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                                                                                             JUNE 2013

Frederick County Public Libraries


Like a busy beehive of activity, summer is an exciting time at Frederick County Public Libraries. No other organization in our community provides as much enriching, educational, fun programming at no charge to you. From the Summer Reading Program to concerts, parties and book clubs, there is something to please everyone.


Our libraries are your hot-weather destination, and our website calendar is your road map to a wonderful summer for all ages!

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Please stop by and see us soon!

Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Why Reading is Important
Reading Aloud Favorites
Colorful Characters
Summer is Music Time
First Friday Fun Fest
Remsberg Competes at Scripps
Nighttime on the Deck
Urbana Music Festival
Keep in Touch
Special Event
Ages 6-11
Enjoy a ballet story and learn some simple ballet steps.
Thursdays at 4 pm:
June 27 and August 22
C. Burr Artz Public Library
Downtown Frederick
Registration is required.
Register here.

Reading aloud is an act of giving that shows you care enough to share your time!


Why reading aloud is important ...


Young children learn:

  • Knowledge of printed letters and words, and the relationship between sound and print.
  • The meaning of words.
  • How books work, and a variety of writing styles.
  • The world in which they live.
  • The difference between written language and everyday conversation.
  • The pleasure of reading.

Older children still benefit from being read aloud to:

  • Children listen on a different level than they read
  • Creates the opportunity to talk the themes presented in the story
  • Pure enjoyment
  • Builds vocabulary
  • Although you might not snuggle with your older child, the emotional bonds formed when sharing a book can be comforting and can create life long memories for adults and children.

Submitted by Miss Adrienne, Walkersville Branch Library


Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt - "Mary Poppins, move over--or get shoved out of the way. Nanny Piggins has arrived." a Booklist starred review.


Bedtime Is Canceled by Cece Meng - kids will love the idea that bedtimes have been canceled.


The (Worst) Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson - hilarious antics of the Herdman's;  'these kids aren't famous they are criminal!' 

Carl books by Alexandra Day - lovable rottweiler Carl and his many adventures; these books rely on beautiful pictures and few words, allowing the readers imagination to tell the story. 


Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic - Maxwell Duck goes missing only his duck soup remains.


Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox - a twisted tale on Rapunzel.


The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy - a riotous peek at the 'Princes Charming' and their fairytale princesses.
It's a Book by Lane Smith - for all ages who love a good joke.

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen - Geisel Honor book - you have to share to appreciate.


Moo Baa La La La or Barnyard Dance bySandra Boynton - these very easy books are  classics for all.


Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien - Newbery Medal winner tells the story of a mother's struggles to save her four young children even when it means facing her mortal enemies.


My Fathers Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett - humorous tale of a baby dragon's rescue.

Open Very Carefully: a Book with Bite by Nick Bromley - sometimes big happenings have very small beginnings; a tale of consequences.


Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire - where does this large spotted animal belong?


Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills - a story to inspire writers.


Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas - Ed, Ned, and Ted love to rhyme while Bob cannot seem to get the hang of it.


Skippyjon Jones series by Judith Byron Schachner - these are the adventures of no ordinary Siamese cat.


There's a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss - around the house silly nonsense creatures in full wacky Seuss humor.


Submitted by Miss Adrienne, Walkersville Branch Library


Watch your favorite book characters "come alive" this summer @ Your Library! Special programming will occasionally accompany our friends as we all Dig Into Reading, so load up the kids and a camera and we'll see you there!


Visit with Clifford: C. Burr Artz - June 9, 1:30 pm


Visit with Corduroy: C. Burr Artz - June 14, 10:15 am (Corduroy movie at 10:30 am); June 19, 2 pm; and June 22, 11 am


Maisy Loves the Library: Thurmont - June 15, 10:30 am and June 19, 10:30 am


Skippyjon Jones Visit: Brunswick - June 15, 10:30 am; June 19, 10:30 am;

and June 20, 6:30 pm


Storytime with Froggy: Point of Rocks - June 18, 11 am


Meet Spot: Urbana - June 18, 11 am and 7 pm; June 19, 11 am; and Friday, June 21, 11 am


Meet Tacky the Penguin:

Walkersville - June 18, 11:45 am

C. Burr Artz - June 20, 11:15 am and 2 pm (Mr. Popper's Penguin movie at 2:30 pm)


Go Bananas with Curious George: Emmitsburg - June 20, 10:30 am*


Meet Keyote from the Frederick Keys:

Urbana ­- June 15, 10:30 am

Point of Rocks - June 22, 11 am

Brunswick - June 26, 10:30 am

C. Burr Artz - June 27, 10:30 am

Thurmont - June 28, 10:30 am

Emmitsburg - July 9 10:30 am

Middletown - July 20, 11 am


Meet Splat the Cat:

Walkersville - July 11, 6:30 pm

Thurmont - July 12, 1 pm

Emmitsburg - July 13, 12 pm

Brunswick - July 16, 2 pm

Urbana - July 18, 6:30 pm

C. Burr Artz - July 20, 11 am and July 21, 2 pm


Meet Pete the Cat:

Walkersville - August 15, 6:30 pm*

Thurmont - August 16, 11 am*

Emmitsburg - August 17, 11 am*

Middletown - August 19, 1 pm

Brunswick - August 20, 4:30 pm

Urbana - August 22, 6:30 pm

C. Burr Artz - August 24, 11 am and August 25, 2 pm 


* Registration is required.

