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                                                                  June/July/August 2014 
Frederick County Public Libraries

We have lots of great events all summer long for teens. From the "Spark a Reaction" Summer Reading Program to arts & crafts, parties and books clubs, there is something to please everyone. In addition, all teens who sign up for the Summer Reading Program will be entered to win some fabulous prizes.
We also look forward to seeing you at all of our libraries this summer as you complete your Summer Reading Passport. If summer vacations are taking you far and wide and here to there, don't forget to check out the variety of YA eBooks available for download in our eLibrary. If you're not sure what to read this summer our teen librarians have put together several fantastic recommended reading lists that can be found on our website

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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
Summer Reading
Science Fiction Books
Beat the Heat
BES Books
FCPL on Pinterest
Books to Movies
School's Out Party
Keep in Touch
Dazzle your friends & family with magic! Roger Lindsay's Magic Workshop includes a magic demonstration followed by a hands-on lesson to learn how to perform your very own magic tricks.

Thursday, June 26, 3:30pm 
Walkersville Branch Library 
For details, visit fcpl.org


Spark a Reaction

Spark a Reaction

Spark a Reaction and read, read, read all summer long.
Summer Reading for teens in grades 6-12 at Frederick County Public Libraries starts now!


Sign up and get your game board to get started. Just by signing up, you are automatically entered into the Grand Prize drawing for a Great Wolf Lodge gift card and $300 spending money and you will be entered into a drawing for a Play Station 4 gaming system.


Everyone who signs up for Summer Reading gets a ticket to a Frederick Keys baseball game to either the August 10th or August 17th games.


Log your completed game board activities, hours of reading, or teen library program attendance on your Summer Reading home page at http://www.fcpl.org/summer. These entries count as entries into drawings for $10 PNC gift cards throughout the summer. The more you do the more chances you have to win.


Complete your game board and you will get to choose a paperback book to keep and be entered into the Game Board prize drawing at each branch for dinner and a movie at Westview Promenade.


But wait! There's more.... A Passport to Reading is on the back of your game board. Visit all eight Frederick County Public Libraries branches between now and August 9th, get your Passport stamped at all eight libraries, and turn in the form for a light-up keychain of your very own and entry into a prize drawing for Maryland Science Center tickets, a baseball signed by Frederick Keys players, and a PNC gift card. Be sure to have your Passport with you when you visit. Locations of all eight FCPL branches can be found on our website at http://www.fcpl.org/branches-hours.


Submitted by Robin Goetz

Brunswick Branch Library


This year's Summer Reading Program theme, Spark a Reaction, is tailor-made for fans of science fiction! Whether you like aliens or dystopias, spaceships or extraordinary abilities, there's a young adult novel (or more than one!) that deals with the topic. Try one of these novels to explore strange new worlds and ideas.


Feed by M.T. Anderson Feed by M.T. Anderson Book Cover.  

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.



Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant 

While she recovers from a car accident, Evening "Eve" Spiker is given a special project by her mother. Using a simulator designed to teach human genetics, she begins building a boy. Eve is creating Adam and he will be perfect.


Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi  Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi book cover.  

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.


The Maze Runner by James Dashner    The Maze Runner by James Dashner 

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.



Gone by Michael GrantGone by Michael Grant book cover.  

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer  Cinder by Marissa Meyer book cover.  

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, a gifted mechanic and cyborg named Cinder becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.


Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver book cover.    

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.


Across the UniverseAcross the Universe by Beth Revis book cover. by Beth Revis   

Seventeen-year-old Amy has to save her parents and herself after their adventure goes wrong on the space ship.




Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi  Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi book cover.  

Aria is exiled from her home and must survive in the outer wasteland, then she meets outsider, Perry, who's wild and dangerous, but he's her only hope for survival.



Unwind by Neal Shusterman  Unwind by Neil Shusterman book cover.  

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.


Partials by Dan Wells Partials by Dan Wells book cover.  

In a post-apocalyptic eastern seaboard ravaged by disease and war with a man-made race of people called Partials, the chance at a future rests in the hands of Kira Walker, a sixteen-year-old medic in training.



Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Uglies by Scott Westerfeld book cover.

Transformation into a super beauty on her sixteenth birthday and reuniting with her friend Peris will only happen if Tally Youngblood's friend Shay also agrees to the operation.



The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey book cover.

Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.


Submitted by Melissa Rabey

C. Burr Artz Public Library

at Your Local Library 

The long hot days of summer are always a busy time at the library. People stock up on reading material for days spent by the pool, check out books on CD by the dozen for road trips to the beach and seek out music to act as the soundtrack to the endless BBQs and parties we all seem to attend around this time of year.


Equally though, the cool interior of the library provides a haven from the relentless heat outdoors and, for teens especially, a couple of hours spent at a program in your local branch can be a fun way to while away one of the lazy days of summer.


Middletown Library - June 3rd at 3:00pm

Teens looking to show Dad how much he means to them should check out programming at the Middletown branch. June 3rd will offer teens an opportunity to earn a gold star come Father's Day, with Dynamic Dads at 3pm. Can't make it to Middletown at 3:00pm? Visit the Brunswick branch on June 3rd at 6:30pm for Duct Tape for Dad where you can make a one of a kind gift for the man of the hour. (Registration required.)


Walkersville Library - June 7th at 1:00pm

The Walkersville Library will be running Dr. Who conventions every third Saturday this summer, starting on June 7th. In addition to the Whovian fun going on all summer long, teens will also have the chance to help plan and plant a vegetable garden at the Walkersville Library on Thursdays at 3:00pm.


