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Quilt Raffle

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.

The War to End All Wars: A Beginning

Monday, November 10 @ 7:00 pm.
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD.

World War I, began on July 28, 1914 and lasted until November 11, 1918. Over 16 million combatants and civilians died as a result of this Great War.  One of the deadliest conflicts in history, this war paved the way for major political changes in the world. In commemoration of World War I the Fletcher Library  will host a series of  lectures, discussions and movies during 2015.

Join local historian Art Callaham as he opens the library's World War I lecture series with a discussion of the beginning of World War I talking about what was happening both here at home and abroad as the war opens.   

Reservations are not required but may be made at:

Absolute Beginners Guide to Genealogy Workshop

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

The Absolute Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop” will be held in Conference Room 334 of the Washington County Free Library on Saturday, November 8, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Led by Certified Genealogist Marsha L. Fuller, this workshop is open to beginning and intermediate genealogists, and will teach the basics of genealogy research. 

Attendance is free but registration is required. 
Participants should bring paper and pen or pencil.
You will be on their own for lunch from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. 
Call 301-739-3250, ext. 350 to register.

The Workshop is funded by a grant from the Riggs-Conard Trust.


Noteworthy Sunday_Friction Farm

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

Washington County Free Library is pleased to announce the November 2, 2014  Noteworthy Sundays @ Your Library Concert will feature modern folk duo Friction Farm. The free concert begins at 3:00 PM.

Friction Farm is guitarist/vocalist Aidan Quinn and bassist/vocalist Christine Stay. Looking at life, soaking in every detail and then setting the sentiments to music, Friction Farm combines storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems their songs are filled with harmony and hope.  

Noteworthy Sundays @ Your Library is sponsored in part by the City of Hagerstown and the Western Maryland Regional Library. The Library strives to make all programs accessible.  Please inform us of special needs two weeks prior to the program.

Reservations are not necessary but may be made at:

Let's Talk Music Lecture_Nov 4

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

Washington County Free Library is pleased to announce the November 4, 2014 Let’s Talk Music lecture titled “On Piano Concertos and Piano as an Orchestra Instrument” will be presented by Dr. Scott Beard, Professor of Piano, Shepherd University. The free lecture begins at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Scott Beard, nationally recognized pianist, teacher, clinician, author and recording artist is Professor of Music and Co-chair of the Music Department at Shepherd University in West Virginia. Recognized for his outstanding teaching abilities, he was runner-up for West Virginia Professor of the Year (2009) and was named 2006 West Virginia Music Teacher of the Year. His piano students have won prizes in such prestigious competitions at the Ithaca, International Institute for Young Musicians, IYPAC, Beethoven Society and International Young Artist Piano Competitions, in addition to state, regional and national MTNA competitions.Dr. Beard is an active member, clinician and adjudicator for Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), where is currently President of the West Virginia MTA, and college competitions chair for the Eastern Division (13-state region).

The Let’s Talk Music Lecture Series held at the Fletcher Library at 100 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, MD is sponsored by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and precedes the MSO’s scheduled Masterwork concerts.

Reservations are not required but can be made at:

McCauley Series_Nov 3_Franks

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

George F. Franks III will be the featured speaker for the November 3, 2014 Robert McCauley Historical Lecture The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held in room 309 beginning at 7:00 PM. Mr. Franks will talk about The Battle of Falling Waters 1863.

The story of the Gettysburg Campaign, both before and after July 1-3, 1863 battle, has recently received increased attention from historians. The movement of the Army of Northern Virginia from Gettysburg and its pursuit by the Army of the Potomac are every bit as important to the study of the American Civil War as the events in and around the small crossroads town in Pennsylvania. Many historians agree the Gettysburg Campaign concluded with the Battle of Falling Waters, Maryland on July 14, 1863. Mr. Frank’s new book, The Battle of Falling Waters 1863,tells the story of this final battle. The book concludes with a detailed description of the battlefield today and the efforts to preserve portions of the land for future generations.

George F. Franks III has been passionate about the study of the American Civil War since visiting the Gettysburg battlefield with his parents in 1963. He studied history at the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently the President of Franks Consulting Group and the owner of CockedHats.com, a historical hat business. George is the former President of the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table, a member of Hagerstown Civil War Round Table, Save Historic Antietam Foundation and the Civil War Trust. He is a Governor and a former Vice President of the Company of Military Historians. He has researched the July 14, 1863 Battle of Falling Waters, Maryland for a decade. An article he published on the battle in 2007 has grown into the book.

Reservations are not required but may be made at:


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

Adult movies series. Movie starts at 6:00 pm in room #308

Winner of 7 Academy Awards, including Best Director! Astronauts Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalski are on a routine spacewalk when disaster strikes. Their shuttle is destroyed, leaving them alone in space - tethered to nothing but each other. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. PG-13. 91 minutes

Attention Crafters

Do you have a craft hobby?  Or a holiday project you're working on?  Come share it with us at the Fletcher Branch's Hand-Makerspace!  Bring your (portable) project, and we'll provide the space, tables, chairs and good company!  Drop in for a little while, or stay the whole time.  No registration required.


Where:  Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch -- 100 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown

Third Floor room 334 or 308 (follow the "Hand-Makerspace" signs)


Time/Dates10am-2pm  on the first and third Friday of each month

(November 7, November 21, December 5, December 19)


Ages:  Adults

Cost:  Free

What to Bring:  Your current project (materials, tools, etc.), and a brown bag lunch if you'd like

Info about the room: tables, chairs, and power are available

Get your Game on - for teens

For those in grades 8 - 12 only

Get Your Game On
Every Tuesday in September and October @ 5:30 pm
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD

Drop in and game with others on our PS3.
All games rated T and below.
Grades 8-12 only.

Call the young adult department for information at 301-739-3250 x 270

The U.S. Civil War Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary)
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.

Here are some links to sites commemorating this anniversary:

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