Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL) will kick off its annual Summer Challenge on June 1, 2020. This year’s Summer Challenge invites everyone to “Rediscover the Magic” of Frederick County. “Rediscover the Magic” will be an insider’s ticket to new worlds, both on and off the page, as FCPL staff guide participants to explore fantastic places and creatures. 

The Summer Challenge program acts as a guide to secret adventures in neighborhoods across the county that will spark imagination. Programs will allow participants to explore from safe distances or virtual at-home experiences. 

“The past year has been trying and difficult for all,” explained Heather Hart, Children’s Services Supervisor at Walkersville Branch Library and Summer Challenge program lead. “As we collectively heal from these challenges, FCPL is here to provide stories and experiences that inspire and help the community rediscover the wonder waiting to be found in Frederick County. ”  

Curated by trained library staff, “Rediscover the Magic” sparks excitement for lifelong learning by providing active learning experiences that are positive, experiential, education, and most importantly, fun and safe.  

Summer Challenge features a special “Call to Adventure” from July 12-16, with an incredible line-up of virtual author visits, including New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman and award-winning British writer, Michelle Marie Harrison. Dyckman was a natural fit for “Rediscover the Magic” with her lighthearted picture books “You Don’t Want a Unicorn” and “You Don’t Want a Dragon.” Her newest title, “Tiny Barbarian” is a relatable hero with a strong imagination and a Battle Kitty by his side. Harrison is best known for her trilogy, The 13 Treasures, where woodland fairies help a young girl get to the bottom of an unsolved mystery. All of the authors included in “Call to Adventure” will help readers capture a new kind of magic. 

This year’s presenting sponsor, Natelli Communities, will help FCPL reach more households across the county to encourage summer-long reading. Thanks to their support and additional program sponsors, readers can earn exciting new rewards when they reach their summer reading goals. 

“We are thrilled to lead the community partners and businesses in FCPL’s Summer Challenge,” said Tom Natelli, President and CEO at Natelli Communities. “It is our chance to help families after a difficult year.” 

To find out more and see the full lineup of programs and events visit 

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