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                                                                                        April 2012

Frederick County Public Libraries


Did you know that your library system offers innovative web-based products you can access from anywhere?


For example, download free music from artists like Adele, Bruce Springsteen and Hank Williams. They are yours to keep permanently on your device, compliments of FCPL.


Or learn a new language using Mango Complete interactive language learning software. We even offer a mobile library edition, a mobile app for iPhone or iPod Touch. 


These days, the library offers tools for today's busy professionals. Stop by your local branch or our busiest branch, www.fcpl.org for details.


In the event that this newsletter was forwarded to you by a friend and you would like to continue to receive information about library programs, services, and events, we invite you to sign up here for our email newsletter.


We look forward to seeing you soon!


--Darrell Batson, Director

Frederick County Public Libraries

In This Issue
Frederick Reads
Smart Start
Freegal Music
OneClickDigital Audiobooks
All Thumbs with Your eReader
Learn a New Language with Mango Complete
Get to Know: Michael Carlson
Keep in Touch


Frederick Reads 

Rebecca Skloot

in Conversation with

Michele Norris
Thursday, April 19
7:30 PM
Weinberg Center
for the Arts
Downtown Frederick
Free - No Tickets
Book Sale and Signing
For details, visit frederickreads.org

Introduction to Starting Your Own Business

Bryan Smith, Business Consultant, Small Business Development Center, Western Maryland, will be presenting 2-hour seminars here at FCPL throughout the rest of the year. So far, these seminars have been very popular and have been well attended. The seminars take place at the C Burr Artz Library from 6-8 in the evening. They are held in the Community Room. The seminars are free and open to the public, however, registration is required. Registration can be done by phone, by calling 301-600-1630 x3. Staff at the Reference Desk can register you. Registration can also be done online.


The seminars are presented on the first Monday of every other month. The remaining dates for 2012 are April 2, June 4, August 6, October 1, and December 3.


Bryan covers a host of business start up topics; such as regulatory requirements, legal business structures, how to get started, business plans, financing, and more.


--Terri Klco

C. Burr Artz Public Library


Free Music Using Your Library Card


Now you can get music through FCPL.org!


Freegal is a new online music service from FCPL that lets you download up to three DRM-free MP3s a week using your library card number.


You can  find hundreds of thousands of tracks like Adele's Rolling in the Deep, Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA, Modest Mouse's Float On, and Hank Williams' I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry. You can search for songs or browse over 100 genres like Ambient, Bollywood, Grunge, Rockabilly, and Children's. Before downloading, you can listen to samples of each song. The download counts reset at midnight on Sundays so you can start downloading new music again on Monday.


--Amy Swackhamer

Virtual Branch Administrator


If you like listening to audiobooks try our new program for downloadable audiobooks called OneClickdigital. Newly added titles include: Saint's Gate by Carla Neggers, Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger, Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes, A More Perfect Heaven by Dava Sobel, Much Ado About Vampires by Katie MacAlister. All titles work with the iPod, iTouch, and iPhone as well as other MP3 players. There is something for all ages!


The great thing about OneClickdigital is that most titles are "always available"-no waiting! Some "single use" titles are included and you may have to place a hold on these titles if they are already checked out. You will receive an email when your hold is available. You can download and use the OneClickdigital Media Manger as an easy method to download audiobooks and transfer them to portable devices. For Mac users there is a Mac compatible OneClickdigital Media Manger. You can check out up to 10 titles for a period of 14 days. You can reneElmo Visitw once for a period of seven days.


Click on Audiobooks and scroll down.


Happy listening!


--Teresa Vorce,

Materials Manager

If the holidays brought you the gift of an eReader, you're not alone! Both eReaders, like the Kindle and the Nook, and tablets such as the iPad, the Kindle Fire, or the Nook were some of the most popular gifts at the end of last year.


But now that it's been a few months, are you still all thumbs when it comes to your eReader? Or are you having trouble figuring out how to get library books on your device?


The library has several different resources to help you with eBooks.On the library's eBooks page, you might not have noticed all the great instructions available. You can get answers to frequently asked questions or even read an instruction sheet that explains step-by-step how to put library eBooks on your Kindle, Nook, Sony eReader, iPad or Xoom tablet. All of these resources are located just underneath the link for Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium.


If you need in-person help, the staff at your local library branch can provide assistance by demonstrating the checkout process at Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium. Library staff are able to provide basic trouble shooting about how to use eBooks on your personal device; if you need help using your eReader in general, ask us about finding books and websElmo Visitites to assist you.


Your local branch of the Frederick County Public Libraries is here to help with eReaders and eBooks!  Stop by today to learn more.


--Melissa Rabey

C. Burr Artz Public Library



Spring is the perfect time to shake off our winter sluggishness, stimulate our minds, and begin new projects. This is the time of year when the natural world reminds us that we never stop growing! Consider expanding your horizons this spring by learning a foreign language with FCPL's interactive language learning tool, Mango Complete.


Brush up on the foreign language you haven't practiced since high school, or learn a new language from scratch. Choose from any of Mango's courses, including: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Hindi, Greek, or ESL for (Latin American) Spanish speakers. Just enter your library card number to start using the software right away. If you would like to track your progress as you progress through the course, it's quick and easy to create an account.


Using Mango, you can listen, read, and even test your foreign language speaking skills with the use of a microphone. Conversation, vocabulary, grammar, and interesting facts are included in each lesson. You can also learn languages on the go with Mango Mobile Library Edition, a mobile app for iPhone or iPod Touch. Get it free in the iTunes Store.


For more information, contact your library branch, or visit our website:

www.fcpl.org >> Language Learning (under the "iLibrary" heading) >> Mango Complete


--Emily Dolly

C. Burr Artz Public Library

Elmo VisitGET  TO KNOW:

Michael is Branch Administrator at FCPL's Brunswick Public Library and has worked for Frederick County Public Libraries for five years.


I've also been employed as... the "Blue Light Special" guy at K-Mart. I worked in retail for a couple years during high school and the beginning of my freshman year in college. I was hawking electronics and sporting goods. As my first real job, it was an eye-opener working with the public. I still wake up in the middle of the night with nightmares from hearing The Twelve Days of Christmas sung by the Muppets. I must have heard it a million times during the holiday season.


When I'm not working, I love to... hike and sightsee. Any weekend with good weather, my wife and I like to get out and do some hiking in the area. We also love to head down to D.C. or stop at a local historical site. We are always looking for a battlefield or historic house to explore on the weekend.


My favorite food is... anything from a chain restaurant. I'm notorious for only eating at places that are part of a chain. Give me a steak from Outback. There are great independent places out there, but I'll take some cheesy fries over a gourmet meal any day of the week.


My favorite movies are... movie epics: Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings. I'll even throw the Harry Potter films in there. There are plenty of movies that I absolutely love, but it is the anticipation of an upcoming release that I really enjoy. Film series that span several years build momentum and make you really care about the characters.


Favorite Quote: "The graveyards are full of indispensable men." - Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970). It reminds me not to take things too seriously. Whether you are insecure or have delusions of grandeur, we are all headed in the same direction.


--Interviewed by Emily Dolly

C. Burr Artz Public Library
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