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                                                                                  October 2012 
Frederick County Public Libraries

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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
Book Review: In Your Face
The Snallygaster Legend Lives On
Time for Two;s and Baby with Books
Holiday Crafts
Keep in Touch


Worldwide Day of Play

October 6, 2012


Kids all across the world are encouraged to turn off the TV

and play.


For fun activities at a library near you, look up October 6 on the FCPL calendar online or ask staff at your local branch.


In Your Face: The Facts about Your Features by Donna M. Jackson

Every single part of your face plays a role in expressing who you are behind that most public part of yourself. But, where did our facial features begin? Why is there so much variety among human facial features? What makes a person appear beautiful in one part of the world, but peculiar and strange in another? What happens to people who suffer injuries and deformities of their faces? All of these questions and more will be answered in this fascinating children's non-fiction book. A scant 42 pages, including reference sources and a thorough index, will leave children and adults much better informed about the structure, use, and heredity of our faces.


You will learn about facial recognition among humans and machines. For example, did you know that some people suffer from the disability that means they simply can't distinguish one face from another? This includes even their inability to recognize members of their own families just by their faces. Perhaps, by the end of the book, you will have even discovered how to tell, just by the face, if someone is lying or telling the truth. This is a fun and fascinating way to bring together the science of heredity, the technology of modern medicine, and the ancient human curiosity we've shared since time began with the human face. Although this book is short, it is certainly challenging enough to be used by 4th or 5th graders requiring a good solid science book that will leave them satisfied with knowledge they can use. 


Submitted by Deb Schepp

C. Burr Artz Public Library
Beware the Snallygaster (ages 6-10)

Did the Snallygaster--a mysterious half-reptile half-bird creature-really roam the Middletown Valley? Might the creature be there still, deep in the caves of South Mountain?


Frederick County Landmarks Foundation and FCPL have teamed up with author Patrick Boyton for an hour-long special event this October in the dark, spooky haunts of Schifferstadt, one of the oldest and most historic buildings in Frederick. Boyton, a Frederick County resident, is the author of Snallygaster: The Lost Legend of Frederick County and Beware the Snallygaster.


Beware the Snallygaster (ages 6-10)

A reading with Patrick Boyton

Wednesday October 24, 7 pm* and

Thursday, October 25, 7 pm*

Schifferstadt, 1110 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick


*Registration is required.


To register, click on one of the above dates or visit fcpl.org. Space is limited to 22 children each evening. Parents are encouraged to gather in an adjacent room for webcam viewing of the event.


This event is presented by Frederick County Landmarks Foundation and hosted jointly by the C. Burr Artz Public Library. For questions about Schifferstadt, call 301-668-6088 or email fredcolandmarks@aol.com.


Written by Marlene England

for FCPL's Fall 2012 BookMarks publication
Story Time Programs

The Brunswick Public Library has made scheduling changes to two of their story time programs. Beginning September 24, Time for Two's has been changed to 10:30 am on Monday mornings. The Babies with Books program has been split into two sessions and has moved to Tuesday mornings. The first session at 10:05 am is for children birth-12 months, and their caregivers. The second session will begin at 11 am and is for children 12-24 months, and their caregivers.


Time for Two's and Babies with Books programs are held throughout the FCPL system and are two of FCPL's story time programs for our youngest patrons and their caregivers. Both incorporate a variety of musical and literary activities to provide fun, educational programs that young children and adults participate in together.


Why should you participate in story time programs with your baby or toddler? It's never too soon to start your child on the track for a love of books and reading. Story time programs help your child learn early literacy skills and language development through rhymes, music, and stories. Finger plays and activities with parachutes, scarves, and instruments help develop gross and fine motor skills. Group activities help your child to learn social skills and confidence. Adults will also enjoy the opportunity to meet and interact with other adults who are caring for young children.


And, the best thing about these programs? They are fun and they are free! Click here for a complete listing of story times at all FCPL branches. 


Submitted by Caroline O'Connell

Brunswick Public Library

The wonderful signs of fall are upon us. Leaves are falling, nights are getting darker earlier and cooler, and schedules are jam-packed with activities. And soon the holidays will be here too! Have your child help you out this year with some easy-to-make decorations and simple, handmade gifts. Using materials found around the house or inexpensive ones from the craft stores, these gifts are bound to please teachers, friends and loved ones on any special occasion! Nothing says "I love you" more than something that came from the heart.



Halloween Crafts: Fun Holiday Crafts Kids Can Do! by Fay Robinson

Haunting on a Halloween: Frightful Activities for Kids by Linda White

Halloween Crafts by Jean Eick

Paper Crafts for Halloween by Randel McGee

Family Fun Tricks and Treats: 100 Wickedly Easy Costumes, Crafts,  

Games & Foods by Deanna F. Cook



Thanksgiving Day Crafts by Jean Eick 

All New Crafts for Thanksgiving by Kathy Ross

Thanksgiving Fun by Ronne Randall

Paper Crafts for Thanksgiving by Randel McGee

Thanksgiving Day Crafts by Arlene Erlbach


Christmas and Kwanzaa:

Christmas Crafts from Around the World (Kids Can Easy Crafts Series)

by Judy Ann Sadler 

Christmas Crafts: Fun Holiday Crafts Kids Can Do! by Fay Robinson

Christmas Crafts by Jean Eick

The Grolier Kidscrafts Christmas Craft Book by Anna Murray

Kwanzaa Crafts: Fun Holiday Crafts Kids Can Do! by Carol Gnowjewski


General Holiday Gift Giving:

101 Great Gifts from Kids: Fabulous Gifts Every Child Can Make by Stephanie Mueller

Fantastic Paper Holiday Decorations by Teddy Cameron Long

Holiday and Everyday Projects: Festive and Fun Creations by Joanna Callihan

Gifts for Kids to Make by Cheryl Owen

Holiday Handiwork by Gillian Souter

Beads (Kids Can Easy Crafts Series) by Judy Ann Sadler

Make Your Own Hairwear: Beaded Barrettes, Clips, Dangles and Headbands by Diane Baker

Create Your Own Candles by Laura Check

Cool Crafts with Old T-Shirts (Green Projects for Resource Kids) by Carol Sirrine

Greeting Card Making: Send Your Personal Message by Deborah Hufford

Birthday Crafts by Mary Berendes

Making Gift Boxes (Kids Can Do It series) by Linda Hendry 

Crafty Activities: Over 50 Fun and Easy Things to Make

Creative Crafts for Kids by Gill Dickinson


Submitted by Kris Buker

C. Burr Artz Public Library
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