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                                                                                 November 2012

Frederick County Public Libraries

It seems like just yesterday we were helping you prepare for the start of the school year - and now we're already heading into chilly weather. It's always bright inside your local library, even when they day is gloomy and dark. Whether you're working on school assignments or looking for a fun, inexpensive afternoon with your friends, we warmly welcome you to pull up a comfortable chair with us anytime.


The library is a child's best friend, and we can help students with homework, research, and special projects. Whether you stop by one of our eight locations or visit our busiest branch on the web, you'll find a wealth of services that directly benefit your child, no matter what age.

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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Habla Espanol? A Special Storytime
Homework Helpers
International Games Day
Picture Books to Get 'em Up and Moving
Not Just Talkin' Turkey
Keep in Touch

Are you preparing for the

spelling bee? Play fun spelling games and

spell in practice bees at:


Brunswick Public Library*

C. Burr Artz Public Library

Emmitsburg Library

Thurmont Regional Library*

 * Registration is required.
For details and to register,
click on the branch name.


Miss Cynthia has returned to Thurmont Regional Library for her special storytimes in Spanish. Sing songs, listen to stories, and introduce your child to another language. Research suggests that introducing children to languages early is best for helping their brains be more receptive to acquiring another language. Cynthia Fraga-Canadas is a native of Argentina and teaches Spanish at Mount Saint Mary's University.


Prior knowledge of Spanish is not required to attend these story programs and Miss Cynthia gently encourages participation from all attendees. She uses familiar songs and stories in Spanish to captivate her audience. Join her for a fun, interactive program!


Habla Espanol? A Special Storytime! is held at The Thurmont Regional Library 10:30-11:00 am on Fridays, November 16, and December 21, 2012.


Registration is required. Register at the branch or click on one of the above dates.


Submitted by Shelba Bollinger

Thurmont Regional Library
What do you do when your child needs to do research for a last minute report and you don't have time to go to the library? You can visit our library website for the many research resources available fcpl.org.   


For elementary school children, Grolier Online Kids provides current event and research information with a searchable database. It contains articles from encyclopedias, magazines, and websites as well as information on how to do a bibliographic citation of these articles. The articles are written in an interesting and easy to follow prose and many contain colorful pictures. There are also links to dictionaries and an up-to-date atlas.


Older students can also access a wealth of reference resources from our premium databases. Opposing Viewpoints provides pro and con information about current events and social issues which is a huge help when preparing for a debate. Student Research Center provides a searchable collection of full text magazine and newspaper articles as well as biographies, maps, and encyclopedia entries. They also offer assistance in citing these sources. Literature Resources allows access to information about authors and criticisms and plot summaries of their work.


We invite you to take a moment to explore the resources available from our website. Most will require your library card number to access them, but when you do, you will be amazed at the information that is there at your fingertips. And you can be assured that the information is accurate and current, unlike what you may find through an internet search engine.


Jeanne Read

Thurmont Regional Library
In the 21st century, libraries are about much more than books! On Saturday, November 3, 2012, Frederick County Public Libraries will participate with more than one thousand libraries around the world to host gaming programs for families. IGD12 was created to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. Last year, more than 27,700 people played games at more than 1,400 libraries across the U.S. and in other countries.


So, on Saturday, November 3 bring in the entire family on and join in some classic gaming fun!


Brunswick Public Library, All Day

Join us for a day of games for all ages!


Urbana Regional Library, 10 am - 4 pm

"You sunk my battleship!" Bring out the entire family to play classic board games at the library in celebration of International Games Day. Make some new friends and enjoy some friendly competition by playing Apples to Apples, Operation, Monopoly, Life, Connect Four, and more! We'll also have a LEGO table where everyone is welcome to test their building skills. All ages, with an adult.


Thurmont Regional Library, 10 am - 4 pm

"You sunk my battleship!" Bring out the entire family to play classic board games at the library in celebration of National Games Day. Make some new friends and enjoy some friendly competition by playing Apples to Apples, Operation, Monopoly, Life, Connect Four, and more! All ages, with an adult.


