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March 2012

Frederick County Public Libraries

Spring programs are popping up like daffodils at the library this month!  As usual, your library offers an ever-changing variety of activities and events for kids, 'tweens and teens. Stop by any of our branches (including our most visited branch, www.fcpl.org) to learn more.


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We look forward to seeing you soon!



Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Dream Big, Create!
Child Yoga at the Library
BookFest 2012
Cheering for Champions
Express Your 'Green" Side
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Private School Expo
Keep in Touch


The Rogues



Thursday, March 8


Marion Burk Knott Auditorium

Mount St. Mary's University



Free admission and parking

No tickets required.

All ages welcome!

For details, visit fcpl.org



Summer Reading Art Contest

The countdown to the Summer Reading Program has officially begun! With only two months to go, we have been busy preparing for another summer full of good reads, exciting programs, and cool crafts.


This year's Summer Reading theme for children in Preschool through 5th grade is "Dream Big, READ!" And we want YOU to dream big and create in our annual Bookmark Art Contest.


The contest, which runs March 1-31, invites Frederick County's young readers to submit their best original artwork. For the first time, entries must be in COLOR. One winning design will be chosen from each grade level category (Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) and will be featured on free bookmarks at all the FCPL branches beginning May 1st.


For contest guidelines and the official entry form, visit your local branch or fcpl.org.


Submitted by Tara Lebherz

Children's Services, Brunswick Public Library


A fun way to stay active with children

Why yoga? More specifically why child yoga? Over two years ago I was visiting the chiropractor on a biweekly basis. He kept encouraging me to join a gym but I didn't think I had the time or the money. Well, he put himself out of business--for me at least. I found a gym and the monthly membership was cheaper than my monthly co-pays. Also, I found the hours I had set aside for chiropractor visits were filled with one hour yoga classes at the gym. After just a few weeks my back was exhibiting less pain! It was really working!

Elmo Visit
The 2-year-old who inspired me to obtain child yoga certification!


At the same time I regularly babysat a two-year-old. She was very energetic and athletic. To fill the time and have fun I began making up 'child-friendly' versions of the yoga moves I was learning at the gym. She loved it. She loved to show off any new moves she learned and I'd use props, like a bouncy ball, for balance and coordination. I began to wonder if I could be certified in child yoga. I already worked with children at the library and could add a second side career. Sure enough, a child yoga certification program was coming to Sol Yoga in Frederick. I signed up and paid for the certification program, with hopes that I'd be able to add to my repertoire at the library and also find some extra work on the side.


I then received permission to hold a child yoga program at C. Burr Artz, in addition to teaching preschool yoga at Sport & Health and subbing for child yoga at Sol Yoga. Everything worked out! I really enjoy teaching the children but, most importantly, the parents learn fun ways to stay active with their children--just like those days when I babysat and found child yoga, I was creating a great boredom-buster and self-esteem booster. Parents can now use the tools I teach for the same purpose.


Submitted by Lanie Lile

Children's Services, C. Burr Artz Public Library

Elmo Visit


Where Spies and Mysteries Lie

What is Bookfest?

Bookfest is a fun way Frederick County Public Libraries promotes literacy and reading. It is a weekend of theme-centered activities, programs, and entertainment for the whole family. This year, all FCPL branches will participate in events and activities that involve spies and mystery.


When is Bookfest?

Saturday, March 10th at all branches and Sunday, March 11th at C. Burr Artz Public Library and Urbana and Thurmont Regional Libraries


What is this year's theme?

Bookfest 2012: Where Spies and Mysteries Lie


What kinds of activities are happening and where?

All branches have their own special programs. Some branches will offer code breaking or making invisible ink. Some will have mystery movies and crafts. All branches will have a special costumed character visit.

  •  Dora the Explorer will visit the Brunswick Library at 11 am. We will also have a cryptology program at 1 pm, a scavenger hunt at 2 pm with prizes from the Spy Museum, and show Spy Kids 4 at 3 pm.
  • Scooby Doo will visit the C. Burr Artz and Urbana libraries. Urbana is also presenting a dramatic reading of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven at 1 pm and will have a Scavenger Hunt with Sherlock Holmes at 2:30 pm.
  • Strawberry Shortcake will visit the Edward F. Fry Memorial Library at Point of Rocks where you can also join in a "Hunt for Shortcake" and a make-and-take craft, starting at 12 pm.
  • Blue from Blue's Clues will visit the Emmitsburg Library at 1 pm, where you can also attend Junior Secret Agent Training at 10:30 am or Make Your Own Spy Kit at 2:30 pm.
  • Spongebob Squarepants will visit the Middletown Library at 10 am.
  • Diego will visit the Walkersville Library at 10 am.
  • The C. Burr Artz Public Library will also show the movie Cars 2 at 12 pm and spy and mystery book trailers at 2 pm, have a favorite mystery or spy character children's costume parade starting at 10:30 am, and a Blue's Clues Scavenger Hunt. A LEGOŇ room will be open all day both Saturday and Sunday. WAGS for Hope will bring costumed reading dogs for their READ program at 2 pm.
  • Blue will visit the Thurmont Library, where they will also have a cryptology program for kids at 10:30 am and a Secret Agent Man program for teens to learn about codes and invisible ink at 3 pm. 

Check with your favorite branch about their events and activities or go to fcpl.org to view the complete list of events.


