BookMarkS bookmarked! Frederick reads elizabeth Gilbert 1 Frederick reads elizabeth Gilbert It seems as if the whole world is reading Elizabeth Gilbert. Her 2006 soul-searching memoir— 2 Frederick reads at Five Eat, Pray, Love—was translated into 30-plus languages with more than 7 million copies sold 3 paul holdenGräber worldwide.The book spent more than a year in the number-one spot on The New York Times to interview Gilbert Paperback Nonfiction List, and Time Magazine named the bestselling author as one of the world’s 4 a kickin’ celtic concert 100 most influential people in 2008. By late summer, the book that brought such fame to 6 the bee Goes on Gilbert’s doorstep will be a movie, starring Julia Roberts. 7 callinG YounG artists Elizabeth Gilbert’s follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love—Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage— 7 thurmont art was released early this year, with a national book tour kicking off on January 5 in New York City. GallerY opens After crisscrossing the country for appearances in nearly 20 different cities, Gilbert arrives in 8 home For the Frederick on April 14 to make her mark as this year’s Frederick Reads author. GranGe mural 11 salute to librarY Wednesday, April 14 volunteers Hood College Hodson Auditorium – 5 pm 12 From the desk oF Thursday, April 15 the director Frederick Community College Jack B. Kussmaul Theater – 11 am 14 central reGion proGrams Weinberg Center for the Arts In conversation with Paul Holdengräber – 8 pm 16 northern reGion proGrams 18 southern reGion proGrams Gilbert’s three speaking engagements are free and open to the public, 20 on mY niGhtstand though seating is limited. Copies of Gilbert’s most recent books will be available for purchase and signing at each location. For more information, sprinG 2010 including details on other related events, visit frederickreads.org. march april may www.fcpl.org Frederick reads at Five Frank Deford was the first, followed by James L. Swanson, Cokie Roberts, Clyde Edgerton, and now Elizabeth Gilbert.These authors are part of the ongoing and increasingly popular story that is Frederick Reads, a collaborative effort launched in 2006 to foster a love of reading within the community. Each year, the Frederick Reads Committee—composed of representatives from nearly a dozen local organizations—selects an author who will showcase a chosen genre, engage new and long- time book lovers, and spark discussion and debate across a range of issues. Frederick Reads events are open to the public and offered free of charge. Elizabeth Gilbert’s appearance at this year’s Frederick Reads is made possible in large part by Hood College and the Hanson Lecture Series by way of the Robert D. and Barbara E. Hanson Fund for The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. Barbara was a 1945 graduate of Hood College.This endowed fund provides for an annual lecture by a prominent national or international person. We applaud the 2010 Frederick Reads partners, including: Robert D. and Barbara E. Hanson Fund through Hood College, Frederick Community College, Frederick Arts Council, Frederick County Public Libraries, SAIC at NCI-Frederick, Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries, Weinberg Center for the Arts, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, CinemArts, Maryland Life Magazine, Maryland Public Television,Wilson Information Services Corp. at NCI-Frederick, WYPR/WYPF 88.1, City of Frederick, Frederick Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott,Tourism Council of Frederick County, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Downtown Frederick Partnership, Frederick County Public Schools, and other organizations and dedicated individuals. 2 www.fcpl.org “If a more likable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven’t found him or her. ...Gilbert’s prose is fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible, and makes the reader only too glad to join the posse of friends and devotees who have the pleasure of listening in.” – Jennifer Egan, New York Times Book Review meet the author Fundraiser new york public library’s Thursday, April 15, 3 pm paul holdenGräber to interview Gilbert Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Downtown Frederick In another “first” for Frederick Reads, Elizabeth Gilbert’s largest appearance will take a conversational tone as she is interviewed on-stage by Paul Holdengräber Help us keep Frederick Reads free. Meet at the Weinberg. Elizabeth Gilbert and support Frederick Reads at this very special event. Tickets are $75 Over the past several years, Holdengräber has revitalized the venerable New York each and include a reception with Elizabeth Public Library, creating a public forum to celebrate the arts, politics, and culture. Gilbert, a signed copy of Eat, Pray, Love, and Holdengräber’s “LIVE from the NYPL” event series has become the hottest preferred seating for Gilbert’s appearance at ticket in a town full of hot tickets. Often acting as interviewer (and ringmaster!), the Weinberg. A limited number of tickets to Holdengräber and his well-known, freethinking guests provide an endless array this exclusive celebration are available of viewpoints across the cultural spectrum. for purchase at the Weinberg box office. To Holdengräber’s programs in 2009 alone brought a Who’s Who of guests together order or learn more, visit weinbergcenter.org. for inspired discussion. Luminaries included Barbara Kingsolver, Oliver Sacks, Her Majesty Queen Noor, Lou Reed,Wes Anderson, Ruth Reichl, Ira Glass, Read one or all of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ryan Adams, Mary-Louise Parker, Peter Coyote, Paul Theroux, Adam Gopnik, titles, available through Frederick County Frank Gehry, Andrei Codrescu,Thomas Friedman, and many others. Public Libraries: Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia (Book and CD) Come, Reze, Ama: Ol Viaje de Una Mujer por Italia, India e Indonesia Pilgrims The Last American Man Stern Men (Book and CD) 3 www.fcpl.org a kickin’ celtic concert Take a pair of classically trained dueling fiddlers, toss in a rhythm guitar and the occasional funky accordion, then power it with the driving rhythm of a jazz percussionist.What do you get? The one-and-only Scythian—and a rousing, raucous concert experience you won’t soon forget. Scythian (sith-ee-yin) is the featured band at this year’s Celtic Concert, presented by the Emmitsburg and Thurmont libraries, in partnership with Mount St. Mary’s and the Town of Emmitsburg. “Scythian appeared in Frederick several years ago at Music on the Terrace, and I have never seen such a tremendous