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                                                                                           July 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 family-friendly activities and events that are sure to enlighten and entertain.


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
Let Their Writing Shine!
Community Support
Magic in the Library
Teddy Bears in the Park
Ready, Set, Dig
SRP Prizes
Take a Look at the Book List
Catriona's Castle
Wildlife Adventures
Keep in Touch
Special Event
Bike Rodeo and Rita's Ice
(ages 3-11, with an adult)
10:30 am
Saturday, July 20
Urbana Regional Library
Reading Garden
For details, click here.
Do you have a budding young writer who needs a place to shine? Or maybe one that needs a little motivation? Websites that specialize in publishing children's works may be just the thing. Because of safety issues, look for sites that review submissions for approval before they post them. Different sites also have their own specialties, rules and guidelines, so be sure to look for that before submitting work to them. Below are just a few you may want to look into.


Cyberkids - Cyberkids lets you submit your child's story, poem, article, picture or other creative work via email. If your child has a good sense of humor, this site especially likes stories, articles and poems that are funny.


Kids on the Net - This British site was one of the first websites on the internet to invite children to submit their writing. It appears to be very well organized and regulated and receives writing from all over the world.


KidPub - KidPub was created in 1995 as "a safe, fun place for kids to improve their writing skills by sharing their stories, poems, reviews, and other creative writing with a worldwide audience." KidPub does charge an annual fee of $14.95; however, they say this ensures that the child has permission to publish and that it also pays for their servers and maintenance.


These are just a few such sites. To find more, do a web search for "publishing sites for children".


Submitted by Lesa Zuke

Thurmont Regional Library

Resources abound in our communities yet many of us do not always think to use them!


As a children's librarian I am constantly planning new and innovative programs and displays for our library, but what I have discovered is that there are often exciting people and organizations in our community that are willing to help. This spring I was asked to create a display in the library for March and April to coordinate with Frederick Reads "Food for Thought" theme. While looking for ideas online, I happened upon a website for the Frederick County Farm Bureau. One phone call to the director put me in touch with their Education Chair, Evelyn Wilcom. She was thrilled to have the opportunity to put up a display in our library. She not only dropped off and picked up everything pictured in this display, she also put me in touch with the Dairy Farmers Association who gave us free pencils, coloring books, cow shaped erasers and Got Milk? bracelets that we are using as summer reading club prizes. How cool is that?!


Another community resource that I have recently found is State Farm Agent Missy Baker. Missy is trained to teach emergency 911 calling to preschoolers. She has a State Farm training phone that simulates the 911 operator and has offered to run a program this fall at the Urbana Regional Library during October's Fire Prevention month. Within ten minutes of meeting Missy she was offering her services and has since offered to help sponsor a Bike Rodeo at the Urbana Regional Library this summer on July 20 at 10:30 am.


Amazing resources are available in our communities if you look for them! Do you have a skill or service that could benefit your school or library? Chances are they would love to hear from you.


Janet Morris

Urbana Regional Library


Are you ready for a magical summer? We've got several of our favorite magicians coming to your branch in July, and we hope you'll join us in the fun.



Ed Russe will delight, entertain, and mystify you during this magnificent magic show! 

Thursday, July 11, 6 pm

Walkersville Branch Library (Click here to register for Walkersville)

Saturday, July 20, 11 am

Edward F. Fry Memorial Library at Point of Rocks

Thursday, July 25, 6:30 pm

Brunswick Public Library



Magician Peter Wood will perform an interactive magic show where audience members help the magic happen. Join us for a silly, spectacular, and stunning show!

Monday, July 8

11 am - Thurmont Regional Library

 6 pm - Brunswick Public Library


Friday, July 12

11 am - C. Burr Artz Public Library

 3 pm - Urbana Regional Library



Join Roger and Prop, the Magic Bunny, as they amaze and amuse in this show loaded with audience participation. You never know what surprises await you!

Thursday, July 25, 11 am - Thurmont Regional Library


Tara Lebherz

Thurmont Regional Library

Teddy bears are great companions and love to be read to! Pack a picnic and bring your teddy bear to the Walkersville Community Park this summer. Miss Adrienne and Miss Stephanie from the Walkersville Public Library will be at the park to share stories about their favorite furry friends.


Storytime will be at 1:15 PM on July 10 and 24; August 7 and 21.

Walkersville Community Park is located at the end of Kenneth Drive, off of Biggs Ford Road.


Your child can practice reading this summer by sharing some of these wonderful books about bears with their own teddy:


Corduroy by Don Freeman is the classic story of a bear who just wants a home. Corduroy lives in a department store and has an overnight adventure in search of his missing button.


Old Bear by Kevin Henkes is the wondrous story of a bear as he travels through the seasons of his life while hibernating.


