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                                                             December 2013/January 2014

Frederick County Public Libraries
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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Perfect Holiday Gift
Frederick Speaker Series
Let's Talk About It!
More Let's Talk About It
Basics of Economics
Literacy Council Seeks Volunteer Tutors
Garden Club Supports the Library
Get to Know: Sue Cardella
Keep in Touch
Special Event

American Sign Language

Learn conversational ASL and information about Deaf Culture in this free 5-week course. Provided in partnership with the Maryland School for the Deaf Foundation.

Fridays at 9 am

January 10 - February 7

C. Burr Artz Public Library

Downtown Frederick


Register here


Exclusive Meet and Greet Receptions

Once again, Frederick County Public Libraries, in conjunction with the Frederick Speaker Series, is excited to offer an amazing opportunity for a limited number of guests to attend private gatherings with the featured speakers. These exclusive receptions, held at the Weinberg after each event, give attendees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet and engage with leaders and luminaries such as Brian Billick, Lisa Ling, Benjamin Carson, M.D., and Tom Brokaw.


Proceeds from the sale of reception tickets will support children's library programs. Tickets for each reception are $75, and only 100 tickets will be sold for each event. Reception tickets are not available online; to purchase, contact the Weinberg at 301-600-2835. We expect reception tickets to sell out, so get yours early!


For details of the Frederick Speaker Series, visit FrederickSpeakerSeries.org. 


The Frederick Speaker Series begins its second season after a wildly successful inaugural year. Continuing the impressive lineup of renowned guests, the 2014 program features world-class speakers who will engage the audience, illuminating topics such as current events, culture, politics, and sports.


All lectures begin at 7:30 pm, followed by private ticketed receptions (see previous article).


Brian Billick, Super Bowl-winning Head Coach - Wednesday, February 12

Lisa Ling, Acclaimed Journalist and Author - Wednesday, March 5

Benjamin Carson, M.D., Renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon - Wednesday, April 9

Tom Brokaw, Legendary Newsman - Wednesday, May 7


Please note that admission to the Frederick Speaker Series lectures requires a separate ticket or series subscription. For details, visit FrederickSpeakerSeries.org.


Frederick Speaker Series Sponsors

The Ausherman Family Foundation, The C. Burr Artz Trust, PNC Bank, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., Frederick Gorilla, Graphcom, Inc., The Kiplinger Foundation, WAMU 88.5, Weinberg Center for the Arts, and Frederick County Public Libraries.


The C. Burr Artz Public Library will be hosting a five-part reading and discussion series on
the theme of Literary Reflections, as part of the Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys reading and discussion series. The F
rederick County Public Libraries is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.


The Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys series has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.

The first program will explore The Arabian Nights, translated by Husain Haddawy and edited by Muhsin Mahdi and will be held on Thursday, January 16 at 6 pm. Additional book discussions dates will be on the third Thursday of the month from January through May and include:


Dr. Donald Wright, Director of Middle Eastern Studies at Hood College, will lead the discussion. All of the books to be discussed in this series are part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies.


Registration for this book series is required as spaces are limited. The first 20 registrants will receive their own copies of the books, provided by the project grant. For more information or to register for an upcoming discussion, please visit fcpl.org or call us at 301-600-1630.


Submitted by Liz Bowen

C. Burr Artz Public Library

Additional programs associated with Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys:


Book Discussion - Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi--a Muslim Journeys bookshelf pick. Discussion facilitated by Walkersville Library staff.

Thursday, January 16 at 7 pm

Walkersville Branch Library


Film Showing: Koran by Heart - This HBO documentary film is shown in conjunction with the Let's Talk About It book discussion series.

Friday, January 17 at 1 pm

C. Burr Artz Public Library Community Room


Tween Book Club: The Arabian Nights (grades 3-5)

Tuesday, January 28 and Tuesday, February 25 at 5:15 pm

Walkersville Branch Library.

To register, call 301-845-8880


Islam: Art and Architecture

Join Sue Cardella, recently retired Art History Adjunct Professor from Frederick Community College, for a look at the exquisite art and architecture of the Islamic world. Islamic art includes all the artistic traditions in Muslim culture with a strong aesthetic appeal that transcends time and space, as well as differences in language and culture.

Thursday, April 3 at 6:30 pm
Thurmont Regional Library Community Room

We all hear economic terms in the news and sometimes wonder what they really mean. Regularly we hear terms such as GNP, GDP, Trade Deficits, Unemployment Rate, Inflation Rate, and many more.


FCPL has a circulating book on the basics of economics from the non-fiction collection that may help you understand what these terms really mean and how the economy works.


The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works by Timothy Taylor.


