Libraries

Are your cooped-up kids eager to blow off some energy and have fun?  Are you eager to find thoughtful, entertaining free programs for your kids? Winter is a great time to visit your library with your children. 


Where else can you provide your child with a world of opportunities? From book clubs to Valentine's Day celebrations and so much more, your child will want to spend all season with us. 


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We look forward to seeing you soon!



Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Kids and Pets in the White House
Celebrate Valentine's Day
February is for Library Lovers!
Aloha! Cabin Fever Luau
Keep in Touch

Kids and Pets in the White House

Grades 2-6

Celebrate President's Day.

Trivia games and a special White House craft.


Saturday, February 18,

1 pm

Thurmont Regional Library


Registration is required

For details and
to register,
click here 

Dress up, dance, make a craft, and have fun!

Looking for something fun to do with your family on Valentine's Day? Well, have we got lots of special programs for you!



All ages, with an adult
Create a special Valentine themed project for local senior citizens.

Thursday, February 9, All Day

Saturday, February 11, All Day

Emmitsburg Public Library 



All ages, with an adult.

We provide the supplies, you bring the creativity

Saturday, February 11 at 11 am, Walkersville Branch Library 



Ages 3 and up, with an adult.

Bring a loved one and dance the night away. Feel free to dress to the nines for this special Valentine event. Music, dancing,sweets, and treats for all!

Saturday, February 11 at 1 pm, Urbana Regional Library - Register here


Tuesday, February 14 at 6 pm, Community Room, C. Burr Artz Public Library


Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 pm, Brunswick Public Library



Ages 2-5, with an adult.

Join us for friendship stories, sweet songs, a cute craft and refreshments.

Tuesday, February 14 at 11 am, Middletown Branch Library



Ages 2-8, with an adult.

Move and groove with active games and create a special craft to take home. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, February 14 at 4 pm, Thurmont Regional Library - Register here



All ages, with an adult.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Wii at the library. Enjoy sweet treats, stories and songs--challenge friends to Just Dance, Super Mario, Sports, and more. Multi-screens in two rooms.

Wednesday, February 15, 6 pm, Edward F. Fry Memorial Library at Point of Rocks


Submitted by Jon Lewis

Children's Services, C. Burr Artz Public Library


Kids love reading about love, and February is a perfect month to share books about love! Read a few of these suggested books and discuss with your children the many different ways we love.


Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox

Rapunzel tries to be helpful, but she doesn't hear very well.


The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Chester's mom teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him all the time.


George and Martha by James Marshall

George and Martha have a great, big, happy friendship with each other.


A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kaszo

Choco can't find a mother who looks just like him, but ends up finding a family that suits him perfectly.


When I Am Old with You by Angela Johnson

A small child imagines a future when he will be old with his Granddaddy and will sit beside him in a rocking chair and talk about everything


Consider Love: its moods and many ways by Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton and her ubiquitous hippos consider that many moods and many ways of love.


Hedgehug: a sharp lesson in love by Benn Sutton

Hedgehug wants to find someone to love on Valentine's Day, but everyone he meets is too scared of his prickly coat to hug him.


Paper crafts for Valentine's Day by Randel McGee

Explains the significance of Valentine's Day and how to make Valentine's Day-themed crafts out of paper.


Heart to Heart with Mallory by Laurie Freidman

Nine-year-old Mallory turns to her diary to sort through her emotions when she finds out she has a secret admirer and her two best friends' parents may be getting engaged.


The Masterwork of a Painting Elephant by Michelle Cuevas

Pigeon Jones is found and raised by Birch, a white elephant who paints beautiful pictures, and together they discover the meanings of love and family.


Submitted by Tara Lebherz

Children's Services, Brunswick Public Library


We all know how important it is to stay active. The National Institute of Health as well as the American Heart Association recommend at least one hour of physical activity every day for children age 2+. Regular exercise helps children feel less stressed, maintain a healthy weight, build healthy bones and muscles, develop a positive self image, and be better prepared to learn in school.

However, winter can be a tough time to keep some children physically engaged. We have the solution! Join us at the Emmitsburg and Thurmont branches as we get moving and shake off the winter blues-Hawaiian style. We'll break out our hula hoops, limbo stick, beach balls and other assorted items for some fun in the sun!

Saturday, February 4, 11 am, Ages 3-8

Emmitsburg Branch Library


Friday, February 24, 10:30 am,Ages 3-6

Thurmont Regional Library


For more ideas on how to keep your children active check out our selection of fitness books and exercise videos for kids at fcpl.org.

Submitted by Cheryl Dillman

Children's Services, Emmitsburg Branch Library

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