Thurmont Library - June 12th at 1:00pm

The Thurmont Regional Library and Emmitsburg Branch Library will be celebrating together on June 12th on Thurmont Library's Deck for a School's Out Party where teens can jump into the fun of summer vacation feet first with dancing, games and all kinds of fun and prizes!


Brunswick Library - June 17th at 2:30pm

The mad scientists at Brunswick plan to get messy on June 17th as they build volcanoes and conduct experiments with the Start Summer with a Bang! program. Just make sure you wear old clothes - nothing worse than getting lava on your favorite top!


Urbana Library - June 22nd at 2:00pm

Urbana will be continuing their Poketown Gym this summer, however, on June 22nd the Anime/Manga Club will be meeting at 2:00pm with free Rita's Ice! You can also visit the Urbana Library at 3:00pm on Friday, July 11th for Futuremakers to learn how to make your own electromechanical drawing machine. (Registration required) Can't make it on July 11th? Futuremakers will also be offered at the Point of Rocks, Emmitsburg, and Thurmont Libraries.


C. Burr Artz Library - July 2nd at 2:30pm

The C. Burr Artz Public Library in downtown Frederick is running wearable tech and sci-fi writing workshops all summer long, as well as screening a variety of sci-fi films and TV shows throughout the summer. Join us on July 2nd to create a robot gadget cozy and watch WALL-E, and on July 21st to make marble magnets while we watch Clone Wars. (Registration required)


This is only a handful of the great teen events happening all summer long at the library so make sure to ask for information at your branch or check the full schedule of events at fcpl.org!


Submitted by Linda Murray

Walkersville Branch Library

Winners and Nominees

Black Eyed Susan flower. Black Eyed Susan winners for 2013-2014 have been announced! Did you vote? Can we have a drum roll, please... This year's winner from the category of books for Grades 9-12 is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.


If you haven't heard of the Black Eyed Susan (BES) award yet, you will soon! The BES award is a children's choice award for the state of Maryland and has been awarded since 1992. Special reading committees meet and determine which books will be nominated. Once nominated, the books are placed on student reading lists throughout Maryland. The nominated books are expected to be outstanding books that "broaden the human experience and provide students with new insights into their own lives." Throughout the course of the school year, students read and discuss the books on the list. Each student can vote once per category. All the votes are submitted to the BES Book Award committee and tallied, and there you have it! The following year's nominees and the current year winners are announced simultaneously.

  Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown book cover.  
  Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin 
  Bruised by Sarah Skilton book cover.  
The Fault in our Stars by John Green book cover.  


What will teens be reading during the 2014-15 school year? Here are the nominees:  

Submitted by Tara Lebherz

Thurmont Regional Library

Follow FCPL on Pinterest!

Are you a book lover who loves lists? You can now follow Frederick County Public Libraries on Pinterest. FCPL's Pinterest page can be found at http://www.pinterest.com/fredcolibrary and includes several boards especially for teens:

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New Teen Books - 2014  

Award Winning YA Books 

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award 

Adult Books for Fans of YA 


Submitted by Clare Bush

Thurmont Regional Library

The Fault in Our Stars movie poster.
The Giver movie poster.
The Maze Runner book cover.
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

What it's about: A tumor-shrinking medical miracle bought Hazel a few years of time, but she's a terminal time bomb, suffering from stage IV cancer. At a support group for her illness, she meets fellow cancer survivor Augustus Waters, a boy who pretends to smoke cigarettes and has a prosthetic leg. With a shared obsession for the novel An Imperial Affliction and a similar sense of sarcasm, the two fall in love, despite their inevitable fate. John Green's story is honest and hilarious, exposing the fear, anger, and sadness that accompanies a terminal illness. It's an emotional read, and it's bound to be a heartrending two hours at the movie theater.

Release date: June 6, 2014


The Giver by Lois Lowry

What it's about: Everything is perfect; diseases have been eradicated, everyone is equal, and society is under control. Each person is assigned a position by the Community, and 12-year-old Jonas has been picked as the "Receiver of Memories." Only "The Giver" knows the truth of the past, and he must now pass that information down to Jonas. This book has often been described as the first YA dystopian novel (in correlation with the current trend) and it shows that a utopian society has its downsides, like a lack of personal freedom. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep make this a highly anticipated movie, and hopefully Taylor Swift will prove her acting chops.

Release date: August 15, 2014


The Maze Runner by James Dashner

What it's about: When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he remembers is his name. His memory is blank, and he's surrounded by a group of boys in a place called the Glade, a large space entrapped by tall, stone walls. Every 30 days another boy is delivered, but when a girl named Teresa appears in the lift the next morning, her presence is almost as unexpected as the message she delivers. The language is a little tough to get through in the beginning, but once you catch on to the lingo, you'll be racing to find out what happens. It'll be very interesting to see how the book is translated to film, especially with the monstrous creatures called Grievers.

Release date: Sept. 19, 2014


Submitted by Mary Ann Foltz

Urbana Regional Library

at Thurmont Regional Library
School's Out.
"Out for summer, out 'til fall. We might not go back at all." School's out for summer! Get together with your friends and classmates at Thurmont Regional Library on
Thursday, June 12th, at 1:00pm. We will be out on the deck with music, dancing, games and prizes. Rita's Ice and refreshments will be provided. See you there!


Submitted by Clare Bush

Thurmont Regional Library

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