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Love My SHoes_Library fundraiser

It’s simple.
Just count the pairs of shoes in your closet and donate 10 cents for each pair to your library. We promise not to tell anybody how many shoes are hiding out at your house. Proceeds benefit children’s annual Reading Day event at the library.

Donations can  be dropped off at any branch library in Washington County or they can be mailed any time in February to:
Washington County Free Library
Love My Shoes/Love My Library Campaign
100 S. Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD 21470

Share the love! Count your shoes today!

Doughboy in Your Attic

Share your original documents with the Western Maryland Community.

Saturday, March 14  ♦  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD

Bring photographs, diaries and letters from your family members who were service personnel during World War I.    .    Original documents focusing on WWI soldiers in the Western Maryland region will be scanned for inclusion on the WHILBR historical website.

World War I historian Tom Price will be on hand to identify your WWI artifacts.
We do ask that no firearms or ordnance be brought to the library. For items too large to bring to the library, Tom will  refer you to another resource.

No appointment is necessary. Drop in during event hours.  Call Jill at 301-739-3250 x 553 for info.

Friends meeting MArch 2015

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Wednesday, March 4 ♦ 4:00 PM

The mission 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.

Interested in learning more? Come to the Friends meeting on March 4 and learn how you can help.

Author - Phillip Greenwalt

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD.

Wednesday, March 25 ♦ 7:00 PM

In the spring of 1862, a string of Confederate victories in the Valley had foiled Union plans in the state and kept Confederate armies fed and supplied. In 1863, the Army of Northern Virginia used the Valley as its avenue of invasion, culminating in the battle of Gettysburg. The Valley continued to offer Confederates an alluring backdoor to Washington D.C. In 1864 Confederate victories in the Shenandoah Valley foiled Union plans and kept Confederate armies fed and supplied.

The Fletcher Library at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD invites you to join historian and author Phillip Greenwalt on March 25 at 7:00 PM as he talks about the book, "Bloody Autumn: The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864."

Phill Greenwalt is co-author of "Bloody Autumn: The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864" and "Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor" (both with Daniel Davis). Phill graduated from George Mason University with a M.A. in American History and also has a B.A. in history from Wheeling Jesuit University. He is currently a historian with the National Park Service at George Washington Birthplace National Monument and Thomas Stone National Historic Site. He started with the National Park Service as a historical interpreter intern at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He currently resides in the historic Northern Neck of Virginia with his wife, Adel.

The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 and Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor are both part of the Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie LLC. Copies of these books will be available for purchase and signing following the discussion.

Reservations are not required. Call 301-739-3250 x 163 for information.

Noteworthy Sunday - Kerensa Gray

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Sunday, March 1 ♦ 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.

WWI - Mike Priest _March 9

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Monday, March 9 ♦ 7:00 PM

The brutal experience of life on the Western Front generated a colorful and a very politically incorrect vocabulary long before the Americans entered the conflict. As newcomers, the Yanks quickly learned the language of the trenches, in particular British English. They had to know the difference between a Minnie and a Coal Box, a Crump and a Schwartze Mariea or they could find themselves "pushing up the daisies" and "going west." The war also produced a type of poetry very different from the patriotic verse from home. Their dark poetry reflected the cynicism, and fatalism of the trenches.

Join John Michael Priest on Monday, March 9 at 7:00 pm at the Fletcher Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD as he introduces us to a small portion of both. 

A retired high school history teacher, John Michael Priest has been interested in history since an early age. He is a graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore and Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and is an avid collector of WWI literature.

McCauley _ Art Callaham

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD

Monday, March 2 ♦ 7:00 PM

From ice houses to an underground Pentagon; learn how 800 acres in Maryland and a mountain top in Pennsylvania evolved through ice production, the Maryland National Guard, an intelligence training center, and a tuberculosis hospital, to a critical communications link in our Nation’s defense becoming the operational support facility for a ‘super secret’ underground facility that could have housed the President of the United States. 

