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                                                                  June 2012

Frederick County Public Libraries


As we roll into the busy summer season, Frederick County Public Libraries continues its tradition of programs and services for all ages. In this issue, you'll learn about many musical events where you can bring the entire family for free, high-quality programs that expand your cultural horizon. Also, you're invited to financial literacy events, grant-writing programs, and more.


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Our library programs are always free and always welcoming. Please stop by and see us soon!

Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
The Big Read
Urbana Music Festival & Craft Show
Music on the Deck at Thurmont
Grant Seekers Resource Center News
Meet Your Library Concierge
The Life of a Part-time Shelver
Pas$$port to Wealth
150th Heritage Celebration
Keep in Touch
Special Event

Meet Johnny Heller

award-winning narrator of many

popular audiobook titles.


Thursday, June 2

6:30 pm

(adults & teens)

C. Burr Artz Public Library

Downtown Frederick


For details, click here.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was the most popular poet in American history. In terms of their reach and influence, Longfellow's poems resembled studio-era Hollywood films: they were popular works of art enjoyed by huge, diverse audiences that crossed all social classes and age groups. At a crucial time in American history-just as the Revolutionary War receded from living memory and the disastrous Civil War inexorably approached-Longfellow's poems gave his contemporaries the words, images, myths, and heroes by which they explained America to one another and themselves.


During the month of June 2012 (the 150th anniversary of the Civil War), FCPL partners with Maryland Public Television, Frederick Reads, and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in a modern-day Big Read celebration of the poet that told the defining stories of 19th century America. Join us for a series of free public events and activities based in Frederick and Washington Counties-deep in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.


Pick up a FREE Longfellow poetry anthology and reader's guide at the following places during the month of June:

  • The Reference Desk at C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick Street
  • Frederick County of Tourism Welcome Center, 151 S. East Street
  • The Frederick Festival of the Arts on June 2-3, Carroll Creek Linear Park 

Meet Matthew Pearl

New York Times bestselling author Matthew Pearl brings Longfellow to life in his dazzling debut novel, The Dante Club, in which Longfellow and the other Fireside Poets are drawn into a murder mystery, showcasing Longfellow's little-known mastery of the work of Italian poet, Dante.

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Literary Writing Workshop with Matthew Pearl

Free. Limited space. To register, call 301-600-1630

June 2, 3 PM - Terrace of C. Burr Artz Public Library


An Evening with Matthew Pearl

Free. Unticketed. Doors open at 6:30 pm

June 2, 7 pm - Delaplaine Visual Arts and Education Center, 40 S. Carroll Street


For a complete listing of all regional events for The Big Read, go to neabigread.org.


Submitted by Marie Slaby, Development Officer, Frederick County Public Libraries


Saturday, June 23, 12-6 pm

Join us at the Urbana Regional Library for this annual celebration of music, art, and summer. In addition to the featured bands listed below, there will be crafters, special guests, and other amusements throughout the day.

  • A craft show will feature artwork from local artists (for vendor details, send an inquiry to vousocial@villagesofurbana.net)
  • NEW! Transportation Zone with a "tricked out" National Guard HUMVEE, highway utility truck, crane, and equipment from Urbana Volunteer Fire Company
  • Pony rides, petting zoo, moon bounce, inflatable slide and obstacle course
  • Karate demonstrations and fashion show
  • Meet and greet with Frederick Keys' Keyote, Max the Bunny (of Max & Ruby), Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Sneaks the Cat
  • Food and beverage vendors include The Painted Cone, Urbana Ledo's, Gourmet Gang, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards, Catoctin Popcorn and others 

Music Lineup

The Fabulous Mary Ann Redmond Band 12-1:30 pm

This Washington-based singer/songwriter has wow power, and plenty of it. Winner of 14 WAMMIES for her soul-stirring blues, jazz, and roots rock, she's in a league of her own.


The Beat Hotel featuring the Bell Hop Horns 2-3:30 pm

There's no standing still when you hear this 10-piece band complete with horn section. The Beat Hotel sizzles with the funky Mardi Gras dance music that made New Orleans famous.


Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band 4-5:30 pm

This 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra explores the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin' West African and American popular music on the planet. The band performs regularly at top venues including The 9:30 Club, The 8 x 10 Club, Blues Alley, and The Black Cat.


