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            TEEN NEWS
                                                                         MARCH, APRIL, MAY 2014 
Frederick County Public Libraries


With an ever-changing variety of technology tools out there, the Web, apps, e-readers...it can be hard to keep up, even if you like gadgets. During the week of March 9-15, the American Library Association celebrates Teen Tech Week. You might think the library is just about books--but there's much more available here!


The library has e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and music that you can download for free. You can get more info about the library's downloadable formats, just click here. The library also has tools available to express yourself. You can use a library computer to write a blog, create digital art, and more.  


This is just the tip of the iceberg. Talk to the teen specialist or another librarian at your local branch to find out more ways the library can help you use technology!

In the event that this newsletter was forwarded to you by a friend and you would like to continue to receive information about library programs, services, and events, we invite you to sign up here for our email newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
DIY @ Your Library
Take Time
Project Runway
Youth Art Month
Spark a Reaction
Divergent Celebration
Frederick Reads
Bridging Cultures
Keep in Touch

Celtic Concert


Monday, March 17, 7 pm

Marion Knott Burk Auditorium



Tickets available March 1 at

Thurmont and Emmitsburg Libraries

 For details, visit fcpl.org

Pulling it all together, defining terms--favicon? OLAP? Watching out for the bits and bytes, and always processing, how tech can you talk.


 Tuesday, May 13, 2:30 pm

Middletown Branch Library    

Did you know that technology could be creative? If you think gadgets and gizmos are just science, get exposed to some new ideas by coming to a Teen Tech Week program at three different Frederick County Public Library branches!


On March 4 at 3 pm, visit the Middletown Branch Library for some Tech Talk! Bring your device and share with other interested teens. If you want to do some crafting, you can visit the C. Burr Artz Public Library, Downtown Frederick on March 12 at 4 pm to turn your cell phone charger into a unique bracelet. Or stop by the Walkersville Branch Library on March 13 at 3:15 pm for a special fashion technology project!


If you have questions or would like to register, please contact the appropriate library. For more information on Teen Tech Week, visit teentechweek.ning.com. Happy DIY!


Submitted by Melissa Rabey

C. Burr Artz Public Library

Teens, grades 6-12, take time and make plans to attend several great programs being offered at the Middletown Branch Library this spring. Programs with people sharing their best with you!


Celebrating Teen Tech Week: DIY @ Your Library: Games

Kyle from GameStop is bringing more new and exciting games plus a few more treats on Tuesday, March 11 at 3 pm. This is your chance to share your gaming enthusiasm.


It is only fitting while The Not Book Group, Book Group reads green this month and looks for signs of spring that Ally Young will be on hand. Ally will share her signing skills in celebration of spring on Tuesday, March 18 at 3:15 pm.


Get out your maps and passport for a chance to travel to Kyrgyzstan as you Meet Syrga, a foreign exchange student at MHS. 'Travel' to her home country and experience her nation's culture. Learn about the geography and people of Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday, March 25 at 3:15 pm. What has it been like to spend the year here?

Looking for that summer job or future employment? Want insights into the hiring process? Not sure how to fill out that application? Who's the best reference? How to make yourself standout from the crowd? Kyle from GameStop demystifies the process and offers his expertise as a manager during Teens Seeking Employment on Tuesday, April 29 at 3:15 pm.


Great presenters, great opportunities just for you at the Middletown Branch Library. Snacks may be served at these programs.


Submitted by Becky Stone

Middletown Branch Library

April 3 at 4 pm - Session 1: Orientation

April 26 at 2 pm - Session 2: Modeling and Judging


Do you like fashion, design or art? Partner up with a friend and sign up for Thurmont Regional Library's own Project Runway for tweens and teens.


Session 1 - Introduction to the Event.

You and your partner will hear all the rules and check out the fabrics, trim, ribbons, buttons, and notions. Choose what you'd like to use on your project, come up with your design, and take it home to create. A representative from the American Sewing Guild will be here to answer questions and offer tips and suggestions.


Session 2 - Modeling and Judging

You will describe what went into creating your outfit. You will talk to the judges personally then one of you will model your creation on our library runway. The judges will choose the winners and prizes will be awarded based on degree of difficulty, originality, and overall appearance. The public will be invited to watch the show.


Click here to register for this program.


Submitted by Clare Bush

Thurmont Regional Library

March is Youth Art Month at the Thurmont Regional Library. According to the National Art Education Association, "Youth Art Month is an annual observance every March to emphasize the value of art education for all youth and to encourage support for quality school art programs."