Do I need to register for programs?

Some programs require registration and those are designated in the spring edition of BookMarks and on the website on the Events Calendar. Many of the activities will be ongoing throughout the day and are designed for everyone who attends to just jump right in and participate with no pre-registration.


Submitted by Robin Goetz and Robin Bowers

Brunswick Public Library

Elmo VisitThe Gazette's 5th Annual Championship Spelling Bee

Saturday, March 10 at 1:30 pm

Jack B. Kussmaul Theater

Frederick Community College,

7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick

Free admission and parking

No tickets required, all ages welcome!


There's a buzz in the air, thanks to the Bee--the 2012 Frederick County Championship Spelling Bee, that is. This year's competition is the fifth annual event. Thirty public, private, and home schools have representatives attending this year's Bee. Spellers will vie for the prizes of a $1,000 and $500 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond for first and second place winners, respectively.


Last year's winner, Katherine Li, correctly spelled the word 'anthropology' to win. What will this year's winning word be, and who will spell it to earn the top prize? We can't wait to find out, can you? Why not come and cheer for your school's representative.Elmo Visit


Submitted by René Beaupain

Spelling Bee Committee

Elmo Visit


I remember being in 4th grade at a school assembly when I first learned that if I recycled milk cartons at home they could one day be reused to make benches for our school playground. I thought it was the coolest idea: a bench made of milk cartons! At the time it seemed like a magical concept, and of course I immediately informed my parents that evening that we were recycling (much to their initial skepticism). And we did--and it felt good, like we were really making a difference. In 4th grade it didn't seem like such a monumental effort to help the environment. Maybe it's the optimism that comes naturally from being a kid. But I remember how it felt at that age when I was told at the school assembly that I could make a difference. It didn't feel corny. It felt empowering.


At the library, we're interested in helping kids express their 'Green' side, which is why we've created a whole lineup of programs for the months of March, April, and May that celebrate the 3 R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle! From reusing plastic containers, making shrinky dinks, or creating colorful bottle cap art, our lineup of programs is meant to inspire a new generation to rethink 'trash' in creative ways. And some programs are just inspired by the color green, like the Green Eggs and Ham program at Walkersville Library-we've got something for everybody!


So, if your family has been recycling for years or has been thinking about starting, come join us at the library to 'Express Your Green Side!" You'll have a blast making some treasure out of trash!


For a complete listing of events, please visit fcpl.org/programs. Here's a sample of the 'Green' programs being offered:


Presenting Green Eggs and Ham and other Dr. Seuss favorites (ages 6-11)

Walkersville Branch Library, Saturday, March 24, 11 am - Register here.

Magazine Cards and Envelopes (teens)

C. Burr Artz Public Library, Monday, April 2, 2 pm - Register here.

Shrinky Dinks (all ages)

Brunswick Branch Library, Tuesday, April 3, 10:30 am - Register here.

Going Green at the Library (grades 1-5)

Thurmont Regional Library, Tuesday, April 3, 1 pm - Register here.

Glorious Grass Head Craft! (ages 5-12)

Urbana Regional Library, Thursday, April 5, 3 pm - Register here.

Greener Theatre - Drama Games and Fun (ages 8-14)

C. Burr Artz Public Library, Thursday, April 5, 4 pm

Colorful Recycled Bottle Cap Art (ages 5-12)

Urbana Regional Library, Friday, April 6, 3 pm - Register here.


Soda Tab Earrings and Bracelets (teens)

Emmitsburg Branch Library, Thursday, April 12, 5 pm - Register here.


Spring is Sprung Planting Program - Silver Fancy Garden Club (ages 6-14)

Emmitsburg Branch Library, Saturday, April 14, 10:05 am - Register here.

Express Your Green Side Games (teens)

Middletown Branch Library, Tuesday, April 17, 3 pm

Refreshments may be served.

Plant Swap and Compost Critters! (all ages)

C. Burr Artz Public Library, Sunday, April 22, 2 pm

Bag It: Mini-Scrapbooks! (ages 8-11)

Middletown Branch Library, Monday, April 30, 4 pm - Register here.

Sharpie Tie Dye (grades 6-12)

Brunswick Public Library, Tuesday, May 22, 6 pm - Bring a plain white T-shirt. - Register here.


Tie Dye Tees (ages 8 and up)

Edward F. Fry Memorial Library at Point of Rocks, Wednesday, May 23, 6 pm

Bring an old light-colored tee.


Submitted by Robyn Monaco, Children's Librarian, Urbana Regional Library


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the United States. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the two nations. This year the Festival will run from March 20 - April 27. For National Cherry Blossom Festival activities and events, click here. Elmo Visit


Urbana Library Celebrates the Cherry Blossom Festival

Monday, March 26, 2 pm

Teen volunteers present program, craft, with refreshments.

For elementary age children.

Register here.


Submitted by Mary Ann Foltz

Teen Services, Urbana Regional Library


Learn about educational options for students in Pre-K through grade 12 with the schools of the Frederick County Independent Schools Consortium (FCISC). Representatives from The Banner School, Friends Meeting School, and Trinity School of Frederick will be available to provide information about local, independent schools.

Frederick County Independent
Schools Consortium (FCISC) Expo

Thursday, March 1, 6:30-7:30 pm
Urbana Regional Library 

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