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                                                                                  September 2013

Frederick County Public Libraries


Summer's in the rear-view mirror and the kids are back to school. There's still a tremendous buzz at the library, as kids visit our branches and website for homework help, project ideas, and research.


Our programs for children and teens are an integral part of our library services all year long, and we couldn't provide them without the support of the community. As we reflect on over 10,000 children who benefited from the recently finished Summer Reading Program, we're pleased to provide this brief report on the events that made the summer special for Frederick County youth.

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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
SRP A Huge Success
Passport to Reading
Baltimore Orioles
Prize Winners
More Prize Winners
Teen Prizes
Gardening on the Terrace
Summer Reading Fun
Looking Forward to 2014
Keep in Touch

Special Thanks

to our Sponsors 

SRC Sponsor Logos 

Summer Reading Program is over and we hope you all had a great time digging into books! Overall we had 10,0013 children and teens read their way through the summer months in order to accomplish their reading goals. Our busy readers submitted 10,250 reviews of the books they read to our website! Finally, we had 251 patrons complete our passport activity, resulting in 2008 additional visits to Frederick County Public Libraries. If you consider that the distance to travel to each of our eight libraries is 100 miles, that means that our passport participants drove a combined distance of 25,100 miles this summer. Frederick County is truly passionate about their libraries!


We are very proud of all the kids and teens who participated in the reading program, because while our summer reading program is a fun way to earn great prizes, recent research has shown that they also combat summer learning loss and improve student test scores and reading levels. Every summer kids can improve their reading skills while having fun. And each year, Frederick County Public Libraries staff develop a wide range of exciting and free activities around a different theme to help kids enjoy reading. We're excited to announce that next summer's theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read!" for kids and "Spark a Reaction" for teens. Stay tuned as we bring you more information on next summer's program in 2014.


As pleased as we are with the many families who participated this year, we are equally appreciative of the many sponsors and volunteers who helped pull off another successful summer of reading. We would like to thank our sponsors for all their support this summer: PNC Bank, The Frederick News-Post, and the Friends of the Frederick County Public Libraries. It is a pleasure to work with a community that readily offers sponsorships and volunteers that keep us all reading.


See you next summer!


Submitted by Janet Vogel

Children's Services Supervisor
C. Burr Artz Public Library

This year's Summer Reading Program included a program created specifically for Frederick County students and their parents. The Passport to Reading program--included on the gameboards--featured a Frederick County map with all eight FCPL branches clearly marked. Families were invited to visit each of the eight library branches, receiving an individualized stamp from staff at each location. Those participants who completed their journeys between May 1 and August 10 were entered into a special prize drawing for some wonderful treats.


Of the thousands of families who participated in the overall program, 251 youngsters from preschool through rising college freshmen, returned their completed passports. Eight of these lucky participants won a prize package that included a PNC gift card, FCPL backpack, four tickets to the Maryland Science Center, and a baseball signed by the Frederick Keys!


Encouraging our readers to visit all of our branches in the library system afforded families the opportunity to see the differences among our branches. Each of our branches reflects the community in which it operates, and each has its own distinct personality. Of course, all branches offer a fabulous collection of books and other materials to borrow, and each branch offers a great variety of programs for children from birth through high school. Passport to Reading was such a success this summer, that children's staff are busy planning other exciting games for next year too!


Passport Program winners: 

C. Burr Artz Colton Warner Point of Rocks Nathan Hill 
Brunswick Daniel Miner Thurmont Emma Magers 
Emmitsburg Carson Hamilton Urbana Tori Rowe 
Middletown Graham Hastings Walkersville Tori Christman 
Graham (left) and his brother Xavier
Tori Rowe 
Tori Christman 
Bethany Diethrich
Point of Rocks Orioles ticket winner 

This summer the Baltimore Orioles generously donated 320 tickets to Frederick County Public Libraries for their August 19 game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. Families from all over Frederick County and the state of Maryland enjoyed an evening at the stadium.


One lucky winner, Molly Anderson, participated in the Field Ceremony at the game. Molly and other summer readers from across Maryland participated in a ceremony celebrating summer reading. Even though the Orioles lost, everyone had a great time!


We celebrated another successful Summer Reading Program this year and awarded many exciting prizes to our summer readers. Congratulations to all of our "big" winners, but we are also glad to see so many participants who read and attended programs all summer long!


This year's grand prize winner, Olivia Porcella, attended the August 18 Frederick Keys game and enjoyed box seating with her family for the game. Olivia also participated in the Summer Reader parade at the beginning of the game and was presented with her prize, a Great Wolf Lodge Gift Card and spending money, on the field before the game.


This year's prizes for kids, ages birth through fifth grade, included an annual family pass to Port Discovery donated by the Downtown Baltimore Partnership. Jake Houston was our lucky winner!

Robyn presents Jake with 
 Porcella family at Keys game 
 Olivia throws first pitch 
annual pass to Port Discovery 


Eight lucky kids won Kindle Fire eReaders, perfect for checking out eBooks from the library.

