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                                                             JUNE/JULY/AUGUST 2013

Frederick County Public Libraries

A trip to the library this summer is a workout for your imagination! No matter what your interests are, you'll find teen and 'tween activities and events that are sure to enlighten and entertain. From the Summer Reading Program to concerts, parties and book clubs, there is something to please everyone.


As the thermometer rises, we look forward to seeing you often at the cool events offered at your local library.

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We look forward to seeing you soon!

Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries


In This Issue
2013 Newbery Medal Winner
School's Out Party
Stained Glass Workshop
What can Summer Reading Do for You?
Urbana Music Festival
Sea Glass Jewelry
Remsberg Competes at Scripps
Keep in Touch
Teen Writing Workshop

Improve your writing skills

with fun activities.
Wednesday, July 3, 2:30 pm

Thursday, August 1, 2:30 pm


C. Burr Artz Public Library

Downtown Frederick


For details, click here.

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


The 2013 Newbery Medal winner is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This is the story of an artistic gorilla that lives a caged life in a shopping center and hardly ever misses the jungle. But Ivan's world is changed when he's joined by a baby elephant that helps him to see things differently.


2013 Newberry Honor Books

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz, published by Candlewick Press. Lizzie Rose,  Parsefall, and Clara are caught in the clutches of a wicked puppeteer and a powerful witch in this deliciously dark and complex tale set in Dickensian England, where adventure and suspense are interwoven into nuanced explorations of good versus evil.


Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin, published by Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press. Balancing intersecting threads of scientific discovery, political intrigue and military strategy, "Bomb" is a riveting historical nonfiction drama. Sheinkin's engaging narrative explores the complex series of events that led to the creation of the ultimate weapon and introduces many memorable personalities involved in the pursuit.


Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. In the rich tradition of Southern storytelling, rising  sixth-grader Mo LoBeau leads the eccentric residents of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, on a rollicking journey of mystery, adventure and small-town intrigue as she investigates a murder and searches for her long-lost mother.


Clare Bush

Thurmont Regional Library
Since Urbana Regional Library opened, nearly seven years ago, the Teen Anime/Manga group has been an enthusiastic bunch. The A/M group meets monthly, one Sunday a month from 2-3:30 pm. Many Cosplay, others bring manga, plushies and other paraphernalia. I just love the pink wigs! There are budding artists and fan experts in the group. All middle and high school students are welcome. Watch anime on the big screen. Refreshments served.


 Many Urbana teen Anime/ Manga teens will be attending the Otakon convention. Otakon is the convention of the otaku generation: by fans, for fans; and will descend on Baltimore for the 20th Otakon on August 9-11, 2013. Put the date on your calendar now if you want to celebrate all anime, manga, and all facets of Asian pop culture!


There is something for everyone at Otakon. Start planning your Cosplay now. Cosplay is dressing as a character from a book/manga. If you love cosplay, Saturday is the day to walk the halls. The cosplayers swarm the corridors on Saturday, and the cosplay event itself is in the evening.


Otakon tries to have many events at which con-goers can meet or listen to guests-the artists, writers, actors, musicians, and production staff who create anime, movies, music, webcomics, and games. They will often appear at panels at which they speak and take questions from the audience. These panels are listed in the schedule and usually last between one and two hours, depending on who's speaking and how many people are on the panel. Often, a guest will also appear at a signing, where he or she will sign things like the Otakon Program Book, T-shirts, copies of manga or DVDs, and the like. The lines for these signings are often rather long, so it may be a good idea to show up a bit early.


At the Saturday night concert Otakon is bringing musical guests from Japan. T.M. Revolution (TMR) returns to Otakon 10 years after his US debut performance at Otakon 2003. TMR has a global fan base and reputation, especially with anime fans. Check out You Tube videos of his concerts. My favorite live concert song is "Heart of Sword". Expect huge crowds for TMR.


Mary Ann Foltz

Urbana Regional Library
No more rulers; no more books! June 17 is the first day of summer vacation for Frederick County Public Schools! So start you summer off with a party at 1 pm. There will be music, dancing, Wii games, door prizes, and other fun. Rita's Ice will be served along with other snacks.


Skateboarding demonstrations by Pit Crew of Frederick will follow at 2:30 pm in the parking lot. See you there!


June 17 at 1 pm for the party and 2:30 for the Skateboarding demonstrations. No registration; just drop by.


Submitted by Clare Bush

Thurmont Regional Library
Thursday, June 27, 5 pm

For teens and tweens. Make your own piece of stained glass art with the help of an instructor from Wentz Stained Glass Studio of Gettysburg, PA. You will go home with a one of a kind sun catcher or pendant. This workshop is guaranteed to be fun and informative. All tools and materials are provided.


Space is limited so sign up now. Register here.


Submitted by Clare Bush

Thurmont Regional Library

Beneath the Surface: Summer Reading for teens in grades 6-12 at Frederick County Public Libraries fcpl.org/summer starts now.


Sign up and get your game board to get started. Just by signing-up, you are automatically entered into the Grand Prize drawing for a Great Wolf Lodge gift card and $300 spending money. In addition, you will be entered into a drawing for a Google Nexus tablet.


Everyone who signs up gets a ticket to a Frederick Keys baseball game - either the August 11 or August 18 game.


Log your game board activities, hours of reading, or teen library program attendance on your Summer Reading home page at fcpl.org/summer. These entries count toward drawings for $10 PNC gift cards throughout the summer.


Complete your game board and you will get to choose a paperback book to keep forever and ever.


There's more.... A Passport to Reading is on the back of your game board. Visit the eight Frederick County Public Libraries branches between now and August 10, get your Passport stamped at each library, and turn in the entry form for a prize drawing. Be sure to have your Passport with you when you visit. Locations of all eight branches can be found here: fcpl.org/branches-hours.


Don't forget about your local library when looking for a place to volunteer for your community service hours. Teens 14 and older, visit your local branch to get more information about volunteering.


Submitted by Robin Goetz

Teen Services Supervisor

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 demonstrations
  • Delicious food from Asian Fusion, Buffalo Wild Wings, Catoctin Popcorn, and other vendors 
For details, click here.

Turn colorful shards of sea glass into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry and crafts: sea glass bookmark, necklace, cell phone charm, and pierced earrings.All materials will be supplied.


Middletown Branch Library - Tuesday, June 25, 3 pm

Emmitsburg Branch Library - Tuesday, July 16, 2 pm* (Refreshments will be served.)

C. Burr Artz Public Library - Thursday, July 25, 3 pm*

Brunswick Public Library - Wednesday, July 31, 2:30 pm*

Urbana Regional Library - Monday, August 5, 2 pm*

Thurmont Regional Library - Thursday, August 15, 5 pm*


Note: * Registration is required. For details and to register, click on the branch name.
 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 spelling bee, for a chance to come back to Scripps again next year.


 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 NewsPost. Other sponsors of the Frederick County Bee are the Frederick County 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, Spelling Bee Committee
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