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The Sharpsburg Library will be closed on Wednesday, April 23 & Thursday, April 24 for carpet installation. They will reopen on Saturday, April 26th at 9 am.
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.  

Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

The Fletcher Library, located at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, will host an after school showing of the children’s movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Friday, April 25 beginning at 4:00 PM. The movie is free to attend and is being shown in room # 309. 

Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention – a machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now combining food and animals to create “foodimals.” Flint and his friends embark on an adventurously mouth-watering mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheesepiders and other foodimals to save the worls again. This movie is rated PG.

Washington County Gives

The Washington County Free Library will be participating in the second annual Washington County Gives.  Washington County Gives is a24-hour web-based giving promotion, hosted by the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, to benefit any 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Washington County.  Donations will be specifically limited to operating dollars for the participating organizations. 

This year, the Washington County Free Library will be one of 55 nonprofit organizations participating in this unique fundraising opportunity.  In addition to the funds raised, an additional $60,000 in matching funds and incentives will be available to the participating organizations.  These incentives will be tied to the number of donors and amounts raised. 

This year the event is scheduled for May 6, 2014.  Donations can be made at the library website www.washcolibrary.org. Just click on the special link found there on May 6. Gifts may be as much as a donor wishes or as little as $10.  Donations made through this unique fundraising opportunity to nonprofit organizations are tax deductible and irrevocable.  Contributions may be made via credit and debit cards only.

Since the opening of the new Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher branch of the Washington County Free Library on October 5, 2013, the demand for children’s and young adult programming has exploded. In support of these programming needs, funds from the Washington County Gives day of philanthropy will benefit expanded children’s and young adult programming.  For more information about these and other programs for all ages call the library at 301-739-3250. 

For more info on Washington County Gives go to www.washingtoncountygives.org. Donations can also be made here by designating Washington County Free Library.

Thank you for your support and for helping with your donation on May 6, 2014.

Reading Day May 3, 2014

Join us at the Fletcher Library, located at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD, for our annual Reading Day Celebration from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

  • At 10 AM join our children's parade through the library followed by a magic show with Michael T.
  • At 11 AM artist Paul Merklein will demonstrate how to Draw Big Faces at this interactive program.
  • At noon the Walker Children's Theatre provides an original performance
  • At 12:45 PM storytelling begins with Shalisha Kerr form Authentic Community Theater.
  • At 1:00 PM Artist Paul Merklein will host a workshop for teens in the Young Adult area.
  • There will be free books for children while supplies last and craft in the children's area.
  • Over 25 authors will be on hand for visitors to meet and purchase autographed copies of their books.

Finding Your Civil War Ancestor

Join Mary Mannix at the Fletcher Library, located at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD, on Monday, May 19 @ 7:00 PM  for an introduction to researching mid-19th century genealogy. Special emphasis will be placed on how to locate your ancestors who served in the Civil War, Confederate or Union.

Mary has been active in the Maryland local history community since 1985. She is currently the Maryland Room Manager of the C. Burr Artz Public Library of the Frederick County Public Libraries.

Click on the link below to register to attend:


BluesFest Lecture: May 28

Join Danny Webber, Assistant Professor of Art, Music, and Humanities at HCC,as we explore the developments and unique relationships between blues and jazz music in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Discussion will include the influence of blues and jazz  musical styles on the  greater world of American popular music.

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Click the link below to reserve a seat:

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

Jennifer Bodine_May 21, 2014

Join Jennifer Bodine on Wednesday, May 21 @ 7:00 pm at the Fletcher Library as she talks about her father, nationally recognized photojournalist A. Aubrey Bodine, and about her newest book Bodine's Industry: The Dignity of Work

A. Aubrey Bodine, newspaper photographer, pictorialist, modernist, and documentarian, was a Baltimore Sunday Sun feature photographer from 1924 to 1970. He left an archive of photographs, chronicling mid-twentieth century American life, of people doing all kinds of work. Bodine’s images of heavy industry document an era passed. This book contains a wide range of award winning and historically significant images, many not seen since they were published in the Sun. These pictures demonstrate Bodine’s extraordinary depth and breadth as a photographic artist. This is the third Bodine picture book assembled by his daughter, Jennifer. Their previous collaborations are Bodine’s Chesapeake Bay Country and Bodine’s City. (from: http://www.aaubreybodine.com)

In photographic circles around the world, A. Aubrey Bodine was regarded as one of the finest pictorialists of the twentieth century. His pictures were exhibited in hundreds of prestigious shows, in scores of museums, and he won awards against top competition. His photographs were seen in the Sunday Sun, numerous books and magazines, on calendars, as murals, and as framed prints decorating homes. (From: http://www.aaubreybodine.com/toc/biography.asp)

Jennifer's books will be available for purchase and signing following the discussion.

Click this link to register to attend:

This program is sponsored in part by the Hagerstown Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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.

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.

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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