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Photo | Submitted June’s Starlight Film Festival sponsored by the Urbana Public Library brought a large crowd.

Photo | Submitted
June’s Starlight Film Festival sponsored by the Urbana Public Library brought a large crowd.

Summer is over, and it’s been a great one here at Urbana. We had a remarkably busy  summer at the Urbana library, with more than 22,000 people coming through the doors in June alone! Our summer was packed with a lot of fun events. From magicians to escape rooms, from yoga to gardening—we tried to make it a fun summer for everyone. The Summer Challenge program wraps up on Aug. 31, but the interesting programs don’t stop there.

We’re offering a range of programs for all ages this September:

  • For parents of young children, we’re offering a “Kiddie Toolbox” program on Sept. 6, 13 and 27 at 10:40 a.m. In this program, early childhood professionals will discuss topics  caregivers often face with their little ones, followed by a question and answer session. Activities for children ages 0-5 will be provided.
  • For teens, we’re starting a Dungeons & Dragons program series on Saturday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. Dungeons & Dragons is an exciting tabletop adventure that can be played by anyone from novice to expert. We’ll have materials available, so drop in to test your wits!
  • For adults on Tuesday mornings in September (10, 17 and 24), we’re offering an English pronunciation class. If English is your second (or third or fourth) language, this class is an opportunity to practice speaking and understanding English. It is presented in partnership with the Literacy Council of Frederick County.

There is always a feeling of change when September hits, no matter how many years you’ve been out of school. It’s time for new pencils, folders, fresh paper and let us not forget … new library cards. In case you haven’t heard, we provide Student Success cards to every student from Frederick County Public Schools. Student Success cards are fine-free cards that allow students to

  • borrow three print items (books or magazines) without any late fees;
  • access eBooks at; and
  • use learning resources such as encyclopedias, journal articles and test prep at

To access their student account, students use an FCPL prefix (119829) and their FCPS student ID number. Students who already have an FCPL card can keep that card, too. Traditional library cards allow people to borrow up to 75 items and access additional materials such as DVDs and video games.

Finally, I’d like to remind everyone that the semi-annual Friends of the Urbana Library book sale is happening in September. The book sale is on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. This year marks the first that the Friends will be able to accept credit cards!

Please drop in to visit us soon. We’re at 9020 Amelung St., adjacent to the Giant shopping center. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 301.600.7004 or visit our website at We look forward to seeing you!

Editor’s note: Tara Lebherz is the branch administrator of the Urbana Regional Library.


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