response at the library,” recalls Elizabeth Cromwell, Manager, Corporate/Community Partnerships & Public Relations. “Irish dancers suddenly appeared, audience members jigged with strangers, and a great time was had by all.We expect that Scythian magic again in Emmitsburg.” Scythian’s repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary Celtic and folk music to the alluring and dramatic strains of Gypsy and Eastern European tunes, with some old-fashioned bluegrass licks thrown in for good measure.The band’s high-energy, adrenaline-peddling brand of music never fails to get people on their feet. Last year, Scythian was named the number-one local band by Washington City Paper, and The Washington Post hails Scythian as “one of Washington’s most energetic and eclectic bands.” This free event has been underwritten in its entirety by the C. Burr Artz Trust. celtic concert with scythian Thursday, April 1, 7:30 pm Knott Auditorium Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg Free admission and parking All ages welcome! scythian’s music makers Alexander Fedoryka - Violin/Mandolin/Harmonica/Bass/Vocals Josef Crosby - Violin/Bass/Vocals Danylo Fedoryka - Rhythm Guitar/Accordion/Vocals Mike Ounallah - Percussion/Drums scythianmusic.com 4 www.fcpl.org the bee Goes on More than 100 students are “spell bound” as they prepare for Qualifying Bees at C. Burr Artz (March 13 and 14), Urbana (March 20 and 21), and Thurmont (March 22) libraries.Who will be the last contestant standing in the third annual Frederick County Spelling Bee? Find out at the Championship Bee, featuring 40 finalists, on Sunday, May 2, 2 pm at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. the communitY bank For Frederick countY Thanks also to the Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries and Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts for their prize contributions. 6 www.fcpl.org callinG younG artists Kids and teens…are you ready? Our annual contest to create the art for our Summer Reading Club is about to begin.This year’s theme for children in preschool through fifth grade is “Make a Splash—Read!” For middle and high school students, the theme is “Make Waves.” Check out our entry guidelines on fcpl.org and submit your design by April 1.The winning artwork will be featured on free bookmarks for middle and high schoolers, and a free coloring/ activity booklet for students in preschool Mark Hatfield, Shelf Management Coordinator, oversees the art gallery at Thurmont Regional through fifth grade when the program Library. He donated one of his own paintings, Nourishing that Clear Light, to hang in the library. kicks off May 1. thurmont art Gallery opens Maryland artist David Fair will be the first to showcase his work in Thurmont Regional Library’s art gallery, located in the Community Room.The Union Mills resident will exhibit approximately 20 of his cut paper works from March until June. The library plans a quarterly rotation of exhibits. Born in Michigan, Fair moved to Uniontown, Maryland, where he and his brother Jad formed the band Half-Japanese in the mid-1970s. A cult status grew around Half-Japanese, one of the first do-it-yourself bands. Many consider the band to be a catalyst for punk music, with devotees like Kurt Cobain, who had the band open for Nirvana’s 1993 tour. A documentary about the band, The Band that Would Be King, was released in 1989, and David Fair also appeared in the 2005 documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston. In addition to collaborating with his brother on numerous projects, David Fair is an accomplished visual artist, incorporating collage, book-making, and paper cuttings into his growing body of work. The gallery in Thurmont Regional Library’s Community Room will be open to the public most Sunday afternoons and at various times throughout the week. The hallway leading to the Community Room will feature artwork from each exhibiting artist and is available for viewing during regular library hours. 7 www.fcpl.org home For the GranGe mural The Grange Mural—a colorful mural with an equally colorful history—has found a permanent home in the Thurmont Center for Agricultural History of the Thurmont Regional Library. The painting, which measures nearly nine by four feet, depicts the rural countryside of Frederick County and includes some local landmarks, such as covered bridges, the Barbara Fritchie House, and a few structures not yet identified. It is believed that the painting was created during the 1960s to decorate a booth at the Great Frederick Fair. Granges would often create such displays to promote the importance of agriculture in the community. The painting’s whereabouts after the Fair and before its purchase by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Compton at an estate sale remain a mystery—and, until recently, no one knew who the artist was. After an article by Maryland Room Manager Mary Mannix appeared with a photo of the painting in The Gazette, Kevin Howard confirmed that the mural had been painted by his grandmother, Ann Elizabeth Holter Howard. A Middletown native, Elizabeth Howard was a charter member of the Ballenger Creek Grange. Frederick County Public Libraries acquired the painting in 2008 from the Historical Society of Frederick County, who had received it as a gift from the Comptons.The painting had been stored for many years in a shed and was badly damaged from insects, dirt, and fluctuating temperatures. Last year, the Friends of the Thurmont Library received a grant from the Community Foundation of Frederick County to stabilize and conserve the painting. Noted local conservator Nancy Pollak of Art Care Associates performed the work. George Brigham, Civil War historian and craftsman, constructed a frame to Pollak’s specifications to protect the painting prior to conservation. The Grange Mural will be dedicated at Thurmont Regional Library at 11 am on April 24, a fitting date since April is Grange Month, a time set aside to honor the oldest national agricultural organization and the work of its 300,000 members. Elizabeth Howard’s painting is the only art work of its kind held in a public collecting institution in Frederick County and, most likely, in the state. The scene depicted in the painting, along with its statement “The Grange Recommends That We Preserve Prime Farmland to Produce Food for Ourselves and Others,” echoes the mission of the Thurmont Center for Agricultural History to document the rich agricultural heritage of Frederick County. dedication Saturday, April 24, 11 am Join us as we celebrate with members of the artist’s family, as well as the conservator. Other paintings