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SHA_Black History Month 2016

Sharpsburg Branch Library
106 E. Main St.
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Phone: 301-432-8825

For the month of February, Friends of Tolson’s Chapel will have a display in the Sharpsburg Branch Library library in honor of Black History Month. Tolson’s Chapel on East High Street in Sharpsburg was a spiritual and educational center of a vibrant community of African-American families for 132 years. The chapel and adjoining cemetery have been restored to preserve and interpret the Chapel’s significant history in the community.      

SMI-Meet Author Dade-Feb 2016

Smithsburg Branch Library
66 W. Water St.
Smithsburg, MD 21783

Phone: 301-824-7722

Tuesday, Feb. 23 ♦ 7:00 pm

Olivia Dade discusses her new book My Reckless Valentine. The Smithsburg Branch Library is the inspiration for the Battlefield Library which serves as the setting for the book.  She will chat about writing, publishing, and whether the shenanigans she describes in her book actually occur in real life!  Books will be available for sale.

ClrSpr-TShirt Craft-Feb 2016

Leonard P. Snyder Clear Spring Branch Library
12624 Broadfording Rd.
Clear Spring, MD 21722

Phone: 301-842-2730

Saturday, Feb. 20 • 11:00 am

Turn something old into something new. 
Participants may bring an old favorite to recycle. 
Registration requested. Please call the library to register
For adults and children ages 6 and up.

Meet author Alexander Rossino

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

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 163

Wednesday, Feb. 17 • 5:30 pm

Meet author Alexander B. Rossino as he talks about his book Six Days in September: A Novel of the 1862  Maryland Campaign

A gripping novel that explores Robert E. Lee's 1862 Maryland campaign to win Southern independence. Written with close attention to historical events, Six Days in September follows Lee's struggle against a powerful Federal foe while the men in his army battle starvation and the terror of combat. As the armies descend on the sleepy village of Sharpsburg, a local pastor and his nephew are confronted with the hardship of military occupation and the threatened destruction of their beloved town.

Dr. Rossino is an historian living in Boonsboro. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and is the author of numerous books and articles. Six Days in September is his first novel. It combines his love of history and literature into a single work that puts the reader behind Confederate lines during Robert E. Lee's fateful campaign to win Southern independence.

*Books will be available for purchase and signing following the program. By registering to attend, the author will know about how many books to bring along.

McCauley Lecture-Mar 2016

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

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 350

Monday, March 7 ♦ 7:00 PM

Join Steve French for this discussion titled McNeill’s Rangers and The Capture of Generals Crook and Kelley

In the early-morning hours of Feb. 21, 1865, a small band of Confederate raiders led by Lt. Jesse McNeill, rode into Cumberland, then garrisoned by at least 3,500 Federal troops. Within a half-hour, they had taken Maj. Gen. George Crook and Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley out of their hotels rooms and spirited them on their way to their new quarters in Richmond’s Libby Prison.

 For quite some time, McNeill and his late-father, Capt. John Hanson McNeill had been planning this mission to embarrass “Old Ben” Kelley but never got around to doing it. On Feb. 5, 1865, however, 300 Union horsemen descended upon Moorefield, W. Va., not only capturing the notorious Maj. Harry Gilmor, but five McNeill Rangers as well.  Now, hoping to nab Kelley and other important officers to trade for his men, Jesse put the plot in motion.

The talk will focus on the planning, execution, and aftermath of what Confederate Lt. Gen. John B. Gordon called “one of the most thrilling incidents of the entire war.”     

Steve French is a graduate of Hedgesville High School and Shepherd College. He is a former history teacher at Martinsburg South Middle School. The author of the multiple-award winning Imboden’s Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign andRebel Chronicles: Raiders, Scouts and Train Robbers of the Upper-Potomac, French has also written numerous historical articles that have appeared in local, national, and international publications. His other awards include Hedgesville High School 2014 Outstanding Alumni and the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal. His next book, Phantoms of the South Fork: Captain McNeill and His Rangers, is due out in 2017.

Author David Quinn

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

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 163

Wednesday, March 9 ♦ 12:00 noon

Visit with David Quinn, author of Steel Shamrocks: The Sons of Annie McKenna.

In 1830 Hugh McKenna, a widowed farmer and father of eleven, left his home in Ireland's County Tyrone for economic survival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Arriving in Quebec on a "timber ship", Hugh and the family walked the twelve hundred miles to a new life in the raucous, burgeoning gateway to the American West. Thus began nearly a hundred years of trial and triumph for Hugh's widowed daughter-in-law Annie, and two of her sons,

David M. Quinn was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in 1945 and grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. He studied political science at Wheeling Jesuit University (B.A.) and Fordham University (M.A.). In 1999, after thirty years in the telecommunications industry, David made the decision to leave the corporate world. Following his passion for genealogy led him to uncover remarkable stories within his family history. First was that of his great, great uncle Michael Quinn, as told in the historical novel, It May Be Forever  — An Irish Rebel on the American Frontier. Later, drawing upon his maternal ancestry, David gave us the remarkable story of Captain George W. Dow, who is the narrator of the true story, Leviathan’s Master - The Wreck of The World’s Largest Sailing Ship.

Steel Shamrocks recounts the story of his wife's ancestors, the McKennas of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. David and his wife Betsy reside in Frederick, Maryland. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.

By registering to attend, you help the author know how many books to bring to meet the needs of the audience. Register at this link:

Robert Sykes Trio_Mar 2016

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

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 163

Sunday, March 13 ♦ 3:00 pm

Join the Robert Sykes Jazz Trio for an afternoon of music featuring the tunes of some of America's favorite composers.

Registration is not required but is appreciated.

Teen Idol 2016

Open auditions:

Wednesday, March 2 ♦ 6:30-8:00 PM
Fletcher Library ♦ 100 S. Potomac St. Hagerstown, MD

Thursday, March 3 ♦ 6:30-8:00 PM
Center Court ♦ Valley Mall ♦ Hagerstown, MD

Call Cyndi at 301-739-3250 x 270 for information.

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.

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