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Message from Chairman Scott K. York, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I am proud to present the 2014 Loudoun County Public Library Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is Fizz, Boom, Read! bringing a summer of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fun to the library. The annual event offers hands-on experiences, educational programs, first-class entertainment and fun for every age. Loudoun County is fortunate to have such a dynamic library system that provides our community with free and equal access to a full variety of resources and information throughout the entire year. Please join me in thanking our business sponsors, the Loudoun Library Foundation, Inc. and the Advisory Boards and Friends of the Library who help make this annual program possible. Enjoy your summer!

It’s not just for kids anymore!  While the tradition of our Summer Reading Program remains strong, there are a lot of new things happening in the library.

Join us for this year’s program Fizz, Boom, Read!  June 16 through August 11. Learn about the connection between our everyday world and the universe through the family-oriented and NASA-sponsored program: Here, There, Everywhere, consisting of exhibits, posters and hands-on activities. Adults can challenge their writing skills by participating in the 4th Annual Write On! Contest and attending the Writers’ Conference. Teens can showcase their artistic talents in the Lights, Camera, Action! film competition and at the MiniCon anime convention. Our youngest learners can experience a sense of wonder at programs featuring musicians, storytellers, animals and scientists.

If the Summer Reading program sounds like a lot of fun, that’s because it is! It is also built upon the education fundamentals of learning and discovery to help our children avoid the summer slide and keep all of us engaged during summer vacation time.

Remember to mark your calendar for the Loudoun Library Foundation’s Annual Book Sale. It takes place from  June 20–22 at Smart’s Mill Middle School in Leesburg. You’ll find something for every age and interest and all proceeds directly benefit Loudoun libraries.

We look forward to seeing you and sharing in a summer of learning and fun!

Chang Liu, Director of Loudoun County Public Library

Current  Archive    
Thank you, James Horton for the Arts Trust Fund!
Saturday, July 19, 2014 (0 reads)

Join us Saturday, August 2 at 2:00 pm for The Singing Tree, an all-ages program hosted by
Billy B., aka, the Natural Science Song and Dance Man. Sing with the trees, grow with the moss and learn the pollination dance!

This program requires advanced registration, which opens online on July 8th.

This program was made possible by a generous donation from the James Horton for the Arts Trust Fund. The Fund was created as a lasting celebration of the life and creative spirit of James Fontaine Horton; avid reader, musician, aspiring poet, fiction writer and frequent patron of the Cascades Library. The annual summer performance encourages young people to enjoy the arts, and find their own creativity by sparking their imagination.

Summer Reading Champions
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (0 reads)

These kids were all smiles when they completed the Summer Reading Challenge!  Congratulations to those who have finished already, and for those of you still going strong, don't worry--you still have several weeks to finish those books and challenges!  Keep reading, Loudoun!

Time is Running Out!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (0 reads)


All summer reading challenge cards must be turned in by Monday, August 11 to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. Complete your challenge card, drop it off at the library, and you might be the happy and excited winner of an ipad mini. Good luck and happy reading!

Intriguing Nonfiction Reads
Monday, July 21, 2014 (0 reads)

This quotation is credited to many people, but I first had it from Frank Zappa: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Fail again. Fail better.” This should lead you to the new book The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success by Megan McArdle. This book has MANY examples, MANY stories. Perhaps the most familiar is of a single mother, on welfare, who of all things is a writer. She not only got a rejection slip; she got another, and another and… Of course, she is J. K. Rowling, and the rejection slips finally stopped and the HARRY POTTER series saw print.
Not all of us will become the richest person in the world (or close), but all of us can identify with the sinking feeling of failure, and EVEN WORSE, the decision NOT TO TRY, just to avoid failure. This book encourages us to try, and shows us how to fail well.

What to Expect When No One's Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster by Jonathan V. Last. Not at all what you’re used to hearing, and from a different point of view. About a third of the way into the book, Mr. Last admits that he is completely anti-abortion, and not “liberal” at all. But by then it is clear to you that it wouldn’t matter if he were Mr. Rosewater’s “three seed in the spirit Baptist” or an Atheist. He “gives you just the facts” like Sgt. Friday. Although, as the title implies, he deals thoroughly with America, he shows the global reach of the decline in fertility, why it is so attractive, and how it can be deadly.
My dad was one of eight children. He had four. I had two. You see where this is going. A bracing read.

