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August/September 2014 
Frederick County Public Libraries


Did you know that your library system offers free, innovative, digital products you can access from anywhere? FCPL's eLibrary offers eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, music, digital magazines, and more! Whether you're hoping to find some new recipes in the latest issue of Food Network Magazine or learn new skills from the latest technology books offered in Safari Books Online, you can do so at home or on the road. The library is where you are.


The library can also help you mind your business better than ever with tools and programs suited for the small business owner. Our librarians look forward to assisting you as you build your dream venture. Please stop by any of our eight branches or visit us online at fcpl.org. We're happy to help.

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Darrell Batson, Director
Frederick County Public Libraries
In This Issue
One Maryland One Book
Music on the Terrace
Job Seekers Assistance Program
Best's Key Rating Guide
Grant Seeker's Resource Center
Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys
Wonder Wall
Featured Resource
Get to Know Chris Long
Keep in Touch
Snallygaster Book Talk
Get the latest on Frederick's own Snallygaster from Trevor J. Blank and David J. Puglia, authors of Maryland Legends: Folklore from the Old Line State, when they visit the C. Burr Artz Public Library! 
Saturday, August 2nd at 11am
For details, visit

The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande, this year's One Maryland One Book, is a memoir that redefines our sense of home. In connection with this theme the C. Burr Artz Public Library and Urbana Regional Library are offering photography programs that will help reframe our sense of place and community identity.


The Downtown Frederick Photography Project

On September 17th at 6:00pm, the C. Burr Artz Library will hold an orientation for the Downtown Frederick Photography Project. Participants will be given disposable cameras and notebooks. Through a camera lens, participants will be asked to frame their sense of community. Take your camera into the streets of Frederick and look for the unusual, hidden, or beautiful sights all around you. This could be a view from an alternative angle, your favorite place to go in Frederick, the contrast of old and new together, or simply a small detail in the street that stands out to you.


A gallery event showcasing your work will take place on October 22nd at 6:30pm. Registration is required and spaces are limited. To register please call the library at (301)600-1630 ext. 3 or click here to register online at fcpl.org.


Urbana Regional Library Photography Project

In collaboration with the Literacy Council, the Urbana Regional Library will host a photography exhibit focusing on what it means to have immigrated to the U.S. Participants will capture their journeys through the medium of photography. We will teach digital photography basics and provide digital cameras for Literacy Council students to use. Participants will be encouraged to document their experiences while practicing their literacy skills. The word home itself will be examined through this experience, giving us a unique perspective on what home really means.


The Urbana Library will be showcasing selected photos during the last two weeks of October with an unveiling of the photographs taking place on October 13th at 6:30pm. For more information please contact Sandra Cartagena at the Urbana Library at (301)600-7000.

One Maryland One Book Logo  

One Maryland One Book is a program of the Maryland Humanities Council. 


Submitted by Elizabeth Bowen and Sandra Cartagena

C. Burr Artz Public Library and Urbana Regional Public Library

The stars may have stolen the night away, but we're chasing the clouds away every Friday at lunchtime in September. Savor the sounds of Music on the Terrace as we welcome talented musicians to Carroll Creek Park Amphitheater across from C. Burr Artz Library. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy blues, jazz, bluegrass, funk, afro-pop, rock and more.

Music on the Terrace concerts begin at 11:30 am and end at 1:30 pm. The event is free and open to all ages. Concerts will move indoors in the event of rain. For details, call 301-600-1629 or visit fcpl.org .


Music on the Terrace is made possible through the generous support of: The C. Burr Artz Trust, The Frederick News-Post, Downtown Frederick Partnership, WFMD, and Plamondon Hospitality.


September 5 - Elikeh

Elikeh Don't mistake this band as reggae. Elikeh uses elements of Togolese rhythms as a foundation for exploration into American-influenced blues, funk and rock to produce captivating Afro-pop tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable. Although rooted in indigenous traditions, Elikeh's music has no borders, exploring global themes and personal odysseys. In recent months, Elikeh has performed with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, The Wailers, Vieux Farka Toure, Bombino, and John Kadlecik of Furthur. This is a performance not to be missed.


September 12 - Sol Driven Train

Sol Driven Train If you missed them at the Urbana Music Festival, Sol Driven Train, based in Charleston, SC will be back to delight. This versatile 5-piece band blends Afrocaribbean rhythmic explorations and funky New Orleans-style brass into their own port-town sound. Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity within the American roots music scene.


September 19 - Project Natale

Project Natale Project Natale has gained world respect as accomplished jazz players exploring its many styles, while creating a sound all their own. Their performance, like their recently released album, "Endangered Liberties," will feature hard-hitting, passionate players who can create, converse and swing in, out and around quintessential compositions.


