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Tea & Chat with author_Mary Jo Putney

Tickets: $20
Sunday, February 22, 2015 • 2:00-4:00 pm

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

Keep the romance of Valentine’s Day alive throughout February by joining New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney at the Fletcher Library for tea and sweet treats on Sunday, February 22 as we raise funds to support our children’s annual Reading Day event being held this year on Saturday May 2.

Ms. Putney will talk about her books and she will read from her upcoming book, The Bargain, on sale April 28, 2015. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won RITAs for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors.  She has also been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards, four NJRW Golden Leaf awards, plus the NJRW career achievement award for historical romance.  In 2013 she was awarded the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Those purchasing tickets by February 13 will receive a paperback copy of  her book Not Quite a Wife with each ticket bought. Please purchase your tickets by February 19 to secure a seat.
Call 301-739-3250 x 100 for tickets. After hours and on weekends call 301-739-3250 x 163.

Bring your favorite teacup along and share your teacup story with your tablemates.
Hope to see you there!

Ms. Putney's visit to Washington County is sponsored by Penguin/Random House

Author_Austin Gisriel

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

January 28 • 6:00 pm

Join author Austin Gisriel as he discusses his new book Boots Poffenberger: Hurler, Hero, Hell-Raiser.

Cletus Elwood “Boots” Poffenberger holds the MLB record for funny stories per innings pitched. He was, in his day, baseball’s most colorful character, and his day included the likes of Van Lingle Mungo, Dizzy Dean, and the Gas House Gang. Author Austin Gisriel’s new biography, Boots Poffenberger: Hurler, Hero, Hell-Raiser, revisits the life and legend of the man.

Boots burst upon the major league scene in 1937, defeating Lefty Grove in his debut and compiling an impressive 10-5 record his rookie season. “Boots is the most fascinating baseball player whom I have ever come across,” says Gisriel. “He was so comfortable with himself, and I think that’s what drew people to him. Yes, he was eccentric, but he was his own man.”

Gisriel is the author of Boots Poffenberger: Hurler, Hero, Hell-Raiser, as well as Safe at Home: A Season in the Valley among other baseball books and essays. A frequent contributor to Seamheads.com, Gisreal also does play-by-play and public relations for the Newmarket Rebels minor league baseball team. A Board of Directors member of the New Market Rebels, a summer collegiate team in the Valley Baseball League, Gisriel’s baseball commentary can be heard every Thursday on “Gordy’s Sports World” on ESPN1380 in Greencastle, PA.

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

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As always, thank you for your support of the Library!

Movie_Dolphin Tale @

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Saturday, February 7 ♦ 2:00 PM
Family Movie Matinee: Dolphin Tale 2

Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcorn Entertainment's Dolphin Tale 2 continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery - thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail - inspired the 2011 movie Dolphin Tale. Rated PG

Popcorn provided by the Friends of the Library.

Impact of Slavery in Wash Co

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Monday, February 2 ♦ 7:00 PM

In this lecture, "The Impact of Slavery on Families in Washington County," Dr. Emilie Amt will tell some of the stories she has uncovered of families who persevered through enslavement in and around Hagerstown, Hancock, Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, and Pleasant Valley. How did slaves preserve family bonds when most slave families were divided across several farms? How did they cope with the ever-present danger of sale to the deep south? What role did freedom play in slave families? These are some of the questions this talk will address.

Dr. Emilie Amt is the Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at Hood College. She has a BA from Swarthmore College and D.Phil. from Oxford University, England. She has published seven books and numerous articles on medieval history. For the five past five years she has been researching the history of slavery in Washington County, especially in relation to the local Episcopal Churches, and in 2013-14 she was on sabbatical doing this research full-time.

Reservations are not required but can be made by calling 301.739.3250 X 350 or by following the link below.

Noteworthy Sunday: Nora Suggs

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Sunday, February 1 ♦ 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.

