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                                                                                      August 2013

Frederick County Public Libraries
Summer is almost over, but the summer reading program is still underway. Thousands of kids and teens are participating in free, fun events and special programs in all our branches as well as entering their book reviews and comments online. Registration continues until August 10, so it is not too late to join in the fun!

We'd like to take our hats off to PNC Bank, The Frederick News-Post, and the Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries, whose tremendous financial support makes the summer reading program such a success. In addition to funding, PNC provides volunteer support through its employees, who help with summer reading  programs at FCPL branches countywide.


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Stay cool - visit your library today!


Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Jump Into Kindergarten
First Friday Fun Fest
2014 Frederick County Spelling Bee
More Than Books
How I Spent the Summer
A Profile of Jon Lewis
Keep in Touch

Dora & Diego Day

Tuesday, August 6 

Dress up in adventure gear or Dora/Diego costume

for plenty of fun and a scavenger hunt.

All Day


Have a dance party and pose in the photo booth. 2:30 pm.


C. Burr Artz Public Library

Downtown Frederick

Are you ready to start Kindergarten? Join us for stories, crafts and...jumping as we get ready for the big day! Join the fun at the C. Burr Artz Public Library Monday, August 5 at 2:30 pm and the Thurmont Library on Monday, August 12 at 10:30 am. Can't make either time? Thurmont is also offering an evening session on Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30 pm.


Parents--help your little one start off on the right foot as we take time to discuss any questions or concerns he/she may have about school. This low-key program gives parents and children the opportunity to share some school stories, make a school themed craft, and wiggle and giggle their worries away. The program is designed specifically for kids getting ready to enter Kindergarten. Registration is required, you can register by clicking on the relevant date below.


Monday, August 5, 2:30 pm

C. Burr Artz Public Library, Downtown Frederick


Monday, August 12, 10:30 am

Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 pm

Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Road


Submitted by Marlene Bordner

Thurmont Regional Library
Free Fantastic Fun Continues in the Fall

Westview Promenade and FCPL partnered to provide summer fun each Friday at Westview Promenade, Buckeystown Pike at Crestwood Blvd. The events have been so successful and kids have been having such a great time that the partners have decided to extend the event into October.


Drop by on the first Friday of each month for a variety of story time, music, games, and crafts. If the weather is inclement, the event will be held inside the former Twisted Twill shop, next to Chico's.


Monthly on 1st Friday, 10-11:30 am


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


September 6 - Apples and Back to School


October 4 - Pumpkins and Fall


No need to sign up; just drop by and enjoy the fun.

Want to B-E-E a speller in the 2014 Bee?

Did you hear all that buzz about the 2013 Spelling Bee? Are you hoping to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee like Jared Remsberg, the 2013 Frederick County winner? Wondering how to get involved?


If you want to participate in the 2014 Spelling Bee, get started

N-O-W. First, find out if you school participates in the Frederick County Spelling Bee. Why? This is how the bee program works:

  1. From late-August through mid-October 2013 elementary and middle schools register with the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  2. In the winter, participating schools hold school level spelling bees.
  3. On March 15, 2014, winners of school level bees at participating schools compete at the Frederick County Spelling Bee at the Frederick Community College.
  4. In May 2014, the winner of the Frederick County Spelling Bee participates in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, a week-long event in Washington, DC.

If your school does not register with the Scripps National Spelling Bee, no one from your school will be eligible to compete in the Frederick County Spelling Bee. How can you get your school involved? Contact your school administrators and teachers and let them know that you want to participate in the bee program and need for your school to enroll. You and your school can get more information by visiting: spellingbee.com or by contacting Caroline O'Connell at coconnell@frederickcountymd.gov.


We hope to see Y-O-U at our 2014 Frederick County Spelling Bee!


Submitted by Caroline O'Connell

Frederick County Spelling Bee Committee

Frederick County Public Libraries are more than just places to find a good book, magazine, or movie. Each branch has its own art and educational spaces for exploring and learning. Here, young Magnolia spends time with the "Classics" sculpture in front of the C. Burr Artz Public Library. Her mother, Ciara, writes, "We are moving to the area and took this picture while visiting earlier in the month. Excited to spend some major hours in the children's section!!"


Magnolia at the C. Burr Artz Library

"Classics" is a bronze sculpture by noted artist, George Lundeen. It was donated by the Joseph D. Baker Fund in honor of the grand opening of the renovated library in 2002.


We are always excited to hear about people's favorite spots in the library or a captivating photo. To see some of the many photos we have, visit our Facebook page or find us on Flickr. You can even post your own photos to our Facebook wall!


Janet Vogel

Children's Department Supervisor,

C. Burr Artz Public Library

We've had an amazing summer at the library so far and hope that you've joined us for one of our fun programs. From magicians to live animal encounters, the library has been an exciting place to be! And don't worry...if you haven't made it to your local branch yet we still have lots of great programs lined up for the month of August. Just visit our website calendar to see what's coming next!

