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Family Movie Matinee_September 2015


Fletcher Library
100. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Saturday, September 5 ♦ 2:00 PM

Family movie matinee: Home
Rated PG   94 minutes
 

When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.




Meet the Author: Robert Dudley


Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Meet the Author: Robert Dudley
Wednesday, September 16 ♦ 7:00 PM
Books available for purchase and signing following discussion.

Reserve a seat at the linkl below.
http://washcolibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=10881&ret=eventcalendar.asp

It was September 11 of 1814, during the “forgotten” War of 1812, and the future of American independence was on the line. The most powerful military force in the world, the British Royal Navy, had positioned a massive naval blockade all along the American Atlantic coast to the Gulf of Mexico, slowly strangling the infant U.S. economy. The invasion of Washington, D.C. by Lord Wellington's "Invincibles" the month before had resulted in the burning of the Capitol and White House, scattering Congress and the President to the wind. In the largest assembly of combatants during the entire war, the people and city of Baltimore were targeted by the British as a hated "nest of pirates". At noon that Sunday, church bells sounded the alarm as 50 war ships of the British juggernaught appeared within sight of Fort McHenry! Against all odds, one American heroically led the defense that saved his beloved city. Five weeks later, upon hearing the news of the Battle of Baltimore in London, the British government finally relented and maneuvered to quickly negotiate an end to the war. Baltimore and America were saved as Sam Smith became a military hero for the second time in his illustrious life. The fruits of his efforts are recorded in our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, and the results of his deeds are forever emblazoned on every American heart. This is the story that shows what can happen “when freemen shall stand!" Here is a tribute to the un-sung patriot and his life of leadership and service. Smith is a bold example of true American heroism and wisdom from one of the darkest days of our existence as a free people. Inspiring us all today, this book is the authors' homage to the early Republic, and Sam Smith's fight for freedom and liberty, illuminating the all important leadership lessons which teach us how one American can make the difference in preserving the "land of the free and the home of the brave."

After decades of varied life experiences, Robert is now a full-time writer. He loves research and a wide range of reading. He has written a screenplay on Francis Scott Key. Along with his co-author, Dr. Marc DeSimone, Robert has just released a co-authored new fictional novel titled "Last Pope."

Robert holds a Bachelor degree in General Liberal Arts (magna cum laude), a Master of Science in Environmental Biology, and an MBA. He lives in Maryland in the Greater Washington DC Capitol Region along with his wife. They both enjoy following baseball, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and taking care of their dog, Ella (Bella, a rescue mutt).  




Noteworthy Sunday Concert:: C. Drapkin


Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Sunday, September 20 ♦ 3:00 PM

The Christiana Drapkin Trio helps us celebrate the Maryland Humanities Council One Maryland One Book selection The Boys in the Boat with a special concert titled Don't Mean a Thing if you Ain't Got that Swing.

This concert is sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council.

Reserve a seat at the link below:
http://washcolibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=11392&ret=eventcalendar.asp




WWI Lecture Series


Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Monday, September, 14 ♦ 7:00 PM

Our World War I lecture series continues as Captain Jeff Macris talks about World War I in the Middle East and its Shattering of the Ottoman Empire.

Captain Jeff Macris, U.S. Navy teaches in the History Department at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he specializes in the history of the states of the Persian Gulf and the history of Islam.  A former naval aviator, he holds a PhD (with distinction) from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He has published two history books on the history of the Gulf: The Politics and Security of the Gulf, and Imperial Crossroads: The Great Powers and the Persian Gulf. His wife and five children are part-time residents of Washington County, and enjoy their time exploring the hills, rivers, and creeks around Clear Spring.

Reserve a seat at the link below:
http://washcolibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=10796&ret=eventcalendar.asp




Bottles and Blues


It's Time for a Party!

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Friday, October 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Please make plans to join us to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the Alice Virginia & David W. Fletcher branch  library. Enjoy lively musical entertainment, delicious food and drink, and a cash bar.

Food and Beverage Provided by Antietam Brewery
Styling their business as an American version of the throw-back Public Houses, crafting delicious beer was a natural step for the proprietor's of Benny's Pub, and thus Antietam Brewery was born. The evening's menu will feature artesian food and drinks.

Musical Entertainment Provided by The Antietam Generals
Dance the night away to "Electric Rockin' Blues with a Southern Edge!" The Antietam Generals is led by prominent blues muscian Jeff Taulton. Enjoy the sounds of this eclectic group of musicians with one major common denominator: Rock & Roll! Taking their influence from a variety of performers including Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Slash, and Eddie Van Halen, together this quartet gels into an electric mix of Rockin Blues!

General Admission tickets are $45 each.

Save $5 per ticket! General admission tickets are $40 each when you purchase two tickets at the same time. Note:You MUST purchase two tickets in the same transaction to qualify for discount.


Copy and paste this link into your browser to buy tickets: 
http://www.washcolibrary.org/gala




Spanish Amer War Exhibit: WMR


Fletcher Library: Western Maryland Room
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Monday, August 31 ♦ 7-00-8:30 pm

Washington County Free Library's Western Maryland Room and the Washington County Historical Society have partnered to create the exhibit: Blue and Gray Together Again - Washington County in the Spanish-American War

Please join us for our Exhibit Opening on Monday, August 31, 2015, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Western Maryland Room. At 7:30 pm author and historian Steve Bockmiller will talk about the exhibit and the war.

The exhibit will be open to the public from September 1-December 31, 2015, during regular Western Maryland Room hours.




SHA: Captain Bender's Tavern


Sharpsburg Branch Library
106 East Main St
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Phone: 301.432.8825

October 15 ♦ Tavern Tour begins at 6:00 pm. Lecture at the library begins at 7:00 pm.