by Howard, owned by family members, will be available to view. 8 Ann Miller, President, Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library and Dennis Black, Community Foundation of Frederick County. www.fcpl.org www.fcpl.org our helpinG hands a salute to library volunteers To say they do a little bit of everything would be an understatement.Truth be told, our volunteers do a lot of everything—and we are grateful for their willingness to help. Particularly at this time, when county funding resources are tight and FCPL’s budget is stretched thin, our volunteers enable us to do more for less, without compromising patron services or reducing library hours. “Volunteers are a crucially important part of this organization,” Director Darrell Batson states. “Without the dedication and support of our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to operate at the level the public expects.We are grateful for their constant presence here.” On any given day, volunteers are hard at work in FCPL branches.Their duties include helping with children’s activities, creating displays, sorting books, updating databases, assisting with special events, and so much more. As diverse as their tasks are their backgrounds.Volunteers come to FCPL from all walks of life. Some are retired professionals, high school or college students, or stay-at-home moms and dads. Others are in between jobs, writers, genealogists, teachers on summer break, or newcomers to the area. Whatever their reason for volunteering, these dedicated individuals are a much-appreciated part of the FCPL family. Staff members sing our volunteers’ praises… “Many of our volunteers at the Walkersville Branch are students from the local high schools. Our teens contribute greatly to our library and give back to the community by donating their time and skills.” – Sarah Middlemiss, Library Associate II “Our volunteers have been of great value to FCPL, particularly during the time of Urbana and Thurmont’s collection building process. I’m sure they’ve handled thousands of items…and they are a wonderful asset to our department.” – Jane Spear, Materials Management “We have wonderful volunteers at Thurmont Regional Library! Approximately 10 volunteers (not including the Friends of the Library) make a big difference. Of course, the Friends provide us with money to provide extras, such as Summer Reading Club prizes, and other extra-special programs.They also volunteer at our book sale, plant exchange, and many of our programs as well.” – Janet Vogel, Children’s Supervisor “Last year alone, more than 10,000 book carts were pre-sorted by volunteers, saving the shelvers valuable time to do their other duties. Our volunteers give back to our community, making it a better place by fulfilling a necessary role—that of a volunteer!” – Georgie Van Brocklin, Library Associate II april is national volunteer month Please take a moment and say “thank you” to the FCPL volunteers you see on your next library visit. 11 From the desk oF the director About a year ago, I shared in The Frederick News-Post an overview of FCPL’s budget and staffing challenges. I noted then that “…many staff members have stepped up to absorb responsibilities for positions that will remain unfilled for the foreseeable future.” The situation continues to decline. In addition We have “shelved,” so to speak, many adult to significant budget cuts, we have been book clubs produced by library staff. Don’t hamstrung by Frederick County’s hiring freeze, get us wrong: we recognize the value and which prevents us from replacing staff when popularity of our book discussion groups they leave FCPL.Thirteen positions are now and have held them in high esteem for many unfilled, and the number is climbing.The years.The challenge is that providing staff to diminishing funds and staff have occurred at a lead discussions at our eight libraries seriously time when our libraries are busier than ever. impacts our ability to assist the ever-growing We fully support the county’s efforts to close number of patrons who need help with job its funding gaps and have returned library- searches, online applications, emergency aid, designated funds to the county coffers on and so on. Our information desks must be numerous occasions. For the next several staffed sufficiently to meet patrons’ most budget cycles, we will continue to make very pressing needs. difficult choices about where the inevitable service cuts must occur in order to keep our doors open and our libraries staffed. While these decisions may not be popular with the public, you can be sure that the choices are agonizing for us. Many of us have dedicated our careers to programs that we no longer have the staff to manage. By dedicating our staff to core services only, we can lessen the possibility of reducing hours or closing a library in the near future. 12 Due to the county’s hiring freeze, we are unable to replace one of two bookmobile staff members who retired in December. We have revamped our bookmobile route—a very painful cut that particularly affects the elderly and those without transportation. By shortening the time at each location and making other modifications, we are able to maintain 16 of the 20 stops we once had. Sharing this information face-to-face with some There is another bright ray of sunshine of our most vulnerable patrons has been amongst the dark economic clouds. Our exceptionally difficult for our staff. patrons are passionate about our libraries and about reading. Private contributions to sponsor library programs and events such as Frederick Reads have increased in In the midst of this doom and gloom, recent years. Funders recognize the value there is good news: our libraries are and importance of reading and cultural booming, vibrant, and alive! literacy in Frederick County, and they are footing the bill for many events that, as a Many of our patrons are stepping up to result, we all enjoy for free. replace the library-led book discussion groups with their own groups. Private book If you have attended a poetry reading at Free proGrams at clubs are welcome to meet in our libraries, the Weinberg Center, tapped your toes c. burr artz public library and we can help you get started. Other at Music on the Terrace or the Celtic Produced by other organizations patrons are volunteering at a local branch Festival in Emmitsburg, or enrolled your and/or becoming Friends of the Library, to child in the Summer Reading Club, historical society of advocate and fundraise for special programs please share your gratitude with the Frederick county lecture series not covered by tax dollars. sponsoring organizations.These programs