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April 2014
Where the County Reads, Where the County Meets, Where the County Learns 
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Let's share stories! In recognition of National Library Week (April 13-19) and National Library Workers' Day (April 16), MCPL will be sharing behind-the-scenes looks at the inner workings of our library system - celebrating the valuable contributions made by all Library staff. Watch for these on Twitter, Facebook and our website.


We want to hear from you! Tell us your story of how the library has changed your life. Send a tweet to @MCPL_Libraries using the hashtag #liveschange. Need more than 140 characters to tell your story? Send us a message via Facebook or use our online Comment and Suggestion form.


Also during National Library Week, we want to enable you to more easily manage your library account by signing up for e-mail notification.


Get your holds faster!




You will receive e-mail alerts ...


-- When the items you requested are ready for pickup

-- When the items you've borrowed are due to be returned


For more information and to register, visit our website. Go to "My Account" and select "Email Notification." Use the form to register for email notification or to update your email address.  


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B. Parker Hamilton, Director 

Save the Date

Score Small Business Counseling


At Wheaton Branch, volunteers from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) offer counseling on small business topics like business plans, starting a business, seeking financing, and others, by appointment only. Tuesdays, when the Library is open 1-4 PM. Call 240-777-0678 or TTY 301-929-5524 to register.


Check the Rhyme - A Poetry Workshop for Teens

Saturday, April 5, 2 PM, at White Oak Branch, poet Olu Butterfly Woods uses rhyme games, hip hop examples, and rhyme dictionaries to jumpstart the young writer's transformation into a BEAST at rhyming. Learn how to utilize rhyme in poetry without sacrificing the poem's flow or using a rhyme scheme that is too basic.


The Great Zucchini


Voted as Washington's funniest children's performer, he sings, dances, performs magic, and has the audience laughing and screaming with joy. Come see this highly interactive show on Monday, April 14, 11 AM at Long Branch Library. Ages 3 and up are invited.

For more information please call the library at 240-777-0910


Crafty Kids for Earth Day

Get your smocks on at Potomac Branch on Tuesday, April 22, 3:30 PM, and celebrate spring and Earth Day by decorating a flowerpot, making crepe-paper flowers, etc. This program is geared for 8 year olds and up, though slightly younger children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Registration not required, but supplies are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Free.


Other notable dates:


  • National Financial Literacy Month
  • National Poetry Month
  • Celebrate Teen Literature Day - Apr 18
  • Poem in your Pocket Day - Apr 18
  • Did You Know . . .


    ...that you now have access to even more free e-books with the 3M Cloud Library?  You can borrow up to six items at one time to read on your computer, smart phone, or tablet.  You'll never have to pay e-book fines because the titles return themselves at the end of the loan period.  There are e-books for all ages.  Don't have an e-reader?  Borrow one from the Gaithersburg or Olney branch to read e-books from the 3M Cloud Library. Happy reading!

    Branch Out

    Check Out Events at Rockville Memorial Library! 


    Expresso Yourself 


    Are you a teen who likes to rap or sing? Do you know a teen who likes to recite poetry or perform standup? All creative teens are invited to perform and express themselves at "Expresso Yourself Coffee House!" on April 5, 2014, Saturday, 3 - 5 PM! Teens are encouraged to perform or to come and show support for the performers! No registration is needed. Sponsored by MCPL's Teen Advisory Group (TAG).



    MADD Power Talk 21


    For parents of teens at Rockville Memorial Library: Parents, guardians or concerned adults are invited to "MADD Power Talk 21" - a town meeting designed to talk about the dangers of underage drinking and also give tips on how to discuss underage drinking with their children. This program takes place on Monday, April 14, 6 PM. To register call 410.964.5757 or email The program is free and light refreshments will be served. Presented by MADD.


    Branding Yourself for the Job Search


    For adults at Rockville Memorial Library: On Wednesday, April 9 from 12:30 PM to 2 PM, a special program titled "LinkedIn: Branding Yourself for the Job Search" aims to help those who are job searching and looking for new ways to get their foot in the door. The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) will show attendees the basics of social media and how networking and making connections can help pave the way in the job search. To register call JSSA at 301.610.8380 or email: This workshop is free.



    For more information on programs at Rockville Memorial Library and all other MCPL branches, check MCPL's Calendar of Events.

