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Noteworthy Sunday - Kerensa Gray

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

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.

Washington COunty Gives 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
12 midnight to 12 midnight


A 24-hour web-based giving promotion, hosted by the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, to benefit any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Washington County to help raise operating dollars for their organization. Last year’s event brought in $260,000 in online donations, matching funds and prizes for 55 local nonprofits. More than 1,800 donors contributed to this one day giving event. 

Funds received support children's programming. 

Please check back on Tuesday, May 5
Donate here:This link will be activated May 5 for donations.

Meet Author Bob O'Connor

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

Phone: 301-739-3250 X 163

Monday, April 27 ♦ 7:00 PM

Bob O'Connor, historian and author from Charles Town, WV will be speaking on the Lincoln Assassination as explained by his bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon. The program on Monday April 27 at 7 p.m. will be presented near the 150th anniversary of the event at Ford's Theater.

Lamon, who grew up in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia (then it was part of western Virginia), was the closest person to Lincoln in the White House during his presidency but was not actually at Ford's Theater, for reasons that the author will make apparent.

O'Connor's research has led him to write a historical fiction account of Lamon's affiliation with Abraham Lincoln "The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln". The author also edited the only book Lamon ever wrote called "The Life of Abraham Lincoln As President". In that book, the chapter on the episode at Ford Theater was written by Walt Whitman.

O'Connor's books will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation.

Makerspace Community Conversation


100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

APRIL 23 ♦ 5:30 PM

Room # 334

Learn about do-it-yourself work spaces often called MakerSpaces or HackLabs.  For those in attendance we will explore interest in establishing such a place in downtown Hagerstown. Call 301-739-3250 x 168 for information.

Master Gardeners at Fletcher

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Friday, May 8 ♦ 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Master Gardeners will be at the Fletcher Library to offer gardening tips and answer questions you may have. You will find them located on the front patio. Drop in and chat.

Friends_Quarter Auction

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Saturday, April 25 ♦ 11:00 AM

The Friends of the Library Quarter Auction Fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 25 at the Fletcher Library.
Doors open at 11:00 AM and the auction begins at 12 noon.

Tickets are $5.00 each and include two paddles. Additional paddles can be purchased for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Call 301.797.4054  for tickets today. Only 150 tickets are being sold due to limited seating.

A light lunch and sweet treats can be purchased. There will be popular vendors, raffles, and door prizes. Bring your quarters and plan on having a fun-filled afternoon @ your library.

Proceeds benefit the Summer Foreign Language and Culture Classes and the Summer Reading Club.

Trivia on Tap fundraiser

April 23 ♦ 6:30 PM

Bulls and Bears Restaurant
38 S. Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD
Bull Pit Special Event Room (Lower Level)

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Competition begins at 6:30 PM.

Local residents are invited to test their knowledge of the general and the obscure in a one-night, winner-take-all Trivia Contest! Teams of no more than 5 players may register for only $10 per team.

This is a fun competition designed to delight and entertain! Come challenge your brain, enjoy delicious food and drink, and have the chance to score awesome prizes and regional bragging rights!

Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Monies raised at this event will benefit Washington County Free Library's Early Literacy Initiative.

For more information or to register your team, email: jakers@washcolibrary.org.

2015 Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest Winners

Short Stories Gr. 2-3
What I See by Leah Pippen
Important Lesson by Samir Suleman  

Honorable Mention:  Once Upon a Time Land by Sydney Mills

Short Stories Gr. 4-5
Change by Maeve Miller
Should I Tell Her? By Daniella Carino  

Honorable Mention: Recess Dreams by Ava Selby

Short Stories Gr. 6-8
When There’s Nothing Left by Leena El-Mohandes
When They Came by Claire Dever

Honorable Mention: Giving Up by Olivia Stevens

Short Stories Gr. 9-12            
Teddy’s Journey to Hope by Quinn Wandalowski
The Whispers of the Night by Jade Lee

Honorable Mention:  The Battle at Hailes Castle by Janai Heise

Short Stories: Adult:
Awaking  by L. Marshall DeVine
Please Wake Up by Katrina Seabright

Honorable Mention:  How to Save a Life by Stephanie Eberly

Grades 2-3 Poetry:
The Secret by Abigail Call  
Fear by Madoc Gibson

Honorable Mention: I Am by Lily Rose Weber  

Grades 4-5 Poetry:
Twilight Sled Ride by McKenzie Bere  
Flower Vendor by Ava Selby  

Honorable Mention: The Funkiest Flower Ever by Claire Wingert  

Grades 6-8 Poetry:
Why Do I Hate Poetry by Audrey Howerin  
My Dream by Kate Prenger  

Honorable Mention: Middle School by Kalea Wilson  

Grades 9-12 Poetry:
Modern Grecian Love by Breanna Myers  
A Skull Mosaic by Caitlin Lee-Hendricks  

Honorable Mention:  Tomorrow I Will See You  by Elizabeth Litton  

Poetry Adult:  
Mothers & Sisters by Crystal Brown
A Bomb’s Plea by Fatima Abdul-Aleem

Honorable Mention:  A Litany of Angels by Joan Selby

Easy Picture Book Winners 2015 announced

Grades 6-8
First place – Ariona Heise for If You Give a Penguin a Popsicle
Second place – Lucille Covington for Connor’s View
Third place – Nick Vance for Thomas Edison and Henry Ford’s Inventions That We Use Today

Grades 9-12
First place – Hannah Grim for Sour Tart in Give or Get
Second place – Janai Heise for Honeybees and Me
Third place – Skyla Heise for The Little Snowboarder

First place – Susan Moore (author) and Mac Smith (illustrator) for Excuses, Excuses
Second place – Tina M. Hultslander for The Duck Hound
Third place – Robin Vance for A Home for Foghorn

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