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           TEEN NEWS
                                                  SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2013
Frederick County Public Libraries


As we head into the fall season and our tween and teens return to school, don't forget the library is here to help with homework, research, and special projects. Whether you stop by one of our eight locations or visit our busiest branch on the web, you'll find a wealth of services that directly benefit your child, no matter what age.


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We look forward to seeing you soon!

Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries   
In This Issue
FCPL Book Clubs
Non-profit Volunteer Fair
YA Author, Kelly Fiore
2014 Frederick County Spelling Bee
Advanced Placement Course
Prepare for the SAT at fcpl.org
Planning for College
College Bound
Keep in Touch

Radioactive You

Take a tour of the radioactive world around us.

Dr. Maliszewskyj will show how the pro's detect radiation and lower dose using principles of time, distance, and shielding.

No glowing! This is a "don't miss"!


Tuesday, October 8, 3:15 pm

Middletown Library


Join a Book Club!--just another afternoon activity for your already busy teen or something more? Ever wonder what a book club is really about? Book clubs often introduce readers to new authors and genres. Book clubs offer the opportunity for teens to voice their thoughts and hear what others have to say about a shared book. Book clubs validate reading.


Book clubs strengthen reading skills: reading for understanding and relating the reading to life experiences. Sharing your opinion takes more than just opening your mouth and spouting words. For teens to vocalize their thoughts they use multiple skills: organizing thoughts while finding the appropriate words to express themselves. Hearing other teen's opinions exposes them to new ideas and viewpoints, ones they might not have encountered when reading the book. Key elements for all book clubs are the sharing of ideas and the importance of taking turns. By choosing to respect other opinions and practicing good manners to demonstrate respect, essential life skills are reinforced.


Book clubs introduce readers to books they might not have chosen on their own. Being in a book club allows teens to build friendships with other book lovers. Book clubs allow teens to read for pure pleasure (no tests, quizzes or comprehension questions). Teens who read for pleasure do better on standard reading tests than those who don't. Book clubs place a social value to reading.


If you are looking for a book club for your teen, you are in luck...FCPL hosts a multitude of groups aimed towards a variety of ages, reading levels and interests.


20th Century Literature - Homeschool Literature Group at Walkersville

This group is geared for the high school student seeking college-prep literature enrichment. Read and discuss! Contact the Walkersville branch 301-845-8880 for more information and to enroll.


World Literature - Homeschool Literature Group at Walkersville

Middle school students are invited to join the newest book discussion group through FCPL. This discussion series will explore World Literature; featuring both classic and award winning titles. Contact the Walkersville branch 301-845-8880 for more information and to enroll.


Not a Book Group, Book Group at Middletown

When is a book group not a book group?! Searching for more than just talking about the book? This book group is for you! The Not Book Group, Book Group meets monthly after school, usually on a Tuesday, at the Middletown Library--for teens, grades 6-12! Themes and genres change with the month.


Girls & Graphic Novels Book Club at Walkersville

The newest book club at the Walkersville Library meets on the third Thursday of every month at 3:15 pm and features graphic novels that will appeal to middle and high school girls. Each month we'll pick a different theme to guide our reading and discussion. Join us for our first meeting in September to hear about some of the great graphic novels that FCPL has to offer and to decide what you'll read for our October meeting.


Submitted by Adrienne Barbee

Walkersville Branch Library
Thurmont Regional Library, 76 East Moser Road, Thurmont
The Thurmont Regional Library and Thurmont Lion's Club are partnering to host a community volunteer fair on Tuesday September 24 from 4-7 pm at the library.


The purpose of the event is to bring teens and other people who would like to give back to the community together with organizations from the Thurmont and Emmitsburg area that could use extra help and support.


On September 24, informational tables will be set up throughout the library so that those interested in becoming volunteers will have a chance to talk directly to representatives from a wide variety of non-profit organizations. People will be able to find out exactly what type of help is needed by various organizations and how their talents and interests would be best used in a volunteer capacity.


The fair will be of interest to high school students who want to build their resume for their college application or who need community service hours. It will also be an event for others of all ages who want to make a difference in their own hometown.