For details, go to hsfcinfo.org. thrive and continue to grow because of Tuesday, April 13, 7 pm our community’s generous support, and A History of the Extension Service we have much for which to be grateful. in Maryland and Frederick County Darrell Batson | Director, FCPL Tuesday, May 11, 7 pm African American Schools in Frederick County dar Genealogy workshop (adult) Members of the local Carrollton Manor Chapter are available to assist individuals interested in applying for Daughters of the American Revolution or Sons of the American Revolution membership. Saturday, April 24, 10 am monocacy archeological society (all aGes) For details, go to digfrederick.com. Monthly on 2nd Wednesday at 7 pm sprinG 2010 proGrams central reGion Frederick middletown walkersville c. burr artz public library Part 2 - Create a short, simple slide show from lucky leprechaun (all aGes, with adult) 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick features learned in Part 1. Prerequisite: Open Find a lucky leprechaun or two.You never 301-600-1630 Office Impress, Part 1. know if there is a pot of gold waiting at the Branch Hours: Saturday, May 22, 8:50 am end of the rainbow. Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm Sunday, March 14, 1 pm Free one-hour Technology Center classes for Monday – Thursday 10 am – 9 pm adults. Call 301-600-1373 during library hours to wags for hope (all aGes, with adult) Friday & Saturday 10 am – 5 pm register and for more information. One-on-one Improve your reading skills and make a new tutoring is also available in English and Spanish. friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The business and technoloGy Call Patty Stephens, 301-600-1371, for details. Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.) proGrams Allergy Alert – the dogs are live animals. Monthly on Sunday at 2 pm: how to start your own business teen proGrams March 14, April 18, May 23 Learn about regulatory requirements, legal teen book topics business structures to consider, how to begin, and Join us for a discussion of three books reading in action (aGes 8-12) money matters with Chris Olson, the MD Small with a common theme. We’ll do more than read; we’ll explore, build, Business Development Center counselor. Monthly on 1st Wednesday at 7 pm create, act, talk, and play. Monthly on 1st Tuesday at 6 pm Monthly on 3rd Tuesday at 4 pm teen advisory board open office writer - similar to and Help the library plan services and events. book buddies (aGes 8-12) compatible with microsoft word Monthly on 3rd Tuesday at 7 pm Join us for lively discussions, to make new friends, Part 2 - A continuation of Part 1 offered in and explore great themes. Go to fcpl.org to February. Features to be covered include creating virtual book Festival choose from each month’s recommended books. numbered and bulleted lists and inserting and Make your own book trailer, watch episodes Monthly on 3rd Wednesday at 4 pm formatting tables. Prerequisite: Experience using of the web series Private, or learn more about word processing software. your favorite books. Door prize drawings held the Guy’s book club of super-sonic Saturday, March 6, 8:50 am throughout event. awesomeness (aGes 8-12) Part 3 - Instructor will present additional features Saturday, April 17, during library hours This book club is for guys, so come and check it of this word processing software. Prerequisite: out. Cool games, books, snacks, and fun! Open Office Writer, Part 1 or experience using Monthly on 3rd Thursday at 4 pm word processing software. children’s proGrams tune time with tara (all aGes, with adult) Saturday, March 20, 8:50 am dr. seuss – read across america Sing and play your way through a Saturday morning. (all aGes, with adult) résumé writing Sunday, March 21 and May 16, 2:30 pm Celebrate Read Across America day with a Complete one intensive three-hour résumé special Dr. Seuss storytime. there’s a mouse in the library! writing class (limited to 10 students each session), Monday, March 1, 7 pm (all aGes, with adult) and receive a coupon for a free one-on-one Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 pm Visit and make a craft with If You Give a Mouse session with a certified résumé specialist at the beaded bookmarks (aGes 8-14) a Cookie. Remember to bring your camera! Frederick Workforce Services Center. Celebrate Read Across America day by Thursday, March 25, 11 am Tuesday at 5:15 - 8:15 pm: March 9, 23; April 13, 27; May 11, 25 creating your own unique bookmark. stuffed animal pet show (all aGes, with adult) Tuesday, March 2, 4 pm Bring your favorite friend for fun without end. email accounts Just us Girls (aGes 9-12) Is it a dog, a cat, a mouse, or bear? It won’t matter. Part 1 - Covers steps for creating an email Share your opinion on the latest book club Just be there! account. Prerequisite: Experience using a choice, then make a craft or play a game. Wednesday, March 31, 3 pm keyboard and mouse. Saturday, April 10, 8:50 am Monthly on 1st Tuesday at 4 pm A Bunny’s Tale (aGes 3-5, with adult) Part 2 - Learn to create folders, send pictures remarkable readers (aGes 5-7) Special guests author Kathleen Goldstein and and documents, create a family/buddies list, and Listen to a story or two and enjoy a craft with us. illustrator Brenda Murphy will sign purchased respond to spam alerts. Prerequisite: Participants Monthly on Thursday at 4 pm: copies of A Bunny’s Tale after the program. must have an email account. March 4, April 1, May 13 Thursday, April 1, 10:30 am Saturday, April 24, 8:50 am Qualifying spelling bee (aGes 9-14) meet the author and illustrator of A Bunny’s Tale open office impress - similar to For details, official rules, and eligibility go to (aGes 5-12) microsoft powerpoint fcpl.org/spelling. Ever wondered how a children’s book is made? Part 1 - Become acquainted with basic features Saturday, March 13, 11 am or 2 pm Join author Kathleen Goldstein and illustrator of this presentation software. Prerequisite: Brenda Murphy as they share their book A Experience using word processing software. Bunny’s Tale. Kids will enjoy a craft and activity. Saturday, May 8, 8:50 am Thursday, April 1, 4 pm 14 www.fcpl.org Register online at fcpl.org/programs or call your branch. Submit ASL interpreter request three weeks in advance. storytime show with ms. Jenni middletown branch storytimes at middletown (all aGes, with adult) 101 Prospect Street, Middletown babies with books (birth-24 months, with adult) Monthly on 2nd and last Friday at 11 am, 301-371-7560 Monthly on 1st & 2nd Mondays at 11 am except Wednesday, March 17 at 1:30 pm (Note change of day) Branch Hours: March 17, 26 – Luck o’ the Irish Monday – Thursday 10 am – 9 pm Wear your green! Be lucky and celebrate Friday 1 pm – 5 pm • Saturday 10 am – 5 pm two’s company (aGe 2, with adult) St. Patrick’s Day. Sing songs and watch the puppet Monthly on 1st Wednesday at 11 am play The Leprechaun’s Gold. (Note change of day) teen proGrams April 9, 30 – Fairytale Fun preschool storytime (aGes 3-5, with adult) Enjoy fairytales first hand. Be a little piggy and fool too cool to bbQ (Grades 6-12) Can it really be a mystery? Be a character Wednesdays at 1 pm the wolf. See what happens when a princess is a Thursdays at 11 am Slurping Beauty and make up your own fairytale. and find out. Friday, March 5, 5:15 pm (Not December 24) May 14, 28 – Silly Circus Come to the circus! It is especially fun when you the “unnamed” book Group (Grades 6-8) are the animal or tightrope artist. Sing, dance, and Read and discuss exciting and great books. watch clowns become lion tamers. Monthly on Thursday at 3:15 pm: walkersville branch March 11, April 8, May 6 57 West Frederick Street, Walkersville storytimes at c. burr artz 301-845-8880 Green, Green, and Greener (Grades 6-12) Branch Hours: babies with books (birth-24 months, with adult) How green can you be? Tickets will be available on the day of the Monday – Thursday 10 am – 9 pm Tuesday, March 16, 3:15 pm Friday 1 pm – 5 pm • Saturday 10 am – 5 pm program for the first 17 adult/child pairs.This program is limited, so come early for your ticket. booktalk (Grades 9-12) Tuesdays at 10:15 am, 11 am, Monthly on Tuesday at 2:30 pm: Family proGrams and 11:40 am (Not May 25) March 23, April 27, May 18 chess night (aGe 16-adult) Thursdays at 2:30 pm Play a leisurely game of Scrabble or immerse (Not April 1 or May 27) hop to it yourself in an intense chess match. (Teens under Spring is here and it’s a great time to celebrate! time for twos (aGe 2, with adult) 16 must be accompanied by an adult.) Tuesday, April 13, 6:30 pm Registration is available two weeks before the Monthly on 1st Wednesday at 7 pm monthly program series begins. Wii Get ready to . . . (Grades 6-12) Sign up and make waves. shakespeare’s birthday: a living history Mondays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am celebration (aGes 8 to adult) (Not May 24 or 31) Friday, April 30, 5:15 pm Historic re-enactors Diane and Greg Glewwe marvelous moms (Grades 6-12) share stories of Shakespeare’s life and time, preschool storytime (aGes 3-5, with adult) Celebrate your marvelous mom with Thursdays at 10:30 am followed by questions and activities. a special treasure. Friday, April 23, 1:30 pm (homeschoolers) (Not April 1 or May 27) Tuesday, May 4, 3:15 pm and 3:30 pm starlight Family storytime (all aGes, with adult) Get caught . . . Almost bedtime? Feel free to wear your pajamas! It’s the beginning of a summer reading wave. teen proGrams Mondays at 7 pm Tuesday, May 18, 3:15 pm make and take bath salts (Not March 1, May 24, or 31) Bring a friend and make your very own bath Tuesdays at 6:30 pm children’s proGrams salts. Keep them for yourself or give as a gift. (Not March 2 or May 25) All supplies provided. making windsocks (all aGes, with adult) Wednesday, March 10, 7 pm storyland: a sensory storytime March is the windy month, so come make (birth-24 months, with adult) a windsock with us. anime/ manga Monthly on last Friday at 10:30 am Saturday, March 20, 11 am Join other teens interested in viewing anime, new! wiggle Giggle storytime (aGes 2-5, with adult) let’s make a Gift for mom (all aGes, with adult) discussing manga, playing Japanese games, creating Wednesdays at 10:15 am and 11 am Mother’s Day is coming soon, so join us to comic characters, drawing, and other activities. (Not May 26) make something special for your mom. Monthly on the 2nd Friday at 3 pm Saturday, April 17, 11 am wan2tlk book club (Grades 9-12) celebrate spring (all aGes, with adult) Bring your friends to hang out and socialize April showers bring May flowers, so visit the while we discuss the latest teen reads. Be sure library to plant a flower to take home or to to pick up your book in advance. give as a gift for Dad. Monthly on Wednesday at 7 pm: Saturday, May 15, 11 am March 17, April 14, May 12 15 central reGion continued sprinG 2010 proGrams Frederick middletown walkersville northern reGion thurmont emmitsburG Generations book club (Grades 5-8) celtic concert teen proGrams Share thoughts, ideas, and a love of books with Knott Auditorium, youth art exhibit and reception other generations in this discussion group. Be sure Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg Thurmont Regional Library is proud to exhibit to pick up book in advance. This year’s concert will be full of the original works of the community’s youth from Monthly on last Wednesday at 7 pm high-energy, traditional, and contemporary Thurmont Middle School, Catoctin High, and Celtic music of Scythian, internationally local homeschoolers. children’s proGrams renowned Celtic rockers. Hosted by Emmitsburg Reception: March 1, 5 pm dr. seuss day (all aGes, with adult) and Thurmont libraries in partnership with the Display: March 1-31 We’ll have buffoonery, a grand escapade, Town of Emmitsburg and Mount St. Mary’s festivities, and a boisterous good time. University, this event has been underwritten in its teen advisory Group (taG) Tuesday, March 2, 6:45 pm entirety by The C. Burr Artz Trust. Plan library events, volunteer, or just hang Saturday, April 1, 7:30 pm together at a cool place. Like to face paint? adventure club kids Group (Grades 2-4) Enjoy discussing films and books? This is the Read, share, and discuss books that take you places, group for you. plus enjoy games and crafts. Stop by the library to thurmont reGional library Monthly on 2nd Monday at 3 pm sign up and pick up the book. 76 East Moser Road, Thurmont Monthly on 2nd Tuesday at 5:15 pm 301-600-7200 anime club Branch Hours: Magnificent movies, fun and friends, popcorn, reptile wonders (aGes 7-14) soda, art, games, latest titles, news, and networking! Live animals! Join us for a hands-on, interactive, Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm Monday – Thursday 10 am – 9 pm Monthly on 2nd Thursday at 6 pm interpretive presentation with 12-15 exotic species of reptiles. Friday & Saturday 10 am – 5 pm teen Flicks Saturday, March 20, 1 pm Free movie, popcorn, soda, and fun. Family proGrams (all aGes, with adult) All films are PG or PG13. daft thursday (aGes 7-14) Monthly on 3rd Thursday at 6 pm Prove that you’re no April fool by spotting the Family Game day March 18 Ten Things I Hate AboutYou items or situations that are unusual, backwards, or Monopoly was invented on this day in 1934, so come on in and play a