After learning Judo, then Karate, Zen meditation, Aikido, Tai Chi and Yoga, I decided I would never again learn anything where I had to breathe differently. So I can so much appreciate Dan Harris’ skeptical approach to all self-help schemes in 10% HAPPIER: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - A True Story. Mr. Harris, a television personality, had a meltdown on network TV, so he needed SOMETHING. We follow his search, and are mildly rewarded with something we can do. No special breathing…

Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility by Ellen J. Langer. If you look at the few reviews of this book that dispraise it, you’ll find why we recommend it for summer reading.  Most reviewers praise Langer’s thorough treatment of the many many benefits of mindfulness (no one argues there) and of her UNIQUE effort to show how simple it is--not requiring a degree in Zen meditation, really quite easy. Those against it feel that it has just too many studies, too many anecdotes--it could all be done more simply. Whether or not this criticism is valid (it isn’t), THE STRUCTURE MAKES FOR IDEAL SUMMER DIPPING. Read some, go away and think about it. Pick it up again ANYWHERE and get right back into it. Author had a recent appearance on NPR with Krista Tippett.

Flash, Fizz, Kaboom!
Monday, July 21, 2014 (0 reads)

This week the Franklin Institute of Science will be visiting all LCPL branches, to present their awesome science show, Flash, Fizz, Kaboom!
Don't miss this cool science show about physical and chemical reactions in everyday objects.

Teen Photo Contest
Sunday, July 20, 2014 (0 reads)

Teens, don't forget that the last day to enter for the Photo Contest is Friday, August 1st!
Thank you, Sarah Huntington for the great photo class in June and this great picture.

Sky Map @ Gum Spring Library
Saturday, July 19, 2014 (0 reads)

The Maryland Science Center is bringing their Sky Map to Gum Spring Library on Saturday, July 26. This is re-scheduled from early June, when Gum Spring Library was closed due to HVAC issues.

Children ages 7-12 will be permitted in after receiving a ticket. No advanced registration necessary.

Super Smash Brows Brawl Tournament @ your library
Saturday, July 19, 2014 (0 reads)

Hey teens! Do you game? Do you want to challenge your friends, and other teens throughout Loudoun County to Super Smash Bros Brawl?

Each branch is hosting a a qualifying round. The top winners from each branch then go on to compete against the other winners at the After Hours Teen Center on Friday, August 15

All teens attending the After Hours Teen Center must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian on file. Teens must arrive by 7:30 pm and be picked up by 10:00 pm. 

Backstage with Blue Sky Puppets
Friday, July 18, 2014 (0 reads)

Blue Sky Puppets delighted our Middleburg Library crowd with a FIZZ BOOM READ production. After the show,there was a backstage tour to see just how the puppeteers work their magic.

Jewelry Basics: Resistors Earrings
Thursday, July 17, 2014 (0 reads)

Teens and adults got to combine their love of jewelry making with technology for our Jewelry Basics: Resistors Earrings program. Participants got to creat “geek-chich” earrings using a variety of colorful resistors.

Owl Confession
Thursday, July 17, 2014 (0 reads)

Birdie is really good about returning her books on time. Are you? Drop by your favorite library today to return what you have and to pick up some new books, magazines, music CDs, DVDs, and video games.

Don't see what you want? Ask a librarian to help you find it!

Kimchee Workshop: Science of Fermentation
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (0 reads)

Join Sterling Library on Thursday, July 17th at 2pm for Kimchee Workshop:  Science of Fermentation.  Watch a kimchee demonstration, taste different types of kimchee, learn about pickling & join in on fun activities!   For ages 6 & up.

A Murder Mystery at Lovettsville!
Friday, June 27, 2014 (0 reads)

On Tuesday, June 24th, a heinous crime took place at the Lovettsville Library… a murder!  Never fear, though, for the crime was solved by a clever band of sleuthing patrons and the criminal has been brought to justice.


Stay connected during the 2014 Summer Reading Program!

You can access STEM Resources and activities, participate in our Summer Snapshots Photo Challenge, collaborate with us on our Pinterest Boards, and view photos from our programs!

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