The author, Timothy Taylor, is the managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, and is a lecturer for many recorded books on economics as well as the history of economics. This book contains 36 chapters, and in it he explains topics such as: Supply and Demand, Labor Market and Wages, Personal Investing, Regulation and Deregulation, Macroeconomics and GDP, Unemployment, Fiscal Policy, Budget Deficits, and many more.


This book is written in easy to understand language and explains how all of the various parts of the economy work together.


There are two circulating copies in the FCPL system.


Submitted by Terri Klco

C. Burr Artz Public Library



"Empowering Adults Through Reading & English Language Skills"


Would you like to make a difference in someone's life?

Give the gift of reading or speaking English to someone in Frederick County.

You don't need any teaching experience. We will give you the basics to be successful.


Who:     YOU . . .if you are 18 or older, fluent in English and have a desire to help others

When:   1-2 hours once or twice a week on a regular basis for a year

What:    Tutor an adult in basic reading and writing skills or in speaking English

Where:  @The Literacy Council, 110 East Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

Why:     To improve the quality of life for someone in Frederick County

How:     Register for free training for tutors on January 18 and 25, 2014. This is a 2-day,

             14-hour tutor-training workshop.


Call The Literacy Council office @ 301-600-2066 or register online at frederickliteracy.org. Email: info@frederickliteracy.org 

  • To learn more about the Literacy Council check out the website
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Submitted by Sandra L. Doggett

Literacy Council of Frederick County


The Silver Fancy Garden Club has a long history of support for our Emmitsburg Library. Currently there are 18 members. When you visit the Emmitsburg Library and see the beautiful floral arrangement every month on the Information Desk, all credit goes to the talented club members. And they do so much more.


Organized in 1954, the club is very active in both Emmitsburg and Taneytown and always welcomes new members. The long list of projects they undertake in both communities includes the beautification projects; a Garden Therapy Program for seniors; Junior Gardeners to educate youth about nature and environmentally safe projects and practices and supporting organizations such as the Taneytown Historical Society Auction and Washington County museum of Fine Art 'Art in Bloom' project. The group also travels together to gardens or special farms such as the Gourd Farm in Carlisle.


Janet Hatter, a member for five years, grew up in Emmitsburg. When she retired after 32 years with the Department of Defense, she found the club to be an opportunity to give back to her hometown as the Emmitsburg Junior Gardener chairperson. Cheryl Rippeon is also a retiree from Frederick County Public Schools who credits President Joyce Bruchey for bringing her in to get involved. Thirteen years ago Ann Ruppert saw the interesting programs the club was hosting and decided to join. She found the members welcoming and friendly.


Upcoming garden programs will include holiday arrangement demonstrations in November and December, a trip to Waynesboro for tea at the 'Turn of the Century House' and a potluck lunch in February.


The club meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church. The club is a member of The National Garden Clubs, Inc., The Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs, and The Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland. Call Club President Joyce Bruchey at 410-775-7921 to learn how you can be part of this dynamic group.


Submitted by Erin Dingle

Thurmont Regional Library and Emmitsburg Branch Library

GET TO KNOW: Sue Cardella

Sue is an Adult Services Library Associate at FCPL's Emmitsburg branch. She has worked for FCPL for thirteen years.


I've also been employed as... an art conservator. I was part of a team that restored a painted barrel-vaulted ceiling at a museum in Lancaster, PA. I spent several months on a ladder on scaffolding, never telling anyone I'm afraid of heights.


In school I've studied... Art History, which I've taught at Frederick Community College for the past fourteen years.


The best thing about my job is... my co-workers and long-time patrons, with whom I've developed friendships.


My favorite place on Earth is... home.


People might be surprised to discover... that I'm really good at math.


My greatest adventure was... driving up the west coast of Ireland, from County Kerry to County Donegal. Sometime in November, I will become a grandmother, and I imagine that will be the greatest adventure of all.


When I'm not working, I love to... walk--in a city or in the country--especially on cloudy or foggy days. I also love to sew and to pet my cats.


My favorite quote is... "The smallest feline is a masterpiece." -Leonardo da Vinci, likely the most brilliant man who ever lived.


The best gift I ever received was... from my son, Dan: two tickets to The Grateful Dead concert in 1995, with Bob Dylan as the opening act. Little did the two of us know: six weeks later Jerry Garcia would no longer be a part of the physical world.


I'm currently fascinated by... labyrinths. After walking the one at FCC, I've been reading everything I can about them: their history and about the Minotaur and Daedalus who built the labyrinth on Crete. I am totally amazed at their reoccurrence throughout history and all over the globe.


Submitted by Emily Dolly

C. Burr Artz Public Library
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