game. April 15 The Game Plan out-of-place scattered throughout the library. Sunday, March 7, during library hours May 20 Transformers Thursday, April 1, 3 pm Gallery exhibit Gock socks may day tea party (all aGes, with adult) The Gallery’s debut artist David Fair uses collage, Express yourself with hand-made, angst-ridden Celebrate May Day and Mother’s Day with book-making, paper cuttings, and the occasional sock puppets. Bring your own socks and use our flowers, crafts, stories, and a fun tea party. kitchen floor installation as some of his mediums. supply of neon hair, nose rings, and doodads. Saturday, May 1, 1 pm Grand Opening and Reception: Saturday, April 24, 2 pm owl pellet dissection (aGes 7-14) Sunday, March 7, 2 pm Dig in and learn about the owl’s unique digestive Exhibit: Sundays 1 - 4 pm: March 14, 28; children’s proGrams system and examine the bones inside the pellets. April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23 celebrate national pig day with toot & puddle Friday, May 21, 1 pm (all aGes, with adult) dedication: elizabeth howard and the Grange • Make your own pig snout and write storytimes at walkersville Dedication of Frederick County artist Elizabeth postcards like Toot. babies with books (birth-24 months, with adult) Howard’s recently restored Grange painting. March 1 & 2, All Day Mondays at 10:30 am The restoration was made possible by a grant • Meet Toot & Puddle. Bring your camera! (Not May 31) from The Community Foundation of Frederick March 1, 10:30 am; March 2, 2:30 pm County. Related activities will be held tales for toddlers (aGe 2, with adult) throughout the library. magic tree house club (Grades 1-3) Tuesdays at 10 am and 11 am Saturday, April 24, 11 am Travel through time and around the world with Jack and Annie, learn cool facts, and do books at bedtime (aGes 3-5, with adult) adult proGrams fun activities. Tuesdays at 6:45 Wednesdays at 4:30 pm: March 3, April 7 cinema paradiso – Foreign Film series preschool storytime (aGes 3-5, with adult) Monthly on 1st Thursday at 6 pm tots ‘n’ tunes (aGes 2-5, with adult) Wednesdays at 10:30 am March 4 The Field directed by Jim Sheridan Celebrate the magic of music and rhythm in Thursdays at 10:30 am April 1 In the Mood for Love this fast-paced, fun-filled, 30-minute session. directed by Wong Kar-wai Friday, March 5 and May 7, 10:30 am May 5 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Friday, April 9, 11:30 am directed by Julian Schnabel 16 www.fcpl.org Register online at fcpl.org/programs or call your branch. Submit ASL interpreter request three weeks in advance. Junior Girl scout “books” merit badge wags for hope (all aGes, with adult) storytime show with ms. Jenni (aGes 10-14) Join us for a special Wags event with extra dogs. (aGes 2-5, with adult) Junior Girl Scouts have fun at the library and Improve your reading skills and make a new Monthly on 2nd Thursday at 10:30 am earn their “Books” merit badge. friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog.The Tuesday, March 9, 7 pm Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.) March 11 – Luck o’ the Irish Allergy Alert – the dogs are live animals. Wear your green! Be lucky and celebrate Guys night out (Grades 3-5) Sunday, April 11, 2 pm St. Patrick’s Day. Sing songs and watch the puppet Let’s hear it for the guys! Cool games, books, play The Leprechaun’s Gold. snacks, and fun. Tinker Bell movie (all aGes, with adult) April 8 – Fairytale Fun Monthly on 2nd Wednesday at 4 pm Watch Tinker Bell on the big screen. Bring a Enjoy fairytales first hand. Be a little piggy and pillow or blanket and a snack for a Saturday of fun. fool the wolf. See what happens when a princess is movie sing-along saturday (all aGes, with adult) Saturday, April 17, 10:30 am a Slurping Beauty and make up your own fairytale. Monthly on 2nd Saturday at 2 pm May 13 – Silly Circus March 13 Hannah Montana:The Movie history hour (aGes 3-5, with adult) Come to the circus! It is especially fun when you April 10 Mary Poppins Presented by the Historical Society of Frederick are the animal or tightrope artist. Sing, dance, and May 8 High School Musical County. Stories, crafts, historical objects, and fun. watch clowns become lion tamers. Thursday, April 22 at 10:30 am First art (18-35 months, with adult) Explore basic art materials with your child. Helps make your own cow (all aGes, with adult) storytimes at thurmont develop child’s fine motor skills, self-expression, Celebrate the dedication of the library’s Grange babies with books (birth-24 months, with adult) and creative fun. Be prepared to get messy. painting with your very own cow, complete Mondays at 10:15 am (Not May 31) Monthly on 3rd Thursday at 10:30 am with bell. Moo! Tuesdays at 10:15 am Saturday, April 24, during library hours born to play: an activity time for young children time for twos (aGe 2, with adult) it’s a puppet show (all aGes, with adult) Mondays at 11:15 am (Not May 31) (6 months-5 years, with adult) Our puppets are small in size, but BIG on fun. Tuesdays at 11:15 am Play in the Imagination Zone with activities, Wednesday, April 28, 4 pm toys, and imagination starters. Monthly on last two Fridays at 10 am preschool storytime (aGes 3-5, with adult) library masterpieces: From Head to Toe Wednesdays at 10:30 am krafty kids (aGes 6-11, with adult) by eric carle (aGes 3-5, with adult) Thursday, March 25 and May 27 at 10:30 am Kids love making their own creations! And we do Enjoy a story together and children will create it all - painting, collage, weaving, sewing, sand art. their own masterpiece using a variety of materials infants & toddlers storytime (birth-3 years, with adult) Monthly on Saturday at 10:30 am: and techniques. Join us for a special storytime in partnership with March 20, April 24, May 15 Thursday, April 29, 10:30 am Frederick County Infants & Toddlers Program. Monthly on 2nd Friday at 10:15 am Qualifying spelling bee (aGes 9-14) cookies with mouse (aGes 2-8, with adult) For details, official rules, and eligibility, go to Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is habla espanol? a special storytime! fcpl.org/spelling. stopping by for a special party. Eat cookies, (aGes 2-5, with adult) Sunday, March 21, 2 pm play games. Presented by Cynthia Fraga-Canadas Ph.D Saturday, May 1, 11 am from Mount St. Mary’s University. Growing Food with kids (aGes 5-9, with adult) Monthly on 1st Thursday at 10:15 am Parents and caregivers learn from a Master meet mouse (all aGes, with adult) Gardener while children enjoy a special Meet the Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Family storytime (all aGes, with adult) gardening program. Cookie. Bring your camera! Thursdays at 7 pm Saturday, March 27, 2:30 pm Wednesday, May 5, 11:05 am (after storytime) and 3 pm peter rabbit’s bunny hunt (aGes 1-7, with adult) Thursday, May 6, 6:30 pm Hop! Hop! Meet Peter Rabbit and help him (Family Storytime) find his bunny friends hiding in the library. Thursday, April 1, 10:50 am a day in the life of a nurse (Grades k-3, with adult) Saturday, April 3, 10:15 am Did you ever wonder what it’s like to be a nurse? Do you want to try on a mask and stethoscope? wacky shoe day (all aGes, with adult) Celebrate National Nurses Week with a real nurse. Monday, April 5 Wednesday, May 5, 4 pm All Day Put on your craziest shoes and celebrate by making a special craft. 