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Scrapbook pages to reflect Washington County

February 21, 2005|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

WASHINGTON COUNTY

wandaw@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Free Library is collecting memorabilia to design scrapbook pages for a book that captures life in Washington County's more than 20 towns and communities.

The public is asked to create the scrapbook pages at gatherings throughout the county, according to Marsha L. Fuller, library public relations coordinator.

Photographs, drawings, essays, poems, pressed flowers or ribbons from special ceremonies are among the keepsakes organizers are asking participants to bring. Materials submitted will not be returned.

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Work on the town and community scrapbook pages will begin Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at all Washington County library locations except for Williamsport Memorial Library. Scrapbooking there will run from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Boonsboro Free Library will hold its scrapbooking workshop at Boonsboro Town Hall, while the Smithsburg Library will hold its workshop at Smithsburg Town Hall.

Inspiration for the scrapbooking project comes from this year's national library initiative, known locally as "One Book One County," Fuller said.

The scrapbooking theme is taken from Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Our Town."

Washington County Free Library Assistant Director Kathleen O'Connell said the library hopes to design decorative pages that represent meaningful times in the lives of Washington County residents, their towns and communities.

"Old ticket stubs, postcards - anything that represents something special about Washington County," O'Connell said.

Staff with Hagerstown's ScrapMania! scrapbooking store will help scrapbookers at all locations with the design of each scrapbook page.

"People should come prepared to bring photos and just relax. We'll provide adhesive and other supplies," ScrapMania! owner Sherrie Zlomke said.

The project is paid for by a grant from the Washington County Arts Council. For more information, contact O'Connell at 301-739-3250, ext. 166.

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