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                                                                                                   June 2014 
Frederick County Public Libraries

Like most children across Frederick County, our staff is also counting down the days until the end of the school year. We eagerly await the more than 10,000 kids and teens who will sign up for Summer Reading at our libraries. The bigger-than-ever celebration of summer learning fun is underwritten by our partners, PNC Bank, The Frederick News-Post, Westview Promenade, and Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries. Please help us thank them for their commitment to the youth of Frederick County. 

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See you at the library!  
Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Science and the Arts
Deck Events
Leap Into Reading Early Literacy Fair
Think with BINK
Homeschool Connections
Summertime is Music Time
STEM Wednesdays
Black-Eyed Susan 2013-14 Winning Titles
Keep in Touch

First Friday Fun Fest

at Westview

Free, Fantastic Fun.

Drop by for a variety of storytimes,

music, games, and crafts.

No July session due to holiday.

Monthly on 1st Friday

at 10 am


For details, visit fcpl.org

Join us this summer at the C. Burr Artz Public Library as we combine science and art in one fun-filled offering. Our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) program will run on three consecutive Tuesday afternoons, July 22, July 29, and August 5. In each session we will explore the work of a specific artist and share how science, technology, and art have grown together and influenced each other since humans first began to draw on cave walls. Each session, beginning at 3:00 pm and lasting 90 minutes, will look at the work of a specific artist, and examine that artist's place in the world.

Your child will learn about the time in which the artist lived and worked. We'll share the science behind the artist's point of view and look at how art reacts to science and science is advanced through art. Your children will then have an opportunity to create their own art projects based on the work of the artist and the new understanding of how the artist attempted to represent the world as he knew it. Be sure to wear play clothes, because science and art can both be messy, and we don't mind! Registration is required, and this program is designed for children ages 6 through 10.


Register online here or at the Children's Desk at C. Burr Artz Public Library.


Submitted by Deb Schepp

C. Burr Artz Public Library

There is nothing like summertime on the deck at the Thurmont Regional Library. This summer families can enjoy music, nature, play dates, science, and more in the great outdoors.



Learn about the world around you in a new and interesting way.

Tuesdays at 2 pm and again at 6:30 pm

June 17, July 15, and August 5.



Underwritten by the Thurmont Lion's Club.


Thursday June 19, 6:30 pm

Scales and Tales: Cunningham Falls State Park staff educates and entertains.


Thursday, July 17, 6:30 pm

Catoctin Zoo and Wildlife Preserve staff always has something interesting to share.


Thursday, August 14, 6:30 pm

Bob's Critters: live animal show where everyone gets a chance to hold a critter. 

Fridays at 10:45 am on June 13, July 11, August 8

A special playgroup on the library deck hosted by the Thurmont Library and the Infants and Toddlers organization. Meet new friends, read books, and play with toys. In case of inclement weather, play date will move indoors.



Underwritten by the Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library.


Sunday, June 22, 2 pm

U.S. Navy Band Saxophone Quartet features concert saxophone quartet; classics to contemporary and jazz.


Sunday, July 20, 2 pm

The Bumper Jacksons bring traditional jazz and pre-war country. Their repertoire paints America's story from New Orleans streets to Appalachian hollers.


Sunday, August 17, 2 pm

Kenny Ray Horton is not to be missed! A Gold Record awarded singer/songwriter, Kenny Ray honed his craft in Nashville and knows how to keep an audience entertained.

Submitted by Erin Dingle
Thurmont Regional Library

Leap into reading at the Emmitsburg Branch Library on Wednesday, June 4th at 11:00 am for our 2nd annual Early Literacy Fair where families can discover simple activities to do at home to help children find success in learning to read. This family event is designed to provide children birth to three years of age and their caregivers with early experiences in language development that will help lay the foundations for reading readiness.


During the Early Literacy Fair we will focus on the early literacy practices that every child needs to get ready to read. Participate in yoga and sign language presentations that will delight your child as well as give you new and exciting ideas to try at home! Local community agencies such as the Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program and the YMCA of Frederick County Head Start will also be at the library to provide families with information regarding their educational programs for young children.


Join us as we help your child take the leap into reading and see how much fun it can be! Please register for this program online at fcpl.org or by calling 301-600-6329.


Julie Scott

Emmitsburg Branch Library

Join Frederick County Public Libraries, the Fort Detrick Alliance, and BINK the Robot for more STEM-related programs led by local scientists. Programs are designed to inspire elementary age children to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.


Jim Swearengen, DVM, Board of Directors of the Fort Detrick Alliance, notes, "I feel strongly that these types of interactions are vital in establishing scientific curiosity and the feeling of accomplishment that comes from learning new things that help us understand our world, and will hopefully inspire some of these great young minds to endeavor to make it a better place through science."

Topics for June, July, and August are:


Playing with Polymers with Dr. Matthew Rittler, Director, Master of Science in Biotechnology and Management at Mount St. Mary's University

What do LEGO, milk jugs, Rainbow Loom bracelets, sandwich bags, and chewing gum all have in common? They are all made of polymers! Polymers are groups of molecules that are connected to create something tangible (something you can touch.) They may be solid, squishy, sticky, bendable, or anything else you can think of. While many polymers are manmade, some occur naturally, as in the juice of rubber or aloe plants. Join us as we have fun exploring-and making-polymers!


