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September 2013
Where the County Reads, Where the County Meets, Where the County Learns 
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B. Parker Hamilton, MCPL Director


Summer Reading at MCPL was fantastic! There were 11,155 registered participants who have read almost 60,000 books! Some of our younger participants received backpacks; our teens walked away with cool earbuds; while others won prizes donated by the State. The random drawing netted one winner a family membership for one year to Port Discovery in Baltimore; the second winner received a four pack of tickets to the Maryland Science Center. Prize or no prize, all the MCPL Summer Reading participants are WINNERS! Congratulations!


summer reading  



September is National Library Card Signup Month! What can you do with a library card? 

  • Put a book on hold online
  • Download e-books
  • Use Microsoft Office to build skills
  • Use public PCs to create online documents
  • Renew your materials online
  • Download audiobooks
  • Learn a language online
  • Sign up for email notification
  • Stream classical, folk or world music
  • Stream classic theatre productions
  • Prepare for the SAT, ASVAB and more
  • Get online Auto Repair information
  • Check Consumer Reports from home
  • Use self-service checkout machines
  • Pick up a good read
  • Borrow materials from libraries around the country
  • Get job info from and Career Insider
  • Search your family history with HeritageQuest Online
  • Download music from Freegal
  • Borrow a Kill-A-Watt kit
  • Learn to read online with Bookflix
  • Download 100s of Disney e-books 

Sign up online or visit your local branch. Your library card will never be out of style!



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B. Parker Hamilton, Director

Save the Date

National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15.

Join the Circulo de Lectura (Reading Circle) at Long Branch Library on September 3, 17 and 24 at 6 PM. Es hora de leer en familia a nuestros niņos y niņas! El Circulo de Lectura ofrece manualidades para los niņos, una lectura en Espaņol, e informacion acerca de los recursos en la biblioteca. English: The Reading Circle is a Spanish-language family book club. Come and enjoy arts and crafts, a reading lesson in Spanish, and information about library resources.


Celebrate with Damascus Library on September 28, 2 PM with traditional Nicaraguan music, dance and beautiful costumes



Visit the Damascus Library booth at the Damascus Community Fair on September 6, 9 AM to 5 PM; September 7, 9 AM to 5 PM; and September 8, Noon to 4 PM. Enter the contest to name the Big Red Dinosaur, and bring your camera for a fun photo op! Find out about story times, the book club and other library events, and learn what your library card can do for you. The Fair is happening on the Damascus Fairgrounds at 10211 Lewis Drive, next to the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department Activities Center.



The White Tiger (MCPL: CD book. Talking Books DB 68163) by Aravind Adiga is this month's Talking Book Group selection. For readers who like to listen to books, this group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Rockville Memorial Library from 11 AM -12:30 PM, and frequently lunches together afterwards at a nearby restaurant.



Get good vibrations at Bethesda Library on September 14, 11 AM. Tracey Eldridge's Music-n-Motion explores the dynamics of sound. See, hear and touch various percussion instruments. Free tickets will be handed out 30 minutes prior to the program. Space is limited.

Tracy Eldridge 


Learn how to avoid driving hazards. Simply attend one, 4 hour AARP Senior Driver Safety Class at the Marilyn J. Praisner Library on September 21, 1 PM and receive a completion certificate! Class registration fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Instructor will collect fee on class day. Auto insurance discounts in most states; consult your agent. To register call: (410) 721-6593.


  Coldest Girl

 Please join staff at Bethesda Library on September 23, 7 PM as teen author Holly Black discusses her book The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. An original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing. Her books will be for sale at the event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the program's sponsor, Friends of the Library, Bethesda Chapter. 









We Want You in the Picture!


October 9 is Library Snapshot Day: One Day in the Life of Montgomery County Public Libraries. Snapshot Day provides MCPL an opportunity to collect statistics, pictures and stories that show how people love and use their libraries.  Join us for a variety of activities including VIP Reads which will take place throughout the day at all open MCPL branches.

snapshot day 

County Happenings

Fall Recreation and Parks Guide Lists Current Schedule of Classes


The fall issue of the Montgomery County Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs is now available and registration is open for a variety of programs, as well as for swim lessons.  


Registration is offered online, by mail, fax, or in person at the Montgomery County Recreation Administrative Offices at 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring.