For more information and to register, please visit the FCPL website for our Colorful Characters.


Submitted by Karin Tome, Brunswick Public Library


This summer Frederick County is the place to be for music. Some of the best and brightest in kids' music will be bringing their shows to the Frederick County Public Libraries and other venues. From the rockin' sound of Milkshake, to the lovely and melodic songs of Charlie Hope, the entertaining and interactive show of Leonardo, and the fun and upbeat sound of Mr. Jon & Friends, at FCPL this summer there will be something for everyone! Check it out!


Charlie Hope charliehopemusic.com

Friday, June 28, 10:15 am - Urbana Regional Library

Friday, June 28, 1:30 pm - C. Burr Artz Public Library

Saturday, June 29, 10:15 am - Brunswick Public Library

Saturday, June 29, 1 pm - Middletown Branch Library

Saturday, June 29, 3:30 pm - Walkersville Branch Library

Sunday, June 30, 2 pm -Thurmont Regional Library


Rockin' and Reading with Leonardo leonardomusic.com

Tuesday, July 16, 1:30 pm - Urbana Regional Library

Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 pm - C. Burr Artz Public Library

Wednesday, July 17, 10:30 am - Thurmont Regional Library

Wednesday, July 17, 2:30 pm - Brunswick Public Library


Milkshake milkshakemusic.com

Thursday, June 20, 10:30 am - Baker Park Bandshell for the Summerfest Family Theater

Monday, June 24, 2 pm - Thurmont Regional Library

Wednesday, July 31, 11 am - C. Burr Artz Public Library

Wednesday, July 31, 2 pm - Urbana Regional Library


Mr. Jon & Friends mrjonmusic.com

Thursday, July 11, 10:30 am - Baker Park Bandshell for the Summerfest Family Theater

Tuesday, August 20, 6:30 pm - C. Burr Artz Public Library for the See Ya Later Summer Show


Submitted by Jon Lewis, C. Burr Artz Public Library


Nothing says fun like Friday--and, from now through August, FCPL and Westview Promenade are teaming up to bring you an extra dose of fun on the first Friday morning of every month. Join us in Westview's Courtyard (in front of Regal Cinemas) from 10 'til 11:30 am for story time, music, games, and crafts. Don't forget your camera!


Each month features a special theme and unique activities-and it's all free.


June 7 - The Fun Bus will visit

July 5 - Summer

August 2 - Baseball: Look for Keyote from the Frederick Keys!


No need to sign up; just drop by and enjoy the fun. For details, go to shopwestview.com or fcpl.org.

Jared Remsberg, a seventh grader at Brunswick Middle School, represented Frederick County at the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 28-30. In February, Jared won the 2013 Frederick County Spelling Bee and advanced to the Scripps Bee as our representative at this national event!


For the first time this year, competitors answered vocabulary questions to test their knowledge of definitions as well as spelling. Vocabulary made up half of the overall score. Despite spelling "terrapin" and "adipose" correctly in the bee's preliminary rounds, Jared did not earn enough points on the computer-based spelling and vocabulary test to advance to the semi-finals.


Jared said he was happy he achieved his goal of spelling both his words correctly. "The competition is much harder than local bees," Jared said, "particularly because of the new need to remember definitions for the vocabulary test." He plans to study hard for next year's Frederick County Spelling Bee, and a chance to come back to Scripps in 2014.


By spelling correctly in Rounds 2 and 3, Jared tied for 43rd place and won a $100 VISA gift card. The expenses for Jared's trip, which included transportation, spending money, and lodging at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, were paid by The Frederick News-Post. Other sponsors of the Frederick County Spelling Bee are the Frederick County Public Libraries and Frederick County Bank.


281 spellers participated in the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee. The champion speller was Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, NY. The winning word was "knaidel," a word for a small mass of leavened dough.


If you'd like to learn about the Scripps National Spelling Bee visit spellingbee.com. There you can find event pictures, the words used in the bee and official results. Congratulations to Jared!
Caroline O'Connell, Chair, Frederick County Spelling Bee  

All ages, with an adult.

No registration. Just turn up and enjoy the fun!


Awesome Animals - Thursday, June 20, 6:30 pm

Help kick off our summertime series with the Catoctin Creek Nature Center. Real live animals and lots of fun.


Amazing Animals - Thursday, July 18, 6:30 pm

It's another wild night with Fountain Rock Nature Center. See live animals and maybe even touch one!


Slightly Spooky Stories - Thursday, August 15, 6:30 pm

Listen to a few stories around the "campfire" with storyteller Kit Bloom, whose tales are family-friendly and just a little on the ghostly side.


Mark your calendars and join us at Urbana Regional Library for this annual celebration of music, art, activities, and fun in the sun, including:

  • Live music:
    • 12-1:30 pm - Karla Chisholm Band
    • 2-3:30 pm - Music Pilgrim Trio
    • 4-5:30 pm - Chaise Lounge
  • Craft show with local regional artists
  • Pony rides, petting zoo, moon bounce, and obstacle course
  • Transportation zone, with a focus on safety and rescue vehicles
  • Karate demonstations
  • Meet and greet with Frederick Keys' Keyote, Max the Bunny (of Max & Ruby), Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Sneaks the Cat
  • Delicious food from Asian Fusion, Buffalo Wild Wings, Catoctin Popcorn, and other vendors

For details, click here.

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