Bones in Space with Dr. Tiziana Cavinato, Assistant Professor of Biology at Hood College

Do you know that the average speed of growth of your bones is 2 inches per year at eight years old? And that even after you reach the adult age your bones are continually remodeled, for example, the head of the femur is replaced about every four months! Do you know that Astronauts lose about 1% of their bones per week when in space? Genes, nutrition and exercise are important factors that influence the development of our bones. In this meeting we will explore these factors and what happens to the astronauts' skeleton in the absence of gravity.


Backyard Bugs with Dr. Louis M. Huzella, Veterinary Pathologist

Have you ever wondered about the bugs that you often see in your backyard, at the playground, or in the park? Do you know which ones are potentially harmful? Which are harmless? Which bugs are beneficial to the environment? How about which bugs might be harmful to the environment? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this informative presentation on backyard bugs.


Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung Street, Frederick

Monthly on Wednesday at 4 pm: June 4, July 16, August 6


C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick

Monthly on 3rd Tuesday at 4 pm: June 17, July 15, August 19


Think with BINK programs are free, but we ask you to register so that we're sure to have enough space for everyone. To register, visit fcpl.org.

Great Classics are books that have stood the test of time and are enjoyed by generations of children. We have collected a few of our favorites to add to your Children's Summer Reading List. Here are a just a few books you will find at your library.


Easy Preschool Books - Grade 3

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey, E FIC - MCCL

Corduroy by Don Freeman, E FIC - Free

Curious George by H.A. Rey & Margaret Rey, E FIC - REY

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things that Go by Richard Scarry, E FIC - SCARR

Juvenile Books for Grades 4 - 7

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, J FIC - DICA

The BFG by Roald Dahl, J FIC - DAH

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, J FIC - SEW

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, J FIC - WHI

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, J FIC - TOL

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks, J FIC - BAN

Paddington by Michael Bond, J FIC - BON

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, J FIC - BURN

 Submitted by Penny Stockton

Thurmont Regional Library


This summer Frederick County is the place to be for music. Some of the best and brightest in kids' music will be bringing their shows to the Frederick County Public Libraries and other venues. From the rockin' sound of Milkshake, to the entertaining and interactive show of Leonardo, to the fun and upbeat sound of Mr. Jon & Friends, at FCPL this summer there will be something for everyone! Check it out!

Milkshake - milkshakemusic.com

Monday, June 30th at 2:30 pm - Thurmont Regional Library

Monday, June 30th at 6:30 pm - C. Burr Artz Public Library

Thursday, July 24th at 11:30 am - Brunswick Public Library

Thursday, July 24th at 3 pm - Urbana Regional Library


Rockin' and Reading with Leonardo - leonardomusic.com

Tuesday, July 15th at 10:30 am - Thurmont Regional Library

Tuesday, July 15th at 1:30 pm - Urbana Regional Library

Tuesday, July 15th at 6:30 pm - C. Burr Artz Public Library


Mr. Jon & Friends - mrjonmusic.com

Thursday, July 17th at 10:00 am - Baker Park Bandshell for the Summerfest Family Theater

Tuesday, August 19th at 6:30 pm - C. Burr Artz Public Library for the See Ya Later Summer Show


Submitted by Jon Lewis

C. Burr Artz Public Library

Have you ever wondered what happens when you pour different types of liquid into a jar? Do they stay separate or mix? How about when you combine colored sugar water? Will the colors mix into a soupy brown? The Urbana Children's Staff invite you to join us this summer for some 'STEMsational' programming! We will mix, we will pour, we will shoot things off into the sky! Some will fizz, some will boom, some will soar and fly! Starting June 25th, we will be hosting a short science experiment every Wednesday at 2 pm until school is back in session. All curious minds are welcome to attend, regardless of the age.


Among the fun and exciting demonstrations, we will be inviting you to take part in three challenge Wednesdays:
  • June 25th: Participants will be able to bring their Egg-cellent contraption for our first ever Urbana Egg Drop Challenge*.
  • July 23rd: Will feature things going up instead of down as we look at water pressure and bottle rockets.
  • August 20th: We will be going up, down, and sideways as we look at angles and power for the slingshot water balloon challenge. We hope that you are able to join us this year, as we explore the worlds of science and technology at the Urbana Regional Library.

* This program will require participants to pre-register. Please visit the Urbana Regional Library for rules and entry forms.


Submitted by Sandra Cartagena

Urbana Regional Library

Students from across the state voted in schools, public libraries, and online to select their favorite books as part of the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award program.


The student selections are:


Picture Book: Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

Grades 4-6: Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Graphic Novels 4-6: Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Grades 6-9: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

High School: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


Congratulations to the winning authors and publishers and to the students, teachers, and librarians who, every year, make the program such a resounding success!


After consulting with FCPS Media Specialist, Merri Jo Wright of Urbana Elementary, it was confirmed that Creepy Carrots! was indeed, the hands-down winner. Ms. Wright did state that although it was a humorous and silly story, there were many other fine books in the running as well. Two titles she highly recommends; Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and A Storm Called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg.


All of the Black-Eyed Susan titles can be found at your local FCPL branch.


Submitted by Marlene Bordner

Thurmont Regional Library
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