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                                                                                 December 2012

Frederick County Public Libraries



When the weather turns dreary, there's nothing like a warm reading l

amp to whisk you away to brighter places. In any season, Frederick County Public Libraries is a warm, welcoming environment where you can expand your horizons and learn more about your own community and beyond. You can do anything, be anyone, and go anywhere with your FCPL library card.


We invite you to a variety of programs throughout the winter to keep kids of all ages engaged in learning. If the weather prevents you from travelling to our locations, don't forget our busiest branch is online at www.fcpl.org. You'll find a wealth of information as well as fun, educational e-books for kids.


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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries

In This Issue
Gift Ideas for 2012
Jingle in the Holidays
Gingerbread Houses at FCPL
Gingerbread Play Dough
Four Gingerbread Men Fingerplay
Science Fair Resources
A Growing STEM
Keep in Touch
Special Event


A Family Holiday Tradition

(all ages, with an adult)


Share in the holiday tradition of mask making and then wear the mask while caroling around Downtown Frederick with

the Belsnickler.


December 8, 2 pm

C. Burr Artz Public Library

Happy Holidays and a Merry 2013 - this holiday season give the gift that lasts a life time - share the joy of reading ... Our "Best of 2012" is FCPL staff and librarians favorite picks for 2012. Some are new; some are old favorites; all are great stories! - Enjoy! And a happy, safe and healthy winter season to you and yours!

Two Years Old Plus

OH NO, Little Dragon! by Jim Averbeck

Make a Wish, Bear by Greg Foley

BANANA! by Ed Vere "I just love this book!  It only has 2 words - banana and please! Great little book for teaching manners or breakfast foods!" - Mrs. B. at Emmitsburg

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff (Publishers Weekly STAR review)

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

Are You a Cow? by Sandra Boynton

Moo Baa La La La! by Sandra Boynton - 30th anniversary - wow!


Four Year Old Plus

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis "Kids will love it. Parents will be grossed out by it. I laughed all the way through it." - Tracy L. at Walkersville and Middletown

Skippyjon Jones - the entire series by Judith B. Schachner

Watch Your Tongue, Cecily Beasley by Lane Fredrickson

Pete the Cat books by James Dean - "so popular in storytime!"

- Miss Robyn at Urbana

The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Vote for Me! by Ben Clanton

How to Be Friends with a Dragon by Valeri Gorbechev

No Two Alike by Keith Baker

Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

The Spiffiest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson


J Fiction

Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai - 2012 Black Eyed Susan nominee 

The Phantom of the Post Office (43 Old Cemetery Road series No. 4)

by Kate Klise

One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis

The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Crimson Shard (Blackhope Enigma) by Teresa Flavin


J NonFiction

Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems and Drawings by Douglas Florian

Ox, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet by Don Robb

Just Being Audrey (Biography of Audrey Hepburn) by Margaret Cardillo

Weird Science: Mad Marvels from the Way-Out World! by Matthew Lake


Submitted by Miss Adrienne

Walkersville Library
Urbana Regional Library

The Presidential election is over, Thanksgiving turkey is just a memory--or possibly still in your fridge--and now we invite you to savor the holiday spirit at Urbana Regional Library's annual Holiday Open House--Joyful Jingles! All weekend long on December 1 and 2, you can stop by and enjoy some hot cider, hear local students and musicians perform holiday music and dance, and make a craft with your kids!


Students from Urbana Middle and High School Orchestras, Dancers from the Urbana Dance Studio, a hand bell choir and more are on the schedule throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. We get so caught up in the rush of shopping, entertaining, cleaning, and wrapping gifts that we often forget to step back and enjoy the holiday magic with our families. Join us for Joyful Jingles, and you can start the season off on a happy note!


Saturday December 1

10:30 am     Local Student Musicians

11:30 am     Canticle Bell Choir: Living Grace Lutheran Church

1:30 pm      Urbana Dance Studio


Sunday, December 2

1:30 pm      Urbana High School Quartet and

                  Guitar Ensemble

2:30 pm      Urbana Middle School Orchestra


Submitted by Robyn Monaco

Urbana Regional Library

The scent of gingerbread will be in the air at the Brunswick Public Library, Urbana Regional Library, and Thurmont Regional Library this December. Gingerbread house enthusiasts can enjoy contests, displays, and a make your own house event.


Gingerbread houses for both the Brunswick and Urbana Libraries should be able to sit unaided on top of a library bookshelf.


Brunswick Public  Library

To enter the Gingerbread House Contest and Display, bring your decorated gingerbread house to the Brunswick Library between December 1 and December 13. All entries will be displayed in the Discovery Zone. Judging for the top three houses will take place December 17.


Urbana Regional Library

To enter the Gingerbread House Contest, bring your decorated gingerbread house to the Urbana Library between December 1 and December 18. There are five categories for the competition: grades K-6, grades 7-12, adult, family, and library staff. Judging will take place December 19. Winners will be notified by 8 pm, December 20.


Thurmont Regional Library

Kids ages 4-11 can join the Annual Gingerbread House Decorating event on Saturday, December 15 at 10:30 am. Kids will love this child-friendly version of the festive holiday tradition. All materials will be provided, but extra candy is welcome. Registration is required: Register here.


