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                                                                               February/March 2013
Frederick County Public Libraries


A critical part of Frederick County Public Libraries' mission is to connect people with new experiences. As technology evolves at an ever-faster clip, your library system has embraced tools of today and tomorrow.


We hope these tools will give you more options and flexibility. If you want to download e-books or music, or research databases we have them for you. It's all here, and it's all yours. Please stop by any branch in Frederick County, or our most convenient branch, online at fcpl.org.


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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
An Afternoon with Robert Pinsky
Frederick Reads
Cal Ripken, Jr.
Andrew Weil, MD
Celtic Concert
Database Spotlight
Grant Seekers Resource Center
Get to Know: Robin Bowers
Keep in Touch
Special Event
Open Office Writer

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Saturdays at 8:50 am


February 2 - Basic

 February 16 - Intermediate

Prerequisite: Open Office Writer Basic


Registration is required.

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to register.
C. Burr Artz Trust Poetry Series

Sunday, February 3 at 2 pm

Frederick will host Robert Pinsky for a free public reading and book signing at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, Downtown Frederick. He is the fifth speaker in the annual C. Burr Artz Trust Lecture Series, preceded by visits from poets Billy Collins, Nikki Giovanni, Robert Hass, and Diane Ackerman.


Pinsky's appearance will kick off the Frederick Reads community reading celebration. The 2013 theme is "Food for Thought," and Pinsky is enthusiastically preparing a special feast of his favorite poems related to food and beverage, both his own work and that of other poets.


Throughout his career, Pinsky has been dedicated to identifying and invigorating poetry's place in the world. As a three-term Poet Laureate (1997-2000), he founded the Favorite Poem Project, in which thousands of Americans of varying backgrounds, ages, and locations shared their favorite poems. Pinsky believes that, contrary to stereotype, poetry has a vigorous presence in the American cultural landscape.


Pinsky's free appearance at the Weinberg Center will include readings, book sales, and book signing. No tickets are required. For more information, go to fcpl.org or call the Weinberg box office at 301-600-2828. Pinsky's visit to Frederick is generously underwritten in its entirety by the C. Burr Artz Trust of Frederick County Public Libraries.


The following are a selection of titles by Robert Pinsky available through FCPL:


The Life of David

Democracy, Culture, and the Voice of Poetry

Jersey Rain

Food for Thought

In its eighth year, Frederick Reads has grown from a single day of events to several authors and a variety of events to support the year's theme. For 2013 the theme is "Food for Thought," and the featured author is Will Allen, who will be visiting Frederick on April 11 and 12.


Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved urban populations. He is the author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities. After a brief career in professional basketball and a number of years in corporate marketing at Procter & Gamble, Will Allen returned to his roots as a farmer, using his retirement package to purchase a plot of inner-city land with greenhouses, where he has built the country's pre-eminent urban farm. He is now the CEO of Growing Power, an organization that develops community food systems.


In 2008, Allen was named a John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur "Genius Grant" Foundation Fellow. He is only the second farmer to have ever received this award. He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and in February 2010, Allen was invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching "Let's Move!"--her signature leadership program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. In May 2010, Time magazine named Allen one the "World's 100 Most Influential People." In 2011, Allen was named one of the "World's 7 Most Influential Foodies" by Michael Pollan and Forbes Magazine. He was also named the 2012 NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award recipient.


Mark your calendar now, and visit frederickreads.org for regular updates as we add more events on the calendar.


Elizabeth Cromwell, Chair, Frederick Reads Committee

Cal Ripken, Jr. - Baseball's Living Legend

During his record-breaking 21 seasons of baseball "Iron Man" Cal Ripken, Jr. displayed perseverance, endurance, and an everyday work ethic that endeared him to fans and transformed him into a national icon. An inspirational speaker, Ripken shares stories from his illustrious career to show how his keys to success apply not only to the baseball field but also to the business world and all aspects of life.


Even though the meet and greet reception is sold out, a few tickets are still available to Cal Ripken's talk, so act fast! Tickets may be purchased at weinbergcenter.org or the Weinberg Box Office at 301-600-2828.


7:30 pm, Thursday, February 14

Weinberg Center for the Arts,
20 W. Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick
Andrew Weil, MD - Expert on Integrative Medicine

As doctor, author, guest lecturer, and editorial director of DrWeil.com, Andrew Weil, MD, is a leading resource for developing, teaching, and educating others on the principles of integrative medicine. Blending his Harvard education with decades of practicing integrative medicine, Weil offers valuable insight into a unique approach to health care, which encompasses body, mind, and spirit.


Tickets to Dr. Weil's talk may be purchased online at weinbergcenter.org or the Weinberg Box Office at 301-600-2828.


7:30 pm, Thursday, March 14

Weinberg Center for the Arts,

20 W. Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick


Exclusive Meet and Greet Reception

Tickets to FCPL's private reception following Dr. Weil's talk are available separately. Proceeds from the sale of reception tickets will support the library. Tickets are $75 each, and only 100 tickets will be sold. Reception tickets are not available online; to purchase contact the Weinberg at 301-600-2835.