Let's Talk Music_Feb 10_2015

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Tuesday, February 10 ♦ 7:00 PM

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra's concert for February 14 and 15 is "Myths, Legends, & Tales." Mozart's overture for The Magic Flute combines the elegance of a Prince's quest with the foolish buffoonery of a simple bird-catcher. Grieg's Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt helps tell of Peer's strange Norwegian adventures. And Corigliano's Pied Piper Fantasy recounts the legend of the piper who spirited the rats away from Hamlin--and its children! But how can those things be heard in the music? What keys do composers use, what themes, what instruments? Come explore "The Glory of Musical Fairy Tales" in this lecture by David J. Gonzol.

David J. Gonzol, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Director of Music Education at Shepherd University. A New Jersey native, he holds degrees from Messiah College and Temple University. His PhD is from the University of Maryland at College Park and his Mastery Certificates in the Kodály and Orff Schulwerk approaches are from the University of St. Thomas. In 2009, he was awarded Shepherd University’s first-ever Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award. He is a nationally-known clinician and has guest-conducted children's choruses in West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland--including Hagerstown.

Reservations are not required but may be made by calling 301.739.3250 x 163 or by following the link below.

Author Julie Gaver

It’s simple. Just count the pairs of shoes in your closet and donate 10 cents for each pair to your library. We promise not to tell anybody how many shoes are hiding out at your house. Proceeds benefit children’s annual Reading Day event at the library. Share the love! Count your shoes today!

Thursday, February 5 ♦ 6:00 PM
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St..
Hagerstown, MD
Meet and talk with Must Love Shoes author, Julie Gaver. Julie’s books will be available to purchase and have signed following the reading and discussion.

Pre-count your shoes and leave your donation with us on February 5. Donations can also be dropped off at any branch library in Washington County or be mailed any time in February to:
Washington County Free Library
Love My Shoes/Love My Library Campaign
100 S. Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD 21470

WWI Movie_February 23

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Monday, February 23 ♦ 6:00 pm

View the PBS film NOVA: The First Air War

How did fighter planes evolve from rickety biplanes to deadly machines during WWI? When World War I began in 1914, the air forces of the opposing nations consisted of handfuls of rickety biplanes from which pilots occasionally took pot shots at one another with rifles. By the war's end, the essential blueprint of the modern fighter aircraft had emerged: it was now an efficient killing machine that limited the average life expectancy of a front line pilot to just a few weeks. (PBS Video: Length 60 minutes)

WWI Lecture_Feb 9

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Monday, February 9 ♦ 7:00 pm

Join historian Tom Price as he talks about the experiences and the perils faced by our young soldiers serving during World War I in a lecture titled Into the Argonne.

Maryland's soldiers, sailors and Marines served in many units and ships. The 29th and 79th Divisions were composed of significant numbers of Marylanders. The former of troops from the Maryland National Guard, the latter by draftees. Both would play a significant part in the greatest American battle until the Bulge, the Meuse-Argonne. Perhaps one of the most interesting points is in less than two years, students, factory workers, shop keepers, etc., would become an army capable of taking defensive positions such as Montfaucon and the Bois de Consenvoye. Facing the all the weaponry of modern war, they emerged victorious and changed.

Tom Price is a WWI collector and re-enactor who graduated from Salisbury State College with a BA and an MA in history.  He is retired after working for 25 years as a hearing officer for the State of Maryland and serving for 25 years in the Army, Active and Reserve.

Reservations are not required but may be made by calling 301.739.3250 X 350 or by following the link below.

Easy Picture Book Contest 2015

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

Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest 2014

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.

Employment Opportunity
Employment Opportunity @ WCFL

Smithsburg Branch Associate I

Library Associate I - This is a 20 hrs./wk. Monday and Wednesday, 10-7PM and Saturday, 10-2PM.

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.

Apply: Submit Application and resume to Human Resources, Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or download from website: www.washcolibrary.org.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2015. EOE

Email: admhr@washcolibrary.org
Fax: 301-739-7603

Preference will be given to candidates that have experience in programming for infants, preschoolers and teens.

Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Salary rate will be discussed at interview. The Library reserves the right to not fill a position if there is not a qualified candidate.

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