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Meet the Author: Julie Castillo

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD
Meet the Author: Julie Castillo
Wednesday, October 7 ♦ 7:00 PM
Books available for purchase and signing following discussion
Featuring down-to-earth advice on finding, buying, growing, and preparing great food from local sources, this important resource shows readers how to bring what’s on their plates in line with what’s in their hearts. For anyone concerned about animal welfare, economic fair play, family cohesion, community wellbeing, or the impact of human activity on the environment, the book is a compendium of practical know-how, showcasing another whole food system that has been quietly producing delicious foods in ways that don't wreck any ecosystems but actually improve some of them. These are the foods lovingly produced by small-scale farmers and family-run cottage businesses, not corporations. They’re made in small quantities close to the community by people who cherish their land and work hard to keep it healthy. Millions more Americans would love to eat this bounty, but many worry that eating fresh, local food is too difficult or expensive. Here, readers will discover how to: buy a tomato that actually tastes like a tomato instead of insipid mush; navigate CSAs, farmer’s markets, buyer’s clubs, co-ops, and more; fit cooking into a jam-packed modern lifestyle; get kids to eat their vegetables—and love them; and do it all for even less than they’re paying now for industrial food. The results will help them derive more pleasure from meals, enjoy better health, experience a deeper connection with nature, nurture a robust local economy, and support a fairer world—simply by sitting down to a deliberately chosen, lovingly prepared meal.

Meet the Author: James Rada

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Phone: 301-739-3250 x163

Wednesday, Oct. 21 ♦ 7:00 PM

Join James Rada, author of Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7:00 PM as he talks about his book .Books will be available for purchase following the discussion.

When the Civil War broke out, the Union and the Confederacy were prepared to fight, but they weren’t prepared to care for their battle wounded. While many people volunteered to care for the soldiers, the only ones with any experience were Catholic sisters. Among the sisters, the most-experienced were the Daughters of Charity based in Emmitsburg, MD. When war broke out, they had already been caring for the sick for decades. Rada will discuss the Daughters of Charity work as nursing pioneers at places like Antietam and Gettysburg.

James Rada, Jr. is the author of seven novels, four non-fiction books and four non-fiction collections. He lives in Gettysburg, Pa., where he works as a freelance writer.  Jim has received numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, Associated Press, Maryland State Teachers Association and Community Newspapers Holdings, Inc. for his newspaper writing. His articles have been published in The History Channel Magazine, Boy’s Life and Hagerstown. He also writes four different local history newspaper columns including the weekly history column in The Gettysburg Times.

McCauley Lecture: Mike High-Nov 2015

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 350

Monday, Nov. 2 ♦ 7:00 PM

Join Mike High for this look at Early Ironworks and Potomac Navigation.

Charlie Zahm Concert: Nov 2015

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 163

Sunday, Nov. 15 ♦ 3:00 PM

Join Charlie Zahm for this musical/historical tribute to the Civil War Irish Brigade as Zahm takes on the persona of James Haggerty, Irish-born member of the 69th NY State Militia.

SHA: Captain Bender's Tavern

Sharpsburg Branch Library
106 East Main St
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Phone: 301.432.8825

October 15 ♦ Tavern Tour begins at 6:00 pm. Lecture at the library begins at 7:00 pm.

The Famous Captain Bender of Sharpsburg with Sharpsburg Historical Society President, Vernell Doyle

Tour the Bender House at 111 W Chapline St. Open House from 6:00-6:45 pmAt 7:00 pm come to the Sharpsburg Library, where Vernell will give a presentation about the C&O Canal which was opened for trade to Cumberland on October 10, 1850.   We encourage anyone with pictures or stories to share from the 74 years of canal operation, particularly about Captain Bender.  Captain Raleigh Bender opened Bender’s Tavern in 1936.  It is now the longest operating business in Sharpsburg.  

SMI - Needlework Exhibit _ Oct 2015

Smithsburg Branch Library
66 W. Water St.
Smithsburg, MD

Phone: 301.824.7722

Needlework Show – October 8, 9, and 10 – Library Hours

The Hagerstown Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of American will display their needlework creations during this time.
Join us a special opening with refreshments will be held Thursday, October 8 from 5 – 7 p.m.

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