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The Washington County Free Library and its branches will be closed on Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday. They will re-open for regular hours on Saturday.
The Washington County Free Library and its branches will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of Easter Sunday. They will re-open for their regular schedule on Monday.
Lincoln's Civil Wars: Secession, Slavery, and Civil Liberites

In conjunction with the Lincoln: The Civil War and the Constitution traveling exhibit, which will be on display at the Fletcher Library from April 4—May 13, you are invited to join John Hoptak, a Civil War historian and Park Ranger at both the Antietam National Battlefield and Gettysburg National Military Park, for a series of two guided discussions focusing on how Lincoln both viewed and used the Constitution to confront the great challenges of leading the nation through its greatest trial: the Civil War. These two lecture-discussions will focus on the great issues faced by Lincoln during the conflict and on the ways in which he responded to the many political and Constitutional challenges the war presented.

Wednesdays: April 16 & 23 @ 7:00 pm
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD

Click each link below to register for the separate lectures:

Rosemary Wells visits Sharpsburg

Author Rosemary Wells will visit the Sharpsburg Branch Library (106 East Main St., Sharpsburg, MD) on Wednesday, May 21.
A book signing and reception begins at 6:00 pm     
Ruby & Max books and Red Moon at Sharpsburg will be available to purchase during the reception.  

Discussion of Red Moon at Sharpsburg begins at 7:00 pm. This discussion is for those ages 12 and up.  You must register by email or call 301-432-8825 after April 27. Seating is limited.  The presentation will include a discussion of the Battle of Antietam, Lincoln, Sheridan and the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley, all of which were the backdrop to Red Moon at Sharpsburg.  

Friends_Quarter Auction

The Friends of the Library Paddle/Quarter Auction Fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 10th at the Fletcher Library, located at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD.

Tickets are $5.00 each and include two paddles. Additional paddles can be purchased for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Call 301.791.1890 for tickets today. Only 150 tickets are being sold due to limited seating.

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the auction begins at 12 noon.

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

Hope's Fresh Squeezed Lemonade will provide food and beverage item for purchase prior to and during the auction. Vendors offering auction items include Pampered Chef, Origami Owl, Thirty One, Premier Design, Cookie Lee, Scentsy, Longaberger, Tupperware, Clever Containers, and Leah Bennett Paintings. Raffle items and door prizes also available.

Bring your quarters and plan on having a fun-filled afternoon @ the library.

Call 301.791.1890 for tickets.

Easy Picture Book 2014 Winners Announced

Washington County Free Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Easy Picture Book Writing Contest. The contest offers five age divisions: Children in Grades 2-3; Grades 4-5; Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12; and Adult. On May 15th, beginning at 6:00 pm, the public is invited to a reception being held at the Fletcher Library in Hagerstown to honor the winners. First place winners include authors Sammy Sprankle (grade 2-3), Alison G. Clingan (grade 4-5), Elizabeth Vicarte (grade 6-8), Catie Sprankle, (grade 9-12), and Mark Spurrier (adult). Each first place winning author will receive a hardbound edition of their book and a copy will be placed in the library collection.

Winners include:
Grade 2-3
First place – Sammy Sprankle for Trains
Second place - Abby Call for Sammy and the Sunset
Third place – Reese Gmernicki for The N.F.L. Went Crazy

Grade 4-5
First place – Alison G. Clingan for Katie the Builder
Second place – Ariona Heise for Willy, Paddy, and Lou: Three Friends at the Zoo
Third place – Capri Ross for Brain Hero’s

Grades 6-8
First place – Elizabeth Vicarte for Robo Puppy
Second place – Elizabeth Cofrancesco for Clara and the Band
Third place – Alan Riley Clingan for When I Grow Up

Grades 9-12
First place – Catie Sprankle for If You Give a Horse Some Tea
Second place – Hannah Grimm for Sour Tart in the Winner’s Circle
Third place - Skyla Heise for The Bunny Who Could Not Dream

First place – Mark Spurrier and Anna Stafford for Big Bears
Second place – Robin Vance for A Fish with a Wish
Third place – Tina M. Hultslander for The First Easter Eggs

Employment Opportunity
Employment Opportunity @ WCFL

Hourly Substitute

The Washington County Free Library has an immediate opening for an hourly Library Assistant I substitute.  This person will substitute in the following departments: Interlibrary Loan Department, Young Adult, Children’s and the Circulation Department.  Candidate must interact with both public and staff.  Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, able to work independently and as a team. Applicant must be flexible and proactive. Perform routine clerical work such as alphabetical and numerical filing, computer data and other duties as assigned.

Duties include, but not limited to charging and discharging material, maintaining records, data entry, handling book requests and responsibilities as assigned.  Able to lift and carry: 50 pounds or less. Pushing and pulling: object weighing 60-80 pounds on wheels.  High school diploma or equivalent.

To apply: Employment application can be downloaded from our website: www.washcolibrary.org.
Mailing address: Washington County Free Library, Administration Office, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Fax: 301-739-7603

Deadline: 5:00 PM April 17, 2014

Copper MInes of South Mountain

Dr. Steven Hatleberg will talk about the Copper Mines of South Mountain at the May 5th Robert McCauley Historical Lecture being held at the Fletcher Library, located at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held in room 309 beginning at 7:00 PM..

South Mountain has many sites containing pure copper mineral deposits. Come and listen to a discussion of the geology of how these minerals were deposited here. Learn about some of the people who have explored and tried to develop these copper deposits, including the founder of Sharpsburg, Joseph Chapline; Dr. Florence Bascom, the first woman to be awarded a PhD by Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Isaac Snively, a Waynesboro, PA physician.

Hatleberg is a physician practicing in Hagerstown. He enjoys many outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, history, and exploring the local area. He moved to Hagerstown from Carlisle, PA in 2003.

Click on the link below to reserve a seat.

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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