Community briefs

May 30, 2008

Museum seeks volunteers

To support the new Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, and the expected increase in visitation that it will bring, the National Park Service is recruiting and training additional visitor services volunteers during the summer and fall.

Work stations for volunteers at the new facility include: Outdoor plaza ambassador, resource room attendant, and gallery guide.

Anyone interested in these new volunteer positions can read more about the job of a visitor services volunteer and how to apply by going to and clicking on the "support your park" link.

Local girl wins national prize

Maggie Tighe, a junior at Governor Thomas Johnson High School, is one of six national winners in the annual Letters About Literature contest. The contest was co-sponsored by the Maryland Center for the Book at the Maryland Humanities Council, the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and Target Stores.

Maggie Tighe chose Monocacy Middle School Library in Frederick as the library to receive a $10,000 library reading grant provided by Target in honor of her achievement. In addition, Maggie Tighe will receive a $500 Target gift card.


The Letters About Literature program invites readers in grades four through 12 to write a letter to an author, past or present, who inspired them or altered their view of the world or of themselves. Maggie Tighe's letter was written to Aldoux Huxley, author of "Brave New World." Her letter was chosen from nearly 60,000 entries from across the country.

Monocacy Middle School in Frederick will host a special award ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at the school library to acknowledge Maggie Tighe's accomplishment as a national Letters about Literature contest winner.

For information about Letters About Literature in Maryland, state finalists, and copies of winning letters, go to For information and guidelines for next year's contest go to

Library hosts appraisals

CLEAR SPRING - Washington County Free Library will present its first "Heirlooms on Parade" antiques and collectibles show at Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Library in Clear Spring from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 1.

This free program, modeled after the successful PBS series "Antiques Roadshow," invites the public to bring one interesting item from their collection for appraisers Dennis and Joyce Everett of J.G. Cochran & Associates to identify and/or give an estimated value. Examples include books, curios, glass, paintings, jewelry and toys. No furniture except for lightweight pieces such as a small table or chair, that you can bring in on your own without assistance. Each person will be limited to five minutes with the appraisers.

Auctioneer Tom Bikle of J.G. Cochran and Associates will give a talk about antiques and collectibles from 2 to 3 p.m. in the library's meeting room.

To register for an appointment, call Branch Manager Angie Garcia at 301-842-2730.

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