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Author Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award. In 2012 she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards. Her works have been published internationally in countries such as Norway and South Korea.

Her novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) were published to critical acclaim and have been read widely in schools across the country. Her latest book, The Distance Between Us, was published in August 2012, by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In this memoir, Reyna writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. A National Book Circle Critics Award finalist, The Distance Between Us is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. The Los Angeles Times hailed it as "the Angela’s Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.”

Born in Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when Reyna was going on ten, she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant. She later went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college.

After attending Pasadena City College for two years, Reyna obtained a B.A. in creative writing, and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She later received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University. Now, in addition to being a published author, she is also an active promoter of Latino literature and is a sought-after speaker at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.

* Books will be available for purchase and autographing following the discussion or you may bring your own copy.

* This visit is sponsored by the Thompson Family Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc., Washington County Free Library, Washington County Public Schools and the Maryland Humanities Council.

Call 301-739-3250 x 163 for information.

Author: Shawn Reilly Simmons

Murder on the Red Carpet, published in February of 2014, is the first book in the Red Carpet Catering mystery series.

Description from author website:
The last thing Arlena Madison and Penelope Sutherland expect to find while searching for their runaway dog is a beautiful young girl buried in the snow on the side of the road. When the police discover that the murdered girl was obsessed with Arlena, an up-and-coming actress, questions arise about possible connections between the victim and the legendary Madison family. Arlena has just been cast as the lead actress in iconic film director Salvatore Marco’s next movie. If she can prove herself as a serious actress, it might just be her ticket out of the cut-rate horror movie world.

Penelope has just gotten her big break, too. Her company, Red Carpet Catering, has booked its first real job on the Marco movie, cooking every meal during filming. She can’t believe her luck, working with the famous director and also with her best friend. But when serious accidents begin threatening the lives of the cast and crew, the whole production is in danger of being shut down.

Detective Joseph Baglioni, a childhood friend of Penelope’s, tracks the killer who lurks among the stars. His search leads him into the world of celebrity stalkers, aggressive paparazzi, crazed fans, and Hollywood deal makers, all with agendas of their own. In a desperate race to catch a killer, he discovers that past mistakes don’t always stay buried and the lies people tell have the power to undo them.

Books will be available for purchase and autographing after the discussion.

Reserve a seat at: http://washcolibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=7772&ret=eventcalendar.asp

Author: James Houpt

In His Own Words is a historical narrative based on the 18th century diary of James McCullough which chronicles colonial American history prior to the Revolutionary War as documented in the McCullough diary. Mr. McCullough (1722-1781) sailed to the Americas from Ireland with his wife in 1747. They first settled in Newcastle, then moved to what is now Gettysburg, before establishing a farm in Franklin County about 1760. Along with common events in the life of a farmer and small store operator, the diary details many of battles and “massacres” visited on civilians during the French and Indian War.

Two of McCullough’s sons were captured by the Indians and carried away.  One son was never heard from. The other was located near Pittsburgh but chose to continue living with his Indian captors. At about the age of 20 he returned to his birth family and was reunited with them.  He later wrote his own story, Life with the Aborigines, which is included as the concluding chapter of James Houpt’s book. The story, which Mr. Houpt tells as a stirring narrative, covers about thirty years of McCullough family life, including children going to school, trials of the trips to Maryland for safety during the Indian raids, the building of Fort Frederick, and historical records of the events of the French and Indian War. The 166-page book comes in both soft and hard cover.

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

Reserve a seat at http://washcolibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=8848&ret=eventcalendar.asp

Movie_A Better Life

Movie is being shown at the Fletcher Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD

Rated PG-13
98 minutes
This film deals with the universal yearning for security, stability, and happiness through the eyes of an           undocumented immigrant & his family.

This is a One Maryland One Book program.

Noteworthy Sunday_Candice Mowbray

Praised for her "beautiful tone" and "sensitive music-making," classical guitarist Candice Mowbray will display her refined technique and depth of expression in a solo program featuring works by Presti, Lagoya, Barrios and Pujol.

The concert is being held at the Fletcher Library, located at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD.

