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Author Reyna Grande

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.”

Born in Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when Reyna was going on ten, she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant. She later went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college.

After attending Pasadena City College for two years, Reyna obtained a B.A. in creative writing, and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She later received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University. Now, in addition to being a published author, she is also an active promoter of Latino literature and is a sought-after speaker at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.

* 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.

Author: James Houpt

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.

Reserve a seat at http://washcolibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=8848&ret=eventcalendar.asp

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.

Hungrytown_Noteworthy Sunday Concert

Hungrytown, the Vermont based couple/duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson will be playing their own special blends of folk music from 60’s folk-rock to Appalachian folk, classic American folk and Nashville Gothic folk.

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday, October 5 @ 3:00 PM

Reservations are not required but be made at the link below if you like.

McCauley_Early Hagerstown Photographers

Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD
Monday, October 6 @ 7:00 pm

Stephen Recker will be the featured speaker for the October 6, 2014 Robert McCauley Historical Lecture being held at the Fletcher Library located at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held in room 309 beginning at 7:00 PM. Mr. Recker will talk about Early Hagerstown Photographers.

During research for his new book, “Rare Images of Antietam and the Photographers Who Took Them,” historian Stephen Recker amassed a huge collection of local early images by the “Hagerstown Artists,” a loosely affiliated group of nineteenth-century photographers including E.M. Recher, B.W.T. Phreaner, J.H. Wagoner and W.B. King. In his talk, Recker will share scarce views of Washington County from Hagerstown, east along the Western Maryland Railway tracks up and over South Mountain with a stop at Pen Mar, as well as extremely rare stereo views of south county along the Shenandoah Valley Line over the Potomac and the B&O Railroad Bridge near Keedysville. Then and Now images will bring the past together with the modern day. 

Stephen Recker is a collector of rare Antietam photographs and relics. Items from his collection can be seen on battlefield waysides and in the newly renovated museum of Antietam National Battlefield, as well as in his new book “Rare Images of Antietam and the Photographers Who Took Them.” Recker is a member of Antietam Battlefield Guides, a service he founded in partnership with WMIA, the non-profit at Antietam National Battlefield. He produced Virtual Gettysburg, a critically acclaimed interactive Civil War battlefield tour and Antietam Artifacts, a CD-ROM with images of rare postcards from the Maryland Campaign of 1862.

Reservations are not required but may be made at the link below if you like.

Friends of the Library Meeting

Bi-monthly meeting of the Friends of the Library
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 @ 5:00 PM
Room # 334

The purpose 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.

Membership is just $5 a year.

Your membership helps demonstrate community support or library branches throughout Washington County; advocate at county & state hearings to help preserve library funding; promote library use, reading, literacy and intellectual freedom; sponsor foreign language/culture classes for children, summer reading clubs for children, teens & adults, annual writing contests, and other programs throughout the year; provide volunteers to help at library events.

Come join us!

John Rose

Meet John Rose, King Features’ Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip cartoonist.
Wednesday, October 22 at 6:00 PM.
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St.,
Hagerstown, MD

Come hear and see cartoons as they are created.

King Features popular Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip by John Rose runs in hundreds of newspapers worldwide, including our local newspaper, The Herald Mail.  Rose enjoys doing Snuffy Smith Chalk Talks in libraries and meeting fans of the long-running comic strip afterwards.  In 2013, The Bodacious Best of Snuffy Smith by John Rose book collection was published and features over 350 of Rose's favorite Snuffy Smith comic strips.  The book will be available for purchase and autographing.

The Virginia-born Rose graduated from James Madison University in 1986 with a bachelor of fine arts degree, double-majoring in art and art history. After graduation, he drew freelance sports cartoons for newspapers in Manassas, Va. He joined Byrd Newspapers of Virginia in 1988, starting at the Warren Sentinel and then moving to the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record. His cartoons have won awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Virginia Press Association. Besides appearing in the Byrd Newspaper chain, his editorial cartoons are distributed by the Scripps Howard News Service. He has had two editorial cartoon collections of his work published.  The titles are Cartoons That Fit the Bill and Now This Is Where I Draw The Line! His cartoons have also been featured in the Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year collections (Pelican Publishing) each year since 1994.  Rose has been working on the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip since mid-1998.

Reservations may be made at the link below.

An Evening at Fletcher

Support your library and help us celebrate our 1st year

Saturday, October 4
6:00—8:00 pm

** Tickets: $50 per person

Sample cuisine from downtown restaurants through an assortment of heavy hors d’oeuvres while enjoying music by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra String Quartet and performances by Barbara Ingram School students

Enjoy an update on the Mendez public art project during the evening.

* Cocktail attire suggested

Call 301.739.3250 x 100 for tickets by September 24th
Cash, Check, Mastercard. Visa & Discover accepted

For tickets click on this link

Note: There are sponsorship opportunities available. Contact David Hanlin at 301.739.3250 x 168 or dhanlin@washcolibrary.org

Geek Homecoming

For those in grades 9 - 12 only

Geek Homecoming
Saturday, October 18, 7:00-10:00 pm
Fletcher Library
100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 

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.

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

Just Dance 2014

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.

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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