September 26 - The Dustbowl Revival

Dustbowl Revival The Dustbowl Revival is a collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. The group has grown steadily from a small string band playing the West Coast, into a traveling mini orchestra featuring instrumentation that often includes fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, ukelele, drums, tuba, organ, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music.


Written by Emily Dorr

for FCPL's Fall 2014 BookMarks publication 


Unemployed or underemployed? Feeling overwhelmed and discouraged by job hunting and online applications? The library can help! The Job Seekers' Assistance Program at the C. Burr Artz Library will pair you with a tutor who is well trained in current trends and resources.


You will meet for a one-on-one session where a tutor will assist you in setting up an email account, navigating web sites and search engines, and completing online applications. Even if you feel competent in these areas, we still encourage you to schedule an appointment. The library partners with various community organizations for employment support and often makes referrals to achieve maximum success. Whether you only need one session to teach you the basics, or weekly meetings to help you find a job, we're here to help you through the process.


To sign up for an appointment, please visit the Adult Reference Desk at the C. Burr Artz Public Library in downtown Frederick. In addition to our free in-person Job Seekers' Assistance Program, FCPL also offers a free online Job Seekers Resource page on our website at fcpl.org/resource-guides/job-seekers-resources.


For more information about the Job Seeker's Assistance Program or how to partner with us please contact Kaity Krompasick, Job Seeker Assistance Coordinator, by calling the Adult Reference Desk at (301)600-3769, or by using the Contact Us form on our website.


Submitted by Kaity Krompasick

C. Burr Artz Public Library


Are you looking for homeowner's, auto, or life insurance? If so, do you know how the insurance companies you are considering are rated compared to other companies that provide similar coverage? FCPL has two reference books that can help. Both reference books are located in the Business Resource Center at the C. Burr Artz Public Library in downtown Frederick.

  Best's Key Rating Guides

Best's Key Rating Guide

Life/Health - United States and Canada

BUS 368 BEST 2013


Best's Key Rating Guide

Property/Casualty - United States and Canada

BUS 368 BEST 2013


The A.M. Best Company is an independent, comprehensive, and full-service credit rating agency for insurance companies. Their rating system began in 1906 and is still strong today.


The books are easy to navigate with an index in the front, followed by insurance company names listed alphabetically. Each company's listing includes a financial strength rating, an issuer credit rating, figures from the balance sheet, operations, profitability tests, leverage tests, and liquidity tests. Ratings range from A++ to S, and from aaa to rs (regulatory suspension).


These resources can help provide reliable information to help you make informed decisions for your insurance needs.


Submitted by Terri Klco

C. Burr Artz Public Library


Training: Intro to Fundraising Planning

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 1:00pm

Presented by Janice Z. Rosenberg, Senior Librarian at the Foundation Center in Washington DC


A successful nonprofit organization needs to cultivate multiple revenue streams through sound financial planning. If your organization has never developed a fundraising plan or calendar, this program is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of fundraising.

Registration is required and seats are limited to 25. To register, call any Frederick County Public Library branch or register online.


Featured Website: GrantSpace

GrantSpace is the best place to start if you're thinking about taking the next step in the non-profit world. Whether that's starting one, fundraising, or doing evaluations, this website has resources to build these skills. You'll find tools, training, and further resources all in one place. If it all seems a little overwhelming, you can always chat with a Foundation Center Librarian.


What is the Grant Seeker's Resource Center?

The Grant Seeker's Resource Center (GSRC), a Funding Information Network (FIN), offers grant seeking organizations and individuals use of reference and circulating materials, free workshops and webinars, and aid to finding and navigating web resources. From the internet workstations at the C. Burr Artz Library, grant seekers can search the most comprehensive electronic collections of grant makers and grants available through Foundation Center databases. The GSRC is funded by the Ausherman Family Foundation.


For more information visit The Grant Seeker's Resource Center page at fcpl.org, or call the C. Burr Artz Library at (301)600-1630 ext. 3.


Submitted by Katilyn Miller

C. Burr Artz Public Library

Frederick County Public Libraries has received a second grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to host a five-part reading and discussion series titled "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" exploring the theme Connected Histories.

When Asia Was the World by Stewart Gordon Book Cover.  

The first program will explore When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the "Riches of the East" by Stewart Gordon on Monday, August 25th, at 6:00pm at the C. Burr Artz Library.


Dr. Donald Wright, Director of Middle Eastern Studies at Hood College, will lead a discussion of the book at each session as our series scholar. Additional book discussions will be held every three weeks on Mondays at 6:00pm.


September 15th: The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-KhaliliThe House of Wisdom by Jim Al-Khalili book cover.  


