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                                                                                     March 2014 
Frederick County Public Libraries

Spring programs are popping up like daffodils at the library this month.
It's no wonder Frederick County families love their libraries! Where else can one fine high-quality, educational programs, a large collection of books, DVDs, CDs, educational software, and so much more. Stop by any of our branches (including our most visited branch, fcpl.org) to learn more.

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Darrell Batson


Frederick County Public Libraries

In This Issue
BookTasting Club
Read Across America
Map Skills
Summer Reading Art Contest
Picture Books for Elementary Grades
Women Fly It Forward
ALA 2014 Youth Media Awards
Keep in Touch

Movin' with the Music

(ages 2-5, with an adult)

11 am

Saturday, March 22

Thurmont Regional Library


For details and to register,

click here


Are you in elementary school? Do you always read the same kind of books? Would you be willing to try something new? If you would, then the Book Tasting Club may be for you! Over three sessions we'll learn how to help you find a good fit with a book and then sample and "taste" some new book genres. During the club you will have time to briefly sample several different books and hopefully find one you'd like to read.


If this sounds interesting, join us at the Thurmont Regional Library April 2, 9, and 16 at 4:30 pm. Registration is required in advance and space is limited so don't miss your chance to sample some great new books!


Submitted by Shelba Bollinger

Thurmont Regional Library

Each year, the National Education Association (NEA) sponsors a celebration of reading on or around March 2, the birthday of the renowned children's' author, Dr. Seuss. All across America, schools and libraries will offer programs and activities to help raise excitement about reading. This year's 17th Annual Read Across America Day is on Monday, March 3, but there will be activities during the entire month of March.


We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday on Sunday, March 2 from 2:15 to 2:50 p.m. at C. Burr Artz Public Library. Join us for stories, crafts and fun (and remember to bring your camera). On Tuesday, March 4 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 5 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Thurmont Regional Library will have a Penny Theater presentation of The Cat in the Hat followed by some "Seuss-tastic" games and crafts.


On Wednesday, March 19, from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., we invite you to join the cast of Hood College's Seussical the Musical as they perform songs from the musical and do a reading of the classic, Horton Hears a Who at C. Burr Artz Public Library.


For more information about NEA's Read Across America, go to their website at nea.org/grants/886.htm 


Submitted by Jeanne Read

Thurmont Regional Library


Today's social studies curriculum often includes the teaching of map skills. The introduction of basic map skills can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Some map elements include compass rose, grid systems using cardinal directions, legend and key. Print resources in Frederick County Libraries include:


Henry's Map, David Elliot (E ELLI)

Follow that Map! A First Look at Mapping Skills, Scot Ritchie (J 912.014 RITC)

It's My City! A Singing Map, April Pulley Sayre (E SAY)

As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps, Gail Hartman (E HAR)

Map Keys, Rebecca Olien (J 912.014 OLIE)


Mapping Penny's World by Loreen Leedy is available through Marina, our Interlibrary Loan database on our website.


There are online tools available to reinforce mapping concepts. National Geographic Education, a free website, offers Adventure Island, an exciting tool that is intuitive while being visually appealing. The video, Teacher and the Rockbots, How to Read a Map, can be accessed via YouTube. It features a cartoon rock band reviewing map elements in an engaging "Guess-the-Answer" format. Using the clues in the song, children can guess the answer before it is revealed. It appeals to aural and visual learners. Remember to utilize the free databases that your child's school may offer. BrainPOP, Jr. and Pebble-Go can provide reinforcement of map skills.


Have your child practice his mapping skills by drawing a map of his bedroom, his house, or his neighborhood. After hiding small items around your house, have your child go on a treasure hunt using a map that you have drawn. Using directional words such as left, right, up and down with younger children can prepare them for the more advanced abstract work of map skills later. Collect maps as you travel. Encourage children to follow the trip by using a map.


The acquisition of map skills not only encourages critical thinking skills but also easily provides real world connections to learning. Here's hoping this provides a good road map for learning these skills!


Submitted by Terri Perper,

Middletown Public Library

Across Frederick County, students are counting down the days to summer vacation. Meanwhile, here at FCPL, we have our own countdown-the countdown to Summer Reading! In just two more months, we will be celebrating another summer filled with great books, exciting programs, cool crafts, and Summer Reading prizes!  


This year, Summer Reading is all about science! Children ages birth through fifth grade will participate in our "Fizz! Boom! Read!" theme, while teenagers are encouraged to "Spark a Reaction".


As in years past, we are inviting Frederick County's young readers to participate in our annual Art Contest! The contest, which runs March 1st through March 31st, asks children to submit their best original and colorful artwork relating to the Summer Reading theme. One winning design will be chosen from each category (Preschool and Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) and featured on free bookmarks available at all FCPL branches beginning May 1st.


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


Submitted by Carly Reighard

C. Burr Artz Public Library

Young children love picture books! Illustrations help children figure out the meaning of what is being read, and help stimulate the imagination, which by the way, also helps with brain development. The illustrations in picture books add another level of enjoyment to a story and also help children develop an appreciation of art.


Now while we tend to think of picture books as being only for toddlers and preschoolers, many of the library's picture books are actually geared for our school-aged children. Below are just some of the many picture books we have at the library that your school-aged child might enjoy.