Click below to reserve a seat.


Just Dance 2014

Just Dance! – Auditions:Friday, October 10, 7:00-8:30 pm at the Valley Mall. If you are a dancer or part of a dance group, this competition may be for you! We welcome solo dancers or groups up to five in all dance styles. Bring your own music and 2-4 minute choreographed routine. Take your shot at the $500 prize. You must be between the ages of 14-19 to enter. For more information contact the Young Adult Department @ 301-739-3250 ext. 270.


Just Dance! – Finals: Friday, October 24 @ 7:00 pm. Come to Valley Mall Center Court and cheer on the amazing teens competing in Just Dance! 2014.

TAB meeting

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting
Wednesday, September 17 @ 7:00 pm
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD

The TAB consists of teen volunteers who have an interest in the library.  By participating teens can help shape the young adult department while having fun with peers.  BTW, participation can earn SSL hours!  This is for teens in grades 8-12.  Snacks are provided.  Please register.

Call 301-739-3250 x 270 for information and to register to attend.

Duct Tape Craft for Teens

For those in grades 9 - 12

Duct It! Craft
Sunday, September 21 @ 2:00 pm
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD

Join us in the young adult department as we make and remake everyday items with duct tape! Duct tape fixes everything, and when you use duct tape with funky patterns, it can make ordinary items extraordinary! This is for grades 9-12.

Registration is required.
Call the Young Adult Department at 301-739-3250 x 270

Geek Homecoming

For those in grades 9 - 12 only

Geek Homecoming
Saturday, October 18, 7:00-10:00 pm
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 

Dress geek-style for an evening of music, gaming, crafting, and yummy snacks.  Get your geek on @ the library. This event is for grades 9-12.

Pick up permission forms in the Young Adult Department.

Registration required. Call the young adult department at 301-739-3250 x 270 for information.

Get your Game on - for teens

For those in grades 8 - 12 only

Get Your Game On
Every Tuesday in September and October @ 5:30 pm
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD

Drop in and game with others on our PS3.
All games rated T and below.
Grades 8-12 only.

Call the young adult department for information at 301-739-3250 x 270

Movie_ Rio @

Rated G
101 minutes

Movie shown at:
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD


Contact the children's department at 301-739-3250 x 250 for information

Employment Opportunities
Multiple Employment Opportunities @ WCFL

County Services On-call Sub Branch Assistant I

The Washington County Free Library has an immediate opening for a substitute position.  Candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills, scheduling flexibility and excellent customer service skills both with the public and staff.  Perform routine clerical work such as alphabetical and numerical filing, computer data entry , programming and other duties as assigned.

Duties include: Working at the public service desk checking in and checking out books and other material to customers. 

Desired qualifications: Demonstrated experience showing self-motivation, reliability, detail oriented and good communication skills.  Clerical, computer and customer service skills.  Possess a valid Driver’s License, have transportation and a good driving record.  Able to handle full book boxes, lift and carry up to 60 pounds.

High School Diploma or GED equivalent.

To Apply: Submit an application for employment online that can be downloaded from www.washcolibrary.org.  Mailing information: Washington County Free Library, Human Resources, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.  Fax 301-739-7603

Job Title: Substitute Branch Assistant I

Deadline: Until filled

Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview

Library Associate I (Part Time)

Library Associate I - 20 hrs./wk.,  Tuesday, Friday 10-7 and Saturday 10-2 at the Boonsboro Branch Library of the Washington County Free Library. 

Duties include: Planning and carrying out Toddler/pre-school programs every Saturday.  Community outreach, school visitation; library duties and responsibilities as assigned. 

KSA: BA required.  Experience in programming, basic computer skills; excellent oral and written communication skills, a positive interpersonal style, ability to work independently and as part of a team; strong organizational skills; ability to communicate a positive library image; flexibility and initiative.  May be asked to work outside of assigned duties. 

Must be able to secure certification by the MD State Department of Education as a Library Associate within 24 months following appointment.

Application must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014

To apply: download application from website: www.washcolibrary.org.

Fax: 301-739-7603


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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