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The Washington County Free Library and its branches will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 & 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. They will re-open on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Quilt Raffle


Local resident, Jene Meier has donated a quilt to the Washington County Free Library that is being raffled as a fundraiser benefiting the library. The quilt was machine pieced by Jene and machine quilted by Sherri Newcomer. Measuring 80 by 90 inches, it would be a lovely addition to any home.

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and can be purchased at any branch of the Washington County Free Library through November 30, 2014. The winner will be drawn on December 4, 2014.

Ms. Meier has donated quilts to non-profit organizations in our area for a number of years and the library would like to express its thanks and appreciation for her support of the library through this donation.




Danny Webber Jazz Trio


Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Join the Danny Webber Jazz Trio for a mix of classic, contemporary, and original jazz music as well as original  arrangements of holiday favorites.

Reservations are not required but may be made 301.739.3250 X163 or at:
http://washcolibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=8542&ret=eventcalendar.asp

 

 




McCauley Lecture: December 1_Stephen Bockmiller


Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Fletcher Library
100 South Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Stephen Bockmiller discusses the experience and role of the United States Marine in the capture of John Brown in 1859.  The story of the raid will be presented through the viewpoint and perspective of the US Marines who were sent to Harpers Ferry to subdue Brown and his followers, illustrated with a slide show to compliment the presentation.

Stephen Bockmiller is a professional land use planner who has served as the Zoning Administrator for the City of Hagerstown for over a decade, having previously served in Jefferson County, West Virginia and Howard County, Maryland.  A historical researcher and writer in his spare time, he has been the co-author of two books, and has authored two solo projects.  His most recent release is "Follow the Money - the 1864 Confederate Ransom of Hagerstown, Maryland" which was released in 2014.  He serves on the advisory boards of  "Historic Ships at Baltimore" and the "Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area."

Reservations are not required but you may reserve a seat at the following link.
http://washcolibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=6440&ret=eventcalendar.asp




Author Mike Priest


Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Stand to It and Give Them Hell: Gettysburg as the Soldiers Experienced it From Cemetery Ridge to Little Round Top, July 2, 1863 is a book about combat as seen through the eyes of those who waged it. There is no glamour here, and no adventure. Nor are there accusations, confessions, or second-guessing from the comfort of an easy chair. Instead, "Stand to It and Give Them Hell" offers the brutal, heart-wrenching story of a slice of America's greatest battle as described by those who marched, fought, bled, and died there. This is their story, and it is one you will long remember.

A retired high school history teacher, John Michael Priest has been interested in Civil War history since an early age. He is a graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore and Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and has written extensively about the Civil War. His many books include Antietam: The Soldiers' Battle (1989); Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain (1992); Nowhere to Run: The Wilderness, May 4th & 5th, 1864 (1995); Victory Without Triumph: The Wilderness, May 6th & 7th, 1864 (1996); and Into the Fight: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg (1998). Praised by legendary historian Edwin C. Bearss as the "Ernie Pyle" of the Civil War soldier, Priest appeared on the Discovery Channel's Unsolved History: Pickett's Charge (2002), and is one of the historical consultants for the forthcoming miniseries To Appomattox.  

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

Reservations are not required but may be made at:
http://washcolibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=9743&ret=eventcalendar.asp
 




Historic Houses of Worship Lecture


Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Architectural historian Dr. Paula S. Reed will talk about the Historic Houses of Worship in Downtown Hagerstown at the Fletcher Library, located at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown on Monday, December 15 beginning at 7:00 PM.

The presentation serves as a prelude to the annual Historic Houses of Worship Tour scheduled for Friday, December 26, 2014 from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (Snow date: December 27) This year’s tour features 16 different houses of worship, including the church of Hagerstown founder Jonathan Hager, Zion Reformed United Church of Christ, and Hager’s original home in City Park where church services were also often held.

Dr. Reed is an architectural historian and cultural resource specialist with Paula S. Reed and Associates, Inc. She holds a doctorate in American Civilization from The George Washington University, and has worked in historical architecture since the early 1970s.

Tour brochures will be available at the Downtown Visitors Welcome Center at 6 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD, or online at www.marylandmemories.com.

Reservations for the lecture are not required but may be made at:
http: //washcolibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=9206&ret=eventcalendar.asp




Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest 2014


RULES FOR ENTRY
The contest includes five age divisions: Children in Grades 2-3; Grades 4-5; Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult.

