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June 2013
Where the County Reads, Where the County Meets, Where the County Learns 
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 B. Parker Hamilton, MCPL Director 
On May 20, the recipients of MCPL's Awards of Excellence were honored at a reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc.  The awards recognize exceptional efforts on the part of individuals and teams to support the mission, vision and values of the Library system and are based on the concept that MCPL's continued success is dependent, in part, on the ability to recognize and motivate excellence. The winners of the annual leave awards program, Awards of Excellence, are:
Cost/Time Efficiency Award
Book Repair Project -  Dan Beavin, Joyce Edwards, Carol Fineman, Carol Gluckman, Adam Greene, Fay Kasser, Susan Modak, Clotilde Puertolas, Vera Ramaty, Carlos Valderrama and Zewdie Wondimeneh
Customer Service Award
Mimi Bolotin and Mallika Pichumani
Distinguished Accomplishment Award
MCPL Express@Olney Team: - Deirdre Alpaugh, Judith Amissah, Chris Borawski, Janice Dickson, Jane Gardner, Adam Greene, Regina Holyfield, Theresia Ingberg, Barbara McClayton, Sue Merewitz, Penny Parsons, Carol Reddan and Frank Sun
Innovation Award
Lisa Nachman and Tina Rawhouser Vojar
Wheaton Staff - Daniel Beavin, Michele Cadigan, Amy Chen, Gary Coopersmith, Julie Dina, Roxanne Doye, Bonita Glatstein, Sandra Harris, Myles Lane, Sharon McCarthy, Kenneth Nero, Indu Sarpal, Cheryl Shifflet, Leroy Simon, Vickie Wang, Christina Wright, Irma Zuazo
Leadership Award
Fred Akuffo
Circulation Trainers - Nelly Alfonso-Narvaez, Navette Blades-May, Mary Crim, Joyce Edwards, Raeesa Farshori, Barbara Gregory, Theresia Ingberg, Kalina Lozanov
Adam Greene 
Information Trainers - Amy Alapati, Ginny Baran, Beth Chandler, Leslie Jarvis, Chris Lundy, Sharon McCarthy, Arlene Means
Vera Ramaty
Kathie Weinberg
Library Citizenship Award
Kate Tavakolian

 B. Parker Hamilton signature

B. Parker Hamilton, Director 

Save the Date

2013 Summer Reading Kickoff


Join us on June 15, 2 PM, for our Summer Reading Kickoff at Kensington Park Library. Kaydee Puppets will present The Ugly Duckling and The Princess and the Pea.


Our 2013 Summer Reading program , Dig into Reading (children) Beneath the Surface (teen) will run from June 1 to August 11. Register at a local branch or online beginning June 1. Participants can sign up for the program and log the books they read using any computer in the library, at home or school, or using any mobile device.   Check out all our Summer Reading activities.


Summer Reading is sponsored by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc.


Caribbean-American Heritage Celebration 

Come join us at Aspen Hill Library on Saturday, June 15, 1:30 PM, for the 5th Annual Aspen Hill Caribbean-American Heritage Celebration, featuring Caribbean dance, music and food. The celebration for all ages is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Aspen Hill Chapter.


Maryland Zoo - Living Places, Living Planet 

The Zoo's animals help you understand what living things need to survive.
This program is presented at:

  • Aspen Hill Library, Tuesday, June 18, 11 AM
  • Marilyn J. Praisner Library, Saturday, June 22, 2 PM
  • Quince Orchard Library, Monday, June 24, 2 PM
  • Wheaton Library, Tuesday, June 25, 2 PM 
  • Potomac Library, Wednesday, June 26, 11 AM

LEGO Fans 


Visit the Silver Spring Library on June 20 and June 27 to build in our LEGO Workshop. This opportunity for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) enrichment is free-form and open to ages 6 to 12. Parents must stay with children. This drop-in event runs from 10 AM - 12 noon.


Meet the Authors


Join author James H. Johnston at Little Falls Library, Saturday, June 1, 11 AM, as he discusses his new book, From Slave Ship to Harvard. Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Little Falls Chapter.


Meet children's book author Jennifer O'Connell as she discusses her new book, The Eye of the Whale: A Rescue Story, at Bethesda Library, Saturday, June 1, 2 PM.


Join the adult conversation about the publishing phenomenon. Fifty Shades of Grey, with local author, Joy Daniels, at Silver Spring Library, Monday, June 10, 6:30 PM. 


Writer of an action-packed sports fiction series for kids, Fred Bowen, will be at Chevy Chase Library on Saturday, June 22, 1 PM. His latest book, Perfect Game, is about a boy who wants to be a perfect pitcher. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Chevy Chase Chapter.


County Happenings
Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Photo Competitions


Nominations are being accepted for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) annual Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB) landscaping and photography competitions until June 22.