C. Burr Artz Public Library, 10 am - 4 pm

Play board games in the children's department 10-4 or have fun with LEGO Bricks and K'Nex sets from 1-4. Game On! All ages, with an adult.


Emmitsburg Branch Library, 11 am

Join in the fun as we celebrate International Games Day. We promise we'll have a game ready for you that you'll love. Ages 3-9, with an adult.


Submitted by Robyn Monaco

Urbana Regional Library
Winter is fast approaching, and with it, plunging temperatures, treacherous weather conditions, shorter days, and consequently, much more time stuck indoors.  


If you worry that your children are spending a little too much time sitting this winter and not enough time moving, you may want to consider picking up one or more of the many picture books that can actually inspire your kids to get up and move. (especially if you get up first!)  


Below is just a small sampling of the many titles that can get 'em up and moving!

Barnyard Dance
by Sandra Boynton

"STOMP YOUR FEET! CLAP YOUR HANDS! EVERYBODY READY FOR A BARNYARD DANCE!" After reading this book, put on some dancing music, grab a partner and dance it up in the family room!


Boing by Nick Bruel

A mother kangaroo teaches her baby to jump. Afterwards, try imitating the different animals while putting away toys.


From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

It would be a crime against this book to sit and read it - you've gotta get up! But watch out for the kicking donkey!  


Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Cauley

Imitate the animals as they wiggle, purr, fly, tickle, somersault, kiss, and spin! Lots of giggles!


Wiggle by Doreen Cronin

"Do you wake up with a wiggle? Do you wiggle out of bed?" Go ahead, encourage your little one to wiggle like crazy during this book. 


Dinosaurumpus! by Tony Mitton

What IS it about dinosaurs that always seems to appeal to kids? Great rhythm and rhyme in this book.  


Submitted by Lesa Zuke

Thurmont Regional Library

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble. Yes, it's turkey time again! It's time to think of family, friends, and food. Ah, can't you smell the aroma of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie? But what if peanut butter and jelly, pizza, or pancakes are more to your liking? Perhaps it's time to shake up your regular Thanksgiving Day menu. Here at FCPL we have lots of fun food tales, some with recipes included, to help you out. Here a few fun suggestions...


T'was the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dave Pilkey

Join a group of school children as they aim to make Thanksgiving a happy occasion for everyone including the turkeys. The laugh out loud tale concludes with everyone enjoying a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner.


Tyler Makes Pancakes by Tyler Florence

Tyler wants to make pancakes for his family but first he has to go to the market. While at the market, he learns about all of the necessary ingredients for his recipe. A recipe for Blueberry pancakes is included.


Carrot Soup By John Segal

Rabbit is excited to harvest his carrots but they have all disappeared! Help Rabbit discover who taken the carrots! A recipe for carrot soup is included.


Soup Day by Melissa Iwai

A mother and child enjoy spending time together while buying and preparing the ingredients for a large pot of soup. A recipe for "snowy day" vegetable soup is included.


Whopper Cake by Karma Wilson

It is grandma's birthday and grandpa decides to bake a real whopper of a cake. Hilarity ensues. A recipe for a regular sized chocolate cake is included.


Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! By Janet Stevens

Follow Rooster as he tries a recipe penned by his famous great- grandmother (The Little Red Hen). His creation, however, is no ordinary loaf of bread. A recipe for strawberry shortcake is included.


Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler

Old Bear has a hankering for some Ugly Pie. What is Ugly Pie? Join Old bear as he gathers the necessary ingredients. Follow the recipe at the end of this story to create your own Ugly Pie


Pie in the Sky By Lois Ehlert

Follow a cherry tree through the changing seasons. A recipe for cherry pie is included.


Don't forget to look in the non-fiction section for a wide variety of children's cookbooks. Remember, you can use cooking to reinforce literacy skills as you read recipes, work on math skills through measuring, and even science concepts as you watch ingredients change forms through the mixing and baking process. Cooking is a wonderful family activity with and end result that everyone can enjoy!


Cheryl Dillman

Emmitsburg Branch Library
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