Area youth from grades 6 through 12 are invited to display their art throughout the library from March 1-31. All types of art are welcome including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and crafts.  


Submissions may be brought to the library any time during the last week of February. Please include your name, age and phone number. And be sure to drop by to take a look at these masterpieces!


Submitted by Clare Bush

Thurmont Regional Library

The countdown to Summer Reading has officially begun! With only two months to go, we have been busy preparing for another summer full of good reads, exciting programs, and cool crafts.


Summer Reading may not officially begin until May, but we want to see your Summer Reading spirit now! This year's Summer Reading theme for teens in middle and high school is to "Spark a Reaction." While the broad theme is science, we are also looking at other ways to spark a reaction. Sparks will fly in more ways than one this summer as teens participate in a variety of activities. We want you to create your own full-color artwork for our annual Bookmark Art Contest.


The contest--which runs now through March 31--asks Frederick County's elementary and teen readers to submit their best original artwork relating to the Summer Reading theme. One winning design will be chosen from each grade level category (Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) and will be featured on free bookmarks at all the FCPL branches beginning May 1st. We print the bookmarks in color, so you can use as many colors as you like.


Entries must be received at any FCPL branch by Monday, March 31st, 2014. For contest guidelines and the official entry form, visit your local branch or fcpl.org.

On winter break her senior year in college, Veronica Roth wrote Divergent. This debut novel landed her on the New York Times best sellers list at the tender age of 22.


Told from the perspective of 16-year-old protagonist Beatrice Prior, Divergent chronicles a 

dystopian Chicago in which society groups citizens into five factions according to the person's beliefs, passions, and loyalties.

You read the book, and you are planning to see the movie when it premiers March 21st. Now you can plan to attend the awesome teen Divergent program at the Urbana Regional Library on Sunday, March 30 at 2 pm. Teen volunteers at Urbana are planning, organizing, and presenting this event. They have some surprises in store for you!


Plan to have some "Faction" fun with brave, peaceful, honest, intelligent or selfless activities. You can shoot a muffin, make some peaceful jewelry, take a quiz to see what faction you belong, take a dare, and eat some yummy "Dauntless" refreshments (chocolate cake, yum!)


Dress as your favorite faction, if you wish.


Submitted by Mary Ann Foltz

Urbana Regional Library

The Frederick Reads theme for 2014--The Music of Language--begins Sunday, March 2 with Natasha Trethewey, the nineteenth United States Poet Laureate (2012-13) and author of several collections of poetry as well as a book of non-fiction, will highlight this year's C. Burr Artz Trust Poetry Series at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.


In April, Frederick Reads is thrilled to welcome Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash. A distinguished and beloved musician, Cash's discography consists of 15 studio albums including her newest CD, The River & The Thread, which was released in January. She is the author Composed: A Memoir and three other books and her essays have been featured in The New York Times and other major publications. Cash's visit to Frederick for appearances and book signings will enchant audiences of all ages.


C. Burr Artz Trust Poetry Series - U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey

Weinberg Center for the Arts, Downtown Frederick

Sunday, March 2, 2 pm - Free


Concert: Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

Weinberg Center for the Arts, Downtown Frederick

Monday March 31, 7:30 pm - Tickets $25-$35


Post-Concert Reception

Private meet-and-greet reception with Rosanne Cash on stage at the Weinberg immediately following the concert. Proceeds to benefit Frederick Reads.

Monday March 31 - Tickets $75

Please note that admission to the post-concert event fundraiser requires a separate ticket.


Frederick Reads - Rosanne Cash

Cash will host a discussion of her work followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience and a book signing. Both events are free and open to the public; no tickets required.

Tuesday, April 1 - Free

11 am         Frederick Community College Jack B. Kussmaul Theater

                  Discussion about the Music of Language.


7:30 pm      Weinberg Center for the Arts

Interview with David Dye, creator and host of World Cafe, which is produced by WXPN celebrating its 23rd year in syndication to more than 250 National Public Radio stations nationwide.


For full event calendar, visit frederickreads.org.
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

Friday, March 7, 2:30 pm

C. Burr Artz Public Library, Downtown Frederick 

This 90-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and more than 1,400 years of history. It explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings, and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East.


The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form.


Islam: Art and Architecture

Thursday, April 3, 6:30 pm

Thurmont Regional Library 

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.

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