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


We want you in the picture!  Wednesday, October 9 is Library Snapshot Day


I invite you to join MCPL; the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc.; local Friends chapters; the Montgomery County Library Board; and the Library Advisory Committees as we celebrate Library Snapshot Day: One Day in the Life of Montgomery County Public Libraries.


Sponsored by the Maryland Library Association, under the auspices of the American Library Association, Library Snapshot Day provides MCPL an opportunity to collect statistics, pictures and stories that show how people love and use their libraries.  A variety of activities, including VIP Reads, will take place throughout the day at all open MCPL branches. 


Stop by your local branch and check out all MCPL has to offer.  Be in the picture!


We are very excited!  The time is very near when the Department of General Services will turn over the newly renovated Gaithersburg and Olney library buildings.  Once the buildings have been turned over to Libraries, we can begin the final stages in preparation for the reopenings.  Once reopened, be prepared to enjoy the information kiosk at Gaithersburg and the new teen area and group meeting rooms at Olney.

Our Summer Reading program has concluded, but there are still more great books to be read!  Enjoy some of our most popular titles:


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B. Parker Hamilton, Director 


Save the Date

Meet Acclaimed Novelist Anthony Marra


Anthony Marra will discuss his bestselling, debut novel "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" at Bethesda Library on Thursday, October 3 at 7 PM.  The story takes place in an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbor a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences.


October 4 is National Diversity Day


National Diversity Day is a day to celebrate and embrace who we are and to reflect on and learn about what makes us all unique.  Come into one of our branches and find materials about different cultures and ideologies.  Here's a list of authors from many cultures to get you started!

Teen Read Week 2013


Teens voted online and chose "Seek the Unknown @your library" as the theme for the 2013 Teen Read Week, which will be celebrated Oct. 13 - 19.  Stop by your local library and check out teen programs like the Teen Writing Club at Marilyn J. Praisner Library.  Teens who share an interest in writing meet every Thursday at 6:15 PM to share ideas and try new approaches.   Welcome to this year's 34 Teen Advisory Group members!


Libraries Closed October 14


MCPL will be closed on Monday, October 14 for Staff Development and Training Day.


One Maryland One Book 2013


King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman:

2013's One Maryland One Book.

On a hot August night in 2008, Peggielene Bartels was startled awake by a long-distance call from her cousin in Ghana. Peggy's uncle Joseph, king of a beautiful village, population 7,000, on the west coast of Africa, had died. Sacred rituals revealed Peggy to  be the next king of Otuam.   But how could an American woman living in Silver Spring be an African king?  King Peggy tells of her struggles in and hope for her new realm. Her story will inspire you.  Join in the discussion at an MCPL branch near you.

Did You Know . . .


...that if you are thinking about starting, or already own, a small business you can get free, one-on-one counseling by SCORE representatives at Rockville Memorial Library and Wheaton Library?  For nearly fifty years SCORE volunteers have been dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Just call Rockville Memorial Library at 240-777-0140 or Wheaton Library at 240-777-0678 to schedule your free appointment today!

Branch Out

Celebrate the 120th Birthday of Noyes Library for Young Children!

On October 12, all readers and "read-to-me'ers" are invited to join the celebration to honor the 120th birthday of one of the  Washington area's oldest public libraries, the Noyes Library for Young Children in Kensington!
The festivities begin at 9:45 AM with the 120th Birthday Reading Club Medal Ceremony.  Readers who have completed their summer reading logs of 120 books will receive medals.  At 10:30 AM, join the Storybook Parade.  Children can dress as their favorite storybook character and march in the parade from Noyes Library to Town Hall.  From 10:45 to noon in Kensington Town Hall, enjoy birthday cake, children's authors and the magic of Tom Perrello at the Birthday Bash.  Bring a book to donate!

