Polaris system upgrade.
We will be upgrading our catalog system on Thursday, September, 2014. During the upgrade the catalog will not be available from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award. In 2012 she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards. Her works have been published internationally in countries such as Norway and South Korea.
Her novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) were published to critical acclaim and have been read widely in schools across the country. Her latest book, The Distance Between Us, was published in August 2012, by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In this memoir, Reyna writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. A National Book Circle Critics Award finalist, The Distance Between Us is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. The Los Angeles Times hailed it as "the Angela’s Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.”
* Books will be available for purchase and autographing following the discussion or you may bring your own copy.
* This visit is sponsored by the Thompson Family Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc., Washington County Free Library, Washington County Public Schools and the Maryland Humanities Council.
Call 301-739-3250 x 163 for information.
Murder on the Red Carpet, published in February of 2014, is the first book in the Red Carpet Catering mystery series.
Books will be available for purchase and autographing after the discussion.
In His Own Words is a historical narrative based on the 18th century diary of James McCullough which chronicles colonial American history prior to the Revolutionary War as documented in the McCullough diary. Mr. McCullough (1722-1781) sailed to the Americas from Ireland with his wife in 1747. They first settled in Newcastle, then moved to what is now Gettysburg, before establishing a farm in Franklin County about 1760. Along with common events in the life of a farmer and small store operator, the diary details many of battles and “massacres” visited on civilians during the French and Indian War.
Two of McCullough’s sons were captured by the Indians and carried away. One son was never heard from. The other was located near Pittsburgh but chose to continue living with his Indian captors. At about the age of 20 he returned to his birth family and was reunited with them. He later wrote his own story, Life with the Aborigines, which is included as the concluding chapter of James Houpt’s book. The story, which Mr. Houpt tells as a stirring narrative, covers about thirty years of McCullough family life, including children going to school, trials of the trips to Maryland for safety during the Indian raids, the building of Fort Frederick, and historical records of the events of the French and Indian War. The 166-page book comes in both soft and hard cover.
Books will be available for purchase and autographing following the discussion.
Movie is being shown at the Fletcher Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD
This is a One Maryland One Book program.
Praised for her "beautiful tone" and "sensitive music-making," classical guitarist Candice Mowbray will display her refined technique and depth of expression in a solo program featuring works by Presti, Lagoya, Barrios and Pujol.
The concert is being held at the Fletcher Library, located at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD.
Click below to reserve a seat.
Just Dance! – Auditions:Friday, October 10, 7:00-8:30 pm at the Valley Mall. If you are a dancer or part of a dance group, this competition may be for you! We welcome solo dancers or groups up to five in all dance styles. Bring your own music and 2-4 minute choreographed routine. Take your shot at the $500 prize. You must be between the ages of 14-19 to enter. For more information contact the Young Adult Department @ 301-739-3250 ext. 270.
Just Dance! – Finals: Friday, October 24 @ 7:00 pm. Come to Valley Mall Center Court and cheer on the amazing teens competing in Just Dance! 2014.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting
The TAB consists of teen volunteers who have an interest in the library. By participating teens can help shape the young adult department while having fun with peers. BTW, participation can earn SSL hours! This is for teens in grades 8-12. Snacks are provided. Please register.
Call 301-739-3250 x 270 for information and to register to attend.
For those in grades 9 - 12
Duct It! Craft
Join us in the young adult department as we make and remake everyday items with duct tape! Duct tape fixes everything, and when you use duct tape with funky patterns, it can make ordinary items extraordinary! This is for grades 9-12.
Registration is required.
For those in grades 9 - 12 only
Dress geek-style for an evening of music, gaming, crafting, and yummy snacks. Get your geek on @ the library. This event is for grades 9-12.
Pick up permission forms in the Young Adult Department.
Registration required. Call the young adult department at 301-739-3250 x 270 for information.
For those in grades 8 - 12 only
Get Your Game On
Drop in and game with others on our PS3.
Call the young adult department for information at 301-739-3250 x 270
Contact the children's department at 301-739-3250 x 250 for information
Local resident, Jene Meier has donated a quilt to the Washington County Free Library that is being raffled as a fundraiser benefiting the library. The quilt was machine pieced by Jene and machine quilted by Sherri Newcomer. Measuring 80 by 90 inches, it would be a lovely addition to any home.
Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and can be purchased at any branch of the Washington County Free Library through November 30, 2014. The winner will be drawn on December 4, 2014.
Ms. Meier has donated quilts to non-profit organizations in our area for a number of years and the library would like to express its thanks and appreciation for her support of the library through this donation.
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.