  • Entrants must be residents of Washington County, MD or have a valid Washington County Free Library Card.
  • Writers may enter up to two poems & one short story. Short stories may be up to five pages long. All entries must be original work and may be on any topic. All entries must include author name, age division, address, phone number, and email if available.
  • No email submissions accepted. Remember to keep a copy of your work. Originals will not be returned.
  • There will be first & second place winners and an honorable mention for each division. Winners will be honored at a dinner reception in May.

Entries may be submitted between January 2 and March 15, 2015 to any library branch throughout the county or they may be mailed to:
Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest
Attn: Jeff Ridgeway
Washington County Free Library
100 South Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

*Mailed entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2014
*Call Mr. Jeff @ 301-739-3250 x 255 for information.




Easy Picture Book Contest 2015


RULES FOR ENTRY
The contest includes three age divisions: Children in Grades 6-8 (ages 11 to 13); Grades 9-12 (ages 14 to 18) ; and Adults (ages 19 and older).

  • Entrants must be residents of Washington County, MD or have a valid Washington County Free Library Card.
  • Only one entry per person accepted.  All text and illustrations in the book entries must be original work and may be on any  topic. All entries must include author and illustrator (if different) name, age division, address, phone number, and email if available. Books will be judged based on the age of the oldest person on the team
  • There will be one winner chosen for each age division. This winner will receive a  hardbound edition of his/her book and a copy will be added to the library collection.
  • The library also recognizes second and third place honorable mentions.
  • Winners will be honored at a reception being held on May 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Fletcher Library (100 S. Potomac St. Hagerstown) where the winning books will be read aloud to the audience.

Entries may be submitted between January 2 and March 15, 2015 to any library branch throughout the county or they may be mailed to:
Easy Picture Book Contest
Attn: Patricia Wishard
Washington County Free Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

* Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2015.
* Please include a self  addressed/stamped envelope if you want your original work returned
* Call Patricia @ 301-739-3250 x163 for information

A little about picture books:

The phrase "picture book" is commonly used to describe a book most often written for children. Note that not all picture books are written for preschoolers. Many are also written for elementary school children and adolescents as well.

Audience 2-5 years or older, and even as young as newborn. Picture books for preschoolers are intended for adults to read to children. The text takes up less space than the pictures.The stories generally have only a few characters, a limited use of flashbacks and altered time sequences, a limited use of historical and geographical references, and a heavy use of repetition. Some common types of picture books include alphabet, counting, moods/feelings, animals, colors, shapes, and sizes.

Audience: 6 - 8 years old. Youngsters read to themselves or with an adult. Picture books for the school-aged crowd are intended either for adults to read to children or for children to read own their own. Format: usually 32 pages long. The text is usually much longer than in picture books for preschoolers, and the print often takes up as much space as the illustrations.

Read more. Follow this link to the Enoch Pratt Guide to Picture Books http://www.prattlibrary.org/locations/children/index.aspx?id=4116




Hand-Makerspace
Attention Crafters

Do you have a craft hobby?  Or a holiday project you're working on?  Come share it with us at the Fletcher Branch's Hand-Makerspace!  Bring your (portable) project, and we'll provide the space, tables, chairs and good company!  Drop in for a little while, or stay the whole time.  No registration required.

 

Where:  Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch -- 100 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown

Third Floor room 334 or 308 (follow the "Hand-Makerspace" signs)

 

Time/Dates10am-2pm  on the first and third Friday of each month

(November 7, November 21, December 5, December 19)

 

Ages:  Adults

Cost:  Free

What to Bring:  Your current project (materials, tools, etc.), and a brown bag lunch if you'd like

Info about the room: tables, chairs, and power are available




The U.S. Civil War Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary)
2011 marks the beginning of the U.S. Civil War Sesquicentennial.

Continuing until 2015, the 150th anniversary marks the end of the bloodiest conflict in American history, Americans are remembering and reflecting on the people, values and lessons learned from this war. This month, the ipl2 has selected sources that will let you travel back 150 years and relive, relearn and reenact this important event in U.S. history. And don't forget to stop by our Civil Wars Around the World section and learn about other nations who are going through or have gone through their own civil wars.

Here are some links to sites commemorating this anniversary:





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