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                                                                                 September 2012 
Frederick County Public Libraries


As we head into the fall season and our youngsters return to school, don't forget the library is here to help with homework, research, and special projects. Whether you stop by one of our eight locations or visit our busiest branch on the web, you'll find a wealth of services that directly benefit your child, no matter what age.


And for our future students, the fall is a great time to discover storytimes, high-quality educational programs and special events.  Of course, all of these services and programs are free. 

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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Frederick County Spelling Bee Goes National
The Might Miss Malone
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
"Fall" Into Reading
Wonderful Non-fiction Books
Silliness and Storytimes
Summer Reading Wrap Up
Keep in Touch
Music on the Terrace 
11:30 am - 1:30 pm 
Fridays in September 
Carroll Creek Linear Park Amphitheater 
across the creek from the
C. Burr Artz Public Library 

For details, click here


Attention spellers!  We've got great news-this year the winner of the Frederick County Spelling Bee, sponsored by Frederick County Public Libraries, will be advancing to the Scripps National Spelling Bee! The spelling bees we've held for the past five years have all been leading up to this partnership.


How's your spelling? Are you ready for the challenge? How can you get involved? The first step is to get your school or home school group to register with Scripps National Spelling Bee at their website spellingbee.com before October 15, 2012. All schools that register with Scripps receive helpful resources, are automatically entered in the Frederick County Championship Spelling Bee, and get to send their top speller and one alternate to the Frederick County Championship Spelling Bee.


The winner of the Frederick County Championship Spelling Bee will represent Frederick County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 26-June 1, 2013!


Wondering if you are eligible to participate? The spelling bee is open to all students in eighth grade or lower who have not turned fifteen before August 31, 2012. For complete eligibility information, go to spellingbee.com/eligibility.


We are very excited about this opportunity and we hope you will be, too. If you or your teachers have any questions, first take a look at the Scripps website; they have a good FAQ page. If you have further questions, please contact Caroline O'Connell at the Brunswick Library, 301-600-7255. We hope this spells success for Frederick County!


Submitted by Caroline O'Connell

Frederick County Spelling Bee Committee
Mighty Miss Malone 
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In his most recent novel, Christopher Paul Curtis introduces us to the loving and devoted Malone family. Father and Mother shower their two children, daughter Deza and her older brother Jimmie, with all the love, affection, and attention they need. But love and devotion can't entirely offset the family's desperate financial situation. With both parents working, the family gets by, but there is nothing extra to address Jimmie's stunted growth or Deza's rotting teeth. Set during the Great Depression, the family struggles, first in Gary, IN and later in Flint, MI, as they move in search of more opportunities.


In his usual enthralling manner, Curtis builds such a strong sense of this loving family that we honestly feel the struggle with them. When Mother loses her job, and Father falls on very difficult times, it's up to Deza and Jimmie to try and keep the family going. Fortunately, Deza, a straight A student, and Jimmie, a talented amateur singer, are ready for the challenges the family will face.


Perfect for readers from grades 4 through 7, this book is a realistic look at the hardships so many families faced during the dismal decade of the 1930s. Readers will learn about Hoovervilles, the famous fight between Joe Lewis and Max Schmeling, and other details that mark this dark time in American history. The book is deeply infused with the heart and soul of a devoted family determined to prevail no matter what the cost. Readers are sure to identify with the Malones as they struggle and ultimately rebuild their lives together.


Submitted by Deb Schepp

C. Burr Artz Public Library

September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and this year marks the 10th anniversary of this special day.


Our local pirate queen, Grania O'Malley, (aka Kris Buker, Children Services, C. Burr Artz) believes that everyone should embrace their inner pirate so she's compiled a list of some great new books that have just arrived in port at the library!