Do you need recipes, instructions, or inspiration to make your gingerbread house? Try these websites:



www.ehow.com - search: gingerbread house


Two more ways to have gingerbread fun are provided in the following two article blocks.


Submitted by Robin Goetz

Brunswick Public Library 

From Fairy Dust Teaching tested by Miss Robin at the Brunswick Library

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 Tb. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tsp. vegetable oil
Spices: cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, cloves

Green and red food coloring to make the dough brown



1.  Mix the dry ingredients in a pan, adding the spices until you get a good level of scent.

2.  Mix water, food coloring, and oil together and add them to the dry ingredients. Stir.

3.  Cook the mixture for three to five minutes on low heat, stirring constantly.

4.  The dough will start to pull away from the sides of the pot and stick together in a large ball.

     Push the dough flat and let it cook. It will look like it is too sticky. Let it cook a bit.

5.  Take the dough out of the pan, allow it to cool a bit, and knead dough until it becomes


6.  Allow the dough to cool completely before using. Store in an airtight container.


Submitted by Robin Goetz

Brunswick Public Library

Four gingerbread men sat on a tray.
The first one said, "Let's run away!"
The second one said, "Where will we run?"
The third one said, "We'll have some fun!"
The fourth one said, "We'll be eaten if we stay."
So the gingerbread men all ran away!

Submitted by Robin Goetz

Brunswick Public Library 

Join us 2:30 pm, Saturday, January 12 (snow date January 26) at the C. Burr Artz Public Library for our Science Fair Resources program. Learn about the resources that the library has to assist you as well as speak with someone from Frederick County Public Schools who is familiar with the science fair procedures.


In the meantime, we've put together a listing of websites and books to get you started!


Getting Started

FCPL Databases and Suggested Websites

Discovery Channel School: Science Fair Central 

Experimental Science Projects: An Introductory Level Guide

Science Fair Project Ideas

Neuroscience for Kids: Successful Science Fair Projects

Why Should I Do a Science Fair Project?

Keeping the Science in the Science Fair Project

Science Fair Observation

Internet Public Library


General Science Fair Projects

Cool Science Projects

Science Club Kids' Science Projects 

JVC's Science Fair Projects

Super Science

Math Ideas for Science Fair Projects 

All Types of Science Fair Projects

Environmental Science Fair Projects and Experiments 

The Franklin Institute - Look for information under Educational Programs > Special Topics


Shocking, Slimy, Stinky, Shiny Science Experiments by Steve Parker

 Investigate the wonderful world of your senses with this book!


Melting, Freezing, and Boiling Science Projects with Matter by Robert Gardner


Experiments You Can Do in Your Backyard by Q. L. Pearce

Low on time for your project or just want to use the resources on hand? Check out this check source!


Master the Scientific Method with Fun Life Science Projects by Ann Benbow

Need information on getting started? This book will help you from coming up with your question to preparing for your presentation.


Janice VanCleave's 201 Awesome, Magical, Bizarre, and Incredible Experiments

This is a great compilation of all her other books, touching upon subjects such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science and physics.


Crazy Concoctions: A Mad Scientist's Guide to Messy Mixtures by Jordan D. Brown

Loaded with lots of great illustrations and fun facts, this book have you acting like a mad scientist in your own kitchen! But get your mom's permission first before you get too messy!


The Kids' Science Book: Creative Experiences for Hands-On Fun by Robert Hirschfield


Explore Weather and Climate! (with 25 great projects)

by Kathleen Reilly


Submitted by Melissa Rabey, Teen Librarian

and Kris Buker, Children's Services

C. Burr Artz Public Library
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

 The STEM approach to teaching and learning has been a hot topic in education circles for a number of years. Integrating the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and math begins as early as preschool, launching students on a pathway of learning that focuses on logical reasoning, critical thinking, collaboration, and investigation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare students for post-secondary study and the 21st-century global workforce.


FCPL already supports STEM through our collections and programs but is increasing the emphasis on STEM to meet the needs of area students and to support the goals of local and statewide education initiatives.


A few examples of STEM programs:


Science Fair Resources (ages 8-18)
Saturday, January 12,
2:30 pm (snow date January 26, 2:30 pm) - C. Burr Artz


Awesome Animals: Live Animal Presentation (ages 4 and up, with adult)

Tuesday, January 22, 3 pm - C. Burr Artz

Tuesday, February 26, 11 am - Middletown


Mental Math Magic (grades 5-12, no adults)
Thursday, January 24, 3:45 pm - Walkersville


A New Year, a New You - Young Inventor's Convention (all ages, with adult)
Saturday, January 26, 11 am - Emmitsburg -Registration is required.


Birds in Your Backyard Science and Craft (ages 5-7)
Wednesday, January 30, 4:15 pm - Urbana
-Registration is required.


Straight to the Moon! (ages 8-12)
Monday, February 18, 6:30 pm - Thurmont -Registration is required.


Look for more STEM-related programs at your local library, online, or in FCPL's winter publication of BookMarks.


Students with STEM backgrounds are in demand today, so they can fill the jobs of tomorrow. Every student deserves a chance to excel in those fields.

--U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski


Written by Marlene England

for FCPL's winter 2012-2013 BookMarks publication
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