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                                                             February/March 2014

Frederick County Public Libraries

As we move from winter hibernation to spring's approach, we at the library are turning outward to expand our reach into Frederick County.  In addition to our wide-ranging programs at our branches, you'll find us providing opportunities for knowledge exchange, cultural enrichment and celebration across a wide range of venues.  This spring marks the library's most expansive programming ever.


Please see the exciting events and programs planned for the next several months, and we expect you'll find a topic close to your heart. We look forward to seeing you both in the library and in the community.

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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Exclusive Meet-and-Greet Receptions
An Afternoon with U.S. Poet Laureate
Celtic Concert
Making Sense of the American Civil War
Reading Resources
Get to Know: Tracy Lewis
Keep in Touch
Special Event
Film Showing & Discussion:
Islamic Art Spots

Seven illustrated video essays written, developed, and presented by Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles and produced by Twin Cities Public Television as part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys project. Discussion to follow.

Friday, March 21, 2:30 pm

C. Burr Artz Public Library

Downtown Frederick

For details, visit fcpl.org

Don't miss the opportunity to meet and engage with our guest speakers at exclusive receptions held following each Frederick Speaker Series event.


Only 100 tickets will be sold for these private gathering, which will be held at the Weinberg after the lecture. Proceeds from the sale of reception tickets will support children's library programs. Tickets are $75; to purchase, contact the Weinberg at 301-600-2835 (reception tickets are not available online).


Brian Billick, Super Bowl-winning Head Coach

As a coach who reached the pinnacle of the NFL with a Super Bowl win in 2001, Brian Billick has demonstrated an exceptional ability to take individual players to their highest potential, while keeping his teams unified and focused. In addition to coaching, Brian has co-authored three books and continues his engagement with the NFL as a game analyst with Fox Sports. A dynamic speaker, Brian will inspire you with stories from his career in the NFL and beyond.


Lisa Ling, acclaimed journalist and author

Ling is executive producer and host of Our America on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and contributing editor for USA Today's USA Weekend magazine. She also served as correspondent for The Oprah Show, contributed to ABC News' Nightline, and hosted National Geographic's Explorer series.

Frederick Speaker Series Lectures

Please note that admission to the Frederick Speaker Series lectures requires a separate ticket or series subscription. Lectures begin at 7:30 pm.


Brian Billick, Wednesday, February 12

Lisa Ling, Wednesday, March 5


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, Weinberg Center for the Arts, and Frederick County Public Libraries

Natasha Trethewey, the nineteenth United States Poet Laureate (2012-2013) and author of several collections of poetry and a book of non-fiction is the sixth speaker in the annual C. Burr Artz Trust Poetry Series, preceded by visits from poets Billy Collins, Nikki Giovanni, Robert Hass, Diane Ackerman, and Robert Pinsky.


Trethewey is the author of ThrallNative Guard, for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize; Bellocq's Ophelia, which was named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association; and Domestic Work. She is also the author of Beyond Katrina: a Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


She took up her Poet Laureate duties in the fall of 2012, opened the Library of Congress' annual literary season with a reading of her work. Her first term coincided with the 75th anniversary of the Library's Poetry and Literature Center and the 1937 establishment of the Consultant-in-Poetry position, which was changed by a federal law in 1986 to Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.


Trethewey's free appearance at the Weinberg Center will include readings, book sales, and book signing. This event will kick off the 2014 Frederick Reads community reading celebration. The 2014 Frederick Reads theme is "The Music of Language."


Natasha Trethewey

Sunday, March 2, 2 pm

Weinberg Center for the Arts

20 W. Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick


This is a FREE event, so tickets are not required.

For information, visit fcpl.org or call the Weinberg Box Office at 301-600-2828.


This event is generously underwritten in its entirety by the C. Burr Artz Trust of Frederick County Public Libraries.


You don't have to be Irish to join us for a fun, authentic Celtic music experience on St. Patrick's Day!


Lúnasa, a world-renowned Irish instrumental band, will perform at the Marion Burk Knott Auditorium on the campus of Mount St. Mary's University for an exciting musical celebration of Irish culture and heritage. Since the release of their debut self-titled album in 1997, Lúnasa has become one of the most sought-after bands on the international Celtic music scene.


The quintet's creative arrangements and bass-driven tunes have introduced Irish acoustic music to audiences of all ages around the world. Constantly pushing musical boundaries, Lúnasa's sound is unmistakably Irish, while touching on jazz and other spontaneous music styles.


Wear your green and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Celtic tunes of Lúnasa.



Monday, March 17, 7 pm

Marion Burk Knott Auditorium

Mount St. Mary's University (west side of US 15)

Emmitsburg, MD


Free Admission and parking. All ages are welcome!


Tickets are required. Pick up your free advance tickets (limit of 4/person while supplies last) at the Emmitsburg and Thurmont libraries beginning March 1, 2014.


Patrons with advance tickets will be seated between 6:30-6:45 pm. Seats are not guaranteed after 6:45 pm for advance ticket holders. Patrons without advance tickets are strongly encouraged to pick up numbered standby tickets in the concert hall lobby beginning at 6 pm. Any unoccupied seats, if available, will be filled by standby ticket holders between 6:45 pm and 7 pm. Due to no-shows, some seats are ALWAYS available.


