The Washington County Free Library and its branches will be closed on Friday, April 3 and Sunday, April 5 in observance of Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Multiple Employment Opportunities @ WCFL
Smithsburg Branch Associate Librarian I
Duties include: Planning and carrying out Saturday morning Toddler/pre-school story time; library duties and responsibilities as assigned.
KSA: BA degree is required, experience in programming, basic computer skills, excellent oral and written communication skills; flexibility and initiative. Must be able to secure certification from the MSDE as a Library Associate within 24 months following appointment.
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2015. EOE
Children’s Associate Librarian I (Full-Time)
Knowledge of standard computer application programs is a must along with the ability to learn specific library computer applications. Experience in working directly with children within a structured setting is desirable.
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree.
Duties will include planning STEM activities for children, middle school programming, reference desk work, planning and helping with Battle of the Books/Summer Reading Club, leading a Minecraft program for elementary aged children, and other monthly programs including Coding for kids, Legos, and homeschool programs. The position may involve creating visual displays and press releases. This position is an integral part of the Children’s Department and it is essential that the candidate be team minded, and be open to change as new ideas and programs emerge.
Also must secure Maryland Certification within 24 months of appointment.
Application and resume’ must be received not later than 5 PM, April 6, 2015.
Reference Librarian I
Department: Adult Information Department
Librarian I – Full time: The Washington County Free Library is seeking an energetic, proactive, team oriented person for the Adult Information Department. This is a full time position; hours will include some evenings, occasional Saturday and Sundays.
Duties include: Serving all library users by providing reference service. Train and assist patrons in accessing the online catalog, internet and other informational data networks. Research questions, develop and teach computer classes, monitor and maintain equipment in the Reference Department. Attend workshops and conferences. Performs related work as required.
Required skills, knowledge and abilities: Masters of Library Science from an accredited school or must complete within 1 year of appointment. Must have complete 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. Must be eligible for MD library certification.
To apply: Please submit a resume and application. Application can be downloaded from our website www.washcolibrary.org .
Mailing address: Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: April 6, 2015
Preference will be given to candidates that have strong technology background.
Candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
Sunday, April 12 ♦ 3:00 PM
The Japanese bamboo flute known as the shakuhachi has captivated the minds and hearts of listeners for centuries. Remarkably simple in design, it takes years to master, and is capable of great emotional depth. For over 1000 years, shakuhachi music has been the sound of Zen meditation. Shakuhachi ensemble pieces, often played in the Meiji era’s geisha culture, are still performed today, and the instrument is also used in traditional folk tunes and contemporary works.
Shakuhachi music combines breathing and silence with rhythm, melody, and the other elements of music to create a captivating and entirely unique art form of great depth and beauty. Traditional shakuhachi music, or honkyoku, are performed solo and are considered to express the original voice of the bamboo. The music is reflective and contemplative, and the instrument’s penetrating sound often produces an effect similar to sitting in meditation
Dr. Suggs plays both shakuhachi and Western flute, and is a graduate of Houston’s Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, with extensive private education in music and degrees in biology, English literature, medicine, and surgery. She has played in England, Canada, Japan, Alaska, and throughout the continental United States; and is now active as a teacher, recitalist, and chamber musician in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, teaching and performing on both shakuhachi and flute. Dr. Suggs is the flutist and Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania-based chamber music ensemble SATORI, and is on the music faculty at Bethlehem’s Moravian College. She coaches flute ensembles and
chamber music at the Community Music School of the Lehigh Valley, and has performed and recorded for almost a dozen years in duos of classical guitar and flute. Dr. Suggs studies shakuhachi with Dai-Shihan James Nyoraku Schlefer, and received her jun shihan shakuhachi accreditation from his New York City Kyo-Shin-An dojo.
Noteworthy Sundays @ Your Library is sponsored in part by the City of Hagerstown and the Western Maryland Regional Library. Reservations are not required to attend the free concert but may be made at by calling 301-739-250 x 163 or following the link below.
Sunday, April 26 ♦ 3:00 PM
20th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition winner, Kerensa Gray is often compared to the likes of jazz royalty as Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald and contemporaries such as Diana Krall and has shared the stage with artists such as Stellar Award Winner Isaiah Thomas and opened for Grammy and Dove award winners CeCe Winans and Vickie Winans and has served as guest vocalist for the Drew Davidsen Band.
As a gifted songwriter, this dynamic vocalist brings fresh insight and infectious energy to her approach of beloved classics and a transparency in her songwriting that speaks to that for which we all yearn - truth without compromise. Kerensa’s music finds balance in her ability to skillfully interweave melodies of jazz, blues and folk music into a sound that is undeniably and uniquely her while her talent as a gifted vocalist unearths yet unseen perspectives into the standards that are the soundtracks to our lives.
Noteworthy Sundays @ Your Library is sponsored in part by the City of Hagerstown and the Western Maryland Regional Library.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015