2:30 pm Wacky Shoe Day storytime 17 northern reGion continued sprinG 2010 proGrams thurmont emmitsburG southern reGion emmitsburG branch chocolate chip challenge (all aGes) urbana reGional library 300-A South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg Check out our chocolate inspired books, join in 9020 Amelung Street, Frederick 301-600-6329 our chocolate chip guessing game, and share your 301-600-7000 favorite chocolate chip recipes. Branch Hours: Branch Hours: Saturday, May 15, during library hours Monday – Thursday 10 am – 9 pm Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm Friday 1 pm – 5 pm • Saturday 10 am – 5 pm Monday – Thursday 10 am – 9 pm storytime show with ms. Jenni (all aGes, with adult) Friday & Saturday 10 am – 5 pm teen proGrams Monthly on 3rd Tuesday at 10:30 am Family proGrams owl puke hoot March 11 – Luck o’ the Irish Discover the habits and habitats of owls in an afternoon matinee (all aGes, with adult) Wear your green! Be lucky and celebrate Saturdays at 2 pm, March 6 - May 22 irresistible combination of hands-on science and St. Patrick’s Day. Sing songs and watch the puppet yuck. It’s sure to be a hoot! Go to fcpl.org/programs for titles. play The Leprechaun’s Gold. Thursday, March 11, 5 pm April 8 – Fairytale Fun parent workshop: dental health for children after-hours teen Game party Enjoy fairytales first hand. Be a little piggy and (all aGes, with adult) We provide the Wii and traditional board games; fool the wolf. See what happens when a princess is Learn how to keep your child’s teeth strong you create the fun. a Slurping Beauty and make up your own fairytale. and healthy and prevent decay. Presented by Friday, March 26, 6 pm May 13 – Silly Circus Priority Partners. Come to the circus! It is especially fun when you Tuesday, March 23, 7 pm no one likes me, no one likes me…. are the animal or tightrope artist. Sing, dance, and but you: Gocks watch clowns become lion tamers. book sale (all aGes) Make a Gothic sock puppet.You’re sure to Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, come up with a new friend that is both dark, during library hours storytimes at emmitsburG mysterious, and a good listener. Thursday, April 15, 5 pm babies with books (birth-24 months, with adult) teen proGrams Wednesdays at 10:30 am spring craft and Games hardware Jewelry School’s out early today. Make a spring craft and Learn how to make simple, yet fun and beautiful, two terrific storytime (aGe 2, with adult) Tuesdays at 10:30 am: (Not March 9, 16, play some games. Snack will be provided. pieces of jewelry from hardware commonly Tuesday, March 2, 2 pm found around your house. April 20 or May 18) Thursday, May 13, 5 pm preschool storytime (aGes 3-5, with adult) anime/manga teens Thursdays at 10:30 am View anime, talk about manga books, magazines children’s proGrams and websites, or draw manga art. book bunch book club (aGes 6-11) Family storytime (all aGes, with adult) Monthly on 3rd Sunday at 2 pm A book celebration highlighting a special book Wednesdays at 7 pm prom prep 2010 series complete with a discussion time, craft, The pros from The Paul Mitchell Temple School and snack. teach new styles and skills for hair, skin, and Monthly on 3rd Wednesday at 4 pm make-up. Free samples and prizes for all. spring is sprung (aGes 3 and up, with adult) Saturday, April 17, 2:00 pm Kick off the beginning of spring by planting a silly grass head guy friend. children’s proGrams Saturday, March 27, 11 am dr. seuss (all aGes, with adult) Visit with the Cat in the Hat and join him in his cosmic adventures traveling planetarium own parade as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. (all aGes) Tuesday, March 2, 11 am Inside the 20-foot computerized planetarium, audiences become immersed in a 360º view of remarkable readers (aGes 5-7) the sky while discussing different interpretations Join us for an interesting story and fun activity. of the stars, exploring the moon’s phases, zooming Bring an afternoon snack, if you like. in on the planets, and venturing into deep space. Monthly on 2nd Tuesday at 4:15 pm Friday, April 30, 6 pm library masterpieces (aGes 3-5, with adult) Explore the world of art through children’s books. Children will create their own masterpieces. Monthly on 2nd Friday at 10:30 am 18 www.fcpl.org Register online at fcpl.org/programs or call your branch. urbana point oF rocks brunswick Submit ASL interpreter request three weeks in advance. Qualifying spelling bee (aGes 9-14) storytimes at urbana storytimes at point oF rocks For details, official rules, and eligibility, go to babies with books (birth-24 months, with adult) preschool storytime (aGes 3-5, with adult) fcpl.org/spelling. Registration is available two weeks before the Tuesdays at 11 am Saturday, March 20, 11 am or 2 pm monthly program series begins. Mondays at 10:30 am, 11:15 am, and 3 pm storytime in your Jammies (all aGes, with adult) diary of a wimpy kid party (aGes 7-14) Mondays at 6:30 pm In honor of the newly released movie, join us for (Not May 31) (Not April 19 or May 31) a special Wimpy Kid Party. time For twos (aGe 2, with adult) Wednesday, April 7, 4:15 pm Registration is available two weeks before the corduroy (all aGes) monthly program series begins. brunswick branch Join us for a very special visit from everyone’s Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am (Temporary location) favorite bear, Corduroy! Don’t forget the camera! Thursdays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am Brunswick Shopping Center, April 20, 21 and 22, 11 am 70 Souder Road, Brunswick preschool storytime (aGes 3-5, with adult) 301-834-9065 Fairy tea (aGes 4 and up, with adult) Tuesdays at 1:30 pm Branch Hours: Dress up as your favorite fairy or sparrow-man Wednesdays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am Monday – Thursday 10 am – 9 pm and join us for special fairy activities. bedtime storytimes (all aGes, with adult) Friday 1 pm – 5 pm • Saturday 10 am – 