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March 2014
Where the County Reads, Where the County Meets, Where the County Learns 
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From the Director  


March is here bringing celebrations/observances of all sorts!

  • World Book Day - March 6
  • Read an e-Book Week - first week of March
  • Spring (with no more snow, we hope) -  March 20
  • Irish American Heritage Month
  • National Craft Month
  • National Deaf History Month
  • National Peanut Month
  • National Reading Month/Read Across America
  • National Women's History Month


There are so many more! Stop by a branch to find a celebration of interest to you and then check out some related books, e-books, and materials - - - have fun!

Join us for more fun on March 15 as we reopen the Olney branch.  The grand reopening ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9 AM concluding with the ribbon cutting.  Come see what the newly renovated Olney branch has to offer, including a new meeting room; children's and teens' areas; interactive displays; and new materials for check out.  Let's get together!


B. Parker Hamilton signature 

B. Parker Hamilton, Director 

Save the Date

Irish American Heritage Month is a special proclamation issued yearly by the United States President or Congress to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the United States. The heritage month is in March to coincide with the Irish national holiday on March 17, Saint Patrick's Day. 

March is National Crochet Month. Celebrate with us at Gaithersburg Branch!  On March 15, 11 AM - 4 PM, come learn how to make a bracelet and take your sample with you. We will have free giveaways and a special drawing, so whether you have never crocheted or are a veteran crocheter, come on by!  Everybody is welcome!

St. Patrick's Day Musical Jamboree with Miss Julie at Aspen Hill Branch, March 17, 5:30 PM.  Sing, play and dance to all sorts of music including some Irish tunes. There will be many musical instruments to play and puppets and props to try out.  


NASA Careers! Learn about NASA careers, explore the wonders of NASA science, and celebrate the contribution of women to  Girls performing a chemistry, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) during this Women's History Month program at Damascus Branch, March 28, 10:30 AM and 2 PM.


Interact with a female NASA scientist, focusing on the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. 


An Astro4Girls event sponsored by NASA Science4Girls and Their Families, whose goal is to engage girls and their families in making discoveries for themselves and to empower women's success, especially in science, starting from when they are young. 

Did You Know . . .

...that you can vote for your favorite books all month long in our March Book Battle?  Take part in our showdown of popular titles and you can even write in your choice during the first week.  Each week we will have semi-finalists, until the final winner is determined.  Check back each week to vote and to see which title wins!

March Book Battle 

Branch Out

Let's Get Together for the Grand Reopening of Olney Branch!


On Saturday, March 15, 2014, all are invited to attend the grand reopening of Olney Branch!  The ceremony begins at 9 AM with the ribbon cutting scheduled for 9:30 AM.   



Olney Library


Olney Branch will reopen with lots of technological and space enhancements for the public including:


It will also have expanded library hours!



Monday 9 AM - 9 PM
Tuesday 9 AM - 9 PM 
Wednesday 9 AM - 9 PM 
Thursday 9 AM - 9 PM 
Friday 10 AM - 6 PM 
Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM 
Sunday Noon - 5 PM

For kids and families on reopening day: At 11 AM join Christiana Drapkin and her jazz trio as they perform "Bop Goes the Weasel," an introduction to jazz for children of all ages and their parents.  


At 2 PM there will be stories from around the world by acclaimed storyteller Diane Macklin as she captivates all with her dancing hands, lyrical voice and high energy!

Check us out on March 15!
For more information on Olney programs and all MCPL programs, check MCPL's Calendar of Events.

Library Quote
Marie Curie quote.

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood." -

Marie Curie

County Happenings

It's Time for Scrabble Scramble!


Please join the Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) on March 16, 6 to 9 PM at the Manor Country Club, 14901 Carrolton Road, Rockville, for Scrabble, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, silent auction and a raffle in support of Adult Literacy. 


Sign up to be a player; a sponsor; or donor of an item for the silent auction - or all three! For more information please visit LCMC's website.


2014 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour, March 31- April 5, 2014.  


Join the Office of Human Rights in a fun-filled and educational tour traveling south to visit the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement. Retrace the Freedom Trail and learn about Martin Luther King Jr.; Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott; Voters Rights and other significant events of the Civil Rights Movement. You do not have to be a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland to participate in this amazing adventure. Visit the 2014 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour website for more information.

Library Board Happenings
Jill Lewis, Library Board Chair, and Robyn Watts, Library Board Member, at the Library Lovers Month kickoff concert, Mr.G, held at the Gaithersburg branch on February 1.

FOL Happenings

Seasoned Spellers: A Senior Spelling Bee 


Join in a day of friendly competition and a celebration of words at Gaithersburg Library, April 5, 11 AM.  If you are a senior (55 or over), register today for the Senior Spelling Bee!  Invite your friends to join the competition.  


Registration fee is $25.00 per competitor.  There are limited competition slots.  Registration ends Monday, March 31, 2014.  Download and send in your registration information.

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