    Library Quote
    "A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called "leaves") imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time - proof that humans can work magic."  ~ Carl Sagan
    County Happenings

    Training Sessions for Literacy Council Volunteers


    The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold two upcoming information sessions at Rockville Memorial Library for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write, or speak English. The first will be held on Monday, April 7 at 7:30 PM and the second on Wednesday, April 9 at 10:30 AM.


    After completing the information session, volunteers can select a two-part training session that fits their schedules.  No foreign language skills are necessary. Tutors work one-on-one or with small groups and typically meet with students in libraries or community centers at mutually convenient times. 


    For more details, call 301-610-0030, email, or visit the Literacy Council of Montgomery County website.



    Earth Month Volunteer Opportunities -- Give Back a Few Hours to Mother Earthl


    In celebration of April as Earth Month in Montgomery County, the Volunteer Center is sharing information about a number of environmentally focused opportunities.  

    Groups of all ages, families and individuals can get involved in activities such as in park, trail and stream clean ups, as well as invasive weed pulls.  

    How will you give back this Earth Day? Check out projects happening all month long.


    FY15 Operating Budget


    Montgomery County Council will hold public hearings on the County Executive's FY15 Recommended Operating Budget. The FY15 Operating Budget Public Hearings are scheduled for:

    • April 8, at 7 PM
    • April 9, at 1:30 PM and 7 PM
    • April 10, at 1:30 PM and 7 PM

    If you are interested in testifying, please call 240-777-7803.  

    Library Board Happenings

    Remembering Jeanie Dunnington


    The Library Board and the entire library community lost a dear friend and true library leader when Jeanie Dunnington passed away on February 5. Jeanie was a hands-on library advocate and volunteer. She never hesitated to jump in and do what had to be done to support our libraries whether it be rewinding talking books, leading the Talking Book Discussion group, tutoring in the PC Lab, or testifying before the County Council to increase library funding.


    An energetic supporter of accessible library services, Jeanie chaired the Disability Resource Center at the Rockville Memorial Library and was active in planning accessibility for the new Silver Spring branch. The Library Board presented Jeanie with the Renaissance Award after she successfully led her LAC through the move from the Davis branch to the Rockville Memorial Library.


    Jeanie Dunnington

    County Executive Isiah Leggett issued the statement below on the County website. We join Mr. Leggett in mourning Jeanie and in being proud to have had the opportunity to know and work with her.


    Statement by County Executive Isiah Leggett on the Death of Jeanie Dunnington, Library Advocate and Community Leader


    I join the Montgomery County Library community in mourning the loss of Jeanie Dunnington, a beloved library supporter, volunteer, and community leader. Jeanie passed away in early February after a short-but-difficult illness. A tireless advocate for library services for individuals with disabilities, Jeanie was well known for her "can do" approach and was ever present at Montgomery County Council hearings, Library Board events, and library programs.

    As the long time chair of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) Library Advisory Committee (LAC), Jeanie was an invaluable contributor to plans for the Talking Book program's move to Rockville Memorial Library where she spent every Tuesday tutoring and teaching users about adaptive equipment in the PC lab. She planned Saturday adaptive technology sessions, monitored the DRC webpages, and led the monthly Talking Book Group meetings. In 2008, Jeanie was recognized for her leadership when the Library Board presented the DRC LAC with the Renaissance Award for successfully emerging after a period of difficulty or transition.

    Jeanie, who cared deeply that accessible library services be available statewide, was an active member of the Advisory Council for the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. She also was an elected official of the local American Council of the Blind.

    Jeanie's candor, vitality, enthusiasm, wit, and incredible energy will live on in the memories of all who had the great fortune to work with and know her.


    We are fortunate that the Montgomery County library community will honor Jeanie's memory by carrying on her work.


    Best Wishes to Art Brodsky 


    Jill Lewis, Library Board Chair, presents plaque to Art Brodsky


    The Library Board has been fortunate to have Art Brodsky as a former chair and member for many years. Art is leaving the Board to take a position in the County Executive's office. Many thanks to Art who was instrumental in creating many of the successful efforts of the Board's grassroots advocacy campaign to restore funding to our system. Good luck Art!








    Note Taking Technology Solutions 

    The Disability Resource Center Library Advisory Council (LAC) is sponsoring a program on note taking technology solutions for people with disabilities on Saturday, April 26: 1 - 3 PM. Join the LAC at the Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Avenue, Rockville to hear about the latest technology innovations and to learn more about library services for people with disabilities.



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