Elmo Visit
Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band

The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music, and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms.


A sensation-the dozen-plus member outfit cooks up a scintillating stew of Afrofunk, rumba, salsa, ska, and funk. There's no other band in the area with as funky and wide-reaching a sound.

 -The Washington Post on Chopteeth


For further information about the Urbana Music Festival, please visit fcpl.org or call the Urbana Regional Library at 301-600-7000.


The Urbana Music Festival is generously underwritten by: The C. Burr Artz Trust, The Villages of Urbana, FMH Urbana, Frederick County Public Libraries, Natelli Communities, Community Association Services, The Town Courier, Capital Women's Care, Living Grace Lutheran Church, Pediatric Center of Frederick, Amber Hill Physical Therapy, Frederick Food & Ankle Specialists, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards, Main Street Homes, NV Homes,Parkwood Homes, Ryan Homes, Friends of the Urbana Regional Library, and Franklin Liquors.


Written by Marlene England for FCPL's BookMarks summer issue.


Music on the Deck at Thurmont Regional Library

The Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library are proud to present its popular annual Music on the Deck series on Sunday afternoons. Appropriate for all ages, the concerts are free.


Elmo Visit
Carroll County Ramblers

The Carroll County Ramblers

Whether you're young, old, a dyed-in-the-wool bluegrass fan, or brand new to the bluegrass scene, you're sure to love the Carroll County Ramblers. This group has been pleasing audiences for 30-plus years-and you'll hear why when they return to the deck for this special afternoon show. Learn more at ccramblers.com.

Sunday, June 24, 2 pm


The Main Line Gravy Soppers

The Main Line Gravy Soppers travel from the south end of Frederick County "up north" to play oldtime tunes the old-time way. The band includes Rebecca Adams on the banjo and vocals, Jeff Adams on his old Martin guitar, and Jason Miller fiddling the dance tunes and singing a few Grandpa Jones songs. For info, visit them online.

Sunday, July 22, 2 pm


Singer/Songwriter Doug Phoebus

On the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, Doug Phoebus presents this musical tribute to The King, along with classic country tunes. Doug learned to play the guitar at a young age and has been creating and playing music for the past 30-plus years. He has opened for some big-name country artists, including Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, JoDee Messina, Dixie Chicks, and Collin Raye.

Sunday, August 12, 2 pm


Written by Marlene England for FCPL's BookMarks summer issue.


A Foundation Center Cooperating Collection 

 Elmo Visit

Featured Grant Seekers Resource Center Item

Newly added to the collection is America's Nonprofit Sector: a Primer by Lester L. Salamon, a superb introduction to the nonprofit sector of America's economy. Salmon, a well respected scholar, shows how the sector has changed over time, how it is changing, and where it fits in relation to the government and business sector.


Featured Website for Nonprofits

Looking to develop a social media policy and launch a nonprofit on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube? You'll find the answers in this Philanthropy 411 blog post: 20 Social Media Resources for Nonprofits

 Elmo Visit

Marvin and Lisa Ausherman of the Ausherman Family Foundation (the Grant Seeker Resource Center's sponsor) were honored with the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for their excellent leadership in Frederick's nonprofit community. Thank you, Marvin and Lisa!


Contact Pat Anderson to set up an individual orientation to Foundation Directory Online, a searchable database available at the C. Burr Artz Library, to find funders for your nonprofit organization.


Pat Anderson, GSRC Librarian, C. Burr Artz Public LIbrary 
Elmo Visit
Concierge Susan Kloc


C. Burr Artz Public Library

If you are a regular visitor to C. Burr Artz, you've likely encountered a friendly Library Concierge, wearing a "How Can I Help You?" badge and welcoming you to the building. If you are not a regular visitor, come say hello!


More than just a smiling face or someone to chat with, your Concierge is there to make your library experience efficient and enjoyable. Concierges endeavor to answer your general questions, help you avoid standing in line whenever possible, and give you focused, one-on-one interaction.


