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                                                                         July 2012

Frederick County Public Libraries


A trip to the library this summer is a workout for your imagination! No matter what your interests are, you'll find teen and 'tween activities and events that are sure to enlighten and entertain. From the Summer Reading Program to concerts, parties and book clubs, there is something to please everyone.


As the thermometer rises, we look forward to seeing you often at the cool events offered at your local library.

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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Beauty and Brawn
Summer Reading
Teen Book Finder
Step Back in Time at the Medieval Faire!
DJ On the Deck
Keep in Touch
Special Event


Saturday, June 30, 3 pm Sunday, July 15, 3 pm

Saturday, August 18, 3 pm

Urbana Regional Library

Your musical star can shine!

Sing solo, duo, or group;

play an instrument; or

bring your garage band.


Sign up in advance with Ms. Foltz

at 301-600-7004  


This summer at the C. Burr Artz Public Library, teen girls will have a chance to explore different sides of their personalities in two exciting programs.

 Elmo Visit

On Thursday, July 19 at 6 pm, join us for Night-Out Beauty. Taught by students from The Temple, a Paul Mitchell Partner school, teens will learn how to enhance their looks with makeup and create stunning updos. Goody bags and refreshments will be provided.


If beauty isn't your thing, perhaps you'd like to learn how to Fight Like a Girl on Friday, August 3 at 2 pm. Amy Dudrow, an instructor at the Jhoon Rhee Black Belt Academy, will teach self-defense techniques that can help any young girl feel safe. After the program, cool off with some Rita's Italian Ice!


Amy Dudrow
Amy Dudrow

Both of these programs require registration. You can sign up for

Night-Out Beauty here starting June 28. If you'd like to attend Fight Like a Girl, you can sign up starting July 13 here. For Fight Like a Girl, a permission slip is required; you can pick it up at the second-floor

Reference Desk in the library.


Submitted by Melissa Rabey

C. Burr Artz Public Library

Fight Like a Girl (women and girls) is also being held at the Brunswick Public Library Tuesday, July 31, 6 pm--registration is required. 


What will you be reading this summer? Why not try the Black-Eyed Susan nominees for 2012 - 2013 or perhaps one of these ....


Wahooooooo! Author Carl Hiaasen does it again with CHOMP! Elmo Visit

Think HOOT, Flush, Scat and now CHOMP! Then meet Wahoo Cray and venture into his family's South Florida backyard and their lives. Wahoo's Dad, Mickey, is a professional animal wrangler who is teaching Wahoo the 'business.' A 'business' involving alligators, snakes, raccoon, monkeys, turtles, and dead iguanas falling from palm trees (causing his Dad an injury that leaves the family struggling to hold on to their home). Feeling brave? Love reality shows? Know any plucky girls? Or Derek Badgers? Ever wondered how they film those 'reality' shows? Know much about the Everglades? With this cast of characters and more it isn't so much what will happen next, but what won't happen next? Happy Endings? Wahooooooooooooo! Or was that CHOMP! By Carl Hiaasen ... Here Alice ... what about Tuna...


The Statistical Probability of LOVE at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.

This is for all you teens who are 'last minute' all the time, most of the time and making me a member of your group! I, who plan months in advance and prepare weeks ahead, am now a 'last minute', throw the clothes in the suitcase, grab the plane tickets, keep my fingers crossed and somehow ... make the plane on time! Shoes off, scanned and lines of ... phew, made it!


But that isn't going to be seventeen year old Hadley Sullivan's 'last minute' ... she is going to miss her plane, maybe miss her Dad's wedding to his new girlfriend ...what about her Mom!?! And maybe, just maybe, find out what The Statistical Probability of LOVE at First Sight is ... Going to London, coming to terms with the changes in her life, finding room in her heart ... and discovering how important 'four minutes late' are.


War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.

View World War I through the eyes of Joey, "He's a bright red bay with black mane and tail ...", and his best mates Zoey and Topthorn. Joey tells his story of the people who loved and cared for him on his journey ... "Don't tease," said Albert quietly. "Don't tease, David. You know how serious I am about Joey. It'll mean all the world to me to find him again ..." (page 128)585.


From auction to farm, learning to plow and be ridden, to being bought by the army, to military training, then on to France and war, and to ... Experience Joey's world!


Enjoy! And please don't forget to stop by your favorite library branch and enjoy a great teen program! And ... keep track of those summer reading hours and activities online! Thanks!


Submitted by Becky

Middletown Branch Library 


YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) recently announced a free app for finding great teen reads. YALSA's Teen Book Finder provides "quick and easy access to information from all of YALSA's lists and awards." Find daily Hot Picks, create My Favorites list, post to your facebook wall or Twitter feed about titles you find. Entries are searchable by author, title, award or list year, genre, award, and booklist. Entries are annotated and include a Find It option so you can find a copy in your library.


Find out more about the app here.

 Elmo Visit

Teen Book Finder is available through the app store. An Android version will be available later this year. Or use this QR Code to get the app today.


Submitted by Robin Goetz

Brunswick Public Library


Journey to a time of knights, princesses, castles and dragons at the C. Burr Artz library's Medieval Faire! Tuesday, July 10 at 2 pm, this program is guaranteed to be full of fun and adventure. Discover your medieval name before creating your family crest! Fashion your own ring or bejeweled goblet! See if you can find hidden treasures during our scavenger hunt! And be sure to come dressed in your medieval best!Elmo Visit


This event is for children ages 9-14 and requires registration. To register, click here or call 301-600-3780.Light refreshments will be served.


Submitted by Carly Schilling

C. Burr Artz Public Library


If you're bored this summer and looking for some fun, stop by the Thurmont Regional Library on Saturday, July 28 at 2 pm*.


Follow the music out to the deck and check out a special hands-on demonstration with local professional DJ, Paul Garza. You can take a turn working with his equipment--turntables, audio, mixer, microphones, and plug-ins. Learn some tips on unique sounds, software and blends.


Or just kick back with some friends and enjoy the gig.

DJ on TRL Deck
DJ on TRL Deck


Free Rita's Ice for all to help you stay cool! You can't beat that!


Submitted by Clare Bush

Thurmont Regional Library


How to Be a DJ will also be held at the following libraries:


DJ Paul Garza

June 28, 3 pm* @ Walkersville Library

August 2, 6 pm @ Middletown Library


August 6, 6 pm* @ Edward F. Fry Memorial Library at Point of Rocks


DJ Paul Surreal

July 10, 6 pm* @ Brunswick Public Library


* Registration is required
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