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                                                                 April/May 2014 
Frederick County Public Libraries

With the weather turning more temperate (hopefully soon!), Frederick County Public Libraries is your springtime partner for special events, music, world-class speakers and more. Broaden your horizons through these offerings, or stop by any library to see how our collection has become more relevant than ever. We look forward to sharing knowledge and culture! 

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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Frederick Reads Welcomes Rosanne Cash
Frederick Speaker Series
Featured Videos
New Music Titles
What Do You Wonder?
Lúnasa Performs
Summer Activities Fair
On My Nighstand
Keep in Touch
Special Event

Free educational fun for all ages throughout Downtown Frederick

Saturday, April 5

3-9 pm

For details, click here


The Frederick Reads theme for 2014--The Music of Language--from lullabies to hymns to pop songs, nothing unites us quite like music. During its 2014 season from February through April, Frederick Reads will celebrate the melody wherever it appears--be it music or meme, poetry or tweet, novel or newspaper. Come jam with us!


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 of four 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.


"Cash's beautifully observed, often heartbreaking new memoir COMPOSED reads in many ways like a song cycle: thematically linked, full of intense emotions and vivid moments of intimacy, of discovery, of pain."  -Philadelphia Inquirer




Concert: Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal, 7:30 pm, tickets $25-35

Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick


Post-Concert Reception, tickets $75

Private meet-and-greet reception with Rosanne Cash will be held on stage at the Weinberg immediately following the concert-proceeds to benefit Frederick Reads. Please note that admission to the fundraiser requires a separate ticket.


TUESDAY, APRIL 1 - Frederick Reads FREE events

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.


11 am -Discussion about The Music of Language

Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College

7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick


7:30 pm - 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.

Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick


Now in its ninth year, Frederick Reads is a partnership among the C. Burr Artz Trust, Frederick Community College, Frederick County Public Libraries, and dozens of local organizations to foster a love of reading.


More than 30 companion programs have been developed by local organizations to celebrate the 2014 Frederick Reads theme, The Music of Language. Most are free, and many appeal to all ages.


For a full listing of event locations, dates and times, visit frederickreads.org.


Submitted by Elizabeth Cromwell

Chair, Frederick Reads



A separately ticketed meet-and-greet reception will take place immediately following each presentation at the Weinberg. Reception tickets are an additional $75: to purchase, contact the Weinberg Center for the Arts at 301-600-2835 (reception tickets are not available online.)


100% of the proceeds from the reception will benefit children's programs at Frederick County Public Libraries.



Please note that admission to the Frederick Speaker Series lectures requires a separate ticket or series subscription. Lectures are held at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick.


Benjamin Carson, M.D. - Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 PM - SOLD OUT


Diane Rehm - Friday, April 25, 8:00 PM - Tickets $20, $25, $30

Award-winning Radio Host

The Diane Rehm Show has been described as one of the most interesting talk shows in the country. Rehm's listeners and peers regularly praise her intelligent and probing, yet unfailingly civil manner. During each hour, she invites listeners to join the conversation by opening the phones to their questions and comments on the topic at hand. The award-winning program has been distributed by National Public Radio since 1995 to stations across the nation and the world to more than 1.4 million listeners.


Rehm is the replacement speaker for Lisa Ling, who cancelled her March 5 lecture due to professional commitments. Ticket holders for the cancelled Lisa Ling event on March 5 event have been automatically moved to the Diane Rehm event on April 25. Contact the Weinberg box office at 301-600-2828 for more information.


Tom Brokaw - Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 PM - Tickets $75, $70, $60

Legendary Newsman

An iconic news anchor, Tom Brokaw was a familiar figure for a generation of TV viewers as the public face and voice of NBC Nightly News, covering some of the biggest stories in modern history. Brokaw's distinguished career has been recognized with Peabody, duPont, and Emmy awards. He has published several books and is now a popular essayist for publications ranging from The New York Times to Rolling Stone. Brokaw speaks about the changes he sees happening in American culture, politics, and more.


