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April 2013
Where the County Reads, Where the County Meets, Where the County Learns 
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B. Parker Hamilton, MCPL DirectorApril is a very eventful month for public libraries in Montgomery County!  Visit your library in person or online for: 
  • International Children's Book Day - April 2
  • National Drop Everything and Read Day - April 12
  • National Library Worker's Day - April 16
  • National Bookmobile Day - April 17
  • Celebrate Teen Literature Day - April 18
  • National Volunteer Week - April 21-27
  • Children's Day/Book Day - April 30
  • School Library Month
Also in the month of April, help us observe National Poetry Month and National Library Week (April 14-20).  MCPL will kick off National Library Week with our C'mon Get Appy! campaign and celebrate National Poetry Month with a contest.

Compose a poem from book and/or movie titles, take a picture, and send us your picture via Twitter or Facebook.  On Twitter you can mention us @MCPL_Libraries & hashtag #NPM13.  On Facebook you can send us a direct message.  Your poems may appear on our Twitter or Facebook pages.  Participants will be entered in a drawing to win two tickets donated by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. to see Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco on May 17.

poem from titles of stacked book spines

We'd love to see your poetry!


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B. Parker Hamilton, Director 


Save the Dates
Discover techniques for creative writing and meet others who share your love of writing at the Teen Writers' Workshop (ages 13-18) on April 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Aspen Hill Library.  Bring your own writing to get constructive feedback!

In a program for teens and adults at Bethesda Library on April 9, 7 PM, author Meghan Sayres will discuss her books that take place in Iran including teen book Anahita's Woven Riddle.  Join the author and some of her fellow contributors to a new anthology, Love and Pomegranates, which celebrates the Persian culture, for an evening of literature, visual and textile arts, and Persian desserts.  Copies of her books will be available for purchase.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Bethesda Chapter.

Tour de France via piano duets at Marilyn J. Praisner Library on April 13, 3 PM.  Pianists Maxine Lewack and Vera Ramaty will perform selections from the Mother Goose Suite by Ravel, the Dolly Suite by Faure and the Petite Suite by Debussy.  Works by Poulenc, Inghelbrecht, Franck, Bizet and Chaminade will also be included.  An all-French program for all ages.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Marilyn J. Praisner Chapter.

What To Do When Kid's Fight: Dealing With Sibling Rivalry.  This free workshop presented by the YMCA Youth and Family Services, April 15, 7 PM at Bethesda Library, will give parents strategies to lessen the intensity of the conflicts and the unhappy feelings.  Please register by calling 301-229-1347 or emailing

American Emperor book cover On April 17, 7 PM, at the Damascus Library meet author David O. Stewart, who turned to writing after more than a quarter century of law practice in Washington, DC.  His most recent book, American Emperor, tells an astonishing tale which traces Aaron Burr's descent from made man to political pariah to imperialist adventurer.  His first book about the writing of the Constitution, The Summer of 1787, was a Washington Post bestseller and won the Washington Writing Prize for Best Book of 2007.  Impeached, had its roots in a judicial impeachment trial Stewart defended before the United States Senate in 1989 and then argued to the Supreme Court. This free event, with light refreshments, is sponsored by the Damascus Library Advisory Committee and Friends of the Library, Damascus Chapter.

Looking for a job?  Find out how to apply for federal jobs on April 24, from 11 AM to 4 PM at Long Branch Library.  Learn where to find federal job opportunities, how to read/understand federal announcements, how to create a federal resume, and how to apply with an emphasis on writing KSAs (knowledge, skill, ability).  The requirements for this workshop are basic knowledge of the computer and the Internet, as well as an active email account.  Please note: Participants will not actually write a resume, nor apply for jobs, during this workshop.  Registration is required.

In celebration of the 14th annual Bethesda Literary Festival (April 19-21), Bethesda Library will host three author events on April 20.  Come meet the authors, learn about their work and have the opportunity to purchase their books.  Programs are for families, elementary school ages and teens.

11 AM:  Meet Susan Stockdale, author and illustrator, in a program for young children and their families.  Celebrate her new book, Stripes of All Types, and enjoy her earlier books on wildlife of all types.

