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Linda Irvin-Craig | December 22, 2010
Editor's note: This is the third part of a 12-part series about the founders of the Washington County Historical Society. The Washington County Historical Society will celebrate its centennial year with special exhibits and lectures throughout 2011. A Mad Hatter's Ball, planned for April Fool's Day, will kick off the season with a gala birthday event. As we continue to recall the society's 29 signatories of the Articles of Incorporation, this week we meet Mary Lemist Titcomb and D.C.R.
NEWS
By DAVID DISHNEAU | December 17, 2005
HAGERSTOWN - A 27-foot gift box on wheels left Hagerstown Friday, filled with thousands of books for a Mississippi town that lost its library to Hurricane Katrina. The former Allegany County bookmobile is scheduled to arrive Monday in Pearlington, Miss., to serve as a temporary replacement for the Pearlington Library, which was gutted and lost all of its contents in the Aug. 29 storm. On Friday morning, three Allegany County librarians brought the brown-and-beige Bluebird bus from LaVale, Md., to the Washington County Free Library, where workers and volunteers loaded it with more than 3,000 donated volumes, audiobooks and other items.
NEWS
By CANDICE BOSLEY | June 24, 2005
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. martinsburg@herald-mail.com Have books, will travel? Officials with the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library are considering starting a bookmobile program to serve county residents who do not live near a library branch, including those in the Back Creek Valley area, Gerrardstown, W.Va., and Falling Waters, W.Va. Margaret Demer, director of branch services, and library Director Pamela Coyle discussed the bookmobile and other library issues Thursday morning with the Berkeley County Commission.
NEWS
by KRISTIN WILSON | September 29, 2005
kristinw@herald-mail.com Guests at the Washington County Free Library's Gala in the Stacks event will be able to travel back in time this weekend, experiencing the origins of one of the country's oldest bookmobiles. The sixth annual gala fundraiser, with the theme "On the Road," celebrates the 100th anniversary of Washington County's bookmobile. Throughout the South Potomac Avenue library, guests can check out mock book "stops" representing towns that had an established relationship with the traveling book cart.
NEWS
June 17, 2012
Editor's note: Each Monday, The Herald-Mail will highlight an infrastructure issue or other problem and will try to find out what is being done to fix or improve the situation. We will not tackle situations involving neighborhood or domestic disputes, or consumer problems. The problem: Someone anonymously mailed a screen grab of Washington County Free Library's website, where a message says: “***ALERT*** Bookmobile service is temporarily suspended at all stops due to mechanical issues.” The anonymous writer asked, “What is wrong with the bookmobile?
NEWS
Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street | January 3, 2013
Way to go, Akelah Taylor The employees of Memorial Recreation Center in Hagerstown would like to congratulate one of their youth members, Akelah Taylor, who has gone on to accomplish great things. To add to her many accomplishments, Akelah has been accepted to Penn State University. The Memorial Recreation team is proud of her and said, “For all you do as a volunteer at the center, thanks. Congratulations, job well done.”   Bookmobile to visit W. Md. Hospital Center If you are unable to get to one of the community libraries, you can stop by the Western Maryland Hospital Center, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 10, and peruse the Bookmobile from 3:30 to 4 p.m. The Bookmobile was established in 1905 as the first mobile library service in the nation and the Washington County Free Library Bookmobile continues the proud tradition of serving patrons who do not otherwise have access to library services.
NEWS
December 16, 2005
The Maryland Library Association is helping to restore library service to the citizens of Hancock County, Miss., by adopting the Pearlington (Miss.) Library. During Hurricane Katrina, 20 feet of water washed through the building. Though the building still is standing, the library lost everything. Efforts are under way to raise money to replace the books, materials and services that were lost. Washington County Free Library is serving as a collection site for books from around the state that are being donated to the Pearlington Library.
NEWS
By ASHLEY HARTMAN | June 9, 2007
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A weeklong fundraiser sponsored by the Penn National Golf Course community will benefit the Grove Family Library in Chambersburg, Pa. The library, which was built in February 2006, still is in need of $760,000, said Bernice Crouse, executive director of the Franklin County Library System. "We're working on a capital campaign to work the rest of that off," she said. The Penn National Golf Course community offered the fundraiser, and donated all of its proceeds from Saturday to the cause.
NEWS
March 15, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Officials with the Franklin County (Pa.) Library System say the slumping economy has prompted a spike in library services. Throughout the system, 43,000 more items were circulated in 2008 than 2007. That increase compares to an increase of 2,800 from 2006 to 2007, according to a news release. Grove Family Library of Chambersburg saw an 18 percent increase in circulation in 2008, the news release states. "I had at least one patron tell me that she was very thankful for the Bookmobile because she wouldn't be able to afford the books," said Amanda Flagle, the Bookmobile and outreach librarian for the library system.
NEWS
January 17, 2005
Here are some of the things happening in Washington County Public Schools this week: Today Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Schools and Central Offices closed. Clear Spring High - Reflections Choreography Rehearsal from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 Professional Day - No school for students. Board of Education - Executive session at 3 p.m.; business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Planetarium - Program titled "In Search of New Worlds," open to public at 7 p.m. Potomac Heights Elementary - PTA Night at Uno's.