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, The Delaplaine Foundation, Weinberg Center for the Arts, and Frederick County Public Libraries

If there's a TV show you've been meaning to catch up on we might be able to help. From HBO we have Season 1 of Girls, starring Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath, and Season 1 of Newsroom, starring Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy. From Showtime we have Seasons 1-5 of Nurse Jackie and Seasons 1-3 of Shameless. Set in New York City and Chicago respectively, both shows highlight the grittier side of life but provide deep insights into their characters to keep us cheering them on and waiting for something better to happen in the next episode.   

Speaking of waiting for something, the first season of House of Cards is finally being released on DVD and Benedict Cumberbatch fans will be happy to know that yes, we do have Season 3 of Sherlock on DVD. Fans of BBC shows will also be delighted to see that in addition to Sherlock we now have Doctor Who-Time of the Doctor, Midsomer Murders Set 23, and Vera Set 3.

If actions and thrillers are more your speed we've got you covered, too, with movies like
47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves as Kai, a half-Japanese half-British warrior outcast. If feudal Japan isn't your scene The Counselor, Escape Plan, Homefront, and Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit are all set in modern times. And if you're looking for something out of this world be sure to check out Thor-The Dark World. But if you prefer your action with a little less violence you might like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and if you like your action with a few more laughs you might enjoy Ride Along starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.

Of special interest are the
Storycorps Special: Listening Is an Act of Love and Metallica Through the Never.

To see the full list of featured DVDs please visit our
Featured Videos page.


Submitted by Tracey Carter

Virtual Branch

The following CD music titles/artists have been ordered and will be arriving soon to a library near you.


Awakening the Fire by R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman

Bigfoot by Cayucas

Bloom by Beach House

Bones of What You Believe by Chvrches

Days Are Gone by Haim

Delta Machine by Depeche Mode

Final Call by Kitaro

Howlin by Jagwar Ma

Let England Shake by PJ Harvey

Light Up Gold by Parquet Courts

Love's River by Laura Sullivan

Oh What a Life by American Authors

San Fermin by San Fermin

Settle by Disclosure

Silence Yourself by Savages

Some Nights by Fun

Sun Structures by Temples

Tramp by Sharon Van Etten

True by Avicii

We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic by Foxygen


For a list of available CDs recently added to in the collection, click here.


Submitted by Leslie Gincley

C. Burr Artz Public Library


This is the question that a new installation at the C. Burr Artz Library wants you to ponder. Don't think too hard about it; there will be plenty to ignite your imagination and share with others.


On the second floor of FCPL's downtown location, guests might notice a couple of empty shelves beside the Information Desk. Coming very soon, this area will be transformed into "The Wonder Wall," an engaging, participatory display space, which invites visitors to linger, have fun, and share. Those who pause to wonder will find activities, quizzes and other tidbits to encourage imagination. There may be trivia to learn, "treasure" to quest for, or a collaborative art project to shape.


"We wanted to create an evolving, interactive display to engage our patrons' natural curiosity and allow them to co-create with library staff, while also showcasing our phenomenal collections," says fellow project coordinator, Librarian Emily Dolly.


The Wonder Wall will provide visitors an open door into a theme that will change every month or so. Library patrons can check out each month's featured books, movies, and music, to ensure that the wonder continues at home.


Because the display encourages visitors to contribute wonders of their own, content will change daily. Be sure to visit often to see what wonders never cease.


Submitted by Project Coordinator

Katilyn Miller, C. Burr Artz Public Library 


St. Patrick's Day was very special for Frederick County Public Libraries. More than 500 lucky patrons picked up free tickets at the library to attend the March 17th performance of the world-renowned Irish instrumental band, Lúnasa, performing at this year's annual Celtic Concert. The concert was held at the Marion Burk Knott Auditorium at Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg. Lúnasa released their first recording in 1997 and word-of-mouth rave reviews have led to sold out shows ever since. "This is the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet" said The New York Times and the all-star quintet has become one of the most popular bands on the international Celtic music scene.


