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                                                      December 2012/January 2013

Frederick County Public Libraries


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arrell Batson
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
The Perfect Holiday Gift
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Grant Seekers Resource Center News
Job Applications Are Hard, Our Tutors Can Help
Free Job, Tax, and Computer Assistance
Get to Know: Joe Dacey
Keep in Touch


C. Burr Artz Trust

Poetry Series 

2 pm,

Sunday, February 3

Weinberg Center for the Arts

20 W. Patrick Street

Downtown Frederick


Free event
No tickets required
For details, visit fcpl.org
or call the Weinberg at



Give the gift that will long be remembered. Tickets to FCPL's exclusive receptions are perfect for the person who has everything--or a special treat for yourself! 


Frederick County Public Libraries' role as a founding partner of the Frederick Speaker Series (see below) has provided a wonderful opportunity for Frederick County Public Libraries to host private gatherings with the speakers after each event. These exclusive receptions, held at the Weinberg, give attendees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet and engage with notables such as Cal Ripken, Jr., Dr. Andrew Weil, General Colin Powell, and Terry Gross.


Proceeds from the sale of reception tickets will support children's library programs. Tickets for each reception are $75, and only 100 tickets will be sold for each event. Reception tickets are not available online; to purchase, contact the Weinberg at 301-600-2835. We expect reception tickets to sell out, so please don't delay.

 Elmo Visit

Please note that admission to the Frederick Speaker Series lectures requires a separate ticket or discounted series subscription. To purchase individual or series tickets, call the Box Office at 301-600-2828 or visit weinbergcenter.org.


The Frederick Speaker Series

Thursday, February 14 - Cal Ripken, Jr. - Tickets $35, 30, 25

Thursday, March 14 - Andrew Weil, MD - Tickets $50, 45, 40

Thursday, May 9 - Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.) - Tickets $60, 55, 50

Thursday, June 13 - Terry Gross - Tickets $35, 30, 25


All events begin at 7:30 p.m. with private ticketed reception to follow. Books will be available for purchase before and after each event.


Frederick Speaker Series Sponsors:

Ausherman Family Foundation, Hood College and the Hanson Lecture Series Foundation for Enhancing Communities, C. Burr Artz Trust, SAIC-Frederick, Inc., Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick Reads, and Frederick County Public Libraries. Supporting sponsors include PNC Bank, The Kiplinger Foundation, and Frederick Memorial Hospital.


Written by Marlene England

for FCPL's winter 2012-2013 BookMarks publication

The print version of the Morningstar Mutual Funds that the library has subscribed to for years will no longer be available after the end of December, 2012. Morningstar has discontinued this product, and now provides a new online Morningstar Investment Research Center. This database is very user friendly and contains a lot more than mutual funds. You will find data and analysis on more than 15,000 international and domestic stocks, 25,000 mutual funds, and more than 1,500 exchange traded funds. The database also contains a lot of printed analysis and features some educational tutorials.


This database is now available to all Frederick County Library card holders!


Simply log in with your library card number, no pin or password needed. Morningstar Investment Research Center can be accessed online from inside the library, or remotely.


To find Morningstar:

1.   Go to fcpl.org

2.   Under Research tab

3.   Go to Resource Guides

4.   Scroll over to and click on Business: Companies 

      and Products

5.   Click on Morningstar Investment Research Center


Submitted by Terry Klco

C. Burr Artz Public Library
A Foundation Center Cooperating Collection

Featured Item:

Shared Services: a guide to creating collaborative solutions for nonprofits by Jacquelyn Cefola. This work, developed by The NonprofitCenters Network,is a comprehensive guide for  nonprofit leaders looking to create shared services and programs. The nonprofit sector is currently focused on innovation and how to operate more efficiently in new ways. Here, find collaboration planning tools and case studies that explore successful partnerships in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.


Featured Website:

The Nonprofit Collaboration Database:This new tool developed by the Lodestar Foundation  and accessed though the Foundation Center's website will guide you to real world successful collaborations. You have the option to submit your successful collaborations to the database. Search by ways to collaborate or choose to create a detailed search using single or multiple criteria, across one or more categories.


 Has your nonprofit organization developed a presence on the mobile web? Attend this free webinar offered by Nonprofit Tech 2.0 to help your nonprofit begin to conceptualize a mobile communications and fundraising strategy.


Contact Pat Anderson to set up an individual orientation to Foundation Directory Online, a searchable database available at the C. Burr Artz Library, to find funders for your nonprofit organization.