Download the contest applications, learn more about the guidelines and judging criteria or, view photos of last year's winning entries at MCDOT's Community Outreach website.

Heritage Days Weekend -- When History Comes Alive in the County


Local history, outdoor recreation, children's and family activities, music and fun will all happen at Heritage Days Weekend, June 29 and 30, at more than 20 historic sites throughout the County, from noon to 4 p.m. And, it's free.


Many sites will offer living history presentations, games and crafts, refreshments, special exhibits, tours, music ... and history, too. 


For detailed information on Heritage Days and The Civil War Comes to Rockville, visit or call 301-515-0753.

To check out what else is going on around the County -- meetings, events, programs, hearings, cultural holidays, etc. - visit the County Calendar that also includes a direct link to Library Events.


Friends of the Library Happenings

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco


Congratulations to Rachael Roan, winner of MCPL's Poetry Contest drawing. Rachael won tickets for her and a guest to a program of readings by Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco. The tickets were donated by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. (FOLMC).


The event, held on Friday, May 17, was hosted by FOLMC and the Latino Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender History Project. Among the many guests were County Executive Isiah Leggett; County Council President and Honorary Event Chair Nancy Navarro and County Council Vice President Craig Rice. 


Parker Hamilton and Rachael Roan
Parker Hamilton and Rachael Roan
Rachael Roan and Richard Blanco
Rachael Roan and Richard Blanco





Best Used Book Store
Well done! The FOLMC Wheaton Used Book Store, one of three FOLMC used book store locations, was voted the best used book store in the region by Washington City Paper.  Check them out, "you never know what treasures you will find."
Did You Know . . .

You can keep up with library construction news through our website? View construction photos, project documentation and highlights for current renovations - Gaithersburg and Olney libraries, and new construction - Silver Spring library building. There's even a live construction webcam for the library building in Silver Spring!

Branch Out

Looking for a job? Long Branch Library, along with Montgomery Works, presents an ongoing series of comprehensive job readiness programs. Registration is required for these events. The programs for the month of June include:


Understanding Online Applications - This workshop will help you to identify what information is needed to complete online applications, the typical setup for an online application, and specific challenges posed by online applications. Requirements for this workshop are keyboarding skills and basic knowledge of the computer and the Internet. Register online.


How to Apply for Federal Jobs - Customers will learn where to find federal job opportunities, how to read/understand federal announcements, and how to create a federal resume. Requirements for this workshop are basic knowledge of the computer and Internet, as well as an active email account. Register for the workshop.


Long Branch Library has a computer lab with eleven computers dedicated exclusively to job searching and language learning. The lab is available to anyone who is applying for jobs, learning a language, using a Microsoft Office program or writing a resume. Call 240-777-0910 for more information. 

Long Branch Library Computer Lab
Long Branch Computer Lab
Library Board Happenings

Board Awards


The Library Board is delighted to announce the 2013 winners of the Library Advisory Committee (LAC) awards. These awards are presented annually to LACs who have excelled through innovative programs or strong advocacy. The two awards being presented this year are the Eleanor Ablard award and the David Chiles Member of the Year Award.  


The Ablard Award is presented to an LAC with the most effective program linking the LAC, the library and its community of users. This year the award goes to the Bethesda LAC for its promotion of Snapshot Day through a unique program featuring a contest to crown a customer as the King or Queen of Bethesda Library for the Day. Since Snapshot Day was the tenth day of the tenth month, the tenth person who came through the Bethesda branch door became Bethesda royalty and received gift certificates to Friends of the Library book stores. Christopher W. Williams of Bethesda was the lucky winner. He said the Bethesda Library, "provides a separate peace, a place to reflect, think, relax, learn, and be better informed both about the past and the future."   


The David Chiles Member of the Year Award is presented to an LAC member or members for outstanding work during the past year. This year's winner is Ed Hsu, Chair of the Quince Orchard LAC. Ed was recognized for his highly effective leadership which helped create a vigorous and organized LAC. As chair, he expanded the LAC and drew in members with diverse backgrounds. Ed was a tireless leader in collecting signatures for an advocacy petition and postcards to be delivered to the County Council. He was described by one who works with him as "an excellent role model of what a good LAC Chair and library supporter should be."


Congratulations to these two winners and to all who entered applications for this year's awards. Look for photos of our award winners in the next edition of Check Us Out.


Honoring William David Chiles


Sonya Chiles and Parker Hamilton
Sonya Chiles and Parker Hamilton

On May 24, a plaque donated by the Chiles family was unveiled at  White Oak Library honoring the memory and contributions of William "David" Chiles. David Chiles was an active, dedicated member of the Library Board from 2007 to his passing in 2011. David also volunteered many hours over thirty years to the White Oak branch.

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