The Famous Captain Bender of Sharpsburg with Sharpsburg Historical Society President, Vernell Doyle

Tour the Bender House at 111 W Chapline St. Open House from 6:00-6:45 pmAt 7:00 pm come to the Sharpsburg Library, where Vernell will give a presentation about the C&O Canal which was opened for trade to Cumberland on October 10, 1850.   We encourage anyone with pictures or stories to share from the 74 years of canal operation, particularly about Captain Bender.  Captain Raleigh Bender opened Bender’s Tavern in 1936.  It is now the longest operating business in Sharpsburg.  




SHA_Fall Arrangements


Sharpsburg Branch Library
106 E. Main St.
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Phone: 301.432.8825

Thursday, Sept. 10 ♦ 7:00 pm

Fall Arrangements by Annette Cormany, University of MD Extension Horticulture Educator.   

Annette will demonstrate how to use fall flowers, herbs, seed heads, and produce to create beautiful arrangements.  Limited supplies will be available for you to make and take home a small arrangement. 
Note: Must register for this program online or by calling 301-432-8825.




SMI: The Lindbergs - Sept 2015


Smithsburg Branch Library
66 W. Water St.
Smithsburg, MD 21783

Phone: 301.824.7722

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 22, 29 ♦ 7:00 pm

Join Mr. Blake for his power point presentation on the Lindberghs.  It will be presented in three parts in the Community Room.




SMI - Needlework Exhibit _ Oct 2015


Smithsburg Branch Library
66 W. Water St.
Smithsburg, MD

Phone: 301.824.7722

Needlework Show – October 8, 9, and 10 – Library Hours

The Hagerstown Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of American will display their needlework creations during this time.
Join us a special opening with refreshments will be held Thursday, October 8 from 5 – 7 p.m.




WIL - Stop Saying I can't - Oct 2015


Williamsport Branch Library
104 E. Potomac St.
Williamsport, MD 21795

Phone: 301.223.7027

Thursday, Oct. 1 ♦ 6:00 pm

Life Coach Tammy Leslie will help you stop letting “I can’t” get in the way of your goals. In this workshop, we will explore how to dissect the reasons of “why not” so that we distinguish between normal fear of the unknown and real obstacles that we can take steps to overcome.




WIL - Scavenger HUnt - Sept 2015


Williamsport Memorial Branch Library
104 E. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21795

Phone: 301.223.7027

Wednesday, Sept 16 ♦ 5:00 pm

Library Scavenger Hunt

Grades K-5 (Ages 5-10)

How well do you know the library?  Come test your skills, enjoy some snacks, and get a chance to win a prize!




WIL -4-H Fun Day - Oct 2015


Williamsport Memorial Branch Library
104 E. Potomac St.
Williamsport, MD 21795

Phone: 301.223.7027

Saturday, Oct. 3 ♦ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Through this program provided by the Washington County 4-H Youth Development Program, participants will try their hand at a number of 4-H projects and learn what 4-H has to offer.




Wandering Books


Wandering Books

Frequently Asked Questions

What are wandering books?  How can I get my hands on one?

Beginning in early August, MHC and its partners will release 250+ copies of our One Maryland One Book (OMOB) selection, The Boys in the Boat, in six counties: Baltimore, Frederick, Harford, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Washington.
We will post clues to their locations throughout the summer via Twitter and Facebook. If you find a copy, log on to Bookcrossing.com to register it, read the book, and then release it back into the world for the next reader to enjoy.
Sign up to follow us on Twitter @MD Humanities or “Like” the Maryland Center for the Book page on Facebook.
Tweet us a suggested drop off location using the hashtag #MDwanderingbooks or email us your suggestion at info@mdhc.org.

 

What’s in it for me? 

Wandering Books is an enjoyable, free and fun way to read a new book, participate in One Maryland One Book, and it’s a contest!  Readers who register a wandering book on Bookcrossing.com will be automatically entered to win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. Four winners will be drawn in late September.
 

I found a wandering book and read it. What do I do next? 

Visit Bookcrossing.com and enter the code number found inside the cover.  This is a FREE site, no paid membership is required.  Post your review or reflections on the book (feel free to share your thoughts on social media as well) and then release it back into the world!

 

I didn’t find a wandering book, but I want to join a discussion and/or submit a review.

You can send us your review via email at info@mdhc.org or post a comment on the Maryland Center for the Book page on Facebook. You can find book discussions at partner and co-host sites via our events calendar. Better yet, sign up to receive our monthly E-newsletter, Opening Eyes, to receive information about what’s happening in your area.



BNS: Author B Glickman


Boonsboro Free Branch Library
401 Potomac  St. 
Boonsboro, MD 

Phone: 301-432-5723 

Thursday, October 1 • 6:00 PM

Fifty-two of Maryland’s public gardens and natural parks are showcased in this book, with descriptions of their horticultural highlights and histories and nearly 240 color photos illustrating their magnificence. Included are 13 historic sites with extraordinary gardens, such as early settlements, plantations, and Gilded Age homes. This book is a must-have for anyone who loves gardens or historical homes, as well as those looking for a keepsake of the great state of Maryland.

Barbara Glickman is the author of Capital Splendor—Gardens and Parks of Washington, D.C. She has traveled extensively to gardens around the country and the world. She is active in Washington, D.C.-area garden clubs. She holds degrees from Franklin and Marshall College, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the George Washington University School of Business. She worked in health care administration for over twenty years and has lived in the Washington area for over thirty years.

Books will be available for purchase and signing following the discussion.




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