Here are a few of the many services your Library Concierge can offer you:

  • Answering questions about library services and collections
  • Providing story-time and program information
  • Helping you locate materials "On Hold"
  • Demonstrating the self-checkout process
  • Teaching you how to "Power Search" our catalog
  • Providing you with a map of downtown Frederick and directions to local establishments
  • Directing and escorting you to the appropriate service desk, if further assistance is required 

Many of our patrons have found this friendly and dedicated level of customer service to simplify and improve their library experience. Patron Kay Craig, who visits the library weekly with her young granddaughter, puts it this way, "Think of going into a 'large library,' when you have little knowledge of the layout or how to find what you want, and with no one to help. I am reminded of me going into Lowe's or Home Depot looking for a help desk but afraid to ask silly questions. The Concierge Service at Artz has smiling people who are approachable and represent the first face of the staff. How welcoming!"


The next time you see your Library Concierge, be sure to take advantage of all of the help he or she can provide you.


Submitted by Emily Dolly, C. Burr Artz Public Library 
Elmo Visit
Tessa shelving the large print titles


It is not all fun and games in the aisles. There are definite hazards lurking. An abandoned rubber band on the floor could send the whole cart of oversized and reference books into a non-sorted heap on the floor!


Have you ever wondered who puts the books and all the other materials away at your public library? They are called shelvers and they are the back bone of the library. The Shelving Department is made up of part-time employees who work day and evening shifts to make sure all the materials get replaced in their correct shelf, stand, lock-a-shelf, or cabinet. The shelvers sort the materials on carts and take them to their designated area. They empty the book drops several times a day and are also responsible for pulling the Holds List. So the next time you request a book be placed on the Hold List, someone from the Shelving Department is pulling that off the shelf for you.


The Library is a well oiled machine. Everyone must do their part to make it run smoothly. The Shelving Department is more stealth like than visible. They are fairly anonymous but an integral member of the Library family. The part-time shelver is an important cog in the constantly moving wheel of the Library.


Submitted by Val Atmonavage, C. Burr Artz Public Library 


The Emmitsburg Branch Library recently partnered with several other organizations for a week of financial literacy activities. We were joined in this effort by Mount St. Mary's University, PNC Bank, Seton Center, Seton Heritage Ministries, University of Maryland Extension Services, United Way, and Woodsboro Bank.


People face so many different types of issues in today's financial world- credit cards, and the accompanying debt, saving for a house or a college education, investing or saving for old age. These issues and others were the focus of the week. There were activities for every age- from preschoolers (it's never too early to become financially literate) to seniors.


In order to participate, people needed to visit specified locations to pick up their "passports." Each passport listed the events for the week. Participants only needed to attenElmo Visitd one session in order to be eligible for a multitude of prize drawings-perhaps the most exciting prize was a $100 gift certificate to Jubilee.


We are already looking forward to planning Pa$$port to Wealth Week for 2013. We'll be sure to let everyone know the where and when.


Submitted by Sue Cardella, Emmitsburg Branch Library
Elmo Visit
Val and Mary at the FCPL exhibit


The Great Frederick Fair recently celebrated its 150th year anniversary. The 150th Heritage Celebration kicked off with local students touring exhibits representing Frederick County. The exhibits featured local and regional organizations of historical and educational significance. Mary Mannix, award winning Frederick County Public Libraries Maryland Room Manager, attended the event with a display representing C. Burr Artz Public Library and featuring the other branches of Frederick County Public Libraries. The display made particular note of the "Two Margarets." Margaret Thomas Artz, wife of C. Burr Artz, and Margaret Scholl Hood. Both Margarets were very influential women in regards to Frederick and more specifically to FCPL and Hood College.


"We always welcome the opportunity to increase the visibility of Frederick County Public Libraries in the community.  We in the Maryland Room believe strongly in our mission to make people of all ages aware of Frederick's local history, including explaining exactly who C. Burr Artz was and telling the story of the legacy of Margaret Artz and her niece, Margaret Hood. We were honored to be asked to participate in this very special event," stated Mannix.


Other notables attending the exhibit were the Tourism Council of Frederick County, Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, Hood College, The Frederick News Post, Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, and the Frederick County Farm Bureau. Local students enjoyed collecting trinkets from the booths and hopefully a little knowledge to take home. It was an enjoyable and educational day filled with demonstrations and citizens representing the many facets of Frederick County and its history.


Submitted by Val Atmonavage, C. Burr Artz Public Library 
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