October 6th: The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal


October 27th: Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett


November 17th: In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh


Registration is required as spaces are limited. Registering for the first session signs you up for the entire series. For more information or to register for the discussion series, please visit fcpl.org  or call us at (301)600-1630.


Submitted by Elizabeth Bowen

C. Burr Artz Public Library


Find your next great read, stretch your imagination, and shape our newest interactive display: The Wonder Wall at the C. Burr Artz Public Library.


Don't miss your chance to participate in these upcoming Wonder Wall themes:


August - "From Page to Screen"

Is the book always better than the movie or TV show? Decide for yourself and add your favorite page-to-screen adaptations to our white board in categories including, "Chick Flicks," "Action/Adventure," "Laugh-out-loud," and more!


September - "Around the World in 80 Books"

Explore distant lands from the comfort of your favorite chair and contribute to our interactive map featuring the settings of our recent reads.


And don't miss our patrons' picks on the latest "Wow List," updated monthly.


Can't make it to the C. Burr Artz Library? Contribute from poolside on social media by posting to our Facebook page or on Twitter @FredCoLibrary, using the hashtag #WonderWall.


Submitted by Emily Dolly

C. Burr Artz Public Library

Our Featured Resource for August is MasterFILE Premier, a periodical and news database that covers a wide array of subject areas and provides free electronic access to over 1,500 full-text publications and magazines like AARP, Consumer Reports, TIME, and more!


MasterFILE Premier offers a variety of ways to search and allows you to limit your results to only those with full-text or only articles from a specific publication. Just looking for articles from Consumer Reports? Enter "Consumer Reports" in the Publication field. Looking for peer reviewed articles for a research project? Check the "Peer Reviewed" box.


Did you know that MasterFILE Premier also has transcribed historical documents, like letters from one of our country's First Ladies, Abigail Adams? Want to know more about a foreign country? Check out the Background Notes on Countries of the World series.


You can access MasterFILE Premier from the Premium Websites section of the Magazine Resource Guide on fcpl.org. The final step is to log-in with your library card if you're accessing it from home.


Submitted by Ryan Bass

C. Burr Artz Public Library


Chris is the Branch Manager for FCPL's Community Bookmobile, where he has worked for more than 33 years.


Chris Long
The best thing about my job is...
I get to be in a library but also be out in the world. On the Bookmobile I have books and information around me, but I also get to see the seasons change and the weather roll in, up close. It keeps me in touch with the ebb and flow of the world more than working in an immobile branch would.


My favorite library memory is...the old card catalog. I miss the feel of flipping through the cards and the sweet papery smell they had. I miss the satisfying, musical thunk when you closed the drawers. The computers that replaced it are far more versatile, but in its day it served us well, and I still miss it.


People might be surprised to discover that I... buy artworks from students. Kids' art can have a freedom of color and form that I love; many times that freedom gets lost as the artist grows up. I'll see a piece at a school art show, contact the teacher, and offer to buy it. I have works from elementary up to high school-age kids. They're usually excited about selling, and I always hope it might boost their ongoing interest in art.


When I'm not working, I love to... ride my bike. I live in Middletown Valley and can't ride more than a mile in any direction without hitting a sizeable hill, so I have learned to love those, too. Grudgingly.


I am passionate about... curiosity! It really bothers me when people don't seem to be curious about the world around them. There are so many fascinating things around us, all the time. How is that possible that people can't see them? What more do they want? I want to take them by the shoulders and shake them. But I don't, usually.


I'm inspired by... people who persevere through difficulties, people who keep moving forward despite obstacles. I see this all the time, in quiet ways. Life can be hard, and I admire those who are able to deal with it heroically and with dignity.


I'm grateful for... my parents, who gave me all sorts of advantages. When I was growing up, information was everywhere. Our house was full of books, newspapers, and magazines. Music and radio were always in the air, and the dinner table was a free-for-all discussion zone. My parents gave me my natural curiosity but also provided the setting for it to grow.


I'd love to travel to... England-again! My wife and I were there for the first time two years ago and found it was nearly impossible to come home afterward. It's a wonderful place. If we hit the lottery, you will find us somewhere on the South Downs.


I'm well known for... being right where I am, on FCPL's Bookmobile. Occasionally someone will get on board for the first time in decades and start telling me how they used to get on the Bookmobile as a child. Then I'll see the recognition slowly cross their face: "Hey! You're the same guy that was here back then!"


I'm currently fascinated by... lavender. I just started growing a number of varieties-about 12 different cultivars so far-and am excited to see how they fare in my garden over the next few seasons. I wish I owned large fields. I'd fill them with lavender and spend all my free time there.


Submitted by Emily Dolly

C. Burr Artz Public Library

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