5 pm Saturday, April 24, 11 am Wear your pajamas and bring a “stuffed friend.” mother Goose Fun (aGes 3-5, with adult) Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (Not March 17, children’s proGrams Come join Mother Goose’s favorite characters as April 21, or May 19) actinG up! (Grades 1-5) we sing and rhyme our way to a great time. bilingual storytime (aGes 3-5, with adult) Students choose parts, practice plays, and—at the Friday, April 30, 11 am Join us for a Spanish/English adventure! end of this six-week theatrical program—stage a Fridays at 11 am: March 5 and May 7 performance on May 13 at 7 pm. Grow your own beanstalk (aGes 6-8) For independent readers. Could magic beans really grow? Join us to find Thursdays at 5:30 pm: April 8, 15, 22, 29; the answer. May 6, 13 Tuesday, May 25, 4:30 pm edward F. Fry memorial bookworms (Grades k- 2) kindermusik’s music & motion (with adult) library at point oF rocks Book choices include picture, beginning to read, This class incorporates the most current research 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks short chapter, and non-fiction books. Children on early childhood development through music 301-874-4560 do not have to be independent readers. and movement. Branch Hours: Monthly on 1st Wednesday at 4:30 pm Friday, May 14, 10 am (birth-18 months) Monday & Wednesday 4 pm - 9 pm Friday, May 14, 11 am (18 months-3 years) Tuesday & Saturday 10 am - 3 pm corduroy visits the library (children, with adult) Friday, May 14, 12 pm (ages 3-5) Enjoy a library visit with Corduroy. library masterpieces: snowy, springy spring Don’t forget your camera! storytime show with ms. Jenni (aGes 7-14) Monday, April 19, 10:30 am (all aGes, with adult) Create a visual arts masterpiece of your own. All supplies provided. Register by phone. explorer’s book club (Grades 3-5) Monthly on 3rd Wednesday at 6:30 pm Saturday, March 13, 12 pm A book club with theme-related activities. and 3rd Friday at 11 am Monthly on 3rd Wednesday at 4:30 pm March 11 – Luck o’ the Irish young reader’s book club (aGes 7-12) Wear your green! Be lucky and celebrate St. Fun with books, games, crafts, and a snack. storytimes at brunswick Patrick’s Day. Sing songs and watch the puppet play Members help select books. babies with books (birth-24 months, with adult) The Leprechaun’s Gold. Monthly on 3rd Wednesdays at 6 pm Mondays at 10 am (Not April 19 April 8 – Fairytale Fun or May 31) young reader’s Wii Game night (aGes 7-14) Enjoy fairytales first hand. Be a little piggy and fool the wolf. See what happens when a princess is Challenge friends to Wii—Super Mario, Sports, Family storytime (all aGes, with adult) a Slurping Beauty and make up your own fairytale. and Guitar Hero on the big screen. Attend Young Thursdays at 7 pm (Not April 1) May 13 – Silly Circus Readers before and stick around to play, or come just for Wii. preschool storytime (aGes 3-6, with adult) Come to the circus! It is especially fun when you Wednesdays at 10:30 am (Not March 31) are the animal or tightrope artist. Sing, dance, and Monthly on 3rd Wednesday at 7 pm watch clowns become lion tamers. corduroy visits the library (all aGes, with adult) time for twos (birth-24 months, with adult) Meet Corduroy, hear stories, join him in a little Mondays at 10:30 am: (Not April 19 dance, eat “bear-paw” cookies, and have your or May 31) photo taken. Monday, April 19, 6:30 pm 19 www.fcpl.org Frederick county public libraries on my niGhtstand board oF trustees Thomas C. Kutz Thomas C. Kutz, President President, FCPL Board of Trustees Michael Kurtianyk, Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges Vice President / President Elect If you wish to read and find something so totally different and unique as to transport you out of your existence, I suggest you explore the Tina B. Prensky, world of Jorge Luis Borges. Undeniably one of the most influential Secretary/Treasurer writers to emerge in the past century from Latin America or Eric S. Larson anywhere else, Borges (1899-1986) is best known for his short stories. Blanca Poteat There are works of fiction that change the way you look at life, and then there is the work of Jorge Luis Borges, which just might alter Shirley M. Sandage the way you look at everything, including yourself.The best way Perlyn S. Staggers, Ph.D. to explain Jorge Luis Borges is to compare him to painters—if you combined Picasso, Dali, and Escher’s imaginations into a writer, you would have Borges. His visions of doppelgangers, puzzles, labyrinths, Frederick county infinite libraries, and Argentine Gauchos are on a level of reality public libraries different from any other storyteller in history. director Darrell Batson Lauren LaRocca Arts & Entertainment Writer, The Frederick News-Post your card is Book of Secrets by Osho welcome here Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert All FCPL branches now My nightstand not only doubles as a makeshift bookshelf, it’s also accept VISA, MasterCard, surrounded by stacks of to-reads. However, my New Year’s resolution and Discover. was to work on only two at a time, and currently it’s Osho’s Book of Secrets and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Committed. Osho’s book is 1000-plus pages of insight into reality, awareness, human life, and all its mysteries and complexities and simplicities, transcribed from several talks.While it’s technically nonreligious, reading it is divine. And I wanted to invite Gilbert back into my life after devouring Eat, Pray, Love, and because after Italy, India, and Indonesia...comes Frederick! Follow us on twitter! Go to twitter.com/ Cheryl D. Parrott FredCoLibrary or access Director, Public Affairs, NCI at Frederick from fcpl.org. The National Institutes of Health The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver Set in 1930s Mexico and 1940s small-town North Carolina, Kingsolver works her customary magic, intertwining some famous lives with those of her fictional characters, who spring to life just as convincingly as her historical cast: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Lev Trotsky.We see these giants of art and political philosophy through the eyes of a young Mexican-American diarist who shares their household. Just as Kingsolver placed us center stage in Kinshasa for the revolution that turned the Belgian Congo into Zaire in her bestseller The Poisonwood Bible, she seats us at the Kahlo-Rivera’s table in The Lacuna to eavesdrop on Trotsky’s laments over the Russian Revolution. She allows us to witness early forays into what many then considered dangerous ideas: workers’ rights, the social responsibility of the artist, sexual and racial equality.