1 PM:  Learn about Pluto from a team of authors/illustrators and scientists who have pooled their talents to produce this fun new children's book, Pluto's Secret: An Icy World's Tale of Discovery. Authors include Drs. Margaret Weitekamp and David DeVorkin, and illustrator Diane Kidd.

3 PM:  Teens, and aspiring writers of books for teens, are invited to join authors Valerie Patterson and Miranda Kenneally as they discuss their new books and the art of writing realistic fiction.  Ms. Patterson's new book, Project Oleander, revolves around the life of families of the deployed military.  Ms. Kenneally, who combines a day job at the State Department with writing fiction for teens, will discuss her new book, Things I Can't Forget, along with earlier books Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.
County Happenings
Public Hearings

The Montgomery County Council will hold five public hearings between April 9 and April 11. The hearing will be on the County's FY14 Operating Budget. The public hearings will be held at 7 PM on Tuesday, April 9; at 1:30 PM and 7 PM on Wednesday, April 10; and at 1:30 PM and 7 PM on Thursday, April 11.  All hearings will be held in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.


Over 100 individuals are expected to offer comments during these hearings. The number of speaker spots available for the week is limited. To register to speak, residents should call 240-777-7803. The deadline to sign up to testify for 1:30 PM hearings is 5 PM the day before the hearing. The sign-up deadline for 7:30 PM hearings is 10 AM the day of the hearing.
"Library Lovers" Potluck
The annual "library lovers" potluck for Council Members has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 9 in the 5th floor conference room of the County Council Office Building located at 100 Maryland Avenue.  The potluck will start at 5:30 PM and end at 6:30 PM in time to attend the Council operating budget hearing. To speak at the hearing, see the sign-up procedure.

The purpose of the potluck is to allow library advocates the opportunity to thank County Council Members and to show support for the County Executive's Recommended FY14 Operating Budget.  It is hosted by FOLMC and the Library Board. Please wear orange!
Library Board
Achievement Awards

The purpose of the Achievement Awards is to publicly recognize and honor projects, activities and/or special achievements by Library Advisory Committees (LACs). The Achievement Awards are intended to inspire LACs to become more active and creative in working on projects to benefit their libraries and communities; to acknowledge and encourage their colleagues; and to encourage LAC innovative initiatives throughout the County. The Achievement Awards are approved by the Library Board and are presented at the Annual Meeting in June. Award nominators are MCLB Liaisons with input from Agency Managers and LAC Chairs.


The awards this year are: David Chiles Member(s) of the Year Award, presented to the outstanding member(s) of LACs for their work during the year and the Eleanor Ablard Award, presented to the LAC with the most effective program linking the LAC, the library and its community of users.


We encourage all LACs to work with their MCLB Liaisons, Agency Managers and LAC Chairs to participate in the award program. The submission due date is May 1, 2013.


Love your Library? Not an LAC member? Apply now!

Friends of the Library Happenings
Senior Spelling Bee on April 27

Montgomery County residents, 55 years of age or older, can put their spelling skills to the test at a Senior Spelling Bee on April 27, 10 AM at Chevy Chase Library. Residents who want to participate should register by calling 240-777-0020, by visiting  to download a registration form, or by visiting a local library branch to pick up a form. Registration ends on April 10. 

Literary Luncheon with Martha Grimes

On April 18, Martha Grimes, author of 31 books that have sold 10 million copies in the United States alone, will discuss her life as one of the leading ladies of mystery. Ms. Grimes was awarded the 2012 Grand Master award from the Mystery Writers of America and has published a book a year for three decades.


The lecture will be held at the Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, begin­ning at 11:30 AM, followed by lunch at 12:30 PM. Copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing. Reservations start at $10 for members. Reservations can be made by calling 240-777-0020, emailing, or going online to

Did You Know . . .
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MCPL offers a variety of free apps to use library services on your mobile device? Apps are available for Apple and Android. You can search our catalog; check your account; download music; read e-books, listen to audiobooks; read magazines and newspapers; learn languages, and more.


Learn more about MCPL apps. C'mon Get Appy!


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