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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.
Employment Opportunities
Multiple Employment Opportunities @ WCFL

Smithsburg Branch Associate Librarian I

The Washington County Free Library is seeking an energetic, creative, team oriented and flexible person to work at the Smithsburg Branch Library. This is a 20 hrs. /wk. position.  Hours are 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.

To 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. Monday, April 6, 2015EOE
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.

The Library reserves the right to not fill a position if there is not a qualified candidate.

Children’s Associate Librarian I (Full-Time)

The Washington County Free Library is seeking a creative and professionally skilled person to work in the Children’s Department.  The successful candidate will need to be able to relate to children and their families from a broad economic spectrum.  This FT position has a rotating schedule which will include Saturday and evening hours. 

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
Applications can be downloaded from www.washcolibrary.org.

Email: admhr@washcolibrary.org
Fax: 301-739-7603
Mailing address: Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac Street, Attn: Administration, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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.

Reference Librarian Job Description and Duties

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: admhr@washcolibrary.org

Fax: 307-739-7603

Deadline: April 6, 2015

Preference will be given to candidates that have strong technology background.

Candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Noteworthy Sunday: Nora Suggs

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

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.

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.

Let's Talk Music: C Mowbray

The Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD
301-739-3250 x 163

Tuesday, April 7 ♦ 7:00 PM

This evening's Let’s Talk Music lecture features Dr. Candice Mowbray, of Shenandoah Conservatory and the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

Mowbray brings her keen insight and love of music to this discussion of guitar concertos and performers in celebration of Chris Brubeck's Guitar Concerto that the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will premiere with Sharon Isbin at the April 11 and 12 concerts. Visit www.marylandsymphony.org for concert information.

Noted for her “beautiful tone” and “sensitive music-making," guitarist Candice Mowbray engages audiences as a soloist, chamber musician and guest lecturer. She has been a featured presenter for prestigious events such as the Guitar Foundation of American Convention, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Series and Ibero-American Guitar Festival. She was profiled in Classical Guitar Magazine's "Letter from New York" and featured in Maryland Public Television's documentary, "Our Town.” Mowbray earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in classical guitar performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. She studied privately with Dr. Glenn Caluda and Berta Rojas, and in masterclasses with many of the world’s greatest guitarists including Sharon Isbin, Angel Romero, Roland Dyens, and Ricardo Cobo

The Let’s Talk Music Lecture Series held at the Fletcher Library in Hagerstown, MD is sponsored by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and precedes theMSO’s scheduled Masterwork concerts.Visit the events calendar at www.washcolibrary.org or call 301.739.3250 x 163 for lecture information.

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.

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