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                                                                  April/May 2013

Frederick County Public Libraries

Business is booming at Frederick County Public Libraries! Frederick Reads, our signature literary program, is a good example of collaboration with 30+ organizations producing 50+ events in honor of this spring's author visit.


We hope to see you at these events, as well as all eight library branches this spring.

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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Frederick Reads Will Allen
New FCPL Database
Celebrating Creative Unity
What's in a Barrel of Oil?
Grant Seekers Resource Center
Get to Know: Dara Markowitz
Keep in Touch

Frederick Speaker Series

Gen. Colin Powell,

USA (Ret.)

Thursday, May 9, 7:30 pm

Weinberg Center

for the Arts


Tickets may be purchased

online at weinbergcenter.org


2013 Theme "Food for Thought"

Frederick Reads welcomes pioneering urban farmer Will Allen, author of The Good Food  Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and CommunitiesWill Allen's good food revolution began long before his groundbreaking book was published in 2012.


The son of a sharecropper from South Carolina, Allen grew up on a vegetable farm in nearby Rockville. After a career as a professional basketball player and corporate sales leader, he went back to his farming roots and discovered a passion for urban agriculture.


From a "food desert," a two-acre plot of land in one of Milwaukee's poorest neighborhoods, Allen created an urban farm that now produces enough chemical-free vegetables and fish each year-round to feed thousands of people. The nonprofit he founded and continues to lead--Growing Power, Inc., in Milwaukee--not only improves public health through high-quality and affordable food but also creates jobs, helps troubled youths, dismantles racism, and brings urban and rural communities closer together.


Allen's vision of what can be and his enthusiasm for making it happen has placed him at the top of respected voices in urban agriculture and food policy. His organization is now helping develop community food systems across the country.


Thursday, April 11

Allen discusses the themes within his book, The Good Food Revolution, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience and a book signing. Both events are free and open to the public; no tickets required.


11 am - Frederick Community College, Jack B. Kussmaul Theater

7 pm - Weinberg Center for the Arts,

           20 W. Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick


Bountiful Breakfast Benefit

Friday, April 12, 8 am

Join the Frederick Reads Committee and this year's honorary committee chair, Bryan Voltaggio, as we honor Will Allen. Proceeds from the celebration will support the 2014 Frederick Reads season. Our farm-to-table breakfast takes place in an historic barn at the Bishop Claggett Center, Adamstown--just minutes from Downtown Frederick--commanding a beautiful view of meadows and Sugarloaf Mountain.


Bryan Voltaggio / SOTA Photography

Event cost: $75, a limited number of tickets are available in advance. Please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope and check (payable to Frederick Reads) to Val Atmonavage, FCPL, 110 E. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701.


For details of more Frederick Reads events, visit FrederickReads.org, and click on the calendar tab.


Business Source Premier

FCPL has added a new business product from EBSCO Host, the Business Source Premier Database.


This database provides full text articles from over 2,200 business journals, Market Line company reports with SWOT analyses, information on business topics including marketing, management, accounting, finance, industries, and more.


Business Source Premier is available to all Frederick County Public Library card holders. Simply log in with your card number; no user name or password is required.


To find Business Source Premier, go to fcpl.org,

click on "Research", then on the left side of the screen,

click on "Business: Companies & Products."

You will see the database link on the right side of the screen.

Mobile App: To sign up and receive instructions for downloading the mobile app for iphone or android, scroll down to the very bottom of the web page and click on the link provided!


Submitted by Terri Klco

C. Burr Artz Public Library


Saturday, May 18

This May, Frederick County Public Libraries celebrates the opening of a third satellite gallery organized and curated by The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. The Brunswick Public Library joins the Urbana and Thurmont Regional Libraries in providing a dedicated space for quarterly exhibits by local and regional artists working in a variety of mediums.


"We're thrilled to be able to expand this creative collaboration with the Frederick County Public Libraries and to share the work of innovative artists with the community of Brunswick," says The Delaplaine's Manager of Outreach Virginia Kane.


