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Roaming librarians file dispatches from the world of information.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Good-bye Summer, Hello Scholars!

Man and woman grilling burgers and hotdogs

Labor Day, the unofficial ‘end of summer’ (although fall doesn’t start until September 22nd). Around here, the school year has already begun for most students, but a last whoop-de-do of parades, fairs and cookouts is still possible.

 For our youngest scholars, the library provides a handy resource for homework.

Kids Infobits logo

Kids InfoBits gives easy at-home access to readable and understandable information. Need a quick biography about a favorite author? It’s here. Not sure exactly what the Mayflower Compact was? Look it up here. Kids Info Bits are magazine articles and entries from reliable encyclopedias and reference works. And all of the articles are helpfully coded to tell you the reading level. If you need to know how names and unfamiliar words are pronounced, just highlight the text and use the helpful ‘Listen’ button. (Up to 5th grade)

High School and older students need resources, too.

Look under the subject index to our databases.

History, Science, Health, Literature and Government all have separate references – and don’t forget “Homework Help” for the 6th grader to High School Senior. It’s chock full of helpful resources. Finally, for those research assignments, not only are our periodical databases like Masterfile Premier and General Onefile at your service, but you can always use Opposing Viewpoints, Discovering Collection and Biography in Context. Don’t forget to cut-and-paste the citations directly out of the bottom of each article. Your teacher will think you were up all night doing research!

Now, get out there and enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!

Jan D.

CATEGORIES: Jan D. , School , Summer , Family , Homework
POSTED: 11:43:00 AM |

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Gaithersburg's Spring Book Festival

A gazebo, similar to the one in Gaithersburg.Each fall booklovers flock to the National Book Festival on the Mall. The September event is an opportunity to hear authors and illustrators speak about their work, have children meet favorite storybook characters, and explore genre fiction.  This year the event will take place on the National Mall on September 24 and 25, 2011. Here in Montgomery County, booklovers are very fortuate.  They can have an early dose of bookfair festivities at the May 21 Gaithersburg Book Festival, "A celebration of books, writers and literary excellence."

In its second year, the Festival features talks and book signings by authors, writing workshops, a coffee house with singers and poets/songwriters, a Children's Village and a panel discussion about the future of the written word. Take a look at the festival program to decide how you want to spend your Festival Day on the grounds of the Gaithersburg City Hall. It's a perfect time for kids, 'teens and grown-ups to make a summer reading plan or gather suggestions for a new or ongoing book group.

To get ready for the Festival, look at the photos and videos from last year or read an entry from this year's short story contest for high school students.  MCPL can help booklovers prepare for the Festival, too.  The Reader's Cafe page can help you decide which authos's presentations you may want to attend. Read or listen to a book by one of the featured authors. This year's featured authors include novelists, Elizabeth Berg,  Thomas Kaufman, Rita Mae Brown and Stephen Hunter.  Share a book or audio book with a child. Children's authors will include Mary Downing Hahn, Kathryn Erskine and Mary Amato.

Book cover: Dead Zero by Stephen Hunter. Cover of Mary Amato's Edgar Allan's Office Crime Notebook.Cover of Erskine's MockingbirdCover picture of Elizabeth Berg's

A volunteer committee plans and organizes the festival. Sponsors include our own Friends of the Library, Montgomery County Maryland, Inc., the Maryland State Arts Council, the Writer's Center, the City of Gaithersburg,  local radio stations and retailers.

Grab your sunscreen, a pen for autographs and get ready to collect ideas for summer reading!!

Barbara's avatarBarbara M.

CATEGORIES: Barbara M. , Children's Books , Family , Local Events , Summer Reading
POSTED: 12:24:00 AM |
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