Lloyd Alexander. How the Cat Swallowed Thunder 

Graeme Base. The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery 

Anette Bley. And What Comes After a Thousand? 

Jen Bryant (ill. Melissa Sweet). A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams 

Jacqueline Davies (ill. Lee White). The House Takes a Vacation 

Drew Daywalt. The Day the Crayons Quit 

Deborah Diesen. Picture Day Perfection 

Paul Fleischman. The Matchbox Diary 

Paul Fleischman. Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal 

Neil Gaiman. The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish 

Janet Halfmann (ill. Duane Smith). Seven Miles to Freedom 

Joan Holub. Little Red Writing 

Paul Janeczko. A Poke in the I 

Barbara Kerley (ill. Edwin Fotheringham). What to Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! 

Martin Luther King Jr. (forew. Coretta Scott King). I Have a Dream 

Jan Klassen. I Want My Hat Back 

Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. Memories of Survival 

Elizabeth Laird (ill. Shirin Adl). Pea Boy and Other Stories from Iran 

Astrid Lindgen. Pippi Longstocking 

Jackie Morris (ed. and ill.). The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems 

Marilyn Nelson (ill. Timothy Basil Ering). Snook Alone 

Margie Palatini. Piggie Pie! 

Patricia Polacco. Pink and Say 

Robin Pulver (ill. Chuck Richards). Author Day for Room 3T 

Aaron Reynolds. Carnivores 

Jeanne Willis (ill. Tony Ross). Tadpole's Promise 

Elvira Woodruff (ill. Adam Rex). Small Beauties 


Submitted by Lesa Zuke

Thurmont Regional Library

Celebrate History - Raise Awareness - Spark Vocations

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10 am - 3 pm

Frederick Municipal Airport, Maryland

Women of Aviation Worldwide Week celebrates the women of aviation, past, present, and future throughout the week when the first woman pilot, Raymond de Laroche earned her pilot's certificate. The 2014 theme is "Pushing the Limits: 100 years of female aerobatic pilots and 50 years of women flying solo around the world."


The celebration in Frederick returns to a single day format with interactive activities for the whole family and general aviation discovery rides for girls and women of all ages that have never flown in a small aircraft before (preregistration is required for aircraft flights.) Come and discover aviation history, meet professionals with the air and space industry, and receive information about aviation associations' activities and information about learning to fly. As always, all events, including the aircraft rides, will be free.


For more information and to register for a free flight, visit WomenFlyItForward.com 


The Sugarloaf Chapter of The Ninety-Nines, Inc. International Organization of Women Pilots is hosting the event this year.
"Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards-including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards-guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children's and young adult literature and media."

Randolph Caldecott Medal

John Newberry Medal 

Coretta Scott King Author Award 


Randolph Caldecott Medal, to the illustrator for the most distinguished American picture book for children: Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca


2014 Caldecott Honors:

Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker

Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle

Mr. Wuffles!, written and illustrated by David Wiesner



John Newberry Medal,for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo


2014 Newberry Honors:

Doll Bones, by Holly Black

The Year of Billy Miller, by Kevin Henkes

One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake

Paperboy, by Vonce Vawter



Coretta Scott King Author Award, for anAfrican American author of outstanding books for children and young adults: P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia


2014 Coretta Scott King Author Honors:

March: Book One, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell,

Darius & Twig, by Walter Dean Myers

Words with Wings, by Nikki Grimes


Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award 

Mildred L. Batchelder Award 

Odyssey Award 

2014 CORETTA SCOTT KING (Illustrator) BOOK AWARD for an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me,  written by Daniel Beaty, illustrated by Bryan Collier.


2014 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Honor Book:

Nelson Mandela, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson



Mildred L. Batchelder Award, for an outstanding children's book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States: Mister Orange, 0riginally published in Dutch in 2011, written by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson.


2014 Batchelder Honor Books:

The Bathing Costume or the Worst Vacation of My Life, written by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

My Father's Arms Are a Boat, written by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson,

The War Within These Walls, written by Aline Sax, illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki, translated by Laura Watkinson



Odyssey Award, for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States: Scowler, produced by Listening Library, written by Daniel Kraus,  narrated by Kirby Heyborne.


2014 Odyssey Honor Recordings:

Better Nate Than Ever, produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, written and narrated by Tim Federle

Creepy Carrots!, produced by Weston Woods Studios, Inc., written by Aaron Reynolds

Eleanor & Park, produced by Listening Library, written by Rainbow Rowell, narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra

Matilda, produced by Penguin Audio, written by Roald Dahl, narrated by Kate Winslet.


Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award
Schneider Family Book Award  
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award 


Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award, honoring a Latino illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: Niño Wrestles the World, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales


2014 Belpré Illustrator Honor Books:

Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita, written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez

Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo, written by Monica Brown, illustrated by Rafael López  


Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh



Schneider Family Book Award, for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Award for ages 0 to 10: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Award for Middle School, ages 11-13: Handbook for Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell

Award for Teen, ages 13-18: Rose under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein



Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, for the most distinguished book for beginning readers:

The Watermelon Seed, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli


2014 Geisel Honor Books:

Ball, written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan

A Big Guy Took My Ball!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Penny and Her Marble, written and illustrated by Kevin


Submitted by Robin Goetz

Brunswick Public Library
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