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TEEN NEWS              

                                                                                   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
BookFest 2012
Picture Books for Teens
"The Hunger Games" Events
Staff Picks @ Walkersville Library
Own the Night
Express Your 'Green' Side
Cheering for Champions
Keep in Touch


The Rogues


7 PM

Thursday, March 8

Marion Burk Knott Auditorium

Mount St. Mary's University


For details, visit fcpl.org 


Free admission and parking

No tickets required.

All ages welcome!


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 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, murder mystery parties, and crafts. On Saturday, March 10 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.


Book Trailer Video Contest

Who will win this year's Book Trailer contest? It's top-secret information until Saturday, March 10 at C. Burr Artz, when we announce the winner at 2 pm (following the movie Cars 2 at 12 pm). We'll show the winning and runner-up videos, all created by students grades 3-12 who read a book related to Where Spies & Mysteries Lie theme and created these previews.


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


This past December, VOYA magazine published the article Picture Perfect: Picture Books for Teens about great picture books for teen readers. We all loved picture books when we were younger, with their great illustrations and stories. There is no reason we can't keep enjoying these illustrated books as we get older. Whether it's reading aloud to younger siblings or rElmo Visiteading on old favorite, picture books are just perfect.


Here are a few authors that you may like:


The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordecai Gerstein. "In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit entertained people below for one hour on a tightrope between the twin towers in New York. Ink and oil-detailed paintings capture the glorious height of the towers."

Jimi Sounds like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
by Gary Golio. Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. "Lyrical text and descriptive language relay the life of the famous guitar player... [the art] invokes the spirit of Jimi's music using textured illustrations and bright rainbow colors."


Math Curse by Jon Scieszka. Illustrated by Lane Smith. "Math Curse shares the pain oElmo Visitf applying math principles to everyday life."


The Black Book of Colours by Menena Cottin. An "almost completely black book that uses Braille, raised lines, and descriptions of how colors can be smelled, tasted, and felt."


The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Soon to be an animated movie, read this favorite today.


Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. Why shouldn't pigeon drive the bus? Is he a bad driver?


John, Paul, George, and Ben by Lane Smith. "John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson are each depicted with humorous escapades in this tongue-in-cheek early-American historical story."


Source: Nichols, Mary Anne and Carolyn S. Brodie. "Picture Perfect: Picture Books for Teens." VOYA: voice of youth advocates. 34.5 (2011): 442-44. Web. 15 Feb. 2012.


Submitted by Robin Goetz

Children's/Teen Services, Brunswick Public Library


March 23 is a date that's been highlighted on many teens' calendars. That's the premiere date of The Hunger Games, the movie adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins' wildly popular and bestselling trilogy. The story of Katniss Everdeen and her participation in a brutal winner-take-all televised competition, The Hunger Games is sure to be a blockbuster movie.


Several library branches are hosting The Hunger Games events this March. Whether you want to match wits with a trivia contest or see if you could survive The Hunger Games, there's a wealth of options for teens at Frederick County Public Libraries!


For details and to register, click on the program link.


The Hunger Games Survival Training

You've read the books, you know all the facts and the story, but could you survive The Games? Join me, dear tributes, as you train to survive The Games and test your skills to the end. Registration is required.

Thursday, March 22, 5-6:30 pm, Emmitsburg


The Hunger Games Trivia

Get ready for the release of The Hunger Games by brushing up on your trivia. We'll start off easy and get harder as we go. Prizes for winners and some participants! Refreshments will be served.

Friday, March 23, 3:30-4:30 pm, C. Burr Artz


Celebrate The Hunger Games with the Tuscarora Archers Club

Dress as Katniss or Peeta or come as you are. Join other tributes for demonstrations, lessons and hands on experience with the bow and arrow. Make sure you receive the proper training in case you are chosen to represent your district in a future game. Registration is required.

Saturday, March 24, 2-3:30 pm, Thurmont


The Hunger Games Trivia

Test your knowledge of the The Hunger Games. Registration is required.

Tuesday, March 27, 6-7 pm, Brunswick


The Hunger Games Party

Celebrate The Hunger Games books and movie. Prepare to train as a tribute with survival games, trivia, and more. Registration is required.

Saturday, March 31, 3-4:30 pm, Urbana


Submitted by Melissa Rabey

Teen Librarian, C. Burr Artz Public Library


The YA section at the Walkersville Library features a new Staff Picks display highlighting the young adult books our librarians and circulation clerks love. Some of the most popular books featured on our display include the following:


Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi - Dara (Adult Services Librarian)

Ship Breaker is a dystopian novel recommended for readers in grades 7 and up. Ship Breaker is the story of Nailer, a 17 year old who works scavenging old oil tankers that have washedElmo Visit ashore on the Gulf Coast. The story is gritty and harsh but ultimately compelling. Nailer lacks a stable home and family but finds himself enmeshed with his fellow workers on the light crew. Skillfully weaving the story of a broken society, a young man coming into his own, and an exciting tale of intrigue and suspense, this is a must read for dystopian literature fans.


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly - Sharon (Branch Manager)

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a wonderful historical fiction novel. The year is 1899 and Calpurnia is the only daughter in a family of boys. She is 11 years old and would much rather spend time with her eccentric grandfather in his laboratory instead of in the parlor taking piano lessons. Her grandfather welcomes her companionship and takes her under his wing to teach her about the wonders of the natural world and Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. This is a must read for anyone who loved the American Girl series as a child and is looking for something a little more mature to read.


Notes From the Blender by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin - Tracey (Young Adult Librarian)

Notes From the Blender is a great modern tale of friendship, family, and teenage drama. With alternating points of view the story stays fresh and exciting to the very end. Can you imagine your parents getting divorced? And you have a crush on somebody? And their parents are divorced, too? You can probably imagine where the story is going and how awkward things are about to get for Nelly and Declan. This is a must read if you've ever felt like things in your life couldn't get any worse...and then they did. It's a funny, awkward, wonderful story.


Submitted by Tracey Carter

Library Associate II - Teen Services, Walkersville Branch


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 teens in middle and high school is "Own the Night!" And we want YOU to create your own full-color artwork for our annual Bookmark Art Contest.


The contest, which runs March 1-31, invites Frederick County's elementary and teen 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


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--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:

Elmo Visit
Magazine Cards and Envelopes (teens)

C. Burr Artz Public Library, Monday, April 2, 2 pm

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

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

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

Sharpie Tie Dye (grades 6-12)

Brunswick Public Library, Tuesday, May 22, 6 pmElmo Visit
Bring a plain white T-shirt.


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


The 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

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