C. Burr Artz Jamie Hong Point of Rocks Carolena Cepeda 
Brunswick Emma Cerrito Thurmont Kyle Cantwell 
Emmitsburg Cora Durrschmidt Urbana Matthew Browning-Elam 
Middletown Raphael Baran Walkersville Laela Blumer 


C. Burr Artz - Jamie 
Point of Rocks - Carolena

 Urbana - Matthew 

Remember to register next year, and you could be one of our Summer Reading Program prize winners.

Sixteen more lucky kids won a $25 shopping spree to the Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts in Downtown Frederick.  Our winners were:
C. Burr Artz Anabella Peree  Shania Rodriguez 
Brunswick Shyann Clay  Marah Schnur 
Emmitsburg Sophia Gagliardi  Savannah Morris 
Middletown Philip Salsi   Emily Smalt 
Point of Rocks Jonathan Dysinger  Ryan Graham 
Thurmont Charlotte Hay   Zachary House 
Urbana Gus Chaka  Savannah Kreider 
Walkersville Piper Karlicek  Jackson Steele 

Middletown - Philip 

Walkersville - Piper  
               Point of Rocks

Teens in grades 6-12 didn't miss out on prizes either! The winner of the teen drawing for a Google Nexus 7 tablet was Carline Schaeffer.


Eight lucky teens also won $50 PNC gift cards:

C. Burr Artz John Erik Starks Point of Rocks Kathryn Phillips 
Brunswick Georgiana Willems Thurmont Molly Harbaugh 
Emmitsburg David Anadale Urbana Elsie Wright 
Middletown Brooke Charette Walkersville Lance Owen 


Carline - Google Nexus 7 Tablet 

Georgiana - PNC Gift Card 

This past summer was an awesome time at the C. Burr Artz Public Library. Summer Reading was going on, there were lots of fun things to do at the library and lots of great programs for our young patrons to attend. This year's Summer Reading theme was 'Dig Into Reading' and many of our children's programs centered around the theme, including the gardening program we held on the terrace at the C. Burr Artz Public Library.


In the summer we typically have lots of flowers and plants springing to life on the library grounds, but this year was the first time we planted a garden on the Terrace and invited our young patrons to help us tend to it. We held the first gardening program in June, where the kids learned about the planting process and helped us plant all sorts of vegetable and fruit seeds. Then in July the kids came back to help pull weeds, water the garden and harvest anything that was ready to be plucked. In August the kids came back one more time to harvest all that was left and to water what few things were still growing.

Preparing the seed labels 

Labeling the seeds 

It was a fun program that drew all sorts of ages and excitement. While the kids enjoyed helping with all aspects of the gardening work, it's safe to say that the favorite chore seemed to be watering all of the plants and getting soaked in the process. Given the success of the program we intend to plant another garden on the Terrace next year and invite all of our young patrons to help out next year. Check in the 2014 summer Bookmarks for more information on the garden.


Submitted by Stephanie Long

C. Burr Artz Public Library
From wild animals to science experiments, visits from beloved picture book characters or magic shows, there was always something to discover at the library this summer! Check out some of the fun that took place at your neighborhood library! And the fun doesn't stop now that summer is over...check out our website calendar to see what is happening at your library today!
The children's music group Milkshake spread a little sunshine at C. Burr Artz.
Some little "green thumbs" were very helpful planting a garden on the terrace at C. Burr Artz.
Ready, set, aim! Pennies are launched with handmade catapults during STEM Club.  
The library was everywhere this summer! Families enjoyed a puppet show of The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Westview Promenade. 
Up, up, and away! The parachute was a big hit at the summer's  Friday Fun Fests presented by the library
at Westview Promenade. 
You never know what might show up at the library! A friendly snake is admired at Middletown during the Wildlife Adventures program.  
Usually bugs and libraries do not mix, but when The Bug Guy stopped at Middletown Library with a tarantula, it was a big hit!  
There be DINOSAURS at Emmitsburg Library.  
Keyote, mascot, of the Frederick Keys baseball team, sits down to enjoy storytime at the
Point of Rocks Library.  
Pete the Cat loves the library too! Here he is at the
Point of Rocks Library. 
Miss Caroline hams it up with Splat the Cat at the
Brunswick Library.  
  There be GOLD at the Urbana Library. Kids enjoyed taking a trip back in time to learn about the Gold Rush and panning  for gold. 
The always spectacular magician Roger Lindsay wows the crowd
at the Urbana Library. 
Abracadabra! Magician Peter Wood includes a few children in his magic trick at Thurmont.
Dig into the past with hieroglyphics and dinosaur track stamping.

A Walkersville fan of Pete the Cat enjoys his visit.
Building a block tower between exciting programs.
Playing and learning with iPads at the C. Burr Artz Library.

Submitted by Robyn Monaco, Thurmont Regional Library
and Lanie Lile, C. Burr Artz Public Library  

Look for next year's Frederick County Public Libraries Summer Reading Program beginning May 1, 2014--kids can "Fizz, Boom, Read!" and teens will "Spark a Reaction."


Thanks again to our sponsors, PNC Bank, The Frederick News-Post, and the Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries.
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