Print copies of the guide are available at recreation centers, park facilities, government buildings and public libraries. Residents who prefer receiving the guide by mail can pay an annual subscription fee of $5 and receive five issues (Summer, Fall, Winter, Summer Camps and Spring).


To view the guide online, or to sign up for a subscription, visit Montgomery County Recreation.   For more information, call 240-777-6870. 



Celebrate African Heritage Month - Public Events to be Held


Stop by Silver Spring Library and view the Ethiopian cultural display on exhibit through the month of September.


The County will kick off African Heritage Month on Tuesday, September 3 with a celebration at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, at 6 p.m.

The free annual event will include a reception hosted by members of the Montgomery County African Affairs Advisory Group, musical entertainment and African cuisine. During the reception, County Executive Ike Leggett will honor leaders from various walks of life for their contributions to the African Diaspora.


In 2008, Montgomery County became the first jurisdiction in the country to proclaim the month of September as African Heritage Month.


Check out other African Heritage Month events. 

FOL Happenings

Reserve your seat for the 2013-2014 Literary Luncheon Series.


This season, FOLMC is featuring journalists: a journalist turned playwright, an international journalist, a journalist chronicling American history, and a spy's daughter.  The series will be held at the historic Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda.


Lectures begin at 11:30 AM and are followed by a book signing and luncheon at 12:30 PM. Limited copies of the speaker's books will be available for purchase. Reservations start at $21.00 for non-members and are as low as $10.00 for members. Proceeds benefit FOLMC, whose mission is to support and enhance Montgomery County Public Libraries. To reserve your seat, visit Friends of the Library. For questions, call 240-777-0020.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Peggy Engel will discuss her career in journalism and her play writing experience. Her first play, Red Hot Patriot co-authored with her identical twin, is about the journalist Molly Ivins and starred Kathleen Turner.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Author Sara Taber will discuss her new biography, Born under an Assumed Name: the Memoir of a Cold War Spy's Daughter. A writer of literary nonfiction, her works include literary journalism, personal essay, and memoir.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Author and BBC correspondent Kim Ghattas will discuss her latest book, The Secretary: a Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power, as well as her experiences as an international journalist.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Journalist Marvin Kalb will discuss his new book, Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed, an elegant analysis of how easy it is for an American President to go to war and just how hard it is to end one. Mr. Kalb is currently a James Clark Welling Fellow at George Washington University and a Guest Scholar in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution.

Did You Know . . .

askusnow...that you don't have to come into a library branch to ask a  question?  Our Ask-A-Librarian service allows you to ask your question by phone at 240-777-0001, by email, or by chat. Telephone hours are Monday through Thursday 9 AM - 9 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM; and Sunday noon - 5 PM.  You can chat 24/7 with us or one of our partner libraries through AskUsNow.  Ask-A-Librarian also has a great FAQ service that may answer the question that's on your mind.  Got a question?  Just ask! 

Branch Out

Check out the happenings at Marilyn J. Praisner Library!  


Marilyn J. Praisner Library and the Maryland Master Gardener Program, a University of Maryland Extension outreach program, sponsors The Master Gardeners at Marilyn J. Praisner Library. This program promises to teach the residents of Montgomery County gardening practices that both protect the environment and produce productive and beautiful gardens. Expert gardeners give advice about plants, flowers and anything that grows in your garden. Feel free to bring your ailing plants or come in for a free consultation. Come meet the Master Gardeners at Marilyn J. Praisner Library on Saturdays in September from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

For kids ages 8 & up at Marilyn J. Praisner Library: Children challenge their mental abilities with the Chess Club! Each weekly session begins with an instructive period followed by a competition. Learn to play chess or sharpen your skills. Every Tuesday evening at 6:30. No registration necessary.


For all ages: Come celebrate Burtonsville Day on Saturday, September 28 Marilyn J. Praisner Library, along with the Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, host a day of special events including: a Burtonsville Day Book Sale sponsored by the Marilyn J. Praisner Friends of the Library; a local authors book signing; the Master Gardeners' plant clinic; and a STEM program for children called "Invasion of the Robots from Earth," presented by astrophysicist Tim Livengood. The fun starts at 10 AM.


For more information on programs at Marilyn J. Praisner Library, call 240-773-9460, or check out MCPL's Calendar of Events for programs at Marilyn J. Praisner Library and all MCPL branches.

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