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Indie Author Day - Oct 8, 2016

Fletcher Branch Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 231740

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 163

Saturday, Oct. 8 ♦ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Indie Author Day

The Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free Library has joined in the Library Journal celebration of Indie Author Day today.

The day’s activities begin at 10:00 AM with an author meet-n-greet. Take the opportunity to meet and chat with publishes authors about their work, purchase books and get autographs. Authors attending include  Debbi Mack, Magda Alexander, Dianne Wiebe, Mark and Julia Brugh, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Dale Grove, Irene Vartanoff, Shadow Leitner, Alexa Jacobs, Carissa Gordon, and Trish Williford.

At 11:00 AM our guest speaker, Debbi Mack will talk about her work and publishing experience. Mack’s first novel, Identity Crisis, hit the New York Times ebook bestseller list in 2011 and is the first in the Sam McRae Mystery series. Her second novel, Least Wanted, became a Kindle bestseller during the summer of 2011 in the U.S. and the U.K. The third and fourth novels in the series are Riptide and Deep Six. The main character is a Maryland lawyer-sleuth named Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae

Debbi has also written a young adult novel called Invisible Me, in which Portia Maddox, an outcast 13-year-old albino girl, tries to gain acceptance from her school’s most popular girl, while balancing the needs of another friend. Debbi has also written and published several short stories, including one nominated for a Derringer Award. She’s compiled her short stories into an anthology called Five Uneasy Pieces.

At 12:30 a panel discussion about the art of independently publishing your work will take place. Panel members include Magda Alexander, Irene Vartanoff, Carissa Gordon, and Trish Williford.

As the indie book movement continues to develop, authors are constantly looking for ways to reach new audiences. Through a ton of hard work and a bit of luck, indies have been making their way onto the shelves—and into the hearts—of new readers. Come join us at the Fletcher Branch Library to learn more about publishing.

Authors attending include Debbi Mack, Magda Alexander, Dianne Wiebe, Mark and Julia Brugh,Shawn Reilly Simmons, Dale Grove, Irene Vartanoff, Shadow Leitner, Alexa Jacobs, Carissa Gordon, Trish Williford.

BNS: Telescope Clinic_Oct 2016

Boonsboro Branch Library
401 Potomac St.
Boonsboro, MD 21713

Phone: 301-432-5723

Tri-State Astronomers Telescope Clinic

Saturday, Oct. 22 •10:00 am

People are invited to bring in their telescopes and the Tri-State Astronomers will give them one-on-one help in learning how to set it up and use it.

SHA: Civil War Medicine_Sept 2016

Sharpsburg Branch Library
106 East Main St.
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Phone: 301-432-8825

Thursday, Sept. 29 • 7:00 pm

Civil War Medicine Hollywood Style- the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Presented by Licensed Antietam National Battlefield Guide and Founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Gordon Dammann. Scenes from seven movies will be shown and discussion will sort out medical truth and fiction presented by Hollywood.   

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Financial Literacy Series_Sept 28

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

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 300

Financial Literacy Series: Managing Your Credit

Wednesday, Sept. 28 ♦ 2:0-4:00 PM or 6:00-8:00 PM (2 classes)

 What are credit scores? Learn about credit reports and how to dispute inaccurate information. How to build or rebuild your credit.

Choose the class that best fits your schedule.

Call 301-739-3250 x 300 to register

McCauley Lecture_Oct 2016

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

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 350

McCauley Lecture: Land Patents of Western Maryland by Paul D. McDermott

Monday, Oct. 3 ♦ 7:00 PM

Maryland had one of the most complex land settlement patterns of the original colonies.  Although Lord Baltimore refrained for a period of time about opening western lands to settlement, he opened Western Maryland to land acquisition in 1732. Originally, he wanted land to be parceled out using simple, easily defined shapes-preferably a square or rectangle. History proved that when the land was surveyed complex holding defined by different shapes and sizes evolved. Interestingly, most of the land patents were named.  But through the years it became very difficult to discern the specific geographic location for each patent. In the 1940’s the problem was essentially resolved by Dr. Tracy and his daughter Gracie.  But his material was not easily used. Recently these materials were converted into a computerized database so that researchers could find where a patent was located.  From this data base we were able to reconstruct for the first time a settlement history for the county between 1730 and 1830. In addition the data base proved extremely useful for understanding settlement flow into the county. This flow fluctuated widely from year to year depending upon war, availability of land and creation of new and more transportation. This talk will show the results of our efforts including the definition of 2,450 land patents with 10, 000 entries.