Bears on Chairs by Shirley Parenteau. Fun rhyming text and darling pictures illustrate that there is room for everyone, even the biggest bear

of all.


Submitted by Stephanie Duncombe

Walkersville Public Library

Summer at FCPL means Summer Reading Program 

Young readers should be ready to unearth all kinds of adventures with the 2013 Summer Reading Program. Children of all ages are encouraged to discover the world beneath their feet. Focusing on earth and oceans, the creatures that inhabit them, fossils, and ancient discoveries, this year's theme is sure to please! Children in Preschool, Kindergarten, and grades one through five will participate in our "Dig into Reading" theme, while children in grades six through twelve will examine things "Beneath the Surface."


New prizes and new programs, such as Leonardo's Rockin' and Reading Show, are just a sampling of what Summer Reading Program participants can look forward to this summer. Another highlight is sure to be the First Friday Fun Fests at Westview Promenade that have been so popular they are being extended through to October.


You can register online at fcpl.org/summer or at any FCPL branch. When you come into a branch to register and/or pick up your game board, stop by the circulation desk and purchase a Summer Reading T-shirt: $6 for children's sizes and $7 for adult sizes.


As always, the Summer Reading Program and all related activities and events are free.


Special thanks to our 2013 Summer Reading Program sponsors: PNC Bank, The Frederick News-Post, and Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries.

We didn't have to dig too deep before uncovering a treasure trove of prizes. 

Children (PreK through Grade 5) who register for the Summer Reading Program by August 10, 2013, are eligible to win:



One child or teen will win a trip to Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark ($300 gift card), along with $300 in spending money, and skybox seating at the Frederick Keys August 18 game.

2012 CBA Dancing Bear Gift Card winner



  •  Kindle Fire (regular version), one winner per branch
  • $25 gift card to Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts, two winners per branch
  • Small treasure chest prizes for those who complete first two rows on their gameboards
  • Paperback book for those who complete all three rows of their gameboards


2012 CBA Passport prize winner

Summer Reading Program participants receive a passport on their gameboards. Get your passport stamped at all eight FCPL branches and turn it in by August 10, 2013, so you'll be  automatically entered to win this year's Passport Prize (one per branch):

  • FCPL backpack
  • $20 PNC gift card
  • Four tickets to Maryland Science Center
  • Baseball signed by the Frederick Keys

Are you looking for a good book to read this summer? Don't know where to begin? Check out our Summer Reading book lists!


Each year media specialists and library staff from Frederick County Public Schools and Frederick County Public Libraries have come together to share their love for reading. They select five hundred of the best titles and create a valuable reading resource for the children and teens of Frederick County


The Collaborative Summer Reading Booklists open the door to exciting reading and also help limit "summer learning loss," which often occurs over the course of summer vacation. The lists-available online at fcpl.org/summer-are divided into five groups by local school grade levels: Preschool, Kindergarten through second, third through fifth, sixth through eighth, and ninth through twelfth grades.


Whether you're looking for a silly picture book, an out-of-this world adventure tale, a collection of spooky stories, or something beyond your wildest dreams, we have just the book for you!


Selections from the suggested summer reading are also featured on free bookmarks available at all Frederick County Public Libraries branches. The free bookmarks also feature the artwork of the five winners of the summer reading art contest.


The Summer Reading booklists and other recommended reads are available now at fcpl.org/summer. Happy reading!
Hands-On Children's Theatre presents Peter Pan!

Best for ages 2-12 with an adult.

Catriona, the Fairy Godmother, conducts a 45-minute program of Peter Pan. Thirty randomly selected children can be costumed to act out the story with the help of audience participation as the Fairy Godmother tells the story and whispers things for the children to say and do.


Thursday, June 27, 11:00 am - Middletown Public Library

Thursday, June 27, 6:30 pm - Brunswick Public Library

Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 pm - Walkersville Branch Library

                (Click here to register for Walkersville)

Thursday, July 18, 3:00 pm - Urbana Regional Library

Friday, July 26, 11:00 am - Thurmont Regional Library

Thursday, August 1, 10:30 am - Emmitsburg Branch Library


Tara Lebherz

Thurmont Regional Library

Best for ages 5-12, with an adult

Explore the what, why, and who of storytelling with our favorite animals from Wildlife Adventures. Rich tales delight children and promote literacy. A few stories told are authored by children. A flock of story starter ideas!


Tuesday, July 9

11 am - Edward F. Fry Memorial Library at Point of Rocks

 3 pm - Urbana Regional Library

Wednesday, July 10

10:45 am - Brunswick Public Library

 2:30 pm - C. Burr Artz Public Library

Saturday, July 13

11 am - Emmitsburg Branch Library

 2 pm - Middletown Public Library

Saturday, July 20

11 am - Walkersville Branch Library

 2 pm - Thurmont Regional Library


Tara Lebherz

Thurmont Regional Library
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