Noyes Children's Library is open three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 9 AM -5 PM.  Special programs include toddler and preschool storytimes, Spanish language storytimes, and storytimes for children who are visually impaired. Storytimes can also be arranged for groups from schools or other organizations.  Reservations for storytimes may be scheduled in person, or by telephoning Noyes on Tuesday or Thursday at 240-773-9570.
For more Noyes Children's Library events, and all MCPL events, please see our Calendar of Events.

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County Happenings

Silver Spring GreenFest - Saturday, October 5


Come shop, play, and learn about local green issues and actions you can take to make Montgomery County a national sustainability leader!


The 2nd Annual Silver Spring GreenFest will be held from 10 AM to 5 PM at Veterans Plaza and the Civic Building in downtown Silver Spring.  GreenFest is a fun-filled day for the whole family, featuring environmentally themed vendors, non-profits, speakers, activities, games and educational opportunities.


Building on last year's success, this year's festival will feature a full day of educational lectures and panel discussions by national and local environmental leaders.  It will also include a showcase of green businesses, solutions to environmental challenges, and games for all ages.  For a full listing of the day's activities, visit the Silver Spring GreenFest or Silver Spring Greenfest en Espaņol.


Presented by Silver Spring Green, in partnership with Fenton Street Market, The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and The Blairs.


Residents Encouraged to Participate in Walk to School Day October 9
Organize an event or take part in one at a neighborhood school.


Looking for a healthy way to start the day?  Join thousands of students, parents and community members throughout Montgomery County in celebrating the simple act of walking or bicycling to school on International Walk to School Day, Wednesday, October 9.  Last year, 47 schools in the County participated.


International Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to promote more walkable communities, safer streets for walking and biking, healthier habits and cleaner air.  For those who would like to participate but live too far from school to walk, drive part of the distance, park and then walk the rest of the way.


This year, the County's focus school for the event will be Kensington Parkwood Elementary School, 4710 Saul Road, Kensington.


For more information about Walk to School Day or organizing an event at a local school, contact Nadji Kirby, 240-777-7169 or or visit the County's website



The World of Montgomery Street Festival - Sunday, October 20

Come celebrate the rich cultural heritages of Montgomery County, on Sunday, October 20 from noon to 5 PM at Westfield Wheaton Plaza Mall parking lot (across from the Wheaton Metro station).

Montgomery County hosts the World of Montgomery Festival, an interactive experience where participants are able to engage in creative projects from the diverse communities that make up some of the largest immigrant populations in Montgomery County and the DC area. The exhibits include culturally authentic arts demonstrations and activities that promote international and multi-cultural awareness.

Sponsored by the Fund for Montgomery and organized by the KID (Kids International Discovery) Museum, the festival includes an international village; a global kitchen with chefs demonstrating how to cook traditional ethnic food; a craft market; a Parade of Cultures; two performance stages of traditional dance and music; opportunities to find out about connecting with the community through service; traditional arts; and fun activities for the entire family.

Admission to the festival is free and free parking is available nearby.  Participants may also take the Metro to the Wheaton station, which is located two blocks away from the festival grounds. The address of the event is 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton.

FOL Happenings

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

This season, FOLMC is featuring journalists: a journalists 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  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 Ass umed 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, 2 014
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.

Library Board Happenings
Appreciation was shown to Dr. Lois Neuman during the Library Board's September meeting.  Due to term limits, Dr. Neuman cycled off the Board on September 30.
Lois Neuman began her service on the Board in 2005 filling a partial term and subsequently serving two full terms from 2007-2013.  During this time, she was elected to two terms as chair of the Library Board.  Dr. Neuman was instrumental in the updating of both the Library Board Manual and the Library Advisory Committee (LAC) Handbook.  She implemented the first annual Joint Meeting of the Library Board and LACs.  Her contributions to the Library Board and the LACs to which she was a liaison were numerous. 
Dr. Neuman's talents, skills and warm demeanor will be missed by all.
Ralph Hitchens (Poolesville LAC) presents gifts to Dr. Lois Neuman. 
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