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                                                                                           August 2012

Frederick County Public Libraries


Summer is almost over, but the summer reading program is still underway. Thousands of kids and teens are participating in free, fun events and special programs in all our branches as well as entering their book reviews and comments online. Registration continues until August 11, so it is not too late to join in the fun!


We'd like to take our hats off to PNC Bank and the Friends of Frederick Public Libraries, whose tremendous financial support makes the summer reading program such a success. In addition to funding, PNC provides volunteer support through its employees, who help with summer reading club programs at FCPL branches countywide.


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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Starting Kindergarten?
Read and Repeat, Read and Repeat
Beginning-to-Read Titles
eBooks for Kids
'Round the Clock Homework Help
Music on the Terrace
Keep in Touch

The Wetlands

Wake Up at Night

featuring the night sounds and local creatures of the dark (live animals) with Cunningham State Park's Scales & Tales


Thursday, August 16, 6:30 pm

Thurmont Regional Library Deck


For details, click here.


If your child is anxious about starting school, share a couple of these books with him or her. Reading about other kids (or buffaloes) who are going through a similar experience can help to alleviate school anxiety.Elmo Visit


Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum

A five-year-old boy, ready and eager on his first day at "the big kids' school," must calm his very worried mother.


Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick

Although kindergarten provides unique challenges for a young buffalo, one who follows the rules and tries his best will get along fine.


Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo

Even though there are rules to follow, a little girl who loves adventure has an exciting first day of kindergarten.

 Elmo Visit

Kindergarten Diary by Antoinette Portis

Annalina's diary entries reflect her feelings and experiences as she goes from being afraid to go to kindergarten to loving it during her first month of school.


Off to Kindergarten by Tony Johnston

A young boy lists all the things he will have to take with him on his first day in kindergarten.


Kindergarten Countdown by Anna Jane Hays

Rhyming text follows an excited little girl as she counts down the days before the start of kindergarten.


A Place Called Kindergarten by Jessica HarperElmo Visit

Wondering why their friend Tommy has not come to the barn at his usual time, the animals become alarmed when the dog tells them that he has gone to a place called "Kindergarten."


On the Way to Kindergarten by Virginia Kroll

A mother describes the increasing accomplishments of her five-year-old, from crying and sleeping, to riding a tricycle, then preparing for school.

 Elmo Visit

Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis

Dexter knows everything there is to know about kindergarten and is not at all scared about his first day there, but his stuffed dog, Buster, is very nervous.


Submitted by Tara Lebherz

Thurmont Regional Library


The Importance of Repetition When Raising Readers

Does your child want to read the same book over and over again? If this is the case, rest assured that there is reason to celebrate because she is showing signs of early literacy!

 Elmo Visit

Encourage your child to independently choose the book that she would like to share with you. Offer your child options but respond with enthusiasm even if the same book is brought to you each time you ask her to make a choice. Research has proven that repeating any task, including reading the same text over and over again to the point of complete memorization, is instrumental in the early development of a child's brain.


Children are comforted by the simplicity of predictable routines and rituals throughout their day. When a child memorizes a book and is able to predict what is going to happen next she is given a sense of confidence and security. Your child will delight in being able to "read" the book to you because they have memorized the text. Ask your child questions about what is  going to happen next and anticipate the next page with intrigue. When you are reading a story that you know your child has memorized encourage your child to hold the book for you and decide when to turn the pages. Many books provide intentional repetition so that children can hear you say the phrase and then join you in saying the same phrase when it is repeated on the following pages.Elmo Visit


When a child memorizes the text of a story they will eventually be able to look at the illustrations on their own and feel the same pleasure they experience when you read it to them. So the next time your child brings you the same story that you have read at least 100 times resist the urge to sigh with exasperation. Delight in the fact that your child has found a friend in a treasured favorite book. Some stories that make great use of repetition are:Elmo Visit


Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox 

Hide and Squeak by Heather Frederick Vogel 

Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clark


Submitted by Stephanie Duncombe

Walkersville Library


Titles Just Get Better Every Year

How exciting to watch our children take those first tentative steps from great listeners to strong readers! With each book completed, we can feel their confidence blossom. Fortunately, our collection of beginning-to-read titles is more vibrant and rewarding that ever.