 Pirate Cookbook


The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook: A Swashbuckler's Guide from Pirates of the Caribbean by Jason Heller 

Pirate Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids by Sarah L Schuette 

Draw Pirates in 4 Easy Steps: Then Write a Story by Stephanie La Baff


 Pirate Princess

Picture Books

Pirates Go To School by Corinne Demas

The Pirate Girl's Treasure: An Origami Adventure by Payton Leung

Pirateria: The Wonderful Plunderful Pirate Emporiumby Calef Brown

Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime by Myra Wolfe

Pirate Princess by Sudipta Bardham-Quallen


Submitted by Kris Buker

C. Burr Artz Public Library

As the dog days of summer wind down, the change of season is a welcome sight for many of us. The blistering heat that takes our breath away when we walk outside is replaced with fresh air, cool breezes, and enjoyable temperatures. With much relief, the complaints that it is too hot to go outside and the warnings to stay indoors are gone until next year.


The change of season is a great learning opportunity, and FCPL has many resources for your family. It's a great time to explore nature in transformation: the changing color of leaves, shorter days, cooler temperatures, and animals getting ready for hibernation. If your child is interested in learning about autumn, here are some suggestions:


Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk, fall is on the way as the signs of this season are everywhere. Counting down facts about trees with detailed illustrations and descriptive verses transport readers into the changing of the season.

Awesome Autumn  

In Bruce Goldstone's non-fiction book, Awesome Autumn, lots of information about the autumn season is provided from what to wear, things that grow, and the changes in the environment around us. Animal migration and preparation for hibernation are also discussed. Popular autumn activities are also highlighted like jumping in piles of leaves, and playing football.


 Mouse's First Fall by Lauren Thompson is a colorful picture book that shares the adventures of Mouse and his friend, Minka, as they discover how much fun they can have in the fall. They have many adventures playing in the leaves and exploring the many colors and shapes of the leaves they find.


Eileen Spinelli's picture book, I Know It's Autumn tells the story of how a little girl and her family know that autumn has arrived. With the help of her family, she finds clues of autumn such as picking apples, growing pumpkins, finding red leaves, and wearing warmer clothes.

 Nature Crafts 

Nature Crafts by Joy Williams is filled with projects that kids will love. They'll  learn how to use fun materials from outdoors such as leaves, rocks, or feathers to create special keepsakes.


Easy-to-make projects for the fall season are available in the book Crafts to Make in the Fall by Kathy Ross. The crafts, all based on the symbols of autumn, include a changing tree puppet, a soft sculpture pumpkin, a fall tree lapel pin, a soft sculpture pumpkin, and a leaf-print banner.


FCPL also has special programs at each library branch where you and your child can help to celebrate the changing of the season. To find out what activities are offered at the library, go tofcpl.org, FCPL Information, click on children's services, then click on library events. A complete list of upcoming events is available for you to review. You can check out events at your local branch and even find programs at other libraries in the area for a special family adventure.


Submitted by Julie Scott

Emmitsburg Library


Venture Outside the E section and into the Decimals

As you are browsing the shelves looking for books to share with your children do not pass by the wonderful selection that is available in the nonfiction section! Eager and reluctant readers alike will delight in nonfiction titles that feature gorgeous photographs and fascinating bits of information about the world around us.


Finding it hard to believe that your child won't be happy unless it is a story? Some nonfiction titles are considered narrative nonfiction; the stories are true and the characters are real, but the information presented in the book unfolds as a story. These books grab and hold a child's attention with factual topics that are presented in a rhythmic and literary manner. Just One Bite


Children ages 3-8 will be delighted by the information obtained in Just One Bite by Lola Schaefer. This gorgeous book with life sized illustrations and several double paged spreads gives the reader a detailed understanding of what different animals consume with a single bite of food!


Susan StockdalCarry Mee has published many nonfiction titles for children with rhyming text and bright colorful acrylic illustrations that fill the pages. If children want more information the last two pages will provide more detailed information about the topics featured. A favorite of Stockdale's books, Carry Me! Animals Babies on the Move, is a delightful depiction of the many different ways in which animals carry their young.