Kids enjoyed a free healthy lunch and story

at Brunswick Library's weekly Summer

Lunch and Lit program. 

Families at the Point of Rocks Library

enjoyed a story from new children's

librarian Mr. John!


"You can fly, you can fly!" Peter Pan came

to life at the C. Burr Artz Library with

Catriona's Castle.

Curious George was curious about the

Emmitsburg Library!


Magic shows are some of our best attended

events during the summer, like this one at

the Thurmont Regional Library.

There's nothing "Tacky" about a penguin

visiting Walkersville Library!

Fridays will never be the same again now

that FCPL has joined First Friday Fun Fest at

Westwiew Promenade.

Up, up, and away! The fun will still continue at

Westview Promenade after summer ends as

the program runs into October!



Spot the Dog has a fan club at the

Urbana Regional Library

You never know what might show up at the

Middletown Library....SSSSsssss!!!

Submitted by Robyn Monaco
Urbana Regional Library

Jon Lewis (a.k.a. Mr. Jon) is the resident rock star at the C. Burr Artz Public Library in Downtown Frederick. Known to preschoolers, parents, and kids of all ages as "The Guy with the Guitar," Jon loves to combine his passion for music with his people-centered personality to entertain patrons, program attendees, and coworkers alike. He was kind enough to answer some questions and share some of his insights about life in the library surrounded by children and music.


When asked about what he likes most about working in the library, he was quick to answer. "Working with people and especially kids," he said. "I love kids. And being able to interact with them in storytimes, at the desk, and throughout the branch is just about the most fulfilling job I've ever had."


For those of us who know how much Jon loves to be among people and how much he loves to read and spend time among books, it was a little surprising to find that his earliest memories of the library are drastically different from what he now knows to be true. It seems he never dreamed about being a librarian. "When I was growing up, librarians were always cranky old ladies who told you to be quiet and shushed you if you looked at them the wrong way," he explained. "It wasn't really until I started working in a library that I realized how awesome librarians are, and then I was so glad to be in their company!"


Pinning him down on his favorite book from childhood was a bit challenging. He loved Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson. "Seeing Harold and the world he created as he went along was very exciting as a little guy," he said. This excitement for fantasy led him to read all of the Oz books by L. Frank Baum and then move on the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. "As a boy I loved the idea of whole new worlds and being the character as you read what they do and see and experience," he explained. "To be honest, I still love those sorts of stories. Hmmm maybe it's time to revisit the world of Oz again."


Although Jon took his time coming to his job as a librarian, he recognized his other passion--music--from a very early age. Although, honestly, even that path wasn't entirely free of bumps. "I grew up around music, listening to my dad's Simon and Garfunkel records, singing in choirs, taking piano lessons, and dragging my feet on the way to trombone lessons, too," he remembered. "My dad played the trombone, my big brother played the trombone, and my parents asked, 'What would you like to play'? I said, 'How about the clarinet'? The parents said, 'How about the trombone?' I said, 'uh...OK'. So, music was always a part of my life in some way or another."


While in high school Jon discovered acting and musical theater. "I took to that like a fish to water," he said. He participated in the shows at high school and then in college, and he even spent some time working with community theaters. It was during his freshman year of college that he discovered his love of writing music. "Two friends and I sat down and tried to write a  song... and we did," Jon said. "I'm sure it was awful, but it was so much fun! I'd never done anything like that before. That led to a brand new world of songwriting and performing that came gushing out of me like a geyser. I experienced this new world of expressing yourself through your own lyrics, melodies, and music, and fifteen years later I haven't been able to turn that geyser off." Now, working with his wife Carrie on their second CD, we're very glad he has yet to find the shut-off valve. Not only that, but we've seen the videos that prove Carrie and Jon are bringing their little son Zander into the mix. He now plays music with his parents, too!  


For those of us who work with Jon, we found some surprising results when we asked him to share some things that others might not know about him. We weren't surprised to find that he's an ordained minister, since we've seen the pictures of wedding ceremonies he's performed, but we were just a bit surprised to discover he can breathe through his eye. "You'll say, 'No way!'" he said. But, he'll reply, "Just give me a pool, and I'll show you the eye bubbles I can make! Then you'll say, 'Uh, you're gross.'" Since Jon grew up just an hour from the Jersey shore, he spent lots of time underwater as a kid, discovering many joys besides eye-socket breathing. He still considers the beach to be his favorite place on earth. "I love the ocean!" he said. "For me, any place where I can see the ocean is where I am happy. You have a beach house I can borrow? I am in! And a good L. Frank Baum book to go with it of course."


So, whether you're looking for a great fantasy to read or a minister to marry you, stop by and have a chat with our very own Mr. Jon.


Submitted by Deb Schepp

C. Burr Artz Public Library
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