Pirate Pat by MElmo Visitairi Mackinnon

This summer we've added the Usborne Very First Reading series. These phonics-based books are designed to help boost your child's vocabulary and comprehension while also building her confidence. As your child works his way up from the first title in the series, each subsequent book grows slightly more challenging. A single page displays the new sounds your child will explore in each book, so child and adult can explore the new sounds before the story begins. Each book also includes activities that follow the story, allowing you to check your child's comprehension and vocabulary with the completion of each story.

 Elmo Visit

My Sitter Is a T-Rex! by Paul Orshoski is part of our We Both Read collection. Here is a  hilarious story about what happens when Mom and Dad call a new babysitting agency at the last minute and order a T-Rex to come babysit. At first Todd is horrified to be left in the care of such a monster, but he soon comes to see that even the biggest and scariest of beings can take good care of a little boy. You'll read one page, the more challenging one, and your child will take the next turn reading the easier page that adjoins it. Your child will enjoy the thrill of reading such a challenging book and never quite realize that her part is just a bit simpler than yours.


Calling All CarElmo Visits by Sonia Sander is one of the titles in our LEGO™ beginning-to-read series. These books place the beloved little LEGO™ people in all types of adventures. The pictures are all drawn in LEGO™ style with plenty of action and excitement. These titles are likely to hold special appeal for our boys. They feature familiar scenarios including chasing bad guys, fighting fires, working with construction vehicles, and even space travel. If you have a child who is struggling with reading, but a whiz when it comes to building with LEGO™ blocks, we may have just the right series for you.

 Elmo Visit

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Ryland

Explore our Read Along collection to help your child continue advancing her reading experience even when you're not free to read with her. Each book comes complete with a CD  recording of the text. The recordings are "cued" with a tone that tells your young reader when to turn the page. Your child can explore not only beginning-to-read titles, but also picture books too advanced for young readers to handle alone, and non-fiction titles, too!


Please come in and explore our beginning-to-read collection. New books arrive every week, and they truly are better than ever!


Submitted by Deb Schepp

C. Burr Artz Public Library


Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium
Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for children and young adults are included in the Overdrive collection. For more information about using Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium, see our
eBooks page.


There are hundreds of books for kids in the collection. Here are descriptions of a few:

 Elmo Visit

For Younger Readers

Fancy Nancy by Jane O''Connor and Chloe Hennessee

Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy.


How Nancy transforms her parents and little sister for one enchanted Elmo Visitevening makes for a story that is funny and warm-with or without the frills.


The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg and Neil Innes

Louis' best birthday present comes from his Uncle McAllister in Scotland -- a tadpole! Everyone is stunned to see Louis' new pet, Alphonse, grow and grow and grow.


Elmo Visit For Middle Grade Readers

Never Say Genius by Dan Gutman

Today is Coke and Pepsi McDonald's thirteenth birthday. Someone's out to make sure they never make it to thirteen and a half. Racing across America, the twins will nearly be frozen to death by soft-serve ice cream and stampeded in a wild stadium riot, and WORST OF ALL their parents think they're totally joking! Will they survive? Will they defeat Archie Clone? Will they be dropped out of a helicopter onto the tip of the Washington Monument? Will they ever say "genius"?


Elmo Visit Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer by Megan McDonald

Roar! It's not bad enough that Mom and Dad are heading to California, leaving Judy and Stink with Aunt Awful (er, Opal), but now Judy's two best friends are going Splitsville, too. Just when it looks like her summer is going to be BOR-ing-eureka!-Judy comes up with the most thrill-a-delic plan ever. Get ready for a race involving tightrope walking, Scream Monster riding, and way more! Add in a treasure hunt for Judy's teacher, a midnight stakeout, a runaway ice-cream truck, and a dash of Bigfoot, and what have you got? The Judy Moodiest summer ever! Based on the screenplay by Kathy Waugh and Megan McDonald.