Is your child curious about the many birds that can be seen around Frederick CouEven an Ostrichnty? A wonderful explanation of the many different ways that birds make nests can be found in Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest: Where Birds Begin by Irene Kelly. The illustrations and simple text convey fascinating facts about bird nests around the world. Did you know that some birds build nests that house hundreds of birds and weigh as much as a car, while other nests are just large enough for only one small egg! 


Small children have lots of questions, and children's nonfiction books have the answers presented in an appealing manner for a young child's comprehension level. The next time your child stumps you with one of those many interesting queries that come your way each day-turn finding the answer into a shared journey of discovery at the library. If you are not sure how to navigate the Dewey Decimal system enlist the help of a librarian and have it explained to you and your child. Librarians at the Information Desk in any of the Frederick County Public Libraries branches will be absolutely delighted to help you find nonfiction titles on any topic of your choice.


Submitted by Stephanie Duncombe

Walkersville Public Library

Hey everyone--it's time for Storytime! Storytime is one of my favorite times. A time to read, to learn, to interact with rhymes, to sing, and to be SILLY!  Wahoooo! I love to be silly because it comes natural to me. I have always loved being silly ever since way back, when I was a young man cub living in the jungle separated from my family but being raised by a talking bear who liked to sing...wait, wrong story.  But seriously, storytimes are great, and here are a few reasons why.  


     1.       Laughter is the best medicine, because medicine is gross, duh.

I love utilizing laughter in storytimes. When kids see you being silly it creates the giggles. That relaxes children and makes them more receptive. Think of the last time you had a good laugh. After, did you feel angry, concerned, and closed? Or were you more relieved, relaxed, and open? So use laughter in your storytimes. It will lighten the mood and create an environment for interaction and attention. Plus, laughter is super awesome.


2.       Silliness breaks down the barrier between the adult presenter and the child. Or in my experience--"Mommy! AAAHH! There is a scary bearded pirate man! I wanna leave!"

Silliness is wonderful. It really does break down barriers. The kids may not know you, you may scare them, maybe your strange 90's boy band beard freaks them out. But when they see you acting silly, this is a physical cue for them to follow. Now they have permission to be silly and to have fun because hey the adult is doing it. And we all know how kids are programmed to follow the example of us awesome adult-like people.  


3.       Silliness makes for a great cloak. Just like those guys in Lord of the Rings that wear those black cloaks and ride their scary ghost horses.  Run Frodo, run!  Protect the Ring!  Uh... ok so it's nothing like that. 

By cloak I mean that silliness can mask that kids are actually learning when they don't even know that they are. So more simply and clearly - silliness helps kids learn. By you being silly in storytime it helps to engage the child and put their attention on you. And then through whatever silly things you are doing you also can be teaching numbers and letters and colors, and when to be loud, and when to be quiet, and other wonderful literacy tips. And the kids won't even know what's happening. Muwahaha it's all part of our evil plan! Go silliness!


So use silliness in storytimes. It's fun for you and fun for the children. Through it they can learn and grow while having a great giggly time! 


Jon Lewis

C. Burr Artz Public Library


Summer was a busy time at Frederick County Public Libraries. Summer Reading officially kicked off in June with programs at every branch. Between May 1 and August 31 over 9,500 children and teens signed up for Summer Reading. Kids logged more than 338,249 minutes of reading and posted over 5,600 book reviews to the Summer Reading website. Teens logged more than 15,451 game board activities, programs attended, and hours of reading and posted over 2,080 book reviews to the Summer Reading website.


The Frederick Keys generously donated tickets for all summer reading participants for the August 7 and August 8 Keys games. We had a wonderful time Keys Summer Reading 2012 celebrating Summer Reading at the Frederick Keys stadium. More than 20 summer readers rounded the bases before the August 7 game, led by Keyote and our Summer Reading Grand Prize winner, Corryn, and her dad. The Grand Prize included a gift certificate to Great Wolf Lodge and special Skybox seating at the Keys game. Corryn and her family enjoyed the game and look forward to a vacation at Great Wolf Lodge soon.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries and PNC Bank, and the generosity of the Frederick Keys for these amazing prizes.


Submitted by Robin Goetz

Brunswick Public Library

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