Join Art Callaham at the Fletcher Library (100 S. Potomac St, Hagerstown) on Monday March 2 at 7:00 PM as he recounts “The Fort Ritchie Story.”

Antique Critique- Smithsburg

Smithsburg Branch Library
66 W. Water St.
Smithsburg, MD.
Phone: 301-824-7722

Tuesday, March 24 ♦ 6:00-9:00 pm

Ron Hamner Jr., a professional appraiser from Hub City Auction Co. and two other appraisers will be available to identify and give an estimated value for your antique or collectible.

No firearms will be allowed. 

No furniture  allowed except for small, lightweight pieces that you can carry without assistance. 

Limit of one item per person.  

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.

Teen Idol 2015
Open Auditions on February 18th & 19th

Teen Idol 2015

Rules for Teen Idol:

- Must be 15-19 to enter
- No explicit lyrics or profanity
- Audition song must be 2 minutes or less
-Bring a CD or iPod with music on it (background vocals are ok).

You can also either play an instrument or sing a capella
You can compete solo, or as a duo or trio.

Sharpsburg Oh My Stars Exhibit

Sharpsburg Branch Library
106 E. Main St. • Sharpsburg, MD
Phone: 301-432-8825

March 7 • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Oh My Stars!
Enjoy the display of over 20 original small hooked mats.  The saying Oh My Stars was the  inspiration for the  designs.  The mats will be featured in the ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking  Artists) Rugger’s Companion and exhibited in various venues around the country in 2014-2015.     

A seussical week at WIlliamsport

Williamsport Memorial Branch Library
104 E. Potomac St. • Williamsport, MD
Phone: 301-223-7027

A Seussical Event
Tuesday, March 3 • 5:00 PM

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with fun crafts and games. Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character!
All ages welcome, please call to register!

A Seussical Reading
Wednesday March 4 • 11:30 AM

A special Story-time filled with Dr. Seuss books, songs and a craft. All ages welcome. Please call to register.

Movie: Horton Hears a Who
Wednesday, March 4 •  5:00 PM.

Finish celebrating Read Across America week with a showing of our favorite Dr. Suess movie.
All ages welcome.


Author Cathy Gasch at Smithsburg

Smithsburg Branch Library
66 W. Water St. ♦ Smithsburg, MD
Phone: 301-824-7722

Tuesday, March 10 • 7:00 pm 

Local author Cathy Gasch will discuss her new book, My Life Amidst the Paranormal.

Take a journey with her through haunted houses and ancient ruins across three different countries. Mischievous ghosts, spectral apparitions, and forgotten souls abound in this collection of true spooky tales! Call the library to sign up.


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.

Irish branch activities 2015

Irish American Heritage Month activities at library branches around the county>

Fletcher Library • 100 S. Potomac St. • Hagerstown, MD
Tuesday, March 17  •  3:00-5:00 PM

Join us for a St. Patrick’s Day make and take craft.
Don’t forget to wear your green!
Call 301-739-3250 ext 250 for information.

Leonard P Snyder Clear Spring Branch • 12624 Broadfording Rd. • Clear Spring, MD
Saturday, March 14 • 11:00 AM

Join us for a traditional Irish tea in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
For adults and children 6 and up.
Registration is required as space is limited. Call 301-842-2730 to register

Keedysville Branch Library • 22 Taylor Dr. • Keedysville, MD
Tuesday, March 17 • 4:30 PM

We will be showing the movie Darby O’Gill & the Little People (PG), making a St. Patrick’s Day themed craft, and snacking on St. Patrick’s Day themed food.
For all ages but adult supervision is required for the little ones.
No registration required. Call 301-432-6641 for information.

All month
In celebration of Irish American Heritage Month, the bookmobile will be honoring famous Irish authors by displaying quotes, likenesses and poetry. Limited quantities of their books will be available for checkout at the regularly scheduled bookmobile stops. Visit the events calendar at washcolibrary.org for a listing of those stops.

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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