McDermott is Professor Emeritus of Montgomery College. He holds degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle and has completed additional course work at American University, Southern Illinois University and the University of Maryland. He specializes in Historical Geography and has authored six books. He also contributed to the design of two postal stamps: Louisiana Purchase and the first Earth Day Stamp. Professor McDermott was a visiting scholar to the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division. In 1993 he was one of five advisors to the PBS series the Power of Place.

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Ready to Serve: WWI storyteller Schoettler

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

Wednesday, Nov. 9 ♦ 7:00 PM

Storyteller Ellouise Schoettler brings her new one-woman show Ready to Serve: A Story from WWI Base Hospital 18 to Hagerstown, MD .

Ready to Serve is a personal story of the unknown Johns Hopkins nurses who donned Army uniforms and served with Hopkins Base Hospital 18 where they cared for hundreds of wounded soldiers. This true story is drawn from their letters. Schoettler says, “These gutsy women who stepped up to serve their country at war capture your heart.”  

North Carolina native and 20-year professional storytelling veteran, Ellouise Schoettler, is an “old-time southern teller” just like family storytellers she grew up listening to on her grandmother’s front porch in Charlotte. Ellouise creates programs by blending personal experience, family lore and memories into heart-warming original stories.

Ellouise produces & hosts two cable TV shows and produces a Washington, DC area storytelling series. In 2013 she was awarded a National Storytelling Network ORACLE Award for Leadership and Service to the art of Storytelling. Based in Maryland, she performs nationwide for adult, family and youth audiences at various venues, including festivals, colleges and libraries.

This program is open to the public and free to attend.
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Great Discussions Series - Sept 27

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

League of Women Voters Great Discussion Series

Tuesday, Sept 27 ♦ 7:00 PM

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.  The Hagerstown area discussion group is jointly sponsored by the Washington County League of Women Voters and your public library.

Check out the Great Decisions web site at http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/ 

For questions contact: League of Women Voters of Washington County
                                    Telephone: 240-513-8126

Vintage Auto Travel in MD

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

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 350

Monday, Oct. 17 ♦ 7:00 PM

Vintage Auto Travel in Maryland State Archives Special Collections, 1905-1965

Join Maria A. Day, Director of Special Collections for the Maryland State Archives at the Fletcher Branch Library located at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown for a virtual field trip back in time to the early twentieth century, as Marylanders explored historic and scenic wonders of our state by automobile. This talk features maps, photographs, commercial art, tour guides, and other items from Maryland State Archives Special Collections, the State's holdings of private documents and culturally-significant records. The presentation spans a cross-section of automobile history across the state: from the earliest cars in the State and paving of The National Road, to post-war leisure travel and the opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

The discussion, titled “Vintage Auto Travel in Maryland State Archives Special Collections, 1910-1965” begins at 7:00 PM, is free and open to the public and will be held in the Fletcher Branch Library community room located on the 3rd floor beginning at 7:00 PM.

Maria Day serves as the Director of Special Collections at Maryland State Archives, where she has worked since 2008. She was formerly a museum educator, and has also taught art history to high school and college students.  Ms. Day’s specialist areas include Colonial American history, as well as art, architecture and design from 1850-1950.  She earned her degrees at Indiana University, Bloomington and at University of Maryland, College Park.

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Coaching Workshop

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

Coaching Workshop
Thursday, October 13 ♦ 5:30 PM

Have you ever wondered what coaching is all about? Are you interested in learning more?  Take time to attend a workshop, sponsored by the Fletcher Branch Library in Hagerstown and learn about coaching on Thursday, October 13th starting at 5:30 p.m. 

Research indicates that coaching can make a difference in people’s lives because of the critical thinking, planning and accountability methods involved in the variety of coaching venues.

Area coaches Barbara Martin, Carol Rogers and Mary Ellen Waltemire will provide an overview of coaching and share their individual coaching expertise.  Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to be coached as part of this interactive 2-hour session.

 For more information contact Mary Ellen Waltemire at maryellen@onestepclosercoaching.com or call 301.991.4142.

Employment Opportunities
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 Assistant I – Substitute: The Washington County Free Library has a 12-16 hr. /wk. opening in the Circulation Dept.  No benefits.  
Duties include: assisting patrons with charging, discharging library materials, data entry, shelving books and materials, and other duties as assigned.  
Required skills, knowledge and abilities: Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public.  Previous library experience preferred but not a requirement.  Candidate must have excellent direct-contact customer service skills; demonstrate interest in libraries; the ability to work individually and with others. Interested candidate must be able to work a schedule that includes evenings, Saturday and Sunday.  Must be flexible.
Mailing Address: 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Min. Qualifications: HS graduate or equivalent.
How to apply: Application can be downloaded from our website at www.washcolibrary.org.

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