Creative Unity: A Library and Delaplaine Partnership Celebrationon Saturday, May 18, is the kickoff for the Brunswick addition, with a full day of art-related events at all three locations, including:  

  • Community mural-draw or paint on large sheets of paper at each of the three libraries.
  • Altered book art to "make and take"--transform old discarded books into works of art.
  • "Pop-up artists"--experience art firsthand when Delaplaine member artists showcase their techniques throughout the day.
  • Gallery exhibitions--featuring works by members of the Frederick Plein Air Association.  

Look for more collaboration between FCPL and The Delaplaine in the months to come. Upcoming exhibits include formats and media that range from photography and plein air painting to digital collage, assemblage, and mixed media constructions incorporating elements of written poetry.


Written by Marlene England

for FCPL's spring 2013 BookMarks publication


We see oil and other commodity prices fluctuate on a daily basis. Oil is sold by the barrel around the world and is purchased by U.S. Dollars only.


Below are some interesting facts about a barrel of oil: 

  • A barrel of crude oil contains 42 U.S. gallons.
  • A barrel of crude oil yields approximately 45 gallons of petroleum products after the refining process.
  • The extra yield is from additives used in the refining process.
  • One barrel yields about 11 gallons of diesel, 4 gallons of jet fuel, 7-9 gallons of other products, and about 19 gallons of gasoline.
  • Some of the other products include:
    • Ink
    • Crayons
    • Dishwashing liquids
    •  Deodorant
    • Eyeglasses
    • CDs and DVDs
    • Tires
    • Ammonia
    • Heart Valves 

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration www.eia.gov


Submitted by Terri Klco

C. Burr Artz Public Library

A Foundation Center Cooperating Collection


Upcoming Training:

Guide to Online Grantseeker Resources:

April 16th, 12:30-1:30 pm,

C. Burr Artz Public Library Community Room,

110 East Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick

Presenter: Pat Anderson,

Grant Seekers Resource Center Librarian.


Learn to navigate and use the wide range of resources available on the Foundation Center's newest web site, GrantSpace.org. Registration required: Online or call 301-600-1630 x3.


If you are unable to attend, you have the option of viewing a free, recorded webinar offered through the Foundation Center's Grant Space website to guide you. Guide to Online Grantseeker Resources.


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
C. Burr Artz Public Library

GET TO KNOW: Dara Markowitz

 Dara is a Library Associate II, Adult Services, at FCPL's Walkersville branch. She has been with FCPL for four years.

I have also been employed as... a social worker, an education director, a credentials reviewer, a Residence Hall Advisor.... It might be more entertaining to tell you that one summer, I was a student intern for anchorman Paul Berry at Channel 7 in D.C. and solved consumer problems for TV's Seven on Your Side.


In school, I've studied... community organization, family and group dynamics, child development... stuff like that. Truthfully, life gives you more skills and knowledge than a classroom, but it takes time to realize that. I have a BA in Psychology and an MSW in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Go Blue!


I love to read... Yes, I do. According to my personal book list, last year I read 15 Juvenile novels, 16 from the Youth collection, and 60 adult-mostly literature-reads. I read quite a lot of historical and contemporary fiction these days. Recent good reads: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater... I'm stopping now.


The best thing about my job is... the community feel at a small branch, and the great team of people I work with. Easy question!


My favorite library memory is... of my very first library, South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library in Ohio, which had a round children's room. Seriously, when you are five, what could be better than a turret room full of books with a rocking chair?


People might be surprised to discover that I... lived in a geodesic dome one summer? Have a house with a round door? Still love Star Trek? Do genealogy? Have three kids? Show up at work sometimes even on my days off? I think that I am fairly predictable, so I have no idea what people might be surprised by. Feel free to come to Walkersville and meet me.


Submitted by Emily Dolly

C. Burr Artz Public Library
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