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Washington C0unty Gives 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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 $364,080 in online donations, matching funds and prizes for 68 local nonprofits.More than 1,800 donors contributed to this one day giving event. 

Funds received support children's programming. 

Adam Miller: Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert

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

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 163

Sunday, May 1 ♦ 3:00 PM

Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) wrote over 1,000 American folksongs in his lifetime – and he didn’t use an original melody for single one of them! This sing along program tells the true story of the man who wrote “This Land is Your Land,” the best known English language folksong on the planet.

One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam Miller is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller.  An accomplished folklorist, historian, musicologist, and song-collector, he has amassed a remarkable repertoire of over 5,000 songs.  Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.  A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folksongs, and as a performer who appeals to audiences of all ages.

Registration to attend is not required but is appreciated.

Homeschooling Workshop Series_2016

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

Phone 301-739-3250 x 250 for information

Saturday, March 26 ♦ 2:00 PM
Is homeschooling for me?  I’ve decided to homeschool, what do I need to do?  What are my options for homeschooling?  What style of homeschooling fits my needs and the needs of my child?   We will have two panels of veteran homeschoolers to answer these questions and any others that you may have in the first part of this Homeschooling Workshop Series.

Saturday, April 16 ♦ 2:00 PM
Part II of the Homeschooling Workshop Series will focus on homeschooling resources at the library and within the community.  Find ways to connect to these resources and with other homeschoolers in the Washington County area as we introduce you to those resources.

Saturday, May 21 ♦ 2:00 PM
Getting ready to homeschool a high school student?  Wondering what options are available for your college-bound homeschooler?  What other options exist for homeschoolers?  Part III of the Homeschooling Workshop Series will help you to answer these questions, and possibly others you may have, as you look ahead to homeschooling older students. 




Friends Quarter Auction 2016

How would you like to help our library and have fun at the same time?

Save the date and plan to come join us for our 3rd annual Friends of the Library Quarter Auction Fundraiser..

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Saturday, May 7 ♦ Doors open at 11 AM ♦ Auction starts at 12 noon

Proceeds support the summer reading programs and the summer language and culture classes which are offered free of charge to children in Washington County.

Auction items will include vendor items as well as many items donated by area businesses.

Parking will be free to participants who park in the library lot. Be sure to bring your ticket to the auction site. (Fletcher Library Community Room on the third floor.)

Delicious lunch items will be available for purchase during the auction. Pieter Bickford and the Honorable Mayor David Gysberts will be sharing auctioneer duties.

So come on out and have a great time with our Friends of the Washington County Free Library and help us continue to provide great programs for the kids.

Only 150 tickets will be sold due to limited seating. Call 301-797-4054 for your tickets today.

Friends meeting May 2016

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Wednesday, May 4 ♦ 5:00 PM

Come learn how you can support your library by joining the  Friends of the Washington County Free Library. Membership is just $5.00 a year. The Friends promote library use, reading, literacy and intellectual freedom. They also raise funds that support summer foreign language/culture classes, summer reading club activities, and additional programs and classes of interest to all age groups. 

The Friends meet six times a year at the Fletcher Library in downtown Hagerstown. Come to the May meeting and learn more. 

Family Movie_May 2016

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

PH: 301-739-3250 x 250

Family Movie: The Good Dinosaur

Saturday, May 14 ♦ 2:00 pm

What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
Rated - PG

Meet Author Grace Burrowes

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

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 163

Meet Romance Author Grace Burrowes

Wednesday, May 18 ♦ 5:30 PM

Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was a such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor's degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Music in Music History, (both from The Pennsylvania State University); a Master's Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a Juris Doctor from The National Law Center at The George Washington University. Her debut novel, The Heir was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Top Five Romances for 2010, and is the first in an eight-sibling historical romance series published by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Novelist, Inc.  

Books will be available following talk/reading.

Registering in advance helps the author know how many books to bring.

Register below:

Say Yes to Breath

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 163

Say Yes to Breath: A (re)Introduction to Meditation

Saturday, June 18 ♦ 10:00 AM

Come learn 2-3 easy to remember and easy to practice techniques for reconnecting with your breath and a more relaxed you!

Class description: Meditation is as natural as breathing but most of us have forgotten how to breathe naturally. As we grew up, our breath left our bellies and moved up into our chests which leaves us breathing quickly, shallowly, almost stressfully. The good news is we can bring our breath back into our bellies and enjoy full, deep, slow and calming breaths which is the starting point for any meditation practice. We’ll be moving through gentle stretches and breathing exercises ranging from  standing to seated to reclining postures. Yoga mats and meditation cushions are not required but if you have them you’re welcome to bring them along. Please dress comfortably in layers, and bring a water bottle.

About the instructor: Julie Zamostny first learned how to breathe as part of her martial arts practice back in 2007 and through subsequent trainings at Sprit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, and she’s been meditating ever since. She’s been a meditation, tai chi, and qigong instructor for Choi’s Martial Arts USA in Frederick, MD, and for Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. Last year she started offering meditation and qigong classes and one-on-one private coaching sessions in Hagerstown as part of her private practice, Haola Health & Wellness.

Please reserve your spot. This will help the instructor to prepare.

Register below:

Author Mark Zwonitzer

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

Meet Author & Filmmaker Mark Zwonitzer

Thursday, May 19 ♦ 7:00 PM

Zwonitzer has created award-winning programming for PBS for nearly fifteen years. His most recent work for American Experience is the Emmy Award-nominated film Walt Whitman. Zwonitzer’s previous films for American Experience include Mount Rushmore, Joe diMaggio: The Hero’s Life, Transcontinental Railroad, The Massie Affair, and Jesse James. He has received the duPont-Columbia Award, the Peabody Award, the Writers Guild Award, and the Japan Foundation’s President’s Prize. His book, "Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone: The Carter Family & Their Legacy in American Music", was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and an American Library Association’s Booklist Editor’s Choice.

His new book, "The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism" is a dual biography covering the last ten years of the lives of friends and contemporaries, writer Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and statesman John Hay (who served as secretary of state under presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt), The Statesman and the Storyteller not only provides an intimate look into the daily lives of these men but also creates an elucidating portrait of the United States on the verge of emerging as a world power. A limited number of books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk.

A limited number of books will be available for purchase and signing following talk. By registering to attend, you help us prepare. Register below:

Free Comic Book Day

Free comic book day is celebrated annually the first Saturday in May. Stop in to meet other comic fans and pick up a free comic (while supplies last).

Fletcher Branch Library
100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown ♦ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sharpsburg Branch Library
106 E. Main St, Sharpsburg, MD ♦ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Williamsport Memorial Branch Library
104 E. Potomac St, Williamsport, MD ♦ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

WIL_Humane Society Adoption Event_May 2016

Williamsport Memorial Branch Library
104 E. Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD

Phone: 301-223-7027

Saturday, May 21 ♦ 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

SRC kickoff at Fletcher

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 250

Friday, June 17 ♦ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Come help us celebrate the beginning of the Summer Reading Club with crafts, games and other fun activities. Authentic Community Theatre will present a live, sports-themed performance at 11:00 AM

ClrSpr-Go for the Gold SRC - 2016

Clear Spring Leonard P. Snyder Branch Library
12624 Broadfording Rd.
Clear Spring, MD

Phone: 301-842-2730

Wednesday, June 1 ♦ 3:30 PM

Kick off summer reading with a fun-filled afternoon at the 2016 Pirate Oympics. Walk the plank or search for pirate treasure. Registration requested. For all ages.

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