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Friends of the Library Meeting

Bi-monthly meeting of the Friends of the Library
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 @ 5:00 PM
Room # 334

The purpose of the FRIENDS is to focus public attention on library services and needs; raise funds for special programs and events; enhance the cultural and literary environment; and encourage gifts, memorials, and endowments for the benefit of the library.

Membership is just $5 a year.

Your membership helps demonstrate community support or library branches throughout Washington County; advocate at county & state hearings to help preserve library funding; promote library use, reading, literacy and intellectual freedom; sponsor foreign language/culture classes for children, summer reading clubs for children, teens & adults, annual writing contests, and other programs throughout the year; provide volunteers to help at library events.

Come join us!

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 Gisreal

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

January 28 • 6:00 pm

Join author Austin Gisreal 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.

Family Movie_Jan 3...2015

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Saturday, January 3 ♦ 2:00 PM
Movie: Planes: Fire & Rescue

This heart-pumping comedy-adventure features a dynamic crew of elite aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfires. When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with a team of veteran firefighters; together, they battle a massive fire, and Dusty learns what it takes to be a true hero. So buckle up and get ready for nonstop action, memorable characters

Night on the Moon

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

Children's Department • 301.739.3250 x 250
February 4  ♦  6:30 pm

Have you ever seen a moon rock?  We’ll have NASA moon rocks and artifacts, and a chance to see the full moon through a telescope if the weather permits.

WWI lecture_Jan 12

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Monday, January 12 ♦ 7:00 pm

Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, New Mexico set in motion a series of events that resulted in the Maryland National Guard being called up for Federal Service on the Mexican Border. Often overlooked and overshadowed by our entry into World War I, it provided some training and experience in dealing with the massive effort during World War I. It served to familiarize the guardsmen with their regular army counterparts, introduce new weapons and equipment and to work together as the United States Army. It was an adventure, as well, to the young men who signed up as "buck" privates.

Join historian Tom Price as he talks about the experiences and the perils faced by those serving on our southern border prior to World War I.

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 at the link below.

McCauley Lecture_Tim Snyder

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Monday, January 5 ♦ 7:00 pm

Tim Snyder will be the featured speaker for the January 5 Robert McCauley Historical Lecture titled Fords and Ferries on the Upper Potomac. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Snyder talks about the prominent fords and ferries of the upper Potomac River, most of which were utilized prior to the twentieth century. Many, if not all, of the fords were first used by native Americans for generations, and then were utilized by western settlers as the natives were uprooted and pushed into the interior. Snyder also looks at early ferries on the Potomac, and how both fords and ferries were important parts of early transportation networks in America. Many first person accounts of both forms of river crossings will be provided as a part of the lecture.

Snyder holds a M.A. degree in history from Shippensburg University and is the author of the book Trembling in the Balance: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal during the Civil War, published in 2011 by Blue Mustang Press.

Reservations are not required but can be made at the link below.

WWI movie_January 26

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Monday, January 26 ♦ 6:000 pm

The Fletcher Library  will screen World War I: America and the Great War, a Questar Film production on Monday, January 26 at 6:00 pm. This program is part of the library’s World War I Commemorative Series of lectures and documentary films.

A generation of young American men, their heads full of the ideal of honor and glory, went to war to make the World Safe for Democracy. Of the American Doughboys who put on the uniform from 1917-1918, over 53,000 lost their lives in combat. Here are the events, causes, trench warfare and final drive by the American and Allied forces that ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. This collection of archival footage from sources around the world highlights the battles and American military leaders.

Reservations are not required to attend the screening but may be made below.

Support Your Library through AmazonSmile! :)
Do you shop at Amazon?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Washington County Free Library every time you shop, at no cost to you. Enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and shopping features as on the traditional Amazon.com website, with the added benefit of the AmazonSmile Foundation donating o.5% of the purchase price to the Library.

Before you shop, go to Smile.Amazon.com then sign in using your regular Amazon account.

Choose your charity. Search for “Washington County Free Library”. Then you’re good to go! Yay!

For future shopping trips, be sure to go to Smile.Amazon.com, not just Amazon.com so your purchases count towards Amazon’s donation to WCFL. You can click on the “About” link to see WCFL’s Mission Statement. AmazonSmile will remember your selection for future purchases.

At the top of the webpage, it will show that your qualifying purchases are supporting Washington County Free Library.

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

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.

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