The Celtic Concert is a free event, underwritten by the C. Burr Artz Trust and Plamondon Hospitality Partners and presented annually by the Emmitsburg and Thurmont libraries.

To commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, Frederick County Public Libraries and Monocacy National Battlefield present Making Sense of the American Civil War. This program includes readings and discussions that focus on different perspectives of the Civil War and the varying experiences of individuals from different genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds.


Each session will focus on a different aspect of the American Civil War experience, using sections from three books: March by Geraldine Brooks; Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson; and America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries, an anthology edited by Edward L. Ayers.

March 6, 6:30 pm

Shape of War - John Hoptak, Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger

Books: Crossroads of Freedom and America's War

Location: Urbana Regional Library


Discussion participants are also invited to attend a related Civil War walking tour of Downtown Frederick given by Jack Spinnler, Historical Society of Frederick County Walking Tour Guide.

Saturday, February 15, 5:30 pm


March 18, 6:30 pm

War and Freedom - Dr. Dean Herrin, National Park Service

and the Catoctin Center for Regional Studies

Book: America's War

Location: Urbana Regional Library


March 29, 10:00 am

Imaging War - Tracy Evans, Monocacy National Battlefield Ranger

A tour of the Battlefield will be included at 1 pm.

Books: March and America's War

Location: Monocacy National Battlefield


Copies of each book will be available for a limited number of participants to borrow for the length of the series--contact the library at 301-600-7004 if you need copies of the books. Events are free and do not require registration.


For additional related activities at Frederick County Public Libraries, contact mdroom@fcpl.org or visit fcpl.org.


This series is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association, the Maryland Humanities Council, and the National Park Service.

The library website provides access to various reading resources. One of which is the BookNews email newsletters that lets you know about books at FCPL in different genres-over 20 categories, including teen and children's books. You can subscribe by email or read online. A link is also provided to allow you to find the book in the library catalog. The following two titles provide you with examples from two of the categories.



Cartoon Introduction to Statistics by Grady Klein. Published 2013 by Hill & Wang. 

Jacket Notes:

The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics is the most imaginative and accessible introductory statistics course you'll ever take. Employing an irresistible cast of dragon-riding Vikings, lizard-throwing giants, and feuding aliens, the renowned illustrator Grady Klein and the award-winning statistician Alan Dabney teach you how to collect reliable data, make confident statements based on limited information, and judge the usefulness of polls and the other numbers that you're bombarded with every day. If you want to go beyond the basics, they've created the ultimate resource: "The Math Cave," where they reveal the more advanced formulas and concepts.

Timely, authoritative, and hilarious, The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics is an essential guide for anyone who wants to better navigate our data-driven world.



Sparta by Roxana Robinson. Published 2013 by Sarah Crichton Books. 

Jacket Notes:

"Going from peace to war can make a young man into a warrior. Going from war to peace can destroy him."


As Roxana Robinson's new novel, Sparta, begins, Conrad has just returned home to Katonah, New York, after four years in Iraq, and he's beginning to learn that something has changed in his landscape. Something has gone wrong, though things should be fine: he hasn't been shot or wounded; he's never had psychological troubles. But as he attempts to reconnect with his family and his girlfriend and to find his footing in the civilian world, he learns how hard it is to return to the people and places he used to love. His life becomes increasingly difficult to negotiate: he can't imagine his future, can't recover his past, and can't bring himself to occupy his present. As weeks turn into months, Conrad feels himself trapped in a life that's constrictive and incomprehensible, and he fears that his growing rage will have irreparable consequences.


Suspenseful, compassionate, and perceptive, Sparta captures the nuances of the unique estrangement that modern soldiers face as they attempt to rejoin the society they've fought for. Billy Collins writes that Roxana Robinson is "a master at . . . the work of excavating the truths about ourselves."

Tracy works as a Circulation Clerk at FCPL's Walkersville and Middletown branches. She has worked for FCPL for 6 ˝ years.


I've also been employed as... a career firefighter for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Currently, I'm assigned to a station in Pasadena, where I drive a pumper tanker. I also volunteer at the Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives in Emmitsburg.


I'm currently studying... for two online Master's degrees: one in Library Science, with a concentration in Archives, at Drexel University, and one in Early American History at Sam Houston State University. I have Bachelor's degrees in Journalism and International Relations from Boston University.


My favorite place on Earth is... Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware.


My greatest adventure was... fighting wildfire with the Maryland Fire Crew in Wyoming and Montana.


I'm inspired by...the sisters at the Daughters of Charity. They work in the community with the poor and the sick, all while maintaining inner peace.


I most look forward to... the day when all my hard work today will come to fruition. When I retire from the fire department, I'd like to work in a library/museum/archives setting, with a focus on public history. I also won't mind working only one job, so that I have the opportunity to take a vacation now and then.


One of my favorite books is...Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami.


My favorite new gadget is... my iPad. I've discovered the pleasure of reading eBooks. With the recent launch of the eReader Assistance Program at the Walkersville branch, I have the opportunity to share my knowledge of FCPL's digital collections with patrons who would like to download eBooks, audiobooks, music, and magazines to their computers or mobile devices.


I'm well known for... my insanely busy lifestyle. Not only do I work as a firefighter and a library clerk and attend graduate school, I also operate a small rabbit rescue.


I love to talk about...early American history - and my bunnies.


Submitted by Emily Dolly

C. Burr Artz Public Library
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