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                                                                        April 2013

Frederick County Public Libraries
As our gardens explode with excitement and color, so do our libraries. This time of year is always bustling at the library, and families are always welcome to pop in for a storytime, pick up a book, DVD, or Playaway device.

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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
April is National Poetry Month
Picture Books that Tell Amazing Stories of Animal Rescue
Lily Planting in Carroll Creek
Frederick Reads 2013
Earth Day 2013
Pa$$port to Wealth
Brunswick Service Group
An "ARTnership" Celebrating Creative Unity
Keep in Touch
 Special Event

Mr. Jon & George's Silly

April Fool's Day Songfest

(all ages, with adult)


Monday, April 1, 6:30 pm

Urbana Regional Library
For details, click here.
Celebrate and introduce your children to poetry this month! No matter what their age or attention span the library offers a wide selection of cheerful and beautiful poetry books. Poetry paints images with words, expands vocabulary, inspires imagination and celebrates beauty and humor. From classics like Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends to fun and silly knock-knock jokes and tongue twisters, the poetry section offers something for everyone!


Here are just a few suggestions:


With whimsical rhymes and lift-the-flap surprises Gnash, Gnaw, Dinosaur! by Tony Mitton will appeal to all dinosaur lovers.


The Bill Martin, Jr. Big Book of Poetry is a full color treasury of nearly 200 poems that has a nice mix of traditional and contemporary poems to share.


Jack Prelutsky's Good Sports: Rhymes About Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More will appeal to the elementary school crowd and includes lively poems about favorite sports.


These are but a few of the wonderful poetry books that reside on the library shelves. Take a chance and check out the poetry section of your library. Share the poems, enjoy the art, and celebrate how a poem can refresh your view of the world! Happy Poetry Month!


Submitted by Shelba Bollinger

Thurmont Regional Library

Children love to hear about the bond that can be formed between people and animals. Several picture books have been published that document the lengths people will go to help our animal friends!

 Little Dog Lost

: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Monica Carnesi 

Children age three and up will delight in this harrowing tale of the many people who helped to rescue a little dog who traveled over seventy five miles while floating on a sheet of ice in the Baltic Sea. Monica Carnesi was moved to document this international news story with her beautiful watercolors and heartwarming text.

Kate and Pippen
: An Unlikely Love Story by Martin and Isobel Springett

Isobel Springett brought home a motherless fawn and watched as her Great Dane lovingly raises her until she is a grown deer ready to return to the wild. The authors document this friendship with gorgeous photographs and text that will keep readers fascinated to the end.


Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore

A delightful story of the people in a small town working together to save five little ducklings trapped in a storm drain.


Submitted by Stephanie Duncombe

Walkersville Public Library



Science is everywhere. It can even be found in your own backyard. In the backyard of the C. Burr Artz Public Library is the Carroll Creek Linear Park where water and science flow.


Beyond the birds and fish that can routinely be found there, soon there will be plant life to study and enjoy. Color on the Creek is a project that aims to add beautiful flowers and other plants to the view, and not just for looks either. On May 11, the community is invited to attend a one hour informative talk about how and why lilies, lotuses, and other water plants are being placed into the creek.


On April 13, the first big planting will occur. Lilies, lotuses, reeds, irises, cattails, and many more varieties of water plants will be meticulously settled into Carroll Creek. By May they will be well on their way to showing visitors how beautiful the creek can be. A second installation is planned for May 18 of a tropical species of lilies that will bloom at night.


The program, planned for Saturday, May 11 at 2:30 pm on the Carroll Creek Amphitheater, will feature a speaker who will engage the audience with the science of water plants and the facts behind what these flowers will do to improve both the life in the creek and the life of those who walk along its banks. And if anyone is interested in signing up for FCPL's Summer Reading Club, staff will be on hand to assist with that.


To learn more about the project, visit coloronthecreek.com.


Submitted by Liz Bowen and Katilyn Miller

C. Burr Artz Public Library



Frederick Reads' invitation to Will Allen, author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities, has exploded into a plethora of delicious events for adults and children. FCPL and many other organizations in Frederick are so excited with this year's theme "Food for Thought" they have arranged their programs around food and healthy living. Go to FrederickReads.org and click on the calendar tab for a complete list of events.


The following is a sampling of the type of events for families and children:


Make Yummy Sushi Candy (ages 6-11)

Wednesday, April 3, 2 pm - Urbana Regional Library

Design your own candy sushi, show it off, and then eat the results! No fish will be harmed in this program. Register here.


Mother Goose Bakery Shop Mystery (ages 2-4, with adult)

Wednesday, April 17, 2 pm - Urbana Regional Library

Someone has baked a cake with the letter "B" on top! But who is it for? Find out in this interactive play featuring your favorite Mother Goose characters. We'll sing songs, play Pat-a-cake, and dance with bells while solving this nursery rhyme mystery.


