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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Random Thoughts

The dog days of summer are upon us and change is in the air so I'm finding it hard to focus.  Here are just a few of the things I've been thinking about this week.....

- I'm older than I thought.  Last weekend, I went to a Bowie Baysox baseball game and the Naval Academy freshman class was in attendance.  None of them sang along with Tom Cruise and Co. when the "You've Got That Lovin' Feeling" scene from Top Gun was shown on the centerfield scoreboard.  We soon realized that these kids weren't born until 1995 -- 9 years after that movie was released.  That also means no one in college these days was born pre-World Wide Web

- It's not too late to sign up for our Summer Reading Club.  The deadline for sign-ups is August 11.  Kids and teens welcome!  So far, our summer readers have read over 45,000 books!

- Have you seen our new look?  MCPL's new website has been launched!  Enjoy our sleeker layout, easy-to-find answers to our most asked questions, new branch homepages, and a complete listing off all the ways you can can keep up with your favorite library system (Facebook, Twitter, Ask-a-Librarian, Apps, and more)!

- All summer long, royalty from the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair have been visiting our branches, educating us about farm animals and the various art and craft exhibits.  Now it's time for the big payoff.  The 65th Annual Mongomery County Agricultural Fair kicks off this wFriday and lasts until August 17.  As their tagline goes, "There's plenty to see from A to Z!"

- Also next week, is the 17th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival for NIH Charities.  This is year, the festival is housed at the MCPS Board of Education Building on Hungerford Drive in Rockville.  With the new location comes a new (or perhaps old?) way of enjoying the festival: Drive-In style!

CATEGORIES: Chris B. , Baseball , Events , Websites , Libraries , Summer Reading , Movies
POSTED: 5:44:00 PM |

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer Reading Time!

Yes, it's June. Time to come to the library and sign up for the Summer Reading Club.

 

On our website you can find booklists for all ages--preschool to high school--as well as exciting events for kids and teens in all or library branches. We'll be posting pictures on Flickr and Tumblr all summer. Kids can sign up on-line and keep track of their reading under their own log-in. If your child prefers to keep a hardcopy record, I've found a nice guide for creating a summer reading journal.

Experts, such as Karl Alexander, Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, assert that children who don't read during the Summer can fall behind at school. This will impact the rest of their educational career.  On the Reading is Fundamental website they call it "The Summer Slide"  and say "Children who do not read over the summer will lose more than two months of reading achievement. Summer reading loss is cumulative. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer will be 2 years behind their classmates." Excellent sites, such as RIF and Reading Rockets, provide links to research that backs up this statement, and provide resources, articles and information about summer reading and summer learning loss. Librarians on the Internet also offer advice for summer reading activities.

This summer, many local students will be reading the past winners of the Maryland Black-eyed Susan Award, as well as the latest nominees so they can place their votes. The National Endowment for the Humanities has some reading suggestions, and the library has many of the books there and  on the American Library Association summer lists. if you still feel you don't have enough lists, look up other library systems across the county. Everyone  is doing it!

Your social network is a good source of summer reading ideas. If you are registered for Goodreads, you can swap ideas with your friends, and popular blogs like The Huffington Post are chiming in with their lists, as well. And we're good, we're very good--our libraries have those books, too.

The library isn't the only place to find summer reading clubs--bookstores, banks, grocery stores, cinemas, and restaurants have been known to have them. Maybe you can find one of those alternates around here.

Unless you think we've forgotten the grown-ups--we do have plenty of lists for them, too. Or you might check Salon for a hot summer reading list.

And to end, I thought I'd share with you adults Jimmy Fallon's guide to what not to read on the beach.

 

Annette K.Annette K.

CATEGORIES: Annette K. , Summer Reading , Reading , Books , Children's Books
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Gaithersburg Book Festival

GazeboIt is time for the Gaithersburg Book Festival! On Saturday May 19, booklovers and authors will gather on the grounds of the Gaithersburg City Hall to to celebrate books, writers and literary excellence. In its third 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 several panel discussions. One discussion, Separating Fact from Fiction, will include audience participation. Another will tackle the future of bookstores and books. Take a look at the festival program to decide how you want to spend your Festival Day. It's a perfect time for kids, 'teens and grown-ups to make a summer reading plan or to gather suggestions for a new or ongoing book group.

Emily Alone -covver

Friday Night Lights- coverUnder the Dog Star --cover

To prepare 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.  Let the Reader's Cafe guide your author presentation selection. Read or listen to a book by one of the featured authors. MCPL offers many of these works as downloadable audio books or  ebooks, too. This year's featured authors include novelists and mystery writers, Sandra Parshall, Christopher Tilghman, and Tim Wendel. Non-fiction writers include Buzz Bissinger, John Feinstein, Marvin and Deborah Kalb, and Jim Lehrer.

Hahn bookcoverbook cover Frindle

Get the kids ready, too. Share a book or audio book.  Children's and young adult authors appearing in the Jim Henson and Willa Cather Pavillions include Fred Bowen, Andrew Clements, Mary Downing Hahn, Laura McNeal and Matthew Quick (aka Q). Free craft and other hands-on sessions are offered for children, too.

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

Barbara M. Avatar    Barbara M.

 

CATEGORIES: Barbara M. , Children's Books , Books , Local Events , Reading , Summer Reading , Writing
POSTED: 10:32:00 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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