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Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street | January 3, 2013
Way to go, Akelah Taylor The employees of Memorial Recreation Center in Hagerstown would like to congratulate one of their youth members, Akelah Taylor, who has gone on to accomplish great things. To add to her many accomplishments, Akelah has been accepted to Penn State University. The Memorial Recreation team is proud of her and said, “For all you do as a volunteer at the center, thanks. Congratulations, job well done.”   Bookmobile to visit W. Md. Hospital Center If you are unable to get to one of the community libraries, you can stop by the Western Maryland Hospital Center, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 10, and peruse the Bookmobile from 3:30 to 4 p.m. The Bookmobile was established in 1905 as the first mobile library service in the nation and the Washington County Free Library Bookmobile continues the proud tradition of serving patrons who do not otherwise have access to library services.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | July 9, 2012
After nearly three months of inactivity due to mechanical issues, the Washington County Free Library's Bookmobile will go back into operation Tuesday, a library official said Monday. The Bookmobile will follow its regular schedule, stopping at more than 90 locations around the county once a month, according to Amanda Bena, manager of the library's Bookmobile Department. The first stop Tuesday will be a visit to Francis Murphy Senior Apartments off Robinwood Drive, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Bena said.
NEWS
June 17, 2012
Editor's note: Each Monday, The Herald-Mail will highlight an infrastructure issue or other problem and will try to find out what is being done to fix or improve the situation. We will not tackle situations involving neighborhood or domestic disputes, or consumer problems. The problem: Someone anonymously mailed a screen grab of Washington County Free Library's website, where a message says: “***ALERT*** Bookmobile service is temporarily suspended at all stops due to mechanical issues.” The anonymous writer asked, “What is wrong with the bookmobile?
LIFESTYLE
By AMY DULEBOHN | amyc@herald-mail.com | March 15, 2012
You might have seen the Washington County Free Library Bookmobile in your neighborhood, or at a nearby business or daycare facility. It's kind of hard to miss. It looks similar to a bus, but is white and emblazoned with color logos and murals. And that's just on the outside. Step inside, and you will see a mini-library, with staff members, books for all ages and in every genre, magazines and other periodicals, CDs and DVDs. Here are some facts you might not know about the local bookmobile.
EDUCATION
January 10, 2011
Here are some of the things happening in Washington County Public Schools this week: Today High School Assessment (HSA) testing Clear Spring Elementary — Green School meeting Tuesday, Jan.11 HSA testing Boonsboro Elementary — PTA Executive Committee meeting, 6 p.m. Boonsboro Middle —STARS/Character Counts! ceremony, 1:30 p.m. Clear Spring Elementary — Pennies for Patients assembly, 1:30 p.m. Clear Spring High — Citizens Advisory Council meeting, 9:30 a.m.; Future Business Leaders of America meeting, 3:30 p.m. E. Russell Hicks Middle — Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports meeting, 2:30 p.m. Funkstown Elementary — Bookmobile visit; math night, 6 to 7 p.m. Old Forge Elementary — Good News Club, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Pleasant Valley Elementary — Chess Club, 2:20 p.m. Smithsburg Middle — PTSA meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 HSA testing Clear Spring Elementary — School Improvement Team meeting Clear Spring Middle — Eighth-grade hearing and vision rechecks E. Russell Hicks Middle — Sixth-grade “Where Everyone Belongs” lesson; after-school academic program, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Drop Everything and Read, 7:40 to 8:10 a.m. Hickory Elementary — Bookmobile day Northern Middle — Talent...
NEWS
Linda Irvin-Craig | December 22, 2010
Editor's note: This is the third part of a 12-part series about the founders of the Washington County Historical Society. The Washington County Historical Society will celebrate its centennial year with special exhibits and lectures throughout 2011. A Mad Hatter's Ball, planned for April Fool's Day, will kick off the season with a gala birthday event. As we continue to recall the society's 29 signatories of the Articles of Incorporation, this week we meet Mary Lemist Titcomb and D.C.R.
NEWS
March 15, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Officials with the Franklin County (Pa.) Library System say the slumping economy has prompted a spike in library services. Throughout the system, 43,000 more items were circulated in 2008 than 2007. That increase compares to an increase of 2,800 from 2006 to 2007, according to a news release. Grove Family Library of Chambersburg saw an 18 percent increase in circulation in 2008, the news release states. "I had at least one patron tell me that she was very thankful for the Bookmobile because she wouldn't be able to afford the books," said Amanda Flagle, the Bookmobile and outreach librarian for the library system.
NEWS
By DON AINES | February 6, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has proposed a 2.3 percent reduction in public library funding for 2009-10, a cut the Franklin County Library System can probably sustain without a visible loss of services, Director Bernice Crouse said. With the state running up a deficit for the current year expected to exceed $2 billion, many programs will be forced to make do with less funding than they received in 2008-09. The hit libraries will take is minuscule compared to the 50 percent cut in 2003-04, Crouse said.
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