The following are a selection of titles by Dr. Weil available through FCPL:


Spontaneous Happiness

Health and Healing: The Philosophy of Integrative Medicine and Optimum Health

Why Our Health Matters: A Vision of Medicine that Can Transform our Future

The Healthy Kitchen: Recipes for a Better Body, Life, and Spirit

Breathing: The Master Key to Self-healing


"Please keep in mind the distinction between healing and treatment: treatment originates from outside, whereas healing comes from within." -Andrew Weil, MD
Enter the Haggis

Music fans are in for an eclectic treat when Enter The Haggis, a roots rock band from Toronto, takes the stage for this year's Celtic Concert on March 7.


Five albums and a decade on the road have seen Enter The Haggis evolve from wildly popular local band to established international touring act. Their formula for success has been a simple one: record great music, back it up with inspired live performances, and tour constantly. It's this uncompromising commitment to their music and fans that has seen the band garner top-10 charting positions on Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes; major television appearances such as A&E's Breakfast with the Arts and Live with Regis and Kelly; and their very own PBS special.


The Celtic Concert is a free event, underwritten by the C. Burr Artz Trust and presented annually by the Emmitsburg and Thurmont libraries.


Thursday, March 7, 7 pm

Marion Burk Knott Auditorium

Located on the west side of US 15, not at the sports complex.

Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg


Free Admission and parking. All ages welcome!


Tickets are required. Free tickets (limit four/person) are available now at the Emmitsburg and Thurmont libraries while supplies last.
GALE Testing & Education Reference Center

"Make intelligent decisions" about your future!


With Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) you will have access to information about:

  • Selecting colleges, undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Changing careers
  • Practice tests at all levels of education
  • Information about scholarships
  • Practice certification and licensing tests
  • Resumé templates
  • Scholarship Database

There is a Career Assessment module and a Virtual Careers Library with interview tips and sample cover letters. The practice tests in TERC cover all major testing services and careers including GED tests for high school, NCLEX for both nursing areas, ASVAB and AFOQT for military, Real Estate exams, the PRAXIS for education, TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship practice tests and others. Some tests are available in English and Spanish.


All of this is free with your library card. Visit our website: fcpl.org. On the Blue bar go to: >> Research >> Resource Guides >> Test Prep and Education >> Testing and Education Reference Center or click here.

Contact your library branch for more information about TERC. Our staff is happy to help you use this amazing resource.


Submitted by Waneta Gagne

Adult Reference, Middletown Library
A Foundation Center Cooperating Collection


New books in the Grant Seekers Resource Center:

The Idealware Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits: A Quick Guide to Essential Software for your Organization by Idealware


How to Raise $500 to $5000 from Almost Anyone by Andy Robinson


The Board Members Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances by Andy Robinson and Nancy Wasserman


Upcoming training from Frederick's Chamber of Commerce:

New Media and Technology Conference: Do you need to work on your nonprofit's social media strategy? What is your organization's mobile technology networking plan? What are you doing to build your organization's online reputation? To find these answers and more register for this conference to be held at Frederick County Community College on February 21. Cost for nonprofits is $110.


Featured Website:

Maryland Governor's Grants Office: Here, find the latest news and state grant opportunities in Maryland. Watch webinars and access the Office's training library. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter your email address in the lower right hand corner to subscribe to the Grant Office's Newsletter as well as notification of new grant opportunities from the state and private foundations in Maryland.


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


Submitted by Pat Anderson

Reference Librarian, C. Burr Artz Public Library 
Robin is a librarian at the Brunswick branch and has been with FCPL for almost seven years.
I have also been employed as... a secondary teacher and a youth director. I waitressed my way through college.

In school, I majored in... History, with a minor in Education, at Hood. I have a Master of Library and Information Science from Clarion.


The best thing about my job is... passing along really good stuff that I have read. I love to read, so when I find something good, I am thinking the whole time about who I can pass it along to next. Working in a library, I get to pass on a lot of good books. I love when someone comes back and tells me how much they enjoyed something that I recommended.


My greatest life adventure is... parenting four children. There's never a dull moment, and it has made me the best multi-tasker ever.


If I could travel... I would go on a UK tour: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Maybe one day I will get there.


When I'm not working, I am... reading, or at an event for one of my children. My kids participate in a huge amount of extracurricular activities, so basically, I'm a taxi service.


I'm inspired by and passionate about ... working in my community. Working in the library gives me a unique opportunity to interact with the community in which I am based, and I'm really passionate about library outreach opportunities. I just finished coordinating our "Journey Stories" exhibit with the Smithsonian this past year. We also participate in the annual Brunswick Veterans Day Parade by building a float and throwing candy to the crowds. And I'm super excited about our summer lunch program coming up in 2013.


If there were more hours in the day, I would... sleep more. I guess I will just have to wait until I have fewer kids in the house to do that.


My friends say...I am driven, passionate, and ambitious. I am well known for getting a whole lot of stuff done. In fact, having nothing to do gives me anxiety. I am much happier when I am intensely busy.


Submitted by Emily Dolly

Reference Librarian, C. Burr Artz Public Library

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