Family Meal Outdoor Movie Night

Friday, April 26, 7:30 pm - Family Meal Restaurant, 880 N. East St., Frederick

Family Meal and the Frederick County Public Libraries present Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG; 90 minutes) outdoor movie night. Family Meal is the host for the outdoor screening. Park your car, bring a chair and get cozy in front of the big screen of this Golden Globe nominee for Best Animated Feature. Enjoy food and drink specials, including a cash bar outside. Rain date: April 27.


I Love M&Ms (ages 6-10)

Tuesday, April 30, 3 pm - Thurmont Regional Library

School's out early today so swing by the library for some fun with M&Ms. We will sort, graph, and paint with our favorite candy. Oh yes...we may even snack on a few too! Register here.


Submitted by René Beaupain

C. Burr Artz Public Library



On April 22, 2013, more than one billion people around the world will take part in the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day. This is, however, no longer just a day-long interest for many people-communities are beginning to bring more awareness to the environmental and economic consequences and solutions of our changing climate every day of the year. An increasing number of books, magazines, websites, and social media outlets are highlighting the practices that children and adults are embracing to reduce the consumption of our natural resources and energy and provide sustainable solutions.


The following books and websites provide examples of how kids and their parents are celebrating Earth Day, everyday:


50 Ways to Save the Earth by Anne Jankeliowitch

Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet by Janet Wilson

Citizen Scientists by Loree Griffin Burns

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming by Lynne Cherry

Make a Splash!: A Kid's Guide to Protecting our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands by Cathryn Berger Kaye

Green Schools Leadership Center: edu.earthday.org

Environmental Protection Agency: epa.gov/earthday


Submitted by Karin Tome

Brunswick Public Library


"Money doesn't grow on trees!" How many times do you find yourself saying that to your children? With April being Financial Literacy Month, it's a great time to help your children get started learning about the basics of money. Children can begin learning about money at a very young age, at least once you know they won't try to gobble it up! Counting is an easy way to start building an understanding of money and how each denomination has a different value. Using a special coin bank is a way to turn counting money into a fun activity for your child. Come to the Emmitsburg Branch Library on Saturday, April 13 at 11 am for our "Piggies and Pennies" program to make a piggy bank out of recycled materials!  Another way to help children understand the concept of money is to show them how money is used in everyday experiences.  Children see us use money all the time especially during a trip to the grocery store. You can turn this errand into a valuable learning lesson for your child.


Understanding how to save, earn, and budget money are important to us all and FCPL has many resources that you and your family can utilize to build financial literacy. There are great books available at the library that you and your child can read together to learn facts about money as well as enjoy stories that help teach about saving or earning money through the adventures of special characters. Join us at the Thurmont Branch Library on Wednesday, April 10 at 10:30 am for a special storytime called "Money as You Grow" to help children understand basic concepts of money.


During the week of April 6-13, the Thurmont and Emmitsburg Branch Libraries have partnered with local community agencies to provide various "Pa$$port to Wealth" programs. This week-long financial literacy event of workshops, classes, and story programs are available for all ages-adults, teens, and children.  There is something for everyone to help you get started on the road to saving your hard earned money!  For program information and registration, go to fcpl.org or call the Emmitsburg Branch at 301-600-6329 or the Thurmont Branch at 301-600-7212.


Submitted by Cheryl Dillman

Emmitsburg Library


At the Brunswick Public Library, families, children and adults volunteer their time to help with projects to help the library. The primary purpose for the group is to help assemble and make items for the library to contribute to Brunswick Welcome Bags. These bags are a joint community effort distributed to new Brunswick residents and highlight businesses, resources, and events in the community.


Some of the Service Group's past activities include: making bookmarks, decorating bags and t-shirt book bags, filling bags with library handouts, and painting stars for decorations in the Children's Discovery Zone.  At an upcoming meeting, the group will help organize the branch's items for the Summer Reading Program.


If you'd like to join our group, look for our activities on the FCPL website or in Bookmarks. The group is also in need of good condition used t-shirts. The t-shirts should be heavy weight cotton and preferably youth sizes small - large. To  join our email list or donate t-shirts, contact Caroline O'Connell at coconnell@frederickcountyMD.gov.


Submitted by Caroline O'Connell

Brunswick Public Library
This spring, the Brunswick Library will join the Thurmont and Urbana Regional Libraries in providing dedicated space for local and regional artists working in a variety of mediums to exhibit their work, all curated and organized by The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick. 

We are celebrating Frederick County Public Libraries Satellite Gallery "ARTner-ship" with The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center on May 18 with Creative Unity: A Library and Delaplaine Partnership Celebration - a full day event with art related activities for all ages at all three libraries. Activities include: 

  • Create community art by contributing to a Community Mural
  • Discover altered book art and maybe make something yourself
  • Watch "Pop-up artists" to experience art firsthand and get a chance to ask questions
  • Enjoy gallery exhibitions featuring works by local artists
  • Children can create pizza box art children at the Urbana and Thurmont Libraries 
Join us for a day of fun and creativity at a library near you.
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