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May 2013
Where the County Reads, Where the County Meets, Where the County Learns 
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 B. Parker Hamilton, MCPL Director
Children will Dig into Reading and teens will explore Beneath the Surface during MCPL's 2013 Summer Reading Program. Sign up on the library's website or at any branch, beginning June 1. You can log the books you read to reach your reading goal, using any computer, any mobile device, or the printed log form. The program ends on August 11.


Kids Summer Reading logo Dig into Reading      Teen Summer Reading logo Beneath the Surface





Studies have shown that children who continue to read during the summer months retain their reading skills and perform better in school. The Summer Reading Program at MCPL is a great way to include reading activities in your family's summer.


"Libraries" parents say, "help inculcate their children's love of reading and books." From Pew Report:  Parents Depend on Libraries to Nurture Reading Habits.  

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B. Parker Hamilton, Director 
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May is Get Caught Reading Month! Stop by one of our branches to check out a book (and yes, we have many of the titles on the New York Times Best Sellers list) or visit us online to download an audiobook or e-book on any of the subjects featured this month including:
  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage
  • Haitian Heritage
  • Jewish American Heritage
  • Latino Books
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Physical Fitness and Sports
  • South Asian Heritage
  • Women's Health Care
  • Young Achievers/Leaders of Tomorrow 

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Parenting the ADHD Child, May 4, 1:00 - 2:30 PM, at Marilyn J. Praisner Library and repeated on May 7, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, at Quince Orchard Library.  In this program, parents will learn about symptoms of ADHD in children, coping strategies to support their children at home, and ways to advocate for them in school. Learn how to build a successful team approach for dealing with the challenges from pre-school through high school. This program is co-sponsored by CHADD of Montgomery County.  

Mark Shriver
Mark Shriver will discuss his book, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, at Potomac Library on May 6, 7 PM. This author talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Potomac Chapter.
star projection for an audience

Play amongst the stars on May 9, 4:00 PM as Chevy Chase Library hosts Astronomy for Everyone. Astrophysicist Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, will share his passion and excitement about astronomy with you! Learn about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and assorted visuals.

Join us at the Long Branch Super Block Party on May 11, from 2 to 5 PM at the Long Branch Library. There will be free concerts, street performers, and fun activities for children. See the ten amazing art sculptures at Long Branch Library and along Flower Avenue designed by University of Maryland Art and Architecture Studio students. These sculptures were inspired by the students' dialogue with Long Branch community residents about their neighborhood. Sculptures will be on display from May 6 through May 20.
Join us at Quince Orchard Library on May 11, 1:15 PM and 2:15 PM, for Utsav: A Celebration of India with the theme of Shakti-Strength. There will be music, dance, a children's skit, and a special penny theatre presentation of The Magic Pumpkin. Seating is limited. Register online. Sign up for one session only please.

Looking for more vitality, better health, and an enhanced sense of well-being? Join Karin Silverman on May 18, 2:00 PM, at Marilyn J. Praisner Library for Healthy Living for Physical and Spiritual Health. During this program for adults and seniors, Ms. Silverman will discuss the many benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle and will offer the audience a chance to practice a simple meditation technique. 

County Happenings
Small Business Awards Luncheon

In celebration of small businesses, the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development will host its inaugural Small Business Awards program. Show your appreciation for the estimated 33,000 small businesses in the County at the awards luncheon on May 24, 12-2 PM at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center. Register online. Questions? Call Steve Kapani at 240-777-2019. 

Congratulations, Public Information Office, National Media Award Winners!
County Report This Week, the County's Pubic Information Office weekly cable news show has received a 2013 Hometown Media Award presented by the Alliance for Community Media. This award is in recognition of the County's overall excellence in educational, governmental and public access programming. The Hometown Awards recognize the best community media programming and include student, independent producer and access center professional categories. Press release.
Gaitherburg Book Festival logo Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 18
Stop by and visit our table while attending the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 18, 10 AM to 6 PM, on the grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall. The event will feature over 100 authors, children's performances, storybook readings, and writing workshops. Free admission and parking is available. MCPL is one of the event partners.
Friends of the Library Happenings
Richard Blanco
On Friday, May 17, beginning at 7:30 PM, Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco, will present a program of readings at Rockville Memorial Library. This event is hosted by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. (FOLMC) and the Latino Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender History Project. Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro is honorary chair of the event, and Mayor Jeffrey Z. Slavin of the Town of Somerset is chair. Event sponsors include Council President Nancy Navarro; Jeffrey Z. Slavin; Tamra-Shae Oatman and Eric Collier; Steven R. Snapp and Lawrence S. Jacobs; and Montgomery County Public Libraries Director Parker Hamilton. The cost for the poetry reading is $30 for an individual and $50 for a couple. 

To register to attend, call 240-777-0020 or visit

Library Life Savers Fund
Executive Director Ari Brooks, Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC), Inc., presented MCPL Director Parker Hamilton a check for $15,000 from FOLMC's Library Life Savers Fund. The fund was designed to allow donors to fund book purchases for MCPL during a major budget shortfall. Donors were able to choose which branch the donation would target as well as the genre of the material. 
Life Savers Fund check

Did You Know . . .

You can access WiFi for free at MCPL branches?  


With MCPL's free WiFi, customers can access the Internet using their laptops or smart devices. Wireless service is available during branch hours only and ends 15 minutes before the library closes. No special encryption settings, user names, or passwords are required. WiFi is available at all branches except the Gaithersburg Interim Branch at Lakeforest Mall. Stop in and connect!

Branch Out
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Make learning fun and exciting at the Marilyn J. Praisner Library Discovery Room!


This early childhood education room has toys and games designed to foster learning through play.  It is available daily for one-hour use to children, ages 0 through 8, with a parent or caregiver. 


Officially opened on Sunday, October 7, 2012, the Discovery Room was a gift to the community from the Friends of the Library, Marilyn J. Praisner Chapter. It is dedicated to the memory of Susanne Brennan Perella, an avid supporter of the library and early childhood education.


Call 240-773-9460 or stop by to make a reservation. Read more about our other Discovery Rooms at Germantown and Quince

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