Submitted by Pat Anderson

C. Burr Artz Public Library

The best time to apply for a job is now! However, the world of job searching and job applications has been changing rapidly. It can be difficult to navigate the different websites and application requirements. And if computers are still mystifying machines, then the process may seem even more complicated.


The library can help! At the C. Burr Artz Library, we have trained tutors who can assist you. The Job Seekers' Assistance Program offers a one-on-one session that can lead you through the very basics of computers, setting up an E-mail address, and most importantly, how to search for and apply to jobs. Even if you already have experience with these aspects of the job hunt, our tutors keep up-to-date on new job resources and will often make referrals to other organizations offering employment support.


To sign up for an appointment, visit the C. Burr Artz reference desk. There you can book a tutor and pick up the informational packet that will get you started. To learn more, you can call any location of the Frederick County Public Libraries system, but at this time all appointments are held at the C. Burr Artz library located in Downtown Frederick.


Can't wait for the appointment to get started? The library has collected helpful resources you can use now. Click here to view resources.


Submitted by Katilyn Miller

Job Seekers' Assistance Coordinator, C. Burr Artz Public Library


Frederick County residents, particularly those who live in the Northern part of the county, can now take advantage of free help with taxes, employment opportunities, and learning how to use a computer. Through a series of community partnerships, the Thurmont Regional Library and the Emmitsburg Branch Library are offering the following services:


Job Assistance

This new partnership is between Goodwill of Monocacy Valley and the library and offers free employment assistance at weekly workshops in Thurmont library's small meeting room on Tuesday afternoons from 2-4 pm. Interested citizens can drop in anytime during the session to learn more or they can call 301-662-0622 (ext 210) to register through Goodwill. Participants will get one-on-one help with resumes, applying for jobs online, and practical advice about seeking employment in the local area. Goodwill's goal is to solve transportation issues for North County citizens who cannot get to Frederick and the library was the perfect comfortable location.


Tax Assistance

The library has also partnered with United Way of Frederick County, Mount Saint Mary's University, Seton Center, Inc. and the Housing Authority of The City of Frederick to create an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at the Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300 South Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg in 2013. Specially trained volunteers from Mount Saint Mary's business classes will provide free assistance in the library's Community Room every Wednesday from Noon-5 pm February 6 through April 10th. Through the IRS VITA program, median to low-income tax payers are able to access free tax preparation services for simple returns for individuals earning less than $51,000 annually. Advance registration is required by calling 301-662-0294.


Computer Basics for Beginners
The Thurmont Library offers an on-going introductory three-part computer class with sessions  starting in October, January, April and July. Registration is taken at the library information desk or by calling 301-600-7212. During the three session program, participants get a better understanding of the actual parts of a computer as well as understanding basic technical terminology. They will learn to use a mouse, search the Internet effectively, and get tips about online safety. At the last session, each participant learns how to setup up their own Internet E-mail account and develop an understanding for managing emails. Sessions are taught by library volunteer Mike Mathis, a Senior Business Analyst
for Thera/Com who also has a strong commitment to helping members of the North County area improve their computer skills.


Submitted by Erin Dingle, Administrator

Thurmont Regional Library/Emmitsburg Branch Library
Joe has been a Library Associate
in C. Burr Artz's Adult Reference Department
for 4  years.


I'm well known for... being the guy who looks like Russell Crowe in Gladiator.


My biggest challenge is... keeping my schedule in order. With two jobs and several teaching gigs on the side, figuring out where I need to be and when is often a challenge. Google Calendar makes my life happen.


I am also employed as... a middle school band director. In my other life, I am a trombone player with a degree in music education.


My favorite book is... Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.


People might be surprised to discover that I... own a house downtown where I live out my third life as a landlord.


When I'm not working, I love to... design and write marching band shows for local schools.


My favorite food is ... the $5 Hot 'n Ready at Little Caesars - best food deal in America. In fact, I am going to get one right after work tonight.


The best thing about my job at the library is... the opportunity to make someone's day better by helping them get what they need.


My favorite quote is... "We must admit there will be music despite everything." - Jack Gilbert, A Brief for the Defense.


I'm currently fascinated by... Google Streetview. It is amazing to me that from my home I can be virtually transported to almost anywhere in the world. I pick random towns and spend some time just "driving" around them to get a sense of what life is like there. The future is now!


Submitted by Emily Dolly

C. Burr Artz Public Library
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