The free and family-friendly event was underwritten by the C. Burr Artz Trust and Plamondon Hospitality Partners. The Celtic Concert, presented annually by the Emmitsburg and Thurmont libraries since 2000, has grown from a handful of people listening to music in the library community room to a highly anticipated community event. "This celebration is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the heritage of our community, and to promote our library services in the northern part of the county," says FCPL Director Darrell Batson. "We are pleased as always to partner with the Emmitsburg and Thurmont communities.

This year's Celtic Concert is also part of the lineup for the 2014 Frederick Reads season, whose theme is "The Music of Language."


In addition to the Celtic Concert, Frederick County Public Libraries sponsors Music on the Terrace at the C. Burr Artz Central Library in September and the Urbana Music Festival at the Urbana Regional Library in June.


Submitted by Erin Dingle

Thurmont Regional Library
at the Thurmont Regional Library 

Visit the Thurmont Regional Library Summer Activities Fair on Thursday May 1 between 4-6 pm to meet with representatives from organizations from across the county providing summer programs just for kids. Pick up literature and meet with representatives from community organizations such the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, The Maryland Ensemble Theater, Kids On Campus at Frederick Community College, the Emmitsburg Early Learning Center, and more. The fair is free!


Summer is not only a time for kids to catch up on summer reading at the library. The season also presents new learning experiences for young people by way of summer camps, workshops and special classes. As part of our community outreach, the library is providing this free one-stop opportunity to learn about the possibilities for you and your family to discover many exciting, fun opportunities around the local area.


Just drop in. Registration is not necessary.


Frederick County Public Libraries Summer Reading Club starts on May 1st too so bring the kids along to register for SRC and to pick up their game board.


And if your organization provides summer activities for kids up to age 18, reserve your free table today. Email Erin Dingle at edingle@frederickcountymd.gov for your chance to talk directly to parents and their kids about your unique summer activity.


The Thurmont Regional Library is located at 76 East Moser Road, Thurmont, MD. For directions, visit fcpl.org.


Submitted by Erin Dingle

Thurmont Regional Library

About a year ago, a friend insisted that I read The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Due to a lack of time, I don't often read books. However, I do enjoy listening to books. I called the C. Burr Artz Public Library to see if they had this book on CD. They did! I listened to it. I loved it! In addition to all the other great things at our public library, the audio book collection is very impressive. Thank you FCPL!

Ken Coffey

Vice President and Chief Development Officer,

Frederick Regional Healthcare System


At any given time I can be found with a few books in tow. At the moment I'm juggling two--Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.


I first experienced This is Where I Leave You as an audiobook and enjoyed it so much that I decided to pick up the book as well. Filled with fantastically flawed, real characters and situations that stay with you long after the book is over, it is simultaneously hilarious, bittersweet and hopeful.


This is my first time reading Lamott, although I've heard many of my writer friends cite her as their inspiration. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life is not only incredibly witty, but also informative because Lamott is extremely generous with her thoughts, feelings and expertise on writing. For aspiring writers everywhere, Bird by Bird is a treasure, for sure.

Jennifer Gerlock

Executive Editor, Frederick Gorilla Magazine / Marketing Director - Graphcom


Once you've stepped inside a courtroom as a newspaper reporter to cover a murder trial, you can't help but become interested in crime stories. The action and suspense are all there, and it's your job to tell that story to your readers. And now that I am involved in the digital side of things, I can't help but start reading books using my Nook. This most recent one, Gone by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, tells the story of a crime boss who is committed to taking down his competitors. The federal government cannot regain control, and the only person who understands this kingpin is now holed up on a ranch with the help of the witness protection program. The story of this methodical killer's every move keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you uncertain of what will happen next. Patterson is known for his crime dramas, and each one has a believable plot that you could picture unfolding one day in a courtroom.

Pete McCarthy

Digital/Community Engagement Editor The Frederick News-Post
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