So teens, if you are interested in helping a worthy group by giving your time every week or even just once a month, be sure to drop in to the Thurmont Regional Library.


If you are involved in a non-profit group seeking volunteer help, please email Erin Dingle or call 301-600-7212 to reserve a table. Deadline to reserve is September 16.


Submitted by Erin Dingle

Administrator, Thurmont Regional Library
 Cooking and writing are two of Kelly Fiore's greatest passions; others include cupcakes, facials, and VH1 Classics. Fiore has a BA in Creative Writing from Salisbury University and an MFA in Poetry from West Virginia University. She received Individual Artist Awards for Poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2005 and 2009. When she's not writing, Fiore is listening to hair metal and shopping for more large sunglasses. She teaches English in Frederick where she lives with her husband, Matt, and her son, Max. As a former fry cook and waitress, Fiore never fails to throw salt over her shoulder, both for luck and to absorb the grease on the floor.


Join us for a meeting with Kelly Fiore on Thursday, September 26 at 5 pm. Hear about her new book, Taste Test, learn some tips on writing, ask some questions, and hear about her experiences as a new author.


Submitted by C. Bush

Thurmont Regional Library

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

Geordie Wilson, The Frederick News-Post, Jared Remsberg, Vineet Ravichandran, Richard Davies, Frederick County Bank

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, last year's 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 your 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 in the 2014 Frederick County Spelling Bee at Frederick County 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
Advanced Placement courses are college-level classes that you can take while still in high school. They offer you challenging course work and a taste of what college classes are like.


AP Scores: You will get your AP scores online this July. See how to get ready.

Preparing for the Exams: Get ready for the exams with practice questions and exam taking tips.

The Rewards: AP helps hundreds of thousands of high school students achieve their college dreams each year. Get the facts.

The AP Experience: Hear from AP students and learn how AP helps you set bigger goals for yourself.

AP & Your Future: Learn more about AP courses and see how they can help you prepare for college majors and careers.


Submitted by Mary Ann Foltz

Urbana Regional Library
Testing & Education Reference Center

The SAT is a standardized college entrance exam that measures your knowledge and skills in math, reading, and writing, as well as your ability to apply these skills to future academic tasks.


Many colleges require and/or accept the SAT for admission. Check with the colleges you're interested in to learn more about specific requirements.


Online Practice Test

Get prepared with a set of three online practice tests.


Online Course

Prepare for the SAT with highly personalized instruction in our online course.




Prepared by Mary Ann Foltz

Urbana Regional Library

Get information on our tests, find colleges, learn about financial aid, and get application help.


Get everything you need to plan for college, with interactive tools and guidance every step of the way on bigfuture.org.


 Get started:
Make a college plan
Find colleges
Explore majors & careers
Get application advice
Get help paying for college


Submitted by Mary Ann Foltz

Urbana Regional Library

SAT, ACT, FAFSA...preparing to go to college is often a confusing journey of abbreviations, forms, essays, and exams. Frederick County Public Libraries can help with these free and informative resources:


Testing & Education Reference Center--Go to fcpl.org and use your library card number to access this comprehensive online college search and preparation resource, which includes current information on colleges and universities, available scholarships and financial aid, eBooks on test preparation, and online practice exams and study aids for academic and career tests.


Grant Seekers Resource Center (GSRC),A Foundation Center Cooperating Collection

Visit internet work stations at C. Burr Artz Public Library to search Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, a research tool that focuses on foundations providing scholarships, student loans, fellowships, internships, and more.


Also available through the Grantseeker's Resource Center is free access to grantspace.org, with links to free webinars on scholarships and loans that provide expert advice on preparing winning scholarship applications, managing student debt, and more.


Essay SOS

Need extra assistance putting your thoughts on paper? The following program at the C. Burr Artz Public Library, Downtown Frederick will help you get started.


Writing Application Essays (teens)

Applying to college and stumped by your application essay? Want to snag a great internship but need to write a personal statement? Come to this workshop to learn tips and ideas to craft an essay that shows the real you.
Thursday, November 21, 6:30 pm


Written by Marlene England for FCPL Fall 2013 BookMarks publication
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