Submitted by Barbara Barnette

Middletown Library


We may have a few more carefree weeks of sunshine and pool time, but before we know it, those school buses will roll again and homework will, once more, be a part of family life. Most parents have been faced with that dreaded Sunday night statement, "Dad, my paper is due tomorrow, and I forgot to go to the library to do my research." Lucky for today's kids, there is a fantastic solution to this age-old dilemma, and it's as close as your home computer.


Frederick County Public Libraries offers free access to many subscription databases that are available any time from any computer. All you'll need is your library card, your PIN number, and a little guidance about how to find that last minute research.


Here's the path to follow. First, go to FCPL.org. Scroll your mouse over the Research tab until you see the hyperlink to Resource Guides. Click that link and call up the link to "Alphabetical list of all our subscription databases." Now you'll see the menu that allows you to focus on all the databases in our collection.

 Elmo Visit

We offer some databases that may be especially useful for elementary school children. For  example, our America the Beautiful database from Grolier is an encyclopedia of information about the United States in general and each specific state in particular. Lands and People, another offering from Grolier, gives the same type of information for countries and cultures from all over the world. You will also see the Grolier Online Encyclopedia itself for more general studies.


Students, both young and more advanced, will benefit from our Biography database. This database, offered by the Gale Group, features biographical information from the most current newsmakers all the way back to antiquity. Does your child have a report to write about Genghis Khan? You will be hard pressed to find a child's book about this man, but you'll find loads of information about him in our Biography database, including an etching of what people believe he looked like. Likewise, if your student is researching a very current person in the news, he'll find the most up-to-date information here in the database.


Other databases cover science, foreign languages, and history. Our Science Reference Center will provide your students with detailed science information, including complete instructions and information about science fair projects. Your students can use Mango to study up to two years' worth of college level foreign language. You will also find the Student Research Center, which collects information from across many formats, including magazines, reference books, film, photos, and primary sources. You can use the History Reference Center to find primary sources such as the actual minutes from a cabinet meeting during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Or, let your child read the text of the letter the little girl wrote to Abraham Lincoln encouraging him to grow whiskers. You can explore our Opposing Viewpoints database to study a variety of viewpoints on today's pressing issues that people are currently disagreeing about.


What if you or your great reader is stumped for the next great read? Turn to Novelist or Novelist K-12. Simply input the title of that last great book, and Novelist will recommend others based on your preferences.


Finally, stop by the Testing and Education Reference Center to help your student prepare for and practice for the PSATs, the SATs, the ACTs, even the U.S. Citizenship exam. You'll find both the test-prep manuals and documents and actual tests, previously administered, so that your child can gain valuable experience taking the tests long before testing day rolls around.


So, we may not be able to help you recreate those gentle Summer Sunday evenings of cookouts, families, and fireflies, but at least now, you'll never again be faced with that dreaded Sunday argument about preplanning and preparing for homework. Simply take your child to your home computer and let the homework begin. That is, of course, if you don't get so caught up in exploring the incredible information available through our databases that you decide to use the computer yourself!


Submitted by Deb Schepp

C. Burr Artz Public Library


Brings Regional Favorites to Frederick 

Music on the Terrace is back! In its 11th year, these popular, free lunchtime concerts take place every Friday in September from 11:30 am-1:30 pm at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater, behind C. Burr Artz Library. Remember, schools are closed on Friday, September 21st (Fair Day), so why not bring the kids for a musical picnic on the way to or from the fair?


September 7 - Darren Beachley Band 

September 14 - Pearl & the Beard 

September 21 - Seth Kibel and Bay Jazz Project, featuring Mary Alouette

September 28 - Karla Chisholm 


The event is open to all ages at no charge. Concerts will move indoors in the event of rain. For concert details, visit fcpl.org.

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